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Josh Good

Josh Good

Unalaska Island, AK

Josh Good's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Josh Good's Bio

I'm a teacher in the Aleutian Islands, loving life. I do my best to ski the snow we get, but my real passion is kayaking. I've been paddling since I was a tike in PA. Moving to Alaska introduced me to sea kayaking in some of the (arguably) most beautiful places in the world. After spending several winters enduring Fairbanks' Arctic Chill, and a few summers paddling Prince William Sound, I got engaged, moved to this Awesome rock of an island, got married, and began dealing with the pre-teens that are my students. The kids can't believe the weather and difficulties my wife, dogs, friends, and I all endure to do what we love. I can't begin to imagine the influence and ideas I've created in their minds, but it's definitely for the better!

For 2015 I've set a goal to paddle 300 days or more. So if you visit Unalaska, look me up, and we'll go for a paddle cause I'm going today. And tomorrow.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on November 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

How can you pass this up!?

I've had it on my "wish list" for what seems like forever, the price was finally right, and I made it happen!

The day it arrived (I'm a teacher and UPS gets delivered to the school) I opened it and put it on immediately, and my 5th grade students were in awe! So awesomeness-check number one was complete: 10 and 11 year old kids approved of Sassy.

Shortly after recieving the sweater I was invited to a party with a group a bit out of my usual circle. I felt that the more distinguished crowed deserved a more distinguished look than crusty Carhartts and a hoody.. so I rocked Sassy and some khakis. The humorous take really lightened the mood, and the bevvies flowed. It was a great night, and awesomeness-check numero dos was complete: non-circle friends approved, and became circle friends!

The third test was definitely the best. For Halloween this year I got a full-on Sasquatch costume (so maybe I have a thing for Sasquatch- who are you to judge!?). As Halloweens go, partying was in full swing and Nov. 1 was not exactly an A+. But showing up to our weekly Sunday Scuba Sesh promptly at nooner was made infinitely better by wearing sassy. I didn't have to completely let go of the previous day's squatch shenanigans, all while allowing the comfort of the sweater to help ease the drums inside my head.

Even the most hung-chow divers were able to crack a smile.

Was it the memory of the dance-floor-clearing Yeti vs. Sasquatch dance-off (Sasquatch ended it with a hand-stand) of the previous night?

Was it the sight of the cool gray sassy in front of the steel blue heavy knit?

I guess we will never know for sure...

But one thing is certain: This sweater kills it.

The legit deets: This sweater has a heavy knit and keeps you WARM. Super soft on the skin- not like the scratchy sweaters you wore during childhood Christmases. I got an XL and it fits nicely, i'm 6'1" and pushin 220, I'm usually right at the top end of a L or the low end of an XL for t-shirts. The sweater's got a classy collar, cuffs and waistline.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

First off, this is a pretty clutch hat, but not right for me.

The color, I got Neon Orange, is not the blaze orange of hunting hats, but similar to the bright red/orange of a fishing buoy. Its an awesome color, just not what I was hoping for.

The fit is a bit small, and while i've got a big ol head, it slides up regardless of how i wear it. If it were the early 90's, that'd be rad, but it's 2015, and I'm not into it.

The material is super soft, and it is quite a bit thicker of a knit than i expected, making it less floppy and a bit more rigid.

While being repeatedly let down in my assumptions about this beanie, I've decided that overall its a comfortable hat that is more than you'd expect for the price, and with the right sized head it'll serve you well. I'm just not that into it.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on October 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Super rad hat.

Got it for a buddy for his birthday, but before I sent it off I gave it a try.

I've got a pretty big noggin, and the cap sat high up on my head- like the sides being above my ears. There's no way that this hat woulda worked out for me. Said buddy has a smaller head than do I so I'm sure it'll get the job done.

Blue camo is always a score, and for a rafter,"Come hell or high water" couldn't work out better.

He thought it was killer, so it was a win.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on October 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36x32

There isn't much to be said that hasn't been said by other reviewers, but there is one key point that is often neglected on this specific item:

THEY'RE PRE-WASHED!!

My usual routine with a new pair of carhartts, especially double fronts, is to wash them as often as possible until they become the supple (but still durable) carhartts we all know and love. With these, i can skip the 27 washings (results on number of washings may vary).

So take note folks, these are Carhartt Double-Front WASHED Duck work Dungaree Pant.

Pretty outstanding.

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Josh Goodposted an image about on October 5, 2015

Ully digs it!!!

