Josh Good

Josh Good

Unalaska Island, AK

Josh Good's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Josh Good's Bio

I'm a teacher in the Aleutian Islands, loving life. I do my best to ski the snow we get, but my real passion is kayaking. I've been paddling since I was a tike in PA. Moving to Alaska introduced me to sea kayaking in some of the (arguably) most beautiful places in the world. After spending several winters enduring Fairbanks' Arctic Chill, and a few summers paddling Prince William Sound, I got engaged, moved to this Awesome rock of an island, got married, and began dealing with the pre-teens that are my students. The kids can't believe the weather and difficulties my wife, dogs, friends, and I all endure to do what we love. I can't begin to imagine the influence and ideas I've created in their minds, but it's definitely for the better!
If you visit Unalaska, look me up, and we'll go for a paddle.

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a ton to Backcountry.com and Xsories for picking me to review XSories U-Shot for the backcountry.com community!

Selfies aren’t really my style. One for mom every now and then, but as a general rule I usually use a timer/remote with the camera set up somewhere.. The sweet think about XSories’ U-shot is that it is way more than a selfie stick!

First off, don’t forget the mount if you’re using it for your GoPro (http://www.backcountry.com/gopro-tripod-mounts), but this thing is camera ready otherwise- it just screws into the standard tripod mount. The U-shot comes with a lanyard (it’s a bit small if you’ve got gloves on), and also comes with a caribiner and an attachment that can be screwed into the bottom of the handle. This little gem has been the unexpected highlight of the U-shot for me. The threads at the bottom of the handle are the same size as your standard tripod mount. If you remove the carabineer and screw, you can pair the U-shot with your favorite tripod! No more pictures yup your nose! I’ve screwed the U-shot to the top of a bendy tri-pod to give it extra height, providing a way better picture than one that was only a few inches off the ground all while keeping your setup super easy, small, and lightweight. Also, the little screw attachment can be screwed into your GoPro mount providing a pretty Skookum clip set up.

Now, back to the intended purposes of the U-shot. It extends with a quick un-twist, and locks with a quick re-twist. When locking in place, I’ve found it works best if you’re not impersonating The Hulk, it doesn’t take much, and when overdone, it can be difficult to un-twist. The ball head allows you to set your photo machine at premium angles for photo and video prowess (the lock can be tricky, but once the learning curve is straightened, it’s no issue at all) and with a flick of the lock, youre all set and ready to snap away.

Fitting perfectly in my Small Capxule case, this rad little piece provides more options that advertised!

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a ton to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories XS Sneaker Power Bank for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

A super cool take on a normally lame looking tool. This power pack is definitely a tool, and not tool as in a lame-gaping-fool kind of tool, but as in a tool that is there and ready to get the job done: with the authority of a hammer, the finesse of a phillips screwdriver, and precise fitting abilities of an adjustable crescent wrench. Heck, for the technologically and powered utility dependent, this baby is comparable to a leathermen or other tool in your survival pack.

This power pack is packed full of power. Amps, volts, watts, and whatever mAh and Wh represent, mean very little to me (28 oz of hammer, 8lb splitting maul, I can relate to numbers with those units), but what does mean a lot to me for this type of doohickey, is that it charges fast, and the power it holds goes a long way. From dead empty, the XS Sneak was fully charged and ready to go (as shown by the blinky lights) in just under 2 hours through my computer’s USB connection. The power within was enough to fully charge an empty pentax point and shoot camera, along with my phone which was almost empty. The camera took just over 2 hours, and the phone was good to go in about an hour and a half. Pretty handy to have around- no wall outlet needed.

Allow me to point out that the sneaker power bank comes with a pretty outstanding and utilitarian cord. With a USB at one end, the flat 5/8 inch wide white cord leads 3’ 4’’ to the other end with a multi-use plug. There is an old style iPhone/iPod connector, or pull and unhinge the plug to find the smaller plug used to charge the power pack. So this plug can be used both ways- charge your device, or charge your power pack from a USB outlet. Pretty sweet and super versatile.

