greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

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Greg's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Greg's Bio

I enjoy cooking,building and creating.


I am a total smart ass and I don't like being like other people. I hope my reviews show that.


Through much debate and group counseling it has been determined I am a gear whore.. Not a hoarder per say, but at some point it becomes a bit ridiculous. How many DH bikes does someone need? How many spare parts? How many sleeping bags? How many stoves? How many tents? How many jackets? Is there really a good answer? I don't think there is a good number based upon the different seasons and all the places to go and explore. Plus, new tempting stuff keeps coming out all the time. FML .


*SPECIAL NOTE* I admire and respect many of you out there. But I shouldn't be surprised that I piss off many of the uptight easily offended people that frequent this site or the ones I see when out and about. You know.. Like the members of the mountaineers club, The clueless people who are REI members. Not to mention the tree hugging hippies that have a stick lodged in their butt sideways. Yep, you hate me and I hate you guys too. I will be the guy out on the trail or the guy having a good time with my friends, then when you come up to another group with your holier than thou attitude I will be the guy telling you to get bent, or go into graphic detail where and how you can go fornicate yourself with any number of nearby tree branches. I am always amazed when I see people who think they have some sort of say over others when out in the middle of nowhere. And let's not forget here on the internet.

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greg wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

4 5

Fit: Runs small

These things are sized small. Way small.

I am a standard medium in every Mountain Hardwear bottom. These things are tiny. The inseam length on the tag says it is the 5" but it measures out to be like 3.5". I am guessing the 3" shorts would be right up Richard Simmons alley. I have always been scared to watch him because I think he is going to drop a nut out of his short shorts and that is something I just don't want to see.

I looked like I was trying to smuggle one of those super rare long haired Proboscis monkeys through airport security after I squeezed these things on. They are a really nice short but just a little short and coming in on the petite side of sizing.

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greg wrote a review of on July 7, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

Even I don't want to see most guys my age with their shirts off. A bit too hairy, a bit too pale and all the things that are just not where they are supposed to be anymore. We could call it 'Festively Plump' and lets just face it.. It's just not appealing to anyone. I am even noticing more and more that the fat man syndrome is affecting the younger generation even more lately. My wife and I point it out for the others enjoyment. saying something like.. "Hey Honey, Eye Candy at 10 o'clock." When she starts to gag or says something like "That's just not right.." I then reply.. "You're welcome."

I'm just saying you don't have to be like the fat kids swimming at the pool or at the beach with a Tee shirt who think it is camouflaging their whiter than white fat rolls or their hefty set of droopy man titties they are trying to cover up. Which we all know doesn't work at all. "Hey look, fat kids with translucent tee shirts on.."

This shirt just lets you be a bit discrete and not show the world what you made of yourself during the off season. It also isn't a tight fitting shirt that makes you look like you just stuffed a pear into a lycra body suit which many a rash guard shirt does to many a man.

This shirt fits great and can be worn during and also to and from your water excursions giving you the peace of mind that you aren't showing the world more than you want to or more than you should.

It's just a normal looking Tee that can get wet and not look like you just draped a soaking translucent fat kid Tee over your fat hairy nakedness.

Hairy fat guys for the win.

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greg wrote a review of on July 4, 2014

5 5

Yeah, yeah... Everybody came.

These are really good. I was surprised that they are so much like a delicate little waffle cookie with just a bit of a gooey layer in between. It is a bit of a surprise when out on a trail and needing to add a bit of fuel to the tank and getting to eat something so good. I had some little kid being drug up the trail by his parents eyeballing my waffle when we took a little break. "Don't be eyeballing my waffle boy" is what I was thinking but was nice enough to hand one off to him before we kept going.

These waffles are legit. I was going to order the vanilla ones and was steered towards the honey flavor. Good call even though I am usually not the biggest fan of honey flavor.

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greg wrote a review of on July 4, 2014

5 5

Have you ever had one of those nights with annoying mosquitos or gnats buzzing you?

If you have ever slept outside you have. We all have had one of those those nights when that pesky lil sombitch mosquito is buzzing in your ear or you end up with bites all over you by morning.

