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Rick Willauer

Rick Willauer

Central Washington

Rick Willauer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

Rick Willauer's Bio

Born and raised in central Washington. Hanging out just waiting for the next pow turn, that pristine single track, or that line ripping steelhead.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on May 8, 2010

5 5

Picked up one of these guys the other day. The size is perfect, much more thin then the full griptillian making easier to carry. The mini is also light making a good choice for hiking and other activities where you are carrying your gear. The blade is flat ground and of the highest quality. Benchmade provides lifetime sharpening, which does NOT extend to the serrations of the combo blade.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on May 8, 2010

5 5

Picked up one of these for dirt cheap and I love it. Wear it most days as a windshell and it works well. Have had it around town in the rain a couple times didn't soak at all and kept me dry. Had it on in a pretty good pour while riding home from campus and stayed drive as well. The hood is great! Has the "halo" style tightening cord so that the hood moves when your head moves. great feature!

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

The stingray pant compliments the stingray jacket perfectly. The pants are comfortable, lightweight, and have a supple feel due to the Gore-Tex soft-shell. Although some say that the soft-shell material is less waterproof then hardshell I have not found this to be an issue in the wet Washington snow. The pants do fit on the big side. I'm 6'2" 220pnds and went with the XL which are just baggy in the waist and length. The waist does have double adjusters which have a somewhat lack-luster plastic snap lock to them. Verry rarely are they an issue though. The only weird part of the pants is the short gaitors. On all my previously owned ski pants the inner gater was rather long, meaning it was disconnected from the up to about the knee. On these it is only disconnected for about 6 inches from the bottom of the pant.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on November 22, 2009

3 5

A simple Al shaft paired with quick release baskets and grips. The interchangeable baskets are a nice touch although they do become difficult to change after time, as the red plastic disc becomes deformed. While the releasing grip is nice to adjust the shaft length, after the initial adjustment it is no longer necessary. Armada could have done a better job creating a more ergonomically friendly grip rather then slapping on an MTB inspired grip. Sure they get the job done, they are just ski poles after all, but for 75 bones?! look elsewhere.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on November 22, 2009

5 5

PBP did it again with EDIAS. The movie showcases the forefront of skiing cover park,urban, bc, and big mountain. While it mostly focuses on the two former it definitely covers the two later. It does a good job of showcasing the talent of riders who you would normally only see slaying the park.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on November 22, 2009

5 5

After about a season and a half of use my Hestras needed a little love, in order to keep my paws dry durring the wet PNW winter. That love came in the form of Nikwax waterproofing leather wax. The wax applies to the gloves by hand and cures overnight. This provides a solid 3+ months of protection. Although all leathers will differ, this did not have an affect on the leather of the Hestra leather even the white.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on November 22, 2009

5 5

I bought this bag figuring it would carry my boots, goggles, gloves, hat, jacket, pants. Once I loaded everything up I realized I still had room to fit my helmet, base layer, insulation layer. An overnight kit and some extra clothes. The build on this is top notch, durable outter fabrics with nice waterproof tarp lining. The shoulder strap is padded and textured for comfort and non-slipability. Overall a great product to keep all of your gear in one place

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on September 12, 2009

4 5

The Apollo lantern is about the size of a can of PBR and puts our quiet a bit of light. The build quality is top notch while maintaining a low weight. However when batteries are added it seems to double in weight, but that is expected. The lantern emits a decent amount of light for its size but is not extremely bright. It works great for backpacking trips but if you plan on using it for car camping I would go with something bigger and brighter especially since size/weight is not an issue.

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on September 12, 2009

5 5

I bought this pack to take with me on a 6 week stint in South in durring the end of the monsoon season. This pack packs down very small making it easy to fit in to your luggage or carry on baggage. Once open this little thing sucks up your gear like a vaccuum. I was more then once surprised by the amount of good I could fit in here. While they don't boast its weather proof-ness. I was caught in a monsoon while ridding a bike back to my hotel. Inside the bag was my passport and DSLR. I spent about 3 minutes in the heavy down pour and everything on the inside of the bag stayed dry enough to not get any damage, only small traces of moisture wear observed. This pack is also very durable they used the thicker materials just in the right places to make this light little pack last. If you're thinking of buying one, DO IT!

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Rick Willauer wrote a review of on May 8, 2009

4 5

These shoes are super comfy. Feel like nice sandals. The sizing is a little small and the color fades a little over time. The bottom soles on these do ware rather quickly about 5 months until through to the foam. Other then that are a great option for those who need to wear shoes for a job but would prefer to wear sandals.

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