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Thomas Hamilton

Thomas Hamilton

Salt Lake City

Thomas Hamilton's Passions

Paddling
Skiing

Thomas Hamilton's Bio

Born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and immediately bred into the outdoor recreation activities in the surrounding area. Seasonally working as a river guide, kayak instructor, and ski instructor have allowed me to develop my passions for these activities. Living in Salt Lake City I have now become immersed into a whole new realm of backcountry skiing, hiking, and camping.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on July 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stove is a very high quality piece of equipment. I really like how consistent and hot the burners are. The flame is quite strong and is affected by mild wind very little. Also the wind screens on the side are pretty versatile since they dont really have fixed attachment points. The tray that comes out under the burners is extremely easy to take out and clean, I like this feature a lot. I havent found out for sure but it Would be cool if you could get an attachment and a hose extender to attach either a full size propane tank or at least a smaller refillable tank. Although I have only used the stove with the green Coleman tanks, it is nice to be able to use the smaller backpacking stove canisters. The small griddle that came with this stove is pretty cool too, perfect for small quesadillas, grilled cheese, burgers, fish fillets, etc. I can fit a 12 inch cast iron pan and a medium sized saucepan comfortably. I dont think two 12 inch cast irons would work well. All in all awesome piece of equipment, if I could change one thing I would make it a few inches wider to accommodate two 12 inch pans. I am ready to enjoy this stove for years to come!

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on July 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These shirts are a summer must. The material is light, comfy, and washes really well. The fitting of the shirt is spot on and looks great in all the right places. If this shirt gets wet it drys fairly quick and doesn't hold stink if you are going to wear it on the river. It's stylin' while remaining quite casual.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on June 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

What other pair of shorts do you really need? No seriously. These shorts are phenomenal they hit the marks in all categories. They are light, durable, stylish, comfortable, and the fit is spot on. These are great for most activities. They breathe super well and are quick drying. Great for casual wear, going out on the river, quick bike or hike. These have begun to takeover my short quiver

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've wanted a hitch/ hold up rack for a while and although it is quite heavy I'm still super happy with it. The biggest strength is that I can easily put 2 bikes on it without any bike on bike interference and so far I have not had to make any adjustments so that two bikes fit next to each other. Installation was very straight forward, but definitely needed a socket wrench to tighten it down (the wrench that came with it was not adequate for the job). Two other great features are that it comes with locks for each bike and it folds up nice and compact. When the bikes are loaded they feel secure and put my mind at ease no matter where I'm driving.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on May 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally bought this pack to use for Spring touring and the season next year. I only used it once or twice but it exactly what I needed. It has just enough room for all the appropriate avi gear and compartments to place the gear in as well. The goggle pocket and helmet straps are also super handy. The main pocket has the perfect amount a room to store a layer or two a snack and there is a place to have a hydration reservoir. The fit of the pack is also quite ergonomic and the adjustment straps make it very easy to have it loose, tight, or just right. The waist and chest straps also make the pack seem very secure when skiing or hiking.
I think the greatest asset of this pack is beyond just ski touring. It's a nice perfect sized pack that I've used for day hikes in Southern Utah, carrying my laptop on the plane, taking it to work, etc. I'm around 5'11" / 155 lbs, and it fits me just right without any layers on.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mountain smith makes a great budget trekking pole. Hiking, I always go for a cork grip due to its smooth soft texture it keeps my hands from getting blisters .The antishock feature is pretty nice and saves the forearms. Its also cool that it locks out. I could use these for ski touring or snowshoeing but for me these are my summer trekking poles. Pretty easy to adjust and pretty good quality. I've used better trekking poles and Ive used far lesser and these fall somewhere in the middle, great poles for the price.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The most amazing pair of underwear I own not a joke! I first debated whether to spend the money on these or not but I will tell you that it is worth it ten times over. I wear these on every backpacking trip I go on and they have seen over 500 miles of trail and are still in the same condition as day 1. They don't chafe and also they don't get super smelly and they dry fairly quickly. I wish I had enough pairs to just wear these every day for the rest of my life! Great for anything active.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of my go to food bags for backpacking or whitewater trips. I can typically carry up to 5-6 days of food quite easily in this sack. Sea to Summit is making some of the highest quality dry sacks on the market today. Mine has not seen too many miles but I have spoken with thru hikers that have had this dry sack last all 2200 miles of the AT. Could also be used for a lightweight cold weather sleeping bag or topquilt.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The sea to summit aeros pillow is a must have for all your ultralight backpacking pillow needs! It weighs practically nothing and packs down to the size of a couple cliff bars. whether you are a thru hiker on the AT or a weekend warrior this pillow is one of the most comfortable I have found. 4 out of 5 for comfort. 5 out of 5 for quality and weight.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally got to break this helmet out for the first mountain biking trip of the season in Moab, UT. The first thing I like about this helmet is the fit, Giro has done a great job with the ergonomics for head shapes with the comfy foam and the adjustment in the back to get the tightness just right. Second is how light, yet hard and breathable this helmet is. We were biking in some solid heat and I was still able to feel comfortable while feeling a breeze through the slots. Luckily I haven't taken any serious falls to test the impact rating.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Finally got to break these out for a mountain bike trip in Moab, UT - the mecca! This was the first ride of the season and we biked at least 15 miles each day in pretty warm weather. The gloves are pretty thin but very fitting with a stretch material. By the end of the rides my hands were blister free yet I felt like I wasn't wearing a bulky glove that made my hands too warm. The only downsize for me is some lack of padding in the palm area, but if you are looking for a thin durable glove these are the way to go!

