Dan Kirkpatrick

Dan Kirkpatrick

Adirondacks

Dan Kirkpatrick's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Dan Kirkpatrick's Bio

Just getting out there! Being in a place with a gorgeous view that I've never been before. Having fun with friends or reading a book by myself at camp

Dan Kirkpatrick

Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

gloves are real nice looking, straight black, clean. The touch feature barely works with my android. You have to press hard to get it to respond, so forget texting remotely fast. I have tried other gloves such as the north face etip and worked nicely. Returning

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

bomber
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't sent this thing through the wringer quite yet., but have not seen any problems what soever. Definately a day pack though, but still beefy to hold my skis and food/water/equipment all day. Is low profile, and the pockets are just a no nonsense open pocket with a couple sleeves.
I know this isn't the DLX, but I still wish this model had the insulation sleeve for the bladder.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

3 5

I got this off SAC for a cool $60. I'm 6'2" and it fits my prolite plus long pad just fine. The first night I used it it poured all night long and was dry in the morning. It's light and of course packs well cause there is not a lot of fabric.
However, There is minimal vestibule space for your gear. For multi day trips with a large pack, you will have to store outside or in your buddy's vestibule. Also, I'm not a big fan of the door on the front of the tent instead of the side. I'm not sure why they did this. It's not freestanding, but I don't care about that, use the included stakes.
However, because of the small volume of the tent, it does stay very warm at night in colder temps.
For the price its a steal, but you have about the same room as a bivy sack and heavier so.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on July 11, 2012

5 5

Refreshing to find a good lamp with all the bells and whistles you 'need' at an affordable price. The combination of the regulated 100 lumens, waterproof, lockable, red light! spot and camp lights, and the power meter every time you turn the lamp on.
It takes 4 AAA instead of my old one that had 3 and it is a little heavier than my old princeton aurora, but the added lumens and the red light made me want to upgrade.
Also, free shipping from BC!

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

4 5

Ok, I know I just got it in the mail yesterday, but I'm wicked excited to use it. It's packs super small and is only 1 lb 6oz, comes with a compression sack and storage bag. and although I haven't used it in a practical sense yet, I got in it last night when it was around 45ish, and I was pretty toasty. just had my thin cotton work clothes on too. I'm a hot sleeper, so I should be fine in it and can't wait to use it on the trail this summer. Got it off sportchalet.com for $90!

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on April 20, 2012

4 5

Light, good size inside, 3 people is stretching it, but it can fit everyone inside in a pinch, without the gear obviously. I've had it for 3 years now, used in complete downpour, 30+ winds. It's a great tent, 5lbs a 2-3 person tent is pretty nice, Doesn't come with a footprint however, and sierra designs doesn't make one anymore, so will have to make one out of a nylon tarp and some gussets, but should be fine.
No issues with it what so ever. I'm going to waterproof it this year, the DWR has diminished a little, but still wont let water in. Love the two doors

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on April 9, 2012

5 5

My review is based on the difference between the mid raiths and my old pair of mid ll beans. While the old LLs were waterproof, they were full leather and didn't breath. These raiths breath like a pair of lungs. I have hot feet and can normally hike in 3 season boots in the winter, which also mean they sweat profusely. I hiked two high peaks in the ADK in the spring in these. Adk mud, ice and snow, and my feet were dry as a bone. They breath great and are completely waterproof. I have a pair of mountaineering boots with eVent and breath the same way.
After reviewing the comments on the some keens and the merrel moabs, I went with these because they seemed to offer more support on the sole. Other boots soles seemed to soft for me and might not be as comfortable on longer hikes.
Looking forward to trying these out on a 28 mile hike coming up. Hopefully, my review will stay the same and I'll continue to love these!

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

4 5

I bought these with the intention for camp show use. So far so good, Just sitting around camp in less than 20 degree weather and my feet were extremely warm and comfortable.
Over time a couple feathers had come out, but no rips yet, and fit small for me so I had to get the XL. but the only qualm I have have to deal with is because how I use them, which is cold weather camping and not casual. The sole is thin, if you're standing on ice for some time, you will start to feel the cold. If you're walking around or sitting, my feet stayed pretty toasty.

Overall, great buy off SAC!

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

5 5

Picked up a pair off SAC after reading the reviews. The only size they had was the XL when I normally wear L (38" waist) Thinking I would just return them if too big, had no idea how the sizing was as this was my first stoic pant. I gotta say though, after trying them on, I was surprised they fit almost perfectly. The L would not fit what soever. So yes, the sizing may be off a bit but I am happy with them.

