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3 5

So, I snagged the Pacific Trail Heater Fleece Lined Flannel Shirt and I'm thinking that we should rename this as a jacket as I was surprised when I found that it was insulated. I was slightly turned off at first as this gave me a bit of jacket overlap within the quiver, but as I started using the Heater Fleece Jacket, I warmed up (see what I did there?) to it's comfort and charm.

The fleece lining accompanied with the flannel outer actually lends a ton of heat and comfort. There is also a bit of a nylon inner lining that adds to the comfort. I'm glad they used a button down as it gives a more casual feel, but the buttons feel a bit looser than they should so be careful with how hard you pull.

The inner fit is pretty good. 'm 5'11" 180 lbs with a med-smallish torso, short arms, wide shoulders and med-smallish waist and the large works well. The outer fit is a little larger and bulky though as the flannel combined with the fleece inner makes for a bulky upper piece indeed.

I would recommend the Heater Flannel Jacket to anyone who loves flannel and needs a bit of that warmth, just make sure to size down when needed.

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3 5

Funny that in life it took me a minute or two to find my flannel phase. I guess it was all that suburbia living I did back in the 80s-90s.

In full swing on it now since moving to SL, UT and I think the Neff Scott Flannel Shirt is a winner in the looks department. The color schemes somehow have a way of standing out with staying in that same neutral feel so that you stand out, but don't pop out. The feel of the cotton is very good as well as it is soft enough for all day wear, yet feels decently durable.

The sizing is the one thing that got me as I went with my usual Large size (I'm 5'11" 183lbs, shorter arms/torso and wider shoulders) and while the shoulders did fit good, the fit was a bit smaller than normal in the arm length/width and in the torso length/width. If in-between sizing at all, I would go up one for sure.

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3 5

When you buy a pair of Carhartts, you usually are buying a hybrid work/casual pant and you do get that here. The material is super bomber as it does not stretch very much but can still take a beating so work or play these will hold up but make sure the fit is right from the start.

Speaking of fit, things are a bit weird here as I did label them True to Size but I'm kind of balancing out a few fit aspects. I bought a 34x32 size for me as I'm 5' 11", 183lbs with a waist of around 33 and an inseam of 31.5". The size is right, but the cut of the legs are weird as the the waist is just a hair big which I like, the length is slightly long so good there two, but the upper leg is cut a little less relaxed than the lower leg and this is a bit of an issue as my skier legs end up being a bit tight on the top of the inseam yet loose at the bottom. I'm thinking that Carhartt is starting to go toward the more casual wear of jean as most fashion jeans have legs that fit this way.

A good jean for sure as it is something that I can work and chill in, but I'd look elsewhere if your upper legs are more than a bit bulky.

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4 5

So, yeah. Never have worn a glove with a leash before so the new territory that the Armada Duffy JP Auclair Signature Gore-Tex Glove led to some great results and I enjoyed the first tour with them as I could drop them on a whim yet they wouldn't need to be picked up off the snow. Good thing too as there was 20" of cold smoke on the ground at the time -_-

The weatherproofing is exactly what you'd expect from a GORE Tex membrane (no wetness or wind) and I could feel the 100g of thinsulate pretty well.

The fit is a bit tight at first, the leather however should stretch out so don't worry if it is running a bit tight at first. More updates to come, but pretty good so far.

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3 5

Socks are socks. But, in my older age, I'd rather start looking better with my clothing as my looks are starting to run. I do really like the old-schoolish looks of these Spectrum Crew Socks and the sizing is pretty much as stated.

I must be getting spoiled however as the cotton factor made me cringe a bit. Also, a bit thicker of a weave so don't wear these in warm to hot conditions.

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4 5

Okay, there are belts. Then there are BELTS. The Spacecraft Live Fast Die Young Belt is in the BELT category as the material is burly as hell. The heavy, multi-layer canvas material holds up so well that I don't think it'll break unless a saw is in the equation. The 1 prong buckle adds ease of use to an already versatile belt. The only knocks against it is if you like a softer feel from a belt, look elsewhere and the style is more for your rolling in the streets casual instead of dinner party at the country club casual.

