Jay Creech

Jay Creech

PNW, Southern California

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Jay's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Sport Climbing
Kayaking

Jay's Bio

I currently work in an outdoor retail store.

I have guided sea kayaking expeditions in the San Juan Islands for multiple seasons. While I attended the University of Southern California, I oversaw the outdoors program and led hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing trips.

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Jay Creech wrote an answer about on February 19, 2012

Each of those shells have different styles of the same materials. The AR is the heaviest (about 17 oz) and is 3 layer Goretex Pro Shell. The LT is a little bit lighter than the AR but also 3 Layer pro shell. The SL is 2 layer Pac lite. So they are different variations of waterproof breathable materials. The weights and fabric thicknesses will influence how much warmth they will retain, but only by a slight factor.

Long story short, most hard shells will retain similar amounts of heat. If it's not right, wear some baselayers/midlayers or look into a waterproof softshell or waterproof insulated jacket!

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Jay Creech wrote a review of on October 12, 2011

4 5

I bought this dry top for a summer of sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands. I have worn (borrowed) dry suits and paddle jackets before, but decided that my best value for this summer was a dry top. I chose Kokatat because I personally think they make the best immersion wear, and I chose the Tropos fabric because it was half the price of Gore-tex (I figured that when I had the funds to buy a dry suit, then I would go Gore-tex, but for now a dry top is a compromise anyway so why not save some money).

In terms of overall use, here are my thoughts. The wrist gaskets are comfortable and watertight. The neck gasket is very uncomfortable (to me) and I had to stretch it out using a nalgene 16oz food jar. The dry top has limited breathability, but is fine on cool/cold and/or windy days. I liked having a jacket to keep me dry on the water and it helped me protect my rain jacket from salt. It obviously did a better job at keeping me dry than a rain jacket would have.

Overall, this is a good place to start. I think that a paddle jacket, dry suit, and dry top all have a use sea kayaking depending on the conditions. For me, the dry top helped me in certain conditions, but by no means is this dry top the most comfortable and versatile piece to keep you dry. For moderate to casual touring go with an anorak or paddle jacket, for expeditions and cold conditions go with a dry suit. For mixed conditions and trips, a dry top could be the ticket!

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Jay Creech wrote a review of on September 27, 2011

5 5

The Hubba Hubba is one of the gold standard 3 season 2 person tents on the market. It's lightweight, priced competitively, big enough, and time tested. The set up of the tent is super straightforward and easy to do by yourself. The free standing design is nice and fairly sturdy. I've heard people knock the weather/wind sturdiness of this tent, but I've had it survive very wet Pacific Northwest conditions and windy desert conditions admirably.

Strong points of this tent - light, compact, easy to set up, durable, weatherproof

It would be nice it if was a few inches longer and/or wider (although you could say that about any tent) and had a couple more points to attach guylines, but overall this tent is great and worthy of any solo or 2 person adventure!

And a side note on awards - Other manufacturers have made great tents that have garnered awards of recent from Outside Magazine and Backpacker (like the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL, Marmot Aura, BD Mesa), and it's easy to forget that this was Backpacker's editor's choice in 2005. These magazines make sure to have new award winners every year (unless they bestow a lifetime award (like Backpacker's gold award)), so don't forget about the Hubba Hubba just because it's been around for a while!

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