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timdonaldson

timdonaldson

LA, Mammoth, Steamboat Springs, Utah, now DC

timdonaldson's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is so indispensable that I now own several. It's a godsend for warm weather backpacking, but also makes a nice head warmer on cool nights when a beanie would be overkill. Dollar for dollar it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on September 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The first night I slept on this pad was the first time in my life that I slept the whole night through (outside). It's sooooo comfortable. I have the 2017, which has the bigger deflate valve and the side open stuff sack. For car camping I have zero complaints, worth every penny. It even pulls double duty when my nieces stay over.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

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

Have not taken this into the field yet but initial observations:
Fits the 20R Nemo Cosmo really well. There are small plastic clips for a strap system to keep the quilt cinched down but Nemo didn't include any. I used some day-glo shock cord and toggles, very lightweight solution. Lastly - have not used in the field yet but good lord is this thing warm. I climbed into it to test the straps and I was overheated within seconds. I'll update my review after I use in the field, should get some cold nights this fall.

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on August 30, 2017

I have a 10 year old Marmot 2 person tent, and the sidewalls are basically horizontal. Wife and I plus doggo fit, but the feet of our bags get soaked from condensation. I think the 2 person limelight will give us the extra room we need, but she's convinced we need to upgrade to the 3 man. Since I usually carry the bulk of the weight this is concerning to me. Any thoughts on using this for 2 plus 40 LB dog?

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on July 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I just realized I've been wearing these for something like 5 straight days. So comfy, stretchy for working out and doing yoga and yet enough pockets to carry keys, wallet, phone and dog treats at all times. Ordering another pair because I think people are starting to notice. Not that I care.

If I had to come up with one tiny complaint it is that the pockets sometimes invert when I pull my phone or wallet out.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

another great Danner boot
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

Really liking these so far. Lots of day hikes and long days in the city and they are super comfy. Surprisingly good arch and ankle support despite the low weight. I could easily see doing a 2 night summer trip with a 40 pound bag with these bad boys.

I love the styling on the Jag...they look great with jeans around town and don't have that typical "dorky hiker" look. My only gripe is that the tongue is connected high up and creates a crease, which kind of rubbed for a while during break in. I was concerned at first but it has since softened.

Had to buy these on Zappos since BC was sold out in my size.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on January 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

Wife got me these as a surprise holiday gift and at first I was skeptical. But they are super warm, super comfy and actually can handle lots of walking around better than I suspected. Turnign into my new everyday winter shoes/boots.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on December 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Finally outgrew (damn beer belly) my old Fernie so I figured why mess with what works? XL fits me perfectly (6'1", 215#) and I like they got rid of some of the stupid pockets. Seriously, my old one had pockets everywhere. My only real complaint; I wish the lower pockets were side-access and fleece lined. I don't need the handwarmer function on the hill but it's a nice option for around town. Taking this for a week in Vail and will update with any observations after the fact.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

This is my defacto winter "dress" boot. I can pull this off with slacks and a dress shirt from November to March. Super comfy, you can spend the whole day walking around the city with no problem. They won't last forever, I'm on my second pair in 3 years but considering how much I wear them that's acceptable.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I bought these as a multi-purpose shoe, and I'm not crazy about the fit. They fit the length and width of my foot but they have a "stretchy" panel on the outside of the toe box which means my little toe moves around too much on rocky trails. They also have a very low contact point around the heel, so the ankle support is not great.

If you're rock scrambling and need the sticky rubber soles these are great, or if you are hiking on relatively smooth trails you'll be okay, but these are not a great substitute for a low top lightweight hiking boot in my opinion.

That said I do like the styling. One reason I bought these is that they don't look like a "standard" hiking shoe, and I can wear them in public with shorts or jeans and not feel like a tool.

Edit...these just conitnue to be uncomfortable. If I wear them for any walk/hike over 3 or 4 miles I start to get a hot spot on my right ankle. I've tried every combination of socks and nothing works. Guess these are going to Goodwill...

