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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 and 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 July 28, 2015

3 5

I was reading the description and I was like "WTF? how is it waterproof but not have a front screen like the other Lifeproof?"

I thought they meant the clear back maybe? Nope, there is no front screen protection from the case. There is a seal that seals around the phones glass screen to make it waterproof. They say the unit was water tested with the plastic insert the phone is packed with.

It also comes with an optional screen protector film you apply by yourself.

Will the phone stay as clean as the last Lifeproof case I had? I doubt it. The last case that was fully enclosed kept the phone in brand new condition for two years. This one? I know I will not be as harsh with it as the last one and I will get a new iphone 6 here sooner than later when I start having issues with it.

If you want a fully enclosed case this is not the one to get. If you like to have your phones screen unprotected and still have a waterproof case.. Sure, this one is for you.

I will give this one a try but I know the screenless design is going to be harsh on the phone with what I put it through.

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greg wrote a review of on June 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 7

I am a bit of a Turd.

With my wife I need to do things throughout the year to make up for my shortcomings and these boots bought me back some brownie points that I had surely crapped away with some insensitive thing I said months earlier.

I kinda had to get her a pair after I spoofed her when my boots showed up first. "Hey honey, why don't you open that box and tell me what you see.." She squealed with delight and thought I bought her some Hunter boots. Nope, she was pissed at me when they were for me. See, I crap all over brownie points.

She still squealed when her boots showed up a few days later. Though, I bet I lost even more within that time with me just being me.

So, Gentlemen.. These aren't going to get any cheaper and brownie points are brownie points. If you squander them away like I do, you need all you can get the rest of the time.

They are a great boot beyond having the Hunter label. The wool liner is very nice and the lugs on the sole will easily grip in wintery conditions. Not too mention them being a rubber boot and keeping moisture out. If you are having trouble deciding on the sizing, go with the full size number of her half size. My wife is a 7.5 and the 7 was perfect.

Plus, I will be able to get her out in the snow easier.. "Honey, don't you want to go out in the snow and try your Hunter boots out..?" Where once outside I will most likely be an ass and throw snow at her, then yet again be in the minus brownie points which is just part of my life.

Her friends will ask where she got them, don't you want to be the person she says gave them to her?

As the old saying goes.. Happy Wife, happy Life.

Isn't there is also a saying about being a dick and you'll be up a crick? I don't know, I guess I wasn't really listening .

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greg wrote a review of on June 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take this with me on job sites.

I aim it towards a wall and the reflected sound makes you wonder where the music is coming from, when people realize it is this tiny little speaker they are amazed.

While swinging in my hammock I love listening to music, I set this on my chest, then lay back and relax.

I would hate to be out in the wilderness and having to hear some nimrod blasting their crappy music through one. Isn't that the point of going out into the middle of nowhere. Leaving the modern world behind.

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greg wrote a review of on June 26, 2015

3 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Not slightly small at all. They were huge.

I pull these out of the bag and have my wife try them on after she tried on her Halle pants which fit perfectly in a medium. She puts these things on and she looked like she was in an large fitting large.

After she cinched up the draw cord I looked at the fit. have you ever seen the old movies where the woman is rescued from the sea and the sailors give her the smallest clothes they can muster up? They reminded me of those old calf high sailor pants and she looked like she was swimming in them.

I returned them and I don't think I will be buying a small for her. The Halle pant is a better fit and more functional.

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greg wrote a review of on June 26, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I was really worried about getting a Medium for my wife after reading the reviews and seeing gals who are shorter than her and only 10 lbs heavier having issues.

Nope, not any issues at all. She is 5' 7" and 130 lbs. The jacket fits her perfectly.

I usually carry the kitchen sink so to speak when we hike or travel. I am like the overly prepared mom who has the purse that has the weirdest essentials in it. I carry almost two of everything. Her stuff and mine.

This jacket isn't as lightweight as the MHW ghost whisperer that she tried on, but it is definitely a better made jacket and just slightly less compact when packed away.

It has the Pertex Quantum nylon which I think is more durable than the Ghost whisperer fabric, it has hood cinches in both the front and back of the hood to make it fit better than the Ghost Whisperers hood, it also has a chest pocket and don't forgot the 900 fill down.

