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Gromulus

Gromulus wrote an answer about on June 22, 2010

The 145 is a higher volume boat than the 140. It is 6" longer and the beam is 0.5" wider. The cockpit is also deeper. A good choice for heavier or larger paddlers. My wife (at 150#) has the 140 and I (at 220#) have the 145. Even though the 140 is actually a better fit for me, my weight and need to carry lots of camping equipment made the 145 a better choice for me. You can install a rudder on these boats.

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Gromulus

Gromulus wrote a review of on April 18, 2010

5 5

For the money these gloves cannot be beat. While not water proof, they are great for light winter hikes, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Tactile gip is very good and they can be used as liners under shells when needed in colder and/or wetter conditions. All of our family members have these and love them. Please bring these back!

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Gromulus wrote a review of on April 18, 2010

5 5

For the money these gloves cannot be beat. While not water proof, they are great for light winter hikes, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Tactile gip is very good and they can be used as liners under shells when needed in colder and/or wetter conditions. All of our family members have these and love them. Please bring these back!

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Gromulus wrote a review of on April 18, 2010

5 5

This bottom (along with it's matching top) were my most widely used mid layers this past winter. This past winter was exceptionally cold and snowy and this set fit the bill for all outdoor cross-country,snowshoeing,and hiking activities. When used with my soft shell top and bottoms I was good in temperatures from 10 - 35 F. If I added my Capilene3 layer I could easily go down to 0 F. Mountan Hardwear makes some of my favorite performance clothing and these items are at the top of my list - comfortable, form fitting, and good at wicking away moisture. At 5'7" and 215#, the XL top and L pants fit well.

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Gromulus wrote a review of on April 18, 2010

5 5

This top (along with it's matching bottom) were my most widely used mid layers this past winter. This past winter was exceptionally cold and snowy and this set fit the bill for all outdoor cross-country, snowshoeing, and hiking activities. When used with my soft shell top and bottoms I was good in temperatures from 10 - 35 F. If I added my Capilene3 layer I could easily go down to 0 F. Mountan Hardwear makes some of my favorite performance clothing and these items are at the top of my list - comfortable, form fitting, and good at wicking away moisture. At 5'7" and 215#, the XL top and L pants fit well.

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Gromulus wrote a review of on April 18, 2010

5 5

This is a very good assembly of the basic self-rescue equipment you will need for kayaking. I purchased the Deluxe kit and while the deck bag and paddle leash are not absolutely necessary, they both make life easier when attempting self rescues as I learned in kayaking classes. The bag is a low profile design and keeps everything together on the bow deck and does not impede compass viewing or catch excess wind. The included signal mirror is an ACR model which is argueably the best of it's class. The bilge pump is a very good value and the NRS paddle float is also regarded as the best inflatable float on the market. It works well for this 215# paddler.

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Gromulus wrote a review of on March 17, 2010

1 5

From other reviews I always assumed Brunton makes quailty compasses. I just purchased a kayak and wanted a compass for touring. Upon receipt of the compass I noticed it was wet and slimy when I removed it from the packaging. Being a liquid filled compass, the oily liquid had leaked out and the compass was almost empty. While there were noticeable breaks or cracks in the unit, the base is simply sealed with a plastic material. Very disappointed and will probably never purchase another Brunton compass (will stick with Silva and Suunto). This unit goes "back" to "Back"country.

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Gromulus wrote an answer about on February 12, 2010

Thanks Mike. I ended up going with the MH Alchemy since many people seem to think it is a bit more "fitted" than the Sharp Point and tends to be on the short side as far as length (good for us short muscular guys!). I have been wearing it for the past few weeks and am very happy with it. The waist is only slightly baggy and long and the arms are long for me, but this is always the case for any XL - XL+ size I end up with. Glad I went with the Alchemy. Thanks for the feedback!

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Gromulus wrote a question about on January 8, 2010

I will post this under the MH Alchemy item description as well. I am debating between the Marmot Sharp Point and the MH Alchemy sofshell jackets. I have items from both manufacturers and have always been very happy with their products. I would like to wear the jacket with one or two thin base layers for winter activites. My body type is hard to fit: 5'7", 215# muscular/weight-lifting induced physique with 48" chest, 33/34" waist, 17 1/2" neck, and 33" sleeve length. I normally take at least an XL size top in performance type clothing.

I know the Sharp Point has the pit zips which are a great feature but I am more concerned about overall fit and comfort.

Any comments or suggestions regarding which jacket and/or size are most welcome!

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Gromulus wrote a question about on January 8, 2010

I will post this under the Marmot Sharp Point item description as well. I am debating between the Marmot Sharp Point and the MH Alchemy sofshell jackets. I have items from both manufacturers and have always been very happy with their products. I would like to wear the jacket with one or two thin base layers for winter activites. My body type is hard to fit: 5'7", 215# muscular/weight-lifting induced physique with 48" chest, 33/34" waist, 17 1/2" neck, and 33" sleeve length. I normally take at least an XL size top in performance type clothing.

I know the Sharp Point has the pit zips which are a great feature but I am more concerned about overall fit and comfort.

Any comments or suggestions regarding which jacket and/or size are most welcome!

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Gromulus

Gromulus wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

5 5

I'll start off by saying that I am not a hat person. I have never really looked good in them and very few actually appeal to me aesthetically. That being said, while I do wear a ski hat or baalaclava when snow blowing or under really adverse winter condtions, I have felt the need for a more "casual" hat to brave most of winter. The Seattle Sombrero always appealed to me but I really wanted something a bit heavier and to cover my ears when cold. The Snoqualmie Sombrero fits the bill perfectly! You can use the fold down ear/neck cover or fold in up in the hat. Same for the chin drawstring. The inside Cinch-Band adjustment is also a great feature. I now grab this hat every time I leave the house in winter - whether snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, or even out on the town!

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Gromulus wrote a review of on January 4, 2010

5 5

These is my first pair of Keen footwear. While I normally wear a 10 1/2 in a boot, the 11 size fit me well and still leaves some room for my heaviest pair of wool socks (or socks and liner). I especially love the genererous and rubber capped toe box. These boots are extremely comfortable with very little break-in required. I have worn them for everyday, on winter hikes, and on several snowshoe excursions. They worked well in all cases, keeping my feet warm while still providing adequate support. I liked them so much I searched high and low to find my wife a pair as well (evidently the women's Summit County have been discontinued). She also upsized from her normal womens 7 to 7/12 and loves the boots. Since buying these I have ordered the Newport Hiking Shoes, Newport Sandals, and Newport H2 sandals. Great footwear!

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