Joel Mariner

Joel Mariner

northeast, southern, mid, UTAH

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senate joel's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding

senate joel's Bio

i am a weekend camper/adventurer that hits the trails to fly fish, hang with the boys, eating campfire treats, and discovering nature through the lens.

Joel Mariner

Joel Mariner wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this is a high quality sleeping bag if you do buy it and find that you are cold with your 30 degree rating and don't think you are warm enough western mountaineering is a solid company send the bag to them ask them to stuff your bag with a bit of extra down and boost your temp on your bag. i love this bag mainly cause it is so light and with my compression sac i can squeeze this guy in my small light day pack and still have room for the rest of my gear. i bought this cause i was cutting weight from my pack and got all new gear with super light wt in mind. i say get it like i said if it not as warm as you hoped send it in and get a boost of down.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

i picked this pack up about a year ago and i love this pack. my other pack is a confluence by william joseph also a great bag by a great company. i love having nothing in front of me blocking my chest area when fishing its like light gear fishing, i use to only take a landyard and my two fly boxes in my pockets this pack is the perfect middle ground of extreme light gear fishing and a large bag with plenty of strorage like the confluence at 2000ci
solid light wt pack
lets you feel free of a clutter chest
holds enough but not a pack with tons of extra storage. just the right amount
great tippet holder set up simple but works great.
chest strap packed with areas to clip gear on. and small pocket
water proof zip lock pocket in the large storage pocket.
water bottle pocket on the bottom
great comfy fit with a support strap that goes perpendicular to the chest strap

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

5 5

i pick this up after my Big agnes insulated air core sprung a leak. i was not happy about the cost but after using it i was not as angry. the pad is a solid performer. quickly inflates fits me well (6'2" 280 lbs) was nice and thick never touched the ground. the triangle heat deal works really well i stayed extremely warm. for sure if you want a pad that packs light and small this is the one. i did not have any problems with the noise once fully inflated. one thing that i did not expect but totally love about this pad is the fabric. my old pad i would slide all over the place on the pad cause of the fabric of my bag and the pad there was no traction to keep you on the pad. this pad you stay put while sleeping. i am a side/stomach sleeper and i was very comfy. my old pad was a rectangle cut and i thought i would miss the extra space going with a mummy cut but i had no problem and had plenty of space. all positive things to say other than be prepared to drop 170 bucks.

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Joel Mariner posted an image about on April 29, 2012

Bar keep, yeti on the rocks.

my (large) Yeti Race 575 great all mountain bike. recommended for bikers looking for a DH that can climb light wt. and a solid frame out fitted with fox shox. the only issue i have is the pedal clearance ( 4 inches ) it is very low my pedals take a beating. second is the center of balance is small and you really have to have your wits about to stay in the spot. sleek, high end components, and a solid built frame.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

these are a very light wt. pant that dry very fast when wet and hold up through the brush while exploring. i would buy these pants if you are looking for breathable camping pants that are great for hiking, fishing or just cruising around town. i have several pairs in a variety of colors. great for treks where it may be getting a little to warm and instead of packing shorts to change into just zip the legs off and you have a awesome pair of camping shorts. there is a ton of stow and go in these pants with the large deep pockets. i have problems carrying my fly fishing box in most pants but these pockets are great for bulky items. i don't even have a fishing pack anymore just stuff my pockets and i am ready to fish. these are solid quality pants A+++

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on October 4, 2011

2 5

You get what you paid for. This camera is cheap at 137 and this camera is cheap in quality. the camera does not work well at night. the image was very fisheyed and tunneled. the resolution was not very good for "HD" the mounting system is a joke with no support to hold the camera from shaking, making your shots useless. it is light wt. and compact but thats the only thing going for it.
with two modes of shooting hi and low i didn't see a large difference, not enough to write home about.

My camera was returned because it was not recording after only two days of use. i used it to test it out around the house and the second time i did a helmet run and when i got home all my shots were not saved on my card. nothing would show up when just the day before my videos were on the 2Gb Card that it comes with.

i would not buy this camera again.
i say spend the money if you're going for action shot camera and get a go pro camera better mounting system, better resolution, and play back feature on camera.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

jet valve
5 5

great bottle with a jet valve mouth piece. this lid is solid with a go, no go. valve. the jet valve requires sucking or squeezing to get the water out this helps reduce spilling or leaking even if the lock valve is open. the plastic water bottle is insulated to help keep the liquid at a cool Temp. at 9 bucks its a good price i got mine at rei and it was 14 bucks. get one and get one now.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

