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greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

greg 's Bio

I like outdoor gear. Maybe too much?

I usually work too much during the year and don't leave myself enough time to go explore the outdoors like I would like to.

I am a total smart ass. I also play the part and most likely I really am the 'village idiot' when out doing stuff if I am in any sort of group. I can't handle uncomfortable situations when people are uncomfortable just hanging out. I am usually the first person out on the limb doing and saying things to lighten the mood and hopefully it invites others to do the same. It seems to work but it has a tendency to offend certain people.

What are you gonna do? Oh well, Life is too short.

Make sure you have some fun.

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greg wrote a review of on May 14, 2016

2 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

If Shally shold sheashells by the sheashore, then Shally would have shold even more sheashells wearing thish top.

I know.. Say it, don't spray it.

I got this for my wife for Hawaii. It takes a plain rash guard and turns it into a more fashionable piece.

The complaints I have.

First off.. The zipper is almost useless. It is not the zipper that should have been used on a rash guard if you intend to use it for any sort of physical activity in the water. This most likely will be the deal breaker on sending it back.
The second thing.. Backcountry doesn't stock the matching bottoms, but I think I know why.. The matching bottoms are really weird and have a split top at the ass. After seeing them on another website and getting a better look at the design of the model who had the back strap way above the bottom half.. I decided not to get them. Not functional for paddle boarding or surfing, or swimming for that matter.

I had my wife try on her black bikini bottoms and they match up great with this colorful print top.

Again.. Shuper Shexy, but the zipper might not even hold if you are just using it as a cover up. Seriously.. The zipper won't stay up .

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greg wrote a review of on May 14, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

I got the red ones.. My friend was teasing me about the color and how they reminded him of Mr Hasslehoff running down the beach at the opening of Bay Watch.

I didn't even think about that... I guess I have some manscaping to do?

They are a basic board short and I will say they run fairly true to size. I have tried some board shorts that the sizing ends up being really strange. If anything, I would say they might even run just slightly small.

The nice thing about the length.. No twig or berries is going to fall out. I have seen that before at the beach with drunk guys and it isn't a pretty sight. At first you are like.. "Did that guy sit in gum?" Then you realize what you are seeing. "Nope, that's not gum.."

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greg wrote a review of on May 14, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

The cut and fit are very nice, along with a very nice material.

I got a pair of cheap on sale board shorts and then these. Yeah, the others were half the price and I will beat the crap out of them while in Hawaii.

These.. I will still use in the water, but I can also wear them as a short to bum around town in while shopping and eating.

Prana's prices are more, but you get what you pay for.

The pocket on the right side is really nice and it has a loop to attach keys to.

Compared to the quicksilver board shorts and others I own..
Prana shows they take more time to design a better product.

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greg wrote a review of on May 14, 2016

4 5

It is looser than the standard Dakine long sleeve rashguard.

Loosey Goosey? Nope, no way in hell is it loose. The standard rashguard is like a second skin to me. This one is still way snugger than any standard large long sleeve tee.

I still like it, but you are purchasing a loose rashguard. It isn't like wearing a regular long sleeve tee. Granted, having something any looser would feel like wearing a soaking drape while in the water.

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greg wrote a review of on March 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is an awesome kettle. I use it for making hot water for tea and for the Japanese noodle bowls I get for lunch.

It has survived a few years getting tossed around in the back of my work truck. That actually says a lot.

The only fault in the pot is how hot the handle gets. I use the paper wrapper from chopsticks folded up to make a tiny little insulated handle grabber. It barely cuts it.

I really like it but the handle gets extremely hot.

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greg wrote a review of on February 19, 2016

Impressed with the quality.
5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

I know it doesn't look like it, but I have been on the fence with boots from La Sportiva.

The Batura's were the first of the new generation of boots I got from them, now followed by the G2 SM's and these Trango Ice Cubes, which have pushed the boundaries of the Trango Cubes even further.

