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FlyFishNut

FlyFishNut

The Carolinas, and wherever I can afford to travel / visit

FlyFishNut's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Climbing

FlyFishNut's Bio

I was lucky enough to have a Dad who was an outdoorsman. He took me hiking, fishing and camping from the time I could walk and gave me the gift of loving and respecting Mother Nature and all her climes and creatures.

I'm always outside, Flyfishing, WW Kayaking, Trail Running,Climbing, Hiking or just "being outside".

Cheers,
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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Warm and Light - Solid Bag
5 5

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

Upgraded to this bag from an old down bag that was still awesome, but too heavy and too constricting around my shoulders. I researched and settled on this bag for its temp rating, size and weight.

The StormKing is a solid well rounded bag at at great price point.

Headed out into the snowy NC mountains for a trip to test her out. The temps were in the upper teens with a couple inches of snow on the ground.

I used the same set up I always use in cold temps: An old school original Thermarest on top of a foam Ridgerest.

The first night I was surprised how roomy the bag was - really addressed my claustrophobic issues. I slept like a baby, which is unusual for the first night out (a flask may have helped). I didn't get cold, but I was comparing to my old bag where I was TOASTY even in sub-zero temps.
I attribute the lack of total cozy warmth I'm used to with my old bag to the larger size of this bag - more area to heat.

The following night was in another area, less snowy and 24 degrees. This time I used my Cocoon Coolmax liner and put my puffy into the bag to take up space and voila! Total warmth to the point I had to vent the bag a little during the night.

So I slept like a baby again (the flask was drained the 1st night so that wasn't a factor, unfortunately).

Overall happy with the warmth, weight and super roomies of this bag. I will just have to stuff some clothes in it to take up space that might try and leech some body heat.

Also the sleeve for the sleeping bag contributed to my great slumber -not having to reposition my bag or fight slipping off the pad was a nice benefit.

Cheers,
FFN

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

Needed a B I G puffy
5 5

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

Having a few lighter down garments, like the P down sweater - I found myself needing something bigger for when I was not exerting myself and when the temps really dipped.

After much research and hemming and hawing, deliberating and blah blah I finally pulled the trigger on this jacket.

When these cold snaps hit recently I wore it and I was comfy, but the real test came on a snowy backpack trip last weekend. The first night was definitely in the low 20's, perhaps the upper teens and the second night was 24.

This coat was packable when I was hiking and once I reached the campsite, I broke this jacket out and never took it off the entire time I was stationary. When I walked around for firewood I actually had to unzip and vent to keep from breaking a sweat.

Even better - I always have problems when trying to use spare clothes as a pillow when in my sleeping bag. I tucked my Rab into the head of my Big Agnes Storm King hood (it fit like it was made for it) and had the best sleep I've ever had on the trail. BONUS - great pillow, much better than wadded up shirts or other articles of clothing.

I was told this jacket ran small. Often depending on the cut I wear a medium or a large. I went with the large and it is perfect. I'm 5-10" and 185lbs.
So, if you are stationary (belaying) or just in a coldazz bivouac situation this is the coat for you.

Cheers,
FFN

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded from the Fenix to Fenix 3 and haven't looked back. If you are a geek then this watch will give you a lot of data to pour over. I'm not a geek, but still love the user friendliness of this watch to customize screens and even download unique faces and parameters from the internet. Veddy Cool.

For the "Jack-of-all-trades" this is THE watch. I trail run, whitewater kayak, backpack, mountain bike, flyfish in saltwater marshes and the list goes on. For gym rats you can even measure your spin class stuff or treadmill crap (ugh).

If you are only a runner or tri-athlete this isn't the watch for you, but if you engage in a LOT of various outdoors activities this watch will meet your needs.

My ONLY complaint is that mt biking in the thick woods it doesn't mark distances super accurately. Running doesn't seem to be a problem and maybe this is something Garmin can fix with an update.

Go out and get it done - on the trails, on the road, in the woods, in the marsh. This watch will serve you and all those pursuits well.

Cheers,
FlyFishNut

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on July 30, 2015

Breeze to pitch, spacious and dry
5 5

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

I added this tent to my quiver of tents (I have a problem, I know) - needed one with enough room for wifey, daughter and my ridgeback, "Judy".

This tent is plenty big enough, yet light enough if I take the "Huns" backpacking we can split the tent up and share the weight. (Who am I kidding, I'll be a pack mule).

Took the tent to Cedar Mountain, NC where my in-laws have a "rustic" (moldy, old and mice filled) cabin. No way in hades I was sleeping in that cabin, so my daughter and I pitched the tent. My wife chose to sleep in the cabin with the dogs. Needless to say with her allergies she didn't sleep a wink and was ill as a hornet the next day. My daughter and I slept like fat babies and the cool temps and rain pitter patting made our slumber even better. My daughter did not get out of the tent until 9:30.
The tent stayed dry during a steady rain and trapped just enough heat in to keep the temp perfect.
I look forward to more family trips with this piece of gear. Set up was a breeze, the fly has full coverage for storms and it is very spacious.

