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ErkMD

ErkMD

East coast

ErkMD's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

ErkMD's Bio

Love the outdoors. Love gadgets. Love gear. Love high-end high-tech latest and coolest equipment. Camping, hiking, trekking, weight training, and running/trail running are my favorites, but I'll mix it up up time to time. My single favorite piece of gear is the flashlight, if you ever have a question about lights or would like an honest suggestion for a good light for a certain activity let me know... ephadhazy@yahoo.com

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ErkMD wrote a review of on July 31, 2011

4 5

Great pair of lightweight polarized sunglasses at a good price. They are very small and thus fantastic for the small faces and tiny heads. My only gripe is the tightness or the fit above the ears. They narrow quite a bit thus they stay on the head securely and are great for sports, but after an hour of straight wearing you feel the pressue. Overall these are an excellent choice for an inexpensive pair of polarized light weight glasses designed for the narrow faced and tiny headed.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on July 26, 2011

5 5

The combo pack is worth the money. These bags are fantastic for keeping your junks dry. Boating, kayaking, rain, whatever these are clutch. I use the smallest one most often as it rather large, but if you have a bigger load or your friends try to get in on your dryness the big one is money. The compression roll down and air valve system is superb for cutting down on excess bulk. I highly recommend if you need your stuff dry.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on July 26, 2011

5 5

While it's not a designated dry bag, it is very water resistant. Also it is durable, but not ultra durable. This is a great multi purpose duffel, but not for critical gear in the backcountry. Casual use around town and small trips it's the perfect bag. I use this on weekend trips to friends places to store clothes, beach trips, and really anything where i need to cram random stuff into a bag for a few days. I have the Large and it is mighty big. Holds shoes, towels, shirts, pants, frisbee, flashlights, etc.. no problem. A great bag, just make sure you know what to use it for.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on May 17, 2011

5 5

Just got these recently and the complaints about the length are what motivated to buy them. Being 5'8 with a normal size torso and shorter legs, most shorts end up looking like capris on me. These fit great. In fact they are even a little long when they slide down a bit. They come to the bottom of my knees and any lower would be silly looking. As far as waist goes the Mediumm is just right. No need for a belt but if I want one I can add it. These also can double as board shorts if you forgot your pair or you just like the style better than aggressive floral prints... we're not 19 forever.. A great short if you're a little on the shorter side and don't like shorts around mid-shin.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on April 5, 2011

5 5

I have a small head so finding a hat that looks great is tough. The short brim makes the hit and the materials are top notch. I got a medium and it fits pretty well, a little big at first, but after a short time in the dryer this thing molded to my head and it's a good looking 'classy' hat look. If you could wear a hat to dinner this is the one you'd want. Great for cold weather since it's wool it does get pretty toasty.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on April 2, 2011

2 5

This is a clunky light using an incandescent bulb and 4D batteries, if it was 1995 then this would be a great light. This is heavy and provides mediocre light given it's size and weight. Not waterproof, not durable, not worth the shipping cost.

BC needs to seriously revamp their light vendors. I love BC, but the lighting, especically flashlight section, is terrible. Email me if you have any questions or would like good lighting suggestions. My email address is on my profile page.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on April 2, 2011

3 5

Still lanterns are lagging behind the rest of the illumination world. This one is no exception. While Cree makes excellent LEDs this one is old old technology. If I had the money/time I'd make a good one and sell it on BC. 30 lumens is unacceptable, but if you want a run of the mill lantern then add to cart.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on April 2, 2011

4 5

These are fleece pants. Basically they are sweat pants that aren't cotton so they're super soft and much lighter. Theses are prefect for lounging around on weekends and chilling at home, but not a high - performance piece of gear. They are too loose or 'relaxed fit' for anything technical, so if you're getting these for anything other than straight chilling you should look elsewhere. My only gripe and why 4/5 stars is the size. Inseam is quoted at 32" but that may even be less seems more like 33 - 34. They are very very long. I have a medium and I am 5'8 150 and these things are way too long on me. I have to role them up or just step on them if im not wearing boots. Unless you're at least 6' be prepared for the outrageous length, again only good if the couch is your primary objective. Overall comfort is unparalled for sweats, but the size leaves something to be desired.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

5 5

While most people focus on getting the proper gear like boots, packs, and tents, you still need the small stuff like sporks and bowls to make camping enjoyable. This small collapsible bowl packs away to nothing, but when fully extended has plenty of volume to fill with a hearty meal. The pack space to pleasure ratio on this one is worth it even for the minimalist.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on May 16, 2010

5 5

Simply put these are amamzing poles and worth the money. To elebroate a little bit, these are exceptionally light compared to ohter poles and it definitely makes a big difference on extended hikes. Additally if that back load is overlwhelming the poles can help bail you out by putting some weight like 3rd and 4th leg. Bottom line - light, strong, durable, perfect for trekking poles.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on November 28, 2009

5 5

You need a footprint with any tent. Silly if you don't factor the cost of the footprint into the total cost of the tent. In order to protect your tent from the jagged earth underneath you must buy a footprint that is designed for your tent. However, you can buy a generic tarp and use that instead, but the footprint weighs less and is custom tailored to your specific tent, and stays tethered with the tent stakes. A must have piece gear.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on November 27, 2009

5 5

I used this pack for the first time in Shenandoah (east coast national park)in November with temperature range from 65 high to 35 low, with an excessive load just to test out the durabilty and weight distribution of this pack. Well it passed the test. I loaded about 50 + lbs worth of gear and it was nicely distributed. I am 5ft8, 150 and the M size was appropriate for my frame. I did need to adjust the straps to get the waist belt to the proper height on my hips. The amount of crap I stuffed into the pack was remarkable. Even with a 50lb + load I had nothing other than trekking poles dangling from outside the pack... pretty remarkable. I had a full 4 season tent with all accesories, pillow, sleeping pad/bag, trekking chair, and tarp in the main compartment. Overall this is a great pack, with personal adjustments needed for an ideal fit, but it will handle the loads and it will perform. It is a solid choice for the money.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on November 1, 2009

5 5

Dexterity is unparralled with these gloves. They are waterproof, however I would not use these as my primary glove in continuously freezing weather. They are snug and suggest sizing down to secure a tight fit. I usually wear medium in gloves, but these fit best as a small on me. I bought these for backcounty camping and daily use in eastern US winters. They are great for daily activity and cold stearing wheels on the way to work in the morning too. Overall much warmer and better than my "windproof" fleece gloves (now i no lnger use them) but not the substitute for my serious winter insulated gloves. For everything else in between these are the perfect gloves.

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ErkMD wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

4 5

Not as amazing as regular Cliff-Bar line or Cliff Bar Builders Protein, but they are still pretty solid. They are good treats but to not provided the sustained fullness like other Cliff bars. Taste wise they are good, but not as amazing as I thought they could be. Overall solid but not as good as some others on the production line

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