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el scotto

el scotto

Somewhere in Tennessee

el scotto's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

el scotto's Bio

When I'm not on the grind, it's all about trails, lakes, & mountains!

Instagram @ TrailYeah

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el scotto wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

4 5

Dakine logo in the national forest format, I dig it. Essentially, I just needed another addition to the growing rotation of mane controllers I already have. This one does just fine. I must note, the brim is somewhat stiffer than some of the other offerings Dakine currently has.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Hats off to Backcountry.com and Holden for asking me to review the Coaches Jacket for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

When I lived in the PNW, the Holden Hagin was my go-to for many seasons split between Hood and Baker (Ahhh, strollin' down memory lane there). Anyhow, fast forward a few years, I now live 2400 miles away down in the South, where the climate is... a bit different.

I must say, Holden really seems to be blurring the lines this year when it comes to their Coaches Jacket. You can wear it on the hill, (definitely warmer days) or just chillax around town with it on, without looking like you're wearing a “boarder jacket.” The insulation it provides is adequate, but anything below 50 or so, you better be wearing a base layer of some sort. Thus far, I've only been able to experience the 10k proofing in some drizz, and you guessed it, I stayed dry. Essentially, I am using the Coaches Jacket as day to day jacket around town. Furthermore, breathability appears to be up to snuff too, as I generally tend to overheat like a sweaty beast; however, this is not the case with this jacket.

Size wise, I am 6 foot 1 @ 165lbs and don the Large. The medium may possibly fit a bit better in the torso, (if you're going for the more fitted look) but if you're lanky in the arm department like me, I'd definitely size up to keep them cuffs from rollin' up and showing off the rollz. Heh!

Now since the Coaches Jacket is based off a varsity jacket design, say adios to a having a hood. Depending on how you look at this, it can either be a positive or a negative, just depends on your particular needs. The Coaches Jacket utilizes a YKK zipper (the best in the biz) so you know you'll be zipping up with ease every time. I'd like to mention, it says that there is an internal pocket on this jacket, but I must be blind, because I sure as heck can't find it!

Nevertheless, if you're lookin' for a dual purpose jacket for the hill and around town, the Coaches Jacket may just be the ticket.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

5 5

I run Stan's No Tubes, so I really never have to rely on tubes; however, there is always that one time when a burp or large puncture can happen. You don't know when it'll strike, but when it does, you're gonna be walkin' far if you don't have any backup tubes. Keep a couple on ya, you never know when a buddy may need to use one.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Many, many thanks to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review the XSories U-Shot Monochrome for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

I've always wanted to use one of these, and now that I have, I must say, it's pretty dang rad. Setup on U-Shot Monochrome is almost too easy. Take a camera of your choice, or a GoPro (make sure you've got a tripod mount for it) and it'll attach quite effortlessly to the 1/4” screw mount in like seventeen seconds. Boom! Now you're off and ready to start capturing.

I must say, the U-Shot Monochrome packs a lot in a small package. Right off the bat, it's lightweight and it's rather compact. At 7.1 inches when it's shortened, it can be stowed away pretty much anywhere. Got a jacket pocket? Put it in there! It even comes with a carabiner clip, so if stowing is not your deal, you can snap it on to anything as well.

When it comes to color options for the U-Shot Monochrome, taste the freakin' rainbow! They've got quite a few colors to choose from, so finding your favorite color shan't be a problem. The color I ended up with is blue and it stands out perfectly. Drop in the grass, drop it in the snow, you're gonna find this thing. Essentially, choose your color depending on your activity application I say!

So far, I've only gotten to test the U-Shot Monochrome in a dry and warm climate, so I can't comment on how well it holds up to water or snow just yet. I have a buddy that has a rival brand which froze over and would not collapse in the snow, so I am quite curious how it holds up to frigid conditions. Time will tell as the winter is finally starting to buck its head.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Era's for the win. Colors & patterns for days is all I'm saying. Lace'm up and you're good to go in quite possibly the chillest shoe Vans has to offer. The break-in period is just a few wears. Depending on the fabric/material you go with, sizing can get funky. You may have to go up/down a half size.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

3 5

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

Shout-outs to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review the XSories Silicone Cover HD 3+ for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

I am all about rugged-proofing my stuff as much as possible, so when I got my hands on the XSories Silicone Cover for the GoPro, I knew I was going to be a happy camper. So let's see here, my phone has a case, my tablet has a case, and now my GoPro has one as well. Shoot howdy, yeah! It's not that I am prone to dropping things per se, it's just that outside elements usually cause my devices to slip and fall out of my meat-hooks with no rhyme or reason. It's all boils down to physics, right?!

So once I got this thing outta the package, I was thinking there was some kinda trap door on the thing to get it on over my cam. Yeah, afraid not, it's just good ol' fashion brute strength to get this thing on. I recommend you get your digits warmed up with some basic finger calisthenics (invisible ball squeezes, finger lock'n pulls for ten reps or so, should do the trick) and you'll be good to go to get this thing on. Like others have stated, if you're power draining your batteries like there's no tomorrow, then this case might cause you a little grief. But seriously, if you take it on and off a few times, it gets easier every time.

At this time, I cannot comment on how truly rugged and shock absorbing this case is. Since this thing is riding shotgun on my helmet, I don't know how it's going to fair until the time comes. All I can say is, hopefully it does its job awesomely!

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