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William aka WhereToWillie

William aka WhereToWillie

Traveling Full Time

William aka WhereToWillie's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Surfing
Yoga
Paddling
Biking

William aka WhereToWillie's Bio

Traveler, photographer, always up for a good epic .

Currently ‘on the road’ full time traveling thru the USA and Canda in a VW Vanagon named Ruby, I spend most of my days in the outdoors. From the mountains to the seas, my days are best spent climbing in the alpine, lounging at the crag, skiing in the backcountry, or taking a swim in some deserted lake or on a remote ocean shoreline.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 10, 2017

Great all around day bag
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far so good with this bag. Functional designs, clean lines, and enough space to swallow all the gear you could need to make your coffee shop work day comfortable.
The only thing I would possibly add is one or two more little organizer pockets, but I tend to carry small accessories for cameras, cords, etc. The way it stands, it's minimalistic design creates a simplicity that keeps your gear available quickly and efficiently. Based on my history with Topo's gear, this should be a long lasting bag, materials are light and robust.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 5, 2017

Wear it even when it's not raining!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I used this shell on a three week long expedition across Iceland. We had rain in the forecast nearly every day, so I got to know the jacket real quick. I've had my fair share of shells over the years, but I feel the breathability of this one outperforms all that I've used.

Now the stretch. I didn't know how much better a shell could be till I experienced stretch for the first time. If you're considering stretch, just do it, you'll never go back.

I am 6'4", 200lbs and got a large, perhaps could have gone with an XL for the arm length, but sleeves being a bit on the short side is normal for me.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 5, 2017

All wool all the time
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a buff for years, but this is my first wool product. I'm slowly transitioning all my layers to as much wool as possible, so this was the next logical step. Wool does better than synthetic for me, and this being on your neck all day is never scratchy. Couldn't recommend enough.

(pictured, my mate Tom on our run across Iceland)

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 star for a non-rainpant wearing guy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't love rainpants, but when you're outside in multi-day rain you really can't stay or get back to dry without them.

These seem quite burly, although I've only used them hiking/light running. Assuming the fabric matches the quality of Patagonia's Torrenshell top, this should last a good long time.

Pictured Tom, during our run across Iceland.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really enjoying getting to know this watch so far. I've had it about a month now, and it's accompanied me on a three week journey around Iceland.

Tracking activities, keeping up with altitude profiles, and the storm alarm have been stellar, although I think the storm alarm has been a bit sensitive. (Need to research more in to what triggers this).

Definitely excited to get this out on some mountain climbs in the near future.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on January 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Other jackets have claimed to 'disappear into your bag' but this one actually does. Cutting wind can change your temperature in a big way, so I keep this in my backpack, on my climbing harness, and everywhere in between.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 13, 2016

My first Thermarest
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm familiar with several styles of inflatable mattresses, but this is my first Thermarest. I was pleasantly surprised at the speed at which the pad filled with air, only taking a handful or two of breaths to top off. I've slept on sand, gravel, cobblestone, and snow in this pad and have always been able to find comfort and warmth. I'm 6'4" and thus far have been comfortable on the standard size, and the pack down size is extremely impressive! Definitely smaller and lighter than other pads that I've used that definitely didn't shield from cold like the Xtherm.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 13, 2016

THE Stove
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For many, this stove has been a staple for the most extreme backcountry expeditions. A classic that has been reinvented with the Universal edition, now you will always be sure that you can get a hot cup of joe in the morning and a full feed at night.

We took this stove around the island of Crete, Greece by Kayak for 30 days straight, cooking morning and night in the sand, grit, and saltwater. The entirety of the trip, we only needed to keep the pump clean and the stove did the rest. I've used the original whisperlite in the mountains and never had a problem with cold or elevation. It just works.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 13, 2016

Extra comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Originally purchased for: 1 month kayak circumnavigation of Crete, Greece

I was extremely pleased using this skirt while kayaking in the Med. Going from cool mornings to hot mid days, we could loosen the waist when the sea was cooperating and cool down. It was extremely convenient to be able to custom adjust the fit in mid paddle if things got a little feisty. After a month of extended daily use, there were no signs of wear other than some of the decals peeling slightly. I expect many more journeys to come!

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on November 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Originally purchased for:
1 month kayak trip circumnavigating Crete, Greece

We each carried two of these four liter dromolites in our boats to ensure we had constant freshwater when we were unsure of the access on remote stretches of coastline. They held up amazingly, even thru consistent thrashing of salt water, sand, rocky shores, and being shoved behind seats every day. I added the MSR hose kit to one of my bladders and I will be using the dromolite as my primary hydration source for future backcountry trips.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 29, 2016

Casual meets functional
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: L

While I don't do much hiking in boxers, I might consider it in these! Amazingly comfortable material, and being wool they resist moisture and smell. Combine that with a relaxed fit without being so baggy that they bunch up, and you've got a winning combination

Wool undergarments have changed the game for me, I will wear these in the backcountry for days at a time if necessary.

I wear a 35 waist pant, and the Large is right on the money.

If you're wondering about style differences, attached is a photo of the 4 styles, clockwise from top left, the brief, the boxer brief, the long boxer, and the relaxed boxer. The boxer brief and long boxer fit about the same in the thigh, the long boxer being about 1.5-2 inches longer.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 29, 2016

Next level boxer briefs
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: L

If you like a full length leg boxer brief, this is the style for you. I wear these when it's cool out, as the couple of inches of length in the leg add a bit more warmth than the trunk style or brief style. Amazingly comfortable material, and being wool they resist moisture and smell.

Wool undergarments have changed the game for me, I will wear these in the backcountry for days at a time if necessary.

I wear a 35 waist pant, and the Large is right on the money.

If you're wondering about style differences, attached is a photo of the 4 styles, clockwise from top left, the brief, the boxer brief, the long boxer, and the relaxed boxer. The boxer brief and long boxer fit about the same in the thigh, the long boxer being about 1.5-2 inches longer.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 29, 2016

Your new favorite underwear
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: L

For me this is the perfect style, enough support where you need it, and the trunk style ensures that they stay in place walking, hiking, climbing, etc.

Wool undergarments have changed the game for me, I will wear these in the backcountry for days at a time if necessary.

I wear a 35 waist pant, and the Large is right on the money.

If you're wondering about style differences, attached is a photo of the 4 styles, clockwise from top left, the brief, the boxer brief, the long boxer, and the relaxed boxer. The boxer brief and long boxer fit about the same in the thigh, the long boxer being about 1.5-2 inches longer.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 29, 2016

Briefs, but better
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Think about your standard briefs, then make them better in every way. Super soft, plenty of support without being constricting, and don't ride up when hiking. Also, tagless. No one needs tags anymore, let's be honest.

Wool undergarments have changed the game for me, I will wear these in the backcountry for days at a time if necessary.

I wear a 35 waist pant, and the Large is right on the money.

If you're wondering about style differences, attached is a photo of the 4 styles, clockwise from top left, the brief, the boxer brief, the long boxer, and the relaxed boxer. The boxer brief and long boxer fit about the same in the thigh, the long boxer being about 1.5-2 inches longer.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6'
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: L

For being a cotton blend, this is one of the softest shirts I own. Looks great, feels even better.

I'm 6'4" 205, athletic build and I bought the Large. I would say the fit is slightly larger than some of my other size L button up shirts, and would buy a Medium next time, but I like more fitted clothing.

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