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Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

This is the Yukon - the Territory patrolled by Sergeant Preston. Beautiful...fascinating...deadly.

Kevin Taylor's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Kevin Taylor's Bio

Born here, North of 60 in Whitehorse, Yukon, and will never leave willingly. I enjoy outdoor photography, kayak touring, hiking, canoeing, ski touring, snowshoeing, geocaching, camping and backpacking.
Dad to a great son and living the dream!

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

Great lineup of headlamps from BD
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

BD seems to make a headlamp for everyone's taste and requirements. I'm very impressed with my Storm, the fact that it has a very bright lamp I can dim to any setting, and then have full bright with a touch is a very helpful function. Remembering how to activate the various settings might take a bit of practice.
Good battery life, relatively light weight and good range of brightness. Happy it's waterproof, although I haven't tested that yet.
My G/F asked why I bought a more expensive headlamp than her Walmart model, until we were out and compared on a night hike. A new BD headlamp went on to her wish list as soon as we got home and I've bought her the ReVolt for Christmas.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on August 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: One size

This will be my go-to cap from now on. The hat I purchased this Summer is 100% cotton twill, adjustable fit with buckle, semi-structured feel (at least when new), no mesh sweatband, no stretchy elastane, but looks just like this one. Good quality, good fit & quality embroidery.
(Made in China)

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this bag in a regular size as it was all they had at the local store. Reg fits to 6'0" which is an inch shorter than me, but its still a workable length. Small girth bag (60"/152cm), don't expect lots of room to move around in. I was in about 45F/7C temps overnight at 6,000'. With fleece pants and a long sleeved light shirt I was very comfortable. Not much loft, so the bag packs down very small and is very light. I don't have any issues at all getting it back into the stuff sack, I just stuff it in feet first without rolling it. I'm happy enough with it, exactly what I was looking for in a (Yukon)Summer bag at a really good price. ($89.00CDN)

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on March 22, 2015

Best travel mug I've owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this travel mug/thermos last Fall and it keeps drinks hot very well, has a really good "trigger" system for taking a sip, and hasn't leaked on me yet. I have it in my pack all day on winter trips. The lid comes apart with a great design and cleans easily by hand. Super solid body.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on March 21, 2015

Great portable solar speaker
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this model for a year and a half, and as a solar charged speaker it works great! I use it by the campfire, out while I'm working around the cabin and even in the kayak. My first one had the usb port fall inside within a week, and was replaced under warranty. It sounds great for a little speaker and provides a charging station for my iPhone etc. wherever I need one.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these in combination with Karhu XCD skis and Salomon X-ADV 6 Backcountry Boots. So far they have been rock solid and easy to lock/unlock. Great control for this type of binding setup while nordic touring. I'm tempted to buy a set of the automatics for my classic x-c skis as they are on sale elsewhere, but from the reviews on them freezing up, I should likely stay with these manuals. (I want to be able to use my X-ADV 6 boots with my classic skis as well)

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on January 28, 2015

Wide, comfortable, good fit.
4 5

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

I've been using these for a year now and I'm really pleased at how well they are standing up. They breath well and the waterproofing is still holding up to keeping my feet dry. The large toebox is even better than what I expected, and I'll find it hard to ever use another brand again. I pushed them past their limits with a 24Km mountain hike over broken rock and a heavy pack. I really should have been into a heavier boot for that trip for support. For regular hiking, day trips and multi-days on trails with a lighter pack, I love them. And that's what this style was made for.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on January 9, 2015

4 5

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

I received a pair of these for Christmas, and although they were cramping my feet to start, they are now very comfortable. The sizing does seem to run big, at least in a 13, but they cinch up nice and provide a ton of support for this type of boot. I have used them six times now, about two or three hours each trip. I have been using lighter and lighter socks as they are very well insulated and keep my feet nice and warm.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After being buried a meter down in an avalanche many years ago, I have always made sure to take avalanche gear along with me in the winter backcountry. This beacon replaces my older Pieps and I find the BCA Tracker 2 very easy to operate, accurate, and the harness is very secure. It is, as noted several times here, easy to mistakenly switch back to transmit.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

Great lightweight, 3 season solo tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I shopped around for a 3lb solo tent for quite awhile, and then happened to see this one. The price and weight looked great, and I trusted the brand to be a quality tent. After using it this Summer and Fall I found that I really like it. I joked with my camping buddy that I would be sleeping in a coffin, as the tent has very tiny dimensions set up. I thought it might be claustrophobic, but with the headroom and side entry I have found it very comfortable. Not much room for anything but me in there. (I'm 6'1" and 210) The footprint is VERY tapered and you would likely want to use a 3/4 sleeping pad or tapered pad and a mummy or semi-mummy bag instead of rectangular gear. The ventilation is great, but would work against it in snowy or blowy conditions...adjusting the fly just right would be important there. All in all I'm very happy with it for three season use, and for pack weight.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on May 21, 2014

3 5

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

This is the start of the second Summer with these boots, and the seal between the sole and the uppers are separating on both. They now act as a pump to suck in water any deeper than 1 1/2" . They are my fourth pair of Merrell boots, and lasted the least amount of time... normally I was getting good wear from other Merrell models. I can't say I was hard on them as they were used when I was trail hiking with a light pack.
I can agree they were quite comfortable when brand new, but feel flat now. The traction is good, and very little wear on the bottom of the sole.
They are now all sealed up with ShoeGoo, and I will be replacing them asap.

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Kevin Taylorwrote a review of on December 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

We purchased this parka two months ago for my 13 yr old son, and although he is usually a small mens size, they offer this in a size 20 boys which fit perfect ( a bit big). He has since worn it every day in the harsh cold of the central Yukon down to -46C (thats not including wind chill) so far and LOVES IT! "It is SO freakin' warm!!" were his words. Hand warmer pockets, inside pocket, great length, wind proof, water proof, great loft, warm hood, drawstrings for wind, heavy zips, taped seams...a very well made jacket!

Here we are a year down the road and the jacket itself is still in great shape...with the exclusion of the zipper that holds the hood on pulling through the stitches and the main zipper failing. Instead of chasing warranty, I have had it repaired locally and it's good to go again for the remainder of this winter...I hope!

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