Bishop

Bishop

The Midwest. More specifically Indiana

JC's Passions

Hiking & Camping

JC's Bio

I love any excuse to get out into outdoors. Bicycling, backpacking, or Kayaking. Whilst in the outdoors I love taking pictures.
However, I don't get as much time in the wild as I'd like because my wonderful family keeps me grounded in my responsibilities. I'm currently working on getting my three boys interested in camping.

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Bishop wrote an answer about on June 4, 2012

After having purchased one and having worn it out on several trips I can say, it's tough stuff.
I don't abuse my gear, but I do use it and this has held up quite well. My first thought on getting it was there is no way that it will hold up, but it has. On one trip I had it strapped to the top of my pack, I stumbled going down hill and crashed through some low hanging branches and brush. I know the branches caught the jacked, because I felt it, but when I stopped to check it out, there were no tears or issues.
This jacket is awesome!

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 19, 2011

This poncho-tarp rocks!
5 5

I, like other people here, balked a bit at the cost of this item. I got over the cost by looking at it like this;
As a poncho it's fairly expensive, but as a light weight tarp for shelter the price isn't so bad. As a combo of the two items for the same price it's value isn't hard to see. Being able to free up space and weight in my pack by packing this instead of a tent and rain gear.... Well, as they say that's priceless.
I've had mine now for almost a year. I've used it as tarp on just about every camping trip this year with my hammock and even used it a couple times now as a poncho. it's held up quite well with no real signs of wear or tearing yet.
If I could change one thing I would add a single, large, pocket on the front. It would be great to have a pocket to store snacks and compass or whatever so you didn't have to do the awkward shuffle of trying to fumble items out of your pockets underneath the poncho. This pocket could also double as nice stuff sack.

(I know there's occasionally someone from Sea to Summit reading these posts, so how about the pocket idea?)

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

4 5

This review might be a bit odd for some people, but I'm guessing some will get it. I don't like the feel of most sleeping bags against my skin. Never been a big fan of nylon. Of course it is what is and I love backpacking. I use this liner even when I don't need extra warmth just cause I love the way it feels. The extra warmth is a very nice bonus. It definitely adds warmth I just don't know how much extra warmth it adds I've never tested one night, one night without.
I can say that right after I bought this I was messing with it in my truck whilest driving. (Ya, I know 10 and 2.) I had it pulled out of the bag and I put hood up over my head. Even though my cab was a comfortable temperature, my head was sweating within about 5 minutes of having wearing it.
I can also add that on my most recent hike I was of course using this liner in my bag. During the night the liner came down around my waist only covering lower section I felt a slight chill around my chest and and arms. I woke up and pulled the liner back up all the way and was back to be being nice and warm in no time.
So in short I'd buy this again. I'm not sure if really gets as many degrees as the advertisement says, but it does get the job done.

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Bishop wrote a question about on March 25, 2011

Curious about this jacket. Descriptions that I've read about the material this is made out of keeps saying "durable". What does that mean to me in the real world where I've never worn a jacket made out of space age stuff. I'm used to wearing fleece type jackets. I've felt this jacket in a store and it feels like it would rip just by catching a finger nail across it or what not.
So the question is, "What can I really expect?"

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

5 5

I used this cup with this,http://www.backcountry.com/gsi-outdoors-collapsible-java-drip#review_200078695 to make coffee. I was worried that the weight of the coffee make filled with water might cause this cup to collapse to its storage form. No problem though it worked just fine. And as a bonus you just about fill the cone of the coffee maker up with hot water and fills this cup just right when it drips down through. (Might have to add a bit more water.)
Real easy to clean too.

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

5 5

Just right. The ergonomics of this plate really shouldn't be overlooked. The rounded cup like edges of this plate are great as a guide for your fork or spoon to help you get bit of food off the plate without using your other hand to help nudge food onto your fork. At home it's not polite, outside it's downright gross.
The thumb hold of the plate doesn't seem to be such a big deal until you try to balance a plate on your lap while sitting on a log to eat. The ability to securely hold your plate with one hand whilst using your other hand to eat with is great. You can even use the thumb hole to attache your plate to outside of your pack. (I just put it inside, but it's nice to know that you can.)
Everything else about the plate is just right too. The size of the plate holds a good amount of food, yet is small enough to not waste weight on anything bigger than needed.
I used to use any old cheap plastic plate, not anymore.

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

4 5

I liked this kit. It's of course what you see in the picture, so I'll skip to just a few points good and bad from using this for a week in Zion park.
1. Wisk is great for making pancakes. One of the end loop pieces kept coming loose. Not enough to be a real problem, but it was annoying.
2. At first I wondered if the sliding down part of the handles was gimmicking, but it helped the fit into small outside pocket of my pack so I guess. not.
3. Shape of the ladle seems to have been well thought out scoop out all the food in a small pot. (It's more than just a basic oval shape.) They even put measurements on the inside of the ladle. However, I think it would have been more useful measurements as table spoons instead of the oz they used.
I made two or three meals when I was out in Zion and rest of meals were freeze dried stuff. All and all this set was just right. I'm sure I'll be taking on many more trips and I can't really think of much to add or take away from it.

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Bishop wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

5 5

OK not really, my mom wasn't that great of a cook. This stuff was better than her cooking.
Taste pretty much like a you basic "hamburger helper" style stroganoff. I really liked the taste if anything I might add a pinch of salt to it, but again I ate it as is and I liked it.
The day I ate it was not a particularly physical day, and the amount was just right. On a long day of hike I tend to eat quite a bit more and this wouldn't have been enough to satisfy my hunger. I think most hikers already have a pretty good idea of the amount they need per day, but I thought I'd point this out in case anyone was debating the amount.

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