John Hansen

John Hansen

Hudson, WI

John Hansen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

John Hansen's Bio

You can find me outside on the hottest and coldest of days here in WI. You gotta love gear that preforms without breaking the bank.

John Hansen

John Hansen wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

3 5

I work in an indoor pool setting, so these take a lot of abuse from the chemicals. The print on the straps of these started to peel and flake off after 6 months. They were super comfortable at the very start and they continue to be comfortable, so no problem there. They also look great and the bottle opener has come in handy a time or 2.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on September 25, 2009

5 5

As a lifeguard I have gone through many pairs of flip flops. At first I got Tevas, but they only lasted me a year because the sole would wear down to nothing. Not to mention, the soft foam padding was horrible for support. Then one day my wife bought me a pair of these. At first I was hesitant on the price, but it wasn't long before I knew nothing could compare! These have lasted me over 2 years of very heavy wear, getting wet daily in harsh pool water, beat down by the rays of the sun, hundreds of miles walking, and more. I am around 200 lbs and these give me the support I need to be on my feet and walking all day (on hard and abraisive concrete). They're expensive for only being flip flops, but after my experience I would pay full price any day. Buy these and you'll be spoiled for life.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

4 5

I have the 1.6L and I use it strictly for car camping. I couple this with 2 msr stainless steel bowls and it fits perfectly (no rattle) with plenty of room to spare for utensils, food or anything else you may need. I like that it locks together tight so that you have the option of storing food away from the critters. Certainly not lightweight, but I never expected it to be.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on April 3, 2009

5 5

I bought these over the titanium snow peak bowls because the oz that I saved and the extra cost didn't seam worth it. I know 2 of these bowls fit perfectly (with no rattling) inside the msr stowaway pot 1100ml. I bought these for car camping, but with the durability and not really weighing anything, I would take these backpacking. Gotta love a product that you aren't scared to put directly onto a fire!

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

5 5

True, on most days you probably won't use all 18 functions of this knife, but you know there is going to be that one day. That one day when you're the guy who is able to get the job done on the spot because you are prepared. I'm not a maintenance worker, so I won't be carrying this around with me all the time, but it is always close at hand in my day pack, along with the bit kit. I would definitely take this into the bc.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

4 5

Pretty much any double walled metal vacuum-insulated thermos will keep your beverage warm for multiple hours, this one is no different. At first I liked the push button top, as it is convenient and requires one hand for operation. If I were to change one thing it would be to have a simple screw top that is easy to clean. When you finish pouring, close the top and then pour any remaining drops that might still be left in the cap, this will lessen the leakage. Overall a good product, especially if found on sale.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 26, 2009

5 5

I have always been a fan of the fitted cap but they have always seamed to be of all cotton design or ugly. True trucker caps have never looked right on me. This is the best of both words, fitted comfort and looks combined with the ventilation of the trucker cap. If you love baseball caps and love the outdoors, get this cap.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 26, 2009

5 5

Before buying this helmet I tried on multiple helmets at multiple price ranges in multiple sizes, I recommend you do the same thing. For me, this helmet felt the most secure and natural on my head. This helmet happened to look the best as well, so added bonus.

Upon riding I found that the helmet vented extremely well, was very comfortable and did it's job when the occasion called for it. At the time of the crash I was traveling upwards of 17mph when I lost control and went over the handlebars. It was a pretty bad spill and would have been much worse had I not been wearing my helmet. Looking at my helmet it had a long deep scrape and a large deep pebble (quarter inch in diameter) size indent. Whatever helmet you get, make sure it feels secure and comfortable.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

I'm not that tidy of a guy, so this pack helps me organize my life! There is just about a pocket for everything and then some. Be creative, I'm sure you'll come up with a use for the storage. I no longer loose my phone or keys and I can carry quite a bit in this thing. I did once attempt to use it as a commuter pack while biking to work, it was just too hot for that (mind you that was in the middle of the summer). Attach a few carabiners to this pack and you'll be set!

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

I love the simplicity and durability of this light. It has a simple design, not worried about it getting wet and is easily operable with gloves on. The only downside would be that it starts off on the brightest setting. I also have the princeton tec pilot red led that goes nicely on the headband.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

It brings water to a boil faster then my tea pot at home! Boils water fast, thus saving precious fuel, thus saving weight! Makes for fast and easy backpacking meals, tea and whatever else you need hot water for. I know you could cook in it, but it was really designed to boil water efficiently. If you are looking for a pot to cook in, look elsewhere.

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