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San Diego and Forests and Mtns of the SW

mister.soda2268756's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Climbing

mister.soda2268756's Bio

My outdoor spirit was conceived running 1/2 marathons and born in the Grand Canyon. Since then I've taken to triathlons, trail running, rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing, and zoning out in meditation in the most remote, beautiful places I can find.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 30, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I really wanted to love this jacket. This was the one I wanted. Right up until I realized it wasn't.

Pros: Light. Breathable. Comfy. Comfy under-helmet hood.
Cons: Difficult to get on and off. Standard Patagonia weird cut. Small arms. No full-zip option. No hand-warmer pockets.

I first tried on a Medium, and thought I was going to tear it apart taking it off. I went with a large, but had to return it because it was still too small...kind of. The chest fit in an athletic snug fitting kind of way. The arms on the Large were tight, which probably means not as warm as they should be. But there was PLENTY of room in the belly. You can tell from the pictures that the waist is cut wider than the chest. Weird for the layer this jacket is supposed to be.

I might be convinced to take on one of these jackets if the arms were cut larger and they made a full-zip version, but the half-zip pull-over is just not for me. Who wants to struggle to get their jacket on and off when it's hot or cold? And who wants to have to take off their helmet and glasses or goggles to do so? Not me.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs

I really love this jacket. It's super comfortable, breathes amazingly, and is actually cut with a great shape (unlike most of Patagonia's jackets...) I'd recommend it to anyone as a high-activity layer, and in combination with an out shell as an extra layer.

Pros: Lightweight. Extra Comfy. Extra breathable, looks great, big pockets. Great shape and cut.
Cons: Not particularly warm. A tad smelly if you sweat into it for a few days. No chest pocket. Longest name ever.

I would say it's about as warm as an R1, but my R1 is super snug, so I use it as a baselayer on cold days. On those cold days, R1+nano-air light hybrid is about as breathable as you can get, moves moisture faster than almost anything, and is more modular and adjustable than a baselayer and a regular nano-air.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

So, I'm going to start by saying I really like these pants, and would recommend them to anyone.
I had a pair of 3L stoic shells whose zipper hit a snag (get it?). They lost a lot of functionality what with not being able to zip one side closed. BC has AMAZING customer service, and warrantied them for me. I would have loved to pick up another pair, but they just don't make 'em anymore, so I went with these instead.

Pros: Breathable durable softshell uppers. Durable waterproof lowers. Removable suspenders. Removable gaiters. Zipper pockets galore. Big upper-leg vents.
Cons: snug "athletic" fit on the legs makes most pockets good for little more than a phone, wallet, papers, etc... (Thin things.) None of them really fit a beacon without it being uncomfortably tight. No venting in the area that needs it most: the non-breathable waterproof shell. Cheap uncomfortable suspenders.
I'm 5'8", 170, with a 30"+ waist and 21"+ thighs. I went with the small because I was in between small and medium sizes, and the small was all BC had. The fit snugly, but are comfortable enough. I probably should have gone with a medium, but didn't want to be swimming with a loose waist.
The suspenders are thin, tough, course, hard fabric that will probably be very durable (and uncomfortable). I took them off immediately. (As noted, they were totally unnecessary for me.)
Because of the slim fit, the pockets won't really comfortably fit a beacon. Bummer. But I did love and appreciate all the pockets. It was great to have an option on either leg for my phone, and it's nice that all the pockets have great zippers.
The softshell uppers are soft, comfortable, and breathable. The vents are almost unnecessary, but still very much appreciated when heading uphill.
The Pertex Shield+ lowers seem durable and waterproof, but what I can tell you the most is that they're about as breathable as any other hardshell, which is to say, not really breathable at all. While skinning uphill, my thighs did fine with the vents open, but from about 3" above my knee to my ankles were just a wet swampy mess. I would up removing the gaiters and rolling them up. This helped a little, keeping my shins and calves a tad drier, but doubled the unbreathability around my knee, making things worse from 2" below my knee to 2" above my knee. It'd be great if the vents went all the way down, or if there was a second set of vents from the knee to the ankle. Maybe on the back or inside of the leg?

All in all, great pants that I would recommend to anyone looking for touring pants, especially if you DON'T have muscly athletic legs.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 30, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Pros: Blocks wind well. Packs small. Will resist a couple minutes of light sprinkle. Looks nice.
Cons: Not very warm. Not breathable at all. Clamy and uncomfortable against skin.

