Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak

Uintas, Wind Rivers & SLC is home........

Brad Bleak's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Snowshoeing

Brad Bleak's Bio

Backpacking is my core outdoor passion, having food, water and shelter all on my back makes me feel truly free & independent but I also like to hump along some books, beverages and plenty of treats for me and the dog to have some of the creature comforts. Snowboarding and hiking anywhere with my Aussie Shepherd Gordie also are on top of the list, I use the gear we sell & find that most if not all of it is top o' the line stein son!

Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used previous inflatables (mostly from Boardworks) & I love their ease in storing (at home & in car), along with accessibility to lakes 1 - 4 miles from the road and/or trailhead.

The multi-chamber design is noticably better (i.e. feels more like a hard board) & sturdier than previous inflatables.

Plus the nose design & even the backpack are definite upgrades (much easier to load & unload & they even included protective pads for the built in fins as they do get bent while wrapped up on previous boards...but not now, positive evolution in action!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These shoes are comfortable but I definitely wouldn't take them hiking, as you can see from other reviews the glue is defective and the sole seperates cleanly from the shoe (some in two weeks or less, see other reviews)...looks like I got lucky as these lasted about 6 months (with pretty regular day-to-day wearing but nothing hiking, just day shoes).

I like Keen & think their shoes/sandals are comfortable (don't really use them for hiking as I like boots); but these Voyageur's are terrible & calling them a "hiking" shoe is just wrong/misleading for how non-durable they are, I can't imagine anything worse than having these split apart on you while on a hike...KEEN, you can do better...very disappointed in this item!!!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on June 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I started using these for Ice Hockey & before I remembered to keep them in my hockey bag I would really miss them during games; honestly I felt weaker & more fatigued without them (especially in the 3rd period).

I've used them for backpacking now (females will be disapointed but I wear pants over them) or anytime I'm going for long hikes (esp with weight on me in a backpack or daypack)...they are an essential for these activities.

I'm not quite bold enough to be out on the town with these on (the few times I've gone running I wear b-ball shorts over them...sorry ladies!) but they do:

Give me the COMFORT & SUPPORT I so richly deserve & they are worth every penny (if you don't put them in the dryer & follow washing instructions) they last a really long time); definitely feel like I have an EXTRA LAYER OF MUSCLE every time I strap these bad boys on...HUGE FAN!!!

Also, if you can't decide on a size & are tied on CW-X's chart GO FOR THE SMALLER SIZE, you won't regret it, this is compression after all...YOU BUY NOW, trust me Broseph.

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This item combined with the O.T. Turtle shell means I have more bluetooth muscle than that douchey Hedge Fund manager that is always trying to trade stocks and order coffee at the same time, and the quality is just as good!

I think the coolest feature is that you don't need headphones with a microphone...it's built into the Adapt!

So your favorite pair of headphones that you use for music still are in play for making/taking calls...these are crazy times we're living in friends, enjoy the tunes.

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using my iphone religiously for music, mainly pandora and I was getting tired of always being on headphones or on the crappy iphone speaker (which actually isn't that crappy but when juxtaposed up against this beast from O.T. it is!).

The sound is fantastic (that lil' woofer gets busy SON!!!), the sound is clean & balanced...plus taking or making calls is great and no problem; the microphone works really well and so far nobody has said they can't hear me or responded with a say again/what the hell did you just say retort.

I've played it for 3 1/2 hours straight so the charge is legit, if you are the kid that brought the boom box to the playground or even before that was reppin' Pocket Rockers this is the item for you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqy7NB3nxhY

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

This item combined with the O.T. Turtle shell means I have more bluetooth muscle than that douchey Hedge Fund manager that is always trying to trade stocks and order coffee at the same time, and the quality is just as good!

I think the coolest feature is that you don't need headphones with a microphone...it's built into the Adapt!

So your favorite pair of headphones that you use for music still are in play for making/taking calls...these are crazy times we're living in friends, enjoy the tunes.

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

I've been using my iphone religiously for music, mainly pandora and I was getting tired of always being on headphones or on the crappy iphone speaker (which actually isn't that crappy but when juxtaposed up against this beast from O.T. it is!).

The sound is fantastic (that lil' woofer gets busy SON!!!), the sound is clean & balanced...plus taking or making calls is great and no problem; the microphone works really well and so far nobody has said they can't hear me or responded with a say again/what the hell did you just say retort.

I've played it for 3 1/2 hours straight so the charge is legit, if you are the kid that brought the boom box to the playground or even before that was reppin' Pocket Rockers this is the item for you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqy7NB3nxhY

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Other than sandals I only wear Salomon shoes, I'm usually wearing the XT wings but tried these & I love them...

...whether it's hard core trail running, hiking or just out & about these shoes are some of the most comfortable, supportive and ventilated shoes I've owned.

