PearlJamPSU

PearlJamPSU

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Jordan's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Jordan's Bio

I'm a avid hiker and camper who works in the Nation's Capital and spends lunch breaks either running down the National Mall or paddling the Potomac. If it's outside, I'll try it.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There really isn't anything bad to say about this small, very lightweight, convenient, easy to use, idiot-proof, and no frills stove. Simply attach it to a compatible canister (i.e. isobutane, propane, and n-butane), turn the gas on, and light it (no priming or pumping necessary). It comes with a plastic case, packs very small, burns clean, and is not messy at all. The only complaint, and it's an issue with all canister stoves, is it is not very efficient in the winter because the fuels vaporize in colder temperatures (in winter, the higher the propane content, the better - I prefer Primus canisters).

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is a reason this is one of the most highly-rated and venerable tents on the market. It is bombproof, weatherproof, and very sturdy (five poles, clip design, fully-taped seams). I have not used it in "extreme" or mountaineering conditions but I have to believe from what I have seen that it is built to persevere (wind and steady rain were not a factor at all). There are plenty of storage options with pockets that line both sides of the tent, two "shelves" in the ceiling, and two vestibules (one being larger than the other). Each entrance (two in total) actually has two doors, a mesh screen door and a "normal" nylon door, and the larger vestibule has a clear, plastic window. There is a vent in the ceiling (allowing winter cooking) and when it is opened (similar with the doors, there is a nylon "flap" and a mesh "flap"), a window in the fly is revealed which allows for stargazing.

My only issue, and I say this with the expectation that bombproof comes with a, albeit minor, concession, is the weight (around ten pounds with a footprint).

While all of these features are awesome on their own, don't forget about the Mountain Hardwear warranty and their stellar customer service.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an excellent, well-built bladder that seems to be as durable as a hydration reservoir can be. The bite-valve does not leak, there is not an aftertaste, and the wide opening makes filling it up a snap. The backside is constructed with a fairly rigid plastic/nylon spine which keeps the bladder from collapsing, bunching up, or moving while in a pack.

At the top, above the lid, is a sturdy plastic handle which allows it to be easily and safely hung in a pack while a small, handy loop, which makes post-use hanging/drying very easy, can be found at the other end.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

4 5

I am nowhere near an expert on headlamps and I use mine for hiking/camping only (as opposed to climbing, night running, night biking, etc.), but I will say that this is a decently-powered headlamp and is more than enough for around the campsite. In my opinion, it goes through batteries more than I would like but that could be due to use, battery type, temperature, and/or my ignorance. My only legit gripe is that cycling through the modes can be annoying (holding the button half-way in took some getting used to). Other than that, not a bad headlamp at all.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

5 5

I have two of these canisters - an older version and the newer version (the only difference really being that the newer kit comes with a hook so that it can be hung up; the older comes with a buckle/clip system for the same purpose). Both are very durable (reminds me of the TNF Camp Duffel), very practical, and your belongings will stay protected due to the cushioning from the padding. I use the older kit for gear I don't want to get broken (SteriPen, MSR pocket rocket, headlamp, SnowPeak lantern - extra mantles, matches, and a pocket knife fit perfectly into the mesh pocket) and I use the newer case as a toiletry kit because it hangs and has a mirror (which I don't really use). If you are worried about the size, your toiletries will easily fit in the canister even if you aren't the lightest of packers (provided you aren't using full-sized shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). Probably a bit pricey for it being a toiletry kit but it is bombproof and has the TNF reputation.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

Awesome shoes (well, Sanuk markets them as sandals). Comfortable, stylish, lightweight. Just awesome. They have the lightweight, airy comfort of sandals but offer the protection (from dirt and such) of shoes. I am normally a size 15 but I got a size 14 and they fit perfectly. I'm not sure if this is indicative off all their sizes but it worked for me. You can't go wrong with buying a pair of these.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

4 5

I have the small version of the Seal Line case. It does the job, is very handy (fits in my pocket), and I can still use the touch screen on my iPhone 4S - all great attributes. I use my case primarily for protecting my phone during runs/hikes in the rain and it has adequately done the job - I cannot attest to how well it would work if it was dropped in the water.