Not anymore. This thing is awesome.

I tried it and thought it was just going to be a gimmicky claim. Nope, not one pesky sombitch the entire night while sleeping out under the stars on a very humid and still night. I thought I was going to be gazed upon like that fat roasted pig laid out at a Hawaiian luau being eye balled by every blood thirsty blood sucker in the vicinity. Maybe I was? I am delicious. But they sure as hell didn't come anywhere near me. I even tried it the next night and zero problems then too.

If you camp or hike or just like hanging out outside you need to get one of these things.

I am getting a second one for my wife because I have this feeling she will take mine and I will be the feast at the next fat guy luau we would be hosting when out under the stars.

I am also intrigued with using it for travel. The bedbug epidemic is becoming more and more widespread as our lovely friends from China and the rest of the Asian world are traveling more and more. I have heard story after story about people having bed bug issues even at high and higher end hotels. Yay for China. This would be an easy solution for any questionable location.

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greg wrote a review of on June 23, 2014

4 5

Fit: Runs small

I have worn them around and thought I had broken them in enough to take out on a long hike.

I love the shoes don't get me wrong. They grip like mad on rocks and steep slopes even with debris under foot. I was worried my wife was going to slip and land on her ass coming down some of the really steep sections on the trail but these things grip like crazy. Other people on the trail mentioned how comfortable they looked as we passed. Not really the case for me. I have a square foot in the toe area and had a chance to try on different sizes in the speedcross 3 at REI before purchasing these goretex versions from Backcountry for both my wife and I. The 10 fit snug and didn't cause any noticeable pain in my feet at the time. 10.5's were just too sloppy all around and my foot was slipping all over the place.

Going up was a bit painful in the left foot and no real issues with the right at all. Coming down was a different story completely. Holy shite balls Batman. My middle toes on both feet were screaming for mercy. After a mile plus I was quivering from the pain and tried to tuff it out for as long as I could. I finally tore my shoes and socks off and started walking down the trail barefoot... Yeah, that got some great looks. With a ways still to go I tore the green superfeet out and put my socks and shoes back on. Oh baby, that was the ticket. I took the superfeet to work and belt sanded the grey forefoot padding down about as much as I could to thin out the volume and I am wearing them now while I type this. Better, but not that great through the rest of the foot. The green superfeet are too high volume for these shoes and my feet. I think I will be going for the superfeet carbon low volume insole for these shoes.
The supplied insoles that come with the shoes have zero arch support and they are made to fit this type of low volume shoe.

I think they are a great shoe for being out on the trail. They grip like crazy.

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greg wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

4 5

It really like this shirt/jacket/ top. I am a bit of a thick turd and this is a slim fit for me. My arms are pretty tight in the sleeves. No way I can pull up the sleeves onto my forearms. It is such a great material that I don't really find the need to roll up the sleeves though.

I would recommend this for a wide variety of spring and summertime activities.

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greg wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

The color of the shark is much more grey colored not the charcoal color in the photo.

I needed a lightweight jacket for early mornings going to the gym and going paddle boarding. Perfect weight for just having a jacket that takes care of the chilly morning air.

The cut is very nice too. I will call it a slim fit. I don't find it baggy at all. I also like the chest pocket for holding my phone and the zippered pockets for holding my keys and wallet. The interesting thing about the chest pocket is that it is on the right side and not the left. So using it as a layering piece it would balance out if you wanted to use both pieces chest pockets and not have them stacked together on your left side.

Great jacket and it is priced right for your spring and summer outings.

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greg wrote a review of on February 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We got these for our trip to Hawaii. They were actually very nice to have when going to the beach and going to the pool in the evenings.

My wife started using her bag for a daily bag just knocking around. The external zippered pocket is great for holding money, keys or any small items.

They aren't big enough for the fins we own for snorkeling but for a mask and snorkel along with a towel and sunscreen and even room for our underwater camera it was a decent way to go.

The cords aren't the best for being a bit burnt and having too much weight in them.

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greg wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Can't do a great tune without a gummy. I use them for part of the polishing process and for detuning the tip and tail.

