Peter B.

Peter B.

Seattle, Washington

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Peter B.

Peter B. wrote a review of on March 9, 2012

4 5

Sweet jacket that can be found online these days at a great price for as low as $219 - $230. Rugged as heck. Features are just about perfect... not too many features and not too few. Side zips are great!

The hood is ridiculously huge. Even with a climbing helmet on, it is a floppy bag on my head.

Also, I would lengthen the cut a little bit more in the back, but this is a small detail.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

3 5

No one will ever complain about a lack of space in this tent. After years of cramming myself into my REI Quarterdome, I went with this tent for kayaking trips where weight or bulk was not so much of a concern.

At just over 5 lbs, the tent is still within backpacking range, though there are better comparable tents on the market for solely this purpose.

My big complaint is the rain fly. It is stubborn to get on. Once on, it takes a lot of work to properly align it. Little velcro tabs are available to help you with this, but I think the designers could have done a better job of it. (i.e., like providing tabs for the poles that are located over the entryways.) In addition to this, the vestibules are sparse for space. If BD were to address these two issues, I would ask that they also consider looking at the ventilation again. There is room to improve. REI's quarterdome has a top vent that is really handy.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on May 27, 2011

4 5

The heading pretty much says it all. Very good quality well-suited for rugged use and longevity. The oval shape is very useful for fitting a 13L bag into round kayak hatches which was the case in my situation. I like that the material is nylon and not rubber as with other heavy duty bags. This allows for easy sliding in and out of tight spaces such as in a kayak. The rubber bags are a real pain to wedge in and out of a kayak.

I purchased this bag at a 25% discount and still thought it was very expensive for what it is.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on October 20, 2009

4 5

When they say this jacket is ultralight, they are not kidding. I can ball it up into my fist and make it disappear. It comes with a tiny stuff sack which is very handy. When I am wearing the jacket, I store the stuff sack inside the little arm pocket of the jacket.

The jacket feels like it is made of tissue. But after wearing it for a bit, you soon realize that it is durable stuff. The jacket is well made. Be warned: this sizes run small. I was supposed to fit into the Medium, but went with the Large... and it was even a tight fit (but good).

I used it on a bike trip and it was excellent as a windbreak. I now take it on every trip into the mountains if I ever need that wind layer. Turns out that everyone I go with also has this jacket.

It repels light rain too.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on March 27, 2009

4 5

Very nice bag - perfect for rainy winters in Seattle. I can carry my laptop, with files and binders without any concern of any of it getting wet. Quality built and comfortable. There is an additional waist strap for those bike commuters to keep it over your shoulder while you ride.

While it works for a laptop bag, they didn't provide any support or cushioning for it like other laptop bags. This would have been a nice addition.

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Peter B. wrote an answer about on January 29, 2009

Yes, the 60 CSX includes nautical calculations so you can factor speed and such. This unit will also accept Garmin's Bluecharts for water, but be warned, that these are wayy expensive and unnecessary. Topo maps give you all the coastal regions and that is all that you need. Bluecharts is more for commercial use and thus the outrageous price.I am a climber and a kayaker and this is the unit I use. Buttons makes it nice to operate through a clear vinyl drybag.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

As a climber and a kayaker, this is the unit I use. It handles all everything I need on land and on water. Easy to read topo maps for land with a decent altimeter and digital compass. And waterproof for the ocean. It handles nautical speeds and calculations. Buttons makes it nice to operate through a clear vinyl drybag.

Highly recommend.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

2 5

Binding does not properly hold the heel in place when traversing a slope. Heel will slowly migrate off the snowshoe until you end up pigeon-toed. Everything else about their snowshoes are top notch. I would recommend for recreational use only. Look elsewhere if you are a climbing mountains with them.

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Peter B. wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

5 5

It is no wonder everyone is wearing this PFD. Great fit, great quality and just the right amount of features. If mine was ever lost or damaged, I would buy the same model again.

Features include an inside pocket for a rescue knife, a pocket for a VHF radio and an additional pocket for accessories. (I keep a power bar, goggles and nose plug in that one).

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Peter B. wrote a review of on November 18, 2008

3 5

Great knife quality - very sharp. I use it as my rescue knife for sea kayaking. I like that it does not sit on the front of my PFD and get in the way.

After a few months of use, I have signs of rust. (and I rinse my gear with a hose after each use.) The blade is still usable though.... for now.

I drilled a small hole into the handle in order to attach a lanyard. It worked very well without compromising the handle. Why didn't they include one?

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