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DHugens

Chico, Bay Area, NorCal, Tahoe/Truckee, Sierras

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David's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

David's Bio

GIS/Geospatial Data Jockey by weekday.. but sick-time using Pow Hound and backcounty gearhead to the core.

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DHugens wrote a review of on May 9, 2013

4 5

This is perhaps the most lightweight, breathable top I've ever worn. EVER. The arm holes are just the right size to allow articulation and minimize rub while still avoiding looking like a iron pumping meathead from the gym. Digging it. Great to run in and won't stick to you when things get a bit warm and sweaty. Did I mention that it's super breathable?

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 29, 2013

4 5

Just got this shirt in blue, and have to say, it's pretty great so far. Material could be considered either Spring or Summer weight. Great for casual work environments or just hanging around. The collar is small so definitely don't try and wear a tie with this one.
Other than that, the material is nice, holds an ironing pretty well but came a little wrinkled; nothing a spray bottle and hot iron can't fix. The arms are articulated so maneuverability isn't an issue as it is with some other long sleeved button downs.
So far, I think this shirt is just jam!

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

3 5

I had high expectations for this shoe, Loved the look of it and thought it was pretty comfortable, especially with the super feet in. However, after just a couple jaunts in the rain, the leather uppers became especially stiff and contorted (shame on me for not waterproofing with NickWax). The stiffness was alleviated by a bit of leather oil/saddle soap but they still stayed a little bent out of shape.
The kicker (pun) came though after I had put them in the closet for about a month or so for the remainder of the wet winter. Upon taking them out on a spring day, I noticed that there was a discoloration around the shank, it turned out that it had been growing mold all winter (once again shame on me for not waterproofing)! Despite the fact that I washed and scrubbed most of the mold off, they weree not quite the same and actually started molding again! I ended up tossing these rather than taking advantage of Backcountry's return policy (I wish I had).
All in all, a promising product, but ultimately, leather shouldn't mold (none of my other leather shoes or boots have).
If you buy, waterproof and keep them dry!

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

I'm a big fan of this simple and reliable design. This, in conjunction with my MSR Dragonfly makes for a super stable platform for even the largest pot or pan. Simply put, I have one of these for each of my stoves and they fit perfectly in the MSR bag. This is a must have if you own a MSR stove, It's worth it in every sense.

In my opinion $25 is worth never spilling boiling water ever again.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

This will be close to the review that I posted for the MSR replacement fuel pump, so to quote myself:
"In 1801, Eli Whitney started producing firearms with interchangeable and replaceable parts. In modern times, MSR produces stoves with interchangeable and replaceable parts, utilize this feature. Parts will go bad (eventually)."

$30 to fix your stove? An absolute STEAL in my opinion. This kit lives in my gear box for as I quote myself again "those "oh sh!t" moments" in your gear's life. MSR makes a quality product and gives you the option to fix things on your own. It's not hard either! Buy this kit and save yourself the headache of a broken stove!

*Note: Always test and inspect your gear thouroughly before ANY trip, an extra few minutes of planning is better than a miserable experience!

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

Lightweight be damned, the Dragonfly will be my go to stove for almost every trip. This thing is a jet engine, loud and powerful. Combined with the Trillium Stove Base and this will stay level and sturdy on almost any surface. I know some people complain about the weight, but I'll trade that for reliability and sturdiness any day. I own two of these and find that lugging both of those along on shorter trips or car camping is better and more reliable than any of my friend's Coleman "basecamp" style setups.
Between the reliability and generally bombproof design, the ability to utilize multiple fuels makes this stove even more amazing. Take this all over the world, just don't try to bring used fuel canisters on airplanes... whoops.
Buy this stove, buy two!
*note: the included foil reflectors will eventually wear out, but MSR sells replacements on the cheap. Nothing's perfect.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

I was introduced to Superfeet by a podiatrist after about a yearlong bout of plantar fasciitis and have been using them ever since (except in my minimalist running shoes...) They provide amazing support and don't really wear out that quickly (although I would recommend replacing them after a while due to packing out of the heel).
I have these in my hiking boots, trail runners, ski boots, casual boots and shoes and even my dress shoes! No more heel issues for me! Can't recommend these enough, no more arch fatigue either. Buy a pair (or 3) and you won't be disappointed. Promise.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

