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Waylon's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling

Waylon's Bio

Nature moves me. I ideally want to be outdoors 24/7 and I want to see it all. I'm an explorer at heart. It is my passion.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These pants fit incredibly comfortable. Ideal for 45+ degrees Fahrenheit. Dry super fast, really rugged despite how thin they are. It kinda feels like I'm naked and I'm really digging it.

My only gripe is Patagonia doesn't carry 34" inseam so I have to buy them directly from Patagonia.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on July 25, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These sandals are really comfortable but not durable at all. I use these casually only, and the rubber grip is coming apart and the grip circles are falling off. You could glue them maybe but you shouldn't have to do this with only 2 months of use. Reef, chacos, or tevas have been far more durable.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

5 5

I am beyond satisfied with this jacket. I use it for everything from casual to outdoor rec. I live in Maine and it gets pretty cold here. I've worn this when it was -17 out and it literally was tolerable, and I'm cold sensitive. Its a perfect layer with the Theta AR for cold weather sports and rec. I highly recommend this jacket. I am 6'3", 235 and the XL fits me perfect.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

amazing jacket
4 5

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

The quality, the fit and the features are outstanding but I'm beyond bummed that its made in China! I like supporting jobs locally which was one of my reasons for choosing arcteryx. So this is the only flaw with this jacket. Some may not understand why its a flaw but outsourcing along with the footprint it takes to travel here isn't anything that is helping the economy or environment.

I am 6'3", 230 and bought the xl in nightshade. Backcountry offered free 2 day shipping which was a bonus. The fit is superb. I was worried as I usually buy jackets in tall but this fits awesome!

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TheNomad wrote a review of on May 12, 2011

1 5

I just got these for my trip, two pair of the hemp color. First day, a hole in the sock on the bottom, just from driving! What the heck! These aren't cheap. I always bought smartwool medium and light weight hiking socks and wanted a better short sock for casual wear. Very disappointed. Will send back and see how long the other pair lasts.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on May 12, 2011

3 5

I have an FJ and didn't want to try to have my bike on the roof. Wanted to be able to utilize the back while having bikes on a hitch rack. The revolver is the better option. There is no way you could fit 4 full size bikes on. I have a Trek remedy 8 (L) and my wife has a Specialized and I keep them in the 2 middle spots. I just took a road trip from Charleston, SC to Maine and the bikes would jump off the frame holder and scratch the paint a little. Over all I am happy with it.


Update -May 31 2011-

We just got back from a 2800 mile road trip and I have a couple complaints of the rack. One, when we are trying to screw the bolt in that locks it from swinging, we have to lift up on the rack where the bikes sit or it won't screw in. Huge pain if you are by yourself. Also I've noticed paint chips and rust where the chips are. That is poor paint. Considering returning

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TheNomad wrote a review of on July 13, 2010

Great kayak, parents beware
5 5

So we bought this kayak for it has a toddler seat in the front. My 2 year old loves kayaking and we took my 5 year old niece and when we got to shore we were rocking it. With her extra weight it flipped over and I fell right out but she was stuck underneath has the toddler seat had her legs trapped in the kayak. It was pretty scary for her. The toddler seat is removable and I would recommend you to in case that happens to you.

Otherwise its a great kayak and tracks really well, and despite my incident it is really stable. The cupholder on the console is hard to reach when your sitting right. I love this kayak.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on May 27, 2010

5 5

This stove is awesome and it gets hot! We purchased this for our road trip from Maine across country for a month and this stove was amazing. We used only 4 little cans of propane for a month. We've used griddles, cast iron pans and dutch ovens and have boiled 2 L of water in under 3 minutes. Don't keep it high when cooking eggs because this stove is the hottest stove I've ever used.

The setup is simple and the stove is very easy to use. The hose is probably 2 feet long. The starter wouldn't work when it was really cold though but just keep a lighter handy.

Very happy with this stove!

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TheNomad wrote a review of on May 27, 2010

3 5

This bag is very comfortable but after using it in 20-30 degree nights I had to use a liner. It was not adequate for those temps. It was comfortably warm when it was 40+ but I would definitely get another bag if I was going to be in those temps again. The zipper that zips up the bag is horrible too and would always snag.

As far as the "Quantum expander", its not a huge difference really. I didn't even notice a difference when I zipped it up actually. I do love the length of the long though. It was perfect for me, as I am 6'3", 240.

The bag is comfortable, but I am not happy with it.

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TheNomad wrote a review of on March 5, 2010

2 5

Off topic: I don't think Ryan Ivy likes these sandals much...I am a over-pronator. It causes lots of feet pain. These sandals were ridiculously comfortable when I first wore them. Then I went on a trip to Bocas Del Toro and hiked over to red frog beach and got the worst blisters on the outer edge of my feet where the straps come out. I don't have wide feet and have no answer to why. They were tight enough to not have friction and not too tight to cut off circulation. Don't base them off my experience as I supinate a lot. The quality on these are great!

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TheNomad wrote a review of on February 14, 2010

5 5

So I haven't been able to use this pack backcountry but I am more than happy. First, you can buy this pack from Hiltons tent city for 299 and backcountry wouldn't match the price.

I am 6'3" and 240 and I bought the tall as my torso is 20.5 inches.

The sleeping bag compartment is a must for me. Also being able to get to your gear without opening the top is a must. You can by the front or side zipper. The straps, hip belt and back pad are very padded and comfortable. This pack is a beast and is rugged.

I bought this pack for my month and a half expedition in the Costa Rican rainforest. I will be backpacking and sleeping in a hammock the whole time.

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