Parker

Parker

New Mexico

Parker's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping

Parker's Bio

Just point me towards the mountains so I can go backpacking.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir, Our National Parks

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Parker wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

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

These are the best socks I own. I love the toe socks. I don't think I have ever had a blister on my toes with these socks. They make my feet feel energized. I have not had to deal with wet socks yet (I use Gold Bond religiously anyways). I have not had an issue with the socks slipping down or becoming loose in general. I carry flip flops for camp shoes, so at the end of the day, I can put on my flip flops and never have take off my socks and my feet stay warm around camp on the cool nights. I recommend these bad boys to everyone.

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Parker wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket for my late fall hikes. I have not had a chance to use it yet. I can tell you that it fits good. True to size for me. I bought a large and I am 5'8" 165 lbs. I will try to update my review in the next month when I put the jacket to the test.

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Parker wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

So far these are great shoes. I like the toe cap. I stubbed my toes a couple times on rocks that would of been a little painful but the toe cap saved me the discomfort. I also like the arch support/protection from intruding rocks from underneath. From past experiences, I have had to get rid of some hiking shoes that you could feel every rock you stepped on (you get what you pay for). These shoes are light and good against the morning dew and mudd. I like they are Gortex and give you that peace of mind when rock hopping across streams. They seem to grip good. I really like how the laces stay tight when tied. I have always been the guy that likes to wear waterproof backpacking boots (I wear Salomon Comet 3D GTX Backpacking Boot). I liked having the support for my ankles. I have not had these shoes long enough to give a complete review, but so far so good. Fits true to size in my case. I just have to see how they hold up over the next year. Fingers crossed.......

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Parker wrote a review of on September 19, 2014

5 5

This is by far the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. I sleep on my stomach, so it seems like this was made just for me. I like being able to stick your feet out the bottom if you get to warm. Cools me off quick.

Be sure you have a pad because there is no insulation at the bottom of the sleeping bag for your back. They did this to save on weight. Not a good sleepng bag for a hammock. I used it on a chilly night, in my hammock, in the mountains and had to add layers. Everything was warm except for my back. Also, it might be harder for a larger person to move around in the sleeping bag. I'm 5'8" 170 lbs.

The weight is great and it packs down fairly small. I don't use a compression sack. I stuff my sleeping bag in my pack to take up the space between items. It helps keep things from moving around. This is a great sleeping bag and I would recommend it.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bowl. It holds my food. haha. I am able to hold a hot bowl of noodles in my hand while hot. I have had some hard plastic plates/bowls/cups in the past and the heat made it hard to hold. These are perfect and allows you to keep warm hands. Not as easy to clean as hard plastic. There are lighter options out there but not by much. The durability makes up for the weight. Great product. I would recommend.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an great cup. You can actually hold it with hot coffee/tea. I like that it is not hard plastic. It might be harder to clean than plastic but not hard enough to not use again. I was afraid of being able to taste the silicone, but that worry was laid to rest the first time I drank my morning java. I would recommend this cup to anyone.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 2, 2014

Perfect weekend pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the perfect pack for me on a 3 day 2 night trip when I'm going hammock style. I like the sleeping bag compartment. My Sierra designs backcountry bag stuffs in nicely. the only thing that I strapped to the outside of my pack was my chair (luxary item). I was able to pack my hammock, tarp, pillow, hammock hanging kit, sleeping bag, 3 days worth of food, the usual personal items and a pullover. The pack felt great on my back and the shoulder harness did not dig in to my shoulders. I recommend this pack to anyone that knows how to pack light.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent held up in a hail and rain storm. It kept me dry and all my gear. The vestibule will fit a medium sized pack but it wi still get wet around the edge at the bottom. I use the 2man tent even tho it's only me. I like to keep my gear inside with me. It would def be snug for 2 people. I like that it's light weight. I have not had a problem with condensation on the tent but the fly has had condensation. I also have the footprint which I recommend you get. The material seems thin but is tough. I like having the extra protection and if I'm gonna spend that much money on a tent, then I want it to last. Hands down it's the best tent I have owned.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great luxury item I use on some of my backpacking trips. I can get tired of some of those meals. It cooks quick so be careful and watch your flame. I cook pancakes for breakfast. Lightweight and only have to add water. Instead of syrup, I like to use my peanut butter. Be sure you do bring a little cooking oil or you will have caked on mess.

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Parker wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These work great. They kept the bugs off me and they actually smell good too. After a few days in the backcountry, a nice scent is always refreshing. I was able to use 1 wipe for my arms and neck and 1 on my legs. They are lighter than carrying a bottle of liquid if you worry about weight and they are much smaller to pack. I give them 2 thumbs up.

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Parker wrote a review of on February 22, 2013

Good Bowl
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the large one and I prob would of been satisfied with the medium one. The large is very big. If you have a very large dog this would be perfect. I have a 80 lbs yellow lab and the medium would of been fine.

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