It is part of the process. I have my fresh gummies and I have my old gummies. As they wear out I pass them onto doing tip and tail detuning where they get the big V's in them.

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greg wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chrome files are the best files for ski tuning. They will cut through small burs and hardened spots on your ski edge much better than an ordinary steel file.

I don't like using the roller guide contraptions that many companies have come up with in place of a bare file. I don't mind the shims for the base. Some people bend their files for doing the base edge. Don't.. If anything wrap a piece of paper on one end of your file, building it up to get your desired angle and just pull it straight down the ski.
For doing the side edges I use a black marker and color the entire side edge metal. It gives me a color difference to look at when I angle the file slightly and I can see how much material I need to take off to get the correct angle.

*Don't use a file on your skis every time you want to sharpen your edges. That is what diamond files and wet stones are for. You just need to get any burs off and get them polished again. The file is mainly for getting the correct angles on your edges.* If your skis edges are hosed then let a shop belt the base and edges, then use your file to get the desired angles again, do periodic edge maintenance but not with a file.

With a correctly polished ski edge you should be able to grab the ski and pull your hand down the entire length and not get cut or get any burs or shavings into your hand.

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greg wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

4 5

Yeah, you are going to need these too. I have used old MTB inner tubes cut 1" wide and used them the same way. Especially if I am doing a multitude of skis at once. When waxing or tuning skis it is about easy repetition. having all the skis you are going to wax at once with the brakes out of the way makes it go much easier.

These are great for keeping your ski brakes out of the way.

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greg wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

5 5

We had a Toko auto hot wax machine at the shop I worked at. The other shops in town used a friction wheel for their cheap hot waxes.
The cloth the Toko machine used was just like the Swix cloth.

Use very little wax and clean your bases at the same time.
I melt and drip small drops down the length of the each ski and then do a fairly slow pass down the length of the ski with the bare iron. The hazing of the wax should follow about 3 to 4 inches behind the iron but try not to go over more than 5 inches trailing behind the iron. it is amount of heat and the speed in which you drag the iron. Do not make your iron so hot that it smokes you out of the room and don't heat your bases up so much that the wax stays wet for minutes or longer. I then take my paper and role out a length at the tip and set the iron on it. Let it heat up and start to pull the iron down the length of the ski while pulling the section of cloth simultaneously in between the iron and ski At the end of the ski you will see all the dirt and contaminants embedded in the cloth and it will be wet with wax as you pull it past the tail. Depending on how dirty the cloth is I will either use it to clean the other ski or tear it off and use a clean strip and do another pass down the same ski, then I will use that length on the next ski getting the clean strip dirty and keep repeating until the cloth comes up only wet. I never use base cleaners on skis unless they need base welding. Then I only use the base cleaner on the area being welded.

You can either use a wax scraper and then a brush if you are racing to get all the extra wax off your bases or if you are a recreational skier I just use a 3M scotch brite pad and give the skis a quick wipe leaving a thin film of wax on the skis.

Your wax will last so much longer and you won't have all the wax shavings all over the place.

This cloth should be an essential for anyone doing their own hot waxes.

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greg wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tuned skis for a living back in the day.

I sold so many of these to clients and taught them how to do simple things to keep their skis running like after a fresh tune up.Plus, it just adds life to your skis by not doing more to them than something so basic.

If you smack or scrape your edge you will need one of these to get through the hardened metal bur. Between this file and a wet stone you can keep your edges looking like new and not needing some idiot running a file down the entire edge. or throwing it onto a belt.

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greg wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A must for shimano chains. Super simple to use and the only correct way to put your shimano chain together correctly.

It is also the reason I try to stay away from shimano chains for DH. I would rather use the power link or others chain connectors. Much less of a hassle.

For road bikes I stick with a shimano chain when using shimano components.

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greg wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

I have fixed so many peoples brakes at the races we have put on and even before epic rides we have taken.
Even if you don't know how to bleed your own brakes don't add insult to injury when you show up and there is a person that can bleed them but you aren't even prepared enough to supply your own fluid.
This should be part of anyones tool kit if you own shimano hydraulic brakes. Oh, and keep an extra pair of brake pads with you too.

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