4 5

In 1801, Eli Whitney started producing firearms with interchangeable and replaceable parts. In modern times, MSR produces stoves with interchangeable and replaceable parts, utilize this feature. Parts will go bad (eventually). Replacing a pump with a bad seal or cracked component for $35 is a steal in my opinion. I make sure to have a replacement in my gear stash for those "oh sh!t" moments that are unfortunately inevitable in the lifetime of any backcountry explorer.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

Worth the Splurge
5 5

Having purchased both the original Skeletool and the CX (this) version, I'm going to say that shelling out the extra $40 or so is worth it. I absolutely love all of my Leatherman products, but the CX is by far my favorite. This is my do-all, always-on-me, never-leave-home-without-it, might-feel-a-bit-naked-if-I-forget-it-in-the-morning, tool and I will shout its praises from a mountaintop. Like I said in my review of the original Skeletool, if you think that the "bare-bones" of the tool options isn't enough, you most likely need an actual workshop and regular sized tools for what you're trying to do.

This tool is super durable, (generally) lightweight, fits in my pocket easily and unobtrusively, and you shouldn't have any excuse for not buying one. The blades on Leatherman products come sharp as a razor and hold an edge quite well. If you care for it, this product should last a lifetime.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

Meh?
3 5

I really want to like these shoes, I really do. For some reason however (and I can't quite put my finger on it) I don't adore this pair like I do my 5.10 Anasazis. I think that Evo was trying to respond to the awesomeness of the Anasazis when they designed this shoe, but something just came up short. While they do lots of things alright (bouldering, some technical, mainly sport) they don't particularly EXCEL at any one thing. Stiff forefoot and softer heel but the edging sensitivity and the rubber stickiness is nothing to write home about. I think I'll stick to my 5.10 Anasazis and Moccasyms...

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

4 5

I use my Moccasyms mainly for non technical sport climbing and bouldering with lots of features. These don't have the stiffness or lateral strength of the Anasazi but what they lack in toe pushing power, they make up in comfortability.
The leather and thinner (but not too thin) rubber conform to your feet in such a way that it gives your foot a more "direct" and connected feel to the wall. These things eat up anything with texture, sandstone faces that send you slipping everywhere in your more technical, stiff soled shoes, now just get eaten up by the Moccasyms. Biggest gripe is that I seem to blow out the toe on every pair that I've owned, even after re-soling.
Fits true to size due to the stretch.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

3 5

If you're looking for a long lasting and effective wax, look elsewhere. If you're just interested in a wax "tuneup" in the morning before heading to the hill, this may just be the ticket.

I make sure to keep a dish of this paste wax in my boot bag for those "just in case" moments in the parking lot and to make due in between ironed waxings. This will not substitute for an actual ironed on wax job tho. For what it's designed for tho (all temperature, quick wax tuneups) it works just fine.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

I absolutely love my Anasazis. These shoes are probably the best sport climbing shoes I've ever used. Super stiff under the balls of the foot and in the toe for superior edge hold and precise placement. I wouldn't recommend these tho for long, multi pitch climbs as the aggressive curve and stiffness of the last don't make these the most comfortable of shoes (that doesn't mean that they're UNcomfortable though).
The leather uppers of the shoe definitely has some flex, once they warm up, so I would say that they fit decently true to size. While the heel isn't aggressive as some out there, they still master heel hooks with ease. If I had to choose just one pair of climbing shoes to take with me on a trip, these would be the ones.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

Can't go wrong with the original.
5 5

I've been using Nalgene products for as long as I can remember. The Wide Mouth 32oz Classic will always hold a solid place in my heart. While I tend to use Klean Kanteen for my water purposes, having a wide mouthed bottle to mix drinks, use as a ladle/scooper or to hold loose bulk food like trail or soup mixes is always a great idea. The BPA free and bombproof design and durability only increase the value and awesomeness of this product. If you don't have at least a few of these in your outdoor gear closet, you should remedy that immediately...

p.s. These last a lifetime and will not hold odors or tastes!

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