Ully is the big fluffy white guy in the front. Hes a 2 year old 120 pound Newfie-Pyrenees mix wearing an XL, and despite his Newfie roots, he's pretty terrified of the water. The Float Coat helps him get over his fears so that he can better enjoy boat rides. Pruhdoe is in the back of the boat with an older version of the float coat, and that should be an indication of how much we like these PFD's for our dogs- this is round two!

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Josh Goodposted an image about on October 2, 2015

Fill er up

The goal is always to carry as much coffee as possible. When filling the mug in the morning, I've definitely had my issues. Some days it is way to early to be handling hot liquids, but other days, I'm just a bit to zealous and fill the cup too full causing an improper seal and some small leaks. I've found the approximate max fill line (check the pic), and it helps to squeeze the button opening the spout when screwing the lid on to give the trapped air an easier escape rather than leaking out over the sides of the cup. Cheers! and fill 'er up!

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on October 2, 2015

Do it all pair of pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

An outstanding pair of pants.

I've had these pants for going on two months now, and I've worn them several times each week.. They have basiacally become a go-to, do-it-all pair of pants for me.

Since I've only got one, i'll list the Con's first:
- Not super burly material (this isn't a huge issue, and for burly pursuits, i'll throw on the carhartts).

Now for the pro's:
- Light weight material
-Right amount of stretch, and a gusseted crotch
-No nut-so washing instructions
-Nice enough to wear to work, do great on the trail, comfortable enough to lounge in
-Well placed big pockets
-Sizing is right on (im a pretty standard 36 and the 36 fits great) and there is also an adjustment feature that i have not used, but it works to cinch them down a little
-Sturdy belt loops made of webbing
-Leg hole is not crazy big, and not restricting

All around these are pretty b.a. pants.
Definitely recommend.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

Pimp my Ri... no Pimp my Bottle!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who thought you could trick out a water bottle? Well Avex did it with the Brazos.

First of all, the biggest pro of this bottle for me is the size- or lack thereof. Unlike the Classic Nalgene or (insert brand here) vacuum bottle, this guy is quite a bit smaller. At 25 ounces (rather than the usual 32 ounces) not only am I carrying less weight in water, but the bottle has a smaller circumference around the bottom allowing it to fit into spots where a bigger bottle just sits on top- i.e. cup holders, pack pouches, and back pockets. Obviously the less water part could be an issue if you're in a climate dryer than mine, but we've got fresh, drinkable water around every corner and no beaver fever, so it's possible for us to carry less water and fill up more often.

Besides size, the other big thing in the pro category is the controlled™ pour. Weve all been on a bumpy ride trying to have a sip of our bev, and it ends up all over your front- and weve all heard the response: its gotta go through your mouth to get in your stomach.. The autoseal feature allows you to almost sip the water out of the bottle rather than have it pour out around your mouth all over you. Super handy on bumpy roads, rougher days on the water, or even while walking or running. A quick sip is not an issue.

Like I said, Avex tricked out the Brazos with some quality innovation.
- No flappy lid: think Nalgene, when you open it the lid is either hitting you in the face or dripping on your shirt. Also, no lid to open that might get dropped or lost
- Sturdy attachment hook: again, think Nalgene- and I really have nothing against Nalgene!- they've got the flimsy lid holder. I trust this hook to hold my bottle on the deck of my kayak getting hammered with waves.
- Cover for the spout/straw: there™s plenty of funk and dog hair in my life, and its kept off the mouth piece
- Spill/leak proof: no wet butts after it lays on its side on the truck seat, and like I said, it allows you to have a sip any time you want without a spill- no waiting for the stop signs.
- Dishwasher safe: which is not as common as you might think, but definitely handy when you leave something other than water in there a little too long! (just be careful not to wash off your stickers!)
- BPA Free: Duh.

The two biggest things are size- which there is also a 32 oz version- and drinking from the spout- which takes a bit getting used to, but in the end is not an issue.

I've never put too much thought into water bottles, but overall this is a pretty killer bottle.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on September 24, 2015

Not too hot, not too cold. Juusstt Right
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a teacher, morning coffee is an essential part of my daily preparations. I usually joke with my students about how strict or grumpy I can be until after my first cup of joe, but what they don't realize is that I'm only kinda kidding. Avex's Highland Thermal Mug helps the process of getting coffee from my home brew pot to my go-to mug at school (a super sweet mug that changes from black to a panorama of Yosemite as it heats up) all to go smoothly.