You won't be disappointed, I can feel the air moving through my shoes as I type this!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you know anything about why or how Marmot came into existence you know how legit they are when it comes to backpacking.

Their Sleeping Bags (and Tents) in my opinion are SIMPLY THE BEST in the Outdoor Industry hands down.

Watch the vids on how to take care of it and you'll get years & years of warmth in the backcountry...

...quality over quantity Mmaann!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My title says it all, my original windpro still works (got it in '05) & this is an improvement on the best stove for backpacking (e.g. inverted canister holder).

You buy now, great emergency preparedness stove just to have around also (this, a fuel bottle, water and some mountain houses or something make a great 72 hour survival kit).

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on May 18, 2012

5 5

Just read Rob Wykoff's review, he's backcountry.com's foremost expert on sunglasses.

These things fit so perfect they feel like they snap into my head and cover my eye from every angle from the sun (they are dark!)...

...and everyone that wears them at bc.com (6 people I know of) all say the same thing, u buy now!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on January 5, 2011

4 5

I really like these boots but I disagree with the -40 rating on them. I was in 5 degree Fahrenheit temperatures shoveling my mother in laws driveway out in Midway, UT for a couple of hours & my feet definitely got cold. I was very surprised that I was getting cold since I was moving & working so hard shoveling. Once that rubber gets super cold on the lower boot you've got to keep moving, if I wasn't working so hard my feet would have frozen; I wouldn't trust these in 0 or less if you really need to count on them, but I really don't like being out working in that kind of cold, you'll be good in 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, but once you're in the negative temps don't count on these being bomb proof against it.

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on February 22, 2010

4 5

This bottle is the best Sigg option & I recommend it...

...Sigg in my opinion HAS A HORRIBLE DESIGN FLAW THAT THEY WON'T ADDRESS.

They paint the bottle all the way up to the lip, it doesn't make any sense to me, all they need to do is stop the paint job about a 1/4" - 1/2" below the lip so you don't have to worry about paint chipping off etc.

These bottles are way tougher than the aluminum stuff Sigg makes, that's why I like it, but this paint job is an enigma to me!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on February 22, 2010

4 5

This bottle is the best Sigg option & I recommend it...

...Sigg in my opinion HAS A HORRIBLE DESIGN FLAW THAT THEY WON'T ADDRESS.

They paint the bottle all the way up to the lip, it doesn't make any sense to me, all they need to do is stop the paint job about a 1/4" - 1/2" below the lip so you don't have to worry about paint chipping off etc.

These bottles are way tougher than the aluminum stuff Sigg makes, that's why I like it, but this paint job is an enigma to me!

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on December 22, 2009

5 5

I exchanged my BPA lined bottles bought in Switzerland a decade ago & I had a ton of issues with the, "Eco-lined Traveller" bottles I got in return...

...THE PAINT WAS CHIPPING OFF THE LIP INTO MY STOMACH & THERE WAS PAINT CHIPS IN THE THREADS ALSO!!!

I really couldn't believe that Sigg doesn't paint those bottles about a half, quarter or eighth of an inch below the lip but they don't, IN 5 DAYS I HAD PAINT CHIPPING OFF THE LIP & PAINT SPECS FROM THE THREADS COMING OFF AS I WAS DRINKING (couldn't believe they spray that paint in the threads also, WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?)...

...a super expensive bottle & it chips paint into my system, wow, what a deal!

But the WIDE MOUTH is much better, the ridges on the sides make it much more durable & with 2 different screw tops you can fit a water filter into it (perfect for backpacking) & you can add ice also.

But then you still get the smaller traditional Sigg lid to drink out of or fill up from the faucet (yes, tap water is still good out here in Utah!).

I recommend the Wide Mouth & if Sigg fixes how they paint their bottles I'd say that any Sigg bottle is pretty much copacetic (but I love this one with the ridges because the other Sigg bottles dent quite easily).

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Brad Bleak wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

1 5

So all these fancy colors & designs are not what I want, I exchanged my old BPA lines Sigg bottles for this one (except 1.5 liter version) & after 5 days the paint was chipping off the lip & into my stomach! Awesome, what a deal!!!

There is even paint specs in the liner & those have been coming off (I WONDER WHERE THEY END UP?).

Why don't they paint up to an inch below the lip so you don't get paint in your stomach?

And why do they have paint specs in the thread, do they just spray paint these things?

Not happy & not using Sigg anymore!!!

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

1 5

So all these fancy colors & designs are not what I want, I exchanged my old BPA lined Sigg bottles for this one (except 1.5 liter version) & after 5 days the paint was chipping off the lip & into my stomach! Awesome, what a deal!!!

There is even paint specs in the threading of the liner & those have been coming off (I WONDER WHERE THEY END UP?).

Why don't they paint up to an inch below the lip so you don't get paint in your stomach?

And why do they have paint specs in the thread, do they just spray paint these things?

Not happy & not using Sigg anymore!!!

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