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

A great product from Salomon. This is a fantastic shoe for the trail, whether you're going for a run, a day hike or thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. They're very reliable and don't break down easily, and the tread is phenomenal. They grip to any surface, including rocks, dirt, mud, or anything else you might encounter. They're definitely more suited to outdoor adventures, but even work well as an everyday athletic shoe as they are very light and comfortable. Although the GoreTex does make them feel a bit stiff out of the box, once they're broken in they feel great, and will keep your feet dry in anything less than a huge rainstorm. The Quicklace system works well and is more convenient than traditional laces. Awesome for someone looking for a light trail/hiking shoe with great tread.

I do wish there were more color options, but that's about the only thing I don't love about these shoes. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a lighter option vs. full hiking boots, but doesn't want to sacrifice performance or comfort.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have a few other Prana products and I was looking to pick up a classy yet casual shirt to replace one of my older dying shirts and this product fits the bill. I find that the slim fit is perfect, nice material that looks classy in the Blue. The material looks like it would feel stiff but is slightly flexible.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on April 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Before this Toko kit I had always been borrowing friends wax and scrapers so its great to finally have my own kit. Comes with the basics minus an iron but those are pretty easy to pick up. Comes in a nice carrying case to keep all the items together.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These socks are super comfy and stylish. Nice lightweight quick drying material with a little stretch. Great for lounging around, going out and about, or wearing for a day hike. The pattern is also super rad. Darn Tough socks are hard to beat. I wear a 9.5 but I like my socks a little bigger and I got a large - awesome fit.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these as a gift and to put it simple - they absolutely love it and wish I had got them 3 more.
Great baselayer shirt and wished they could use it everyday skiing. The material is very soft without allowing much friction and no itching against bare skin. This particular item is super warm and a must on any of those cold days. It's great formfitting stylish under layer that doesn't feel too tight or too loose, it is definitely in the goldilocks area of a just right fit. They got the Glacial Blue in a Small and it is definitely true to size and the color on site.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Those are three great words revolving around this Marker binding. These are a great intermediate binding that don't break the bank - and Marker quality is hard to beat. Great DIN range and easy to click in and click out. Super reliable in soft snow, hard snow, or the thick heavy stuff. You can tell the difference with this light binding but you can be sure you're going to get great performance out of it on every run.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall this shovel is fairly straightforward and a great product from Voile. It's a fairly small shovel but it definitely gets the job done, so far I haven't used it very 'seriously' mostly cleaning off my car and taking it on a tour or 3. It is pretty lightweight and the extendable handle makes it great to use and pack.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

What more can I say that hasn't already been stated. SmartWool does not mess around when it comes to baselayers. I wear these on daily for skiing whether its a cold day in the negatives or a warmer day in the 30's. For the amount of warmth these have, they are super lightweight and comfortable. SmartWool baselayers are the way to go.

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Thomas Hamiltonwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Hestra Heli mitt is the best mitten I've put on! This mitt will keep your hands toasty even on the coldest days. I use these mittens with no additional liner when the temps are in the 8-30 degrees Fahrenheit range. Any colder and I use a thin glove liner. Any warmer and I switch to a spring mitten. The way these mittens are put together is bombproof. Hestra really made an outstanding product here. I recommend these to anyone who has ever had cold hands on a powder day!

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