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Ronnie Ray-Gun

Ronnie Ray-Gun

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ronnie Ray-Gun's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Ronnie Ray-Gun's Bio

Originally from Seattle, I moved to Colorado to live out my love for the outdoors through fly fishing, mountain biking, hunting, hiking, and backpack. Being active and enjoying what the outdoors is my way of life and I will not have it any other way.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 4, 2014

Could be better.
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When it comes to something that is going to keep me connected to the ground, it is not something that I take lightly. Being as mtb tires are what can make or brake a ride, I researched my options for many weeks before I ended up deciding on the Trail Kings in 26x2.2. From the reviews that I read, the black chili compound was the way to go as they are handmade in Germany (the wire beaded ones are made in Taiwan) and are sticky as all get out in dry, hardpacked to loose over hard pack condition and on rock. I was a bit concerned with longevity of the tire with the tire being so soft and grippy, but I was reassured by many that this tire was durable, so I had no qualms about giving it a try. Riding in Colorado, I figured this would be the perfect tire and was excited to give it a try.

Once I got the tire, it was easy to put on and the beads hooked up with ease. Initial impression were that the tire was a bit wide for being a 2.2 size, but it was a good looking tire and complemented my bike. On the trail I was impressed this the ease of rolling and ability to keep speed and I found a new confidence in cornering.

After 3 rides and about 20 miles I looked over the tread and noticed that some of the knobs were splitting off. I was a bit put off by this as I figured that they should be durable, especially since I had only ridden on hardpack with a couple small rock gardens.

Overall, these are a great tire with lots of grip that will improve your cornering and keep speed with ease with low rolling resistance. Durability wise, you should probably consider a different tire.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on June 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When it comes to sun protection, your eyes are one of the most important pieces to protect. So do your self a favor and upgrade to a set of glass lens on the Costa Joses. Of all the major brands that are out on the market, the clarity of the 580G glass lenses is the best around.

I purchased the Joses 580G with the copper lenses for river fishing in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and throughout Canada and I could not have made a better choice. I am not sure how they do it, but the polarization on these allows a clear line of vision in the water making sight fishing a breeze. They offer 100% UV protection easing strain on the eyes for all day enjoyment on the water or any other activity to partake in. The glass lenses offer a higher level of scratch resistance than the plastics and are worth the extra investment.

Costa offers a lifetime warranty against any manufacturer flaws or defects in workmanship, so you can rest easy knowing that they will be covered. For added protection, I have attached a pair of Chums for large framed sunglasses; this keeps them snugged up again my face so I am assured they will not fall in the drink. These frames are made to fit medium sized faces and are outfitted with rubber on the arms to keep them glued to the size of your head and on the back of the eye pieces to help keep wind out and your eyes from tearing up.

Overall, these are the best sunglasses I have ever own and cannot imagine a day on the water without them. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair, you will not regret it.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

Great, but could be better.
4 5

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

Although these are some of the best waders that I have every owned, I do find one flaw with them; that would be the bootie sizing. I am 5'8, 140lbs and a size 8 foot. The foot size puts me in a size small wader, but my chest size puts me in to a medium. This is not too much of a problem, but sometimes the booties will bunch up inside the wading boot and cause a bit of discomfort. Redington should go along the lines of another wader company and offer customized booties. Other than that, these waders have been great and the zipper is the highlight that sets them apart. I was concerned about leakage through the zipper, but so far so good. They are able to with stand lots of hiking in to spots, shins in to rocks and things of that nature. They are comparable to higher end wader, but offer the same quality in a more affordable package. A lot of people are concerned with weight when choosing a pair of waders; yes, they are slightly more heavy than others, but they make up for that in durability. Investing in a solid pair of waders is one of the most important things a fly fisherman can do and I would not hesitate to buy them again and again.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 17, 2010

4 5

When staying warm during cold winter hikes, this vest is my go-to clothing to put under my shell. Warm, light, packable and even lined pockets makes this vest a do all piece. It is a bit overly puffy, but then again it is down and it is 650fill. The vest it self is rather durable; I have used it during belaying and been pulled up again the wall and am happy to report no tears. There is slight feather leakage and some of the baffle stitching did come out and create one large baffle out of two (does not effect the warmth though). Although it says that it is not waterproof, water drops from icicles, light drizzle and snowflakes have not created any problems. I have always been a big fan of Mountain Hardwear and this vest lives up to my standards for them as well.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 16, 2010

4 5

If you need a bag that has a vast amount of space and it waterproof, I would suggest getting the size large classic messenger bag. When running around down town, I have fit paperbox size boxes in to this, albeit not with the lid closed, but still was able to get around. As for the waterproofness, nothing will get in (although if it is crammed with a lot of things there will be small gaps on the sides by the lid that can allow water in), or out; I had a nalgne bottle leak on the inside soaking the contents, but not one drop escaped to get me wet while riding. Overall a great messenger bag for the price.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 16, 2010

5 5

I could list all of the reason why I love this helmet, so I am going to. What first attracted me to the helmet was the price it self, for all the features that you get, it is pretty darn affordable. Second the helmet breathes really, really well so I have never built up a gushing sweat like with most others. Then you have the padding over the buckle which makes wearing it quite a pleaure. If it is getting dark, no problem, this helmet has slots to slid a headlamp in and keep it securely in place. Lastly it allows for a lot of adjustment so it fits whether you have a snowhat on or not. It is really a no-brainer to save your brain.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 16, 2010

5 5

It is light weight, solidly built and can take a beating; what more is there you can ask for in a mounteering axe? One of my favorite features about this axe is that it fits very comfortably in your hand when you are gripping the axe head and walking with it. I have used my self arresting and plundging on the Colorado 13er and 14ers and would not leave the trailhead without it. It is the same as the Raven Pro, but just slightly heavier, so if you are on a budget and weight do not matter this is the axe to get!

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 16, 2010

3 5

These come in handy when breaking a trail through the snow or traveling up/down a glacier or snowfield. They have a single strap on the binding that you sinch tight so it makes putting them on and taking them off quickly. I am 135lbs so I have the 1025 and they do an alright job keeping me afloat in the snow, although there are some times when I sink in. They do have built in crampons, which is a great feature, but I do find my self slipping a little on steeper, softer terrain, but the shoe is really made for trails with rolling hills and not mountneering. The one thing that I do not really like about the snowshoe is the strap system; it is made out of cloth so when it absorbs water it tends to strech out and loosen a bit so the shoe ends up slipping (then you tighten it and it does the same thing again), but it also freezes when the temps start to drop so you are stuck with a frozen strap that is difficult to remove. All and all a great shoe, improvements can be made.

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Ronnie Ray-Gun wrote a review of on July 13, 2010

5 5

Warm, lightweight,durable and stylish are all words that can be used to describe this parka. Whether you are looking for an inner insulating layer or water resistant outer piece then look no further; I have found this jacket to be extremely versatile and non constricting while hugging me close to help kept the warmth in. I have used it for everything from belaying, to layering to a t-shirt under it and have never had any problems with a chill. It would be a bit better if it has a double zipper so I could unzip from the bottom while belaying, but we cannot have it all and still have light weight. The pockets are lined which is a nice touch, the hood has enough room to fit a helmet under and it comes with its own handy, dandy stuff sack so as the day warms up it stores neatly away without taking up too much space. If you are looking for a great all around winter piece, look no more!

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