GGG G- Unit
5 5

G shock holds up to the abuse. i use my G shock Ga110c for work. it has all the bells and whistles.
1. Multi-time zone world watch.
2. 4 alarms and snooze button.
3. stop watch, split time and lap,1/1000 second display.
4. its a full analog watch
5. full digital watch display.
6. 20 bar g shock water proof ( i think its 150 meter)
7. LED light for night time,Time telling. very gang star
8. week day display Mon Tue Wed Thur etc.
9. seconds digital display, calendar self setting, at end of the month.
10. timer use your G shock as a cooking aid set it for 12 minutes and check on your baked goods at the beep.
11. comes in many colors bold bright or normal bleak (IRAK the Ghost White.)
at this price buy a couple one for show one for use.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

3 season hard hat
5 5

this is the first helmet that was comfortable to me. the chin strap is adjustable in various ways. you can adjust it to fit chin or double chin.
this is a 3 season helmet.
great for cold weather
its a bit hot for the summer
the vent system falls a bit short.
the hard hat covers like a hair cut. it is a very solid hard hat. not the lightest but not heavy enough to really notice.
there are pre made holes to mount an action cam to the top.
Hi Lite- zip mold custom fit. this design on the zip mold model is great simple and delivers a snug comfy custom fit you just don't get with other HHs.
Hi Lite- there is a flex visor not to long but does the job.
Hi Lite- this hard hat could double for many sports due to the shape. it is an universal HH. it would be great for kayak, skate (roller or board) snowboard, ski, horse back riding it only falls short compared to a football HH. don't waste cash on 5 different HH just buy one pick your BERN out and be safe.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

narrow foot.
4 5

merrell makes quality shoes. my chameleon 3 v's were great the style was pleasing and the shoe was heavy duty but light weight. great shoe but the heel was narrow and the sole was stiff. ( i like a strong sole and structure as long as it fits.) there was no give to the narrow heel and did not break in as i wore them. i ended up returning them but i would recommend them just make sure they are comfy when u first try them on cause they won't break in like other shoes. they hold their structure. if they fit nice the first time they will fit nice the last time you wear them. i would also recommend the intercept by merrell they are build with quality like the cham 3 but are made for a wider foot. the pic is of the intercepts.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

5 5

these are simply the best water shoe i have ever owned. i use these for wet fly fishing days. comfy for 8- 12 hour days fishing. great to use with neo sox or no sox. very comfy with no sox. great grip in rivers. look awesome built very well three years old and are holding strong. these are great summer shoes. they dry very fast. they are super light weight too. perfect for trail hiking. in or out of water these are the greatest merrells i have ever owned.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

best pack
5 5

i forgot the best part this is not a camel back hydration bladder with the horrible circle large mouth crap lid that is hard to hold while filling, close when full, and the lid always flips around in the way. this pack has a zip lock bag approach. super easy to fill and hold while filling.

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

This pack is incredible!
5 5

i love this pack. the mesh straps are light, strong, and well vented. i sweat a ton and these straps allow air to stroll through reducing sweat strap lines. the hi lite of this pack is the chest cross strap unlike a normal bag the straps fall off or the pack can be thrown around as the weight of the bag swings back and forth during movement. the x single chest strap allows for your load to be harnessed to your body with a comfy fit and reduce bag shift. the single strap is very comfy i worried when i first bought it but now i recommend it. the next great thing is that the hydration bladder is huge 3 litter. i love the over sized bladder. you may not need all 3 litters but its better to have the option to fill it completely full or half way. you can never have to much water. the valve has on on off twist to lock the bladder while running around. the pack has two storage compartments
the larger one would fit a loaf and 1/2 of bread not smushed.Perfect for a rain jacket or hoodie and lunch or a bike tool kit or extra components. for general questoins you can fit a pair of shoes in the larger storage area size 12 and under. the smaller one is about 1/2 loaf bread size perfect for electronics keys phone and wallet. it has a key clip and a divider pocket.

the third pocket is the small one in front with the bladder tube clip. i use it to hold my ipod nano and shuffle and run the cord out the corner. it all just works . highly recommend this pack to every one quality product build to last.

(bread loaf standard unit of measurement for fly fishing trout bums)

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on September 5, 2011

other use for carabiner other than  climbing
5 5

i have found carabiners make great handles. you can stick it in a loop of a bag and then you have an instant handle to carry your gear. i have down loaded a pic to help demonstrate my handle idea. i also use carabiners as make shift hangers. use the loop whole near the tag to hang your close in climber fashion. i love this large BD Carabiner you can find a use for it anywhere

Remember be creative and find other uses besides climbing. double the uses double the Fun

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Joel Mariner wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

5 5

these electric tech xl sunglasses are awesome. they are for a person with a big dome and like large glasses. they are great for eye protection they have a nice polarized lens with a blue hue to them. these are great for fly-fishing. these lenses cut through the water and being large cover my whole field of vision. i don't know about paying full price they are a bit pricey. but if you can snag them on SAC like i did for 55 bucks do it. for that price buy a couple for gifts down the road cause you can't go wrong with these.

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