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David Thiel

David Thiel

Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont

David Thiel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing

David Thiel's Bio

Outdoor pursuits include mountain biking, backpacking, road cycling, and wintersports like snowshoeing and skiing.

I travel a fair amount and am lucky to go to some interesting places.

I do quite a lot of photography and video work (semi professional) and I have the great fortune to work with most of the very best Canon gear.

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David Thielwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works great... but a half a pound for a pack cover? Sheesh.

I've had mine for a while and I often consider bringing it along, and then I leave it behind in favor of a garbage bag. I think if I knew I was going to be out in the rain for a week straight, I might like it a bit more... but as a just in case pack cover, it's way too heavy.

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David Thielwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I sat in a lot of kayaks before this one, and when I got in this one it was a "yup, that's the one!" sorta feel.

Big reason: the hull is narrow, so it's easier to paddle. Not as much leaning side to side in the cockpit. Still, I'm a big guy and there's plenty of room in there.

Really like how this boat can go from flat water to a little bit of chop and even a little bit along the ocean shore. Tracks straight. Easy to paddle. Love it.

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David Thielwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a relatively small, frail table. It's very lightweight and packs small though... so it's actually pretty awesome. I use it ALL THE TIME and find myself tossing it into the truck "just in case" even more.

I use it when car camping to set up a two burner stove next to my grill.

I use it at the beach! Small enough to bring along, having a clean level surface above the sand cannot be undervalued! (Seriously: this table and two helinox chairs and you're the king of the beach.)

I wouldn't put more than 20 pounds or so on this table, but at it's normal weight loads, it's quite sturdy.

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David Thielwrote a review of on June 23, 2015

4 5

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

This hat is not at all what I expected, and I haven't decided yet that it will be a daily use item, but I think that it is so different from other hats that it's very likely to be very useful in certain situations.

Some key things that set it apart:

-- It is physically very small -- so small you could fit it in the front pocket of your jeans. That seems useful to me for leaving it in a bag for "just in case" or for using it when I'm really traveling light. Really: it's tiny.

-- The brim is quite short. For video/photo work, this is really helpful to me since it allows me to lean into the camera without hitting microphones, flash units etc, that stick off the top of the camera. (Or when I'm using a bigger camera, it prevents me from hitting the camera itself...)

-- The material is ultralight and I suspect very quick to dry. The top of the hat is mesh, so it is cooler than your standard cap. It's also a relatively shallow cap, so again that makes it a little cooler.

I wear a cap to keep rain off my glasses and to shade my face from the sun. The Poco is a solid performer in this regard, while at the same time representing a minimalist option.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The Elite In-R-Cool has been my goto short/bib for a few years now.

Bottom line is that it's an excellent, durable short, that's comfortable to wear and about middle of the road in cost. I think the fit is particularly good for those of us with larger thighs.

I am not an enormous fan of PI stuff, but honestly it's hard to argue with the fact that they do a great job at both design and construction. If you prefer to drop your cash on Assos, be my guest.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I watch TV in an active house (two kids), I keep the volume at about 20.

When I watch TV in a quiet house (kids asleep), I keep the volume at about 8.

When I watch TV on this trainer, I keep the volume at about 45. And when I do, my kids and wife remain asleep.

It ain't silent. But it ain't loud either. A massive improvement over my past trainers. Recommended.

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PROS
-- Bike at "normal height" is a massive plus.
-- Stability is great, and it does feel more like "real" riding.

CONS
-- Heavy. Worried that my kids will try to use the bike as a handle for moving the trainer and it will break the bike.
-- No handle for moving the trainer. Kinduvapain.
-- Setup isn't terrible, but you need a chain whip and a cassete wrench.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A bag that lives up to its temperature ratings is a rare bird indeed, and this one does. Hit a new low at -4F and found this bag to be quite sufficient.

Very comfy too. I find the hood ever so slightly claustrophic, but I suppose that's the point.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I find wipes wasteful, so I prefer to repellent directly from a bottle.

Still, I leave a couple of these wipes in each of my packs and in each set of 10 essentials that I keep on hand....

Good as an emergency backup but too wasteful to use as a primary method for applying repellent EXCEPT for small children: I find that wipes are a good way of applying repellent on little kids since it creates a very even and very light distribution.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 15, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know: everybody loves this stove, but I can't say that I'm a fan.

It's bulky, it takes a bunch of setup time, and it's heavy too. Lots of moving parts to depend on, and lots of bits to keep track of. Doesn't pack well.

