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Greg's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Greg's Bio

I enjoy cooking,building and creating.


I am a total smart ass and I don't like being like other people. I hope my reviews show that.


Through much debate and group counseling it has been determined I am a gear whore.. Not a hoarder per say, but at some point it becomes a bit ridiculous. How many DH bikes does someone need? How many spare parts? How many sleeping bags? How many stoves? How many tents? How many jackets? Is there really a good answer? I don't think there is a good number based upon the different seasons and all the places to go and explore. Plus, new tempting stuff keeps coming out all the time. FML .


*SPECIAL NOTE* I admire and respect many of you out there. But I shouldn't be surprised that I piss off many of the uptight easily offended people that frequent this site or the ones I see when out and about. You know.. Like the members of the mountaineers club, The clueless people who are REI members. Not to mention the tree hugging hippies that have a stick lodged in their butt sideways. Yep, you hate me and I hate you guys too. I will be the guy out on the trail or the guy having a good time with my friends, then when you come up to another group with your holier than thou attitude I will be the guy telling you to get bent, or go into graphic detail where and how you can go fornicate yourself with any number of nearby tree branches. I am always amazed when I see people who think they have some sort of say over others when out in the middle of nowhere. And let's not forget here on the internet.

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greg wrote a review of on July 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The Bug shield works awesome.
I put it up and have really enjoyed lounging around in it both laying down and sitting in it just swinging back and forth.
I mainly got it for when we go back to Hawaii and just want to chill under some palm trees. mainly brought on by the fact that many of the beaches that you can visit only allow resort guests to use the chairs and chaise lounges at their beach. Many of the beaches we went to had palm trees right at the beach and this would make for a very easy set up.
I also purchased the ENO Atlas straps and they make setting this thing up way too easy.
I did sleep in the thing overnight and I have mixed feelings about it.

The Good:
It is comfortable being off the ground and no need for a mattress.
The double is quite large and gives a cocoon feeling as it wraps around you. If you throw the stuff sack that is attached to the side over the top over the other side it completely wraps around you giving almost zero space for any lil sombitch mosquito to even attempt a bloodsucking mission.

The Bad:
That was one of the worst nights sleep I have ever had. I woke up throughout the night with cramps in the back of my legs especially in the calves.
I woke up twice gasping for air like I was being suffocated by the cocoon effect of the extra material wrapping around you. I tried to open it up as much as possible but when I woke up the second time gasping for fresh air I had about enough of sleeping in the thing. I could see if there was a sufficient breeze blowing that you could get fresh air but that brings me to the last concern about this thing. You have zero insulation underneath you and you get cold underneath very easily. I understand that there are ways to insulate under hammocks but when you go to bed and it is still warm out then if and when the temperatures drop or plummet at all during the night you are going to freeze your ass off.

Anytime you sleep outside there are pros and cons to any sleep system.

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greg wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

4 5

Try and find a non cotton white long sleeved shirt for hiking on snow. I have been looking for years to find a white one.

Hiking to Camp Muir during the summertime and having a dark colored shirt kinda sucks when the sun is beating down on you and you are trudging your way up.

I really like this shirt and so glad I was able to finally grab a white one before they all got snatched up.

Well, well... See that. The white ones in popular sizes are all ready gone.

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greg wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

4 5

I purchased this pack for my wife and thought she was going to reject it because I thought it was going to be Banana yellow and then it was just going to be My pack. It is definitely more green than yellow. I have seen sulfur and it is more yellow than green. She was fine with the 'green' sulfur color and it fits her really well. I look like I am trying to stuff myself into a young girls training bra when I put it on. Once I get the straps all lengthened out it fits fine. It is on the petite side of things. I just feel like there should be a Hello kitty emblem on the back of it because it almost seems like a toy backpack on my back.

I really like the features they were able to put on such a small pack. The water bladder sleeve with the little strap at the top to keep the bladder from collapsing down to the bottom of the sleeve. The drinking tube access point and tube holder on the shoulder strap. The extendable cinch collar and top that has storage, along with all the other little webbing straps are just really well thought out.

