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Just can't wait to get outside and play.

Chris Bell

Chris Bell wrote a review of on August 15, 2011

5 5

There are already 120+ reviews, so why would I bother to write another review giving the Pocket Rocket stove 5 stars? Because it deserves it, it's just that good. Everything that I could say about it has been said, multiple times. If you're on the fence, pull the trigger. You won't be sorry.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on July 19, 2011

4 5

This spork does exactly what it is supposed to do. Its light. Short enough when closed for packing. Long enough when opened for those harder to reach meals. Locks tight without collapsing. The plastic doesn't harm my cookware. I am interested to see how durable the plastic is, as well as how well the locking mechanism holds up, after many uses. But the price is right and it does its job perfectly. You won't regret picking this spork up.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on March 3, 2011

4 5

We have used these boots on our Golden Retriever and Pyrenees/Shepherd mix on trails in the summer and in the snow in the winter. On the trails the boots fit great and stay on as long as you check the fit after a few minutes as instructed. In the snow we used them with the socks to keep their feet warm and snow out of their toes. For light snow they worked well, but in deep fresh snow we had problems with them coming off and even lost a few. So I would definitely recommend these boots for trails and warm weather outings, but if your pup is going to be enjoying a heavy amount of snow you might consider another option, such as Ruffwear's Polar Trex, to ensure that you don't lose any along the way.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on March 3, 2011

4 5

The vest makes a definite impact when wet. Both of our dogs have long coats and get hot quickly, but with the vests the dogs seem to be able to play all day. Like other reviewers, I have noticed that the vest tends to dry out quickly, but if you can conveniently wet it down throughout the day then the vest makes a big difference. It's especially convenient when they come out on the boat during the summer. The occasional quick dip keeps the vest soaked and the dogs cool.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 6, 2009

5 5

This is an excellent fork mounting rack for the money. I have one of these as well as a Yakima Copperhead and this is far superior. Installation is extremely simple and no tools are needed. The locking skewer is a great design to deter theft and using the SKS lock only makes it safer. The rack is extremely durable, like most of Yakima's products. I have had mine for over two years and it is in great shape. You won't regret picking this one up.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 6, 2009

5 5

This is an excellent fork mounting rack for the money. I have one of these as well as a Yakima Copperhead and this is far superior. Installation is extremely simple and no tools are needed. The locking skewer is a great design to deter theft and using the SKS lock only makes it safer. The rack is extremely durable, like most of Yakima's products. I have had mine for over two years and it is in great shape. You won't regret picking this one up.

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Chris Bell wrote an answer about on November 6, 2009

No. This bike rack works with Yakima round bars only. This is because the front of the rack clamps around the bar and the clamp is designed for only the round bars. Sorry. If you are looking for a fork mounting bike rack you might try the Yakima Fork Lift. It mounts to round, square, and most factory racks. And it is sold right here on backcountry.com

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

I don't mean to sound redundant of previous reviews but this chair makes camping, backpacking, or anything where you need a rest so much more comfortable that I feel it is worth reiterating. The Trekker is lightweight, protects your pad, and gives your weary back the rest it deserves. If you can master removing and replacing the stays (which at first can seem like quite the chore) then you can convert it quickly and kick back while your friends sit on rocks and lean against trees. If your worried about spending the $$$ on something that seems less than necessary I would strongly recommend picking this item up. You won't be sorry.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

Before this rack my only experience was with the Saris Bones trunk racks. The Yakima Quick Back is much easier to install and includes many convenient additions. The labeled straps make installation simple, and if you're installing on a glass trunk or hatch Yakima has included interchangeable straps for you. There are clamps to hold the excess rope so that it isn't flying around as you drive. Also the anti-theft cable is a good idea. I doubt that it would stop anyone who is very determined to steal the rack, but it will definitely help keep honest people honest. It works well on my 2003 Camry and easily goes over the spoiler. The only problem that I've had with it is that the sides of my trunk are angled inward and if I don't tighten the side straps extremely tight they slide downward and become loose. Because of all of the other positives of the rack I overlook this and use it as an excuse to get the straps extra tight. But it is something you should consider before buying it for yourself.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

I compared this pack to the Camelbak Mule NV pack and chose this pack for its ventilation and its size.
I tried on both this and the Mule NV and felt that North Face's X-vent system might ventilate better, if only a little. I didn't get a chance to run or ride with the NV but after a few rides I am very happy with the ventilation of this pack. I'm a pretty serious sweater and never stay completely dry whether I'm wearing a backpack or not, but this pack helps the sweat evaporate and keeps me cool much better than my previous Camelbak without the NV system.
Also I wanted a pack small enough to use for biking and running but large enough for day hikes. The Megamouth specs say that it has twice the volume but it doesn't seem that much bulkier than the Mule NV. And the Megamouth's compression straps can keep it compact and close to your back or expand to allow plenty of cargo space.
As for comfort; while biking the pack is very comfortable on my back. But when running or doing anything while upright the bottom frame of the pack puts some pressure on my lower back. On longer and full day hikes I think the pressure from the frame would most likely become painful. But I cannot say for sure because I haven't used it on anything other than rides and short runs. Once I take it on a hike I will update my review.
I also really like the magnet on the hose, and the Nalgene Bladder has worked well for me so far, but I make sure to close the lid very tightly. Overall, I recommend this pack to anyone looking for cargo space and ventilation especially on long bike rides.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

