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Ryan Johnstone

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Ryan Johnstone's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Paddling
Climbing
Surfing

Ryan Johnstone's Bio

If it is a sport/activity powered by gravity, wind, fuel, or myself count me in.

Ryan Johnstone

Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Goes to: THE BLACK DIAMOND ORBIT!

This light goes with me everywhere and is used almost daily, and I have yet to find another light i would trade it for. Make sure you get this light as opposed to the other Orbit model. I know the other one is cheaper, but this has a flashlight on the bottom of it, allowing you to hang this baby up above you and have light in all directions with no shadows. It's light, small, great on batteries, and has yet to let me down.

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

...great hoodie? You only get to wear half the time you want to because everyone else makes a point to grab it from you any chance they get. This is my go to quick warmth. I am 6' and fit nicely between a standard large and medium, making everything I buy look tight or like a kid with his parents clothes on... that being said I have a medium and it fits perfect for me so it does run a little large. I see it has been discontinued so you better jump on it now. As another plus, its fun to see people put together that it's the shape of a mountain made of goats....

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on September 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just like you, I went back and forth between all of the different action cameras out there, I have borrowed friends and tested different ones at demo booths and this is where I landed.

Major selling points for me: It has a screen built in, the record switch is that HUGE slider on the side of it ( every gopro video starts out with someone looking at the camera waiting for the red light to blink), and it has GPS.

Battery life goes for about 3.5 hours depending on how many options you have on

With all of the updates installed I have never had this camera freeze, pause, lock up, or shut off on me.

The coolest part for me is the VIRB Edit video software that shows you a map overlay of everywhere you went in the video, your speed, and elevation. I have always wondered how fast we were going at certain times on a few trails....

The only thing I do not like is that you can not playback any of the videos on your phone/tablet using the Garmin Virb App. You can watch them on the Camera itself, but not through the Wifi connection.

I will continue to test it out in different scenarios and elements, but so far I have been impressed! If you have any questions or would like to see something just let me know, I am happy to oblige.

This is a very good in depth review for several cameras if you are interested:

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/12/garmin-depth-review.html

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride downhill and trail/enduro, this is the best deal you can get on a helmet. Great quality, light, very vented, and the chin guard is angled down a bit more than some others I have used, giving that extra little bit of view. That little brain bucket you are using wont save your face... but this will.

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This lantern works great if that is what you really want. Keep in mind that it is still a lantern that needs to have new mantles put in. I have used this thing quite a few times from base camping to backpacking, I know it is a bit dangerous but I will admit to hanging it up in my tent while winter camping to warm the tent up before stripping down to change. It is durable, nothing can break from laying a pack on it, and I have found that turning the gas on slightly and tipping it at a 45 so the gas actually goes over the spark from the igniter works every time. With all of that said, I have lent this to a few people that should stick with batteries for light, not that there is anything wrong with that, but keep in mind that this is not a maintenance free item, you will have to take it apart and remove/add new mantels?and it gets hot?

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this bag every time I camp, unless it's a multi-mile backpacking excursion. Nothing like being able to stretch out in any direction or roll over. This bag zipped up covers my Queen size bed, not hanging over the sides, just covers it ( I do have the long version, 6'-0" tall, glad I got it). Go ahead, get it, sleep in comfort, invite a special, (or potentially special) friend and get some great sleep.

Personally, I put off a ton of heat so the times I have used it by myself when the night drops down to 35ish degrees I still had an arm out ....

To make this a home run, grab a double sleeping pad as well!

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this tent quite a few times this year, mainly at festavals and as a base sleeping quarters when a bunch of us went on an adventure somewhere. Two of these trips it rained incredably hard and drentched everyone that was not in this tent, the second night it was realy cozy because everyone wanted to be dry. On that note, I know it says 6 person, and 6 will fit without much of an issue, but 6 people with gear will not happen. Just wait for it to go on sale and jump the gun, it is a great tent that is very durrable and (so far) has kept me dry through everything I have been in, and we all know what its like to be in a damp sleeping bag.

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been riding downhill for years and have the scars on my shins to prove it.... finally decided to break down and get some shin guards when I put a huge gash in my leg on the first ride this season. These guards are great, easy to clasp, they don't rub my skin off anywhere, and I am not sure what some other people here are doing wrong but I put these on in the morning and dont take them off until its too dark to ride and I never have to adjust them or pull them up. Stop contemplating, just get them, you will not be dissapointed, and your shins will thank you later.

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Ryan Johnstone wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

3 5

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

I bought this tent to be an all around use/backpacking/jeep/crash place. It does set up very fast and is great for one person/ or two if you don't mind a little snuggling/ you can fit a single blow up mattress inside of it and still sit up in the morning to put your shoes on. All of the other comments here are accurate, I just wanted to add one flaw that I have experienced with this tent and a few other backpacking tents. This past weekend I setup the tent and laid out my pad and sleeping bag early because I wasn't sure what condition I would be in as the night progressed. A few hours later it started pouring, absolutely dumping rain. I ran to the tent, unzipped the rain cover and dove in. If you look at the shape of this tent, the top of the door is about 12-16 inches into the footprint of the tent. With the door open on the fly all of the water running off the top went right in the tent and soaked the end of my sleeping bag in about 5 seconds. Through the rest of the night absolutely no water got into the tent, unless I had to open the fly. Its not a deal breaker of an issue and if its pouring rain I understand that you will probably already be wet when you get in, but I am not sure why the fly couldn't have been made a foot longer so water would not get in the tent when you open it......

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