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Bob shattuck

Bob shattuck

Sierra's . . . unless you can send me to Patagonia or Chamonix . . .

Bob shattuck's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Bob shattuck's Bio

I'm in SF, with not too much elevation, but always looking to get out into the high sierra. I've done the John Muir Trail 13 times ( and one SHR) since 1996, so if you have any questions . . .

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are few things I covet more while on the trail and usually, it boils down to one thing--the other guy's girlfriend--oh that I could have and be with someone out there, spooning under the stars, but alas, she's always been faster, or headed the other direction, or of course, with him--and so on those long, often cold nights, I dream . . .

And then there's spoons--the practical kind and after years of short plastic spoons, of which I now have an army, various colors, always purchased in a hurry, with that thought of where is it, that spoon and then I find them all, not to mention the always annoying aspect of having to immerse my hand fully in the package to scrap out the last few calories . . . I've found the Sea to Summit Long Titanium Spoon and the pleasure has been all mine.

My meal prep while on the trail is dictated by one rule--no more washing dishes---but there's always been a spoon as well as fingers to clean after one of my meals in a bag and just the annoyance of sticky fingers . . . never thought I'd be saying, great spoon, but, yeah . . .

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

Big scratch on my butt, but . . .
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: large ( 34's)

I barely work. I barely have any money. I have been paying attention to the Prana Stretch Zion shorts since someone mentioned them on a JMT page a while ago, but have been laughing at the price.

And then one day, at my local Goodwill I found a pair, Khaki, barely touched, still smelling of the box they came in. I thought about the few things I have bought, new, that still smell and look, new. I could only think of a pair of shoes, which ended up in the goodwill after spending months in my closet. This had to be karma, or a rich guy that got a little too hefty.

Instead of paying over seventy-dollars, I got them for a mere five bucks, if that, but having worn them now for a few months, not to mention fourteen days on the very rugged, unforgiving granite of the Sierra HIgh Route, I would gladly plastic these and drive myself into further debt.

Yes, the Sierra High Route, which is full of granite, big happy slabs and boulders, all dying to send you tumbling, unless you chicken out and do a lot of butt sliding from one scary precipice to another, which I ended up doing more than a few times, all the while thinking, 'poor shorts gonna eat it on this one,' but no. Amazingly not.

While my other less than nimble partner succeeded in shredding his pants within the first day, the Prana Zions barely, in fact, not at all showed any wear and tear.

The only blemish I've managed is probably a bit of sap that's decided to stay around, but otherwise, these shorts, which I was sure I'd demolish, have survived like no other short I've had--and I am always in shorts.

Before I forget, the reason I first considered these shorts is the belt/cinching system, which someone noted doesn't interefer with your backpack, like a regular belt might---and they were/are very right. I've owned about four pairs of Prana shorts, all very durable and comfortable and these have not disappointed.

p.s. about that butt scratch. who knows where I got it, but aside from whatever giving me a nice scratch, the pants show no sign of anything.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on August 9, 2015

3 5

I love how ALPS Mountaineering likes to label their products as Lightweight, UL, and right in the specs up above, "4 pounds, eight ounces: superlight"

I dare say there's nothing that ALPS Mountaineering makes that's in any way, light.

But the price is right, which is why I bought a Zephyr 2, a few years back and it's done just fine. I love the simplicity of setting it up, especially when I'm in a hurry, waiting for the rain or darkness--I'm already inside while my friends are still circling their UL tarps, trying to get everything just right.

If you're on a budget or still not sure if you want to go UL and have to tinker and fuss every night, then this tent might be just right for you.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on August 6, 2015

There's nothing "Ultra-light" about it
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I should have done more research, spent more money, but the sale price got me hooked and I've never owned an air-mattress, preferring the durability of my closed-cell Ridgerest mattress, all these years, so this was kind of my cynics test---fourteen days on the Sierra HIgh Route.

I followed the instructions as soon as I pulled it out of the box--let it sit around the house for a few weeks, inflated, valve open, and s on, closed . . . it was fine a comfy in the house, but the first thing I noticed was the noise----it sounded like a light sprinkle and this might have been the first note that the de-lamination was starting.

Soon as I got it out on the trail, the top sheet de-laminated, giving me a large bubble at the foot of the pad, which grew by the day until I was enjoying having my knees elevated, much like I do with my pillow at home, but . . .
. . . Sadly, in order to prevent it from further bubbling, I had to keep it basically un-inflated, or pretty much at the level that it attained on it's own, self-inflation.

Again, there's nothing light or small about it. I'd consider it a car camping mattress---I was only happy that the bubbling did not encourage a leak. I am thinking of tearing it apart now and using the durable underside as part of my groundcloth system for my next air mattress. Your results may vary.



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Bob shattuckwrote a question about on January 10, 2015

I wear glasses, don't care for goggles, but spend a lot of time squinting. Love the big visor on the synapsis, but are the lesser "visors" such as the barely there one on the Smith Vantage just as good--as much coverage ( guess I need to get to the shop) and see for myself, but . . . any opinions from other glasses wearers?

