Steve Masters

Steve Masters

pacific northwest

Steven's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Steven's Bio

after earning a masters in nyc, i'm getting schooled in outdoor epics in the PNW

Steve Masters

Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

after wearing out a pair of prana axioms from a few years back, and disappointed by the new axioms, I tried these bad boys. uh-mazing! awesome fit, spandex makes them comfortable for whatever activity you want. organic cotton is super soft, and is almost a deal breaker for me these days in purchasing cotton clothing. i only work, climb, kick back, drink, and sleep in them. i got these in my normal size 32x32 and they fit great!

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

what else would you expect from patagonia? beautiful construction, super buttery organic cotton, nice fit, and great style. love wearing this one to work, around town, and everything in between. I'm just shy 6'1" and 175, got the medium for a comfy fit. sleeve length is certainly long enough, never riding up. if you want the skinny look, i would have been able to wear a small.

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

i'm a huge fan of gu. i will use this stuff on any outing to stay strong all day. unlike bars or other foods, these guys don't get rock hard in the winter, perfect for getting a few extra laps of skiing in. also love them backpacking, easy to store in the hip belt pocket to prevent me from bonking on a long climb. also use them on cycling tours. mint chocolate, espresso love, vanilla bean, and tri-berry are my favorite flavors.

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

while i'm a big fan of builder's bars from clif, i find they don't transport well in a pack. these guys have filled the void. good flavor, can handle life in a pack without melting or getting mashed up, and provide good recovery. a little on the dry side, so anticipate having some extra water with them (more than normal, i found).

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

love this stuff! i use it on a daily basis, as a treat at the end of my hike, during my bike rides, or just something to break up the monotony of drinking water all day. i especially love it when traveling or on an extended trip. traveling, i keep the tabs in my bag so that i can fill up my nalgene on the other side of security and drop some tabs to mask any funky tastes from the local water. backpacking, these tabs are so much lighter to carry than sugary mixes. plus the tubes keep the tabs from getting all messed up, no matter how long they're in my pack. only flavor i haven't tried is lemon tea. my three favorites are lemon+lime, fruit punch, and tri-berry.

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

4 5

after misery with a pair of Mountain Hardwear gloves, i wasn't going to waste my time with anything but a true performing glove. the BD guides have fit the bill. warm, dry, great dexterity, incredible durability. pretty awesome overall.

one nitpick. no leashes on these gloves. why? seems like a ridiculous oversight for a company like BD...

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

he'd buy this one right here, because this bag is BA. this bag don't care what you throw at it. go head, put the base camp duffel out in the snow or rain, it doesn't give a ish. it just carries on with whatever you want it to do. base camp duffel is crazy, drag it through airport security. ew, what's that inside it? dank clothes, climbing rack, uneaten cobras. that's disgusting. TNF base camp duffel don't care.

TNF base camp duffel is a BA.

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Steve Masters

Steve Masters wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

Got this bag to carry my Canon 40D w/ grip, 3 lenses, flash, and all the other accessories I will ever use out in the field. The moveably padding dividers keeps my gear from banging around, the shoulder strap is super comfy, the hip belt helps keep the load secure. I've had this out for 10+ miles hiking, and have felt it to be extremely comfortable, not to mention the convenience of the external water bottle pocket. I have used the included rain cover on a couple of occasions, and it has a secure, reliable fit. But as will all rain covers, it isn't going to make the pack completely waterproof. When I initially purchased this pack, I thought I would get the shoulder strap harness accessory, but found didn't didn't make the pack any more comfortable. I found the included shoulder strap to be more secure in carrying this pack. Having the top lid open away from you makes it very convenient to grab gear on the go, and provides a stable platform for changing out lenses. Solid pack!

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Steve Masters wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

4 5

I've used this bag for 3+ years now, and absolutely love it. It didn't seem like a big bag at first, but after finishing up my Master's program this spring, I was impressed how I could pack everything I needed for 18 hour study sessions in the library in there. The padded laptop sleeve kept my MacBook Pro safe, the folder pocket held loose papers, plenty of space for 6-10 books, my nalgene, headphones, power cord, and plenty of food. After three years of abuse, this pack has held up really nicely. The only signs of wear and tear are ink markings. There is hardly any signs of abrasion on the reinforced bottom.

I also used this bag while bike commuting. The waist belt help keep the pack in place while riding the back, but was easily removed when I wasn't riding over the winter.

My only complaint is that the velcro on the flap lid is larger than the patch on the front of the bag. This led to the velcro pulling at the nylon on the front of the bag, causing some fuzzing on the pack. Could use some reworking for long term durability.

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Steve Masters wrote an answer about on October 12, 2010

This is a sweet bag, but definitely a car camper. Check out the BA King Solomon http://www.backcountry.com/big-agnes-king-solomon-sleeping-bag-15-degree-down

With all Big Agnes bags, there is NO INSULATION on the bottom. Big Agnes realized that crushed insulation beneath you doesn't do anything, so BA took the insulation out and relies upon the sleeping pad for insulation (as the sleeping pad is the only thing that provides insulation with any sleeping bag). For the King Solomon, check out two 20x72" Insulated Air Core pads from BA for the best sleeping pads.

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