Event Horizon

Event Horizon

VA and surrounding areas, Oregon, where ever there is fun to be had.

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Wayne's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking

Wayne's Bio

I became very sick 3 years ago and ended up in the hospital. Since then I found out on my own no thanks to doctors that I have about every wheat\gluten issue a person can. Gluten Ataxia is the biggest maybe but if I have too much, and I don’t know whats too much and what isnt, I cant breathe properly, my head gets foggy etc.. In short it can kill me. Wheat is poison probably because its been so genetically modified. Man... Anyway the good news is once you know whats wrong you can work to fix or ignore it. The moral, never put off tomorrow what you can do today. If you are on the fence about the time or money it takes to have some fun, dont be because one day you may find yourself in a hospital bed and never getting out of it.

My gear order:
Arc'teryx - love it but way way overpriced and made in China to boot. These guys must be raking in the dough.
Marmot - Absolutely the best quality to price ratio gear on the market hands down. As good or better than Arc’teryx but at least half the cost.
North Face - a couple steps below Marmot, I rarely buy North Face these days.
Mountain Hardware - most of their gear just doesn’t have a fit and polished look. Still they offer technical items that others don’t so I always look at their stuff.
Outdoor Research - same as Mountain Hardware.
Other great manufactures like Osprey are great but they stay focused on specific product a bit more than others.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

4 5

Good grip, comfortable. However just snapped the bolt off inside it, which is why I am on here today looking for replacements. It started to slip on my bike, tried to tighten it and...SNAP! Would be MUCH better if it had two secure points to keep it from slipping. Really a no brainier if you think about it. Extra leverage of the bull horn needs two secure points.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

3 5

Good and bad. The speed in which this unit connects to speed, cadence and heart rate sensors is amazing compared to what I have used in the past to include other Garmin units. It connected to my phone via Bluetooth easily. The speed it connects to the satellites is pretty amazing as well. All in all, a fairly easy to use unit though I have not figured out if you can modified the data display screen yet in terms of adding or removing boxes of data which is annoying. Its not completely intuitive in my opinion.
The bad, the price and what you get. This is $500 which is as expensive as most high end phones you might buy without a contract. This unit isnt nearly as complicated or stuffed with as many features as a phone but, I will not ride with my phone mounted on my bike and my phone currently doesnt connect to the sensors. The screen is usable but there is a learning curve with it. Dont expect it to act like your phones screen. Also, while the screen does what it needs to, at this price I think it should be higher definition. Now for the REALLY bad, you wont get anywhere close to 13 hours out of the battery. Using it as you would in most outside situations, meaning Bluetooth on, screen at maximum brightness etc... youll get about 5 hours if you are lucky. Its probably fine for what most people will do but its the idea that Garmin would KNOWINGLY mislead people about this units battery life that annoys me. I want one GPS unit for all outside activities I do. Is it too much to ask to get a unit like this to work for hiking and golf for no additional cost? No its really not. Not when phones can do the same these days for less money. Also, 40 bucks for a piece of plastic to mount this unit the way it NEEDS to be mounted to make it the most useful it can be? Seriously Garmin, you are going to nickel and dime people like this? I wont be sorry to see you go when phones finally do everything.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been searching for a pad that I can use for winter camping as well for a long while now. Ever since I backpacked into -15 degree temperatures with a down bag and only a half ultra-light pad I swore I would never do it again. So?I bought a Therma-rest neo air which was nice but bounced me too much among other things. Did some research and decided to give the down mat a go. WOW. This thing is great. Its comfortable and warm. When I say warm I mean when you lay on it, it feels like its heated because it reflects your own body heat so well. Its like taking your bed mattress with you when you hike. The only down side (pun not intended) its a little weighty but that really can?t be avoided. Im also not impressed with the valve that is not supposed to let air back in when you are trying to roll it up. My valve fails and doesn't stop the air from being sucked back in if you have to walk away while rolling it up. -1 star for it. Other than that, great design and well made.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

5 5

Its a bottle, it holds water, it has a wide mouth, it has measurements so you know how much water (or other liquid) you have in it.

Seriously though it does what you needs a bottle like this to do. Doesnt seem to be any issues in manufacturing and as an added bonus it has a goat on it already so you dont have to put one on. The price is right so why mess or look elsewhere for perfection?

