Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Philadelphia, PA

Steven Smith's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

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Steven Smith

Steven Smith wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a staple in my fly fishing bag collection! I use this thing all the time. It holds and organizes everything I need. When I go on a trip all I have to do is grab this bag and I know I will have what I need.

This thing has so many pockets that there is a place for everything. It is on the pricey side, but it was well worth it. This is an outstanding gear bag and a great boat bag if you float. I would not hesitate to buy this bag again.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a decent head lamp for the money...especially when you find it on sale for $20. My wife and I both rock the Fuel and have never had an issue. This is a straight forward light. We have worn them when the rain was pretty heavy with no issue. These things are great to have around the house when the power goes out too because of a storm.

Like some of the reviews here have mentioned. The battery door could break, but for me that has not been an issue, and if it will break I know that P-Tec will take care of me!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on November 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Primus for hand selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community. I have been using the Eta Lite by Primus for a few weeks and want to share some thoughts with you. This is a decent cook system. What you get in the box is the Eta Lite stove, Eta Lite pot, and stand for your canister. The pot includes a sleeve that protects you from the heat, and handle and three screws that you can attach to the stove so you can use other pots.

The stove had decent burn times. It achieved 3:10min boil time with the GSI Minimalist, 3:05 min boil time with a .6l kettle, and 2:30 with the Eta Lite pot.

The stove and a small fuel canister fits in the pot so you can keep everything together. This made it handy when you were needing to save some space in your set-up, and grab and go. The pot has measurement markings that really help you out when you are trying to boil the right amount of water for freezer bag meals.

When you are ready to boil the pot connects to the stove with a quarter turn and is securely in place. The lid is clear so you can see when the water starts to boil and can also be used as a cup.

While this stove worked fine I have to say that the boil time was slower than the other Primus stoves I have used, and just did not seem as versatile. Yes, they give you little screws so you can use other pots, but they seemed really unstable.

The stove is pretty cool, and works well. I have had no issue with the stove lighting up with the piezo igniter, and have always had a steady flame. It just comes down to personal preference for me, and I prefer a more versatile system. I can't fault that stove for that because it does what it is supposed to well. If I had the choice between the Primus Eta Lite or Eta Express I have to give the not to the Eta Express.

I will update this review as I use the stove more.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on October 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Primus for hand selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community. I have been using this stove and another Primus stove pretty extensively over the past month. I have tested out the stove with other pots than just the included one and have landed on some thoughts that I would like to share with those interested in buying a new cook system. When you get the box and open it you find inside a user manual, the stove, the pot, a lid, a separate bowl, a stuff sack, and a windscreen. All the pieces fit nicely together. The first thing I noticed was the overall quality of the product. The stove seemed well made with a piezo starter, the pot has a nice non-stick surface, the windscreen is brilliant, and the bowl nestles in with the pot.

Before I took the stove out into the woods I did a boil test in my kitchen with various pots to see what the different times would be depending on the pot you took. I achieved a 2:15 boil time with the supplied pot, a 2:36 with a .6L Brunton kettle, and a 3:00 boil time with a GSI Minimalist .6l pot. The stove was very controllable and easy to simmer with. The output of the stove was not as high as the Primus Express Stove I have (that thing sounds and looks like a jet), but it got the job done was there was no flame creep on any of the pots on full blast unlike the Primus Express. I really enjoyed this stove for that reason

In the field it worked great. I achieved a super fast boil time (under 2:40) and was able to simmer to keep my meal warm. The nonstick pot worked great and made clean up a breeze. Nothing burned to the bottom. To clean all I needed to do was splash around some water and it all slipped out. The lid was great to help strain some extra water that was left and made it easy to see what my food was doing while it was cooking because it is clear.

I will update this review as I use it more and push it to it's limits!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on October 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I purchased this bag for my wife when she was thinking about getting into backpacking. We did not want to spend a ton of money on something we did not know she would do much, but I did not want to go super cheap and make a horrible experience because her gear was not up to snuff.

This bag is a little on the heavy side, but that is to be expected. The bag compresses nicely with the included stuff sack which makes for easy packing. The bag is fairly warm, and can be used down to the advertised 30 degree mark if you layer. My wife is 5'10 and the large was the perfect length! I would recommend this bag to someone looking for a great budget bag!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on October 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These have been fantastic shoes. I picked up a pair when I purchased my new steed. I use these in conjunction with a pair of Shimano PD-M540 pedals. They have been awesome and have held up really well to what I have thrown at them. They are light weight, stiff where they need to be, and somewhat breathable. I have never had an issue where my feet have been to hot. They do what you expect them to do and are a great deal. They also look totally awesome.

The fit is true to size. I would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for their first pair of biking shoes, or to someone just wanting a new pair. They will last a long time, and they start to feel even better as they break in a bit.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

It's Like Butta Baby!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fiberglass rods are making a strong comeback in the fly fishing world. Redington was wise enough to jump on the wagon with their Butter Stick rod. I have the 8' 5wt and don't want to even think about using another rod. The rod is a great all day rod. I can throw tiny tricks in the morning, hoppers and the like in the middle of the day, and wholly buggers as it gets dark. I can do all of this on one rod. Granted....if I want to chuck some major meat at night I would need a different rod, but for most of the local SEPA streams I fish it is perfect.

The rod is a great yellow color with beautiful orange wraps. The reel seat is stunning.....everything about this rod screams quality. It has that awesome vintage vibe and it really stands out when you match it with an old school reel.

The rod is a nice medium action and is a pleasure to cast. I know this is not the most expensive rod out there by any means, but it is a pleasure and joy to fish with. Join the fiberglass revolution and grab a butterstick!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

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

Umpqua is killing it with their pack line up for 2014. The Surveyor is a great addition to your fishing system....especially if you use their vest/chest packs. They attach to the front of this and you have the ultimate fishing set-up!. This is a decent pack. The back-panel is not as nice as I have seen on other pack companies, but it does the job. The suspension system like to hog some room in the main compartment, but that's what you get with these type of packs. It has a great removable laptop/hydration bladder sleeve. Roomy main compartment with a great secondary compartment for organization. It has two water bottle pockets as well as a zip out dual rod tube holder. And it also features a front stretch mesh pocket! Great pack!!

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