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Steven Good

Steven Good

Salt Lake City, Utah (Wasatch Mountains)

Steven's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing

Steven's Bio

I grew up in the artic tundra of northern Michigan. After 18 years of long, icy winters, I finally reached the promised land and found myself in Utah circa 2001. I have since enjoyed the splendor of nature in this wonderful and strange land. I live for these mountains, and they are where I play. The possibilities here are limitless, and it has only just begun.

Steven Good

Steven Good wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

4 5

Well, what can I say, these are basic tubes and they get the trick done. The four pack makes them a bit more economical for your money and are comparable to other more expensive tubes that perform exactly the same. They've been helpful during goathead season here in SLC where I got four flats in the same week. Try a set out, you can't go wrong.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

4 5

I have seen the fit being poor in the other reviews but I personally really like these shorts. I am 34 waist, 165 pounds, 5'11" and they fit loosely but not baggy. I actually wish they were a bit longer and roomier but I was satisfied overall with how they fit. They are just below my knees by about 1-2 inches and are great for hiking/backpacking. The chamois lined waist is soft and the seams are burly as hell all over the shorts. Hopefully for this cost, they last quite a while.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This degreaser works as advertised. I cleaned my chain, derailleurs (front and back), and bottom bracket area and it literally looked new when I was done. I just picked up a cheap car detail brush and used that directly on the parts. After completely cleaning, I rinsed off with water, then applied fresh lubricant to the parts. A great product to use when your bike is coated in dirt/mud and you need to start fresh. Highly recommended to have this one in your kit.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This helmet is a great design, for a couple of reasons. As others have noted, great venting that you can especially feel when rallying downhill. Also, I wanted a helmet that covers the back of my head better. A lot of helmets on the market don't offer a lot of coverage near the bottom of your skull, and this one fits the bill. The visor pops off easy, just be aware of that. Also, there is a ton of extra strap once I fit in the S/M size helmet. I just cut the extra strap off and seared the end with a lighter so it doesn't fray. My only concern is the retention system, which has kind of an asymmetrical fit to get it to fit my head right, meaning it has to be adjusted tighter on one side for it to fit right. I was right in between the two sizes, and went smaller and it fits snug but not too tight. Overall, I think the retention system will fit but I hope it is durable in the long run when I clobber my head on the ground someday. I would highly recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a highly breathable, rear coverage helmet.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This sock is a very breathable and lightweight sock for hiking and biking. I have used it biking on several days and it breathes well so your feet don't get wet with sweat. There is cushion in all strategic points, and mesh on the top where your feet can vent nicely. It feels similar to a dress sock material, not the cheap cotton socks that trap moisture in your feet. A great active sports sock! Pick up a three pack, you won't regret it. I have a size 10 foot, and the S/M is great. If you are 11+, I would get the L/XL.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

Absolutely Impressed.
5 5

This product functions just as stated in the description. Just used it on a backpacking trip in the high Uintas. The photo is about all you need. Its main selling point is the steel ring in the rim of the sink. I've seen the Granite Gear sink in action, and it fails in that it spills out water when full. Not this one. Nice work STS, great design. As you can see, the sink remains rigid when full of water, and as the water level gets lower it still will retain its shape. Genius. 10 liters was enough to pump all water for three people to cook with, rinse dishes, drink with, and at the end of the night was enough to extinguish the fire with. I also like that you don't need to do dishes directly in the river/lake and can keep food scraps out of the natural environment. 10 L is perfect for a small group, 20 L would be overkill. Highly recommended; you should pick one up for the function versus weight in your pack. Very much worth the weight for convenience for pumping water, dishes, etc.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

As others have said, I bought it for diggin' in the ole' food pouch, but will be taken on all treks for its lightweight and durable design. I don't own a Jetboil PCS, but it would be ideal particularly for the taller height of the Jetboil. For the negligible weight and nice price, I would consider adding this utensil in along with your titanium spork for the essentials on fast and light treks.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This is a great material for active sports. It stretches nicely, and is quite soft and comfortable on your skin. I've been using it for mountain biking in the hot sun and it breathes really well and dried very quick. Also, wicks moisture well when sweating. I would buy again in heartbeat and highly recommend to add to your performance shirt arsenal.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This is a great material for active sports. It stretches nicely, and is quite soft and comfortable on your skin. Used it as a baselayer on a recent backpacking trip and it functioned great. Thumbholes are a plus for adding other layers on top, although the material fits snugly at the wrists. Also, wicks moisture well when sweating. I would buy again in heartbeat. I'm planning on using it as a baselayer for snowboarding too this winter.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