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I read the reviews on this jacket and to be honest I found some of them to be on the edge of being unbelievable. When I received the jacket in the mail not long ago, I have to admit I thought there was no way it could do everything people say it can do. As winter drew to a close this year, I took this jacket with me to a golf course on a sunny day of about 72 degrees. As the day went on, some clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and temperatures dropped to around 60 55 degrees. Add in the wind chill and it felt probably more like 45. So I threw on this jacket and was INSTANTLY warm. I mean the jacket had been in my bag so it was the same temperature as the outside but it felt warm the second it touched my skin. On top of that the wind was moving at a good clip as it often does on a golf course but I couldn't feel ANY of it through this jacket. This is one of the most amazing jackets I own. I will never do any outside activities now without taking it along it is honestly that astounding. The only thing I don?t like about it as that the material on the inside gets stuck on my hands as I put them through the sleeves. It makes my hands feel as if they are covered with sandpaper because the material catches on them. Guess I need to start using lotion or something.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on February 8, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its a cup, it works and its light. You can even use it to boil water if you want. THE downsides though? Theres just something not right about metal on the lips when drinking, just feels..odd. To top it off put any type of hot liquid in this and be prepared to have burnt lips. The only thing you can do is wait for the liquid to cool down but then, it destroys the whole purpose. Its a small thing but this cup really needs to come with a lid. If it did I might give it 5 stars who knows.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on February 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased the G30 and Red Iridium polarized. Both are great and just make seeing an all around bette experience. Of the two though I find myself wearing the G30s more even though they are supposedly Golf specific. I just like the enhanced color it gives everything. This is going to sound stupid but they make the world look better, especially in the fall. One thing I do not like about Oakley lenses is that they scratch so easily. You have to always put them in their case and make sure the case is clean. 4 stars because of it.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on February 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes it says "emergency light but its so much more. I have used this as my primary light backpacking and it is truly amazing for its size. It gives you more than enough light to hike or just around camp at night. I always carry a second set of batteries but it must have lasted at least a good 10 hours so far on the first. Its so small a light that its hard to put your trust in it as your only light but so far it has not given me any reason to doubt it. Plus I have been backpacking with others so if this light fails its not the only light source. Yes, more light is always nice, you just have to decide where you want to carry the extra weight. One note, I see there is a new version with a kind of string looking head band. I have not used this and do not know how well it works. I have the version with the slightly wider headband.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on February 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have tried many base layers that all claim to "wick" moisture way from the skin and not leave you soaked. To date this is the only base layer that has EVER delivered on that promise. I do not know how or why it works but it does. Winter rides on the mountain bike are no where near as cold for not having the moisture on the skin, not only that and I cant figure out why, the rest of my clothes gear doesn't end up being nearly as saturated as before. Have no clue if the odor control works or not. Clothes get washed after every ride. Truly amazing stuff and for the price, a steal.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this at another online retailer and returned it after setting it up in my house. This is a great minimalist 1 person tent but lets be serious Easton, not even close to being 2 person. The sides are too steep of an angel (two people will sleep with there bags pressed against the sides, not good in a rain storm at all). It can fit 2 people in an emergence but otherwise would become a quick annoyance unless the person you are hiking with is someone you want to get very close to. Even then the limited room might make the "companionship" pretty short. Awesome tent for what it is, a 1 person tent.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Doesn't fit my head, too small. Not happy with the fake fur, just doesn't feel overly soft. I comes off as seemingly not well executed. Seems to be more of an advertising piece than an actual piece of technical wear. First Marmot thing I have ever not liked. Hope this trend does not continue. Maybe others will like it just fine but I do not. Bought it at another store and will be returning it.

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Event Horizon wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bad about 9 years ago? Maybe a little longer and I bought it because I was in the market for a down bag. I read many reviews at the time and decided to drop the serious dough on it. Since then I have used it in 10 degree temperatures never being cold except where the bag met the ground due to a bad choice of sleeping pads. You must have the right pad because where the down is compressed it is useless. I have used it in 40 degree temps though it starts to get a little too warm in the 60s but can still be used if adjusting how much of the bag lays on you above that. This bag is what turned me onto Marmot and 850+ down. Super lightweight and I have had this packed down to the size of two large grapefruit. You have to be a little careful with the zipper because it will get stuck on the material if you dont watch it. This bag has lost very few feathers by them sticking through maybe 10 I know of over 9 years. I am Large and it might be a little tighter than I like in the shoulder area but certainly not so bad I would ever give this bag up. After 9 years it shows no sign of wearing out. If you are on the fence, have the cash just buy it and thank me later. Note: ALWAYS store your down non-compressed. Long live Marmot.

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