John Yonkers III

John Yonkers III

Midwest, Michigan

John Yonkers III's Bio

Hiker, biker, nature liker. Getting the most out of the Mitten State. Great Lakes, trails and vistas.... definitely nothing to see in this state.

John Yonkers III

John Yonkers III wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a mid-day snack for two.

The spicy flavor actually kind of got my spirits up while on a recent soggy day hike.

The first time I made this up I followed the directions with extreme precision. I did 2.25 cups of boiling water and let it sit in the sealed bag for 13 minutes. This lead to semi-hard chickpeas. Since that first time I use 2 1/3 cups of water and I let it sit in the bag for 15 minutes. If you follow those changes the dish comes out perfectly. Also make sure to really squeeze the ingredients around prior to serving as the spices settle on the bottom of the bag.

This is a delicious dish that satisfies hunger and serves as a nice digression from other overly salty backpacking foods.

J

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

Quite ImPRESSIVE
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Jetboil; the ability to boil water so quickly has transformed meal prep. Jetboil revolutionized the way that I enjoy the outdoors. It allows me to make quick meals for me and my traveling buddies with great consistency.

Great, quick meals are awesome, but I like to follow them up with good coffee. I also require quick caffeine ingestion in the morning. So, when I had a chance to pick up the Jetboil coffee press I jumped on it.

It was definitely a great choice. I used to settle for instant packets, tea, or infuser balls. But now a zip-loc full of my favorite ground beans and the Jetboil press is all that I need.

I recently used it to make some wild mint tea to calm an upset stomach on the North County Trail.

This press can also help around the house: last week the power went out and I still got my first cup in before work thanks to my Jetboil and this handy press.

I love how the press unscrews to fit easily in the Jetboil system.

When using the press make sure to kill the flame and the boil to end before dropping your grounds and attaching the press. Otherwise you will have a nasty boil-over.

This is a great investment: a must buy.

J

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

Remind me of older motocross style glove
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to ride dirtbikes all of the time and the Sidewinder reminds me of some of the older Fox moto-gloves. Not a lot of padding in the palms but enough to keep you comfortable.

As other review say they do run quite snug (read small) I would order a size up if you are in doubt.

I use them for XC and some enduro-style riding. Kept me cool in the summer and protected from most wind up until mid November. (Michigan weather, including some warm-snow days.)

Pretty durable. I put quite a bit of time on them last year and aside from looking used due to sweat and dirt they are functionally flawless. Should easily get a second season out of them.

Great gloves, great price. Pick some up now.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

Great all-around pack
5 5

I have had the Momentum for two years now, I have the 26 liter model but the features mirror those of the 26. It has served me very well.

It gets used for school, shopping, bombing around town and as of late I tuck the straps in the back panel and use it as a briefcase at the office. That has to be one of the coolest things ever. I have used in on the bike to commute a few times but find that the back panel does not offer enough ventilation and caused me to show up with a sweaty shirt.

It can easily carry a laptop (in the separately-padded laptop sleeve), two textbooks, charger, and a water bottle.

Rugged construction also allows you to take it to the trail if you want. This bag has seen considerable use as a camera bag while snowshoeing and hiking.

Get this bag if you want a good-looking bag that knows how to get it done.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

Basic school/ travel daypack
5 5

Nothing too special about this pack. I like the reinforced bottom as the bag sits on the ground with books in it often. The bag was originally bought for school duty, however due to its quite massive volume and cinch straps, it has become a favorite for car trips. It is large enough to accommodate a 15" laptop, charger, ipad, periphery school/ study supplies, water bottle and changes of clothes for a weekend.

The waist-strap may be a bit ambitious based on its intended use, however, I can see how some might use it.

Due to some design ideas borrowed from technical-style day packs and such the Enterprise is usable as a day bag for hiking. Many times have I dumped all of my clothes and computer out while at my mother's house and used the pack to hike various trails in the dunes along Michigan's west coast. Also, the pack will accommodate a bladder. MH has integrated a small flap near the hang-handle for the hose to emerge from.

Finally, the handle on the front side is very ... well it's "handy." When I use the Enterprise for car trips I often tighten down the shoulder straps and use it like a duffle.

All in all, a nice pack that has served me well for over two years of law school, trips home and numerous day trips.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

4 5

This little bladder pack is perfect size for training rides where you just want to go out, get your heart-rate up and get the job done. Small zipper holds a gel or two, keys and a phone. I like the mesh straps as they help to keep the shoulders from heating up.

I will echo the lack of a chest-strap complaint. I think that regardless of the size of the pack a sternum strap is necessary. It is such a simple addition but it provides the user with increased pack stability.

That being said, if you go to your local craft store you can get buckles, and some webbing and make your own inexpensively and quickly. I think that a few companies may also sell pre-made units.

Also, the bladder is essentially suck inside the pack. There is an intricate folded panel system holding the bladder in, thus making it difficult to remove for drying purposes. The saving grace of that issue is that the widemouth design allows you to towel dry the inside.

Aside from those small little issues, this is a great stripped-down pack.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

Bought this jacked late last summer on sale. (Great price at Backcountry!) Since getting it I have taken it on daily bike commutes, warm and wet hikes, in to town, and along northwestern Michigan shoreline in December on a dune-hike. Breathable and allows for easy layering due to generous cut. I have never experienced and "greenhouse effect" while wearing it.

In the Michigan, nestled between the Great Lakes, the weather changes in the blink of an eye. During those types of days it is nice to have a protective layer that can adapt to the changing weather. This is a great tool for such a job.

My only complaint is that the velcro on the cuffs has several squares in lieu of a strip. I think that over time this could wear down; however, I have not experienced any issues as of yet.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

I will admit, I have a bag problem. I can never get enough and can justify each one through some minute difference.

I picked up the Adventura last summer. Initially I used it for longer mountain bike rides. Due to the larger size it was a bit warm for that. However, as a hiking daypack this is a great piece.

The N.V.I.S backpanel is a huge game changer. Even on the muggiest of days it allows a breeze to get to your back. I have hauled camera gear, tripod, extra jackets, hydration bladder, snacks, stove and jetboil and other tools on several hikes through the early Fall and Winter with this pack. It has performed very well in warm and cool temps. During a cold, rainy hike in October my camera equipment was kept dry even in the absence of a raincover.

One of the most comfortable hydration-compatible pack I have used.

I would buy it again and again.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

Works well with non-jetboil stoves too.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this up as a second cup to use with my jetboil stove. After realizing that one cup is more than enough (I generally boil and pour into other cups before starting another cup full) I decided to stow the companion cup with another non-jetboil stove.

After many uses I can affirm that the companion cup works nearly as good with a regular old Primus stove as it does with a jetboil stove.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

It holds water.
4 5

This is my kind of bottle: stainless steel, no frills, wide mouth. I hate the chipping paint of other water bottles. I have dropped this out of my bike cage on several occasions. As you can see in the picture a few of those times I ran it over. Even after all of that it still holds water with no leaking or weeping due to its new odd shape.

If I ever lose it I will definitely buy another.

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John Yonkers III wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

may create a tropical rainforest inside.

As a windbreaker and rain jacket this thing does a great job. On my early morning and evening rides I could not be happier. However, if a morning ride runs long or the sun peeks out following a shower the black color of this jacket will quickly have you heating up.

Perhaps if it were a different color that issue would be resolved.

The vents do little to no venting as they are located directly behind your arms when in a riding position. Perhaps a rear-overhang style vent would provide better ventilation.

That being said, I am happy with the purchase: it keeps me dry, protects from wind and looks good off the bike.

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