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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Running

BexOnHood's Bio

I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can! Shred, paddle, camp, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.

Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my travels

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on July 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and JammyPack for letting me try this cute little Utility Pack out to report back to all you fine folks in the backcountry.com community! First off, this thing is totally adorable and I'm a sucker for adorable. The pancho villa print is bright and festive and I love it. This thing packs some great sound in a little package; with my phone volume turned up only halfway, I could hear music all over the house and the clarity and sound were both really good! I use it with a portable rechargeable battery pack (one I have for my phone for camping). The JammyPack sips power... I used it for two hours flat out this morning and the battery was only down one bar. I plan to exhaust it fully and update but I'd imagine that I could play music for about 8 straight hours no problem on a battery that charges my phone from 0 to full charge once. You can also throw 4 AA batteries in the power pack and have a backup power source, so you could get a lot of action out of it.

A couple of improvements I'd make... this is definitely a dry weather friend. If you were to plunk the JammyPack in the snow, I think the fabric would get soaked pretty quickly. Also, I feel like most everything is bluetooth these days and I wonder why this isn't. I didn't like having my phone tethered to a speaker, so I just used it with my wee mp3 player instead and that was fine!

My verdict - it's a really cute way to haul loud, clear tunes around with you and if you plan to use it with a standalone mp3 player/ipod/etc, go for it! But if you're going to use it with your phone, go for something bluetooth unless you don't use your phone that much.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on July 15, 2015

4 5

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

We already have a lightweight tent for backpacking and wanted a nice roomy glampy tent for car camping with our two big dogs - this definitely fit the bill! We've slept two people and two dogs and three people and one dog and both were totally comfy with plenty of room. Might be a little more snuggly for four people, but it'd work.

Make no mistake, this thing is HEAVY. The poles are twice as thick as most others and you can practically stand up inside the tent, but that's exactly why we bought it. Big, bomber, roomy mansion... seems like it could withstand a lot of abuse.

I feel like they maybe could have QC'd the zippers a little better... one of the door zips on it has a little snaggle tooth and the zipper catches on it. It still works, but I'm a little nervous that won't be the case for the long haul. Tons of storage pockets inside, taped seams and it comes with its own footprint (why don't ALL tents have that?!) which is great. I probably wouldn't pay full price for this, but at under $200 it was a steal!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on July 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I've had these shoes for about a month now and have been running regularly in them. Historically I love a really cushioned shoe because I underpronate a bit and have crap knees and super high arches. These are awesome because they're really well cushioned but still SUPER light! The soles are nice and bomber for running trails, but the top part is really light and flexible so you can get a nice snug fit. I like to have a lot of flex in my shoe uppers so my feet and ankles do my stabilizing for me and stay strong. If you want something with a ton of support throughout the whole upper of the shoe, these probably aren't for you but for me they're perfect!

I ordered my regular size, not a half size up and they fit just right. Wider in the toebox but nice and snug in the heel.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on July 2, 2015

Initial Impressions...
5 5

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

So far, so awesome! We have a couple of other Ruffwear accessories for our 67lb yellow lab, and they're all great. Their size charts are spot on, which is REALLY nice. Hugo is a heavy dog but he's wiry and lanky so his sizing is a little funky and the measurements in the charts are awesome. The medium fits him perfectly across the Ruffwear brand in everything we've gotten him so far! This doggie pfd is BOMBER. I actually kinda wish they made people pfd's because the fit is so dialed. Three adjustment points get you a nice snug fit and there aren't any straps cutting into him anywhere so I don't have to worry about hurting him hauling him back into a boat. He didn't even seem to notice it when I put it on so it must be comfy! The dandelion color is a really beautiful rich yellow and is very easy to spot in low light. Only used it a couple of times, but I anticipate this thing will outlast many cheaper options... in the case of Ruffwear stuff, you definitely DO get what you pay for.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. I used the Trail filter to drink out of waterfalls, rivers and lakes and all of the water that came out of it (even the swampy part of the lake!) was clear and tasty. Pretty impressive. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of potable water!

I'd say that for a day hike where you'd normally bring a bottle of water, the Trail filter is great. Whenever you get thirsty, fill, press and hydrate! I probably wouldn't use it for backpacking because for the volume of water I go through between drinking and cooking, I'd want something that can filter more at a time.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of tasty potable water!

The Tap filter is awesome if you have terrible tasting tap water and you'd normally buy a couple bottles of water to drink a day. HUGE amounts of plastic spared there... imagine you buy two bottled waters a day to drink instead of tap water..... if you got the Quest with Tap filter, you're saving 730 plastic bottles a year from going into the ground and likely a crapton of money, which you can spend on water's sexy cousin...beer. YAY!

The only cons I have to mention are that like others say, it's pretty heavy, right around a pound. Also, though it hasn't leaked on me, I don't 100% trust the seal on the top. I plan to lay it sideways in a bag and slog it around for a day to test that out, and I'll report back.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. I used the Trail filter to drink out of waterfalls, rivers and lakes and all of the water that came out of it (even the swampy part of the lake!) was clear and tasty. Pretty impressive. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of potable water!

I have the "Trail" and "Tap" filters. I'd say that for a day hike where you'd normally bring a bottle of water, the Trail filter is great. Whenever you get thirsty, fill, press and hydrate! I probably wouldn't use it for backpacking because for the volume of water I go through between drinking and cooking, I'd want something that can filter more at a time. The Tap filter would be awesome if you have terrible tasting tap water and you'd normally buy a couple bottles of water to drink a day. HUGE amounts of plastic spared there... imagine you buy two bottled waters a day to drink instead of tap water..... if you got the Quest with Tap filter, you're saving 730 plastic bottles a year from going into the ground and likely a crapton of money, which you can spend on water's sexy cousin...beer. YAY!

If I were going to travel to a country with questionable water, I would absolutely want the Travel filter. Such a cool idea because then you don't have to buy water and you've got your filter AND method of water delivery to belly all in one sharp-lookin' package.

The only cons I have to mention are that like others say, it's pretty heavy, right around a pound. Also, though it hasn't leaked on me, I don't 100% trust the seal on the top. I plan to lay it sideways in a bag and slog it around for a day to test that out, and I'll report back.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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