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is my go to outerlayer for all the but the coldest days (I live in DC). It wards off water fairly well and dries super fast if it does get wet. It's not too heavy but it's warm, I'll wear it over a t shirt on cool days and over a layer when it's colder. I just wish it had an interior pocket. This is my second one, my first one lasted about 5 seasons but was dirty and had some melted spots from fires and my wife basically made me throw it out.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

My wife got me a pair of SAXX for xmas and I loved them. Ordered a few more pair and now they're pretty much all I wear. Super comfy, breathable, good for dress pants, jeans or shorts. Highly recommend.

Edit - 1 year in and these are starting to fail at the seams. Normal wear and wash, they really should last longer than this given the price.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on December 30, 2014

almost perfect
4 5

Have now used my Safe Passage sling a few times and I really like it.

Pros: Sling is best possible design when compared to chest packs, waist packs, etc...easy to access but completely out of the way when not in use. The Safe Passage has zingers with magnets so your nippers are always where you need them, and a great attachment for a tippet spool (not included). Maybe the best innovation is the magnetized hemo pocket on the chest. The black/grey camo is subtle (the image above shows last years colors).

Cons: so far my biggest gripe would be a lack of a second pocket, or a divided pocket, so I can put keys/wallet/phone away for good while fishing. I like to keeping fishing gear separate from non essential items, so a small flat pocket to accommodate these items would be great. I also wish this bag was 10-20% larger, to handle a few more items. That said, I tried on the Guide sling and it seemed a bit too much volume.

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on January 8, 2011

Question for someone who has skied these bindings -

I love my Hammerheads for the resort, and today I got to try the Axls for free thanks to Mammoth Mountaineering's Telebration. I skied the Axls in the middle position and they seemed veeeerrrryyyy stiff. I'm 6'1'', 195 LBs and I usually ski the Hammerheads in the second stiffest position. I'm worried that the first position on the Axls will be too soft and the middle position will be too stiff. I was skiing G3 Tonics, which in my opinion were pretty squirrly, so it wasn't the ideal evaluation. Any thoughts about the 3 different settings on the Axls? I want to get these based on how much I love the hammerheads but I'm worried about the range of stiffness for the descent.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on February 21, 2010

4 5

5 years ago these skis would have been laughable. 5 years ago Gotamas were HUGE. Now when I look at my Gotamas next to my Kuros its almost a joke. If you've been skiing fat skis for a while now and they don't feel so fat anymore, these may be a great option for you.

Pros - Sick in powder (duh). I only have two days on them and haven't had a chance to fully open them up, but they are a ton of fun once you get in the fluff. They simply devour the loose stuff. They also perform well on piste...in fact my first day on these was spent mostly on soft sunny groomers and they make nice GS turns. You won't be carving trenches but you're 100% in control. Anyone who says they are terrible on the "get back" doesn't really "get it". You slide a bit more than you carve, and you blow through push piles and chop. They are stiff like a Volkl and they turn like a Volkl. I thought these would only be for big storm days but they are more versatile than I thought. I got bumped coming fast out of the trees and landed super backseat and was able to muscle out of it...no soft ski would have done that.

Cons - Anything wind blown or crusty is a challenge. But you knew that when you bought them, didn't you? The main negative is the price...they're on sale today (I could have saved $100 but who's counting?) You won't be mounting these with anything less than Jesters, so this is a pricey package. If you can get a bro-deal go for it, but this is like the Ferrari you keep covered in your garage, just waiting for that day when the roads are dry and empty and the weather is nice. Also, while they don't ski heavy, if you hike or tour or just carry your skis often these are not light. But if you have a chairlift or cat or chopper or sled getting you your vert than who cares?

I'm cat skiing these in Canada in 10 days and will amend this review if need be. Bottom line - if you've been on fatties for a while, live west of the Mississippi and can afford them, get them.

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