Jeremy  T

Jeremy T

Belleville, NJ

Jeremy T's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 22, 2012

4 5

Ive used this sweater as a layer while backpacking during the winter. Its kept me warm well below freezing with a shell on. Im 5'5" and the small fits me well. Its a bit puffy for my liking. I prefer the look of the Mammut Down Sweater when using these as a layer. As a jacket around town it looks nice and keeps me warm. I like the soft lining on the collar, chin and in the pockets. Cut allows lots of movement. Worn my backpack over the jacket and it hasnt shown any signs of wear.
When I didnt need it, it packs down really well to fit into my pack.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

Field Tested. Hiker Approved
5 5

This is one of the few packs that actually fit me due to my small size. Space wise it has a slightly smaller capacity than my friends Osprey Aether 60s. This pack however is simple and has many features that make it a great pack.
Pros:
- Comfortable hipbelt and shoulder straps. First time out the straps would need to be tightened every few miles. Second time, straps stayed in place and I didnt worry about them.
- Pockets on the hipbelts
- Lots of compression straps, 4 side (top and bottom), 2 top on lid and 1 on top and drawstring closure, and 2 bottom. This allows you to stabilize the load you are carrying. Also allows me to make the pack much smaller if Im taking the pack for a short trip.
- Hipbelt is size adjustable. If you have a short torso but larger on the hips you can adjust from small, medium, and large by removing belt from velcro and adjusting accordingly
- Can access pack from top and from zip in front. Allows access to most areas of the pack.
- Frame allows airflow on your back. You can feel the breeze pass through as you are hiking which is welcomed on hot days.
- Hydration compatible with pass throughs on the left and right side. Can easily fit a 3 liter bladder in the bladder pocket.

Cons:
- It is impossible to reach the water bottle pockets while it is on. Not a problem if you're using a hydration pack
- Water bottle pockets arent that deep. It might be because Im using a size small, but the pockets arent deep compared to the Osprey Aether pockets. I have to make sure my bottle is tethered to the compression straps in case it might fall out.
- Top lid is removable if you want to save weight but you cant use it as a day pack for hikes after you setup camp.
- Not really a con, but the sonora gold is really a greenish color than yellow.
Have used this backpacking in the winter time and had more than enough space to carry everything. I would try out the pack first to make sure it fits your body. Will have to see how durable this pack will be in the long haul but so far so good.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

Great Pump
5 5

We were able to use this while backpacking this weekend. It took some setup time initially to setup the hoses with the quick releases (optional). After that, its set and forget it. The output hose connects to the bottle adaptor which fits most typical nalgene bottles widemouth and small and an optional quickrelease to a hydration pack if you decide to modify the hose of any existing hydration pack. This model is exactly the same as far as I can tell from the older model, just colored black. They use the same cartridges as the older model. The setup comes in a black pouch with a plastic ziplock for the output hose to avoid contamination. Also contained a sponge, a quick release for the optional setup, and silicon grease to ease attaching the hoses and lubricating any parts. The cartridge needs to be pumped with water initially before use to remove any carbon sediments in the cartridge. We were able to fill up 7 liters of water fairly quickly. Water tasted fine and looked clear. This is a much better way to getting water than having to haul it in while backpacking.

PS. I didnt get dysentery so the pump must work!

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Jeremy T posted an image about on March 20, 2012

Good ultralight sleeping pad

Excellent cheap pad when backpacking. When weight and money are a factor, this are sufficient for sleeping pads when backpacking. The green ones are the old version and have held up well for a number of years. They have been used during well below freezing nights (20 - 25F) and have insulated my body from the ground well and kept me warm. They take a beating strapped to the outside of our packs but they are still going strong.
They arent the most comfortable pads but they work fine. If you are a car camper and weight isnt an issue, look somewhere else, but if you need something lightweight and provide insulation from the cold ground these work well.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 29, 2008

3 5

These are an ok goggle from Oakley. This line doesnt compare to that of their higher end goggles. You dont get the circular lenses which provide distortion free viewing. What makes the wisdoms, aframes, and crowbars amazing goggles is the amazing clarity you get from their lenses. These are comfortable with the foam, but its not the same as their other products. These will do fine for what you need but you can get a better pair for much less if you check out other brands. If you just want the oakley name these will do, but once again go for their higher end stuff or check out other brands.