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on August 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I started out with a few pairs of the Salomon 3D fast-packers, but they don't seem to make them anymore, or this is just the next generation in that price point, but anyway, great out of the box boot. Wore the GTX's for about nine hours before getting them on the actual "trail" . . . Just came off the "Cirque Section" of the Sierra High Route and the boots not only gave me no problems, fit-wise, or blisters, but they gave me a lot of confidence in their ability to stick to the many steep granite slabs I had to run up and knife-edged boulders I had to step across.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I bought a pair of Prana Mojo about five years ago and proceeded to wear them pretty much every day, if not for climbing, then for just hanging out and also took them on a few backcountry trips. I don't think I could have asked for a better pair of shorts, but after begging my girlfriend to deal with a few frays in the seams and the elastic starting to go, I've sort of retired them and now I am breaking in a pair of Momentum Shorts. They're like wearing nothing. Love 'em.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on September 6, 2011

5 5

Just finished JMT#11 and happy as hell with this summer's choice of the "fastpacker."

I would have loved to blow few more bucks on the credit card and buy the top-end Solomon's, but it just wasn't to be––so I got these instead and don't know how much happier I could have been on the trail.

I wore the boots for about five hours before I actually got on the trail; walked around the house, the 'hood, the beach, a hill or two and they felt great.

Then I got them on the JMT and fully expected hot spots on the first day, but nothing. I do have fairly tough feet, but all that uphill on day one, usually produces some sort of discomfort, but I got nothin'

And as for wear and tear, the JMT and all that sharp granite, can really chew up a boot, but after 211+ miles, there's barely a hint that I had these on the trail.

I brought along another pair of insoles, but in spite of dunking the boots a few times, the insoles stayed fresh and I never felt the need to perhaps change them out. Maybe a new pair of insoles would've "hot-rodded" 'em a little more, but I was overall very happy with the comfort.

Now if I could just find a bargain on these for less than the current price, I'd go into debt a little further and be set for the next few summers.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on June 9, 2009

4 5

I hastily ordered my girlfriend (5'5" 135 lbs) the MB UL Down jacket and it turns out a small was too small. it fit, but she'd just have to stand still, while wearing it. Not a lot of room to layer under it, or move around. Had she been (okay, more) endowed, well, it'd really be a tight fit. I think that with all Montbell products, ORDER UP A SIZE! . . . So with a "Wicked fast" return policy, in which BC was now out of the MB UL in medium, I opted for the the UL Thermawrap. in meduim, which arrived before they said it would (wicked, wicked, Fast) and she's a happy camper, (even though she's not a camper, or hiker, or backpacker or . . . ) The Therma wrap is nicely cut, with "V-vents" stretch fabric on the sleeves and waist. She wishes that there was an inside pocket, but adds that, then it would be too tight . . . as for it's other, more rugged qualities, they have yet to be tested, but if it says anything, she likes just wearing it around the house and seems quite comfortable, being such a cold=blooded, gal. She's happy and I am too. Remember, go a size up.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

Over the last two months I've had my U.L. on three Sierra snow-camping trips and either wore it with a light shell, or on its own and I've got to say, it's been very nice. On this last trip, it got down into the mid-twenties, with a good wind, at dinner time and I was warm and happy with just an R1 hoody and a another base under that. Anything more than sitting there, stirring the pot and this jacket would toast you and put a DAS parka over it and you might as well be wearing a tank with the heat on. can't wait to have this as part of my summer sierra morning/evening gear.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on March 19, 2009

5 5

I'm kind of a mule, so if this shovel is a hair heavier than others, I'm not bothered. I like the big open, wrap around handle versus the the other, T-design and it's metal, full on. As soon as I got out into the BC with with a group and had the chance to test mine against the others, I had to step away from the plastic––although I am sure it's durable––I just kept thinking that I was not in a sand box.

I doubt you can find this feature on any of the shovels, but I would have been grateful for a handle attachment that would jack right into the shovel, for close digging in snow caves. I just took the head off and used it, but it was a bit awkward. Overall a great snow shovel that I see outlasting me.

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Bob shattuckwrote a review of on November 9, 2008

5 5

Go large. I'm six feet, trim and a 40 regular or thereabouts. I bought a large and it looks and feels like it was custom cut, just for me. If you've got any girth or a long torso, I'd certainly go for the XL, as noted, in USA size.

So far I've just been running around, paring this with a Patagonia R1 hoody and it's plenty warm - too warm, which is nice to know since I'm not putting out any major effort, like I will on the trail, or just over that hot stove at 12,000 feet.

The best and oddest thing about it is the weight and feel. It's like it's not there and yet your torso is warm and the wind seems to not have a chance. odd feeling, as I am used to a heavier, bulky jacket that you're always aware of.

Yup, wish it did come with cinches on the wrists - they wouldn't add much weight to an already feather light jacket. I'll post more when I've really put it out there.

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