I've had some thermoses and insulated mugs that keep the brew so hot that it melts rocks to plasma hours after the super-heated liquid enters the vessel. I've also had mugs that seal so poorly that I've lost most of my a.m. caffeine supply has leaked and helped to squelch the squeaking of my chain ring during my commute. This mug is neither of those! The Highland Thermal Mug seals nicely, and the spout locks closed with an obvious click. While some might call this a con, the fact that the mug allows some heat to escape (you can feel heat escaping from the lid) provides the opportunity for my coffee to cool from its plasma-esque temps to a drinkable. Basically, the mug keeps bevvies hot, but not scorch the roof of your mouth and make your tongue bubbly kinda hot.

Now for the spout. As I mentioned, the spout locks closed and does a great job at sealing. A simple slide of the lock with your forefinger gets the juices flowing. It's kind of like drinking from a sippy cup, but after a few uses, it becomes a bit less toddler-ish. The lid and spout tend to put off a bit of a plasticy flavor for the first few sips each use (despite several washings), but the rest of the sips are plasticy-taste-free, and I don't notice the taste when I pour it into a mug. Something to be duly noted: tilting and preparing to pour before you depress the button may lead to some spray from the vent (so much for my Formal Evaluation form being "formal." Now it, along with a few other semi important documents, is covered in the ever-so-recognizable light brown wrinkly tinge of coffee spray).

The only thing I could ask for, is more space- and if you're asking that same thing yourself, you're in luck!! Check out Avex's 20 oz big bro for an extra 4 oz of coffee carrying capability (http://www.backcountry.com/avex-highland-autoseal-stainless-thermal-20oz?rr=t).

Well done Avex! The Highland Thermal mug comes highly recommended.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on July 7, 2015

4 5

Thanks to Backcountry.com and JammyPack for hookin me up with JammyPack's Icechest to review for the backcountry.com community.

This unassuming soft cooler, clad in black, packs a serious punch. More like, packs some serious bevvies. Fitting 24 cans or 12 bottles, you can keep everyone supplied for an afternoon, not just with your favorite bev, but also with your choice of tunes- after all, you brought the speakers, you pick the music.

The the Icechest blasts your tunes out of two 3 watt speakers with power from any USB capable battery pack. We had no problem cranking the volume so that it could be heard from the other end of the yard or beach, or over the noise of air compressors, shop vacs, and running motors. The provided battery pack holds 4 AA batteries, and eats em up. I use a rechargeable powerbank to keep the tunes coming, but JammyPack also offers their own rechargeable pack (not included). Your music hooks too the speakers with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. (Where's the Bluetooth JammyPack?) The cords from the power and the music to the speaker run through the front pouch into a larger front pocket that provides some padding and has a spot for both an iPhone sized music player and a battery pack (a deck of cards would fit in each slot) with extra space for other goods.

To get at the goodness inside, the lid of the Icechest has a quick access port so that you don't have to fumble with the zipper and let out all the frosty air that's keeping everything nice and cool.. With its own block of insulation, it velcro's to the roof and swings open leaving a hole sized just right for a hand holding a can! When filling the JammyPack, the top zip allows full-on, uninhibited accesses for dumping in beers, ice, soda- if that's your jam, or heck, why not a watermelon?

The interior liner of the cooler provides a waterproof barrier over the insulation that feels like a soft floppy version of closed cell foam. The liner is kinda wrinkly and after a spilled beer (abuse) it can be tough to clean. Which brings up another issue- the exterior of this thing isn't waterproof. I've been hesitant to take my JammyPack out on the boat because of this, which is a bummer- because most of my summer activities involve the water. I've overcome this by on certain adventures because the whole thing is soft, so when the shows over and the beers are all gone, it squashes down and packs up nicely and can stuff into a dry bag.

Overall, the JammyPack Icechest has been a pretty outstanding addition to our adventures. On the few days I've left home with out it, my buds asked, "Where's the Jammy?!" It quickly became an integral part of our summer, from backyard cornhole games, to mountain hikes, to days spent sitting on the beach fishing.

Thanks again JammyPack for having the foresight to combine a two essential parts of a party: Bevvies and Tunes. As JammyPack says: Let there be Music!

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Josh Goodposted an image about on July 7, 2015

Connections

The JammyPack's speakers hook up to your phone or mp3 player (I guess you could even hook up a WalkMan if that's how you roll...) with a 3.5mm headphone jack (that's a normal headphone jack). The USB connects to the included battery pack (which eats 4 AAs) or your rechargeable battery pack (which JammyPack offers: http://www.backcountry.com/jammypack-rechargeable-battery?s=a)

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

2 5

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

Bought this tent on steepandcheap.com for a pretty killer price, but no deal Howie.