I highly recommend this tent.
Cheers

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

My buddy and I went to Grayson Highlands during a record cold snap. Snow, high wind and frigid temps.

We made it to camp and he had mentioned he would bring his white gas stove, because the temps were so cold. Well, I threw my SuperFly in my pack just in case. Well, his stove wouldn't light and the sun was setting and we started shivering.
The SuperFly lit right up and we cooked our meals and then I quickly hunkered down in my tent.
Spending 12 hours in the tent waiting on the sun to come up, I kept the canister in my bag with me and made tea a few times during the night and heated up breakfast.
This stove worked like a champ and simmers low really well, so not to burn your food.
Glad I brought this stove along....
FFN

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on February 16, 2015

Like Velcro on My Feet
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Did a brutally cold overnighter into Grayson Highlands (-6, snow and 50mph gusts).

Day 1 there was a light dusting of snow, but many of the trails are through rock outcroppings and requrie boulder hopping / climbing and in between the rocks there were chutes filled with ice.

My buddy didn't have microspikes and slipped/slided his way along. I however had these and it was like I had velcro on my feet. I didn't even shy away from the ice patches, and had no reservations about hopping off a rock into an icy patch.

That night we got 3-5 inches of snow and the icy patches were now snow covered and the overnight temp froze the snow and ground so I kept my MicroSpikes on the entire way.

Even on bare rock I was able to get great foot purchase.

These are great - can't live without them on an icy trail.

My buddy mentioned no less than 10 times that he was getting a pair as soon as he returned home.

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on November 20, 2014

1 5

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

I bought these last season and they have been worn once and otherwise are just folded sadly in a drawer with no use.

I really like the beefy leg construction but here is the major problem: They are super baggy in the ass and legs and tight in the waist. I wear a slim cut 34/32 in khakis but these pants are constricting in the waist and baggy as hell every where else.

I was lazy and waited too long to return : - ( so there they sit with no use.

These pants are the "well, maybe I'll wear them someday" pants that never do.

Wish I'd have returned them when I had the chance.

So, if you are super narrow waisted and thick through the ass and legs, these pants might fit you.

FFN

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on May 14, 2014

5 5

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

Bought these to wear kayaking and ended up wearing them to spear fish, flyfish.. basically anything I do in the water.

Stretchy and comfy and quick drying and not clingy. I hate shorts that cling. They don't have built in mesh, so you freeball- which is what God meant us to do.

The closure baffles me. There are like 6 holes and I never lace them the same way twice. Maybe I'm the only one that hasn't figured this out? I mean, I'm pretty handy-I put a brake master cylinder in my 77' Land Cruiser the other day, but can't lace my pants?

I highly recommend these shorts and would buy another pair in another color. I only DON'T wear these when their dirty and I have to wear other trunks.

FFN

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FlyFishNutposted a video about on May 14, 2014

This is a vid from when I was learning - but the Stohlquist out performs my paddling buds' dry tops for one main reason: reinforced shoulders and arms. Their tops get ripped when they flip and scuff rucks, mainly on their shoulders. That is why they have drippy duct tape hanging off their tops.

(If you get bored FF to the end, but don't miss the ending ;-)

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on February 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rec'd these in just in time for a big snow storm. I rode my ATV and my finger tips got a little chilled with the liners that came with the gloves. But, I have a pair of Smartwool mittens that I used as liners and BAM - perfect.
These will be great ski gloves and if they can keep me warm while riding (wind chill) these can handle anything.
When you wash them, turn them inside out when before putting them in the dryer - it will shorten the dry time.
Great Mitts.

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using this watch since Christmas 2012. Mainly I use it as a trail running watch, but also on a few winter hikes in the Appalachians.. It grabs the signal pretty quickly and is very accurate (after I updated the software). IMPORTANT to keep the software updated.

If you are just a runner this probably isn't your watch. If you Hike, Hunt, Run, etc - this is your huckleberry. I like the Garmin Connect features which allow you to share maps. I was talking to a guy about a trail that we run and I was missing a turn that would take me on a longer run by the river. After about an hour of, "you know where it gets sandy - just after the power lines..."he just sent me his route and I saved it on my watch. Very cool and practical.

I look forward to using it more for hunting and winter backpacking this year. I will be carrying my JOOS to keep it charged while in the backcountry. When in GPS mode it can suck the battery.

Hope y'all find this helpful.

Cheers!

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FlyFishNutwrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

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

I wore this for the first time a few weeks ago on an NC river. I T boned a rock hard enoug to dent my bow, and then promptly swam. When I made it to the bank the rocks were coated in ice, but my upper body was dry as a bone. My lower body was wet (pants from another company)- so I may return those 'leaky britches' and get some Stohlquist ones. I couldn't be happier with the shirt. The rest of the paddle was quite enjoyable with my core all warm and toasty.
I love the design - the reinforced shoulder/arm areas is bomb proof.
Cheers,

I'll update as I use it more.

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