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Ry S.

Ry S.

Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I tried these on side by side with Castelli Sun Sleeves. The Pearl Izumi felt much warmer on my legs. The Pearl Izumi weighed more. The Pearl Izumi has more seams that can cause irritation. The Pearl Izumi's silicone band is not as functional as the Castelli. The Pearl Izumi sizes don't line up with my dimensions. I am 5'10 and weigh 160. My thigh is 20 inches and my calf is 12. I bought a medium and they fit the thigh perfectly but were baggy around the calf.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I tried these on after trying out a pair of Pearl Izumi sun protectors. The Castelli fabric felt softer. The Castelli fabric also felt cool on my skin. The Castelli also has a more functional silicone strip for the thigh area to keep them from slipping. The Castelli is lighter as well. Only gave them 4 stars because I noticed a seam starting to tear right out of the box. I'll fix it before it gets worse. I am 5'10 and weight 160. My thigh is 20 inches and my calf is 12 inches. I originally purchased a medium and they were too tight around the thigh. Put in an order for a Large the same day. Hoping they fit perfect.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on April 4, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I received this pad along with another brand that I was considering. Between the 2 pads it is a unanimous win by the other brand. I'll try to stick to just reviewing the Big Agnes pad though.

Pros:
-It has a high R-value at a low weight
-It comes with a patch kit

Cons:
-Features old school twist lock valve
-Hard to fully inflate
-21 breaths to inflate (You'll be lightheaded)
-Pad is only 18.5 inches wide, not 20 inches wide
-Weighs 490 grams, not 450 grams
-Slippery and crinkly fabric
-Takes 5 minutes to deflate after you roll it up twice to get all of the air out of it.

This will be my last attempt at buying a Big Agnes Product. The most troubling issue is the width. 18.5 inches makes you feel as if you will slide right off of this thing. Your arms dangle over the sides. Almost all of my other sleeping pads are 20 inches wide and you will notice immediately that this one is not. I confirmed this with a tape measure. Also the old twist valves are obsolete. They are much harder to inflate due to less air flow. Once you are close to full volume you have to somehow hold air pressure while you turn the valve and try not to let any air escape. There is no reason for any pad to keep using twist lock valves. The flat valves featured on many other pads are easier to inflate and deflate. I have zero confidence that this pad would give me a good night sleep.

I included a note with my return to Backcountry in hopes that they update the product information so as not to mislead and disappoint more customers. If you're looking for an amazing pad that takes 9 breaths to inflate, 35 seconds to deflate and pack, weighs 15 oz with an R-Value of 3.7, I would suggest the R.E.I. Flash Insulated Mummy Pad.

Don't buy this pad, you'll end up returning it.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on March 31, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It doesn't matter how light this sleeping pad is because you will eventually end up laying on the ground. This lightweight sleeping pad is worthless. Save your money. The valve on the top is not very easy to use. Also to get it fully pumped up you have to use a hand pump included. I tried it 3 times during a rainy night while sleeping in a bivvy sac. Every time I re-inflated the pad it was deflated in about 2 hours. This is my 2nd and last time I'll ever buy a Klymit pad. The other one was a Static V Jr. which also had a leak right out of the box. I have had a terrible experiences with their products.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on December 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have this board and a Nitro Team Gullwing. For the price, this board does it all. I bought it a little bigger than my usual board and this thing floats in powder. It has plenty of pop while still being soft and buttery. This board also rips up groomers. My only criticism is that the sidecut is not super aggressive. Making the edge to edge turning not as responsive as some other boards. But after a few days of getting used to it, I would recommend this board to just about anyone.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on October 8, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

After owning product for a couple of months I already have my first tear. The jacket tore on the left sleeve.

As far as the warmth of this jacket it is very warm. Although it is well insulated I feel like the jacket breathes very well. I can usually wear it with no base layer in temperatures between 30-55 F.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on December 18, 2009

3 5

The headphones seem alright. I have a pair of SkullCandy Titans that are at the manufacturer for warranty issues. SkullCandy has great customer service. These arrived in a ziplock bag. There was no carrying case for them. Steap and Cheap has never done me wrong like that. But for thirty bucks, I guess that was a gamble I took. They are 100 times better than stock IPOD headphones. They have a little more bass and a little better sound quality than the Titans.

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