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ktooowrote a review of on June 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this at a local store for $80 and for that I think it's worth it, but maybe not at full price.

A couple notes:
1. It's bigger than I expected. It's big enough to cold 24 cans with ice. It could probably hold 2 shoeboxes? Anyways it's a good size, this was a plus for me, but depends on what you need.

2. It isn't very soft. Don't expect to be able to squeeze this down when it's empty, it's more like a hard cooler with a soft cover. Still nicer to carry and isn't going to dent your car if you knock the cooler into it, but it is a fixed shape and isn't flexible. This was the biggest negative to me: I wanted to be able to compress it to fit into my limited apartment storage space.

3. It works well. I generally only use coolers for day activities or maybe single overnights, and this insulates more than well enough for that.

4. It disassembles into the outer bag/cover you see in the pictures, then the insulation box can pull out, and the cover off the insulation box can come off. I actually find this a little annoying/unnecessary, but if you want to make sure you can get every part of it cleaned it could be a plus.

Anyways, I focused on the negative, but it is a nice cooler that looks cool and works well, and I'd buy it again at a sale price.

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ktooowrote a review of on February 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

These gloves are fine but they don't quite live up to the expectations set by the other reviews.

They're warm, but not warmer than other gloves in this price range. The dexterity is slightly worse than similarly warm gloves (I've used OR, Black Diamond, and Marmot gloves in the recent past). The lining is removable, which is nice, but it spreads lint around, which is annoying. Also, they aren't waterproof, although this probably wouldn't matter for most people since if it's cold enough to use these gloves you aren't likely to find liquid water.

Overall they aren't bad, but a little worse and a little more expensive than their competition.

Also I would say size 9 lines up best to a Large in other gloves, 10 is between what's normally L and XL.

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ktooowrote a review of on December 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This vest is nice. It's surprisingly warm and seems durable. I also have a Mountain Hardwear Nitrous jacket, and this is definitely thicker than that. That isn't really a benefit or a drawback, but note that it is pretty thick and pretty warm. The price is really high though. I got mine on sale and it isn't hard to find this or similar down vests from other manufacturers for the $90-120 range.

As for sizing, I'm 5'11'' and 175lbs and the medium fits comfortably with a lightweight fleece underneath. I have a little room but not too much extra.

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ktooowrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

These boots are awesome. I also have Clark's Desert boots (probably the most common chukkas) and, while I love the Clark's, I find the Sperry's to be better. First, they're really comfortable, even to wear all day walking around the city. The Clark's I find comfortable for a little while and then I think they don't have enough arch support for me so my feet start to hurt walking around. Also the sole of the Sperry's is more like a boat shoe and seems more durable and gets less nasty than the crepe soles on a lot of similar boots, which I prefer although I'm sure some traditionalists would disagree. These Sperry's are also completely lined with really comfy leather so they feel like they'll last a long time.

I ordered a 10.5, which is the same size I wear in their boat shoes and I think they fit great.

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ktooowrote a review of on January 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These boxers are ok but I think the non-wool fabric is more comfortable and more durable. I haven't tested either on a multi-day camping trip so I can't speak to which is more smell resistant but if you wear them in somewhat normal circumstances (I wear them daily) then the non-wool ones are quite a bit better and less expensive.

I always order a medium in things like this and the medium in these worked great. I'm 5'11'' and 175 lbs.

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ktooowrote a review of on March 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This jacket is awesome, and I think I can clarify the negative reviews. The jacket has an athletic fit but it's a little shorter than a heavy duty hardshell (frankly it's somewhere in between a softshell and hardshell in length, like it is in most attributes). I don't think the cut is boxy like some have said. It is slightly shorter and has an athletic fit so some people with big arms and shoulders have to size up and I think the combination of these factors makes it come off as boxy. Also, it is a little heavy (it's the weight of a softshell), but I don't find this to be a problem. The face fabric is soft but totally waterproof, which I think is this jacket's best attribute. It just feels to nice. It's also a lot quieter than most hardshells, if you care about that. I like the cuffs (unlike some reviewers). They're comfy, although a little short for putting your thumbs through, but I think they would be more awkward if they were long and hanging down.

That all being said, I don't think this jacket is going to actually replace anything in my closet. I'm still going to have a hardshell and a softshell, but I imagine this will be my go-to in most situations. The hard shell winning out if it's warm and frankly I mostly wear my softshells around town or on casual hikes anyways. I rarely wear them climbing or skiing.

Just for another sizing datapoint I'm 5'11'' and 175 pounds, with bigger shoulders and arms. I ordered a large and I like the sizing. It's a little loose in the body but it's not too bad and I'm happy with it (plus that's how everything fits on me). If you're about my dimensions but evenly proportioned then I'm sure you could fit in the medium but not with a lot of room for layers.

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