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Todd Schmalhurst

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on August 15, 2011

4 5

This paddle has the same great features as found on other Werner Paddles, nice ferrule for easy and precise adjustment. This is a large, high angle paddle, so it's best suited for strong paddlers who want to go fast.

The Corryvrecken, and other paddles in the 'Premium' line from Werner, are a good value for the money. They aren't cheap, but it's a good bang-for-the-buck as compared to the full carbon fiber paddles.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on August 12, 2011

5 5

This is a great pack. I use it for long day hikes, particularly when extra gear is needed. The under-arm trekking pole stash is handy. You can also stuff them vertically on the side when you won't need them for a while. It is a very stable pack when scrambling up the rock, I forget it's on most of the time. It can be a bit of a challenge to pack as it is tall and slim to make room for the air frame by your back. But as someone who sweats a lot, this is a great feature.

The ice ax clip is nice so you don't have to worry about velcro straps.

If you pack light, you should even be able to use this for a quick overnight in the summer. I haven't tried, but it feels like it'd be pretty reasonable.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

2 5

These are a fine ski for an intermediate skiing only groomers. I gave them a shot hoping to have something for hard pack days in between storms. They hold an edge fine, but aren't responsive enough when pushed hard. I also found them terrible off piste. I felt like I was back on my old 200cm straight skis. I would give them usage split of 95% piste/5% off-piste. Even if you want a groomer only ski, I think you could find something better than these for the price.

Groom: ***
Powder: *
Moguls: **
Speed: ***
Crud: **
Binding: **

* ratings based on my non-scientific 5 star rating scale

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on January 16, 2011

nice bars, few integrated racks
4 5

I like the Thule Aero bars for their style and functionality. The rubber strip that goes along the top will provide good friction if you use your bars to carry something without a specific rack (ie. a ladder). I didn't notice any whistling or wind noise, but I have them on a 2010 Jeep Liberty which isn't exactly aerodynamic.

My big complaint is that many of the racks that Thule makes don't use the integrated slot load feature. The idea is that the racks clan slip in a slot under the rubber strip and eliminate the need for clamps around the bar. Since this feature doesn't exist at all with other rack systems, I can't complain too much. Hopefully Thule will use the slot more as they redesign their racks.

All in all, I'm happy with the bars, but you'll have to decide if they are worth the extra money. I've got chrome side rails, so these match better than black bars.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on April 14, 2010

5 5

I've been using this compass for a couple years, primarily for Orienteering events and Adventure Races. It has performed well in a variety of situations and shows no signs of wear. The measurements on the baseplate are handy as is the magnifying lens. It's easy to adjust for declination, but once you set it, you don't have to worry about it slipping.

Most importantly, the needle is quick to point north.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on August 25, 2009

5 5

I highly recommend this rack. I've got a 15'6", 72lbs tandem kayak that I hull and this rack keeps it perfectly stable. As most people say, you probably don't need the bow/stern straps, but I use them anyway.

The rack doesn't lock to the crossbars, but I still leave them on all summer. The folding feature is a lot nicer than taking the rack off each time you use it and the PFD latch is much more secure than Yakima's plastic screw/nut.

It's an expensive rack, but it makes traveling with your kayak much more enjoyable, and you'll probably use your boat more too.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on July 2, 2009

5 5

This tandem has lots of nice features that make it very enjoyable to paddle such as cupholders, paddle bungees, mini drywell in the cockpit.

It is relatively easy to paddle as far as recreational kayak is concerned. I wouldn't take it on very rough water, but if you are paddling across the wind, the rudder option would be a nice addition. I have found this to be a very stable kayak, particularly in the primary. As a recreational boat, I don't ever get it fully into secondary, and I couldn't imagine flipping it on accident in calm water.

It is a very wide boat, so this might cause problems for low-angle paddlers. The seats are comfortable, the rear drywell is very easy to open/close from the cockpit.

Some deck rigging would be nice for the stern paddler, but with such a large cockpit, there just isn't room.

The boat is much more responsive when paddling solo, primarily because of the reduced weight.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

I've been trying a variety of socks (smartwool, bridgedale) to find a nice quality, soft, but not too warm sock for everyday office wear. These socks fit the bill. They do have a tight, athletic fit, but that keeps them in place nicely.

After a month or so of use they are holding up great and look like they will last a long time, so well worth the money. I haven't worn them in temperatures above 80F because it's just not that warm here in Minnesota yet.

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

1 5

I needed a new compass, and since my primary use for a compass are adventure races and orienteering events, this looked like the perfect compass. I would have liked to see a 1:10,000 scale UTM on it as well, since we are fortunate to have many areas mapped to that detail. However after using, I found that the needle doesn't settle to north very quickly, if at all. I had a few occasions when i traveled in the wrong direction because what the compass said was north, wasn't north at all,... easily 20-40 degrees off.

After only a few uses I have retired this compass, because what good is a compass if it doesn't point north?

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Todd Schmalhurst wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

4 5

This is an update to my previous review. I still love the bag, but it did suffer some damage by the airlines. I flew on Frontier from Minneapolis to Steamboat with a layover in Denver and on the return trip the bag came through with about a 2 inch gash all the way through. All the gear was still fine, and Frontier did admit to abusing the bag and they repaired it within a couple weeks.

All in all, I would buy this bag again, because of the size, wheels, and durability. I don't like the hard tube cases since they can be hard to load depending on the size of your equipment and they don't have extra room for boots and helmets.

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