To start off, I'm pretty well versed in tents. I've done a bit of guiding and plenty of camping myself, thus using many different tents. So I put it in quite a bit of research when looking for a lightweight shelter for my wife and I along with our two big dogs.. With all that, I was super stoked to get a new tent (as any happy camper should be), and when the Zephyr arrived I promptly set it up in the living room- much to this dismay of my dogs.

With the poles dialed in and after fastening the guy lines I transplanted the tent from living room floor to backyard.

After staking 'er down, I tossed over the fly and began tightening the attachment points. At this point the proverbial turd hit the proverbial fan, and things became less than ideal.

-The long section of the poles (which afford a ton of room on the interior of the tent) began to bow inwards. This was all before the tent's fly was even nearing taut. All the room from the high interior was lost with this bend. I would also assume that the tent's structural integrity was also compromised at this point.

- With the fly loosened and poles back to their expected stance, I began staking and tightening the guy lines. With this, the front center guy line tie point ripped the seam away from the fly.

With these two failures, I called it. I was super bummed and gave up on the tent. Like the title of this review says: Maybe I got a Lemon? And while Alps' service was willing to send a fly, this is not a tent I'd trust in the places I'm planning to take it. Sorry Alps, but I won't be purchasing any of your goods.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I?ve had my pair of Hiyaks for a bit over a week now, and have used them sea-kayaking every day since.


Sizing/fit: I wear a 12 in just about every pair of shoes I?ve ever owned, and the Hiyaks are no different. They fit fine with no socks, a 1.5 mm neoprene sock, waterproof socks, or a Smartwool like hiking sock.


Warmth: The water I paddle in is hovering just below 40 degrees right now, so a pair of waterproof or neoprene socks are a standard at this point. There?s a bit of cushion around the ankle and above the heel that also works as a bit of insulation. The rest of the inner shoe is lined with an almost grid-like quilted material- Astral calls it ?Airmesh?- that traps bits of air in the channels which leads to some warming. If I were standing in the sub-40 degree water for extended amounts of time, I?d have less than warm feet, but after a quick dip during loading, my feet stay plenty warm propped on my foot pegs inside my boat.


Drainage/Drying: One of the features that Astral touts about the Hiyak, along with their other shoes, is that they are better than traditional booties because of their ability to dry quicker than neoprene. If you have any neoprene gear, you?re probably well versed in the potential funk associated with the material. I?m not saying that the Hiyaks will be funk-free, but they do dry quickly. The outer shell is made of a hydrophobic bombproof 1000D nylon, so not absorbing water in the first place lends to drying quickly. As for the inside of the shoe, the Airmesh allows water in, but like all synthetics, allows water to drain quickly. With drain holes in the toe and heel paired with raised bumps/channels on the insole, any water that does enter (through those drain holes, the laces, or over the top) has an easy way out. When walking the water squishes out the toe (pretty fun little squirts), and when in the boat it drains out the heel holes. One thing I really like about the drain holes is that they act almost as a scupper- with a bit of nylon just inside them, they allow water out (and in) while keeping out a lot of the dirt and sand that comes with stirring up the bottom. As far as drying goes, Astral is right, the Hiyak is dry and ready for tomorrow. I paddle every day, and when I?m done I prop them up so they can drain and they?re good to go for the next day. The part that remains wet the longest is under the insole, but even that is set by paddle time.


Support: The shoes are pretty minimal; super lightweight and thin- both top and bottom. With this, they?re comfortable and fine for walking around, but they don?t offer a ton of support. I wouldn?t want to carry my boat any serious distance on a cobbley beach with them. The insoles allow some drainage with the circle patterns on them, but also provide some cushion for the rocky entries. If you?ve got high arches, you?re gonna need a bit of extra help. The part of the Hiyak that excels in support is the heel cup- its stout and great for resting your foot on while in your boat in true paddling fashion.


Soles: The soles on these have curved diamonds as a main tread pattern, and like high end snow tires, each diamond is siped with small zig-zig slits. The traction is about as good as it gets for such a low profile sole.


Laces: Obviously, laces are the best way to get premium fit in a shoe, and the laces in the Hiyak do exactly that. I?ve found that really cranking down the laces puts some unneeded pressure on certain spots and becomes uncomfortable, and preferring loose shoes (I rarely tie any shoes I wear) I usually tie them pretty loose. Because I tie them loose, the laces are a bit short, so I skip the top lace hole (like anyone does in a pair of sneakers) which I wasn?t a huge fan of anyway. (I like the height of the shoe, just not having the laces tight that high on my ankle!) The Velcro strap across the top is great for keeping the laces from catching on anything inside of the boat, and also helps to keep the knot tied.


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