Eddie Gillespie

Eddie Gillespie

Great Smokie Mountains Natonal Park, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Slickrock Wilderness, Mountains to Sea Trail near Linville Gorge

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Eddie Gillespie wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

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

There isn't a lot can be said about drawers..Lol.. I'll start with "GGRRRRRR"
The "GGRRR" is because a few weeks ago when I ordered 3 pairs of these they were on sale for $17.50 and now they are down to $15.00.
Ok..now for the review of the product. I have used Patagonia Capilene Silkweight briefs for years and have found them to be superior to any other wicking drawers I have tried in the past. I'm not sure these are exactly the same, however they are lightweight, wick well and dry quickly. They are comfortable and the large size fits me well at 5'9" 190 pounds ( and dropping to 165 pounds eventually)
I would recommend these briefs to others. Even though I believe they are somewhat expensive for drawers at full price and even at the sale price..BUT..that is Patagonia for ya. Even though I prefer Mountain Hardwear for MOST of my gear and ALL my outdoors clothing EXCEPT the briefs and wicking crew neck shirts are always Patagonia. I don't believe I will post a photo of me wearing my briefs..Lol..

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Eddie Gillespie wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

The ONLY back pack I will ever buy!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried SEVERAL of the well known brands of back packs as well as the "cheapos". I currently own three Gregory back packs, the Denali, Whitney, and the G Pack.
To make a long story short, I will NEVER buy any other brand of back pack again. I have had the Denali since March 3, 2003 (This is accurate because I just now looked at the receipt to be sure.)
I have used it and used it and used it. I have carried loads as light as 20 pounds up to as much as 75 pounds in the Denali. I no longer use the G Pack even for day hikes because the Denali carries more comfortably at 30 pounds than the G pack at 20 pounds.
There isn't a better back brace on the market ( my back isn't that good) than a Gregory Denali Pro back pack cinched up tight.
HINT: Don't feed a bear with it and you will NEVER need to buy another back pack.

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Eddie Gillespie wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

The ONLY tent for me!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had one of these for many years and have used it in warm weather, frigid weather, snow, strong wind, heavy rain and combinations of the above. I have stayed dry in the rain, snow, sleet, ice storms and the wind has never blown it down or away.
It is a little on the heavy side with mine weighing in at 12 pounds with stuff sack, guy lines, stakes and foot print, BUT, when I set it up and guy it out I KNOW it will be standing in the morning and I will be dry.
At the time I bought mine not all the seams were factory taped but I used McNett Seam Grip and sealed ALL the seams myself anyway. (I don't like getting wet.)

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Eddie Gillespie wrote an answer about on July 3, 2013

I put my 70 oz Camel Back bladder inside the insulated sleeve that came with it and slip it into that sleeve on the inside that Jeff says is just to protect your gear from the back panel. He may be correct about that but it makes a perfect place for my Camel Bak. I simply exit the tube through the center hole left when the drift collar is cinched up, then out under the right side of the removable top pocket . I then run the tube through one of the smallest key ring type carabiners you buy at Wal Mart that I clip to the d ring on my right shoulder strap. It keeps the tube handy.

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Eddie Gillespie wrote an answer about on July 3, 2013

In response to dirtnerd's answer to cli3097292 I can't compare the two packs since I have never used the Arc teryx Bora95, BUT I can testify to Gregory's customer service. I own three Gregory packs and lost the sternum strap from the g pack. I called Gregory fully expecting to pay for another sternum strap because it wasn't a Gregory malfunction. It was a ME malfunction. Gregory sent me another sternum strap FREE of charge and also FREE shipping. That is tough to beat.

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Eddie Gillespie posted an image about on August 12, 2012

Loaded for Great Smokie Mountains Trip

I've owned this pack for over 10 years and will never even consider buying another pack. This is my third Gregory pack. I also have a Whitney and a g pack by Gregory. The Denali Pro will stand up to anything but a hungry bear. (Hint: Don't feed the bears from it and you'll never need another pack.)
Photo was taken on Jan. 11, 2011.

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