Joey Bowen

Joey Bowen

Boise

Joey Bowen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

Joey Bowen's Bio

I'm into cold weather hiking that would make most people cry and beg for a Hampton inn.

Joey Bowen

Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

This is the best all around shell made AR actually stands for "all around" beta has to do with the length. The hood is large enough for any helmet and adjusts perfectly if your not wearing one like me (bad) lol wear your helmet! But ya I've tried on so many shells lately I feel like a store mannequin. The only coat that came close was the HH Odin mountain but it cost alot more and didn't feel as solid as this and may have helmet fit issues. I found a blue one on sale :) they make these in Canada and china I compared both could not tell the difference. If you want the best all around light shell that can handle anything you throw at it this is it. Arcteryx, the finest maker of outdoor clothing.

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Joey Bowen

Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

These are one of the most solid poles I've tried the triangle pole shape gives enormous stability if your a big guy or if you pack a ton of weight don't hesitate I just wish they had cork handles but it seems to be current trend for all makers to be lacking in that dept. These do come with baskets their just low pro.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

I have a very similar pair of these (makalu cork same pole design otherwise) just a couple years old they have never let me down...they are sturdy and not too heavy less your a cry baby I've found the carbon to be over rated of the pairs I've tried out or owned I haven't found a pair as sturdy as these I've tried kompers, black d's both in carbon just seem a bit flimsy also the twist lock may save a millionth of an once but they can be faulty last thing you need is to have one fail on a downhill. Reliable, strong, and best quality. Leki.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

1 5

Well picked these up today I loved how light they are and the greptile grip is awesome, here's the probs the baskets are a BITCH to remove also very fragile and the speed lock system is prone to repeat failure so bad in fact I only walked around my apartment once and had multiple collapses. I returned them for a cheaper pair of komperdell explore contours got em home went to pack them an realized the bottom section does not lock when retracted so u get 7 inches of play dangling out the bottom also the strap will not stay in adjustment and the material is cheaper than a Walmart leash. I called up their Washington state offices and told them the prob they said they are aware and will send me new bottom sections which is nice but they shouldn't have left the drawing board in that state who ever gave the green light to produce should be fired. Alot of trouble to get a decent pair of poles, my leki's never let me down ONCE.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 7, 2012

5 5

Plastic is not in this filters vocab neither is shoddy craftsmanship. Katadyne has filtration on lock down with this filter, 13,000 gallons of filter life that should get you 20 years or more if you use it wisely. Last thing you need is some cheap piece of junk breaking on you in the middle of nowhere buy piece of mind buy clean water. Its in a class of its own. I got a little MacGuver in me so I put an MSR pre filter and a charcoal filter on mine might as well be Aquafina.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

These are great GP boots one of my trusted all around favorites, Lowa makes some of the best boots IMHO and are one of the few companies who bonds the soles in one piece, not glued then razor cut to remove excess glue, which is a major cause of sidewall tearing alot of people don't know that. If you want a general purpose boot that can handle anything pick these up (some of their high end models are made in Germany (:)

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

4 5

Ive had mine 4 years now never had a leak in the body, just the occasional mouth piece leak, it has served me very well, just one complaint I'd like more choices of attachment or a better way to do so because I have to get creative when putting this on my pack I never put em inside the pack cause I don't like unloading 60 pounds of gear to fill it up so if they work on that I'd be very happy.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

3 5

I got these after we had a 5 degree day here in Boise cause my hobacks were non exsistant at this temp. I went into the local TNF and said I wanted the warmest gloves they had minus the huge gauntlet looking kind they had. So I picked up the patrols they are a great glove in all aspects accept cold weather...that day my fingers were still getting cold like a fool I payed full price 180 bucks, at that price my fingers should not be numb.

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

They really are a tool you can't live without. I have the regular charge version with the titanium body it has never let me down, the sv30 blade stays super sharp if not abused or misused every person should own 1 I own 2, I keep one in car and one in the house and they have saved my butt on many occasions. Never know when you have to cut your seat belt off to save your life...

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Joey Bowen wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

3 5

This bag is good for early spring or cooler summer nights but I feel that it does not meet the posted cold rating. I used it in a van one night it was in low 30's and I was cold all night. It does pack small enough for most peoples needs it also zips into other TNF bags my gf and I would zip ours together she had the cats meow. I just feel for the money there's better choices.

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