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Gary Todd

Gary Todd

Foothills of the Cascades

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Fly Fishing
Camping
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Gary Todd

Gary Todd wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cant go wrong with these. The egg carton is like heaven for your feet. I recommend going up one size and will fit a bit tight when you first put them on but will relax quickly. Most flip flops tend to get slippery when your feet get wet but these don't which I feel is due to the egg carton texture and foam foot bed keeping your traction safe and secure. Expect these to last around a year and half with heavy use before the cushioning bottoms out. I own multiple pairs and will continue to go to these when those wear out.

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Gary Todd wrote a review of on May 7, 2013

5 5

I have two of these cases when taking my handgun and ammunition on long trips or just to the range. The pick and pluck foam is very easy to work with as is but would recommend using a hot wire foam cutter if you tend to be a perfectionist. This fits my Sig P229 and two additional mags with ease and as far as ammunition 9 MTM 50 round cases w/ 40 gram desiccant or 10 cases without when short trips or moisture prevention will not be an issue. This case has three separate foam layers. One convoluted top layer in the lid, one 2 3/8 inch thick pick and pluck center layer and one 5/8 thick bottom layer. These cases are indestructible and worth every penny.

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Gary Todd wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

Just wanted to add a huge advantage this balaclava has over the competition.
This balaclava is extremely soft! Its not at all itchy as some who are not familiar with this type of wool. This is a huge plus for men (or some ladies) if you have not shaved in quite a few days. It does not snag and pull on your whiskers. Throw it in the wash and it keeps its shape. Money well spent and would recommend to anyone who asked!

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Gary Todd wrote an answer about on March 19, 2013

Odor Eaters insoles???? Will work to minimize the odor in the shoe. It will also help to wear a thicker cotton sock to wick the sweat away from the feet. The only times I find I have a foot/shoe odor is when wearing shoes with no socks. I hope this helps...

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Gary Todd

Gary Todd wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

Got these boots for 50% off. Now Im feeling guilty! (Sorry Backcountry lol) So last November I spent about a week fishing from my 9ft pontoon boat. Just happend to be the coldest week of the winter. Launching from shore in my setup involves submersion to around 7-8 inches due to a shallow landing. The lake was just planted with 500 3-5 lb triploids so in any event wet feet dry feet it didnt matter I was gettin me some. Normally on a new boot like this I would apply Nikwax to condition the leather to soften the crease points a bit and enhance the waterproofing. Didnt a chance to and had to break em in on short notice. Not only did my feet stay bone dry but they kept my feet absolutely comftorable in sub 30s and freezing fog and feet propped on pegs and sitting still for two hours. Never got cold! Now what I reallyfeel the best part is, is that the soles are not enormus and cumbersome like a pac boot. They have a stiff sole but they are starting to break in nicely. For a 600g boot it beat my expectations and then some. Would recommend these in a heartbeat especially on sale your stealing em.

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Gary Todd wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

4 5

Love em. Nice material that breathes real well. The cut in the legs is articulated which is a plus in the way that it reduces and friction against the skin and the croth is generously cut unrestricted range of motion. These pants are thin but are comftorable and look good too. They are not perfect though. This is a bit of a stretch but the cut in the caboose is a little too generous. Depends <-- if you need some room :} If its going to be breezy take my advice throw a set of Phase ARs on cause the material has no wind resistance at all. Get em you cant go wrong, they will fit all shapes and sizes.
Arcteryx is expensive but the quality is there, theyve have yet to let me down.

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Gary Todd posted an image about on March 19, 2013

Hungry Hungry Hippo!

The XL will swallow gear and ask for seconds. I thought I would post this picture put its size into perspective. This is a Aether 85 fully loaded. At the far end of the pack there is still enough room to fit my boots placed side by side. if you lay the Aether in on its side you"ll have room to slide a moderately loaded 65 liter pack along side. This duffles great for hauling large amounts of gear. The shoulder straps can be easily acessed for any adjusting tension up top while hauling. Take the time to distribute weight evenly and cover sharp edges and corners under a clothes/sleeping pad etc and you can cut your hauls in half. Dont consider using it as an overnight bag cause if you show up at your girls house with this shes going to call you a diva and laugh at your azz right out the door. ^_^

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Gary Todd wrote a review of on November 4, 2012

Packs so small and weighs nothing!
5 5

This sink weighs so little but offers so much. This is a no brainer for base camp kitchen duties and hygiene as well as a bowl for your four legged companion. It can be turned inside out and will hold water just the same. When its time to pack it up, dump out the water, give it a few good shakes and its dry. Even large enough to soak your if your feet need some love :)

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Gary Todd wrote a review of on November 4, 2012

Fill it and forget it system
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a well constructed system that filters 4 liters in minutes. The cleanside hose has a screw top connection that is compatable with the plusBottle, 2L Platy bottle and the Hoser bladders in addition to many more Platypus products.
I have tweaked my setup by swapping out the filter opting to use the Sawyer PointONE filter instead. The weight is 1.8 oz for this filter compared to the Platypus which is 1.9 oz. The Sawyer filter is guaranteed for 1 million gallons compared to the Platypus 1500 liter filter life. This setup does require use of the Platypus or Sawyer quick disconnect fitting to connect the hoses to the filter. With some shortened hoses the total weight on my scale is 9.74 oz.
The bladders will do their job as expected if you treat them right and maintain them like any other piece of gear you depend on in your gear arsenal. This is without a doubt money well spent and I would buy it again when it comes up missing or needs to be replaced.

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