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AgingDirtBag's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Surfing
Running
Paddling

AgingDirtBag's Bio

Father, Surfer, Skier, Climber .... all around aging Dirtbag...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I've ben on the hunt for a soft-shell ski shell do it all that was not a "climbing" shell... meaning not cut so tight that I felt like I was wearing a fitted piece for some time. Plus I'm not 25 years old and 5% body fat :-p I like a little room, enough to layer, enough to not feel like its 'fitted'

Well I tried the high end; Norrona, Arc, etc... I own a Marmot piece thats over built and I never use and I have a Patagonia soft shell that is under built... and more of a windbreaker w/o hood...

I can't tell you how happy I am with this... plus its relatively cheap... which makes it soon much better. I tend to use things more when I don't care about them... or rather replacement cost...

Its a simple Jacket. I'd call it a mid-weight softshell. Perfect for Spring skiing, Dawn patrol tours pre-work, walking the dog, chilly walks on the beach, Watching your kids swim laps or shoulder season canyoneering trips. The hood is great, pit zips big, two way zipper (big plus). Hood has a funky strap to let you roll it up and keep it rolled up which is not the more incredibly design but other than that its great.

It will live in my car... and be a everyday piece. Layered with R1 or a Nano-air under it I imagine it to be near invincible.

Plus :-) .... for well under $150 on sales... who cares! Its awesome.

Oh... I feel it runs small... I would normally buy a large and I needed an XL in this.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 42.5

I've been in Instinct VS's for a while and loved them... Got the VSR two weeks ago and LOVE LOVE them. The difference is minor but the feeling is significant. Break in is faster, better fit, more comfortable and more sensitive.

Win Win Win...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

Love it but sending back because the arms are REALLY long. I like non-fitted so I generally order a large... reading reviews I decided to order a Med - all was perfect except the arms are REALLY long... if I went with the large that would be out of control. Returning .... too bad ... love the quality.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 6, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was looking to replace a MH Snowtastic. Nothing here that blue me away. One oddity - the pow skirt is really snug... like way more snug than necessary... so much so that I notices it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on March 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this thing... LOVE IT. I lost one in Tanzania over the summer and now have two more. Wish they came in darker colors...

I would not say they run larger but they are on the larger size of normal - I'm usually a med and sometimes a large but definitely a med in these.

Super light and super breathable. The mesh"strip" runs the length of the same and the entire sleeve (1" wide. Imagine the longest pit zip in the world... I'm always warm/hot and this is the most comfortable shit I own... even better than a Patagonia AC shirt (close second).

Zippered pockets are nice because they are large.... but I admit I almost never use them. Key clip look in left chest pocket.

Cell phone pocket fits a iPhone 6/7 perfectly.

Love it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 11"
Weight: 100 lbs
Size Purchased: s

Ordered these for my daughter... They are beautifully made for low cost no frills pants. I can't speak to the DWR as they have never been used... and sadly are going back because there are not scuff guards to protect agains book rips... REALLY bummed as these are great pants otherwise.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs

I've got 3 pairs... for the money they are one of the best all around full featured pants out there.

Love - inner thigh vents (no mesh) easier to access than vents on the outer leg.

Dislike - Flaps on upper pockets - but really who cares... your jacket covers them anyways.

Light weight - nope... these things are pretty burly.

DWR - on my oldest pair I've got about 100 days of resort skiing... I've re applied the DWR twice. They soften significantly over time. Boot guards a little cut up.... but after 100 days I'm impressed... they hold up really well.

Fit - Very true to size... Medium is 31-34in waist.

Are they Gortex? No... but don't believe the marketing hype - Gortex is is just ONE of many companies that make waterproof breathable laminates. Marmots private labeled lam works just fine... your DWR is more important than the lam anyways.

Why do I have 3? - oldest pair is a large... I was fat. Second pair I have put thru the ringer... bought 3rd pair to have a back up incase they stopped making them.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

So there are very few options out there for kids gloves that are WARM, have a removable liner and are Gortex... Yes these are EXPENSIVE for a kid who's gonna get two season out of them before out growing them... BUT... his can I sit there on the lift in my BD Guides and ask my son and daughter to suffer with cold and wet hands while I'm toasty and dry... Well... I bit the bullet and got these for my son this season as he has out grown the size 7 Hestia Kids Heli-Mits... Best decision ever - he's happy, he's warm and we just skied 7 days straight in LCC... WE were in the lift line before opening and skied to the end... My little guys hands stayed warm and dry (as did mine) all week.

Best gloves out there... I've got 100+ days on mine and he will get at least 2 season out of his... but having him warm and bullet proof is worth it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If I could give 3.5 stars I would. There is NOTHING wrong with this piece. It IS very nice.

I was looking for an synthetic midweight jacket/hoody... and this is just that. Everyone makes one of these with small differences. Patagonia's Nano-Air, Arc's Atom and LT Atom Hoody... etc. etc.

