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greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Skiing

greg 's Bio

My Bio?

I am a smart ass and I am not politically correct in any way, shape, or form. Everyone is a target no matter what. I am following 69 people for a reason. Figure it out yourself.

How many times have I had my reviews flagged by some overly sensitive liberal twat? Way too many to count.

I have been very fortunate in my life getting to travel and explore the things I have. I have worked in the bike industry, the ski industry and outdoor industry. I have also been a male nanny and a remodeler, which I still do today . I love to cook and I have catered many events that have allowed me to experience even more than the average person who does the things I like to do.

Yes, I have an opinion and I don't mind sharing it. I won't lie, which really tends to piss people off.

I hope you enjoy my reviews. Maybe you won't? Maybe you will? Either way.. I am what I am and will say what I feel.

I really have to thank Backcountry for allowing someone like me an opportunity to voice my feelings about products and really being open that not everyone is going to voice their opinions the same way.

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greg wrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Would I take this with me on a hike or climb? No.

Would I take this with me on a picnic or to the beach? Yes.

Car camping? Yes.

If the power goes out for days on end? Hell Yes!

Pellet fuel is supposed to last longer and Biolite has just started selling their own brand.

I have never used charcoal briquettes, but I have read you can use them. They would last a long time without having to refuel over and over.

It is a great product for any 'Oh Sh!t moment'

Anyone who has seen it has asked about getting one for themselves. Add the grill and you have a grill that will make the best tasting food if you use wood chips that you would use for smoking meat.

Is it perfect? No. It is just a neat product to have if the sh!t ever hits the fan.

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greg wrote a review of on November 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the Biolite stove when it first came out with a pre order. Then, this grill attachment came out and I really wanted one.

The first time I used it, I went outside and grabbed a bunch of evergreen twigs and branches that were on the ground. It cooked alright, but what I found was that it transfers the taste of what wood you are using into the meat. So my chicken kinda tasted like a pinecone.
So the next time I used it I used a bag of apple wood chips. The flavor was incredible and made the best chicken thighs.

I have used this thing to cook burgers and steaks for people by just going out on the back deck instead of using the large barbecue grill. People are amazed at the flavor and ask where to get one.

I have brought it to Hawaii and cooked steak, which had our neighbors asking what I was cooking because it smelled so good.

I use it all the time and it isn't just for camping. I can cook such awesome tasting stuff on this thing.

Get an assortment of different wood smoke chips and check it out yourself. You will be amazed at the taste.

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greg wrote a review of on November 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

This shoe is a great idea and it really is a pretty cool product.

It is like all the pluses of the S Lab trail shoes and the pluses of the S Lab X Alps combined into one.

I love it. Better and more durable sole than the regular trail shoes, water resistance, built in gator, slightly insulated and.. They are compatible with flex crampons.

Salomon took their other great ideas and combined them together to make this shoe. For training, for hiking, for scrambles and for trail running. Salomon has morphed together a product that only existed in separate forms before.

I think the quality and durability is there also, which I don't always say with all of Salomon's products. They usually get a close, but not perfect rating from me, usually based upon the price of their products versus the longevity you will get from them.

This shoe has what I was looking for.

Sizing is spot on with their speedcross shoes. With the gator it feels more secure around the ankle.

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greg wrote a review of on November 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own a lot of outdoor crap. I bought two of these for my wife and I for seat cushions for both comfort and insulation between your butt and any cold hard surface.
While it was a great idea, I find that I don't really ever use them, or I forget to bring them.

They fold up small and if you knew you were going to need one, then, yeah, might as well get one.

I don't know?.. Maybe it is like person you see who has the inflatable hemorrhoid donut, or the person who has the inflatable horseshoe neck pillow? When you want one you don't have it, but you don't think about needing one. This thing is kinda like owning one of those other inflatable devises. It is kinda a weird thing to be hauling around with you.

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greg wrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have almost every MSR stove.

Pocket Rocket, Reactors, Whisperlite International, Whisperlite Universal, Dragonflys, and the XGK.

What do I take with me when I climb Rainier? The Reactor. What do the majority of guys bring who climb Rainier? The Reactor.

For melting snow or boiling water for large groups the guide companies use three XGK's mounted on a board for their large pot they melt snow with.

I have brought the white gas stoves with me to melt snow but they really are outclassed by the Reactor stove.

