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Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Philadelphia, PA

Steven Smith's Passions

Running
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping

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Steven Smithposted a video about on October 4, 2016

I will be honest....this isn't really a review video. This is apart of my vlog series, but it shows the tantrum being worn, and what my favorite feature is. I can remove if it doesn't fit the criteria for video, but thought it might be helpful. I am 5'10 - 235lb of pure muscl......fat and am wearing a size XL.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

3 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

This shirt is super soft! I mean like crazy, comfy, soft. The one issue I have with the shirt (and why I docked it two stars) is that the sleeves were SUPER long. I have never had sleeve issues in the past.....it may just be me though.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs

I wear this thing all the time as if it were a fitness tracker. I love this watch! It is super rugged and can take a beating. I thought the housing of the GPS would be huge and annoying...well...it is big, but it didn't bother me like I thought it would.

The Run is a simple watch to use since it really only tracks running. I have had no issues with this watch. It is waterproof, picks up GPS super fast, and is very accurate.

I wish that it gave you haptic feedback with a vibration when you hit a mile marker, but all it does is beep.

I also wish the app was better. Garmin has a better app, but Suunto has the better watch. I have had no issues with it syncing to my phone either.

This is a solid running watch.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Another killer pad from Therm-A-Rest. This pad is super light, rolls up super small, and is super comfortable.

The mummy cut on this pad doesn't bother me like I thought it would and it helps in the weight savings. I also thought this pad would be paper thin, but I am confident that it will hold up.

The pad is a bit noisy, but that doesn't bother me....my wife hasn't complained about the noise either.

If you are looking for one of the lightest pads on the market there is no need to look at any other ones.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first sleeping pad since my original Therm-A-Rest Trail Lite about 2006.

The weight is great on this pad. It is not as light as my recently purchased X-Lite, but it is warmer. It rolls up pretty small and the included air pump is pretty awesome if you do not want to use your own breath. I still have to use about one breath to get it to the firmness that I like it.

All in all this is a stellar pad at a great deal for a do everything, in any type of weather pad!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs

This thing is stellar. This is my go to cover for late spring, summer, and early fall nights on the trail. When the weather warms I hate being confined to a mummy bag. This lets me kick out a leg if I get to hot, but also synch it down around my sleeping pad if I get a little cool.

The whole blanked stuffs into its own pocket, but can be made smaller if stuffed into a compression sack. The weight of this blanket was prices so well against most lightweight sleeping bags I was looking at that offered the same warmth....but this offers more versatility.

I use it backpacking, or on the couch when it is a little chilly. The blanket is soft and feels good next to skin. A great buy to just have around for those couch snuggling sessions, car camping trips, or trips to the backcountry!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

If you run....then there is no reason not to own this jacket. This is my first ever Outdoor Research product and I am in love.

This jacket is so light, wind resistant, water resistant, and breathable that it makes running in cooler weather a pleasure! The jacket has some very well thought out features as well. Each sleeve opening has thumb loops that you can use to keep the sleeves in place and to keep the water and the cold out, but can easily be tucked inside when you don't need them.

The stash pocket on the chest has ample storage for a few gels, credit card, etc. I rarely ever use front chest pockets, but it gives you plenty of room.

My favorite feature is the internal stuff sack. Most of these types of jackets fold into the front chest pocket. When I am running and I do not have a pack I always have an issue of where to put the jacket if it is warmer than I thought, or if the weather has warmed up enough from the morning. This jackets has a pocket on the back that can hold more gels if need by, or if it is to warm can be stuffed into it and then worn around your waist with a best that is provided.....THAT IS AWESOME! That way I can store it while running and not have to worry about it, or really have to second guess if I am going to need it.

This is a great jacket and well worth it if you like to run as the weather cools!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on September 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am not going to lie...this is a hard one for me to review because I ended up returning the watch. I gave it four stars because I think it was the specific to my unit and the fact that Backcountry were so great on working with me to get my money back!

--The Good--
*Comfortable to wear all day. I was really surprised how it would just forget I was wearing it. I was afraid that the heart rate monitor would dig into my wrist, but I never knew it was there.

*Heart Rate monitor was accurate enough. I noticed it was usually 2-3bpm off, but that was more than good enough for me.

*Swiss Army Knife of fitness trackers/GPS watches. It did everything from count your steps everyday and give you goals to reach, to track your sleep, to track your runs (or the other trillion sports it does). I mean it was great. GPS would pick up and it would be very accurate.

*Great Battery Life. I could go about a week on a charge. That was running four times a week about an hour each time.

*Touch Screen but it still had tactile buttons to use.

*Great APP for your phone. Seriously loved this app. I now use Movescount with my Suunot watch and it is not nearly as nice.

