Greg Heidt

Greg Heidt

Sierras

Greg Heidt's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Greg Heidt's Bio

Last Friday I left straight from work and drove 4 hours to Onion Valley. Busted Kersarge Pass under a full moon and watched the last sunrise of the summer from the top of Mt. Whitney on Sunday morning. I like going fast and light, while spending plenty of time along the way to fish and take photos. I could eat Mountain House 365 days of the year!!!

Greg Heidt

Greg Heidt wrote a review of on December 3, 2009

5 5

I'm a 10.5 and I find the Orange flavor to be a better fit for most of my shoes. I've started skateboarding a bit and wanted more support than the insoles provided (none). I found the Orange ones to make the overall fit too snug. The Blues are great when you want more support with a slightly lower profile. In Asics running shoes, the blues are slightly too narrow in my opinion.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 15, 2009

4 5

This is the most comfortable pack I have ever worn. It has all the bells and whistles, almost all of which have come in handy. The removable fanny pack is somewhat cool but it clearly adds a lot to the overall weight. I'm not a huge fan of the side-access zipper. Contrary to other reviews, I have no complaints about the water bottle holders. They are a little tight at first but loosen up with use. This pack doubles as a nice leg pad to elevate your feet and add some comfort. One very cold night I slept with my legs inside the pack! Everything about this pack gives me the impression that it will last a lifetime. My complaint is the horrific weight, nearly 7 pounds is a significant amount of weight.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 15, 2009

5 5

When you aren't concerned about weight, this thing can really light-up the night. You get great burn time with the side LED bulbs and the center bulb is crazy bright. I've used it in pouring rain and it seals worked well. This headlamp is borderline overkill for most situations, but it's pretty awesome when you need it.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 15, 2009

5 5

I'm a huge fan in these inserts. I got a stress fracture in my leg after a long hike and I have been more careful with my footwear ever since. I started using these and they have made a big difference. They provide great support and a good amount of cushion too. I have a slightly wide 10.5 foot and the Orange E's fit perfectly. I have these insoles in nearly all of my shoes.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 13, 2009

3 5

I wish I could give a clear opinion on this pack...but I can't. I love the mesh back panel and it's a good size for ultralight backpacking. I've done a few multi-day trips with about 16-22 pounds and the pack has performed well. The shoulder straps are fairly comfortable and provide a good fit. I'm not a huge fan of the shape, it's too wide at the bottom...three or four beers and you might be able to look beyond it! The side pockets are impossible to access because the designers put synch straps right over them. When I'm hiking alone, I have to take the pack off just to get my Platypus water bottles out and back in. Don't even think about a Nalgene, it won't fit. This pack has been good to me, but I think there are better options out there.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 13, 2009

5 5

This is my go-to bag for any travel. I love sizes S-L. The XL is sweet but I'd be worried about going over the 50lb airline limit. I tend to pack light and the medium is enough for me. If you're only going to have one, the large is the best size (big enough for a long trip or packed for two people).

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 12, 2009

5 5

If you hike in the Sierras, buy this jacket now. It's super light, packable and acts as a great pillow. Don't forget, down can be a little sketchy in rain so make sure this isn't your solution for a heavy downpour. The Patagonia Houdini works well as a protector of fine feathers in moderate showers. If you're expecting lots of rain, consider the synthetic option.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 12, 2009

5 5

Great light for the backcountry! Weight is incredible and love the various light settings. I'm a big fan of the red option for use around camp. The whistle is cool and love the ball-joint pivot. I'm very comfortable with the light this throws off (even for trail running), but if you're expecting to light up the trail... you might want a brighter (heavier) option.

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on October 12, 2009

4 5

Great shirt, keeps me cool in all conditions. Would be a 5 but the sizing is a bit off in my opinion. I think the cut runs large. I am a medium in everything but the small fit my chest and shoulders... the sleeves are a little short but I can live with that since they are rolled up 99% of the time. If you are on the cusp, size down!

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Greg Heidt wrote a review of on June 22, 2009

4 5

I once had a Pearl Izumi jacket, it was black with lightning bolts all over it. It was so sick that it was stolen from me on two separate occasions. Then one night at a rave in Amsterdam I ripped off the sleeves to make it a "vest" ...and ended up giving it to some bum on the street on my way home. The Vagabond jacket is almost as cool and since the arms zip off, I don't have to bust the seams when I'm feeling the need to go sleeveless!

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