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John Brown

John Brown

Tennessee

John Brown's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling

John Brown's Bio

hiker, geocacher, loves the outdoors...

John Brown

John Brown wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

Great First Kayak!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although I did not purchase this yak from backcountry, the first thing I did was slap a goat sticker on her and took her out on our maiden voyage.
First off, I am a fairly large guy--6ft/265lbs. I don't mind sharing my rotundness because it might give you a better idea of the size of the cockpit. I fit just fine and it's comfortable. It is very sturdy and I don't feel as if I'm going to tip over. The foot props are easy to adjust to your desired position. I have them as far to the bow as they will go, so if you are much taller than 6ft, they might be a tad uncomfortable. The padded seat is extremely comfortable. I've taken it on a 3.5 hour/7 mile trip and was comfortable the entire time. I have yet to get a skirt, so I have only been on calm waters. I can't wait to get it out on some swift water.
Since I've only had it on calm water, I have really gotten to utilize the skeg. With the skeg down, this yak glides smoothly across the water and straight as an arrow. With it down, you can turn on a dime. Just a couple of hard strokes and I can get it up to speed.
At 50 lbs, it's fairly easy to handle and tote around. Just keep in mind it's an awkward 50 lbs. I'll put it this way: I love this yak enough to tote it up and down to my 3rd floor apartment. It's easier than it sounds, but it is still quite a feat. Man, the looks I get....
I can't say enough about this kayak. It's awesome!

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John Brown wrote a review of on June 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you find yourself wondering, "Umm, should I pay that much for a pair of sandals?" Yes, by all means, get the Chacos! These things do it all. Their thick soles allow for use on trails or if you are just taking a walk through the neighborhood. I'm glad I finally talked myself into getting them.
Comfortable?...Oh yeah!
Durable?...You bet!
Freakin' Awesome?...Holy Cow, Yes!

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John Brown wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I just got this watch a couple of weeks ago and so far, it is a great one. I read many reviews before I decided to get one. I got the all black military one because it looks more classy than the others. A lot of people have complained about not being able to read the time in low light conditions with the all black face. Yes, they are correct. It is difficult to see when you are in a dark place or are outside at night. However, in those cases, use the backlight feature...that's why the feature exists. I have yet to set the altimeter/barometer feature, so until I brush up on how to use it, I won't know how well those features work. I can say that the compass is spot on. However, I have yet to be in a situation dire enough to solely rely on it. I would suggest taking the ole trusty "manual" compass if you are going to be out in the woods on a hike or hunt. As great as it is, I can't bring myself ever to rely solely on technology. This is my first Suunto watch that I have purchased and I'm very pleased with it!

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John Brown wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

5 5

This is a great day pack for short hikes. Very good quality. Well made. My only complaint is that I wish it had more pockets, but with its size, I understand why it only has one. I actually use it daily for books, magazines, and laptop to take to work with me. *Note: I'm very careful when I have my laptop in it because it's not designed specifically for that. Bottom line: great pack! I wouldn't expect anything less from CamelBak!

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