Dave Hirshblond

Dave Hirshblond

Adirondack Park, Northeast

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Dave's Passions

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Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Kayaking

Dave's Bio

Love the outside world, any and all of it. Except civilization.

Dave Hirshblond

Dave Hirshblond wrote a review of on June 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i really love this knife, it had a good edge out of the box...even though it was not razor sharp, it was better than most. after some simple honing it had a very nice edge and has held up well over time. the stainless blade dosent spark like a higher carbon blade does, but its a trade-off for the stainless qualities. the grip feels very secure in the hand and the slight inward curve of the blade makes it very very good for carving into sticks or anything where your really pushing the blade into something. Ive beat it through a few things with rocks and such, and it has held up very well, aside from a few dings its stayed in great shape.
I have actually used this blade to gut fish and it worked surprisingly well. I cut through bones well and the skin with no problem. it could have been better, but that was very likely because i hadn't sharpened it recently, so ill blame myself for that one.
at the end of the day this is a sturdy and edge-holding knife that I grab on almost all of my trips.

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Dave Hirshblond wrote a review of on June 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Picked this up at an REI garage sale a few weekends ago for almost half price, and im so glad i did. Im a bigger guy at about 5' 11" 200, and the fit is very nice. Its snug enough to keep me warm, but not restricting whatsoever. It packs down quite small, but not as small as some other down bags. It actually has a this layer of synthetic insulation on the outer part of the shell which is probably the reason for this, but all in all i wouldnt complain about its size. The zippered foot box is great, it allows me to vent and also walk around in the bag by sticking my feet out of the bottom...which has been extremely sweet since I use a hammock system and need to move in my bag quite a bit. The hood and zipper adjustments are very easy and have yet to snag or even come close.
Unfortunately, I havent had it long enough to use it in colder temps and comment on the temperature rating, but I dont have any doubts it will keep me warm down to the 20s if im on my pad.
All in all it really is a very awesome and well thought out bag that seems like it will last a very long time due to its quality construction. I would recommend to anyone.

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Dave Hirshblond wrote a review of on June 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These stakes are killer. Just like the original groundhogs but smaller and lighter, which makes them super sweet. Even with the smaller size, they hold just as well as their older brothers with out much sacrifice. Because of the slightly shorter length they do suffer a bit in softer grounds, but thats to be expected i guess. Only used them a handful of times so far, but I love them and havent had problems yet.

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Dave Hirshblond wrote a review of on June 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like some others have said, I have replaced all my tent stakes with the groundhogs and they are awesome. I have some of the older sets, but since they've put the reflective pulls on, theyre the perfect stakes for me and my hammock system. They hold in anything, even some softer soils..but not so much in loose sand. Can totally de driven into cracky rock, but you might not get them back out...even though having the pulls make it much more possible. Talked to someone who claimed they drove them into some northeastern shale...but have yet to try that out.

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Dave Hirshblond wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the low weight and bulk of these boots, they offer great support and grip in many different settings. Ive been out on the trail with these guys in many different situations from quick summer dayhikes to all-day postholing in 15 degree weather. They keep you surprisingly dry for their light weight and all. I once had to stand in a shallow (3-4 inches) creek for a few minutes to help others across a log bridge and my feet could just barely start to feel the slightest wetness. For a lightweight trail boot that was impressive.

They break in quick and are very forgiving during the process. I do agree with some other people about the clammyness though. Its not something Ive experienced consistently, but if the conditions are right they can get clammy. Nothing thats a deal breaker for me, but it happens.

Fit is great. They dont jam up on my toes too much on steep descents and the ankle support is perfect. I like my boots as flexible and "natural" feeling as possible so I could understand someone thinking the support is a bit light, but they are a light weight boot so hopefully you arent expecting mountaineering type boots here.

Overall awesome boots that have become my go-to for everything.

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