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James Thompson

James Thompson

Northern Minnesota, along Lake Superior and BWCA

James's Passions

Fly Fishing
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Kayaking

James's Bio

I am an outdoor GEEK! Permitting the funding are there! I love camping, fishing, Geo Cache, MTB, short trips or extreme trips, summer, winter, spring, and fall, doesn't matter. I love living in my area because it allows me to do so many different types of outdoor fun.

James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

Holds my fly rod!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Holds my fly rod, and that's a good thing right? I have had no issues with this holder and would recommend. I have it setup on my kayak. its mobile, so plan on setting it up on my ODC 420 float tube too. I mainly use it when I am taking a break or landing the kayak.

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

5 5

I like. I have used many times. In a canoe, Kayak, Hiking, and MTB. Keeps your maps or what ever you really want to use it for dry. Not the lightest Case, but very durable. Zip-lock style is holding up very well and locks tight. I would recomend.

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like my Jet. Awhile back, my friends where using jetboil while I used my MSR Whisper. I wanted one! I love my MSR Whisper and I still use it depending on where and when. But for light and warmer weather outings, I have the Jetboil. I like this smaller one, like how simple it is and quick it boils. I like that it comes with a pan adapter so if I want to pan fry I can. I have used this Jetboil in all conditions and works great except for winter camping trips that get below -10. The compressed fuel canisters don't like that kind of cold and you have to warm up the canister to get the flame hot. I will be using my MSR for this kind of weather. BUT, this is a must have. Even for Mountaibiking!

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James Thompson wrote a review of on January 30, 2011

5 5

I am very satisfied with this cook set. I specifically purchased this size set because the main pot is perfect size to boil up water and fill 1 nalgen bottle. Its also big enough for cooking up for one. I use my MSR stove with this set so that left me room inside the cook set when packed to also add in a GSI small thermo cup with lid. I like to use that for coffee!

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on January 30, 2011

4 5

I really am satisfied with these boots for everyday use and especially for snowshoeing. They are light and definite warm while walking around. No foot slipping inside the boot permitting you have the right size of boot. (I read somewhere about ordering these boots a half size larger than what you normally wear. I found this true.)

I don’t think I would use this boot for an extended amount of time in very cold weather unless you are going to be continuously moving around. Standing around for long periods of time your feet could get cold. Couple of times a year, I go into the Boundary Waters in the winter and this year, I couldn’t trust them so I left them at home. I have been in our recent -21 degree cold (Two Harbors MN) for about 3 hours and my feet didn’t get cold. But I was moving around.

Cons: I really don’t care for the heavy nylon lace loops, especially the loops above the ankle. I could see them wearing out sooner than like metal loops. I also don’t agree with the description stating the rubber sole changes in cold and gives better grip on icy and slick driveways. I have found them to be slippery on icy driveways. (Great traction everywhere else) I also feel that the loop on back of the boot to pull on your boot could be stronger. I take caution when using because it does feel weak as if you could pull right thru it.

I would recommend this boot besides my cons. These are cons I can live with because I am not using these boot for extreme adventures. I feel backcountry has a fair price on this boot. I wear these everyday and my feet has always stayed warm and dry.

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on July 23, 2009

5 5

I like these wet socks. At first I thought the sizing was incorrect but these socks stretched and somewhat formed to my feet. I have lots of time on them and they hold up great, are comfortable, and have awesome traction. I literally do not even know there on! I was able to walk down a stretch of rapids without falling or slipping. Keep in mind that there isn’t much for support, it’s just like you’re walking bare foot. I was aware of this, but support wasn’t much concern. I wanted something light, not bulky but be able to walk around without slipping, and something to pack tightly.

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James Thompson wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

What can you say, it just works and its light. I have 2 20oz and 2 10oz. I find that I use the smaller ones more with my WhisperLite just because I'm not cooking for an army. But always good to have multiple choices!

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James Thompson wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

Hang on Utility Tree!
5 5

I see some have had not so good luck with this product, but I can say I have been 100% satisfied. I have had this on 7 or 8 trips into the BWCA and I know for a fact that I have ran 72.8 gallons through this filter. I have also filtered some extremely dirty water and it has work perfectly. I would just make sure that after my trip, I would remove the filter and carefully do a thorough cleaning of the bag, hose and the filter by just rinsing off the junk that the filter left behind. I today still use this filter and I know I can run more through it without worrying. Keep your tools clean and they will last!

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

Heritage Kayaks FeatherLite 14 Kayak
5 5

Great Kayak! I live along Lake Superior and many inland lakes. This kayak performs awesome on both. It turns on a dime, tracks very well, has a good cruising speed. I weigh 220 and can pack around 120 more pounds of gear with great buoyancy and performance still. I find without gear, the front is a little light. I love that it has a huge opening which allows easy access in and out along with storage. The seat is comfortable, not as fancy as other manufacturer's but works very well and keeps you dry and cool in hot weather. I always feel stable in it with or without gear. Fairly light for portaging, overall I love it because I can use it for recreation, fishing, and long touring in the BWCA. I recommend this kayak for multiple use which I was looking for.

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James Thompson wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

3 5

This is a good skirt keeping you dry. I only marked this adequate because I own a Heritage Featherlite 14 Kayak and the skirt works for the large opening but not perfect and because of the Featherlite 14 kayak seat back, it doesn't work well. The seat back is a little wide. How ever, I do use this all the time on the Featherlite because it does work.

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James Thompson

James Thompson wrote a review of on June 12, 2008

Outdoor Research Micro Night Bivy
4 5

I am an avid all year round BWCA camper and I purchase this bivy for my 2008 January 3-day, 7-mile ski and 1/4 mile hike up 300 feet to our favorite spot.
I am very satisfied with this bivy with only one minor issue; it's hard to get into quickly when you have -5 degree weather. I experienced very little condensation and it was very easy to resolve what condensation I had by unzipping a little to vent. I customized a thermo-lite pad to slip inside the bivy and used a -0 degree sleeping bag and slept in my long under ware. I was 100% dry and warm in the weather I experience, (Snow, rain, and very cold (low as -15 degrees) damp weather). I found that there is more than enough room to sleep in all positions and I am a 5' 7, 200 pounds. This also packs very small and is light. Overall I am very pleased and can't wait to use it through out the other seasons!
Here is a link to my bivy in use on the trip http://www.frontiernet.net/~jt9786/BC_gear/ORBIVY.html

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