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Tristan Helzer

Tristan Helzer

Tristan Helzer

Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really can only say good things about this jacket. I upgraded from a decade old Mountain Hardwear Puffy to this and am absolutely blown away! This thing packs tons of warmth into a lightweight coat and doesn't make you look like the michelin man. It is extremely comfortable and warm and has lots of great pockets.

A great alpine piece or belay parka.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In trying to follow the Danish concept of Hygge, I bought these socks to embrace all that is cozy! These are the plushest socks I could find and I absolutely love them! They are super warm and the heavy padding gives your feet the sweet relief they deserve. Do yourself a favor and get these socks, you will not be disappointed.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 14, 2018

5 5

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

Great ski for a pretty wide range of conditions. They weigh almost nothing but they are stiff enough that I feel comfortable skiing more aggressively on them. I'm pairing these with the shifts so I'll really be able to shred the Wasatch.
I'm super excited to get to use these more this season as they will be my only ski.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Gave this to a friend and this is what he had to say about it:
I really like the packability of this coat! Being able to stuff it into its own pocket is great (and makes a nice pillow too). Its warm, comfortable, and lightweight which is also a plus. The only negative is the material is fairly thin and therfore prone to rips when walking through brambles, but I guess this is to be expected with a lightweight puffy.

Overall, I'm very happy with this coat and would recommend for anyone looking for a lightweight coat. Great for climbing or when packability is a concern.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Bought this as a gift for my mom and here's what she had to say:
Its super comfortable, fits well, and provides great warmth. The hood is perfect for colder days and slim enough to fit under a helmet. I love taking this piece with me when I'm going skiing and I find myself bringing on almost every trip.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I initially bought this as a gift for a friend but I tried it on and ended up buying another for myself. Its super comfortable, fits well, and provides great warmth for its weight. The hood is perfect for colder days and slim enough to fit under a helmet.

Awesome piece I find myself bringing on almost every trip.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs

I used this a few weeks ago surfing on the coast of Santa Cruz and I loved it! I stayed completely warm in the water for hours without issue. The wetsuit was comfortable, easy to put on, and a good fit. The pocket on the leg was also very useful. My only complaint is that the neck was a bit tighter than the rest of the wetsuit.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light wetsuit.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 5, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had to replace both innertubes in my commuter bikes and chose these because of the price. Unfortunately, I got a flat tire on my first day riding with these. I won't blame it completely on the tube because the route I take is pretty rough and I get flats often on it. At the same time though I wish that these were a little bit stronger.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on November 5, 2018

5 5

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

I had my old backpacking bag stolen so I decided to upgrade to this bag and see if it was worth all of the hype. Right away I was impressed with the weight of the bag and the minimalistic style of design. It has all the features you need and gets rid of anything that you don't. It's simple but functional.

I have only been able to take it on a few trips but already I'm impressed by the durability of the material. I brought it to southern Utah and it held up with a lot of abuse from the slick rock. And having destroyed many backpacks from sandstone, I was especially impressed with how little wear there was on this pack.

Another thing I love is that the pack is water resistant and seam sealed so that I don't need to also carry a rain cover like most packs. Overall, I'm incredibly satisfied with this purchase. I can't wait to take this thing on many more adventures.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is super well thought out and packed with useful features. I especially love to use this pack when I'm doing stuff in the sidecountry. The front pocket lets me store my wet avalanche gear separately without getting my extra layers soaked. The helmet carry is quick and easy to deploy. Attaching my skis for steep boot packs was lightning quick after I adjusted everything the first time. The hip pockets were super helpful to store the essentials for quick access.

If you're looking for a dedicated backcountry pack I would maybe go with the 32L version as it gives the option for A-Frame Carry (which this pack does not) But for a sidecountry or resort ski bag, look no further. The Kamber Is Awesome!

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I picked up this jacket because I was looking for something that I could climb in comfortable but not overheat. I ended up using it for that and so much more. I absolutely love the fit of this jacket! I'm 5' 9" 150 lbs and the Medium was a perfect fit for me. This piece is now my go-to for climbing, camping, ski touring, and casual wear. I can't seem to take it off. It's great to layer with and offers plenty of mobility and breathability for more strenuous activities. Plus the Big Sur Blue is the coolest color ever.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 10, 2018

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this to replace a Rab fleece midweight that I loved. So far I have worn it almost every day since buying it because of how comfortable it is. It is lightweight, flexible, and warm. I have worn it climbing and biking and has been great to stop wind and keep me warm without making me overheat. The Polar-tech grid fleece on the sleeves and back are super comfortable and breathable while the insulation on the chest provides just enough extra warmth. Plus the pockets are huge so I feel like I can really cuddle up when my hands are cold.

I'm 5'9" and have a slim figure and the medium was great for me. I do like my jackets to fit slightly loosely.

Overall it's my new favorite lightweight midlayer and I'm excited to use it as a touring layer this winter. Great work on this Jacket OR!


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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 31

The second I put these on I knew I loved them. They have a cool slim fit but are still amazingly flexible. When climbing in them I didn't feel held back at all like I normally do with cotton pants. I also loved the zippered pocket on the left side because I can still access it while wearing a harness and it fits my phone perfectly.

I am normally about a 29 waist and the size 31 fits me perfectly. Definitely size up with these pants.

If you're looking for a comfortable, stylish, and flexible pant get these. You will not regret it.

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

With this pad, you don't have to sacrifice any comfort for weight savings. It blows up super quickly and holds its air. I didn't have to re-inflate it every night like I used to with my old Thermarest Neo-Air. In addition, it was super comfortable! This is really important to me because I had a back injury a few years ago that often gives me trouble when I'm camping. I laid it out right on the pokey forest floor to test its durability and there was no sign of damage after three nights of this.

Really awesome pad and a great price. Nice work Klymit!

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Tristan Helzerwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

Crack is Back!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love these shoes. They are comfortable enough for multi-pitch, the rubber is super sticky, the high ankle makes it a perfect shoe for crack climbing.

I just took them to the City of Rocks and they were super versatile holding up in burly off-widths, balancing slabs, and dreamy handcracks. The edge is great for those tiny feet but they aren't so aggressive that they hurt your feet.

I wear 9 but went a half size down and they are a perfect fit.

TC Pros are an incredibly well-designed shoe that is worth every penny.

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