Example #1 He was a giant of a man, standing at about 6'11" and easily weighing about 250 lb. He was a giant of a man, as if someone had shaved a bear, and trained it to walk upright. Example #2 The town was over 25 miles away, the journey was sure to be long and arduous. The town would take several days to reach on foot, the journey was sure to be long and arduous. Just curious what type of descriptions do you prefer. While I think it does depend on what exactly is being described I think a visual description works better most of the time. Which version do you prefer?