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Thomaswrote a review of on September 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am probably the easiest sleeper I know, I have no trouble falling asleep in any situation, temperature or position. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean some comfort isn't nice when available. I think this pillow is going to be a typical item in the packing list going forward, I seriously loved it. This pillow was the lightweight, space-saving option that I have always needed. If you have a full car of people and gear and don't want to bring along a whole pillow this is the answer.

I typically prefer to sleep on my stomach, so I was initially concerned about the design. Fully inflated, this pillow is designed to cradle and keep your head in the center divot as you sleep on your back. However, I found if I left it slightly under-inflated, it worked perfectly for sleeping on my stomach. I did try it out fully inflated and sleeping on my back. If you're a back sleeper, you're going to absolutely love it. Klymit NAILS it on their sleeping pads and camping gear, and that's certainly the case here as well. I would recommend pairing this with the Static V2 Sleeping pad.

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Thomaswrote a review of on September 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This power bank is the absolute nicest "non-essential" thing to have on a car camping trip. If you like to work or have electronics (like a camera) on a trip this thing is unbeatable, especially on a trip with a full car. If you're planing on a week away from your phone, or don't bring a laptop or camera on camping trips, you can honestly live without this. HOWEVER, if you're planning on keeping your phone charged so you can text your sweet mother and let her know that yes you are still alive, I can't overstate how nice this thing is to have. Charging 2-4 phones plus multiple camera batteries and a laptop all at once while driving is UNBEATABLE. We mostly used it to charge phones and camera batteries which don't suck as much charge and it lasted us the entire week on one charge. My only complaint is this thing is so heavy. I would basically recommend giving it its own seat in the car and leaving it there. As other reviews have mentioned, depending on your usage, the battery really does last awhile. If you really want to extend the life, you can pair it with solar panels to keep it goin!

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Thomaswrote a review of on August 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For a mid travel bike, this one is an absolute blast. You'll definitely feel the chattery sections in your body more so than you would on one of Santa Cruz's bigger travel bikes, but the geo is so DIALED on this one that you're not going to care. With the flip chip in the low setting it's a bit more slack than other bikes in its class and it makes the bike so fun. I feel like a better rider on the 5010. It's agile, responsive to rider input, and just so snappy and nimble. You can pre-load the suspension just a bit and hop off any little bump or berm. Pedals really efficiently and climbs nicely. There's seriously not enough good things I can say. This is probably pretty close to a quiver killer if you mostly like trail riding with moderate downhill.

I'm 6'3 and I rode a Large and felt fine on it. Definitely probably could have rode an XL as well.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB150 is the first 29er I have had a chance to ride and MAN is it a fun one. I have watched more YouTube videos of demo rides and bike reviews than most people ever should, so I had a pretty good feeling about the Switch Infinity linkage going in. It blew my expectations out of the water, it was somehow even better than you'd expect. This bike pedals substantially better than what would be expected for a bike of its class. It felt super responsive to rider input, particularly when pedaling. Compared to other downhill leaning bikes, this bike is in a class of its own on the uphill.

The caveat to the next bit of my review is that I am a new(ish) rider. I am not as fast or aggressive as the typical rider of this bike would or should be. This bike absolutely begs for more speed. It will totally handle whatever you put in front of it in exchange for speed. In the few moments I felt confident in really opening it up, this bike stuck right to the line I was on and felt awesome through rough sections. It's super plush, and the suspension is predictable and in combination with the super slack geo, provides a lot of stability on the gnarly stuff.

I'm 6'3 200lbs with a 32 inch inseam, and to tell the truth I felt just fine on a Medium. I think if I was buying the bike, a Large for sure, but it really is a big bike with substantial reach.

Pros:
- As close to a quiver killer as you can get
- Begs for speed
- Top end components
- Absolute beast downhill

Cons:
- Handling adjustment coming from 27.5 bikes
- Your friends will be jealous and come to resent you

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 23, 2019

Platform Perfect
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like these Stamp pedals a lot! This is one of the cheaper options to stand on in the Stamp line, but that absolutely doesn't mean you won't get awesome quality. These are super grippy, even without backing the pins out. They feel really natural to ride on. If you're considering composite pedals, I can say these are totally worth the little extra money and will give you so much more confidence while riding. I have found that they're pretty durable as well. I am newer than most to MTB, and I still pedal-strike occasionally or brush up against tight trees here and there, but the pedals don't take too much of a beating from it.

