Josh Good

Josh Good

Alaska

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Joshua 's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Joshua '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.

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Josh Good wrote an answer about on August 19, 2014

That seems like an awful lot of work just for they kayaks. If you were going to use the rack for other things as well (i.e. bikes, skis..) then it might be worth it. If your boats are plastic and you're not travelling through super hot and sunshiney places for long amounts of time, you'll probably be good just having them rest on the tail gate and fastening the bottom end to the bed near the cab.

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Josh Good wrote an answer about on May 21, 2014

I'm a big guy like you, and in all my kayaking, bigger is better for us big guys. The length not only gives you the extra flotation, but it also adds to stability and keeping it going straight. I'd say the extra hundo is worth it.. you figure after 10 days paddling, it is only ten bucks per day.. Good luck.

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Josh Good wrote an answer about on March 31, 2014

I have the regular block mount on my jeeps rack. I drilled two holes through the rack and have the mount attached with two bolts. I then attach the back tire to the back rack with a cam strap. Super quick and easy. As long as you're willing to drill some holes into the top of your camper, you'd be able to attach the mount. You'd just have to figure out a way to keep the rear tire tied down.

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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.

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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.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

5 5

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

I had a chance to look at the remix in person a few days ago and was impressed by the way the skeg is deployed/retracted. The knob at the right rear of the cockpit is super easy to reach, and turns about 90 degrees to deploy the skeg. While i could imagine some issues with ice, and i'm not exactly sure whether it is controlled by stiff cable, a cord or something else, the mechanism was incredibly simple. It slid both ways with hardly any resistance. Impressively done liquidlogic.
Besides the skeg, its a pretty skookum boat. Seemingly prepared for most water situations, minus open ocean and huge water and packed with features. A very well thought out boat.
And the green is Awesome.

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Josh Good wrote an answer about on March 27, 2014

Paddle length is usually more based on the size of the paddler, but it is important to have the right style paddle for your use. This paddle, with the longer narrower blade (when compared to Aquabound's Mantaray) is designed for a "low angle" paddle stroke which is a more relaxed stroke. The Mantaray for example is more of a high angle paddle which would be used for a faster or more powerful stroke. Use Werner's Paddle fit guide here to help you out: http://wernerpaddles.com/fit_guide_widget/
Also, for what its worth, in all the sea kayak guiding I've done, we offered 230 and 240 paddles to everyone except kids who got 210s. At 6'1'', so quite a bit smaller than yourself, I prefer the longer paddle for sea kayaking. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "cruising," but I would venture that the 240 would be your best bet. Check the paddle fit guide to make sure you're getting the right blade type for your uses, and you should be set! Good Luck!

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Josh Good wrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

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

I've had them for a bit over a year now. These pants are bomber.
I use them for back country skiing and any other snow or cold weather activities. I've only got one complaint so i'll start with that. The suspenders are velcro-ed on, and when you wear a pack, it really pushes the edges of the suspenders into your back. Not the most comfortable thing, but was easily fixed with a pair of suspenders from an old pair of pants.
Now for the good- which includes everything else. They are super waterproof- good to go in wet snow, and have even proven themselves in rain. The gaiters fit well over skiboots, and material around the cuff and on the insides of the lower legs is pretty tough. theres a few cuts from my edges, but they havn't gotten any bigger over time- good rip-stop. The thigh pockets are pretty big, well placed, and hold whatever you need; and the hip pockets are good for a pocket knife, lighter, or something of the like. The zips on the pockets and along the outer seems are all welded and tough. The side vents open straight up, no mesh, for unrestricted venting- just dont forget to close em up before the down. The material is soft- not like a traditional softshell- but much more pliable than a hardshell, and combined with the thin brushed fleece, theyre super comfortable to wear on their own or over a layer. The cut is nice, and keeps everything functional. Another steallar job by Mammut.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great light for the price. The spot is super bright and illuminates everything in your path and more. The adjustable brightness in both of the main modes is great, and the red comes in handy around camp. Has a lock feature so it doesnt accidentally turn on in your pack, and also has a batter power indicator. Some awesome features combined to make an outstanding light.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a big ol head, and the L/XL fits it great. I looked at both this and the Pro-tec Riot Boa Helmet. They both fit great, but i chose the bern because of the liner. It's soft but stiff around the back and on the ear flaps and the top is a jersey type material. It's never very cold here so it keeps the air flowing, especially after the hike up. For bike rides on warmer days the liner pops out to keep it cool. Its super easy to get out and in. It lines up real nice with my Smith I/O goggles, and i had to adjust the goggle strap pretty lopsided so that the clip on the back of the helmet fit over the clip on the goggle strap. The neon green is an awesome color, and goes real well with the BC goat sticker. Super rad helmet. I love it.

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Josh Good wrote an answer about on March 12, 2014

My noggin's pretty big, and i've got the L/XL in Neon Green. It fits well- no room for a hat under it- and looks rad. I've got smith I/O Goggles that fit great. The clip on the back can be flipped up if you like it to ride higher, but it comes in the down position so that the strap goes straight back from the sides of the goggles. I'd say go for it. Good Luck.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

3 5

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

We get some pretty wet weather and most of our roads are gravel which makes the bike commute pretty wet and dirty at times. I was tired of wearing my rubber boots, so I grabbed a pair of these of of steepandcheap. I wear size 12 in everything and the 12s are a bit narrow but otherwise, they fit just right. My beef is that they dont really stay on my feet. I don't know if it is that the lacing system doesn't tighten well enough, or if the sole is too stiff, but every time i pick up my foot in a step or on the upswing of my pedal my heel slides up and down. I'm a person that rarely ties my shoes, so this usually doesnt bother me, but on a bike ride i want my shoes to stay in place. Theyre not so bad that i'll send em back, but if i did it again i'd go for the taller ones.
Good: They're pretty comfy, warm, and the waterproofedness is good to go.

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