You'll need to get the Thule or Yakima crossbars and mounting hardware to attach the factory running bars.
I'm not too sure how far this carrier extends from the hitch receiver but I would recommend the Thule Spare Me 2. It has the same carrying capacity and is specifically designed for a spare tire setup.
I'm not exactly sure how far out this thing sits from the end of the receiver but I would recommend the Thule Spare Me 2 carrier...it has the same capacity and is designed with your Jeep in mind (I'm not a rep, just a bike nerd).
The MSR Pocket Rocket is the ultimate simple to use, ultralight canister stove. Simply screw the stove on top of the fuel canister, turn the valve, light and you're cookin'. This little guy will boil water faster than expected yet simmer sauces delicately. I've used the stove mainly while bagging 14ers or on quick overnight bike tours and it has never failed me. While self contained cooking systems (JetBoil) offer quicker boil times, they cannot compare with the Pocket Rocket in terms of application. The flame adjust and light weight of an entire system makes this a tough act to beat.
I can't begin to tell you how many times this stove has saved my trips. I've never run into any problems with this little guy. It burns hot, quiet, and on anything that's flammable. I've run white gas, aviation fuel, jet fuel, and standard 87-octane through my stove and it performs flawlessly. Burn time and BTU output vary with the different fuels, but knowing that you can boil water, cook a meal, or warm frozen digits makes this a moot point. The shaker jet cleaning needle is straightforward and efficient. My only complaint is that the flame control leaves something to be desired; it's either off or on. No in-betweens. If you're looking for a stove that's easy to use, efficient, and will last, do yourself a favor and pick this bad-boy up.
Kick. Ass. These gloves are a godsend. Warm, dexterous, and most of all, incredibly durable. My 3-fingers are going on their second season with little-to-no special care and they are still in perfect condition. The gauntlet is great for keeping snow out and cinches down well and I have yet to have snow get through to my wrists. I like the five finger liner and don't notice any difference in warmth retention versus a standard mitt. The glove comes with leashes that are soft, wide, and comfortable. I love being able to take the mitt off on the lift without worrying about dropping them. All in all, a great glove that will stand up to years of abuse.
Let me start this out be stating: I love the Wrapp bindings. They are easy on, easy off, and hold your foot solid. I've been hiking roughly 5 miles a day through rolling southern Wisconsin hills and the Atlas 9's have never slipped, twisted on my foot, or made me feel like I was going to fall. If you're looking for a good, entry level snowshoe and you're not tackling any ridiculously steep terrain, the Atlas 9's are great. If you're looking for something that can handle a little more gnarly, go for the 10's or higher.
I've been using upright mounts for my Lefty equipped 29er for a year now and never really felt comfortable with them. I would find myself checking the bike every time I stopped, re-tightening the straps, jaw, etc. and it was more stressful than necessary. Enter the Fork Adapter. This little piece of miracle metal has increased my abilities to rack my bike on friend's cars, given more stability to my current setup, and delivered me the peace of mind to get where I'm going without constantly re-evaluating my rig. It takes me about a 1 minute 15 seconds to take the adapter off, bolt on the wheel and adjust the brake. It may not be the 15 seconds that a double stanchion fork typically needs, but then again, it's a Lefty.
Oh my little juice, what would I do without you? This knife as been with me for years. It goes with me no matter what. I've actually checked luggage just so I know that I'll have the knife with me...that may be a little crazy, but once you buy it, you'll understand. It's hard to say what my favorite feature is, but if I had to choose, the size. The knife easily fits in the coin pocket of all of my pants, weighs next to nothing, and yet, it still packs a great selection of tools. My only complaint with this knife is that the blade doesn't hold an edge worth a damn. But a quick run over a whetstone and you're good to go.
First off, this knife will last. I've used the Flash II for a long time now and this year's model has raised the bar. A few changes include: Molded handle with more rough areas which increase grip even when wet/bloodied up; the newly revamped ergonomic safety release is easier to actuate than previous models and the non-serated blade comes sharp enough to shave with. Unfortunately, this sharpness only lasts a few weeks with regular use and upkeep. The AUS-8 stainless looks and feels good, it just doesn't keep its edge as well as I would like. All in all, it's a great knife with a good feel, good looks, and it's easily carried, just expect to sharpen the blade weekly.
I've had these boots for 3 years now and have not been let down. These boots have taken me from the tops of over 10 14ers to hiking in Utah, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the menial task of getting me to class in the snow. They are crazy comfortable and I wouldn't think of getting any other boots. I'm definately a believer in the Sundowner. Chinese production didn't ruin my trail mojo and it shouldn't yours.
Overall: Buy them.
