el scotto

el scotto

Somewhere in Middle 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!

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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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el scotto wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Shout-outs to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review the XS Sneaker Power Bank for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

So there I am, sitting around the camp fire when I reach for my phone and noticed that it's off, and it's refusing to turn back on. ARrrgh! Blasted battery musta gone on strike! What about that time when I reached for my phone to snap some pics of the baby bobcat I saw when I came running around the trail; yeah, no, dead again. I am so over BDP (Battery Drained Phones).

Ta-Da! XSories XS Sneaker Power Bank to the rescue! When I know I am going to a place that is kinda “out of range” and it's gonna drain the heck outta my phone, you know this thing is totally coming with me. My Galaxy S3 phone these days is no spring chicken, so battery life on it is quite fragile. To combat that, I carry the XS Sneaker with me every time I am out on the trail now. No longer do I need to just tell my friends what I saw, I can actually show them with pictures.

If you're patient, you can get your device fully charged up in a few hours or so. I on the other hand, generally only need my phone to snap a pic from time to time, so if I just need a quick juice power up out on the trail, I just plug it in for 20 minutes here and there, and it's good to go. More than anything, the XS Sneaker allows me to stay out for longer periods of time, capturing cool things, which to me, is paramount.

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el scotto wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

4 5

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

Shout-outs to Backcountry.com and XSories for reaching out to me to review the Capxule Soft Case for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

You know, sometimes it's a task just to keep track of where all your equipment might be stored; however, with the Capxule Soft Case, you can now leave those worries behind. Seriously, one less thing to stress about when you're off to go capture your next adventure is a major plus in my book.

To start off, one of the cool things about the Capxule is the pre-cut foam insert that its got going on. Say goodbye to the clankin' sound of all your equipment, as everything now has a place to be securely placed. Depending on what you need to carry, space is a bit limited here, but sometimes you don't need to bring everything, just the essentials. If you do happen to require more space, I'd say opt for the Big Capxule, as it's about twice the capacity of the small.

Color wise, the blue colorway is an absolute vibrant breath of fresh awesomeness. Granted, XSories does make some more low-key colors if that’s what you're looking for (black, grey, olive, etc...) but sometimes those can get lost in the sea of bags and duffels if you're haulin' quite a load. I'm all about the bright stuff myself.

Since I haven't had the Capxule long enough to see how long term durability holds up, I can comment on how well its held up thus far, which has been quite good. I've used some hard cases in the past, as they're my usual go to, so I am quite curious as to how the soft shell will hold up.

If you're looking for an upgrade from your random stuff sack that houses random pieces of cam equipment, then you definitely need to check out the Capxule.

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