I was using the Evo's as an all around boot, but was just getting tired of their weight. Throwing those things on the pack and humping them up to the snow line during the summer. It sucked. The Batura's seemed like too dainty of a princess to be slopping through the scree and non existent snow conditions of last year. Then, low and behold, La Sportiva comes out with the G2 SM and the new Trango Ice Cube. Yeah, I wanted to have them.
While I feel that I could get rid of a few of the previous purchases, I won't.
Each boot serves a purpose for the different conditions.

These new Trango's are impressive. There was some minimal glue ick around the sole connection to the boot, but all and all, they are one of the best boots I have seen for quality and construction. They make the Salomon X alps look and feel like complete Chinese garbage.

My first impressions of the Ice Cube was the stiffness and the lack of toe rocker. The stiffness is broadcast because of the lack of rocker. You start to walk and you are heel to tippy toe almost like a ski boot. Trying on the other boots while still keeping the Ice Cube on my right foot was interesting.. The Batura is a stiff boot and it has a similar feel of stiffness when walking in it. The Evo just initiates walking in it with it's rocker, as does the X Alp with even more rocker. You wouldn't think it would be a big deal until you start to stub the toe in your first few steps or going up any stairs. That extra 1/2" or so does make a bit of difference until your brain makes the correction.

I was on the fence with getting the Trango, I called La Sportiva in Boulder and had a chance to speak with a Rep who has been in them this winter. The biggest concern we spoke about was the temps you could get away with wearing them in. He mentioned being stuck belaying and any standing around if there was any traffic jams on the mountain. Both great points he made. I asked him about warmth compared to the Nepal Evo's and he said they should be slightly warmer than the Evo's, though, La Sportiva doesn't have a temperature chart way to scale their boots to one another. That was really all I needed to hear.

We also spoke about adding a -40 Below overboot with them, he thought that would be a great option to get more usability out of them throughout the year.
When I called -40 Below I had a chance to speak with the owner there. He suggested either the Penguin or the K2 overboot. I am going to go with the K2, I will just use them as my gaiter and have extra warmth if things get cold and the snow deepens.

The only things I can come up with that could be construed as a negative about the boots.. The lack of a pull loop on the heel for assisting in getting your foot into the boot and the lack of any toe rocker. The later, might not be an issue at all.

The boot itself is seamless. The quality is amazing and the weight is going to be heaven climbing in.

It is really making me think about getting a pair of Trango Cubes when the Salomon X Alps bite it.

From what I have written above.. Is it the boot that someone should get over purchasing a Nepal Evo? My feet haven't gotten cold on Rainer in the Evo's. If these are comparably as warm and you add an overboot if needed.. The only downside I can think of is that they aren't the tank of a boot that the Evo's are, which take a beating and just keep going. Calling the Evo's a tank of a boot also seems funny. A few years ago they were the lighter option for mountaineering during the summer over using the heavy plastic boots.

Times are a changing and these lighter boots are super cool options to be able to choose from.

I never thought I would have a quiver of boots to choose from.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

That is becoming my new mantra.

This thing is really light. I will call it an in between from the weight of my Alpha SV shell and the Stretch Typhoon rain jacket from MHW I own. The later I would never think about bringing on the mountain during winter.

How many times do you wear your shell? Me.. Not much at all. I haul that SOB up and down the mountain and it doesn't really see much action. That is why I wanted to get a lighter shell than the bombproof Alpha SV. I also believe that this jacket will breath better than the heavy turd I have been hauling around.

It's not that I can't haul weight and that I haven't in the past. I am just starting to see how much more enjoyable climbing is with lighter and better thought out gear choices. It adds up quick and does make a difference.

If I don't think I am going to use it, I am starting to leave certain things behind. A shell is just a smart thing to always bring in the PNW. Might as well have it weigh next to nothing if it is going to come with you.

The jacket is very nice and it really does feel more like a lightweight rain jacket than a standard Goretex shell jacket.

The two front pockets are nice, along with their placement. The hood is very nice and is one I find I would use. Most really suck on most jackets but this one really fits and moves nicely.