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4 5

This was my first foray into using Reef's boardshorts and they certainly did not disappoint. The color style is a good blend of toned down modern while the material does hit the quick-drying/comfort/non-chafe benchmark but doesn't surpass it. The fit is what I loved most of all as on a 32 (5'11", 180lbs, 32 waist/32 inseam) it fit pretty much perfect in the waist and has a slightly long inseam but it never got in the way and made the style of the short stand out a whole lot more. Not the biggest fan of the flap pocket with no zipper, but the velcro on the pocket is adequate. I still wouldn't put anything important in there.

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3 5

For any words on the fit or material performance on the Oakley Sea Skater Board Short, please peep my review on the Oakley Micro Check Board Short linked below as I have basically the same thing to say on the Sea Skater:

http://www.backcountry.com/bcs/review/An-Oakley-Of-A-Different-Fit/atg135062.html

The only couple things I want to say different is that the color schemes on this short speak to my style a bit more than the Micro Check. Also, I wasn't stoked on the pocket location as I have a bigger leg circumference (skier's leg) and with the pocket on the side of the leg, the short tended to bulk up even with smaller items in there. Good for people with smaller legs, but not me.

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4 5

Oakley is usually one of my go-to brands for an everyday board short as it's material has decent stretchability, good non-chafe properties and dries very quickly and goes for less than the high end shorts while giving a more relaxed fit. On giving these a shot, I found that the material performance is still there, but the cut is definitely smaller than normal. I went with a 32 (5'11", 180 lbs, 32 inseam, 32 waist) and found it to be tight at first, but this short also does stretch out a bit within a couple of wearing times. I liked the pocket's design and location as it didn't seem to bulk up the short when putting anything there. A good board-short for sure if you size it right, in-between sizers should size up unless they like a more performance and tighter fit.

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3 5

I needed something to bang out some tunes that everyone can enjoy and since I love my Aviator Headphones, I checked out Skullcandy's Pipe Audio Dock. The sound is great with a good mix of channels that keep the bass flowing, but doesn't let it drown out the rest. The line-in option is pretty good as well as not all of us have Apple products. But, problems arose in the connection when I did put an iPod or iPhone onto the deck as the volume would involuntarily raise up or it would only blast in mono (one side of the dock. Plus Apple updated their connection for the iPhone5 so you can only line in if you have that, but maybe that's the way to go with this dock.....

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4 5

With the CamelBak Antidote Reservoir, Camelbak addressed two problems that were keeping their reservoirs from being tops in the biz. The first was the easy over tightening of the top of cap. That's all fixed as the Quick-Snap Cap attaches at the 10:00 position, then twists clockwise and you're secure.

The second problem was not have an Quick-Link valve for the hose which Camelbak fixed as well so that we can take the hose of for easy cleaning and storage.

All is not perfect though. One does need to keep an eye on the gasket in the Quick-snap cap as if it becomes dislodged, then leaking will occur. If there is a leak, just re-position it back into place.

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4 5

I'll admit that I am a warm person in that I can wear less clothing in Winter and get away with it. So, I usually don't rock the long sleeve, but the Backcountry.com Meadow T-Shirt - Long-Sleeve - Men's made me change my mind. The style is low-key, but cool if you take the time to look and the cotton isn't too heavy so you won't overheat. The fit is also much more normal than usual as it'll pretty much fit true to size.

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4 5

Coal not only provided me with my first piece of flannel gear, but also my first waffle hat in the Coal Waffle Beanie and I look forward to getting a few more. The acrylic yarn styled the way it is gives a good amount of warmth while not being itchy. It does get a bit too warm in the Spring months, but that may be a good thing for some people.

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4 5

I'll admit it. Until I got the Coal Leroy Hat - Men's in new red plaid, I had a closet of zero flannel. Now, I believe this hat has converted me. A good style with muted plaid colors keeps me looking good and the adjustable fit is slightly smaller than normal, but I wear this one a bit higher on my noggin for a bit of air conditioning. No wonder Coal started with hats, this one is a winner!

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3 5

The Quiksilver Cypher Wonderland Board Short - Men's might have something going here as the Diamond Dobby fabric used is some of the lightest out there with the quick-dry/anti-chafe properties similar to the top tier shorts.

The inseam doesn't fit terribly long as it came to just above kneecap, but the waist was dead on. A pretty good option for people looking into Quiksilver

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3 5

Don't get me wrong, I did like the way the Volcom Del Mar Tank Top - Men's looked and the air conditioning that it gives is more than adequate. It is just kind of blah as it is the usual cut, cotton material and a bit plain with the design. One or two more colors and maybe a bit of a blend of material could be a help.

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