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burleighman

burleighman

Albion Basin and as far as my legs will take me...

burleighman's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

burleighman's Bio

New Hampshire native, seasonal Alta resident for 7 years. Tele-Alpine-Nordic skier, rock, ice, and mountain climber. Organic gardener, permaculture enthusiast, musician. Lover of life and learning.

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burleighmanwrote a review of on June 20, 2015

Bombproof bags to get you on the road.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After over three years of use I figured it's about time to let other folks know just how awesome these bags are.

First off - Use. I've used these bags for everything from quick trips to the market to month's long extended bike-touring expeditions. They've been through everything, from the constant moisture of the PNW to the harsh sun of the Utah desert, and they took it all in stride.

My favorite thing about these, of course - the Design. Yes, up-cycled inner tubes means I'm supporting U.S. made, sustainable manufacturing, but even more than that, turns out recycled bike tubes are an excellent material to make panniers out of. They are soft and stretchy, allowing the bag to grow in size for those trips when you're trying to take the kitchen sink, as well as super resistant to rips, tears, and punctures. The roll-top is simple and easy to access, again, allowing the bag to be as big as you need. Rubber is also a pretty impenetrable material, which makes these bags incredibly storm proof. No, they are not waterproof, as the seams are not sealed, but it took the most torrential downpours of the East Coast and weeks-long cloud shrouded rides in the Cascades for anything inside to get just slightly damp. For what it's worth, if I have something I don't want to get wet, i.e. electronics or some extra long-underwear, I'll usually throw it in its own dry bag. The hard-wear is simple and solid and mounts easily to most any rack. Even on the roughest roads and single track these things never bounced off my bike.

Cons? I guess. When I pulled the trigger they seemed expensive, as you can get a pair of waterproof Ortlieb's for just over the price of one. But I've ridden with those too, and have since passed them on, as the High-Rollers are the only bags I ride with anymore. They might be a little heavier than others, but that's on paper, and if you notice that on the road, you're more sensitive than I.

My bottom line is that after 3 years and thousands of miles touring around with climbing and ski gear, these things are pretty much just like the day I got 'em. They're handmade in the U.S., so what else would you expect. I spend my life riding a bicycle because I believe in a future of sustainable mobility. These bags are a reflection of that and Green Guru represents a company that shares my ideology. Plus, they make an awesome product.

Grab a pair and hit the road. You won't be disappointed.

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burleighmanwrote a review of on February 15, 2012

4 5

Weather it's due to poor circulation, low bodyfat, or excessive white-knuckling on my tools when leading, my hands get cold when I'm ice climbing. I got this glove to ensure warm paws when I'm leading on tough ice. These things do the job. They give great dexterity to grab a screw, or a pice of pro on a mixed route, and they keep the screaming barfies at bay (mostly).

My only complaint is construction, I've yet to see any glove maker come out with a pair of gloves that will last for 2 seasons if you're climbing more then 30 days a year. If you climb hard and often, your gloves will get shredded. It's like buying kinko's for skiing. If you ski 100+ days a year, I just don't see the point in buying a 100+ dollar pair of gloves. Ice climbing is a little different, the dexterity, warmth, and water-repellence of these gloves is awesome, I just wish I didn't already see stitches blowing out.

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burleighmanwrote a review of on January 4, 2012

5 5

Water bottles are for suckers. Get the adapters to turn these into a camelbak-like bladder you can suck on while you hike, or just rolling them up for weightless travel, these things kill it. As durable as the un-lightweight version, they'll keep you hydrated for a while. Show me a better way to carry 6L of water for 4 oz. Water is life.

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burleighmanwrote a review of on May 23, 2010

4 5

after some initial dis-coloration and warping due to excessive heat while i was too busy chiling to tend to my dinner, this set has settled in quite nicely and i expect it to last through the apocalypse. light enough for me, but if you're a wimpy vegan go-light climber type you might look into the titanium set and add some tephlon pieces to your belly. enjoy!

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