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William  O

William O

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Utah

William O's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Skiing
Paddling
Running
Biking

William O's Bio

Born in Texas, raised in Utah. Love the Wasatch Mountains especially in the winter. Snowboarder, hiker, I try to ski, biking in any situation, climbing, river rafting, kayaking and everything else outdoors.

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William Owrote a review of on April 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

The Metatomical footbed design in these boots does a great job of starting from the bottom up for support. The Arch support is incredible and really makes the work on my feet ten times less. I've got a high arch and a mid wide foot so the last fits pretty well to my foot but the lacing system is pretty tight on the top bone of my foot so I skipped the loop where it synches down on that bone and it feels great! (Just dont skip the two loops closer to your toes, and the loop that integrates with the heel strap.) Keen Dry works just like Gore-tex, my feet were dry trudging through the muck and the boots breathed just like my regular goretex backpacking boots. Definitely like the new design, I picked up the Big Ben/Golden Brown color but I so wish I had got the Black Olive Golden Brown color! It looks awesome!

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William Owrote a review of on April 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Took this out for the first time last weekend when we had heavy rain coming down up at the ski resorts. I'd say this jacket definitely does it's job since my buddy who was wearing a goretex jacket from underarmour soaked through within 2 hours and I was still bone dry under this jacket for the whole day we were up there. Definitely don't suggest riding on snow in the rain, but when a friend is only in town for the weekend, you just gotta send it! Super light weight, stretches very well, feels like its pretty abrasion resistant, but when you sacrifice weight, you have to sacrifice durability as well! Patagonia did a great job of finding a good weight to durability denier that breathes super well and I'm very glad I picked up this jacket. They may have fixed the sizing this year also because I normally wear a large and I bought the large and it fits like a glove.

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William Owrote a review of on April 5, 2018

Awesome general purpose kit
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome flies in this kit for a good all around use for a lot of areas around UT, WY, CO, and ID. Always still buy a few flies at the local shop where you are going just in case though. Also good to pick up some beta! Here's a pic of the detailed list that comes with this kit.

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William Owrote a review of on March 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This crew is super comfortable and warm for how thin it is. Super soft to the touch, stretches and it has a great long fit. Love this Crew L/S! The pocket is also hardly noticeable until you actually use it. I was half way through a convo with my buddy when I put my hands in the pocket like I normally do with a hoody and he literally stopped what he was talking about and starting asking about this shirt. Icebreaker did a fantastic job designing this.

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William Owrote a review of on March 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Mons Royale did a kick A** job creating this hoody. They used Merino combined with fleece to create a nice thick material hoody. This isn't your typical thin material that you normally get with Merino Wool so it's an actually a hoody that will keep you warm. Also wicks moisture pretty well with having small pit vents and a bottom left vent zip. Chest pocket fits a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a hardcase on it if you want an idea on the chest pocket. It also has a headphone jack that goes through the pocket. Nylon panels on the shoulders, chest region and fore arm regions for better water protection. No I wouldn't where this as a standalone piece when its dumping outside but it might not be too bad in a light storm. Overall and awesome riding hoody.

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William Owrote a review of on March 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everything Devin and Wes said below, is totally on point. But, this is a pretty big knife for the square patch on your pfd and it might be better to go with the co-pilot because you will get everything from this knife, in a smaller package and it doesn't have the point on the hilt which if you have a fiberglass or glass boat, it makes sense.. but I'm always afraid of puncturing my raft when hoping back in my raft because it sticks out like that, so i picked up the co-pilot and I've been using that since. On the other side of things though, that's an excellent puncher for shotgunning beers at camp. So pick your poison. No matter what, co-pilot or pilot, they are amazing knives for when as Wes put it... S*** hits the fan.

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William Owrote a review of on February 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This kit is perfect if you and your significant other want to go on a backcountry camping trip! Or if you and a buddy want to go on a camping trip, either way its a fantastic kit! The pocket rocket works like a champ, the pot is just the right size, not too small but not too heavy. Insulated mugs are a great bonus, and the whole kit fits in the cooking pot!! Saving space is huge for the backcountry as well so this is a no brainer if you need a kit for 2!

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William Owrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

Picked these up last minute before a trip to Kings Peak and didn't have time to break them in. Hot spots on the first day hiking in but after that, smooth sailing. No blisters or pain. These boots are super supportive and you can also wrap your laces around the boot once below the top two gromets to give yourself more support if you want it. The sole grips really well to wet and dry surfaces alike. Mossy surfaces I would still be careful of though. They are pretty warm because they trap in heat very well and keep everything else out so I would say to possibly wear lighter socks in the warmer months and with thick socks you can use them in the winter on some occasions. Gore-Tex membrane also held up to its name! Tromped through the streams and muck almost to the top of the boot and nothing leaked through. The inside was dry. Also got caught in a rain storm with 3 hours left on our hike out. I was wearing pants with a light dwr treatment but of course they soaked through after a half hour or so. No big deal, it was in the summer but when we got back to the car at the parking lot, my derriere may have been soaked through but my feet were nice and dry.

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William Owrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I had tried on multiple bibs and fits were just too restricting or too loose. When I tried these on in XL, it was just right. The bibs stretched and moved with me while still being fitted to my body which was just incredible. I've been using these day in and day out and they have performed impeccably. The Gore-Tex keeps me dry and the 4 venting panels make it easy to dump heat when you need to. The side pockets are huge and the zippers are durable and waterproof. The zippers are a little rigid at times but its to be expected with how heavy duty they are. These bad boys also breathe super well even when its soaking wet snow out. My gloves and balaclava soaked through by the end of one particular day and my legs underneath my bibs were still bone dry. Didn't let the water in, but sure let my legs breathe enough to not sweat myself out on the inside! Doesn't Matter if you board or ski, these bibs rock. -Also, you can turn them into pants if you need to.

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William Owrote a review of on January 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super responsive, incredibly light, comfortable and these dampen vibrations super well. Doesn't matter if I'm ripping up groomers, stomping it in the park, dropping off a cliff or bombing it down a steep. (You get the picture) These are ready to take on the mountain however you want to ride it. If you are familiar with the flight pros, these I'd say are super similar with a few differences of course. They're lighter than my flight pros from 2014. The have a lot more cushioning for stomping anything and everything as well as being more responsive but they still flex from nose to tail suuuuuper well. Definitely would suggest this for intermediate to advanced riders if they want something that is going to be able to take anything they want to attack on the mountain.

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