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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 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 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 27, 2015

5 5

I was the center of attention and jokes being made at Christmas morning.

" Oh look, you got one of those lingerie garters for Christmas.. That is very sexy.."

"Is that what Caitlyn Jenner wears to hide her junk?"

Yeah, yeah.. I do love my family even with the all the jokes.

For mountaineering this is a great harness. The easiest harness I have seen and used to take on and off while just standing there.

So.. A great harness that makes you look like a sexy transexual hiding their junk. Things could be worse.

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greg wrote a review of on December 21, 2015

4 5

Do you know how to complement a redneck chick at a dive bar? Tell her .. 'Nice tooth'.

These crampons are like that redneck chick. They have that one nice big front tooth.

I thought they were going to be just the same as the sabretooth crampon with just a large tooth and the smaller one. Nope, they are a completely different redneck chick altogether.

Two buck teeth? Nope.. They are that chick with the giant tooth and the smaller incisor next to it.

I am super excited to see what she can do. Sorry.. We are talking about crampons.

I think Black Diamond executed an awesome crampon with this new design.

The front of the crampon is a smaller cage design than the Sabretooth. Meaning the front cage and spikes are all further forward than the Sabretooths. I would say by at least 3/4 of an inch. The front wire catch is much more contoured than the old style pro model with the eyelet strap on the Sabretooths I own.

So remember... Dive bar and the chick sitting there. 'Nice tooth'.

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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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greg wrote a review of on December 11, 2015

Narrower than Salomon speedcross shoes.
5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

I purchased a 10.5 which is the same size as the Salomon Speeedcross running shoes I have.

I slid them on and something was off. I checked the size to make sure they were 10.5's. They are. So I pulled the insoles out and compared them to the same Ortholite insoles that are in the Speedcross shoes. The boots are 3/16" narrower than their trail runners in the forefoot.

I am thinking of going up to an 11 but the heel is already a bit loose in the 10.5.

The good.. They are really light.

I used them this weekend and they are awesome.

I wish I would have gotten these when they first came out. I would highly recommend them to anyone who climbs.

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greg wrote a review of on November 25, 2015

4 5

I have one of the older ones that turned on and off. It was also more of a purplish color than white.

The new white one showed up and it is definitely a white light. What I don't really care for is the seizure inducing blinking mode.

It goes from its brightest solid, to dimmed solid, then to the seizure blink mode and lastly the slow blink mode.

I guess if you want to have a dance party in your tent they got you covered.

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greg wrote a review of on November 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The touch screen feature works really well. I was surprised how well it works.

The sizing... I had to jam my hand into a medium and felt like I was going to tear the gloves opening. The medium was kinda tight once on. Not terrible though.

I tried on a large thinking it was going to be huge and long in the fingers. Nope, the large is perfect. I wear mediums in every other OR glove and mitten I have. These just run small.

I would tell people to size up but I also have what I would call a thick medium hand.

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greg wrote a review of on October 9, 2015

4 5

Certain music and certain artists music distorts really easy.

Billy Idol, no problem.

The Cult, so so but not great.

Dean Martin, no problem

Frank Sinatra, problem

Michael Buble, serious problems. He is a bit of a little fagtard, so it is what it is.

I can only go about half way on my phones volume before some music just starts to sound like shit.

I got it for picnicking at wineries. That is why I was putting Frank and the other crooners through it.

I am almost tempted to return it, but I will hang on to it and see how it goes. I want to see for myself if the pro has a better sound quality.

For a small speaker of its size and the ability to take music with you... Yeah, I guess it is ok. There definitely seems like some room for improvement in the sound quality.

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greg wrote a review of on October 9, 2015

5 5

I was debating what new headlamp to get to replace two petzls that finally wore out.

I haven't been impressed with the petzl lineup recently.

This Black Diamond Revolt is very nice and very light. It has the main lamp that can boost to be brighter and the two small LED lamps for close proximity, along with the red lamps too.

It comes with two sets of batteries. One normal set and a rechargeable set. It comes with a USB cord that plugs into the side for recharging. It also has an LED light on the other side to indicate the battery life and the lock out feature so your lamp doesn't turn on inadvertently in your pack.

$59.. I would give it a thumbs up and recommend it for sure if someone wanted to get a good all around headlamp.

For mountaineering I would tell someone to get the BD Icon.

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greg wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

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

I have been waiting to get another Synchilla Patagonia for a winter work jacket for quite a few years.

They went on sale and it was an easy decision.

What I like about them is the fact I can wear one and not get overheated. When you are climbing around like a monkey stick framing a house up in the ceiling rafters the last thing you want is to be sweating like a pig getting overheated. These jackets allow you to haul ass and not overheat. When it is lunchtime having a different jacket to throw on isn't a bad idea, but this thing allows you to vent the heat you don't want.

They aren't the best for windy days but if you are working hard you really don't notice it.

It is too bad I am going to destroy it sooner than later. It is a nice jacket to be getting caulking and cement residue all over it. If it lasts as long as the last one It is worth every penny and then some.

The only thing I wish it had was a cinch to close up the drafts from the waist of the jacket.

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greg wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs

I am amazed how lightweight they are. I bought a half size up to get more room for the toes. They fit perfect and my toes have plenty of room, the fit is still really nice in the heel and mid foot.

Plus, you can embrace your inner Bruce Jenner with the neon green/ baby blue color. "Oh Hey.."

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greg wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

One of the most simple solutions for getting filtered water while out on the trail.

I purchased the mini and then saw the full size on sale. Yep.. It was a no brainier to pick up a second Sawyer for the significant other.

These sold out quick.

I spoke to the local rep about the bags breaking and leaking . He said that you should either squeeze it from the middle or roll it up like a toothpaste tube. He said that twisting it causes too much pressure for the seams of the bags.

The bags are cheap and they are light. I always carry a back up with me anyhow.

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greg wrote a review of on September 27, 2015

4 5

I am usually a down guy. I wanted to pick up a 3 season synthetic bag for camping and sea kayaking.

I used it up at Camp Muir and was really impressed how much a synthetic could compress down and still be packable.

If someone was looking for a great bag and having it be about half the price of a down bag.. Yeah, I would recommend this bag to anyone. Well, let me rephrase that. I got the long for more shoulder girth but it sure as hell isn't spacious through the shoulders. So, if you are a wide guy you might find it not the roomiest bag out there.

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greg wrote a review of on September 27, 2015

4 5

Hey, it may be sooner than later at the rate we are screwing things up.

Do I want to drink water with this bleach solution in it? No.

Do I use it much if ever? No.

If the poop ever hits the fan and I need it is it available? Yes.

I prefer to use a filter and then a steripen to kill anything that might make my butthole explode for days on end.

It is cool to play with and have a little science experiment in pen form. Plus, when the poop does hit the fan you can render that poop harmless to drink.

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greg wrote a review of on September 12, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

They are ugly..

They are comfortable..

I have called them the ugliest hiking boots ever made. They are also the most comfortable hiking boots I have ever owned.

What I really like about them is the non boot feel they have and the rocker isn't like walking in any boot out there. It is like walking in a trail shoe.

They are very pillowy. I have a wide forefoot and I went 1/2 size up. The size is perfect.

The supplied insole is useless and offers zero arch support. I shoved in green SuperFeet and they actually feel like a supportive boot.

The footprint looks so big that snowshoes would be jealous.

I am a little concerned about their longevity and the foam feeling Hoka rubber they use in conjunction with the Vibram sole.

We will see..

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