Robert L

Robert L

Wasatch and Uintah mountains, lakes and streams

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Robert's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking

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Robert L

Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

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

When you are chilling by the campfire and have had a long day and evening of hiking you are probably ready to take off the headlamp. The Highgear Trail Lite Mini Lantern works well for around camp travels so you can give your tired head a rest, and when stationary provides quick illumination that isn't as harsh as a straight beam

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

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

I used the Hotspot with my Onenest Hammock over a weekend backpacking and the added insulation helped keep my Thermarest pad and sleeping bag warm and cozy. I did need to increase the setup time, but the covered back helped keep cool winds from pushing through to the bag, which worked perfectly with the bag and pad I was sporting since the bag and pad are secured with elastic strips on each side of the bag, keeping me insulated by sealing the space between the bag and pad. I did have to add time to setup for the hammock, which was compounded by the fact that I use an extra long bag and pad, but I feel the trade off was well worth the added warmth. I tried the setup without the Hotspot to see the difference, and found that I could definitely feel the difference because of lower temps and colder winds moving through trees. I also found out that it packs well into the bag for the Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink hammock when it is folded in half, also providing your pack with added rigidity up the middle when packed properly on top of a sleeping bag. Pretty cool hammock accessory.

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

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

This kitchen kit is great to take along with your backpacking stove setup, and provides you with everything you need to add a bit more flavor to your meal, while also taking the hassle out of serving and cleanup. The included microfiber cloth easily cleans up a backpacking pot and can be used multiple times over the course of a couple days without needing a wash. This kit is very very useful, definitely recommended

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

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

When you are backpacking and hiking all day it is very, very important to make sure you provide your body with the proper fuel to keep your motor running in peak condition. The Backpackers Pantry Organic Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal is a great choice for a backpacking breakfast, is very tasty and gets your body moving in the morning hours, and provides sustained energy for your adventures. I am definitely an oatmeal for breakfast guy, and have been inspired to throw in a handful of raisins and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter into my oats because of how tasty this is, definitely recommended

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I am out and about adventuring I am a bit prone to getting sunburned due to slightly fair skin, but hate the greasy, sweat inducing feeling that a layer of traditional sunscreen provides. This sunstick is the perfect solution, it doesnt bead off and drip when you sweat like typical sunscreen and is very easy to apply. Dont be so red in the face, get yourself a Sunstick

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

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

I have just recently been using different energy gels for my hiking, biking and fishing excursions and tried out Gu gel over a long weekend of backpacking, and was very happy with the results. After climbing Mt. Hatch I downed one of these because I was starting to feel the burn and could tell that my energy stores were running low, the caffeine and simple sugars provided me with the boost I needed to take the treacherous descent down without crashing. I tried the Mandarin Orange flavor and the taste was okay, but I just sucked it down and chased it with a swig from my Camelbak. One note, Gu like many other energy gels will leak and get your pack messy once the gel heats up after you have eaten most of it, so really squeezing out every last drop is definitely beneficial to you and your gear.

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

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

I brought this Chicken a la King entree along with me on a 3 day backpacking trip into the Uintah mountains and it was the perfect meal to top off a day of crushing trail and climbing mountains. I split this with my homie after we got to camp in a worn out weary state, and it provided us with the necessary fuel to stomp out of the wilderness the next day. It is a 3 serving entree, but after hiking 10+ hours in a day it was a good amount for the both of us, didnt have to force feed or waste any of the creamy chicken goodness.

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have used these socks on my most recent hikes and they are killing it, they are awesome for short treks and long hikes alike, and provide a little extra cushioning. Since these are Merino wool they keep your feet feeling dry even after the socks get a little wet, and the anti bacterial nature of Merino means that you can fish these out of the laundry and sport em without offending in a pinch. So far they are holding up very well and have no signs of wearing out or losing cushioning after several uses and washes