--The Bad--
Mine kept wanting to auto update and every time would lose all my info. Because of this I sent it back. I have friends who I later found out owned this watch and they have reported no such issues for them. Once I returned it I realized I didn't need all the fitness tracking features of this watch and got an Suunto Ambit 3 Run....for running.

I didn't put it through the wringer, but I used more than a few times.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs

If you are like me you like to take expensive toys out on the water with you. I rarely leave house without my DSLR, lens(es), a point and shoot, etc. Every time that I venture out to fish I am worried that today is going to be the day that I take a spill and ruin all my camera gear. Luckily I have not, but I know the day is coming when I do not see a rock in the water and TIMBER!!! Down I go.

When Fishpond released their statement that they were going to come out with a submersible sling pack I was thrilled. I patiently waited for the bag to be released before I got one in my hands.

Construction:
This bag is built really well. It is made out of Fishpond's cycle pond fabric. This fabric is recycled from old commercial fishing nets. The bag is also TPU welded making the seams air tight. The bag utilizes a TIZIP zipper that is fully submersible and excellent at keeping the water out. The bag also features a smaller secondary pocket that uses a size 8 YKK aquaguard zipper that is only water resistant. The bag is really well made, and is really 100% waterproof. Not only did I never have any rain come into the bag, but I help the bag underwater for around 30 seconds and had no water enter the main compartment. If for some reason you find yourself dunking the bag for prolonged periods of time know that your stuff will stay safe.

Features:
This bag offers some really great features. I can't mention enough that it is waterproof...that is a stinking awesome feature. Other features include hypalon tabs that are placed where you would want them. The bag has a nice, wide shoulder strap that helps keep things comfortable when you have a heavy load. The strap also features more areas you can clip things to. The bag features a net sleeve on the back of the bag that you can slide your net through. This solved so many of my issues with slings and where to put a net. The bag also features an area you can run straps through to haul a rod tube, d-rings to hang other gadgets from. The interior of the bag is one huge compartment, but it does have a small zippered pocket and buttoned pocket to store your valuables.

Here are just a few run down specs that you may or may not want to know. The bag weighs 2lbs and is around 793 cubic inches. The bag is large enough to hold more fly boxes than you will need. I can easily fit a rain jacket, lunch, fly boxes, camera, leader wallet, etc. This bag can hold all that you need for a day on the water. It is a great way to haul around expensive camera gear without fear of it getting ruined. This bag is a great way to protect all your gear from the elements.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on January 22, 2016

5 5

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

I picked up an 11t 3wt for Euro Nymphing and love this rod. The sensitivity and weight of the rod is outstanding. The rod is great for high sticking all day long without wearing down your arm.

The hydrogen allows for awesome strike detection with the soft tip, but has enough backbone to bring in those bug browns. I have only used this rod a few times, and will update once I have put it through the wringer.

So far so good though. The price is competitive and you get a great rod for the Benjamins.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Roark Revival for hand selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community.

I must say that I this has become my go to bag for weekend travel. This bag hold everything I need from my laptop, toiletries, clothes, you name it.

Since receiving this bag months ago I have used it for all my trips that I have went on. It makes everything super convenient by have all that you need in one bag. The bag is a top loading bag that just seems to swallow my clothes. There is a zippered pocket in the brain of the bag that has a port for your headphone cables. There is also a long front zip entry into the main compartment. There is a decent size side pocket as well as a side pocket that is lined and has a water resistant zip that is great for your liquids.

The back panel has a fleece lined zippered pocket that fits my MacBook as well as a small fleece lines zip pocket for your valuables.

My one complaint on the bag is the zipper into the main pocket, brain, and the one side pocket. They do not seem to be the best. I wish they would have went with a nice big YKK zip like Topo Designs. Having said that I have had no issues with the zips, or anything with the bag.

If you are looking for an alternative to a duffle, or a bag that can carry your clothes and laptop then this is it!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

A little bit ago I gave this bag away in an instagram contest I ran. I was lucky enough to get it in time to mess with it a bit before it went off to the lucky person. I have some initial thoughts that I would like to share.

This is a great minimalist bag. Throw a few tacky fly boxes in there, some leader, tippet and you are golden. This bag is great and can be used for a number of things (like fly fishing), but does not look out of place for a quick hike, or a trip to a cafe.

Like all Topo bags this thing is so well made that it is one of those packs that you will probably never need to replace. If you are looking for a minimalist fishing bag, or a small hiking bag that is out of the way then take a look at this Topo bag!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was tired of slipping on ice while fly fishing in the winters we have in PA. After a few conversations with the man behind sole spikes I ordered a set to put on my wading boots.

I will say that the installation was super easy and they really do help you when you are walking along an ice covered river bank. I have had these on my boots since 2012 and just recently have a few come out. The new 1/4 inch spikes are longer than the originals I had and should last even longer. You get a few extra in the package so you can replace those that have fallen out as you go.

Great buy, great item, and helps gives you a since of security as you scramble around the river!

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