This windscreen does exactly what it is supposed to. Probably doesn't justify itself for those counting ounces, but I found it to be valuable at 10,000 feet in the Uinta mountains when cooking. It helped channel the flames to save on fuel consumption, and it fits snug inside of the Snow Peak cookset for stowing. FYI, it will become instantly discolored once you use it but it still functions fine. I agree with the previous reviewer also, Snow Peak should make two versions: one Piezo and one for the manual ignitions. It is a bit tricky to fit it on the first few times, but you can get it dialed by adjusting the arms on the stove. Overall, a nice accessory for saving fuel.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

5 5

I'm quite stoked about this piece of engineering the design team has come up with at BC. Nice work everyone. The fit is smaller just like most of backcountry.com's product line. So if you are layering with fleece/midlayers underneath, then I would size up. I am 5'10", 165 lbs, 34 waist, 41 chest and went with the XL because the large felt too tight, especially with a layer underneath. I also like a roomier fit for snowboarding and freedom of movement. If you are climbing in it, then maybe go with the smaller size so there isn't much extra material.

The material itself is impressive. For the cost, definitely a shell to consider up against Arc'teryx and the other high-end competitors. You are getting a great shell for half the cost of paying for the Arc'teryx name. Plus backcountry.com products are way more hip anyways. The jacket rolls into its hood nicely for compression on lightweight trips. Its ability to stretch with your movement is key. Water beads up nicely on it but I have yet to test it in full on downpour, although from previous reviewers minus the complaints it sounds like it will shed perfectly. As I found out this weekend backpacking, the material can withstand melting temps quite well. I bumped into my Snowpeak stove while cooking and it only left some minor "seared" markings on the arm. I was thrilled it was not melted through and annoyed with my own stupidity.

All in all, a great buy for me and I am excited to use it in the devastating Utah winter and also on the Appalachian trail this fall to see how the DWR issue pans out. You cannot go wrong with this one for the price.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 8, 2009

4 5

This belt does take a little while to wear in to where it will lie flat, but I have no complaints on its function. The fabric seems to fray just a tad around where the buckle bites, but that is normal after use. Overall, the material seems super durable and will likely last a long time like many of my other Patagonia products. Very satisfied on my purchase and will recommend to friends looking for a functional, durable way to keep their pants up.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on September 8, 2009

5 5

I love this little kit. Great design, with well thought out items for your everyday adventures on the bike or hike, as well as enough first aid for a few nights out on the trail. I highly recommend this to anyone in need of a great first aid kit that is both compact, lightweight, and full of the essentials you need when things go wrong.

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Steven Good wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I just tried this entree for the first time after hiking 3000 feet up with a loaded pack, and I have to say it hit the spot. I did share my mine with another person, and it did fill me up alright but we had pita bread with it too. I was impressed with how well the lasagna cooked after being freeze dried. I have had the spaghetti and the noodles didn't cook that well but I was satisfied and impressed with the texture of this meal. Definitely try one out!

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Steven Good wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

This is one of my favorite desserts to bring backpacking, and is worth its 5.2 oz in weight. I did in fact have my crumble after some Mountain House vegetable lasagna, and it is quite a delicious pairing indeed. We added a glass of wine too and that really topped it off. Who said you couldn't live it up when your miles into alpine country? Plus if you only have two people and can't finish it after your meal, the raspberry filling goes great mixed in with your oatmeal the next morning!

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Steven Good wrote a review of on July 21, 2009

Perfect for my 35 degree bag
5 5

I got the XS size and have put the MontBell UL #4 Super Stretch 35 degree down bag in it. Packs so small you wouldn't think there is a sleeping bag in there. I am keeping an eye on the stitching per Cory Guru's review, but so far so good on a couple of trips. I have a medium size of this bag too for packing top/bottom rain gear, synthetic insulation, base layers, extra socks/underwear, and pillow case. Good quality for the money in my opinion.

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