Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Philadelphia, PA

Steven's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

Steven's Bio

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Steven Smith

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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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

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

This vest is awesome! I normally am not a vest guy, but given the opportunity to use this vest I must say that this is going to be my go to pack this summer for fishing. I can hold everything I ever wanted to take in the Toketee vest. It compartmentalizes everything wonderfully that I know exactly where everything is at. If you need a vest or pack that can hold a few fly boxes and all your gadgets out on the water then look no further. Another awesome feature of this bag is how flawlessly it works with their Surveyor 1100 back pack!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Why buy this??? Well.....because it is freaking awesome!! It is so fun to bust this out.....throw a few back with your friends and make a game out of casting. It is a great office rod to take a break from work and throw a nice little roll cast out across the floor. It is also a great rod to teach a kid on! My one and a half year old daughter LOVES casting this with my help (she is a natural...I am one proud papa)!!

Do yourself a favor and pick one up! Seriously.....its a lot of fun to mess around with this rod!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

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

I have two of these shirts for hiking. They work well...do what they are intended to do which is protect from the sun, and keep me cool even with the sleeves rolled down. Construction of the Silver Ridge shirts do not seem to be as bomb proof as the Silver Ridge Shorts. They are light weight, dry quickly, and keep you cool.....what more could you ask for. These did not wow me like some other gear that I have....which leaves me with wanting to try other shirts. All in all....a good shirt, especially when you can find them on sale.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I must say that I really enjoy this pack. While it is not my favorite...I do like. It does a good job as a school/work bag. I love the main compartment with the laptop sleeve, the document sleeve (i keep and iPad there), the stretch pocket for your phone/iPod, and the zippered pocket up top. You can really store a lot of stuff in there. The outside front zippered pocket for your pens and other gadgets is a little small. I with that the pocket was a little deeper than what it was. I also could do without the side zipper pockets.....kinda worthless to me. Love the stretch mesh pocket up front though. This a well made bag that will last a long time. I have used it on the trail as a day pack and I think really like in that capacity. Most day trips I want to get away to journal/photograph stuff and this bag carries all that well.

This is a very versatile bag that lives up to the 24/7 series it is in....because you can literally use it 24/7.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

Keep Stuff Out Five Fingers are my favorite running shoe hands down. It takes you back to when you were a kid and would run around barefoot without a care in the world. Word of warning. Do research before you decide to take off on a run in minimalist shoes if you never have ran in minimalist shoes. Take it slow...don't try and pound out miles at first. You need to build up to it. It is worth it though for the amazing ground feel these provide.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

I must say that I am a VFF nerd.....I love them all. These shoes are awesome for trail running and even hiking in. I rocked these on the AT in PA and loved them. You have amazing ground feel. Every step I took was sure footed and I knew I had solid contact with the ground as I was climbing over rocks. No fear of rolling my ankle or anything as I usually have in my boots.

Around town these shoes were great. You may get some looks, some people may want to talk to you, but that is all part of the fun in wearing a pair of VFF's. I love being barefoot, and these allow me to get that barefoot feel while keeping my feet safe! If you are looking to run off road then the TrekSports are the way to go!

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

These have become an everyday short for me. I was tired of having to buy shorts from American Eagle, GAP, etc every year because somewhere along the way stitching would fail, they would tear....something would happen to them. I bought a pair of these shorts for a summer trip and after a few years of having the same shorts for hiking I decided to buy more for my everyday summer wear. I have yet to replace a pair of these....even my original ones. They are soooo light that you almost feel like you forgot to put on clothes when you leave your house. They dry super fast if they get wet....just a great short! I prefer the older model with the zipper right back pocket and no left back pocket......but the velcro will do.

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Steven Smith wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

These were the first.....and so far only pants I have purchased for hiking. Most of the time I am rocking shorts, but these pants have lasted forever.....and they are still holding up well. I have had these in Arkansas climbing up and down Hemmed In Hollow and all over the Buffalo River Trail, and they have held up amazingly well on the AT in Rocksylvania. They dry fast and are very light! I love these pants! Some have said that they run on the small side, but I have had no issue in that regard.....heck....I have never had an issue with these pants. Great pants for the money.

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