Brad Bleak

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William Bradley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Snowshoeing

William Bradley'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 an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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Brad Bleak

Brad Bleak wrote an answer about on September 28, 2012

Hi Kara,

No scam going on (Norrona's site does not account for tax & duty so when you look at their site it's misleading)...just the unfortunate cost of getting this stuff into the US from Europe for our customers (we are the only US retailer you can get it from on the web or in a brick n' mortar).

Thanks for your question Kara & for your involvement in community!

Cheers,
--Brad

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