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billy mcmahon

billy mcmahon

Texas

billy mcmahon's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

billy mcmahon's Bio

I am a grad student who loves to rock climb, road bike, backpack, ski, and whitewater kayak. I have been skiing consistently for 18 years, climbing (off and on) for 10, and kayaking for 15. I've worked in recreation for the past 4ish years as a trip guide and campus recreation employee. I'm engaged to my best friend in the entire world and we have an 80lb labratriever mix who doesn't like to swim.
Future dreams: write several books, work in Africa for several years, become a pastor, and continue to develop outdoor adventure skills.

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billy mcmahon wrote a review of on October 15, 2012

4 5

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

i've read a lot of reviews that kind of bash this rope. yeah it's on the inexpensive side, but I would not necessarily assume that this is crap. i've used it a couple of times and have not had any problems with it. i've even taken a decent sized fall on it and it stretches nicely

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billy mcmahon wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

3 5

Pros:
I got this for my fiancee and we both like it. We got the large sized one. It's very spacious! We have travelled with this bag and it is pretty secure (haven't worried about anyone trying to open it while we are crammed onto a bus or anything). The laptop sleeve is nice and wide as well. It can hold a laptop, couple books, two water bottles, and a couple small jackets with no room to spare (ha!).

Cons:
No water bottle holder on the outside. Not too many interior pockets. Probably my biggest criticism of this bag is that the material is super stiff. The shoulder strap has actually scraped my neck a couple times because of how stiff it is. It definitely is not seat-belt soft/bendable.

Summary:
Good bag for the money. There are little things that I would change about this, but there are also some noteworthy benefits. Overall I'd say it's average. Not awful, not stunning.

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billy mcmahon wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

5 5

Ok so here's the deal. My fiancee and I spend a couple months in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The water is clear and generally free from debris, but it is highly recommended that people should NOT drink it because of bacteria that can give you some very painful stomach problems. We didn't want to waste a bunch of plastic with bottled water all the time, so we got this. WOW! This thing is absolutely incredible. During our entire stay, we used it 2-3 times per day to filter water. Neither of us got sick from the water... only a couple times from sketchy food ;-)
We have also used it occasionally while camping.
I highly recommend this. If you are travelling and want to be conscious of your footprint, I'd say get this before you ever consider buying 2-3 plastic bottles of water each day. The batteries last for quite a while (haven't even had to change them and its been 6 months!).
One of the most important things about this is that it actually shuts off if you're using it incorrectly. While its filtering and doing its UV business, a green light will be on. If you happen to take even one of the metal prongs out of the water, it starts to blink red. That's something you don't really see on other kinds of filters... all for an absolutely unbeatable price too!
A+++ filter!

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