(2)

 

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A big Thanks goes out to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories Small Capxule Soft Case for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

This case is rad and just what I needed. I use my GoPro most often for SCUBA adventures and I’m not as careful as I should be with it. We dive almost exclusively from the road, so everything goes in the back of the truck or the jeep. We have weight belts, tanks, and other heavy gear, and two 100+ lb dogs that all ride within inches of the GoPro. Before the Capxule, my camera lived in the toe of my fin that was not occupied by my mask (it made more than a few early exits from this spot), but now I’ve got an obvious, perfectly shaped, bright colored (mine is orange), and protective spot for my camera.

The zipper splits the case in half. The top half has a super roomy pouch- this is where I keep my floaty backdoor, cables, extra mounts, and both a wall charger and a Power Bank. The bottom half is filled dense closed-cell foam and has two pretty specific cut outs- one for the GoPro and housing, and one for the XSories U-Shot Monochrome. There is also a rectangle area cut out for whatever else you may need. A small panel with a bungee grid across it is Velcro-ed in place, and in this spot I’ve placed two spare batteries and the remote. If I want to leave the extra batteries at home, I place my XS Sneaker Power Bank into this spot (it fits perfectly) and put the remote into the top pouch.

The case itself is pretty stout. By no means would it be able to be run over by a truck, but it definitely offers a pretty high level of protection for your goods. It’s not a waterproof case, but will definitely keep the finer points of your electronics dry in the rain, but if you’re looking to drop your case into the river or run it over with said truck look more towards something like XSories’ Black Box (http://www.backcountry.com/xsories-black-box-2.0?skid=XSR0008-BK-ONESIZ&rec=new)

(0)

 

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First off, a big thanks goes out to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories Silicone Cover for the GoPro Hero 3+/4 for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

I am stoked to have this piece, and look forward to using it more.

I've dropped my GoPro a time or two. I've been lucky, my 3+ housing has a few nicks on the edge around the lens, but no major damage to form or function.

I just wish I would have had this baby a bit sooner.

I have the silicone cover in orange- and it’s a good solid orange- not neon, and not too light, making it super easy to spot in the snow, on the ground, or underwater.

The cover is tricky to get on, but once it’s on, it is nice and secure. Around the lens it fits just over the edge, adding a thin slice of protection (the only bumps and scratches on my housing are right around the lens), but stays back so that it does not obscure the view. Each piece of the GoPro is outlined perfectly and fits nice and snug within the cover. Each of the buttons, along with the lens and screen, are placed impeccably for optimum, unbarred function and use. The silicone is thick enough to add quite a bit of padding and protection to the housing. The cover will definitely add some bounce during the occasional accidental drop.

One more big advantage to the silicone cover is it adds a bit of insulation. If you’re a person who keeps your batteries in your chest pocket during cold weather activities, you know that the warmer a battery is, the happier and longer lasting it will be. I have yet to be able to really get a feel on how much life of the batter the cover preserves, but there is no doubt in my mind it will be advantageous.

I definitely recommend this piece. Not only does it add some flash to your GoPro, but it also has several functional and performance increasing aspects to it. For twenty bucks, it’s definitely worth improving and protecting your $400 camera.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this little pack o' patches, and it's definitely worth the $2.99 and the peace of mind.

The kit includes:
6 stick on patches
1 scuffer
1 Tire puncture backer
1 slim plastic carry case

The 6 tube patches are in a super slim package along with the scuffer and a small (almost cardboard material with a sticky side) piece for backing a tire puncture. The kit can fit anywhere, and is a necessity if you're not carrying spare tubes. No glue to mess with, just peel, stick, replace the tire, and keep riding.