I can't really recommend this jacket. Due to it's poor breathability, it has a very narrow niche use. If you're standing around, it's probably good down to about 55F, maybe 50F. Any colder than that, and this jacket isn't warm enough. I can't recommend it for physical activity, as its poor breathability makes it damp and clammy on the inside in just a few minutes. It's only slightly more water resistant than a cotton sweater, but is slightly warmer (though less comfortable) when wet. It will resist a smattering or a light sprinkle for a few minutes, but if it's enough rain to make a cotton hoody wet, this jacket won't fair any better, and it will feel gross and clammy against your skin.

The only place this jacket shines is in cool (but not cold) windy conditions where you might have to have a light jacket packed really small. Otherwise there is always a better layer than this, and it's usually just a softshell.

The cut is also kind of awkward: very square and a little big. If you're on the cusp of two sizes, size down. I'm 5'8", 170, with a 42" chest, 31" waist. I'm usually on the cusp of a Medium and Large. Mediums are usually snug and have an athletic muscly fit while larges are typically a little too big and roomy. This jacket is no different, with the Large leaving PLENTY of room, especially around the midsection. The cut seems to be for someone with a belly, if you know what I mean. Definitely not for athletic or slim builds.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on July 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Summary:
It is what I expected it to be: a cheap thin shirt for wearing to the office on hot days.

It is what it is. It's a short sleeve button down shirt.

The fabric is thin, which is what I was looking for. I'll wear it on hot summer days at the office. But you should also read "thin" as "made out of cheaper materials". It's not the softest cotton. It's a little stiff and starchy, but it's brand new, so maybe that will wear away. I don't expect it to last forever, but I'd say you get what you pay for, and this is probably a $20-25 shirt. If you pay $40 for it, you've over paid.
As for sizing, I'd say it's reasonably true to size. I'm typically half way between a Medium and a Large. I really like Medium shirts with stretch, but stiff shirts and shirts without any stretch I have to size up or they restrict my motion. I've read that this shirt runs a little large, so I went with the Medium. I don't really regret that, but it's a little snug across the shoulders, and has no stretch to it. Then again, I'm 5'8", 175, and have broad shoulders, so that's to be expected.
I got the blue one, which isn't bad, but is a bit different than the color pictured. The pictured color is kind of a denim. The actual shirt is a bit lighter (not as dark). Also, it has these little light speckles throughout that look good, but you can't really see them in the picture. Overall, it looks good.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on February 1, 2018

3 5

I put a pair of these on my road bike and absolutely love them. I loved them so much that I spent hundreds of dollars to put one on my commuter. Worst decision ever. I throw my chain ALL THE TIME. It varies. Sometimes I'll go a whole week without throwing the chain. Today, on my 2.5 mile commute, I threw the chain three times, which is what spurred me to write this review. I've had the bike professionally tuned and adjusted twice. It doesn't help. If anything, it makes it worse.

AB's customer service on the issue wasn't helpful either. They acknowledged that their rings aren't designed to keep the chain on "but we're working on it" they said. In the meantime, they suggested taking a link out of the chain to increase the tension. If anything, that only made it worse.

I might recommend these for a road bike with a tight derailleur, but not on anything else. It's a shame. I do love them on my road bike, and conceptually, they SHOULD be awesome on a MTB or cross bike where they would improve traction. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I did.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on January 28, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: X-Large

I've used gloves for skiing, snowshoeing, and winter activities for... Well... All my life. I always wanted the dexterity that comes with gloves. but my fingers were always cold. Always. ALWAYS.
After trying some of the warmest gloves I could afford, and always being disappointed, my fiancé talked me into these. The "shared heat" effect of having your fingers together is warmer she said. She may be right, but I'm afraid these mittens don't prove it. The big advantage to mittens, at least these, that I've found is that the hamdwarmer can be down in the end of the mittens with your fingers (where it does the most good) instead of at your palm or the back of your hand. But in temperatures in the high twenties with a hand warmer, my fingers are still frigid in these.

Now, these may be enough warmth for "normal" people, but if you have cold hands and fingers or Raynaud's, you best look elsewhere. Which is really a shame, as the dexterity in these mittens is pretty great... For mittens.

