DHugens

DHugens

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

DHugens's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

DHugens'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

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

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

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 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 26, 2013

My Go-To Sunglasses
5 5

Wearing prescription glasses can sometimes be a pain, especially when it's sunny and bright out. That's why I splurged and purchased these and had them fitted with my prescription.
Polarized lenses are the ONLY way to go, trust me on this one. With "regular" glasses, without polarization, your retina expands to adjust to the lower light levels of your shaded eyes, but what happens is that UVA and UVB wavelengths still penetrate the lenses and can harm your eyes, resulting in eye fatigue and in extreme cases, permanent damage. With the polarizing lenses, these wavelengths are diffused and blocked, allowing your eyes to actually relax. It's especially helpful around snow and water, where light reflection and refraction is prevalent.
Not only do these glasses look awesome, they're lightweight, durable and fit my oddly large face just perfectly. They fit your face snugly and don't let in much light from the sides either. I've actually been able to run in these and not have them slip or fall off. Overall, highly recommended and I will definitely purchase Oakley products again for my prescription sunglasses needs.

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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

Still Together After All These Years...
5 5

I first got my Gregory Whitney for a Trans-Sierra trek, over a decade later, I'm still loving it, more and more each trip. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I've never had an issue with the pack (save for 1 clip) or Gregory's customer service (clip was promptly replaced and sent to me for free).
This pack is MASSIVE, it is by no means a lightweight, super fast pack. This thing eats up gear and shows no signs of EVER being full. I've packed in a good 65+ lbs. of food, gear, and way too many luxuries into the backcountry, just because it would fit in the pack.
The compression straps on the side and bottom of the pack help to keep it snug and close to your body while still providing adequate breaking for your back.
My main critique is that the waistband took a little breaking in before it was comfortable, but if you read my other reviews, a good break in period is something I value. After a decade, and countless miles, this pack is showing no sign of stopping. Apart from a few scratches (but not tears) on the rubberized bottom, some sun and food stains, this pack is just as pretty as the day I got it.
Once you get this pack, load it up with as much gear/weight/bulk as you can and then have a friend dial in the adjustments. After that, you can start your own love story. <3

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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

4 5

Big fan of the Skeletool and Leatherman products in general.
Having owned multiple Leatherman products and iterations, I can say that this is my 2nd favorite (1st being the Skeletool CX). The design is simple, intuitive and has all of your essentials: Screwdriver w/interchangeable bits, knife, bottle opener, belt clip, pliers & wire cutters.

This isn't overly fancy and overloaded with unnecessary items (do you really need itty bitty tweezers?) like some other multitools. It has the essentials and that's it (yes, bottle openers ARE essential), If you find that you need anything other than what's provided in this tool, you might want to look towards actual workshop grade tools and devices. I always carry my CX version on my and this one in the glove compartment of my car.

Highly recommended.

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DHugens wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

4 5

I've had my Cat's Meow for about 9 years now. It's been on countless trips in numerous time zones, spending weeks in its cramped little stuff sack, but when I take it out, each time it provides the necessary warmth and comfort that a solid sleeping bag should have. "A" for TNF on this one.
Complaint (one and only?): The velcro "pocket" by the chin, is really quite useless.
Just make sure to love your Cat's Meow (don't leave it in the stuff sack for months on end) and it'll love you right back for years to come.

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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

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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