I've used this helmet for a number of years to protect myself on the rock and on the ice. As many reviews have stated, the Half Dome fits well over a thick hat or just by itself. Headstrap adjustability is ridiculously quick for those times when friends forget their lid. I've had a couple chunks of ice fall on it from +25 feet and it did its job. My only complaint is that the chin strap is slightly difficult to adjust. I recommend this helmet to anyone getting into the vertical world.
This bag has taken me through some pretty epic adventures ranging from Northern Minnesota fall night to high mountain tours. I can't say enough about the ergonomics that make this bag ideal. For starters, the hood and draft collar work extremely well and cinching the drawstring is a breeze (as well as releasing it in a mid-night evacuation), the taper of the bag is spot-on and the angled footbox makes me wondered how I ever got along without it. The welded seams and insulation provide even heat retention and absolutely no pilling. I wish I would have gone with the ultralamina but I went on the cheap and this bag is still my first choice for spring and fall treks.Overall: Sweet dreams for chilly nights.
I got The North Face Alliance to protect my lighter down coats on a January trip to the Boundary Waters and it performed exceptionally. The jacket kept me slightly warmer as it blocked the wind flawlessly and it saved me a couple hundred bucks in replacement gear when I found myself crawling through the thick pine forests. I now use the jacket for all snow sports and I cannot compliment TNF enough for creating an afforable shell with zip-in capabilities that performs as well as the alliance does. My only gripe is about the crinkling sound the jacket never seems to loses.
Overall: Protection on the cheap.
I bought two of these shirts for late fall day hiking/summer evening bug beater and TNF's Syncline Shirt does both with style. I wear my synclines to class, work, and woods and I'm never dissapointed. There are some other reviews of these shirts falling apart but after two years, both of mine are still in great condition. I really like the sleeve tabs that keep the shirt out of your way whether you're filleting a fish or sitting at a desk. After the hike, I don't need to worry about changing to hit up happy hour. They remain odor-free and dry quickly. I'm about to order a few more to round out my collection. I'm usually a perfect fit in small, but these do run slightly baggy. It's not that much of a difference, but something to keep in mind.
Overall: You'll look good no matter where your day finds you.
What can I say, these pants kick so much a$$ you're never going to want to change out of them and as far as I can tell, you'll never need to. Over the years I've beat the crap out of them and my carhartts keep coming back for more. Whether it's at work, in the field, in class or at the bars, I never take them off. I buy two pairs of these babies a year and I have no need for anything else. The double front adds a little weight but another year or so of durability. The pockets are big enough for keys, phone, knife, wallet, or whatever else you may need to get the job done. I'm sold.
Overall: Buy these once; they'll outlast you.
I've had these socks for a couple of long trips through the backcountry and I'm pleased with their performance. I have not had to deal with any bunching blisters. They wick moisture well and keep my toes warm even after pouncing through cold water (not by choice). the stitching and craftsmanship seem to be above par and I'm thinking I may have to get some more of these bad-boys sometime soon!
I've had my windstopper tech for 3 years now and everytime I put it on, I fall in love all over again. This jacket has a great cut that fits in all the right places (I'm 5'9", 145). After watching all the trendy folks walk by in their TNF Denalis in the cold Wisconsin winter, I breeze by them on my bike without so much as a hint of the biting wind.
There are some complaints about the pockets, but they're great to have when you're in the harness. They can even handle a nalgene, even though it's awkward. I highly recommend this jacket to all of my friends who are thinking about a fleece. Yes, it's a bit more pricey than the denali, but isn't the better quality, greater warmth, and not looking like a tool worth it?
Okay, I got this altimeter because the price was right and for my job in Colorado, it was going to do me just fine. The timekeeping works well. Of course, it's kind of hard to screw that up but a lot of other things on this watch need work. My first weekend with the watch, I did 'the decalibron' near Alma, CO. This required me hitting +14K 5 times. According to this watch, which I calibrated at the trailhead, and then again on top of Mt. Democrat, the highest point I encountered was 14, 148 (altitude of Democrat). I was higher than that in the saddle of Mt. Lincoln.
After I came back down, the barometric pressure remained at the level I had started at, but at the trailhead standing at the same spot next to the sign, I was a full 250ft lower than I had been 6 hours previously. My elevation also changed from when I went to sleep at 11,500 and when I woke up 10,900. I don't know if I took a sleep hike, but I'm pretty sure it was the watch's mistake.
The thermometer works pretty well so long as it's not on your wrist. Sitting on your wrist, expect to be 10-15 degrees (F) warmer and it takes a while for the temp. to be updated.
Overall: If you're looking for a cheap approximation of an altimeter, this is the piece for you. If you want some form of accuracy, keep on lookin.
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