I wear size 10 shoes, which you may have found out is right in the middle of the gap between the small and large sizes for these pedals. If you're like me and have size 10 feet, I would recommend going up to to the Large. I personally like a little bit more pedal to find when I need to. Also, as others have noted the spindle could afford to be a little longer in the Stamp line, but they're pretty great even considering that. I personally just like pedals to be a little more spread out from the crank. I attached a photo from Bike Radar below that shows the small vs. a large on the same shoe, and shows where the shoe meets the limit of the pedal at the spindle.

To make a long review short, these are reliable, sticky and I would definitely recommend them, especially as an upgrade from composite pedals.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bike is a blast! The Bronson definitely finds its home on fast and technical descents, but it's super, super fun on a nice flow trail too. This bike will really do whatever you're skilled enough to allow it to. The more speed you're able to give it, the more capable the bike feels. The Bronson feels really supple and secure through choppy technical sections, and also really stable when the pace picks up. It really responds well to rider input and loves to be dropped down into berms. This bike isn't going to win any awards for climbing but it definitely gets the job done without too much suffering.

Final Takeaway: if you want a bike that descends like a dream and will get you up the hill when you need it to, this is a solid 27.5 option.

I am 6'3 with a 32in inseam and I felt really good on the size Large.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike is FUN. It's stiff and responsive, but doesn't end up being too harsh, the RDO carbon gives an excellent mix of stiffness and compliance. I rode this bike with an Ultegra drivetrain set up and would definitely recommend building it out with the same one. If you want to find yourself on the "roads" less traveled and also HAUL this is the bike for you.

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Thomaswrote a review of on July 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs

This jacket works equally well on its own for summer alpine adventures OR as a layer for winter touring. It isn't too insulating, it does a great job at regulating temperature. I feel like it runs slightly large. If you're in between sizes, size down. If you typically order exclusively the same size, order your typical size. As others have mentioned it doesn't have the typical athletic fit that Arc'teryx does, it's more natural. Overall this is a great jacket and definitely one I would want to have in my rotation.

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Thomaswrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is an awesome Synthetic bag option for eco or animal-friendly folk! Also saves a little money compared to a North Face down bag of a similar temperature rating. This bag is light and compresses really nicely. The Vertical baffles help the bag to be really nice straight out of the stuff sack. This is a great option for both camping and summer backpacking, as it is a very light bag. I always recommend a sleeping pad as they help to retain warmth. This bag goes great with a NEMO Tensor.

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Thomaswrote a review of on May 28, 2019

Awesome Goretex Boot Option!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I just took these for their first hike over Memorial Day Weekend. They were probably a better boot than the trail required, but I thought why not break them in! We did a nice, short creek hike up Neff's Canyon in Salt Lake.

The first thing I noticed is that the Ortholite footbed was INCREDIBLE. I have heel pain at times and I didn't notice it at all in these boots (particularly when I laced them in a way to prevents heel pain). They feel relatively sturdy and rigid, and I actually really love the mid rise.

I wanted to test the waterproofing on these as well, so I made an effort at walking in the shallow creek when I could. I have never owned Goretex boots and was curious to see how it would hold up on boots (compared to jackets I have owned). Step after step I was so impressed that my feet continued to stay dry. I couldn't believe it. The only important note here is that if you let water get above the cuff and into the boot, your feet will get wet and probably stay that way. If the boot wets from the inside it's game over. Luckily the moisture-wicking footbed and upper make sweat no issue. I also noticed that the lugs felt really really good on anything loose and running down gravel trail.

I can't speak highly enough, I feel confident these will last me awhile. The only thing I would say is that if you're looking for a TRUE backpacking boot it may be better to go with the Salomon Quest 4D. However, as a mid distance boot and daily driver these are awesome. Fit is true to size, and slightly roomy. If you're dead center between sizes, size down.

