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Will S.

Will S.

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Wasatch Mountains, UT

Will S.'s Passions

Biking
Running
Climbing
Skiing

Will S.'s Bio

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

Will S.

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

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I both LOVE the Backcountry Trekker 40L duffel. The material is very comparable to the TNF Basecamp duffel, but it has better features that make it more usable both on a daily basis and for travel.

The 40L is on the smaller side (we also have the 60L for traveling) and is nice to carry either as carrier on for a flight or as a daily gym bag.

Now for what I love about it:
* Waterproof material
* Side pocket for dirty clothes or shoes that expands into the main bag compartment. The way it's designed, it doesn't get in the way if not in use, but then can expand to take up about 1/2 the volume when you want to put shoes, a towel, dirty clothes, or all three in it. This is my favorite feature. I love being able to keep clean and dirty separate. SUPER SMART!
* A few small pockets well sized for essentials (mesh pockets on the inside, a small zipper outer pocket that's perfect for my heart rate monitor and Wahoo Element
* Easily removable backpack straps. I prefer not to use them on my daily gym bag, but like them when flying. My wife prefers to use just one as a shoulder strap. It's super easy to take the strap on and off and I just stash them out of the way in the expandable secondary pocket so they're available, but out of the way
* Colors are cool. I have the blue. My wife has the olive. They both look awesome.

Cons ... maybe add more colors and sizes?

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

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs

The Mons Royale Hold 'Em boxer are my first product from Mons Royale and I've been impressed so far! I typically wear Icebreaker or Smartwool boxer briefs (Icebreaker is the most comfortable but not durable, Smartwool still quite comfortable, but more durable). The Mons Royale compares favorably to both of those. They are breathable, comfortable, and supportive. I got the Oily Blue color and found that it looks similar to the photo.

I was a bit skeptical about the lettering in the design, but have found that it's grown on me. I like them.

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

3 5

I thought the Patagonia Ear Flap hat is a really cool concept, with soft material, and an interesting design. I was excited to wear it this winter, BUT then found it to be too small for either my wife or I. Our heads are definitely on the larger side, but not crazy big. So if you think it would fit your head, GO FOR IT! But if you tend to have a larger head, then it's not the right choice.

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

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs

I'm a huge fan of merino wool for any type of base layer. The downside with other brands (e.g., icebreaker) can be the durability. The Smartwool Merino 150 boxer briefs solve this (somehow) and are durable, while still be breathable and comfortable for all day use.

The cool color options are a nice bonus!

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

4 5

The Backcountry x DPS Nebo Alpine Touring ski is a super fun choice for all around touring. It strikes a great balance of lightweight, stiff enough for hard conditions, fat enough for powdery conditions, and looks cool with the goat on it.

I mounted with Dynafit TLT Speed and ended up with an all-day, all-conditions setup. It's not crazy light for skimo racing, nor quite as stiff as I'd like for groomers at the resort, but it's pretty fun all the time.

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