It is just a great little pack

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greg wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

4 5

I have quite a few dry bags for kayaking but purchased one of these for mountaineering and hiking for stuffing and compressing the sleeping bag.

I don't think I will ever use this thing for using in the kayak, Nope, it just doesn't seem durable enough. For stuffing it in your backpack, no problem.

I got the Medium for my Marmot lithium 0 degree down bag. It does make it a bit smaller than just stuffing it into the stuff sack it came with. Every bit of space counts when you are trying to fit everything in there.

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greg wrote a review of on July 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these man thongs. Slip right into them and let them floss between the space were you wouldn't want to stick your finger on my feet.

Oh Yeah. That is the sweet spot. Nothing says Summer like slipping into your two sizes too small itsy bitsy banana hammock and then walking down the beach showing your sexy man goods to all the young ladies needing to see all the interesting places where a man can grow hair and what they can look forward to after they get married.

They will get stinky before they wear out. I am on my second pair of these 'thongs' and I Love them.

My first pair was getting a little ripe and getting a bit too smelly. I think it was just becoming sensory overload for all the young ladies whose eyes were already burning and then to have my stinky man feet kicking the shit out of their olfactory glands just didn't seem fair. I don't want to be responsible for young ladies everywhere not embracing marriage and what they have to look forward to for the rest of their life.

A beach towel, a tiny swimsuit and these 'thongs' are all you need for your entire summertime attire. Oh, and don't forget the cocoa butter.

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greg wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

4 5

I like it but it is a strange jacket. The material is a cross between a soft shell and a hard shell. Only heavier.

The main zipper only comes up below the chin so being on a chairlift or being on the side of a windy mountain would suck balls if you wanted to try and hunker your face behind the jacket like you can with the majority of other jackets made for skiing or mountaineering.

The hood is enormous and fits like complete shit without a helmet on. With a helmet it is perfectly fine.

The sleeves are a bit tight but I am finding that is the case with many new jackets coming out. 'Slim Fit' or 'Athletic Cut'. I call it a 'Skinny Metrosexual Cut' for the guys who own skinny pants.

The butter cuffs are fine and the thumb loop is less than useless. The velcro cuff straps are all you need. Though I don't find a need for them because the sleeves can't go up any further on my arms and they don't seem excessively long.

The front pockets are in the standard location for a regular knock around jacket so them saying they are chest height is a claim that is full of shit.

The jacket is a good jacket and it would work well if it fits you. I am 5' 7" and 200lbs. The large fits me fine except in the arms. I really don't have much of a gut and carry the majority of my weight through my shoulders, back and chest. I can't imagine how it would fit a taller guy. The jacket isn't long on my torso at all and I don't find the arms long either.

This jacket is either going to fit you or it isn't. I think every guy is going have little issues with the cut of it.

Bottom line.. It is awesome to have a soft shell that can handle wet conditions and can breath when you are sweating like a little piggy underneath.

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greg wrote an answer about on July 21, 2014

The hood is enormous. It is made for wearing a helmet and looks a bit dorky when up without one on. Especially because the main zipper stops below the chin and you get this huge opening for your face so you get this large amount of excess material making a sail for any gust of wind to catch. I don't see how it would stay up without a helmet on if it was windy out and you caught a gust in the face.

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greg wrote a review of on July 19, 2014

4 5

These are a great Man Panty.

I agree with Kevin below that they are kinda snug on the grapes. Though I don't mind it. I bought them because I wanted a supportive pair of undies for my front man Phil and his dirty sister Annalee.

What I like about these Man Panties is the fact they don't ride up when you slip into your other layers. Looser Boxers seem to ride up and I am always needing to slide my hands down between the undies and the next layer because they have ridden up and feel like they are in the front and rear pockets of the next layer. These things just slip right in and no issues whatsoever.