Before this rack my only experience was with the Saris Bones trunk racks. The Yakima Quick Back is much easier to install and includes many convenient additions. The labeled straps make installation simple, and if you're installing on a glass trunk or hatch Yakima has included interchangeable straps for you. There are clamps to hold the excess rope so that it isn't flying around as you drive. Also the anti-theft cable is a good idea. I doubt that it would stop anyone who is very determined to steal the rack, but it will definitely help keep honest people honest. It works well on my 2003 Camry and easily goes over the spoiler. The only problem that I've had with it is that the sides of my trunk are angled inward and if I don't tighten the side straps extremely tight they slide downward and become loose. Because of all of the other positives of the rack I overlook this and use it as an excuse to get the straps extra tight. But it is something you should consider before buying it for yourself.

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Chris Bell wrote an answer about on November 3, 2009

The Trekker Lounge does have two straps at the head of the sleeve to secure the rolled up pad which could also be used to attach it to your pack. However these straps only work if you remove the stays and roll it from the bottom to the top. Some people have trouble removing the stays or don't remove the stays for fear of loosing them (which is my problem) and therefore must fold and roll it so that the stays are parallel. In that case a compression sack would be needed. Hope this helped.

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Chris Bell wrote a question about on October 20, 2009

Would a Trekker Lounge 25 work with a 20" pad?
I have a 20" wide Therm-a-rest pad that is getting old. I'd like to get a Trekker Lounge 25 in case I get a wider pad one day but I'm worried about the 20" pad working in the Trekker 25 because of the way it folds and straps into a chair. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on October 19, 2009

5 5

This tool is a little heavy, but it has everything that I needed and still fit into my axiom seat bag along with CO2 cartridges and a spare tire. So far it has been very durable and I use it around the garage as much as on the road. If weight is a big issue then look elsewhere, if not then this tool is great.

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Chris Bell wrote a review of on October 19, 2009

4 5

I compared this pack to the Camelbak Mule NV pack and chose this pack for its ventilation and its size. I tried on both this and the Mule NV and felt that North Face's X-vent system might ventilate better, if only a little. I didn't get a chance to run or ride with the NV but after a few rides I am very happy with the ventilation of this pack. I'm a pretty serious sweater and never stay completely dry whether I'm wearing a backpack or not, but this pack helps the sweat evaporate and keeps me cool much better than my previous Camelbak without the NV system. Also I wanted a pack small enough to use for biking and running but large enough for day hikes. The Megamouth specs say that it has twice the volume but it doesn't seem that much bulkier than the Mule NV. And the Megamouth's compression straps can keep it compact and close to your back or expand to allow plenty of cargo space. As for comfort; while biking the pack is very comfortable on my back. But when running or doing anything while upright the bottom frame of the pack puts some pressure on my lower back. On longer and full day hikes I think the pressure from the frame would most likely become painful. But I cannot say for sure because I haven't used it on anything other than rides and short runs. I also really like the magnet on the hose, and the Nalgene Bladder has worked well for me so far, but I make sure to close the lid very tightly. Overall, I recommend this pack to anyone looking for cargo space and ventilation especially on long bike rides.

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Chris Bell wrote an answer about on September 30, 2009

Andrew, the best way to be sure you get exactly what you need would be to go to www.yakima.com and go through the "Fit My Car" setup guide. What you need will depend on what year your car is. It looks like one option would be Q towers, 48" bars, Q99 & Q34 clips, and a Bigstack to carry the kayak. All of which I believe is sold right here on BC. But check Yakima's website first to be sure that you get everything that you need.

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Chris Bell wrote an answer about on September 30, 2009

KAThy, The best thing to do would be go to www.yakima.com and go through the "Fit My Car" setup guide. It will configure your exact car for what you want to do, kayaks and anything else. From what you have said I think you will just need either some Railgrabs or Lowriders to attach the bars you have to your Santa Fe's factory side rails, then the rest of your rack should work the same, that is assuming you already had the set up for a kayak. It does not look like you can use Q towers with a Santa Fe. I think they sell both the Railgrabs or Lowriders right here on BC, but be sure and check Yakima's website to be sure you have everything that you need.

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