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Jeremy T wrote a question about on November 19, 2008

This was supposed to answer the question below.. guess i pressed the wrong button.there is a wire that attaches to the ear pod which allows you to use the headphones to anything that plugs into a 3.5mm jack. It a useful feature esp if the batteries on the headphones die. you can still plug in ur music and use em. You wont however have a problem with the battery dying because I can use these headphones for like 3 days straight before needed to charge them. Standby on these things are like a week long.Once again to answer your question yes it does come with a wire.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

4 5

This is a good big stomp pad. The clear model allows any design or graphic on your board to show through. Allows you to have the added benefit of a stomp pad without ruining the graphics on your board. The mat is soft rubber and not as grippy as the Dakine X mat, but it does its job well and its fairly big, so it provides a large surface area to place your foot on. The Scraper in the middle is good to remove all the stuck snow and ice on your boot before you strap in.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

3 5

This is an ok stomp pad. I prefer the dakine x mat over this one. Its great that you can place the pads in whatever configuration you want but the small pieces that I had eventually fell off. The big middle piece stayed on fine and it does provide an excellent grip for a stomp pad but I still prefer the x mat over this one.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

5 5

Ive had this bottle for a while now and I use it almost every day. Love camelbak and their products. The bite vale on this bottle is genius. I havent had any leak problems with this thing. I can throw it around and I still havent seen it leak. Maybe the others have a defective bottle, I dont know. Its great to be able to drink out of this bottle without having to tip the bottle up in the air. Simple just bite down on the bite valve and drink. The straw reaches all the way to the bottom so you have no problem getting every drop of water. The bottle is BPA free so thats a plus. The rubber bite valve and bottle dont leave any taste to your water. The same cant be said for the straw that is included. If any water is hanging around inside the straw it may leave a little plastic taste, but as soon as you take that small sip the taste will go away. This only happens if you leave water in there for a long time. There is a small loop at the top of the bottle which is great if you need to clip the bottle to your pack when your on a hike. Overall Im very happy with this purchase. Great buy in my opinion.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 17, 2008

5 5

This is a great straight forward stomp pad. The spikes are hard and sharp and provide great grip for your back foot. I love the clear stomp pad. It allows the design to be seen through to avoid ruining the design of your snowboard. Some people dont like using stomp pads but i like having something to place my foot on when ice freezes on top of your snowboard. Not cool when your foot slips when your skating around.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on November 17, 2008

4 5

This is a great simple knife. As the description says no bells and whistles. The blade has a thumb stud. It isnt spring assisted, but it isnt that difficult to open it with one hand. It does take a little bit getting used to but with a little practice you'll be flicking this knife open quickly. This knife wont open up if you drop it. I did test it by dropping it on my floor from about shoulder height a few times. Blade stays in its place when folded. It might get loose after being opened a lot over time, but for now I'm not worried about it accidentally opening up.
Knife feels solid, nice smooth opening action. Handle is solid and feels comfortable to hold in my hand. Has a pretty good weight to it, fairly well balanced. Has the LAWKs system so this folding knife can be locked into a fixed position for those times when your a little bit of excessive force on the knife. Knife has a built in clip so you can clip it onto your belt or wherever you feel like clipping it.
Word of caution, this knife is really sharp. Was running my thumb lightly across the blade a few times back and forth and before I knew it I drew some blood. Didnt realize it actually cut my thumb until the blood starting coming out a few mins later.

This is a great knife, and for its price you really cant complain. If your looking for a knife just to have around when you need it and need something cheap take a look at this one.

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