Donald Schmit

Donald Schmit

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Blue Mounds, Palisades, Wichita Mountains

Donald Schmit's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Donald Schmit's Bio

I almost have OCD when it comes to buying my gear. I research what I want. Then ask around about it. Then research some more. Then I'll sleep on it. Of course then comes more research and asking around. Then about 3 months after I actually needed the piece of gear I'll order 2 or 3 different ones so that I see them next to each other and make a decision before returning the others. It does take forever but I am rarely disappointed in what I do get.

Donald Schmit

Donald Schmit wrote a review of on October 3, 2010

5 5

This little headlamp has been very good for its size. it puts out a surprising level of light and has a great run time for something so small. I put it in my car figuring I would rarely use it but I wanted it just in case something went wrong. I've used it now for everything from changing tires and working on the car to using it climbing when I forgot my main headlamp. This is a good headlamp to have and you could definitely use it as your main headlamp with as much light as it gives out.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on October 2, 2010

5 5

Lightweight, strong, beautiful, fork, spoon, conversation starter, badass. This spork is everything you need in an eating utensil. I take it on every trip I go on and have never had a need for anything else. Sometimes I even use this at home just for the fun of it.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on October 2, 2010

5 5

I'm a ski patroller and I got this headlamp to put in my pack so that I wasn't always digging my other headlamp out for use with other things. This has become my favorite all around light because the different setting and the ability to use all of the different levels with the red lens is great. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great all around headlamp.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on June 22, 2010

5 5

I read several reviews that mentioned whistling with car racks so I got the fairing when I got the rest of the rack and I have not had any problems at all with whistling. I took it off once just to see if there was a whistling and there definitely is. I'd go crazy if I didn't have the fairing on.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on June 22, 2010

5 5

The Big Powderhound has been a phenomenal piece of equipment. I installed the thing and then threw 4 snowboards on it and drove 600 miles to Colorado and this thing did not move one bit. It held all the boards perfectly with no damage to them thanks to the rubber sections and I had no concerns at all that this was going to come off. I got the fairing from Yakima and I had no problems with whistling either. I would highly recommend this and any other Yakima products.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on June 22, 2010

5 5

This has been for the most part a great pack. The back ventilation works great. The 3L water resevoir seems to go on forever. The pack is huge and will fit anything I need for getting around town or for going on a day hike. This pack has taken an absolute beating as well and for the most part has held up better than I could have ever expected.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

5 5

I got this for my father for when he is working on his truck so he would stop borrowing mine. He loves the thing to death. Battery life has been great. This thing can take a beating too and be unscathed. I just got one myself and I am loving this too. Princeton Tec knows how to make a great headlamp.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

5 5

The amount of light the Apollo gives off for its size is surprising. It doesn't way nearly as much as I would expect either plus battery life is great. It works quite well for playing games or eating after a long day of climbing. Plus my personal favorite, it works great hanging it in the tent as a backcountry chandelier.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

I bought these after reading several great recommendations and I have not been disappointed. As a Ski Patroller I am out all the time and I have never had a problem with these whatsoever. They fit perfectly with my Giro Seam helmet, have never fogged up and are comfortable to wear for hours. You really can't go wrong with these.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 7, 2010

4 5

This is a good helmet. I've used a friend's helmet many times and the dial makes adjustment easy! On colder days it is pretty easy to get a hat under there. My only complaint was that no matter how large I made the chin strap it was still really snug to the point where it was a nuisance. I would have bought this helmet except for my large noggin.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 6, 2010

5 5

This is such a great and versatile reservoir. Hydration pack,water reservoir, shower, and apparently even a pillow (I haven't used it as a pillow yet but I definitely will be trying it soon). I have never been disappointed with the MSR Dromedary at my side. I own the 10L, 6L, and 2L sizes and all have held up exceptionally. The webbing around the edges makes it easy to attach to to anything you want from packs to a branch. The lining is great and I have yet to have any funny taste like you get with some reservoirs. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on February 4, 2010

5 5

This is a great headlamp! I've had this for a few years and have never had it fail me. I like the easy changing between spot and flood as well as the multiple lighting level that give it the ability to adapt to any need that you could have. It seems to be pretty water resistant too. I dropped it in a creek once and had no troubles from it at all after that. I can't say that I have found any reason not to recommend this to anyone.

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Donald Schmit wrote a review of on January 17, 2010

5 5

As a Ski Patroller a helmet is a must and I have never been disappointed by the Seam. This helmet has all the bells and whistles you could want. The padded chin strap feels great, the rear dial adjustment is easy to use with gloves on and stays in place, the stack vent works great and the multiple setting on the vents helps keep your head just the right temp. I can't say that I've found anything wrong with it. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a great helmet.

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