Craig V

Craig V

Northern Michigan

Craig V's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing

Craig V's Bio

Aging adventurer, frugal father! I work to get my moneys worth out of every 24 hours! Running, snowboarding/skiing, cycling, backpacking - I love what each season has to offer!

Craig V

Craig V wrote a review of on November 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

BD really got it right with this one! After growing tired of constantly replacing batteries, I invested in this light! From early morning trail runs, to night skiing through the woods, and even for the mundane task of packing the car, this is perfect! Super bright, yet dims when needed to conserve battery life! Best feature is that you can recharge it quickly with the included USB cable. The original set of rechargeable batteries that came with the light lasted nearly a year! After seeing how well it worked, two of my sons purchased the same light - sometimes the old man does know what he's talking about!

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Craig V wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Purchased this jacket in the Fall. Used it all season for snowboarding from the first day (11/30/13) to the last? (4/27/14) Comfortable over a HUGE temperature range. Really impressed with the Coreloft insulation! Wore it as a stand-alone jacket on spring days, and under a shell on the bitter cold days! Pockets are just right - inside pocket holds your phone, outside pockets large enough for snacks, tools, etc. Cuff design is excellent - simple design that seals out the cold, and slides easily under a shell. Long enough to cover your tail when bending over to buckle in, yet still a nice trim fit. Dries in no time. Stuffs small in your pack at the end of the day! I own(ed)similar pieces from Patagonia, TNF, others, but this is by far my favorite. Worth the money - great colors too!

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Craig V wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Needed a bigger stove to take when backpacking with my three boys - this was perfect during a recent trip. Heats up quickly boiling water/cooking pasta. Flame can really be dialed down too - goes plenty low enough to cook pancakes and simmer beans! Wide pot supports make it plenty stable even with a full 2 liter pot on top! I like the fact that it can be used with multiple brands of canisters - had good luck with both the Jetboil and even some old GAZ canisters! This is my third MSR stove (whisperlight, pocket rocket, and Superfly) all have performed flawlessly! Great quality - I believe they are still built in the USA too! Good investment - like all MSR products! I'll pass this one down to my boys!

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Craig V wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this bag for my 12 year old son to use on a recent backpacking trip! Great bag for the price - overall workmanship excellent, even came with both a compression stuff sack, and a nice mesh storage sack. I was surprised how small it stuffs - even smaller than advertised. Other posts mentioned issues with the zipper, that wasn't our experience. Excellent value -

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Craig V wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

5 5

You won't find a better jacket for the price! Well designed, durable, and functional for so many activities. This was my shell for snowboarding from December to April - from single digit days to rainy spring conditions! Performed just as well as my Super Cell and at half the cost! H2No is the Gore-Tex for the "working class!"

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Craig V wrote a review of on November 17, 2008

5 5

Awesome pack - I've owned others from TNF and Nathan - this one is the best. Well thought out design - very secure, didn't budge while heading down the trail. One bottle for water, one for an electrolyte drink. Pockets offer plenty of space for your cell, Clifshot, a dry hat, i-pod, etc. The bungee cord on the back is ideal for stashing your jacket and/or gloves when you get warmed up. I've only used it for running, but it would also be great for roller skiing and mt. biking!

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