My only gripe and it isn't really a gripe.. It is an athletic cut and not a shell jacket you could put over all your other layers to keep them dry. This one you could get over almost everything except a decent sized puffy down. The hem cinch is very clumsy and the zippers on the pockets go down nicely but really don't like zipping back up. They feel forced while zipping up.

I do believe that I will start to use a shell more often with this jacket. Having what feels like a tent in the Alpha SV jacket really hampers me wanting to throw it on.

If you are looking to lighten up your gear and still want a shell that can handle the elements, I think this is a good choice.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

You should. They fit great.

Finding a great soft shell pant can be a very daunting task. I am just a few inches taller than what would be considered a midget. There are so many companies with 32" and 34" inseams on their regular mediums. No way in hell that is going to work for the vertically challenged people like myself. These pants are 30.5" in their regular length. Works for me.

I have gone through researching so many pants from so many different companies only to find they are too long. And until Willy Wonka starts making Oompa Lumpa climbing pants for the masses, me and my brethren are up Shit Creek without a paddle. Or at least with no pants on.

So, these pants fit great. The material is very stretchy and very comfortable. I was initially worried about them not having a reinforced instep from the pictures I was seeing. They do. It has been put on the inside of the pant leg. Awesome.

The waist band snap and stretchy hook connector is very nice as well. With gloves on, forget it.

The zip at the bottom to expand the cuff is very nice and just beckons to shove a ski boot in there. Which is even more adjustable with a snap to customize even further.

I also like the tabs on the cuffs so you can add a cord to keep the pants down if you are venturing into the snow.

Comfortable pockets and a fairly large thigh pocket on the right leg .

I would say for an athletic cut soft shell pant that can do duty as a hiking, climbing and ski pant. This thing has got you covered as a great do everything pant.

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greg wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

I was.

Was being the key word.

I just got the La Sportiva G2 SM's and I am so happy I did. For $40 bucks more and having a lighter, warmer and an easily adjustable boot made all the sense in the world over the Spantiks.

Why am I telling people this? Some may know the G2's are out there and that they have become available. Check out La Sportiva's website. For those who don't know there is a new boot on the market for only a few dollars more. I guess this 'review' is for you.

The Spantiks are a great boot, there is just another option out there from La Sportiva worth checking out.

And while throwing food for thought out there. Scarpa's new phantom boots are totally amazing looking too.

This 2016 season is going to have a bunch of other options put out to the climbing community.

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greg wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

5 5

"I have the power!!" And you don't have to have a dorky haircut, or wear tights, or ride a tiger to get it. Though, riding a tiger would be pretty bad ass.

My wife was so impressed with borrowing my Kodiak bricks that she asked for her own.

I purchased the Kodiak Plus for her instead. I really like it.

It is much skinnier than the Kodiaks and a bit taller or longer.

The two ports allowing you to charge two devices at once is also a really cool feature.

My wife had other Reps asking her what the Kodiak was and then wanting to borrow a charge from her while they are in their booths at shows and vendor fairs.

At least with the Kodiak plus she can charge her ear piece and phone at the same time or two phones at once. Not to mention charging her tablet.

I would highly recommend these Kodiak power bricks in either the Kodiak or Kodiak Plus.

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greg wrote a review of on December 21, 2015

5 5

Wow..

These things are ridiculous. Sharp as hell.

I tried to figure out how to make the flexlock flex. I read the instructions.. No help at all. So I went online and looked them up at Petzl.

To make them flex you unscrew the front two screws that hold the anti balling plates. You pull the bar that lengthens the fit and let it come to the back end of the front crampon. You will see it pivots once it is in that position. Then, put the screws back in.

The only drawback when in the flex mode is that the crampons won't collapse to be shorter when you pack them up. Plus, I now understand where people rip their gear to shreds with crampons.

They fit perfect with the Salomon S lab X alp carbon boots.

These are way sharper than any of the Black Diamond crampons I have.

Yeah, I would recommend these.

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