I am not tying to be unfair to MHW because I think they are going for an insulated jacket to be the very lightest they can make and Marmot is giving you a jacket that is light but still having features and durability you'd expect on a jacket selling for over $300.

I tried the MHW for her and she didn't like the color. While I was debating getting her an all black one these Quasars dropped down in price as were the Ghost Whisperers.

I knew what was the better jacket for longevity and which one wasn't as wet shiny looking.

If you are concerned with weight and compact size. Go with the MHW Ghost Whisperer.
If you expect some features on a jacket and want it to last more than a few years and not have a really shiny look. This Quasar is for you.

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greg wrote a question about on June 12, 2015

I saw these two years ago during their development and before the inventor knew what the retail costs were going to be.

I have seen them on Shark Tank, watched a few videos and read paddlingnet.com reviews on them.

What nobody has covered or touched upon is the durability and longevity with repeated folding and unfolding. Not to mention if you get a hole or puncture in the material. They are pretty much saying it is like that corrugated plastic that the election signs are made from.

Has anybody had any direct contact with these boats and have any opinion about the longevity and ability to repair them?

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greg wrote a review of on June 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have to say...

Jared did one of the most thorough reviews I have ever seen on any product below. Wow.

The Wicked Lite shirts perform better. They just do. Are they worth the extra few dollars? Yeah, I think so.

It does come down to 'You get what you pay for'. It is not that the regular Wicked shirts suck, it's just that the Lite's are better.

The Wicked shirts I feel are better in the spring and fall. Hell, depending on what you are doing I would wear these during the winter too. But I do think they are best when the temps fall a bit.

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greg wrote a review of on June 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I got this shirt because I already had a Wicked Lite shirt from MTN Hardwear and wanted to try something different and a little heavier weight.

This one works fine and I was going for something to keep me warmer when I went to Yosemite. The temps were dropping at night and it being spring having a little heavier weight wasn't a bad thing.

Now that it is summer I won't be wearing the regular Wicked shirts over the Wicked Lites not until fall.

I have worn the Wicked Lites during blazing summer days even in the long sleeve and have never over heated. This regular Wicked shirt still isn't bad but it doesn't perform like the Lite when it is hot out.

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greg wrote a review of on June 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 6 regular

I have bought my wife different pants for doing outdoorsy stuff. I would say I have a 50% to 60% success rate of finding pants that she likes and ones that fit her well.

I got the Men's Zion pant from prAna and I was looking for the equivalent in a womens pant from them.

This Halle pant is that pant.

The size was spot on and she looks great in them. I showed her the role up feature in the pant legs and she really liked that.
You can easily turn it into a summertime pant and then back into a long pant.
I said I thought it was a great 3 season pant and for us in the pacific northwest it can easily do 4 season duty.

A great pant.

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greg wrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It is pretty simple. I know there are fancier ones out there but I am a guy who never learned to program the time on the VCR. I only know how to use a fraction of any high tech piece of equipment.

I want it to be simple and this one is. And I am a cheap asshole.

So lets recap..

Quality. Check

Ease of use. Check

Great value. Check

I think it is a pretty easy decision and If I am that worried about an Avalanche I will take a course and most likely I won't be out in those conditions anyhow or I will go buy an ABS device to keep the odds in my favor even more.

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greg wrote a review of on June 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: regular

I can't handle flex fit hats. These are not flex fit hats. Have you ever tried to keep a flex fit hat on if the wind is blowing? Yeah, it doesn't work very well. When you go outside and get up high.. Surprise, surprise. It is usually windy.

I love Mtn Hardwear baseball caps. Why? Because they aren't retarded and only use branded hats as promotional crap like so many other brands do. I own plenty of hats and I have yet to have one from Mtn Hardwear that was a cheap piece of garbage.

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greg wrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Buying a probe is like buying a bra for your wife. I take that back.. I actually know what size to get her.

This is a 240cm length.. So just under 8 feet by an inch and a half.

Do you need a longer one? Of course every man wants a longer one, but you are dealt what you got , so use it.

I not only wanted a probe for probing my friends but for probing for crevasses. If I was backcountry touring or out of bounds skiing I might opt for a longer probe.

A 280 is only 15 inches longer. If I am the one getting probed I might prefer a shorter length.

