Andrew Swindle

Andrew Swindle

Out west, in some river.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 15, 2014

4 5

We sell a ton of the Marmot Limelight 3 tents to the Boy Scouts of America. This tent is simple and easy to use and provides the needed protection from rain and unexpected nasty weather. It does well for desert camping as well as alpine use. The ease of set up allows scouts to learn how to set up a tent without needing to get their engineering degree at MIT prior to Scout Camp.

If you are interested in purchasing these or any other tents for your Scout Troop, contact me and our Group Sales team and we will get you squared away.

http://www.backcountry.com/Store/content/groupSalesContact.jsp

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

4 5

I like the versatility that this pack provides. It can be used for just about everything besides long overnighters. For an everyday backpack this thing gets it done. Inside the pack you will find a well padded laptop/hydro reservoir, many small useful pockets, a key clip and a decent cell phone pocket. The zippers on the top and pack panel work well. The top lid zipper is just OK, not great. It is tough/near impossible to open with one hand, but keeps things fairly dry and secure, hence the 4 star review.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best box out there for big nasties. If you want a good streamer box, rock the C&F streamer set up. The foam will last. It will hold dungeon sized flies as well as smaller leech patters and buggers. My advise would to be sure and get the large size box, i believe the 3500 product. The 2500 (M) will fit into a smaller pocket (vest), but won't hold as many toad tamers.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These reels are the best you can get for the price. You won't find a better reel at around $100. If your looking for a reel to get you started that will last a long time the Konic will do. The drag system in this reel is comparable to that found in other Lamson reels that are well over $300. I've had one in my line up for almost 5 years now and it is banged up and bruised all over and still works just fine. It won't have the frame durability of The Guru, but has the same guts. If your looking for a cheep reel that you'll be stoked to fish- get a Konic.

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Andrew Swindle wrote an answer about on October 11, 2012

I had the same problem when I first used this thermos. The best advice I can give is to tip it almost upside down when pouring, not just tip it sideways...this seems to result in spillage down the side of the thermos. Hope this helps!

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

4 5

The Cross X is a good glove. A lot of gloves try to add a lot of padding and rubber reinforcements only to become uncomfortable and odd fitting. This is not the case with the Cross X from DAKINE. The foam padding referenced in the item description does not cover the entire palm, but rather just the heel of the palm and the pads of your hands at the base of the fingers. Sizing is right on. I wear a M in all other DAKINE gloves and this is the same size. This glove also breathes fairly well for having additional structure.

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Andrew Swindle wrote an answer about on April 23, 2012

Four uses on this tool:

1-nippers for cutting mono (tippet/learder)
2-nail knot tool. Used for tying knots like unto the Tie-Fast tool.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=611JWRtkjOc)
3-Hook sharpener (file for sharpening hooks)
4-Hook eye cleaner at the base of the tool. Works as a needle to clean out the eye of your hook in case there is left over head cement of a few fibers that need clearing so you can thread the eye of the hook.

You will most likely use the nippers and the hook eye cleaner the most and the other things are added bonuses.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

4 5

For your faster action rods when you wanna have one floating line for dries, nymphs and the occasional streamer this is a great choice. I'm a fan. I like the SA GPX Sharkskin even better though! As always consult your local fly shop and they will let you know if this is a fly line with the taper that best fits your rod and fishing preference. Support your local shop!

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on March 27, 2012

5 5

You want this bag if you are a fisherman whose on the water a lot. Dry compartment keeps things dry and the wet compartment helps things dry out. It's not a duffel full of other pockets, just two main compartments - one dry/one wet and a small outer zippered pocket on the wet side. The rod tube holder on the exterior is sweet! Wish there where a couple of them on there. Just get one and you'll see what I mean when I say that it's much needed. Don't bother with the Large, get the Max. You may not use all the space all the time, but when you need the extra space, you'll have it.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on November 18, 2011

4 5

The Guide Tennie has some of the best grip and fit of any approach shoe out there. Having owned a pair for 2 years now, I still love them. For anyone looking for a shoe with a comfy fit and stellar grip, this is a good option. I would caution that for people looking to put more than 5-7 miles on an approach shoe, this may not be the one. On a hike that hit 12+ miles I definitely felt the lack of a more staunch sole ealy on in the hike.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on November 18, 2011

Double The Goods
5 5

Combining a Nano Puff with a Gore Windstopper shell...smart move on the end of the folks out in Ventura, CA. Used this jacket just about everyday on the river during a 2 weeks Steelhead fly fishing trip. I was a bit skeptical at fist of Patagonia teaming up with Gore-Tex, but seriously, it couldn't have been a better move. The shell is great and the Nano insulation is the best. The fit is unique, so before you buy, I would try one on. It has a shorter cut to it than what you might think. I am 5'9" and 185 lbs. with big shoulders and I got a size - M. At fist I thought it was too tight in the shoulders, but as I started to wear it more, I realized it fits great. A Large would have been way to big, especially for someone who is 5'9". The cuffs are stellar. The waist cord draw-string system is on of the best I have ever seen. All in all, a great do-it-all piece to add to your mix.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on November 18, 2011

5 5

For what it is(a lightweight synthetic insulation layer), there isn't a whole lot out there that is better than the Nano. I was a skeptic, and now I'm a believer. I wear my pull-over in just about every situation I can imagine. After a 2 week Steelheading trip, sleeping in a tent in 20 degree weather, I can say that this is one of the best layering pieces I have ever used.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on July 9, 2009

5 5

I've put about 20 months on this jacket thus far. It has excelled in the wettest of conditions and withstood abrasion like a champ. The DWR treatment is still alive and kickin' keeping me dry. This is a great heavy duty rain jacket or an excellent light weight shell for snow filled pursuits. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell is super tough. I recommend this for a good all round bomber shell. For those looking for a lighter version of this jacket for rain protection try the Beta SL Jacket. Same jacket made with lighter Gore-Tex that is ultra packable and still provide wetness protection.

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Andrew Swindle wrote a review of on June 11, 2009

4 5

Great headlamp. After using the Gizmo for about a year, it got soaked and it sketched out on me a couple of time when I really needed it getting back to camp...so I did some research and went with the Spot. I've never been happier with a headlamp. The multiple beam functions are great. I've loved the long range 1-watt bulb when needing range, but being able to switch to the 3 LEDs has been great for around camp for close range use. I recommend this piece to anyone who wants versatility because they don't know where they might end up. The camo is an added bonus worth the change, if you’re into that sorta thing.

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