Brian

Brian

Pure Michigan, National Parks

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Brian's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking

Brian's Bio

Forever exploring...I hope to one day hike the AT and visit every single National Park.

Brian

Brian wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had two pairs of these (one was given to me by my brother after the first ones broke within 2 months). For how small they are, the sound quality is decent, but they are of poor quality. After sending the second pair back to Skullcandy to take them up on their "lifetime warranty," I heard absolutely nothing back....I emailed customer service to find out what had happened, and again nothing. Terrible company, terrible quality, I would not recommend Skullcandy to anyone, don't waste your money!

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Brian wrote a review of on November 26, 2012

Overall Wind Satisfaction
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this jacket in both the city and in the backcountry and it works well for both. I wish it was a little better at ventilating while hiking (pit zips would be awesome), I do find myself overheating occasionally. I am 5'9" 145 lbs and got the small. Fits snug, no room for layering, which, if you need layers, this may not be the jacket for you. Pocket placement is clutch if you use it for backpacking. Durability on this jacket is great, I've used the crap out of mine and after a quick wash, it still looks brand new (*note: In the picture I have the deep blue color because mine is a couple years older).

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Brian wrote an answer about on November 25, 2012

They could be winter boots, but I would probably choose something with a little more warmth and something more waterproof. These breath well, but can definitely get wet on the inside. Also, anything over about 8 inches of snow would be over the boot.

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Brian wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

Great Hiking Pants
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

MH Mesa pants are incredibly durable (have seen many sharp thorns/sticks)! These are one of the two pairs that I wear (the other being TNF Paramount Valley) and I don't need any more. I never use the boot zip openings, but have worn as shorts and can say that they are comfortable. I wear a size 30x30 generally and the small fits me very well. The only complaint I have is that the belt tends to ride up above the button and can need frequent adjustment (that's the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5).

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Brian wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

Solid, Durable Pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like these pants. I generally wear a size 30x30 and the small pair fit great. As another reviewer mentioned, these dry pretty quickly. Haven't had any issues with the location of the zippers. These are one of the two pairs of hiking pants I use, they have held up very well.

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Brian wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

Hands Down, Favorite Water Bottle
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this bottle for several years now and it has taken a beating, it still even has the measurements on it! I have owned many different types of water bottles and this is definitely my favorite bottle all around. I take it to work and take it backpacking, I use it for everything.

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Brian wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

4 5

I gave this a great review because I love Klean Kanteen products in general. I bought this exact bottle (Stainless with the sport cap). I was happy with the color (doesn't show paint chippings like the others), but the sport cap isn't the most user friendly. It makes a lot of noise when using it and can leak very easily if you're not very cautious every time you open it. I contacted KK customer service about the issue and they said it is expected from the cap, but they sent me a brand new loop cap anyhow. Awesome customer service, awesome brand!

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

4 5

A great bottle for on the go situations or areas with plenty of water sources. If you're going on a longer multiple day hike, wouldn't recommend carrying just this. Can be annoying to keep stopping to refill and if there are no water sources around for awhile, it is a pain in the arse to fill up other bottles using this. Overall very satisfied with it. Has filtered some very, very nasty water with no repercussions.

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

Not One Complaint
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this stove many times in a varying temperature range (20-90) and have never had one issue. Great lightweight stove!!! Haven't ever needed a windscreen or stand, which people feel like they need. As you can see in the picture, even the deer wanted to come closer to check it out.

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was aprehensive buying a Pltypus and bought this expecting it to break or leak after a short while. Lets be honest, they feel "cheap." I have used this many times and it has never done me wrong. Would highly recommend this for your backpacking bladder needs. Also, I like putting it upside down from what the picture shows so the cap is on top. It still works that way and runs less risk of leaking all over everything (only works for the 2L, not the 3L).

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

Quality Lacking
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved this bag, up until the second time I used it. I used it on one weekend trip with a low amount of weight (no more than 25lbs). Worked great, loved the rain cover and the straps felt good. Fast forward to a week long trip to Isle Royale (50 miles). My bag weighed about 40lbs MAX, by the end, one of the seams on the outside of the pack busted and one of zipper string came off. Also, the hip padding seems inadequate. At trip's end, I had the largest bruise by far out of the group on my hips. Loved the SAC price, but got what I paid for. Would be decent as a beginner bag for weekend hikes. I will probably end up letting friends use it when introducing them to backpacking.

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

Broke in Well
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I broke these in on a 20 mile hike and they were great. Took them to Isle Royale for a week (50 miles), by the end I was having major pains on my achilles, there was no excessive swelling going on from what I could tell. Overall, a very sturdy boot. Run pretty true to size in my experience. I wear a 10 in most brands of shoes (including Merrell & Timberland) and a 10 fit well with medium crew socks.

UPDATE: Have used on a few more trips since (including Yosemite) and have had no issues with my achilles. Also, not one blister yet from these boots over the first 100+ miles.

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Brian wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

5 5

Incredibly small and light for its rating. Had it out in 20 degrees and was hot wearing thermals. The bag has seen some water, it shed it with no problems to date. Fits well around me without feeling claustrophobic, I'm 5'9, 140. This bag is amazing for cold weather but be prepared to get a warmer bag for summer.

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