Not sure what this ergo fit is really, but the flexibility of these pants is amazing, didn't run up the crotch or pull up off the ankle like many of my snow pants do. I'm not sold on no zippers on the front pockets, but the cargo pocket should fit the things I usually carry in there.

Can't wait to try these out in the field, northern NY is getting snow today (10/27), although it'll be gone tomorrow. If these pants work through the season I'll def be giving them 5 stars

Update: I've been wearing them constantly whilst alpine skiing, this past weekend I even wore them hiking and they performed admirably. Again, the flexibility of these pants is great, water resistant and light insulation, so when hiking in sub freezing temps, you are not sweating when moving, and not freezing when stopped.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

form, fit and function
5 5

After searching for a new jacket, a BC rep led me to the bombshell. My first impression, as like many others was the seemingly soft stretchy fabric which looked like I could catch a limb and rip it easily. But pay no mind, this fabric is strong, waterproof, windproof and breathable. I love it cause just on warmer days and wearing no layers, the fabric is very comfortable yet protects. I got an XXL as I'm on the cusp of being a tad larger than an XL. the sizing for me is perfect with use of layers.The main reason I got this was all the features on the shell which I have wanted and needed for years. wrist gaiters, pit zips, removable powder skirt and a high neck. Seriously, for the amount of shell you get for the money you pay is an unbelievable purchase. I think the only difference I have between this years and last years model is the recco reflector and the mesh in the underarm vents, which would be sweet to have, (but I digress)

After a full season of use, my subjective review was outstanding for this jacket. A few things to note; there was some minor pilling near the wrist pocket, the brim is not very stiff and if you're skiing east coast, you eventually will be skiing in the rain and a sloppy brim is just annoying for me.(non helmet wearer) Also, the wrist gaiters has this very dense material that pulls into your skin around your thumb after a couple hours of use, makes the hands a little sore. (kinda wish the brim was made from this material)

My collection of stoic products is growing exponentially.I got the deep tahoe which is great, not as electrifying colorful like some other stoic products

and...and the jacket is proven while using a homemade zipline...

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on August 8, 2011

perfect for weekend trip
4 5

Borrowed a friends necky manitou 13 this past weekend, and I must say it was a joy to run. large back compartment for gear and plenty of storage on the bungies up front. the seat was adjustable two ways and good padding.
As a 13 I think a front compartment would have been ideal as there was plenty of room for a front bulkhead with my feet there, also as I stuff all my gear in the back I am def stern heavy and a little unstable as the bow sticks more in the air, had to wrap some more gear up front to balance out.
overall though, a good ride, for one or two nights.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on August 8, 2011

5 5

Went shopping for kayaks a couple weeks ago and ended up with he tsunami 120. It is a perfect fit for the gf, she does mostly flatwater trips but do come across some small class 1 rapids, (shes not a fan of higher) but the kayak could def handle up to, but no more than class III. The boat tracks great, yet can steer with ease in creeks/ rivers. Lots of room, but if you are taller than 6' than be sure to try out the 125, it's a bit wider and is has a more forgiving height for the larger folk like my self.
I've tried a few other mfg seats, but the WS seats are the most comfortable I've come across, great padding and lots of different ways to adjust.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on August 3, 2011

I finally found the pair for me
5 5

I really like the concept for convertible pants, and having owned a couple pairs I've always found the ones that rub the zippers on my knees when I have the bottoms off. This is not the case is these pants, I'm taller 6'2" but have shorter legs and most L/XL would just rub against my knees or the sides (where ever the zipper head was) These fit me so they are just above my knee and allows no rubbing when I'm hiking.
Not only that they are very nice to wear on hot days and the material is light but strong as well. The zipper heads are on the legs and are color coded for each leg! genius! the extra zippered pocket is awesome, and the belt that comes with just sum up these BA pants

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

As Evan said, it isn't the most flashiest device, doesn't have touch screen, doesn't have a super VGA resolution. However, it's water resistant, sturdy, picks up the gps signal quickly, color display with a joystick pointer, has tons of options to help you track your way, is just a solid piece of equipment and part of my gear for the last 4 years, and have no reason why I need something new.

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Dan Kirkpatrick wrote a review of on June 16, 2011

surprisingly great fit for large heads
5 5

Fits and looks great. Have the L/XL, the brim isn't too big (for my melon) And the fact that its soft shell just makes it cooler. I can now wear a hat on trips in which I won't soak the hat through the cotton and make it stink. I don't know the difference between flex fit and this hat apparently. It has an elastic fit on it. Isn't that what flex fit is?

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