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Derek Hofbauer

Derek Hofbauer

Northern Michigan

Derek Hofbauer's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Derek Hofbauer's Bio

Outdoors + Music... probably the best 2 things ever. Grew up in northern Michigan, where I still reside. I play music and play outdoors constantly. There is everlasting beauty in the nature that surrounds me and I choose to surround myself in it.

Derek Hofbauer

Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on October 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I like to find that balance between style and function. This glove does fine. They look nice and provide exactly what you need out of a fishing glove. fingerless style lets you perform tasks without bulkly gloves in the way. They provide just enough warmth from wind and chill. The gloves work well for stripping line and providing hand protection! :) XL was still slightly small for my paws.

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on October 1, 2013

5 5

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

These things are awesome Not only can they be used for a multitude of applications, they look awesome too! I bought a rainbow trout version and wear it as a face warmer fishing the cold mornings during our steelhead run... then by mid-day, I switch it into a headband or something less warm. Very functional and very cool. Highly reccomended

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am always looking for ways to escape time consuming binding and boot lacing and strapping. The cinch offers an excellent design. Once you set your front strap settings, you are good for the day. I have never had any issues with this system. I have had lots of issues with burton step-ins and the old k2 systems.

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great ultralight tent. Packs down small and weighs very little. I picked up the UL3 brand new for 175 shipped to my door. The tent is great for 2 people... crowded for 3. Its nice to be able to pick the tent up... shake the dirt out... and pack it up in <5 minutes. Did very well in the rain/wind of my northern michigan/ upper peninsula camping trips of this summer. I would reccomend it if it's in your price range.

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This footprint is, in my mind, a necessity to have when owning a fly creek ul3. It is an added layer of protection to the bottom of your tent... and in the case of it getting damaged, it is a lot less expensive to replace than the whole tent. Weighs hardly anything and packs into my tent bag with the tent unnoticed. The corners attach right to the tent making life a breeze. Get one

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'0 200lbs+ and I ordered the long/wide version of this pad (good fit). It does take more than a few breaths to blow this baby up... but when it is finished, it is well worth it. This pad is very comfortable. Packs up very small and comes with a repair patch kit... in case you sleep with porcupine.

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

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

Was very impressed by this vest. It not only satisfied my needs in a fishing vest, but exceeded my expectations. This vest is perfect for warmer weather because of the mesh design. It is light but also has tons of room for gear, boxes, tippet, tools, etc. This product is made in China, but is also of exceptional quality. Most fishpond vests run one size with adjustable straps but seemed to adjust to most sizes easily (im 6'0 200+). I would highly recommend this vest and it is currently 30% of as I am typing this! ( I bought a 2nd one)

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ok so there are lots of stoves to choose from, and they all do the same thing.... but they all are not reliable, durable, nor compact. The msr micro-rocket is all of those things. It packs up super tiny and can fit in most mug/bowl/pot configurations. The design, in my opinion, is a great improvement over the pocket rocket(msr). The hinges are more durable and it folds down much nicer. No complaints about this stove. The piezo lighter is nice but also one of the bulkier parts of this stove and not a sure light in windy conditions. Some may choose to ditch the lighter for something such as matches or another ignition device. All in all... this stove rocks. I picked mine up for the same price as the pocket rocket and never looked back.

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Derek Hofbauerwrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

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

This hat is wonderful. It fits and performs better than most every similar hat I have tried, even by the same company. The material is good for hot days even and does a good job of keeping the sun off your face and keeping you cool. I use it for hiking, biking, camping, fishing. Get it wet, get it dirty, get it windy, scorch it in the sun.... it can handle it all.

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