Robert

Robert

Fernley, Nevada

Robert's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing

Robert's Bio

I'm a single dad of two amazing kids who loves to get outdoors. I try to get out just about every weekend that I can. Mostly in the Great Basin and the Sierras but really anywhere I can. Hiking and non-technical mountaineering / backpacking are my primary activities but I do like to kayak, and fish. I do want to get into real mountaineering but don't always have the time.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

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

I have had this jacket for awhile but haven't had a real opportunity to see how it handles weather. Well Dec. 13, 2014 I got to test it out climbing boundary peak in Nevada. There was allot of snow and I stayed dry. Once on the ridge line the wind kicked up and the temperature got cold. This jacket stopped the wind. I didn't even need an insulating layer because the wind chill was the factor to why it was so cold. This jacket stopped the wind like it was nothing. It is a shell so when temperatures really do dip I recommend an insulating layer. However, this jacket will keep you dry and prevent the wind from chilling your bones. Like mentioned before it fits on the slim side. You might consider getting it upsized to fit layers better.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 10, 2014

3 5

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

The quality seems to be good. I've had these for over a year and they are holding up fine. However, they I still get chaffed wearing these sometimes. Even on shorter hikes. I have boxer briefs from other companies that prevent chaffing a lot more and cost less. Also there is no fly hole. Not sure why this bothers me because I don't use it but it does. For everyday these are fine but for longer trips in the backcountry I would look for something else and save a few bucks.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great when ice is an issue. They fit easily over shoes and boots. They give me the extra confidence when things get slippery. Great for around town, camping, or to take with you for just in case when backpacking or even traveling in the car. They aren't full on crampons so don't try to cross glaciers or anything.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

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

I wear these all the time, everything from casual around town to hiking and camping. They are comfortable and light. They also dry fast when wet. They also give good sun protection when out in the desert all day. They are a little thin so I wouldn't recommend them for winter without a base layer. However for warm weather they are great. The zippered pockets are great for not loosing stuff. I've had these for close to 2 years and they are great.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack for everything except long backpacking trips where I need a larger pack. The equipment loops and straps work well. I have attached my trekking poles when not in use and they hold in secure and they are easy to use. My hydration bladder (platypus 3 liter) fits in the pocket. The hose routes through the pack easily and is located in a convenient spot. The side pockets and straps holds gear securely. Often I will put a Nalgene bottle or a water filter in the pocket and I've never had problems with losing gear. The main pocket is easy yo access and fits gear appropriately for most trips. The top pocket is great for smaller gear or stuff that would like for quick and easy access. The number one thing that impresses me is its durability. I have taken it to England and used it as a day pack, climbed Mount Whitney and got caught in a thunderstorm and everything inside stayed dry, and I take it with me on most camping trips and hikes so it gets a lot of use and everything still works great. Zippers work with ease, clasps are easy to use and don't come loose, there are no holes or seams coming undone. This pack is a work horse. Love it. Can't say enough about how much I like this pack and how reliable it has been.

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Robert wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

4 5

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

I used this chalk bag out at Joshua Tree this last weekend.It was perfect for climbing and bouldering. There was plenty of room to reach a hand in and chalk up. Never felt restricted. If anything I thought it was a little big. The bag of chalk I picked up at Joshua Tree fit in and a felt like there was extra room. There were times when I was climbing that the bag got crushed by myself and the rocks and it was no worse for the wear. This simple bag seems to work well for the gym or climbing at Joshua Tree.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 19, 2014

4 5

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

When the weather gets chilly this shirt will keep you warm. It has an athletic fit which is good for a base layer in my opinion. I don't wear it as a normal shirt so I can't comment to that. I can comment that for layering it does the job well. It fits well under jackets and shells. It dries fast and helps remove any sweat if you are working hard.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 19, 2014