When I'm backpacking and I almost feel guilty eating instead of logging miles, that's a bad combo.

Flame control isn't very good either. (Certainly not as good as my SnowPeak litemax..)

I know they have drawbacks, but I'm much happier with a canister stove (unless it's winter!)

For backpacking, unless it's winter, I just like the canister stove better.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So tiny, so light. So expensive.

Still, you only have to buy it once ... and every time you use it you will realize that nothing else comes close to providing the versatility (with so little weight penalty) that this bucket does.

I use mine for dipping out water to filter (because pouring it from the bucket is the easiest way to fill my Sawyer squeeze).

I also use mine as a sink for dirty dishes and such. It makes an ideal "last wet dirty thing" to deal with before bugging out of camp, and it cleans and dries easily.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 9, 2015

4 5

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

These are not as beefy as Sorel's other boots, but I have been quite happy with them nonetheless. I think the simplicity of the laces/drawcord is a real positive for my kid, and we've camped at 0 degrees farenheit without any complaints of cold feet.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Mittens with liners are tricky. So much about what works and what doesn't has to do with how easy they are to take on and off (as one unit) vs. how difficult it is to just remove the shell and then get your lined-hand back inside with a minimum of fuss.

On these two fronts, these gloves score extremely well. Selectively removing the whole mitt vs. just the outer glove works easy every time. I was running a rifle range last weekend with these on, and it was easy to manage my various tasks including shooting with the liner on.

The mitts have a huge tether string which easily finds its way inside the outer mitten and does not disturb. Hand warmer pockets, removable fingers for the liner mitt, and magnets (yes MAGNETS!) to keep the inner liner in place. Nice design. They shed water and dirt quite well and have a nice finger loop for hanging them up to dry.

Complaints? The thumb is tight, as is the width of the palm. The palm is more bothersome, but I suspect that if it was really really cold, the thumb would be the bigger factor. Size up!

Price is right for these, and they are more than adequate for us mere mortals. Mountaineers might look elsewhere...


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David Thielwrote a review of on February 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I would love to love this bottle, and there's a lot to love about it:

-- great size ... a generous 32oz
-- fit and finish is excellent
--quite durable
--keeps hot things hot for quite a while

The problem is the cap. If you let hot things go cold in this bottle (say when you're camping in the below freezing) then the vacuum pressure that builds up inside is too much for the cap to handle. When you unscrew it, it begins to feel like you have misthreaded it... until finally you realize you just need to break the seal. A pocketknife or screwdriver will do the job--but when it does, you will invariably spill your liquids (not good in the freezing cold either).

My Klean Kanteen insulated bottles do not have this problem (instead, they overestimate their volumes).

If they fixed the cap, this could be an ideal bottle.

OH.. and for the record I hate loops on caps: I wish this one was removable.

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David Thielwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

People have already mentioned that this thing burns HOT, and you can tell from the stats that it's light.

What you might not know is that the flame is very adjustable, and it even makes a simmer possible.

Very versatile, super light. It's a great combination. I fear my JetBoil may never again see the light of day.

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David Thielwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

4 5

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

So... I don't exactly think of Louis Garneau when I think of snow shoes, but I got these on sale and they were just the right size for my son.

I am taking them out with a friend the other night... so an adult who was at the edge of their weight rating. I was surprised at the quality of the bindings, and in general I found that they were much nicer than I thought they would be when I looked at them close up.

The findings are ratchet style, which makes tightening them down a cinch, and also makes removing the shoe very easy.

These are a true Randonee style snowshoe, so not an excessive amount of float but quite nice on packed trails, or when following someone who is breaking trail effectively.

I think I'll keep them.

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David Thielwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

I do not use these as intended.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these for clipping my 5D to the D-rings on my backpack. I do this for two reasons:

1) makes me look cool

2) holds camera securely and makes it easily accessible for shooting.

Seriously though, this is my preferred way of carrying a "ready" camera for shooting when traveling. The carabiner provides so little travel that the camera stays put even when hiking up aggressive terrain.

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David Thielwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Likes: the sizes for the condiment packages and salt/pepper are perfect--just what you're willing to carry on a backpacking trip.

Dislikes: the towel is terrible and the utensils are comically delicate. Instead, I carry a bamboo flat-spatula (a "flatula" if you're keeping score) instead.

Cut up the scrubby into small squares so you can use it ones per meal and put it away, saving another clean small square of scrubby for your next meal. Easier.

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