What I liked - I liked the roomier fit and the wider back. It has a non-technical feel to it. There is a small amount of stretch in all the material. Love the hand warmer pack pockets.

What did not work for me - I found the Large a little too roomy, sleeves a touch long... but the medium too small. I found that I really wanted a vertical exterior chest pocket.
The internal zippered pocket is on the left inside ... which bugs me... feels like is should be on the right.

Very Nice piece but did not blow me away. I't trying others... trying not to buy a Arcyterx Atom Hoody... Why - because I know I love it but I have the jacket... and the Lt. Weight Jkt... and want some diversity... but maybe I don't?

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 10, 2016

5 5

I made the switch to NTN 4 seasons ago and have never looked back. I started in leathers with a 3pin set up... had A pair for gen 1 terminators... so it took a lot for me to go ntn... so glad I did. No more knee to ski, more lateral stability, Pseudo step in, solid build quality. I'm 90% resort (LCC) and I love them. Do they release - yes... but not as consistently as a cert. din binding... but they do... I love the second ski kits... I move one pair of freerides between 3 sets of boards.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had 20+ harnesses... over the last 30 years. I have a home depot plastic tub full... Sure Arc'teryx makes some really pretty products and now BD is following suit with their Solution line but once I bought my first Cadillac I honestly never went back. I'm not a sport climber... maybe if I was I'd go lighter and with something with less options... I'm a trad climber that clips a few bolts here and there and end up in the gym now and then. This is THE harness. Not just comfort but function. Once you have it you will have a really hard time reverting to another harness. I LOVE the two additional gear loops... no, you probably don;t need more capacity but what they allow you to do is to rack in a more organized fashion - spread things out a little and make access to the items you need quickly much easier.

Just buy it... you won't regret it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

1. Warning - it runs large. I wear a Med. in Mtn. Hardware for everything but shells I'mm gonna layer under (ski) and this thing in a large is HUGE. I'm gonna send back for a Med.
2. Its NOT light. If your looking for a Atom AR or a similar beast this is not it... unless weight and bulk are not an issue. This is an insulated soft-shell ... its bomber, similar in warmth to a Atom AR but the outer shell of this is much heavier and significantly more robust.I would call this an outerwear and not a for layering . Wicked piece though.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on September 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the bag as a boat boat bag. Food, rain shells, water bottles , extra layers, first aid kits, camera gear... Thats what lives in the bag and gets tossed on floor of the boat be it a canoe or a drift boat. I love the bag, its been very durable, no leaks etc etc. I will admit I am careful with it... Especially out of the boat. I don't use it for anything but the boat. I've added a rectangle of foam (cut up Z-Rest) to the inside of the base to help prevent bottom punctures and adds a little structure to it. For the price (sale) I'm thrilled with it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 16, 2016

5 5

Almost zero design changes in nearly 30 years. It works, it works well. It has virtually nothing in it to break. If it clogs because you are filtering heavy sediment or mud you can open it up, rinse and your good to go again. If the gaskets get dry smear some chapstick on it and your good. Its bomb proof. I've had mine for literally 25 years... I've replaced the filter twice. Not ultra light but does not suffer from vapor lock or other BS that the smaller MSR filters suffer from. Unless you are fast packing and counting ounces this is your filter. Look no further.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

Sorry Wayne... :-(
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm a total Gregory Fan Boy... In my world there were two pack manufacturers; Gregory and Dana Designs... and while that dates me I will still put any pack from Dana's Arcflex line or Gregory's Summit or Adventure Series lines up againts any pack suspension made today... Granted they don't make them like they used to and Mystery Ranch really isn't Dana butttt... as far as this pack goes I feel it misses the mark. For a 44L pack the suspension just did not work for me. I have some smaller packs from Gregory with light suspensions and they work... but this one felt significantly under built for the size of the pack (and I was only putting 15-25lbs in it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Its a shirt... so I should manage my expectations.... buttt... Its not bad, not amazing either. I like the fabric, has a nice hand to it and land somewhere between a full blown athletic syntheic shirt and the feel of a cotton "t"... which I like. What I don't like: The collar is too big (this was mentioned in another review). I could wear a size Med but I don't like "fitted" t-shirts... so I always order larges and while looser I like more... this large is a normal 'large' size but the collar is looser/larger than I would prefer. Second bad - Seams: How ever the shirt is constructed I can "feel" the seams at times and they tend to make the shirt drape and pull in a way that I notice it when working out (rowing mostly). Its fine, its a shirt... but I would not buy again.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

My first B&R purchase.... Its a nice shirt, its slightly but not overly "fitted".... which is good because I "slightly" and don't "overly" have a six pack. I have not washed it yet to see what happens... shrinkage etc... we'll see what happened when it it returns from the laundry hamper...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs

Normally my non diabetic - has never eaten fast food 9 year old wears a solid medium... these he could have gone with a small.. for another year...on the up side the drawstring waist can be tightened so I don't need to buy him more basketball shorts for 2 years... at least...

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