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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 WhereToWillie

William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

On those trips when you actually need to bring everything, this bag does it with style. A couple mesh pockets in the lid keep small items organized, but the body is one giant hole that swallows all but the most extreme expedition's gear. On a ski trip to the Uintas, I had enough room for the tent and my ski boots in the bag, along with layers, some camera equipment in their own bags, and food!

The only con that I have found (and it's only a con if you're not filling up the side pocket) is that if you have just a few things in the side pocket, the fabric that separates the two compartments is designed to allow you to overstuff the side pocket. When you only have a couple things in there, they can get lost in the extra fabric.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I generally run pretty warm, but on days when temps dip to the teens this layer has been my go to touring layer. The fleece wicks moisture if you're working up a sweat, but will keep you warm when you turn and head downhill.

The DWR is a nice touch, but I wouldn't wear it in anything more than a drizzle, but it's perfect for when there is a light snow on the way uphill.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Packing into its own pocket and feather weight, this item is one that will live on my harness on all summer climbs. There's nothing like a wind layer to change the chilly belay to pleasant, or to have something extra to throw on in layers if your descent ends up running later than expected.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag quickly turned into my main gym bag. One compartment for climbing shoes, harness, chalk bag, gear, and another compartment for workout clothes and running shoes. (yes, I am an organizing freak, it's fine). It also has a little pocket in the front for keys, wallet, phone, sunnies, etc. AND, it has a laptop sleeve, perfect for the days I spend going back and forth between the climbing wall at the gym and answering emails. 10 out of 10.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I've only had the opportunity to use these in the gym so far, but as rising temps are tempting me outside I think they will become a staple. The fabric is super stretchy, comfy, and doesn't stay damp when I start to sweat. Another plus is the zippered thigh pocket that is harness compatible. Lastly, the fabric seems to hold its shape better than other techy type fabrics, that can loose their elasticity between washes.

Re: sizing. I am not sure if at 6'4" and 200lbs that I would be a L or XL in other brands, but the L fits me nicely.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

The only thing I would change on these is making them a tad shorter, but I am a little euro when it comes to short length. They stretch like crazy, great for a day bouldering or climbing when temps get just too much for pants.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs

Enough tech to make this a veritable travel staple, the quick drying material can take you from a hot day in the desert to the damp PNW in one flight. The zippered pockets keep things from getting lost and the casual fit ensures comfort for long days.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

When you need something more formal than your favorite Aloha shirt, but don't want to succumb to the traditional dress shirt, take a look no further than fish and trees. Prove your love to the outdoors with having trees and fish on you at all times.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 9, 2018

5 5

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

Packs down to nearly nothing, it's 10oz profile means you'll always throw it in your bag. The loft of this jacket is where it really shines, I can't imagine something being lighter than this while maintaining it's loft. If anything, throw a wind jacket / shell over top and you'll have a full winter jacket that packs to grapefruit size.

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William aka WhereToWilliewrote a review of on April 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a similar experience to Andrew G below, in that it seems the sensor finger tips are beginning to wear off, but it has not effected connectivity, if anything it just looks like wear.

The wind shell makes a solid difference in temperature relative to the gloves alone, and are easy to pop on and off, tuck away into their little pocket. Great for chilly days down to 20's or so depending on you general hand warmth and activity levels.

Fit was not loose without impeding movement and use.

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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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