I have yet to use a patch, so I cannot attest to the quality or longevity of the patches: 4 stars for now!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on October 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Packtowls are sweet, there's no doubt about that. Quick drying, light weight, and easily packable. We can probably all agree on that.
As far as robes go, that is where disagreements may begin to sprout. I'm not a robe guy. No bunny slippers and big terry-cloth plushness for me on the weekend mornings. So when my wife got this for me, I was a bit skeptical.
This robe is exactly what you'd expect from PackTowl, except for the size. It's a robe- not a tiny little square and easily foldable towel. The need for this in the back country is minimal. But when it comes to my deck, and the hot tub- this thing is pree-mo. The PackTowl material everyone has come to know and love keeps the robe-lifting arctic gusts at bay, absorbs all the hot tub drippings from my appropriately cooked bod, and it drys quick enough to hang in my closet without worrying about soggy shoes in the morning. When I say that "I've put it through the wringer," it's literal. I've used this to mop up some serious puddles, and after a quick wringing, it's back in action. But in the non-literal "wringer" sense, I've used it several times a week for what has to be almost a year now, and its still drying me like it did straight out of the package with little to no wear (I don't imagine many robes experiencing a whole lot of wear and tear?). There is nothing lightweight or space saving about this baby(silk would be a better option if you're into that kind of thing), but if you can find a reason to use this around the house, it comes highly recommended.

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We use the head strap for diving. It does a pretty good job of keeping the camera in position, but our neoprene hoods aren't the grippiest head gear out there. Even with the silicone squiggles for added grip, we've had a time or two where it fell off.. So now we're just sure to get our mask strap over top of the head strap. The big thing is that the camera stays pointing in the direction we pointed it and doesn't bobble around while we're swimming.

Cons:
Can slip off

Pros:
Camera Stays in position
Silicone on underside for added grip
Pretty Good grip on neoprene

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on September 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Huge Thanks to Backcountry.com and Aqua-Bound for hand-selecting me to review their Surge Glass Paddle for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Since paddle choice is based on a combo of the boat, the paddler, and the paddling style, I'll start out with the facts: I'm 6 feet tall and have a pretty average length torso, thus, I have a pretty average amount of upper body sticking out of my kayak. I paddle a Necky Chatham 16, which is a pretty quick and responsive sea kayak set up for play and short tours. My boat is 22 inches wide at the cockpit (relatively narrow), and my paddle style is pretty low and mellow- usually more of a low-angle paddler. Even with the combo of my height and the narrowness of my boat, I've gotten used to paddles that are a bit above the recommended size and have used mostly 240cm low angle paddles.

We'll start this off with the Bottom Line: Despite being advertised as a High-Angle paddle, the Surge is suited more to a low angle paddler's needs. Regardless, the Surge is a high quality, light weight addition to your kayaking experience. Whether it be an evening paddle or a multi-day tour, this paddle gets the job done and does it well.

Now for the Surge..

While this paddle is Aqua-Bound's high angle paddle with their widest blade, the blade is not much wider or longer than other brand's low angle paddles. The measurements for the blade are 6.8in wide and 19in long (17.27cm x 48.26cm), about an inch wider and two inches shorter than Aqua-Bound's Swell Paddle, their low angle piece.

The Surge is super lightweight for its class (not comparing to full carbon paddles), and for a touring paddle, weight is an essential thought. Reining in at a mere 29oz (822 grams), the Surge helps to combat fatigue. Think about how many times you pick up your paddle on any given day on the water. With its low numbers, the Surge is a pleasure to hold, lift, push, pull, and repeat for as long as your tour allows.

... Review CONTINUED in Comments Below...

(1)

 

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

5 5

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

I dont know much about any of carhartt's other pants, these are the only ones i've ever owned. I wear them until they are ridden with holes. When they reach a certain point, my wife forces me to start wearing the newer pair she had gotten me months before as she secretly disposes of the holy pair. While my carhartt's always end up in shambles, it is definitely not because of a lack in quality. I beat the blank outta these pants, and they are a daily driver for me. everything from construction, to cutting wood, to hiking, to sitting on the couch. These are it. You need a tough pair of pants? These are it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The skirt around the bottom of this bag is what makes it worth while. Other than the skirt, there are better options for double bags out there, not that this is a terrible bag, its just that it serves it's purpose and nothing more. The skirt is equipped with a drawstring to help secure it around the mattress. I've used it more in the house than while camping, but it's always done the job keeping us warm.
Bottom Line: If you're using an air matress, go with this bag, if not, look elsewhere.

(1)

 

0 Comments