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Yung Lee

Yung Lee

Mostly Northeast

Yung Lee's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Yung Lee's Bio

Well, I got the 9-5 job (well, more like 8 to 7, but who's counting other than the inner child within me that wanted other things in life when I grew up), but I'm blessed in that I have the means to finance my outdoor adventures on the weekends.

My passions include Jesus as His love gives me life, skiing, backpacking, bushcraft, golf, wine and photography. Love the gears as much as the sports themselves.

I believe a good gear review comes from one's personal experience with the product and not of just massive posting of pictures and videos.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on November 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is by no means an ultralight gear, but for people who don't get carried away with that kinda stuff, this is one reliable tool out in the wilderness. For me, the decision came down to the PD35 against Surefire E2D Defender Ultra. The E2D definitely have a better, more concentrated throw than the PD35, but for my uses of night navigation, PD35, which threw at a wider angle of visibility, was a better choice. And of course the Surefire costs more than twice as much as the PD35. The only gripe is that the turbo mode (860 lumen) turns down to high mode (450 lumen) after only two minutes of use. Additionally, the included nylon pouch and the lanyard look very cheap, but who cares I guess.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was in the market for a new multi-tool and it came down to the Victorinox and Leatherman Wave. The number and types of tools are pretty comparable, but what sold me to the swiss tool were the following:
1. The curved, more ergonomic handles of the Victorinox felt more comfortable, and prevented potential pinching of your skin and operating the pliers.
2. The Victorinox is about an ounce lighter
3. I liked the fit/finish of the Victorinox, and you can't resist that Victorinox click sound when you engage a tool open and close.
The only con for me is that the Victorinox is a bit more expensive than the Wave. Additionally, the knife leaves a bit to be desired (doesn't come very sharp, and the overall grind of the knife isn't the best, I'd say the knife of the Wave is a much better cutter).

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

A good tool for a woodsman
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

IMHO, the Alpin compass has a couple of distinct positives over its competitors that may sway a woodsman/outdoorsman to choose it over others:
1. I like that the the mirror is a highly polished aluminum hence making it more resistant to breakages.
2. The dial felt more pronounced and hence easier to grab and rotate for my big clumsy hands.
3. Setting declination is very easy to set as you just need to turn the inner rotary (don't need those tiny keys to turn, imagine doing that in the dark!)
4. The compass needle housed in a liquid filled capsule is responsive, and the numerous sighting options provide options for orientation in different situations.
Couple of cons include:
1. the scales on the inner rotary dial don't match the scale of the outer dial all the way through.
2. The luminescent ring, albeit useful for night navigation, required me to hit it with my headlight every 5-10 minutes for the numbers and scale marks to be legible.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

well rounded kit
4 5

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

The svalbard heavy duty hybrid pant presents a good balance of style, functionality, and toughness.
I bought this pant primarily as my bushcraft/survial training pant during the colder season and here are couple of pros and cons based on 4 days of heavy duty use laying on the ground on my butt, knees, and bushwhacking through thick woods with thorns all over the place.
Pros:
1. This is one of the better looking pants in its class, and the attached waist band allows you to get a near custom fit. My waist is between 32~33" with inseem of ~31" and the medium fit me almost perfectly (the leg is slightly longer than I'd like).
2. Six zippered pockets are very useful for variety of uses, and the side vent is very useful when it gets a little hot during the day.
3. The fabric keeps you plenty warm. I've worn it down to low 30s without any base layer and my legs felt fine.
4. The fabric is pretty tough, after 2 to 3 days of bushwhacking through thorny vines, I only saw maybe 4 or 5 spots where threads came loose near on the legs.
Cons:
1. Contrary to the pictures shown, the cargo pocket zippers (and the back pocket zippers, although these aren't pictured) do not have string pull tabs that the hand pockets have. The actual zipper tabs are pretty small, so if you have extra large (and sometimes clumsy in the cold hands like me), then it's not always pleasant to use the zippers.
2. These pants are made in Vietnam. Don't know whether that's the reason, but the fit/finish don't seem as good as my Lofoten pro shell pant which is made in China.
3. The Flex3 softshell in the seat and knees will soak through if laying on damp ground for couple of minutes.
If I had much longer legs, I'd go for a Fjallraven pant as I think they're better suited for my uses, but I don't think you can go wrong with the Svalbard pant as an all-around outdoor pant for colder seasons.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on May 9, 2013

4 5

Not really a review, but as another reviewer as mentioned, the size guide on this is a bit off. I'm about 32" waist and the medium was too small. Unless you have lean legs, you may also have to size up.

Otherwise, the quality and the light weight of the materials are great. You know you'll usually get quality with Arc and hence you pay for it.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on May 6, 2013

4 5

I've had the watch for about a month, and here're some initial impressions after having used it during work days and the outdoors:

The Pros:
1. IMHO, this is certainly the best looking Core model; it has a streamlined, simple, and elegant look to it while attaining all of the features of others (except for the rotating bezels for the compass, but I don't think it looses any efficacy from it).
2. Assuming that you understand the limitations of using absolute air pressure readings (and reference values) to determine current altitude and sea level air pressure, it is a reliable performer. The weather trend indicator and the storm alarm functions are useful too (albeit the alarm can be a bit sensitive).
3. The compass is a quick and dirty way to track your bearing.
4. It is lightweight (2.96 oz per my AWS SC-2kg scale), and super comfortable when worn.
5. Easy to operate time alarm and chrono features.

The Cons:
1. Other than the housing of the watch being of different design and material (aluminum vs. plastic/elastomer), there is no difference from the other watches, yet this model is over 100 bucks more expensive.
2. The rubber black strap is a dust magnet. It's nearly impossible to keep it looking clean.
3. The compass tends to drift, so I find myself needing to calibrate daily if I'm using it on a trip.
4. Though the contrast can be adjusted, the negative display can be a bit hard to read especially when the lighting gets dark. It does have a backlight function.
5. Other less prominent features must be taken with a grain of salt (e.g. temperature, sunrise/sunset, etc.).
6. Weighs little more than other core models (e.g. the all black is about 2.3oz).
7. Comes only with a quick guide, full manual must be downloaded separately from their site.

In summary, this watch is still IMHO the best non-GPS ABC watch out there with excellent balance of simple interface and functionality. Give it a go especially if you can get it at a discount.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

5 5

A great balanced and delicate flavors are what sold me on the sweet and sour rice. One suggestion to the user will be to let it "cook" for about 5-10 more minutes than what the instructions suggest as I've found that some of the flavoring takes some time to evenly distribute itself (of course stirring in between helps too). It will vary by person, but I'd say the serving is more like 1 ~ 1.5 if this is all you're having for dinner. The delicate flavors are great in that there's none of that excessive sweetness or saltiness, which leads you to believe that you're eating relatively healthy while backpacking. I wouldn't say it's as good as any Chinese restaurant (unless maybe you've only been exposed to the Americanized Chinese food) as that would be an insult to the cuisine. My only minor complaint is that I don't think the container has to be that tall which makes it hard to eat out of.

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Yung Lee wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

4 5

I got this beanie towards the end of winter in early March, and have used it at ski resorts and also during early Spring backpacking. It's a good looking beanie, fairly light at 2 oz (my AWS SC-2kg scale reads 2.03 oz), and slightly contoured that it flares out a touch right above the band at the bottom, giving the needed extra space for your ears and the back of your noggin (it's not as exaggerated as the backcountry photos show when it's taken off). The merino wool, despite the construction of its braiding, isn't irritable to skin either. Minus a star because I don't think it warrants its price tag, but at the current sales price, by all means give it a try!

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