AgingDirtBag

AgingDirtBag

AgingDirtBag's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Surfing
Running
Paddling

AgingDirtBag's Bio

Father, Surfer, Skier, Climber .... all around aging Dirtbag...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 16, 2016

5 5

Almost zero design changes in nearly 30 years. It works, it works well. It has virtually nothing in it to break. If it clogs because you are filtering heavy sediment or mud you can open it up, rinse and your good to go again. If the gaskets get dry smear some chapstick on it and your good. Its bomb proof. I've had mine for literally 25 years... I've replaced the filter twice. Not ultra light but does not suffer from vapor lock or other BS that the smaller MSR filters suffer from. Unless you are fast packing and counting ounces this is your filter. Look no further.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

Sorry Wayne... :-(
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm a total Gregory Fan Boy... In my world there were two pack manufacturers; Gregory and Dana Designs... and while that dates me I will still put any pack from Dana's Arcflex line or Gregory's Summit or Adventure Series lines up againts any pack suspension made today... Granted they don't make them like they used to and Mystery Ranch really isn't Dana butttt... as far as this pack goes I feel it misses the mark. For a 44L pack the suspension just did not work for me. I have some smaller packs from Gregory with light suspensions and they work... but this one felt significantly under built for the size of the pack (and I was only putting 15-25lbs in it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Its a shirt... so I should manage my expectations.... buttt... Its not bad, not amazing either. I like the fabric, has a nice hand to it and land somewhere between a full blown athletic syntheic shirt and the feel of a cotton "t"... which I like. What I don't like: The collar is too big (this was mentioned in another review). I could wear a size Med but I don't like "fitted" t-shirts... so I always order larges and while looser I like more... this large is a normal 'large' size but the collar is looser/larger than I would prefer. Second bad - Seams: How ever the shirt is constructed I can "feel" the seams at times and they tend to make the shirt drape and pull in a way that I notice it when working out (rowing mostly). Its fine, its a shirt... but I would not buy again.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

My first B&R purchase.... Its a nice shirt, its slightly but not overly "fitted".... which is good because I "slightly" and don't "overly" have a six pack. I have not washed it yet to see what happens... shrinkage etc... we'll see what happened when it it returns from the laundry hamper...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs

Normally my non diabetic - has never eaten fast food 9 year old wears a solid medium... these he could have gone with a small.. for another year...on the up side the drawstring waist can be tightened so I don't need to buy him more basketball shorts for 2 years... at least...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Love this Rod...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a 5 star because I snapped my first one before even casting... but it was rectified... defective.

Took it to the Eastern Sierra to case Rainbows with my daughter this weekend... it worked great and let me reach farther than I thought it would on still water. Sensitive and consistent... great rod for the money.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Great boots... med-high in volume
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Very well made - good kicks. Not much break in required... Just did a decent long weekend in the Eastern Sierra with my daughter - bought them for her. Its a soft boot upper so there is minimal break in. Waterproof liner seemed to work as her feet and socks stayed dry regardless of wet streams and lake shore antics.
Heads up - they are med/high volume so I carried a set of 5/16 irons with me just in case - glad I did as I needed to use them... but with them I dialed in her fit and we had miles and miles of blister free comfort.
Irons are a boot fitting tool - think "shim"... yes I'm a boot fit nerd.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on September 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I’ve looked and looked for internal frame packs for my kids... The issue is the suspension - most importantly the hip belt and how it transfers weight from the bottom of the frames stays (rods) to the hip bone... My issue - none of these packs do it well in a size I need in torso and waist for my kids. The Ace 50 is a great pack: the weight is where you want it to be considering your kids are gonna carry between 12-20lbs... features are fine but the suspension ...ugh!... not terrible but really not much better than the rest. As expected 5 miles into day as the foam and material warmed up the suspensions started to sag on to my kids butts and they were not happy. On prior trips they carried REI Passage 40's - while a heavier pack by about a pound the suspensions were much better... BUT - they no longer make the 40's... only the 65's... which is too much volume for my kids... Murphy's Law.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I should have pulled the trigger on these for my son 2 years ago... my bad for not doing so. They are perfect.

My experience outfitting my kids (now 9 & 10) with skis over the years has left me with significant lack luster feelings for the industry when it comes to good kid skis for kids who CAN ski.

Yes there a a ton of crap composite directional skis... which I admit are great for little little ones and beginners. But when your 8 year old sends it harder than you and list Eagles Nest and High Rustler as his/her favs well the composite stix don't cut it... and there is where the problem lies as from that point forward until you can get them on 150cm+ planks the pickings are really really sparse.

The composites are WAY too soft and then you have a host of narrow fully cambered park skis to choose from... not much else. Must we all send our kids to the park???!! News flash, not all our kids are park skiers? some like trees and the soft stuff.

So you have the composite noodles, the park skis and the odd attempts (K2 for example; Bad Seeds... who the heck deigned these things! Really!? They are stiffer than my GS skis! no kid on this planet can flex them).

Note: I do LOVE the Volkl Gotama's Jrs.- I think as a fully rockered kids ski go they nailed it - the flex, side cut, everything. But what if your skiing ice and super hard pack...(SPRING!)? what choices are there that are not too stiff, that a kid can flex, direction, early rise etc. etc... VIRTUALLY NO CHOICES... then I order these after talking to the guys up in Nor Cal.. PERFECTO! THEY ARE PERFECT.

This is a kids version of a fantastic one quiver ski for the intermediate to advanced kid.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you take kids into the backcountry then you LOVE THIS. Their pallets are already limited just doe to age... and your already carry half their stuff... Mine are 8 and 10 and they can carry roughly 20lbs. if I want to get over 6 miles out of them... Most of the meals are too spicy for kids... this is great!... glad its bland. Wish they had one or two more this bland.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

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

Patagonia has always been my fav for base layers. Not for outerware, not for waterproof breathables but for base layers and duffles... YES.

Love Capaline... I have some new cap and I have 25+ year old cap... it all still works. And because of that my kids get cap.

Sad that Backcountry is a Liberty Media Company... which mean we are essentially shopping at QVC...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

The Perfect All-Rounder
5 5

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

I had to buy the next size to have on hand as my son is so in love with it he is already worried about growing out of it. This is just a great piece. Its very warm but not so warm that its not everyday functional. Its also hyper easy to wash - just drop it in the washer. The DWR is extremely durable. Add a fleece Jkt under it and its good to go for 0º temps. Note it does not allow the hood to be synched down or a draw string at the hem. I will be storing these for his kids.

Even cooler in the photo he's pointing up at Tommy Caldwell & Kevin Jorgeson sending the Dawn Wall on El Cap free for the first time!!! This Jkt has seen history!

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the adult version of the ski and got the 118s and 128s for my kids. BTW - Love mine . With about 10 days on them they are very happy. These are the first rockered skis they've had. Before this they were on traditional cambered direction skis (composite). So there was an adjustment period... that is until the first dump. Once they got some fresh under them there was no looking back. They are Volks so they are characteristically 'stiff'. For my son on the 118s no issue, at 44lbs. he can flex a boot and a ski...soft or hardpack he rocks it. My daughter, on the 128s is 10lbs. heavier but not as an aggressive skier... On hard pack days I can see that the lack of pop from the lack of Camber took a little longer to get used to. In the end they are both shedding it. Both have directional cambered skis the same length and unless its all groomed/hardpack/crud they always choose their Gotamas.

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