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Thomaswrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like many others have noted it can kind of slide you around as a side-sleeper. However, I think the construction of this pad is awesome. Feels super durable and sturdy, and it seems great for 3 seasons. It blows up pretty quickly even by mount (just make sure you don't have the deflate valve open lol). I am about 6,3 and the Long Model worked great for me.

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Thomaswrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

In my own search for a rain shell, after literally HOURS of looking for one with all the features I needed and wanted I finally decided this was the one for me. I basically have a PhD in rain jackets at this point. This is the best one we sell for around town/hiking/backpacking, easily. I struggled to find a rain shell that was goretex, but still had front pockets, but had a standard hood, not a helmet hood. This rain shell was the answer. If you have found yourself with a similar issue, let this be the last rain shell you buy!

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Thomaswrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs

I have been loving OR Stuff lately and these are no exception, they hike, climb, or whatever else you want to do! The stretch material MAKES these, and the 10-inch length is perfect for if you just need slightly more coverage. They fit very true to size, order what you typically get in a waistband.

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Thomaswrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this helmet for rappelling in Oregon the other day and loved it! The fit is really nice and snug, not to mention comfortable. The venting is beyond fantastic, so it's perfect for climbing or rappelling in the desert! One sneaky feature I like about this helmet, is the lip on the front. It sends water shooting out instead of down!

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Thomaswrote a review of on April 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large

First and foremost, as is true with a lot of North Face outerwear, you may want to size down a size. Originally went with a small for this gift but had to swap for the XS. That being said, this is a great spring or fall wear around town jacket. Doesn't have as great of wind protection as some of TNF's other offerings, but it does the job. The DWR coating is also solid for light rain storms. Long story short; this isn't the BEST jacket for rainy, stormy days on the trail, but it's perfect for a drizzly day in the city.

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Thomaswrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This item is a must have. Like other reviewers have mentioned - you won't want to take it off. The DWR works very well! I wore it in a light rain with a lot of wind and it was perfect (and SUPRISINGLY windproof). Like most North Face outerwear it runs a little big. I usually am an XL in a lot of brands but North Face Large is good for me. It is warm and toasty but not overly so, the perfect in between season jacket!

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Thomaswrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These rocked even on a hot, spring day, but I would for sure trust them even in a cold winter with some insulation. I was kind of surprised , but I used the Medium. I would normally have expected fitting in the large but Medium was just about perfect. It was a cozy comfortable fit that really worked for me. I loved all the different pockets, specifically this particular one on the left side of the chest. I have always hated putting my wallet in my pants pocket for fear of losing it or falling on it over and over. The buckles are easy to use and super elastic and I didn't have any issues with them unclipping over a day of hard riding. The material feels sturdy and is nice to the touch! These are an awesome addition to any set up.

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Thomaswrote a review of on March 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went true to size in these which seemed about perfect! I am a skier at heart but like to get back on a snowboard occasionally. I like that these boots lean towards the stiffer side of things, it makes it really easy to channel force and pressure to the board. I've always been apprehensive of BOA systems on a snowboard boot but I really like it on these. The double boa really allows for a custom fit. The sole feels really comfortable and soft for absorbing impact and eating up shock from uneven terrain. Walking around to and from the lifts and the lodge, as well as pushing while you have a foot out is super easy with the Vibram sole!

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Thomaswrote a review of on March 12, 2019

Fire and Flames!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is the truth. One big tip would be to start warm for most effective use, but I found that when I got in it with the bag and my body already being cold, my body heated the interior in about 20 minutes. I was super impressed with this bag. It was easy to move around in, easy to zip and the mummy shape was perfect for me. I used the interior pocket for my phone to keep the battery from dying overnight. I used this on a 15 degree night at meadow hot springs and didn't wake from cold even one time. I would HIGHLY recommend a sleeping pad in combination with this bag. This may seem like a no brainer but if it isn't, an insulated sleeping pad dramatically increases heat retention. I woke up with frost on the entire outside of this bag but I was dry and toasty inside.It is also very light and packable for the warmth it provides.

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Thomaswrote a review of on February 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a great resort option. They feel sturdy for aluminum, and the grips feel nice. The straps are easy to get in to, even in the bulkiest gloves. On top of that they have a safety feature to release in a wreck, which gives some fantastic piece of mind. After renting these, I am dead set on making them a part of my kit,

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