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Christopher Minguez

Christopher Minguez

Out in the wilds of Alaska.

Christopher Minguez's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Climbing

Christopher Minguez's Bio

I live in a constant state of activity... hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, flying, boating, kayaking, and all of these are intertwined in both work and play. My job takes me to the most beautiful places in the US, and Backcountry keeps me geared up.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on December 6, 2010

5 5

I've had many pairs of Oakleys, and always thought they were the standard in glasses. Until I got a polarized set of Native Grinds in Wood/Brown. The optical quality is spectacular, the fit and finish is top notch. The nose pads, the vented lenses, and the grippy temple pads are fantastic, and I just can't put on my Oakley Fives anymore, they're just not good enough. The interchangeable lens is a great touch for here in Alaska, so you can swap lenses quickly for bright light on snow, or soft grey light, depending on your need. Highly highly recommended.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on October 20, 2010

3 5

Not a bad beater knife. Wouldn't make it my primary. As mentioned before, the blade doesn't hold an edge particularly well. The other downside is the grip. Attempting to get this in and out of your pocket or a sheath is particularly maddening. That grippy rubber grips everything, and resists all efforts to insert or remove it. If this is for your tacklebox, or a backup knife in a survival kit, it's not bad, but it's not a great choice for heavy use.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on October 20, 2010

5 5

Gerber's wrist snapping plier opening has been a standard of multitools for years. The one handed plier opening ability is fantastically useful for gearheads, who generally have one broken part held together with one hand, and need the pliers in the other. They also serve as instant hot pot tongs. Having a Multiplier on your belt aids in quick pot removal in cooking. The tools are plentiful, easily locked and unlocked, and held solidly with the spring loaded locking device. Like all multitools, the knife blade is weak, but this should never be your primary knife to begin with. Always always always, carry a good knife. I use a SpecOps Survival Sheath, so I carry this tool with my Ka-Bar, and a firesteel, all in one useful and handy package.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on October 20, 2010

4 5

Comes with heavy weight. This is the heavier duck material, not the lighter canvas, used for brutal jobsite areas where puncture and tear hazards are high. The canvas material is super durable, and breaks in nicely over time. If hot weather is a concern and your jobsite is not as rugged, try the canvas double front pants from Carhartt. Much lighter and more comfortable. You may even be able to pull off wearing them to the office.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on October 20, 2010

5 5

I use mine to clip on my Camelbak unbottle, but they are useful for any number of other things, like flashlights, climbing gear, shoes, and anything you want access to quickly outside of a pack. I must have 15 of these, clipped to almost all of my packs. They're available in plastic for lighter duty versions, and metal for heavier gear. Great idea, great execution.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on October 6, 2010

5 5

Not for it's performance either, though that is impressive. It's because for cold Alaska mornings, this thing is supersoft lounge wear. Outdoors, it performs like a champ, with incredible warmth for something that compresses to the size of a rolled up magazine. For ultralighters, this is an excellent temperature range extender. Paired with a windstopper top/shell and and baselayer, this should keep you comfortable when temps dip in the 40s.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on September 28, 2010

5 5

... it means windstopper. I landed in a small Cessna 206 just in from remote Alaska smack in the middle of a windstorm: 30MPH sustained winds, with up to 40MPH gusts. I yanked the drawcord tight at the hem, zipped up the collar and waited for the wind to punch through the jacket. Never happened. All of that wind, and none of it penetrated. Stayed warm, albeit it beat up, in the wind. Lots of products don't live up to the hype... this isn't one of them.

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Christopher Minguez wrote a review of on September 3, 2010

Ultralight packers, this is for you.
4 5

Interested in a knife for the ultralight? This is it. Benchmade quality in a backpacker-ounce shaving size. Spring assisted opening kicks the blade out fast, one handed, for when you're cooking and need every possible hand. They're not kidding about losing this knife in your pocket -- it's -that- light. Of course, that lightness comes at a price: the polymer side grips have some flex in them, if you really crank on the knife. This is a perfect knife for those who rarely use the knife outside of cooking or light camp use. Whittling, prying, or spearing.. bring a backup knife. The blade'll take all the abuse you throw at it, just beware the grips.

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