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Tom Tillou

Salt Lake City, UT

Tom Tillou's Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Yoga

Tom Tillou's Bio

Southern transplant to Salt Lake City who is passionate about nature, exploring, self-improvement, conservation & having fun in the great outdoors. Hiking, bouldering, snowshoeing, bare-bones camping, traditional/trail-running, mountaineering, yoga & skiing put a big ol' grin on my face. See y'all 'round the backcountry!

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

4 5

These tights are great! Keep me snug as a big in subzero temps and don't leave my hairy legs itchy like some others. One thing to keep in mind however, is that these are the 'Expedition' level of FlashDry tights, and that they don't breathe as well during high-intensity activities as the 'Warm' or 'Light' variants. That being said, if you hate being cold on the chair-lift, or while hanging out in your camp: these are for you.

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

A Decent, Mid-Tier Option
4 5

I decided to go with the OR Helium Bivy for a number of reasons, but most importantly: the single, flexible hoop-pole that keeps the fabric away from your face. While it performed well in sub-freezing conditions not some regards--keeping out ground moisture despite being deployed directly on top of packed snow--I did have several issues. I wanted to keep the bivy fully closed to conserve heat on a 15°F night on the side of a mountain at 8500' but in a terrifying episode, I awoke in the middle of the night with pulse pounding, feeling as though I was suffocating. The problem was remedied by partially unzipping the bivy near my head, but with the internal heat gone, all the moisture from my breath froze to the internal walls and surfaces, leaving me and my gear soaked. I'm sure it performs great in above-freezing conditions (and it does come with a mesh closure), but in the future, I'll probably leave it zipped open and deal with my head/face being exposed to the elements so that my breath can vent properly, and I can get adequate oxygen.

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

5 5

I have about a dozen of these OR sacks, in all different sizes and configurations and the common thread here is that they all perform just great. This model is able to store my sleeping bag, ground pad and bivy sack and can somehow manage to compress down to a size that fits inside my 50L backpack. Sturdy construction, tough materials, and cool colors make this model and others must own products.

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

An Incredible Investment
5 5

I just can't say enough good things about this neat little product. It's super bright with a great field of coverage, the head is flexible, the LEDs use next to no power, it can take a beating and it's cheap! I am a big fan of night hiking and this thing gets used far more than my headlamp. I just attach it to a Zippo-sized portable battery (with a USB port), and it lights the way. Just a great product at incredible value that's useful for lighting the trail as well as your tent or bivy sack and probably any other area you can think of. 5 stars isn't enough.

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

5 5

I really wish that this product came standard with all ice axes and tools. It's a total must-have in my opinion to keep sharp picks and blades from causing collateral damage. It's great peace of mind knowing that my Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe isn't poking holes in other pieces of my gear, backpacks, couches, car interiors, children & puppies. Lightweight, easy to adjust and complete coverage of sharp bits. Get one, you'll thank yourself at some point down the road.

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

5 5

Can't say enough about these boots. From other reviews, I read that they run small and so I ordered a full size bigger than what I normally wear, but honestly I could have gotten by just fine ordering only a half size larger. These things are roomy, warm, grippy (thanks Vibram soles) and completely unphased by wet conditions. I have been using them in conjunction with a pair of microSPIKEs for steep/icy trails, with a pair of Crescent Moon Snowshoes in knee-deep powder, and au naturale in wet/slushy muck. It doesn't matter, they're great every time. Seriously, these boots don't give a shit what you need to walk through; they are good to go

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Tom Tillouwrote a review of on December 24, 2016

4 5

This moderately thick fleece neck gaiter surprised me with its level of warmth. I'm normally more enamored with thinner, more breathable neck protection, and I wouldn't recommend this gaiter for highly aerobic activities, but with the warm and adjustable (thanks to an elastic cinch in back) fit, this is a great choice for keeping your neck toasty while skiing or hanging around outside.

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