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tgwsci

Mt. Lebanon, PA

tgwsci's Passions

Paddling
Hiking & Camping

tgwsci's Bio

Avid kayak fisherman, hiker and amateur outdoor and wildlife photographer. Otis Morrison said it best: ""I get more joy from a long walk in the woods than from any other form of exercise. Me, the dog, music or not, I lose myself in the wonder of nature's complexity."

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tgwsciwrote a review of on September 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these for a month or so and am very pleased with the fit, comfort and ruggedness of the boot. Made for hiking along waterways and wading in the boots paired with a good pair of neoprene wading socks fit perfectly (order one size up from your standard size). They dry quickly and work well in all water situations.

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tgwsciwrote a review of on February 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 177 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

My lovely owns a variety of CG pieces (vest, parka, Hybridge Lite Coat) and won't stop telling people how perfect they are. She insisted I try one, and good golly darn, she's right (as she usually is). I bought the Hybridge Lite Hoody and can't be happier. Sold design and construction, top rated materials, functional and stylish. The run small, so order one size up). This is the perfect mid-weight jacket and can be worn over a t-shirt down to about 20 degrees fahrenheit. The thumb holes mean that you can wear a light pair of gloves and have added protection for your digits.

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tgwsciwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 177 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you're reading this, you probably know that Patagonia builds tough outerwear that is short on bulk and long on performance. The only issue with the Nano Puff Bivy is that it is cut one size smaller than it's sister, the Nano Puff Hoodie. Not a problem for me as I intend to wear mine as a second layer over a simple t-shirt, but if you want to layer more than a shirt underneath, definitely order one size up.

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tgwsciwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 177 lbs
Size Purchased: US 9.5

I first tried the Adidas Terrex Fast Mid GTX about a year ago and they quickly became my go to shoe / boot for everyday urban hikes. Well made, with a fit about 1/2 size up from my other brands of hikers, the durability, fit and comfort are as good as it gets. Just got my second pair and expect to wear them often through fall and winter here in western PA

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tgwsciwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 9' 10"
Weight: 177 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

Of all the brands of hiking boots I've owned, Asolo, Lowa, Merrell, Zamberlan and Adidas, among others, I can honestly say that Salewa builds the best boot for my money, comfort and utility. I have 5 pairs of hiking boots and shoes that I will wear ahead of most of the othes in my collection. Perfectly sized, quality materials and construction, rugged and good looking - everything I need in a mid-weight hiker. Get some!

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tgwsciwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I consider my PFD to be the one piece of equipment that I will not get onto the water without. There is no good reason not to wear protection on the water, whether you are wading, kayaking, boating or taking part in any activity where you might take a wet spill. A good PFD is absolutely essential gear. That said, I have a number of them that I use depending on the situation. I purchased my Kokatat Outfit Tour specifically for kayak fishing from October to May, when water temps here in Western PA are below 60 degrees. Above 60, I use a Mustang Inflatable. I bought the Kokatat after borrowing one from a friend last fall and using it for a day. It is one of the best built, most comfortable and well designed products on the market. I highly recommend you try one on the next time you are in the market for a high quality, American made PFD.

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tgwsciwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

First let me affirm that this jacket runs one size small. I am 5' 10", 177 or so with a 43" chest and 33" waist. It is perfect if all you'll wear is a light base layer, but anything more will make you feel constricted. I've come to appreciate the stretch fabric, it's tough and forgiving, but like any down jacket, you need to know that it won't do well if you're in a briar patch! The fit, finish, thoughtful design and materials add up to a great product and one that offers a bit more than its competitors. You can easily get overheated in this jacket as it does not breathe well, but despite its light weight, it really holds the heat - Get yourself one!

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tgwsciwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I ordered the Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket after weighing options from all of the top brands. I read reviews, studied the specs and chose this piece because I felt confident it would handle anything Old Man Winter could throw at it. I was right. This jacket provides superior warmth in a relatively lightweight package with serious attention to detail. The hood is one of the best on the market. It's deep, adjustable and provides maximum wind protection. The pockets are deep, well placed and lined for warmth. The shell, while sturdy and well made is not as strong as I would like (be careful of sharp objects on the trail or slopes), but you have to admire the construction and quality of the materials inside and out. Adhering to the Down Codex, the feathers are ethically sourced and the jacket is stitched in such a way that they stay in place. The cuffs could use additional elastic, but the adjustable tabs make up for the slight lack of snap around the wrist. The fit is true, it hits right between the waist and hip, but is cut for a more athletic build. If you've got a gut, or large waist, order up a size for sure. I'm 5' 10" with a 43 inch chest and 33 inch waist, and a medium fits perfectly. This jacket is for serious cold. Start wearing it over a light base layer after the temps drop into the teens, and feel confident it will handle -20 degree f wind chill with no problem. I mentioned earlier to be careful with the shell around sharp objects. Let me explain: I took a slide on black ice and a piece of rock salt tore a 3/4 inch gash in the back. I wore it for two days before I found the tear and did not loose a single feather. I reached out to Back Country to see if they could recommend a repair methodology, and my Gearhead Matt P. had one suggestion: send it back - no questions asked - and he shipped the replacement the same day. Ask Amazon to do that for ya! love the site, the people and the products.

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tgwsciwrote a review of on January 14, 2015

5 5

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

I ordered the Stohlquist Men's Torrent Sea Touring Jacket with the intent of using it both on water and off. Given that it's January in Pittsburgh, the on water test will have to wait a bit. I first wore the jacket over an Ibex Woolies 150 base layer on a warmish, windy and very rainy morning hike. The performance, comfort, use-ability and convenience lived up to, and in one case exceeded my expectations. I have in my collection foul weather jackets from Orvis, The North Face, Patagonia and Sherpa, among others and I can honestly say that the fit, finish and construction rivals any brand on the market. I look for deep, protective hoods with a variety of adjustments available, and this jacket exceeded my expectations in that arena. I highly recommend this product.

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