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Will S.

Wasatch Mountains, UT

Will S.'s Bio

Used to be a serious road cyclist. Now I love to ski, run, and mountain bike.

Will S.'s Passions

  • Biking,
  • Running,
  • Climbing,
  • Skiing.

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Will S.wrote a review of on August 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Backcountry Adventure 30L pack has become my top choice for daily commuting and short, overnight travel. I basically use it as a dual gym bag and computer bag.

What I love about it:
* Separate laptop pocket that is easy to access even when the bag is full
* TSA compatible without taking laptop out of bag (the laptop compartment folds out)
* Large main pocket that's large enough for shoes + a couple changes of clothes
* Compressible secondary compartment that I use to keep dirty clothes separate from main compartment (same zipper as the laptop access, but laptop has it's own section)
* Essentials pocket that I use for notebook, chargers, toiletries, etc.
* Water-resistant (biked through heavy rain without issues)
* Comfortable for both walking and biking
* Not too many other pockets -- it has exactly what I need
* Durable -- I've (ab)used it daily for 3-months of bike commuting and it's only shown light wear so far

Cons:
* Slightly heavy

All-in-all it's a great day / overnight pack that I would recommend for any time you need to carry a laptop + other things.

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Will S.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs

The Backcountry Arcylon long-sleeve jersey is my first long-sleeve jersey that's not for exclusively cold weather. I've used it in temperatures ranging from 55-80 degrees, and have been really impressed so far. The fit is both slim and comfortable. I'm 6'1, 185lbs and the M fits perfectly.

I generate a lot of heat while exercising, and usually avoid long-sleeves unless it's bitter cold, but the Arcylon's thin fabric breathed well enough that I was comfortable climbing on an 80 degree sunny day in Moab. Plus not putting sunscreen on my arms was a huge.

I got the Dusty Teal color and liked that it was on the classy-end of MTB apparel. I'm also planning on getting the Smoked Grey.

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Will S.wrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

From my wife:
"The Dubarry of Ireland Roscommon boot is very versatile. I wear them primarily at the barn to keep the mud and snow out -- the goretex layer does makes them waterproof enough to literally wade through a pond. They also are stylish enough to wear casually (after washing the mud off with a hose!)."

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Will S.wrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

The Hydroflask Medallion bottle takes a high performance bottle from Hydroflask and makes it even cooler with the Goat logo, The bottle insulates well, feels good in the hand, works to drink straight from or to pour, is durable, and best of all is dishwasher safe (or at least it's held up to our dishwasher). Great combination!

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Will S.wrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

I'm a huge fan of Smartwool socks and wear them almost daily. The Smartwool PHD Ultra Light ski sock is perfect for wearing with tighter fitting boots or for summer hiking. Like all Smartwool socks, these are durable for how thin they are, breath very well and are comfortable.

I prefer size XL even though I'm a size 11.5-12 which is right on the edge of L and XL. I really dislike cramped toes.

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Will S.wrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

We use the Pendleton Star Wars blanket as a throw on our couch and love it! We got the BB8 model, and it looks great with vibrant blue and yellow colors. The material is comfortable on the skin -- not itchy. It's pretty large and would probably cover a queen size bed. It's thinner than other Pendleton throw blankets, but more tightly woven.

We love it!!

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Will S.wrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

I'm a big fan of Smartwool socks in general and use different weights depending on the activity. The Lightweight is a good all around choice that works with most of my ski boots. I use them for both alpine and cross country skiing and find them to keep my feet warm and comfortable in virtually all conditions. In the summer, I wear them with boots and the moisture wicking properties make them very comfortable for walking all day.

As a bonus, these have cool patterns and come in a bunch of colors, so you can mix it up! (And also keep track of which socks go together)

I generally prefer to size up to an XL, even though according to the size chart at an 11.5-12, I'm right on the edge of L and XL. It's probably personal preference, but I really dislike any pressure on my toes.

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