Bucket

Bucket

Brighton, Moab, Jackson, Europe, Canada

Bucket's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Bucket's Bio

Go fast on skis, climb fun mountains, buckle down in big water, go sailing on the days in between

Bucket

Bucket wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these to go on my Armada TST's 183cm. I got the long size, and the fit is perfect. They also fit my Head monsters at 191cm, and would just barely fit my Mojos at 193cm. So they are versatile enough for different skis, as long as the width is similar. They climb very well, and have performed nicely in a wide range of conditions.

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Bucket wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this primarily for home brewing, but it will serve perfectly for camping as well. I'm very impressed with the burner control even with the high output. You can go from simmer to full on blaster with these burners, well worth the additional price paid as opposed to the regular 30K burner stove. Using this over the winter, even on days well below freezing, I was still able to get 8 gallons of water to 180 F in under 20 minutes, and still have a nice rolling boil with low to medium burn, and 12 gallons boiling.

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Bucket wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch does it all, but requires a bit more research from the user. While I like it now, initially I had to get the majority of the instructions from the SUUNTO website, as a lot of the details do not come with the instructions with the watch. If you don't mind going to this extra effort you might get frustrated.

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Bucket wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're using a compass for anything more than making sure the sun still comes up in the eastern horizon, this one is a nice tool chest of what a field compass should be, and at a nice price as well. The slopemeter is there to use in the backcountry in the winter time, and with the mirror and target sight, you can triangulate your position, and signal for an efficient rescue if need be.

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Bucket wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I give Backcountry 5 stars on this for their perfect treatment of the recall notice regarding this tank. I have several friends who own this exact tank who were so disapointed by the recall, and up in arms about the money they'd spent on it through other retailers. I figured I'd have to go through the hassle of sending it back for a refund when I heard of the recall, but I actually got an email from Backcountry concering this, called them up letting them know I had eptied the tank, and had it disposed of properly at a local propane distributor, and they simply refunded the purchase on the spot.
Kudos to Backcountry, and going the extra mile to keep customers safe, informed, and stand by their guarantee.

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Bucket wrote a review of on June 20, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got this to carry a SUP, straps are definitely made for regular surfboards. What I did to make the strap work is by taking a 2'-4' cam strap, you cam the tail of the existing strap, then run the tail of the cam strap through the existing buckle. This actually makes the strap better, because it's easier to get good tension through the cam strap as opposed to the basic buckle on the existing strap. This way you can easily carry 2 SUPs. I do agree with the other reviews, dinging it for the strap issue, but for the price, it's a nice carrier.

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Bucket wrote a review of on June 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best oar I've used. A bit heavier than the SGG, but I've never noticed a big difference when rowing. If I were to get a whole new set, I'd spend a bit more and get the ones with the counterbalance built into the handles.

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Bucket wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

5 5

This trainer is easy to set up, and bomber. I got this after comparing a lot of different models, and I'm glad I decided to spend more on something that will last forever. One thing I was pleased with is that I can even mount my 29er on it with a smaller size slick tire. I haven't used a lot of trainers, but would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking for one that will be used extensively, and who needs the flexibility to be able to put any size bike on it. It is expensive, but after looking at cheaper versions at a local bike shop, you do get what you pay for. This one will last for years where I could see some less expensive models wearing out in as little as one or two seasons.

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Bucket wrote a review of on February 21, 2013

5 5

I put these on a pair of Head Super Mojos. While this is in no way a light touring set up, it is the best of both worlds for me whenever there is lift access involved. I enjoy bombing fast cruisers, and these skis literally lay waste to half chop, crud, and everything in between. Finally I now have the perfect combo of bomber binding I can also hike on which is also strong enough to put on a big, heavy, serious ski. While I haven't used the Marker bindings, the big plus with these is not having to take the ski off to free the heel. That, and the fact that they put the boot a bit closer to the ski really make them the better choice.
With any sidecountry skiing, sometimes it's not so much having the ability to free the heel for ascending as it is for making the return trip easier. Many times I've found myself in a flat area that needs traversing where popping the heel loose makes it go faster even though I don't get the skins out. That's what I've always loved Fritchis for, but have been wary of the Markers for. This binding makes for a truly All Terrain set up where their primary use is an alpine binding. For strictly touring I still use my light skis with the Fritchis, but it's nice to have both options now. As per the other reviews, I have found the need to utilize silicone spray to minimize icing, etc. and would ding them one star if my primary purpose was for touring, as it is not, I give these 5 stars.

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Bucket wrote a review of on January 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used the welder gauntlet glove for a few years, and was ready for a new set, but went for these since the welders were gone. I only ding them a star because they are more expensive, and have a bit softer leather than the welders did. That being said, they are very well made, and will hold up for years of more casual use if properly treated. One item I would purchase along with these, or any leather glove, is the nikwax glove proof product. Allowed to soak in properly it quickly waterproofs leather, and I use it at the first sign of wear liberally.

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