My reasoning for the four-star rating ("pretty cool") is due to the fact that my iPhone BARELY fits into it (with the case on). It is tight to the point of annoyance and is an effort to insert/remove my phone. It just seems counter-intuitive to me to produce a case that barely fits one of the most popular electronic devices on the market (to include iPod touches). Perhaps that is narrow-minded of me but I think it would have made more sense to make it a tad larger. If you have a smaller phone (or similarly-sized phone with a similar case or no case), it seems like it would do the job wonderfully. One could argue that I should have purchased the medium but then it would not have fit in my pocket.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 2, 2012

5 5

These sunglasses are light, they seem durable, and they fit perfectly (average face width). I don't have this particular color/version (I own the Polished White/OO Red Iridium polarized version) but I am extremely satisfied with my selection and would not change it if I could. Having polarized lenses is probably worth the extra cash for they are not too dark but they work well enough to make a big difference on very sunny days. Whether they are on my face (I usually wear them running) or on my head, they do not move and I have to believe they can be worn while doing just about anything. All this and they carry Oakley's reputation/warranty.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 2, 2012

5 5

These are probably the most comfortable pants I own. In fact, I own three pairs. The color selection could be better but I guess they are going with Earth-tones. These pants are breathable, stretchy, and fit perfectly (6'4", 220 lbs; size large). I don't wear them for rock climbing so I cannot vouch for the durability but with everything else considered, they are worth the money.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

5 5

Works well with the Argon pack and is very convenient if there are items you want to keep close and easily accessible (cell phone, small camera, compass, etc.). The adjustable strap allows it to be tightened so it does not swing or move when hiking. Another reviewer included a video which should explicitly show how to attach the Grab Bag to your pack. While my pack is an Osprey, I cannot see how it would not work with any other packs.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

5 5

Very soft and comfortable sweat pants that are not too thick, but are not too thin. They seem to run on the long side and while others have said that they tend to shrink, I let mine air dry so I cannot confirm that. I am 6'4", 220 lbs and the XLs are definitely long enough (any excess in the waist can be mitigated with the drawstring). Perfect pants to lounge around the house in or wear to and from the gym.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

For the price, this is a great bag. I bought it because I wanted a cold-weather bag that came in a long without the hefty price and it has definitely served me well. I haven't used it in 0 degree temperatures yet but it has done its job in the 15-20 degree range. The price and The North Face name make this a solid choice. Love the draw cord and the zip pocket.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on December 31, 2009

5 5

The Missions have everything I need in bindings. They are lightweight, they are fairly flexible (the description says medium stiffness), and the straps are very comfortable (although I added the Ultra Capstraps to my bindings). Overall, just a great set of bindings - definitely better than the Freestyles I started with.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on December 30, 2009

4 5

I use the Ultra Capstrap on Burton Mission bindings and I love the set up. They definitely feel better than traditional capstraps and it seems as though they actually reduce foot cramps and pressure points. I don't know about the "high-performance" label but at worst, they fit over the toe very well. I give them four stars because the price tag seems a little steep.

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PearlJamPSU wrote a review of on August 6, 2009

5 5

While a true rash guard is for surfing, I use mine for kayaking and whitewater rafting and I love it. It has UV protection, it dries quickly, it provides a layer of insulation, and it protects against minor scrapes and bumpgs. In warmer weather, you can wear it because it dries quickly yet provides UV protection. In cooler weather, you can wear it because it dries quickly yet provides an insulating layer. The sizes seem true to form and while it is tight and form-fitting, it is not restricting at all. It seems a lot more durable than a run-of-the-mill surfer brand rash guard.

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