greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
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 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 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It is a crampon. It is also what I and others call a chick with screwed up teeth. Funny how this crampons tooth design resembles the gals I am talking about.

My previous review drew anger from someone. Oh well, the truth hurts some people. To think that when they came up with the name for this crampon and they didn't think out loud of what a snaggletooth is? Check the Urban Dictionary and you know the people at BD knew what they were naming it after.

I recently used this crampon climbing Rainier.. I used them on both the La Sportiva Trango Ice Cubes and the Baturas that I own. I finally went with the Baturas because of the sub zero temps we faced.

It is a crampon that would excel on the Liberty Ridge route. I just wanted to see how they would do on the DC route. Again, they are a crampon and they worked fine.

They aren't just a Sabretooth with a new front tooth design. They are a new crampon with a smaller front cage design altogether. I would say they are shorter by 3/4" of an inch and the new front wire fits way better than the old style that BD was using on their pro wire gate crampons when the strap went through the eyelet ring.

Certain routes with steeper pitches would benefit from this front tooth design, but, you can use them on less steep pitches as well. I had no problems with the crampons at all.

Is it the end all, beat all of crampons? It has it's strengths in the right conditions.

If I had to choose between these and the sabretooths? If I could get them for the same price? Yeah, I might go with these over the sabretooths. Overall.. I doubt there is really that big of a difference for general mountaineering.

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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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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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