I wish I could say I get the Riverdance experience in these but alas the magic just isn't there. Don't get me wrong... You could still prance around the campsite in these and still be the talk of the outing and all. They just don't bring out the Celtic warrior princess in me.

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greg wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Yeah, I am one of those guys who smell the crotch and armpits of my clothes to tell if they are dirty or not. It might be stained but that doesn't mean it isn't clean. Yes, there is such a thing as a clean Skid Mark. Sometimes you just have to stick your nose in there to make sure.

This stuff does work well to make the base layers you made stinky smell better. Especially when you hit the jackpot and finally find a clean pair to throw on. I have had the times when I wasn't quite sure and as soon as I start to man moisten them they turn rank immediately and that sure doesn't make you popular with anyone you are riding in the car with or your less than pleased tent mate.

Nikwax products have a certain smell. I characterize it as an Elmers glue smell. Every time I wash or treat my clothes I have flashbacks of being back in elementary school and remembering the kids who used to eat paste and Elmers glue hand skin.

Getting a reminiscent scent of childhood is better than getting a schnoz full of nether region man stank or the scent of the furry little monsters I keep under each arm.

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greg wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am like the equivalent of Pig Pen from the Charlie Brown cartoon. Though the cloud of dust swirling around him is like a cloud of man stink swirling around me. This is a great product for making my man regions tolerable when I decide to stank out.

Base layers hold stink. No getting around it. I really don't want to smell what I was smelling like on my last outing. No one does.

This is a great product for taking care of your 'Man Stink'. The only thing worse than man stink is 'Woman Stink'. Seriously.. What the hell do you gals get into to make the stink some of you make? It is like the power of a woman fart versus a guy fart. Not even in the same league.

I know it helps with man stink. For you ladies? It is like some of you got into it with a skunk.

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greg wrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing.

The worst part of setting up the tent and getting everything ready to sleep was blowing up the therm-a-rests. This thing makes it so easy.

We have a few of the large Neo Airs and this thing inflates them so easily and quickly. The noise is loud and is annoying but it doesn't really take that long to fill so it is a minimal nuisance. So glad the days of squeezing the stuff sack/inflation bags or blowing till you get light headed are over. Not to mention it keeps your mattress from getting humidity from your breath getting in the mattress and causing mold or mildew.

It uses the same batteries as the UV Steri pen I have so having extra batteries on hand isn't an issue.

Great product.

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greg wrote a review of on July 8, 2014

4 5

Fit: Runs small

These things are sized small. Way small.

I am a standard medium in every Mountain Hardwear bottom. These things are tiny. The inseam length on the tag says it is the 5" but it measures out to be like 3.5". I am guessing the 3" shorts would be right up Richard Simmons alley. I have always been scared to watch him because I think he is going to drop a nut out of his short shorts and that is something I just don't want to see.

I looked like I was trying to smuggle one of those super rare long haired Proboscis monkeys through airport security after I squeezed these things on. They are a really nice short but just a little short and coming in on the petite side of sizing.

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greg wrote a review of on July 7, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

Even I don't want to see most guys my age with their shirts off. A bit too hairy, a bit too pale and all the things that are just not where they are supposed to be anymore. We could call it 'Festively Plump' and lets just face it.. It's just not appealing to anyone. I am even noticing more and more that the fat man syndrome is affecting the younger generation even more lately. My wife and I point it out for the others enjoyment. saying something like.. "Hey Honey, Eye Candy at 10 o'clock." When she starts to gag or says something like "That's just not right.." I then reply.. "You're welcome."

I'm just saying you don't have to be like the fat kids swimming at the pool or at the beach with a soaking translucent Tee shirt on who think it is camouflaging their whiter than white fat rolls or their hefty set of droopy man titties they are trying to cover up. Which we all know doesn't work at all. "Hey look, fat kids with translucent tee shirts on.."

