Gregg Stepan

Gregg Stepan

Utah

Gregg Stepan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Gregg Stepan's Bio

Love backpacking, car/family camping, alpine skiing, mountain biking and road cycling. Been a Boy Scout leader for many years. Appreciate gear that lasts and works well.

Gregg Stepan

Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

4 5

I've used Michelin Pro Race and Conti GP4000s. I liked the feel of the Conti's the best, but these are my second favorite for feel and probably favorite overall of the three. I've only had them 400 miles, but they're great so far. No flats yet and seem to be wearing very well. They feel is not quite a supple or grippy as Conti, but I like the feel of these better than the Michelin's.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

3 5

I had the 4000s for about 10 months. They were the best feeling tire I've used--felt very grippy in turns, but not slow otherwise. They did not wear quickly either, and they are pretty light. Used at the 120psi max recommended on the sidewall. However, I had casing threads start to come off of the tire down by the bead and going around the tire. My brakes were never rubbing on the tire (I'm a former shop mechanic), so it seemed to be just falling apart prematurely. The bike shop juys said it was an issue they'd seen but not structural, but it still had me worried about a blowout, so I switched tires. I wish I felt comfortabel keeping them on there longer.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I bought this for my boy scout at age 11, and he used it regularly until age 14, when he started to outgrow it. I'd say its good size for roughly 4'9" to 5'6" I had to teach him how to stuff his sleeping bag into the bottom compartment--it is a bit tight, but it was doable for him. The lower compartment exterior straps work great to strap on a thermarest or similar pad. It's been very durable for probably 8 nights of backpacking and another 30 nights of car camping--no breaks/tears/rips. Highly recommended if you have a mummy sleeping bag that stuffs relatively small (not good for roll-up car camping type of sleeping bags).

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

4 5

I bought this for the foldable spatula. I like to do pancakes while backpacking, and the spatula fits the bill well. It's not super strong feeling, so I treat it with care. So far, so good. The Salt/pepper shaker seems heavy for its size, so I don't use it at all for backpacking. The other stuff in it--never used.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I usually backpack with folks who are not as avid backpackers as I am. I usually pump/filter this thing full and then hang it in camp (I tied a small piece of rope to the grommet for hanging). My camp mates love it, and I love it because I pump less often for others. So far I've had no holes or leaks, and I've probably used it for 10+ nights of backpacking.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

For me, with my Big Agnes bag, this pad has been warm down to about 20 degF--after that, I can feel a bit of cold from the bottom. Super comfy and thick enough that I can get comfortable on my side (with my hips "sinking in"). Had a pin hole in it once from a thorn--was a bit of a hassle to find the hole (dunking it in the lake), but it sealed up easily with the included glue (no patch). Takes five minutes to blow up, but I'll trade that for the extra room in/om my pack compared to a thermarest type of pad. Great product.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I've been camping and backpacking dozens of nights in this bag, and before I owned it, I'd been out hundreds of nights in other bags. This is my favorite by far. Less than 3 pounds and warm enough for 3 season use, but you have the roominess of a large rectangular bag. I can sleep in almost any position that I do at home in my bed (example: on side with knees up towards me). I am 6'0" and I have the long version. The regular version was just a bit too restrictive girth wise for me, but the long is perfect. Very durable--no issues at all with the zipper or fabric or anything like that. I also use the Big Agnes inflatable air pad, but I've also used this bag with a 20" wide thermarest in the pad sleeve. My wife has the Encampment (synthetic version of this one)--she loves that one too.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

This is the only post I use. I had a different brand bend on me once, so I just went back to this one. This is simply a mount and forget about it product. No slipping down into the seatpost, ever. Lightweight--you can get lighter, but not more durable for this weight.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I've been using an older model of this shoe for years--still going strong. I'm starting to wear out the sole around the clear, so I'll probably need to get some new ones. I also have a narrow foot--they seem like they would fit best on average to narrow feet. No issues with the buckles. Love them!

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

This has become my new favorite tire/tread design for the front on an XC race bike. The tire is very light in the non-UST version (I have the 26x2.25 non-UST version--they only seem to sell the UST version here). It is reliable in most conditions--giving my excellent grip while leaning into corners, steering corners, braking straight, or braking while turning. It still feels pretty fast and grippy on hard pack, but I have used other tires that feel faster on hardpack. It has taller knobs than most tires of similar light weight. I haven't had any issues with the sidewall durability, even though they are pretty thin.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I still think that Shimano QRs are the easiest to close, because of the design. Also, the design (with lever offset from center) seems to have fewer conflicts with fork or frame when closing. I've had XTR and other Shimano QRs for years, and I use them on all of my wheelsets, no matter the brand of wheelset or hub.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I've carried this for a year in my jersey pocket on rides, and it's been great. I have not had to use the chain tool yet, but I've used several of the allen keys, and they've worked perfectly. Seems like high grade metal is used--I have not rounded off any of them. Not too flexy (I was worried about it being too flexy, since it only has one center support rail that ties the two ends together, but it's done just fine.) I've liked that it has a plastic tire lever that slides onto it on one side--the lever has been very useful to have a couple of times. I also wanted one that would work on a 10-speed chain (since some of my bikes has 10-speed chain and some are 9.)

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

4 5

The 2.0 version is thicker than their prior Ice Wax (at least my bottle is). That's a plus in my mind because it lasts longer on the chain (takes longer to get to the point that the chain is noisy again). I thought I would really like this lube for my chain, but I've ended up just thinking it's a bit above average. Even with a really good wiping after every application, it tends to build up on my jockey wheels of my derailleur and cause problems there. I have not used it on any non-chain parts (too much build-up when it dries, and too thick to penetrate tight places that don't have a lot of movement to work it in). I still use it on some of my bikes, especially because after it dries, it's pretty clean and it lasts longer than other wax based lubes I've used. But, I'm always watching out for build-up that I have to remove.

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Gregg Stepan wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

This lube has gotten the most use from me over the past few years. I use it on cables especially (or any non-chain part that needs a light lube--derailleurs and others). I also use it on chains when it's wet because it lasts on there better than anything else I've used. For my everyday bike, I like to use this on the chain, so that I don't have to lube the chain everytime I go out for a ride. Again, it's long lasting on a chain. It's heavier in viscocity than Pedro's Go lube--I like a wet lube to be a bit heavier.

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