The Mammut probe is very nice and it is green. So yes, my probe is green and it isn't the longest probe out there.

And as the old saying goes.. " It's not the length of your probe that matters.. It's how you use it" .

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greg wrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

I would say they are more a bowl than a cup. I will call them a bowl/cup.

GSI makes great stuff. It is a nice little set. An insulated bowl/cup with a lid for keeping your food/drink warm.

Bowl/cup for food/drink for man/child. It is like a match made in heaven.

It is a nice set to bring and have a lot of flexibility in how you want to use it.

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greg wrote a review of on June 4, 2015

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: queen

I'll pass on that job.

The blanket is very nice. I purchased the Rainier queen.

I got it to be a concert blanket but it is itchier than I would like it to be against your bare skin. It is warm though.

I will just use it for its intended purpose and use it in the spare bedroom where I keep my climbing gear.

I think giving these as gifts to people who have climbed Rainier would be a really cool gift to give them. I have thought about embroidering the date of their climb and their name on one corner. I don't know.. I think it would be cool to receive one like that.

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greg wrote a review of on June 4, 2015

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: size 10

Do any of you get that look from your significant other when you buy gear and the box shows up? It is like the 'What did you buy now' look.

I told my wife to open the box and look inside.. All I hear is this squeal of delight and then the frumpy face when she realized they weren't for her.

These are great boots no matter if they are Hunter boots. To me.. I know Hunter makes great products but they are also a fashion brand as of lately. At 60% percent off it is a very awesome deal.

They are pretty stout and the wool lining is very nice. It has the same fury wool on the insole and that is removable if you wanted to use a different brand like a Superfeet.

Now here is the bad news.. I had to make up for buying myself a pair and get my wife a pair. She still squealed with delight when hers showed up. Yeah, so now we will look like the Bobbsey twins if it snows.

Buying heavily discounted winter gear during the summer is the way to go. It isn't because the product is bad, the winter sucked and wasn't cold enough out West to entice people to buy them at the regular price.

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greg posted a video about on May 31, 2015

This was shot on Rainier last September by Marc who was the last guy in our group. I am the third from the rear and my 200 lumen Icon was so much brighter than everyones headlamp other than the other Icons ahead of us.

The 320 would almost be overkill. Thankfully if you don't put it in boost mode this is the same initial brightness in the new one when you turn it on to the main lamp.

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greg wrote a review of on May 31, 2015

5 5

I went and bought a new Icon today. Yeah, it blows last years Icon out of the water.

There really is no comparison when you are blaring 320 lumens vs 200 lumens.

They look identical and function the exact same way except for the new one can boost up to 320 lumens. You turn it on and it goes to the main headlamp, then you hold the button and it goes into the boost mode. Holy Crap. It is insane. Last years model turns on and can only dim from that point.

They are the same animal in looks but no way in hell are they the same in their light output. The only other difference is that last years light temperature is more grey and this years LED bulb is much more white.

I was impressed with last years headlamp but this new one makes it pale in comparison.

75 hours at 320 lumens and 175 hours when you are at 4 lumens. That is crazy. What is the amount of hours you'd get at the initial lamp setting before you boost it? Comparing last years to it I will say it is 200 lumens before you hit the boost to 320. 200 lumens was more than adequate and much brighter than the majority of headlamps being used out there.

This is a great headlamp no doubt about it and last years is nothing to scoff at either.

The other review below I believe is last years and not this years 320 model.

I will include some photos of the difference.

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greg wrote a review of on May 28, 2015

4 5

Can you say "Anally Retentive"? Because the local authorities are Anally Retentive over having a PFD with you when you go on a SUP.

No, your SUP and leash tied to you don't qualify as a personal flotation device.

You don't need one if you are SUP surfing. Nope, I guess that is much safer than taking a leisurely paddle on your local lake or bay?

You don't have to be wearing it, you just need to have it attached to the board. They may hem and haw over your dangerous behavior but you will be good.

They can issue you a ticket and they can also send you back to shore without one.

It is nice to know you have a backup PFD in case of any emergency and this one won't give you those crazy tan lines if you decide to wear it.

In all seriousness.. These belt PFD's are the way to go to follow the law and not hinder your fun.

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