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Albert Burnham

Albert Burnham

The Island of Unalaska (aka. Dutch Harbor) in the Bearing Sea

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Albert's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Albert's Bio

I love hiking and exploring my new home on the Island of Unalaska. Lots of snow, beautiful mountains, and the ocean all packed into one.
Some of my favorite activities include, backpacking, mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafting, snowshoeing, xc skiing, and recently trail running.

Albert Burnham

Albert Burnham wrote a review of on April 8, 2011

3 5

I have been hoping that the same sole split would not happen to mine, I have had them for about 3 years now and I just found that the sole started to form the exact same crack as seen in others pictures. Oh well I guess I have gotten good enough use out of them. They are super comfortable and great for backpacking with a heavy pack. Just know that 1.5-3 years is all the use you will get before they crack.

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on March 17, 2011

Bomber Kit
5 5

This kit may be expensive... alright really expensive but it is totally bomber. The rigging (ratchet, slings, buckles, and line adjuster) are super heavy duty and will last for a long time. It is also super easy to set up, I took it out of the box and had it set up in less than 15 min on the first try. The slack specific webbing is also very nice, it has been a while since I have slacklines and the textured side helped me find my groove much quicker.
I wouldn't recommended this for a first kit, that alot of money to shell out and have it sit on the shelf... figure out if you like the sport first, but if you do I would highly recommend this to anyone.

**As a reply to the pictures of the broken spacer rings, I can see how that could happen but they didn't totally shatter, just super glue them back together, its not even a big enough deal to remove a star for me.

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on December 4, 2010

4 5

These things work as described. I have size 14 boots and they are plenty long enough. They are super stiff, even more so than the standard center bars that came with my crampons. This isn't an issue with mountaineering boots or super stiff backpacking boots but if you are going to hike for long distances with these I would recommended getting the flexible center bars; your feet will thank you for it!

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on November 22, 2010

4 5

If you have larger boots make sure you get the extender bars. I chatted with one of BC's gear experts and they said that my size 13 backpacking boots (Vasque Wasatch GTXs) would work with these without the extender bars but the crampons are a good inch too small for my boots. These are great crampons especially for light mountaineering or hiking in steeper icy conditions. Just get the extender bars if you have larger boots (11+ would be my guess based on the crampons compared to my 13s)

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on May 26, 2010

4 5

I run to work every day in Dutch Harbor Ak. We get 250+ rainy days a year and so I needed a jacket that would be water tight and reasonably breathable. The sale price of this jacket was what made me choose it and overall I am satisfied with my purchase.

Body type: 6’6”, 225. Size purchased, XL

Pros of this Jacket:
-Super light weight, and the fabric is a rip stop nylon so it should be durable inless you abuse it.
-The event fabric is much more breathable than gortex.
-The arms are nice and long which is great for a tall guy like me.
-The pockets are watertight and huge.
-The cut of the jacket is athletic enough to not flap around to much in the wind (which we also get a lot of) but loose enough to slip a fleece under it for warmth.
-The color (pool blue) is light which helps keep it cool even of a sunny day, I didn’t think I would like the color much but it is growing on me.

Cons: There are several things that make this jacket a deal only when on sale, I would never pay full price for this thing.
-The cut of the jacket is a bit short in the body.
-The draw cords are a really flimsy elastic material which I don’t believe will hold up for long and it doesn’t do a great job at cinching things up tight.
-The hood design doesn’t let you put it up and down with the jacket fully zipped up.
-The stitching does seem a bit looser than other jackets, I don’t know it may be an event thing but the stitches show more on this jacket than my other gortex products.
-The Zipper always snags on the interior storm flap halfway up the jacket, it gets a bit annoying sometimes.
-This jacket could use pitzips, not necessarily for the breathability factor; I have never gotten clammy and wet even running in rainy weather, but pitzips do a great job at getting rid of excess body heat to cool you down. A breathable fabric doesn’t do that.
-Color choice, the pool blue is growing on me but it would be nice to have some of the normal options like red, green, blue and orange.

Overall it is a good jacket with a couple of design issues. It finds its niche in-between a tricked out burly mountaineering shell and a light weight trekking rain jacket, good for general hiking and trail running. I would never pay full price for it but on sale for under 200 bucks it is a great bargain that won’t disappoint.

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Albert Burnham wrote an answer about on May 20, 2010

Yes and No...

Answer 1)The hand pockets are a stretchy mesh fabric that breaths very well. The pockets are also huge, much larger than any other shell jacket I have owned.

Answer 2) the hood does not pack away or come off. To be honest the hood design is a little annoying because it doesn't allow for much of a collar when the hood is down.

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Albert Burnham wrote an answer about on May 17, 2010

at 5'10" you will probably find the sleeves a bit long but the rest of the jacket should fit. I am 6'6" with a stockyish build and got the XL the sleeves are fine for me but the overall length of the jacket is a bit short, so it should be the opposite for you.
Also the jacket is very athletically fit, I can fit a fleece underneath it and that is about it.
It is a good jacket for that price though!

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on May 6, 2010

5 5

With the raptor series Osprey finally can give CamelBak a run for their money.This pack is awesome for running, its light, sits nicely on your back, breaths well, and the HydraForm reservoir really does keep the water from sloshing around while your moving.Not to mention you get the amazing craftsmanship that Osprey always gives and the All Mighty guarantee that cant be beat!Bottom line osprey packs are awesome and this pack is the best trail running pack out there, CamelBak has nothing on this!Some of the key features on this pack: The lid lock for your bike helmet works great, the padded pocket to hold a cellphone or glasses, a nicely organized main compartment that holds all the tools you might need, the bladder design is light-years ahead of anything else out there: it is easier to fill due to the handle, and the design doses help the water to come out by simply biting the valve. Finally the bite valve has a 360 bite surface so it doesn't matter how it gets to your mouth the water will come out, I always hate how with most bite valves with a straight slit you have to bite at one spot to get it to open, not on this pack! And the magnet is a nice touch that keeps the hose right where you need it.I will say though that the Raptor 6 is a bit small for a tall guy (I'm 6.6) however you can make it work or just go up to the Raptor 10 which comes in a large size. And I am kind of skeptical of how durable the elastic chest strap will be, but hey if it goes bad Osprey will replace it for free, forever!

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on April 8, 2009

3 5

I have had this knife for about two years now. Its is a nice light utility knife that holds a decent edge and can be clipped to nearly everything.
I will say though that i have yet to find a biener that fits the "biener hole" and I have never found a way to safley open it with one hand.
Its a good knife though and I would reccomend it to anyone.

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Albert Burnham wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

5 5

Ok to the dude that took a star away from the knife because "he" hadn't tested it in the wilderness yet, wait till you do and then write your review. It gets so annoying when people take stars away because they havent fully tested the product or they got the wrong size and it didnt fit. That isnt the products fault, help us all out by saving your two sense untill you have some to give.

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