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Scott Ray

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Hiking & Camping
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Scott Raywrote a review of on June 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

So these shoes are "technically" water shoes, which they are really good at. They are lightweight, fit great, have drains, dry fast, and the rubber is super sticky. What's even cooler about these is they make incredible hiking shoes too. They have deep tread which is great for traction. The footbed is more supportive than you would think you would get out of a "water" shoe...stone bruises are not an issue. The construction of the shoes are super beefy too...I'm not too worried about blowing these out in a season. The Aquanaut is truly a shoe that excels in water as well as the hikes to and from the water. This is a solid addition to the Astral footwear line and has quickly become my shoe of choice.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on October 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using a pair of these all summer and I have to say that Astral nailed it. Kayaking footwear has traditionally been one of the weaker areas of gear that has been available. The Brewer is super durable, super comfortable, and actually fits in a kayak...plus, they actually look cool too. I highly recommend the Brewer for your next water shoe.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on October 26, 2012

5 5

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

So I had a chance to paddle one of these recently and I just had to get on here and post a review. The hull design on this boat is KILLER. Without getting into too many "technical" details about the design, this boat cruises like a boat longer than 13.5', but handles like it's much shorter. I couldn't believe how fast it was and yet how tight it turned. It will easily hold enough gear for long weekend trips as well and even longer if you are good at packing. I liked it so much I have two of them on order for my wife and I. It will be perfect for cruising around and camping on the mountain lakes near where we live.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on October 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these oar stops on my Cataract Oars and they work perfectly. I have a pair that are rope wrapped and a pair that have the plastic sleeve and these stops work with both. They cinch down nicely and don't slip. I would definitely recommend them.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on February 27, 2012

5 5

So I own two Watershed Colorado bags (and quite a few of the other Watershed models too). Watershed bags are without a doubt, the driest bags out there, but what I love about the Colorado is it's size. Many river trips (unless it's your own private trip) will only allow you to bring 1 dry bag that is roughly 6500 cubic inches or less. This bag is 6400 cu inches...PERFECT. Two of them seem to fit perfectly side to side across a raft as well and the HUGE D-rings are the best I've seen for strapping the bags to the frame. The durability of Watershed bags are second to none as well. So often I have a piece of gear where I say "I wish they would have done...to this, and it would have been perfect". Not with the Colorado. This bag is PERFECT.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on February 10, 2012

5 5

I have a 70 lb lab mix and he loves this thing. It packs down small and is really light weight. Because it has synthetic insulation in it, even when he goes and lays down in a creek on hot days, it wrings out really well and dries fast. It's the perfect pad when we're hiking and I even take it with us on day hikes. I was also worried that his nails would rip through the fabric, but so far so good...seems surprisingly durable for the weight.

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Scott Raywrote a review of on February 10, 2012

5 5

The Zing is one of those pieces of gear that might take a minute to pull the trigger on, but once you have it you wonder how you ever went this long without one. Unless I'm on an actual multi-day backpacking trip, the Zing is with me. It's perfect to set up over the kitchen to keep the rain or sun off. We camp a lot in the desert and the Zing really makes a difference when escaping the sun isn't always easy. The zing also stands up to wind really well...a lot better than the 'ole cheap big box tarp tied to a tree method...plus, with the zing you don't even need trees to set it up. The only negative I can say is that I wish I would have bought one 20 years ago...

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Scott Raywrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

Consistent with the other Hydro Flask bottles I have, the Growler is a AWESOME. It will seriously keep my beverage (i.e. BEER) cold all day...and probably longer if I ever didn't drink all of it. Not sure about the other review, but my lid doesn't leak at all and I'm not exactly gentle on the bottle. The durability and insulation of the Growler is super unique and it works. If you have a need for a Growler, look no further...

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