Ryan Flanagan

Ryan Flanagan

New England

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Ryan's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering

Ryan's Bio

Some people hear their own inner voices with great clarity and live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legends.

Well, we're all gonna die from something, so why not have a great time before/during this transcendent event? Hence, go big or go home. Also, worry or not, we're going to die, so why worry?

Do what you like. Like what you do. Let the good vibes flow.

Ryan Flanagan

Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on November 25, 2009

3 5

Good for the $$... if you get the $35 version. Fog/steam control is an issue as well as poor performance in low or flat light. On the plus side, the rubber anti-sliding strip on the strap is handy and these are quite comfortable.

The DL: Good back-ups in case your high-performance eyeball protectors lie down on the job.

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on November 25, 2009

5 5

Great stove if space and weight are at a premium. Heck, it's a great stove even if they aren't. Good little carry case, space for a lighter, hot hot heat. At sea level, this little guy will do 4 3 cups of water in less than 2 minutes at full blast. It's a little noisy, but that really isn't an issue for me. If you're trin to heat a big pot, the small cooking surface can be a bit precarious.

Regardless- the bang to buck ratio is still rad!

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

5 5

I was hesitant to depart from my love of Salomon's gnarly GTX footwear, but I wanted a more protective trail shoe... plus I wanted the ability to stomp in bigger puddles.

Still 100% waterproof after 3 mos, still super comfy. Some peeps complained a/b stiffness at first- I say they are pansies- these babies felt sweet from the get-go. I even made an emergency 2-mi dash to a trailhead right after getting them and no blisters at all. Heavy enough that I wouldn't want to do that again though. Only SLIGHT downside.

Bottom line: Yes, please.

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

Erroneous, Jon. It's not huge, but it's also not small. You just need a better stuff sack, hombre. I carry mine with on backpacking trips and it fits just fine in the sleeping bag compartment. In fact, there's always extra room no matter what pack I use.

It's extremely comfortable and the neck-draft-dodger thing is super warm/cozy/comfortable. This bag rocks.

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

Pros: Light, easy to set up (in bad weather too), good vestibule size w/two entries, can cook in rain and stay dry (due to large vestibule), excellent waterproofing, plenty of space for 3 avg people (say 5'10", 160lb)

Cons: not a free standing tent, but that's a different market...

PLUS it's snazzy looking... that's right, you CAN pick up trail friends (read:chicks) with this baby...

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

... potentially life-saving fun. Everyone needs duct tape, and by removing that big cardboard cylinder that's usually in the center, you can now take duct tape with you just about anywhere. Small enough to fit in your pocket, with the Adventure Roll, you can fix anything, anywhere... including both the international space station and broken axles on your Big Rig.

only negative is that the tape is more difficult than usual to pull off the roll on account of the smaller size. No biggie.

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Ryan Flanagan wrote a review of on February 21, 2008

5 5

100%. 10/10. However you want to say it, these shoes are perfect. They are 100% waterproof. They are breathable but still warm in the snow/ice. I've used these on mud, ice, snow, dirt, mud on ice, water on ice, ice on water, rapelling, hiking... these shoes are my absolute favorite. The excellent traction has saved my butt many times. They're also nearly indestructible. I'm extremely demanding and harsh on my shoes, and they almost look brand new still. I would still by these shoes if they were $300, cause you won't ever have to buy another pair. The ortholite insoles are so comfortable that I also wear these shoes as slippers.

If God wore shoes, he would wear the Salomon XA Comp3 GTX trail runners.

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