2 5

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

For me these pants are too much like sweat pants to be a base layer. Which is what I originally bought them for. They are loose fitting around the legs and a little long I'm 5'10". Even though they are fleece they have the feel of sweat pants. However, I found a another use for them. They make great pajamas. I wear them at home at night for pajamas. I also like them for camping they are comfortable to sleep in even when in a sleeping bag. They keep me warm and they don't ride up, the legs don't bunch or role, and when nature calls they keep me warm in the cool high desert night air. Even in the fall or winter. I recommend these if you are looking for comfort but suggest something else if performance is what you have in mind.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have this hanging off my pack all the time. It is on my shoulder strap and is there when I need it. It's small and it is attached to the stuff pocket so I never drop it. It does disconnect from the stuff pocket when needed to wash it.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

Kilowatt with flashdry is awesome
5 5

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

I use this shirt for hiking and backpacking. It is comfortable and the flashdry keeps my dry even if I'm sweating with a a pack on. I like it for cool weather hiking because if I work up a set it quickly dries preventing me from getting cold. It is also light enough that I don't get hot when wearing it in the summer. This is one of my favorite shirts for outdoors excursions.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this to put my first aid, trauma, and some survival gear in. It is big enough to fit a first aid kit, Israeli bandage, mechanical assisted tourniquet, burn gel pads, a flashlight, a knife, a pocketknife, and more. It is small enough to keep packed and is always ready to grab and go. One pocket is of a size that doesn't make it very useful but the other pockets are great for storing gear.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great option for a GoPro to keep it safe when near water.I picked this up for snorkeling near Key West. This and a floaty hand hold gave me that extra piece of mind that I'd be able to find my GoPro if I dropped it. I tested it out and it kept my camera afloat. Since Key West I've also taken it to the Yuba River in California and jumped of rocks into the river. The Floaty Backdoor held fast to the case even after multiple jumps into the water. It works and its bright. Its nice to know I wont lose my camera.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these as liners or light duty gloves. They keep my hands warm when it isn't bitterly cold or wet. If the temp drops or I expect them to get wet I wear thicker gloves over them. When I need to use my cell phone these things get the job done. They keep my hands warm and protected but allow me to use my phone. I've never had a problem unless my screen was wet. They are such great gloves that I promptly replaced them after I lost them a year ago.

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Robert wrote a review of on November 2, 2014

Perfect beanie
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this beanie. I tend to sweat easily so most beanies only last a little bit on me. However, this things is perfect. It keeps me warm but doesn't keep me so warm that I'm sweating. It is comfortable and looks sharp. Its thin so when I do take it off I can stuff it easily into a coat pocket without it making a giant bulge.

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Robert wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

A step above the rest
5 5

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

One of the best all around shoes I've owned. I wear these as my every day shoes and I also run in them. I used to run in minimalist shoes but they hurt my knees when I run. These on the other hand support my feet the way I need. Also the traction is fantastic. I have even taken them to Tahoe and done some rock hoping. They gripped the granite superbly and I never slipped. Some people may not like the bright colors, mine are blue but it doesn't bother me at all. Well worth the money.

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Robert wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

It's a Nalgene. Nuff said.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a vintage model. Been tricked out with a goat sticker. This bottle has seen it all. The back seat of a hot car. Crammed into a backpack. It's been up and down some mountains. It's even made an appearance on the desk at work. Through it all it has never let me down. Most reliable water bottle I've ever owned. Some day I may pass it down to my first born.

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Robert wrote a review of on October 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The simple top makes sealing the bladder a breeze. Never have had this bladder leak. No matter what I've done to it. Even when packing a bear canister and cramming my pack so there is no available room and putting much pressure on the bladder. The wide opening makes for easy cleaning as does the fact it comes apart easy. I've had cheap bladders, I've had one by the major competitor and nothing is as simple to use and clean as this.

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Robert wrote a review of on October 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Almost everything a person would need is in this kit. It's a solid small first aid kit. Not a trauma kit, but it has evening to take care of general first aid in the trail. In addition to that it has some general purpose survival equipment. Within it is a survival mirror, whistle, small headlamp, fire starting equipment, string, and many more small item to get you out of an uncomfortable situation. If course there are a few things missing like a good pocket Knife. However, this is a great start to a first aid / survival kit.

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