This shirt just lets you be a bit discrete and not show the world what you made of yourself during the off season. It also isn't a tight fitting shirt that makes you look like you just stuffed a pear into a lycra body suit which many a rash guard shirt does to many a man.

This shirt fits great and can be worn during and also to and from your water excursions giving you the peace of mind that you aren't showing the world more than you want to or more than you should.

It's just a normal looking Tee that can get wet and not look like you just draped a soaking translucent fat kid Tee over your fat hairy nakedness.

Hairy fat guys for the win.

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greg wrote a review of on July 4, 2014

5 5

Yeah, yeah... Everybody came.

These are really good. I was surprised that they are so much like a delicate little waffle cookie with just a bit of a gooey layer in between. It is a bit of a surprise when out on a trail and needing to add a bit of fuel to the tank and getting to eat something so good. I had some little kid being drug up the trail by his parents eyeballing my waffle when we took a little break. "Don't be eyeballing my waffle boy" is what I was thinking but was nice enough to hand one off to him before we kept going.

These waffles are legit. I was going to order the vanilla ones and was steered towards the honey flavor. Good call even though I am usually not the biggest fan of honey flavor.

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greg wrote a review of on July 4, 2014

5 5

Have you ever had one of those nights with annoying mosquitos or gnats buzzing you?

If you have ever slept outside you have. We all have had one of those those nights when that pesky lil sombitch mosquito is buzzing in your ear or you end up with bites all over you by morning.

Not anymore. This thing is awesome.

I tried it and thought it was just going to be a gimmicky claim. Nope, not one pesky sombitch the entire night while sleeping out under the stars on a very humid and still night. I thought I was going to be gazed upon like that fat roasted pig laid out at a Hawaiian luau being eye balled by every blood thirsty blood sucker in the vicinity. Maybe I was? I am delicious. But they sure as hell didn't come anywhere near me. I even tried it the next night and zero problems then too.

If you camp or hike or just like hanging out outside you need to get one of these things.

I am getting a second one for my wife because I have this feeling she will take mine and I will be the feast at the next fat guy luau we would be hosting when out under the stars.

I am also intrigued with using it for travel. The bedbug epidemic is becoming more and more widespread as our lovely friends from China and the rest of the Asian world are traveling more and more. I have heard story after story about people having bed bug issues even at high and higher end hotels. Yay for China. This would be an easy solution for any questionable location.

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greg wrote a review of on June 23, 2014

4 5

Fit: Runs small

I have worn them around and thought I had broken them in enough to take out on a long hike.

I love the shoes don't get me wrong. They grip like mad on rocks and steep slopes even with debris under foot. I was worried my wife was going to slip and land on her ass coming down some of the really steep sections on the trail but these things grip like crazy. Other people on the trail mentioned how comfortable they looked as we passed. Not really the case for me. I have a square foot in the toe area and had a chance to try on different sizes in the speedcross 3 at REI before purchasing these goretex versions from Backcountry for both my wife and I. The 10 fit snug and didn't cause any noticeable pain in my feet at the time. 10.5's were just too sloppy all around and my foot was slipping all over the place.

Going up was a bit painful in the left foot and no real issues with the right at all. Coming down was a different story completely. Holy shite balls Batman. My middle toes on both feet were screaming for mercy. After a mile plus I was quivering from the pain and tried to tuff it out for as long as I could. I finally tore my shoes and socks off and started walking down the trail barefoot... Yeah, that got some great looks. With a ways still to go I tore the green superfeet out and put my socks and shoes back on. Oh baby, that was the ticket. I took the superfeet to work and belt sanded the grey forefoot padding down about as much as I could to thin out the volume and I am wearing them now while I type this. Better, but not that great through the rest of the foot. The green superfeet are too high volume for these shoes and my feet. I think I will be going for the superfeet carbon low volume insole for these shoes.
The supplied insoles that come with the shoes have zero arch support and they are made to fit this type of low volume shoe.

I think they are a great shoe for being out on the trail. They grip like crazy.

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