Also, an interesting sizing note, I got the X-Large because I have fairly large beefy climbers hands. The mittens fit great, but the thumbs are a little tight (thus not as warm). But the liner gloves are just too big. I'd say the X-Large mittens are between a L and XL, but the liner gloves with them are between an XL and a XXL.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The individual loops give you the versatility of a Daisy Chain, without the potential problem of Daisy Chain failure. It also makes coiling for short storage easier than with a DC. And the price is right for this guy too. One of the best prices, for an awesome piece of gear, that does the job great. What's not to love?

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These biners are great. They are impressively light. I won't claim that they're the lightest among their competitors, but if not then they're pretty close. The only downside here is size. These biners are partially so light because they're smaller than the norm. But they're also partially so light because CAMP did an amazing job with them. They're big enough to clip into even large ropes, but not with quick and comfortable ease. Still, the gate's are gorgeous, and I find plenty of places in my rack for plenty of these. Mostly nuts and 'draws. The next 'draws I invest in are going to be CAMP's Mach Express draws which utilize one of these on one end for clipping into gear, and a Photon wire gate on the other end for clipping the rope. The photons are a larger biner, with a larger gate opening and a deeper basket, but are still unbelievably light.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

BD Neutrino Biners are good biners. They're smooth. They're appropriately tensioned and sized. They're strong and durable. They're great for color coding to BD Camalots. That's probably their biggest strength. But frankly, they just fail to impress. They're amazingly ordinary. Incredibly unremarkable. Average. They're not particularly light. They're size is middle-of-the-road. They're gate opening isn't happily large or sadly small, but acceptably average. The basket too is best described as common.

When I build my complete rack, I will go with biners that are both lighter and have a larger opening. But these will do, and they're perfectly color coded to BD Cams. So....yay color coding!

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mister.soda2268756wrote a question about on April 7, 2012

How's the waist band on these? I've got a couple pair of Icebreaker 150's, and the merino is nice, but the waist band is this sharp nylon/elastic type material that chafes and cuts into my skin a bit. Fine if you fold the waistband over, but then they don't fit right, and want to fold back.

Also, how's the anti-stink on these? I'm always nervous that the artificial anti-stink additives will wear off after a few uses/washes.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on July 8, 2011

3 5

Got this dress as a gift for my girlfriend. She's 5'3", 115, and usually wears an extra small in anything, sometimes a small. Got this one in an extra small, and it was very large. Too large. XS looks like a M. Fit like a baggy night shirt, and the built in bra was useless. Otherwise the dress looks like it would be great, but we'll never know as it'll have to go back. Don't think Isis makes a XXS.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

4 5

These are pretty good climbing shoes. They're stickier than my 5.10 coyotes, but not as comfortable. The soles are pretty good at edging to. I actually really liked these until I got my Montrails. I LOVE my montrail climbing shoes. They're almost too sticky indoor climbing, but these offer better traction outdoor. Go figure.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

4 5

Great trail runners. Stable, with a good amount of shielding in the shank. Before this I had a pair of Brooks Cascadia "trail runners" but they were really street running shoes with trail-running colors. They were very comfortable, but offered no shielding or stability. Every rock could be felt and ankles were unstable. These block those rocks that terrorize the bottom of your feet. They're light, fit true to size, and are moderately comfortable. I just wish they had a tiny bit more padding.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

4 5

These are great undies. I ran an anti-stink experiment. These lasted 4 days (with no athletic activity) before they started to smell like taint. And they're pretty comfortable. That being said, I totally understand why people have complained about the waistband cutting into them. It's really sharp on the top edge. I wasn't overly irritated by them, but I noticed the sharp edge a couple of times.

My biggest complaint is with the length. These are supposed to be BOXER briefs, not just briefs. The inseam is like 1" - 2". They're practically just briefs with a little extra fabric. But everything combined still earns these 4 stars. Maybe after my 23 day trip in Ireland with 3 pairs of undies (ewww) I'll change my tune.

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mister.soda2268756wrote a review of on March 10, 2009

5 5

This shirt is great. Uber comfy and soft, it almost feels like a brushed cotton, but stretchier, warmer, and "higher performance". I went running with it after sunset when it was about 40 to 45 outside and had no temperature complaints, despite the light rain! My only complaint is that, the sleeves are a tad long. I'm a lean 5' 8" 170 and everything about this shirt fits great as a base-layer except the sleeve length, and even that could be fixed by adding monkey thumbs. I might even just get some sewn in! Otherwise I love it, I just need more uses for it!

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