I am not saying the XGK isn't a good stove, or that if you were traveling internationally and couldn't rely on getting fuel canisters for your trip. Then yeah, it is a great stove if you are going to use diesel or regular gasoline, but for your climbs in the States it really isn't as practical as using the Reactor and the integrated pot for melting snow or boiling water. ( The only State where I had no luck finding the fuel canisters.. Hawaii. I purchased a retrofit fitting kit that allows you to use the asian fuel canisters that are everywhere in Hawaii and use the canister stoves I have. Look at the Snow Peak torch and that is the piece they include with it.)

For me.. Reactor is a must and either the XGK or Dragonfly for your white gas fuel needs. The Whisperlite Universal is also sweet because you can go with either white gas or the fuel canisters.

Five+ years ago the XGK was the stove you saw being used locally, now, the Reactor is the king of the hill.

Yes, it is nice to have the XGK, but if had to do it again I would have gotten the larger Reactor pot over another white gas stove.

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greg wrote a review of on October 16, 2016

4 5

I ended up grabbing one a few days ago from REI because of the so called windstorm the Seattle area was supposed to have. Not.

I was standing there trying to figure out which one to get. I looked at it this way... If I am climbing I am not going to bring a lantern, if I am car camping or doing a snow cave overnighter weight isn't going to be that much on my mind. That is why I went with the larger lantern. More lumens in the newest one is plenty bright. The new one has 140 lumens in the lantern at 13 hours on high and 100 hours on low. 50 lumens in the highest flashlight mode.

How much will I use it? I will most likely use it around the house more than taking it with me.

Why does Backcountry have the lower lumen one for the same price as the available higher lumen one that is out? Who knows? You now know this one is not the newest one, so save your money and get the brighter one elsewhere, or until they get the next generation one in stock.

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greg wrote a review of on June 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got it for Sea Kayaking.

It is a heavy bag compared to my down bags of equivalent warmth. Add water and those down bags become rendered useless. Not a good thing.

The main reason I got the bag was the price and warmth if the weather decides to dump rain like it usually does while Sea kayaking in the PNW. It is a nice bag and its price sure as hell isn't going to break the bank.

I got the long for the addition 2" of shoulder girth. It is still tighter than I would like.

I have used it at Camp Muir and I have used it on Mt Shasta. It was plenty warm. It is a great bag for 3 season use.

If someone wanted to get into camping and hiking, I would say this would be a good choice. Especially if you have to buy more than one for a family or a couple.


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greg wrote a review of on June 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

So many people I have spoken to are ordering the G2 SM's.

I got mine last December as a gift to myself. Thank god for not purchasing the Spantiks.

The majority of guides I see are in Spantiks and they are chewed to hell. Will these G2's hold up to the rigors that someone like that puts them through? That will be an interesting match up. I have had plenty of people check out the boots and everyone is impressed with what La Sportiva has come up with. Many of the guides I have spoken to have them on order. I want to see how well they do compared to the spantiks and Baruntse boots for durability.

I love them. The Boa system is just too easy to use. The inner boot is an upgrade from the Spantiks and the built in gaiters are super sweet too.

I used them in March trying to get up to Muir to drop off Easter candy to my buddies who were up there. They matched up really well with snowshoes and kept my feet plenty warm while I tried to find my way through the whiteout conditions.

I have heard La Sportiva finally got replacement Boa Laces in stock. I am getting a spare wire or two to take with me just incase.
Though, I have heard really good things about Boas durability in recent years.

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greg wrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

From my last review of the harness, the fun my family and friends like to have.. And the PC nature of the overly sensitive people who are on this site.. Buckle Up Buckaroo.

Mountaineering harnesses are supposed to be simple, mountaineering harnesses need to be able to be easily put on and taken off, even over large layers of clothing.

This harness does that.

Do you want to use it for rock climbing? Do you want to be suspended from it for hours on end? No, there are better harnesses for that.

For having a harness that is easy to use, is light and comfortable to wear.. Yeah, this is a great mountaineering harness.

The main strap system is ingenious and allows you to get the harness on in no time flat and so easy adjust . So many harnesses are such a pain the ass.

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greg wrote a review of on May 28, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What is nice about the new one is that the straps lengthen to turn into shoulder straps, so you can throw it onto a shoulder and keep your hands free for carrying other things.

I also kinda like the arched sides instead of the old square top design.

*Update*

Nope, this thing isn't holding up at all. It is splitting at the seems both on the outside and on the inside.

I can't recommend this cooler to anyone. The last one in the old green design is still going strong . This thing is falling apart with no real abuse at all. It has been used but not anywhere near to be causing the seams falling apart.

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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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