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

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

I used this hammock setup over a long weekend on a backpacking trip into the Uintah mountains and was very happy with the experience. Setup is a breeze and consists of looping two straps to two trees, then linking the hammock to the straps using built in carabiners. After the hammock is hanging you can use the included bug net and rain fly to stay dry and bite free, I ended up using the net but opted to hang out under the stars since rain wasnt an issue. I also purchased the Hotspot for this hammock which provides a way to keep your pad and sleeping bag in place while you snooze soundly suspended between the trees, and also provides a bit of insulation on the sides and bottom of the hammock where chill winds are liable to penetrate through. This is a bit heavier then my bivy setup, but because it is off of the ground, it has little to no impact and flat ground isnt required for setup, just two trees. I would definitely recommend this setup for anyone looking for a tent or bivy alternative

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Robert L wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I have used these boots on a couple shorter hikes, as well as some longer 8-10 mile hikes and they are working out great. I am 6'6 and sport a wide size 14 boot and opted for a size 15 after experiencing toe discomfort with a size 14 pair of hiking shoes and I feel like they are the perfect fit for me in a size 15. The boot is very, very comfortable and features plush cushioning in the ankle and a supportive insole that allows me to run down trails and bounce off rocks without experiencing any discomfort or toe bang. I use these with Darn Tough Merino Wool socks, so I dont notice moisture so much, but these are not waterproof boots, although they do not lose alot of the grip after stomping through runoff streams. I am very pleased with these boots thus far, and look forward to a Summer of breaking trail with the Merrell Moabs

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this U lock alot on my Nishiki Olympic 12 and it has worked good. The included frame mount allows you to stow your lock on the bike itself, although it does rattle around audibly when you are on rougher surfaces. The lock is easy to use and includes two keys so you arent up a creek if you lose one.

This lock did end up getting stuck while I was out with buddies after I unlocked it to secure our bikes together at Big Daddies pizza, the cylinder inside wont completely clasp over one end of the U, I attribute this to the fact that the frame mount made it rattle all the time, which was evident in the plastic slider part that was discolored from bending.

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

3 5

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

I have used these poles a couple times and have been happy with them overall. The aluminum construction is a bit cheap feeling, and I managed to torque the bottom part hard enough to bend it a little bit so it scraped when I stowed them up. They pack up very well and are a bit trick to get into the spot where they collapse, you have to undo a screw lock then loosen the fitting in the pole to allow it to collapse. All around decent, going on a longer backpacking trip this weekend and will follow up once I use them more

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Clif bars have been my go to snack for a few years now, opting for a quick dose of granola and organic ingredients rather then a candy bar or a bag of chips. I have tried many many different flavors and have yet to find one that I do not like, and eat them while hiking, biking, snowboarding, working, anytime really.

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

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

I used this Machete for the first time the other day when my roommate and I went hiking up City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City, and was very happy to have it with me. It slices through small overgrowth that blocks your path, and the toothed end chews through branches with ease. We hiked until there was not set trail, and ended up chopping our way up to a peak that overlooked the entire valley before dropping down the opposite side and traversing game trails on the way down. Dont let the fact that an established trail ends and leaves you in a thicket of growth, slick your way through it with the Gerber Gator

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had nagging knee issues since I was 21 and tore my miniscus, and have used many different knee braces and patella straps, and the Pro Tech Gel Force has worked very well for me. I have used it biking and hiking and felt like it helped me stay on the trail longer without nagging pain or loose cartilage floating around my knee. If you have knee issues and dont like doctors, get yourself a Pro Tec Force Knee Brace

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Since beginning my experience as a daily bicycle commuter, I have realized how well the riding specific clothing works and invested in some chamois shorts. These Club Ride Gunslinger shorts work very well, so that urban commuters like myself that dont feel like sporting spandex can roll their bike dressed in jeans and a tee shirt without feeling sore in the saddle. Pair these with some chamois cream and ride in comfort!

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these tubes since I started commuting daily, and I am very happy with how well they work. The stem is very sturdy and does not torque and break under pressure like cheaper tubes, and the powder coating ensures that you are experiencing minimal tubular resistance due to the tube getting stuck.

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Robert L

Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have recently decided to start bike commuting full time, which means saddle soreness if I dont take proper precautions. Luckily, chamois shorts and cream reduce the friction on my saddle area and allow me to ride for hour and hours without feeling sore. One jar last surprisingly long and the value of more ride time is well worth investing in some chamois.

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