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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 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 personal flotation devices.
You don't need one if you are SUP surfing. Nope, that is much safer than taking a 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 to shore without one.

It is nice to know you have a back up PFD in case of any emergency.

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greg wrote a review of on May 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like the calf ones. The ankle ones just seem to get in the way more.

The quality is first rate with Dakine.

Might I have gone with a coiled one for SUP? Yeah maybe if I had to do it over. The long leashes for SUP catches on crap that is floating in the water. Milfoil and other plant matter.

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greg wrote a review of on May 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the three piece for travel reasons.

I sold Werner paddles and I have never been disappointed with their products.

I went round and round on which paddles to get for myself and my wife.
After talking with the people at Werner it sealed the deal. Their paddle shape is the best for a multitude of ways of paddling. Touring, riding waves or fitness. They did the testing and we get their awesome paddle.

Yes, it is worth the price.

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greg wrote a review of on May 28, 2015

4 5

I have an Eno double and it is massive.

I bought a Grand Trunk single because I read Outdoor Gear Labs ratings on hammocks.

I prefer to use the GT single over the Eno double.

The Eno's were just on sale and I thought I would give one of their singles a try. They are smaller than the GT singles in both width and length.

The only negative with purchasing the GT single is the carabiners that are steel and heavy as hell. Not to mention the crappy cords for hanging that come with it. I used them for the first time with the Eno single with my standard attachment points I have on our deck. The hammock was pretty high because of the shorter length and when I sat in it the stretch of the cords had me sitting on the ground in less than a second.

So bottom line..

The GT single is better for a decent sized person than the Eno single.
You will need to buy hammock straps with either. (Eno Atlas Straps are the way to go)
After comparing the carabiners you would want to get two compact wire gate carabiners too. (Metolius F.S. Mini Carabiners are nearly the exact same size as the Eno's but better quality.)

Eno makes a really compact and light single. The Pro Nest single. I am guessing that would be the equivalent of wearing a two sizes too small banana hammock at the beach and trying to keep all your man parts stuffed in there.

I like the Eno single but it is harder to get situated in that the GT single. I sometimes use a closed cell foam pad in the GT and also an underquilt when I go camping. The Eno would make putting anything under you a bear to keep in place while you tried getting in. I am going to keep it and that one will be my wife's to use or if we go on vacation. .

I would have to give it to the Grand Trunk single if someone asked me which one to get.

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greg wrote a review of on May 26, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

How cold being at 10,000+ ' on a clear night can get during the summer. Yeah, This is the bomb to have brought with you when the temps drop below freezing.

Hiking to Muir as you sweat your nuts off only to be greeted with freezing temps as the sun goes down. Been there done that and it is a real eye opening experience.

You want to pack light and the thought of bringing a thicker puffy seems overkill for an overnight spent at Muir. When you are sitting there shivering and trying to warm yourself with every possible layer you can throw on you will wish this jacket was in your arsenal.

If I was attempting a summit climb I would bring my Nilas jacket but for a summer overnighter it seems like overkill. This thing fills that void and I got it to fill that gap of wanting and needing a warm puffy during the summer when you are at altitude. I have a ghost whisperer and it does fine at lower altitudes in the evening. Muir is too cold for a thin puffy as your main insulation. Trust me, it sucks.

Do I worry about the waterproofness of this jacket? Not really, it is why I always carry a shell jacket. Being out on a glacier on a beautiful summer evening freezing your ass off staring at hypothermia is a bigger concern than trying to get this to act like a rain jacket the rest of the year.

I have the past phantom jacket with no hood. It wasn't baffled is more of a packable urban jacket and the one I take when we travel to Europe during the winter. This jacket has climbing in mind. The butter cuffs, the two way zipper from the bottom and the two internal pockets as well. The baffled construction and parka length just screams take me to the mountains and use me in the cold.

The previous years hooded Phantoms sold out so quickly I never had a chance to grab one. I am kinda glad they did because this years is an improvement over those ones.

The only negative I could say is concerning the hood and it isn't really a big deal. There is no adjustment to cinch it up very well if you don't have a helmet on. It has the two front cinches but it doesn't have anything at the rear so it wants to flop into your face. I am usually wearing a baseball cap if I am not wearing a helmet . I could see if you were not wearing a helmet or a ball cap that it would become a nuisance.

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greg wrote a review of on May 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: M 30

I wasn't sure how well I was going to like these, but I more than like them.

Being a short little bastard I really appreciate any company who make pants to fit us. I don't need a medium that has a 32+" inseam that wears out the rear cuffs as they drag on the ground, but some people do and some need the 34" inseam. Good for prAna.

Anyone debating getting a pair should. I highly recommend these pants.

Do you remember the two holes they would put on tennis shoes down by the arch ? Yeah the ones to let your foot stench out. I couldn't believe it when I saw that prAna did the same thing in these pants crotch area. They have three holes on both legs right below your man tenders. Sit there and lift a leg and the aroma from your crotch wafts out. If that doesn't turn the ladies on I don't know what will. It is like a pheromone party in your pants.

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greg wrote a review of on April 21, 2015

4 5

Fit: Runs large

It states it is a belay jacket. The sizing is huge though.

I purchased a Large and it fits like a XL. Long sleeves and long body, with a cavernous hood.

I re ordered a Medium and it fits like an athletic cut Large with a slightly long body. The cinch cord makes it less noticeable.

If you want a great jacket for what it was intended for then stay with your normal size and be prepared for a larger jacket. If you want a great jacket to stand alone and have a athletic cut go a size smaller.

It seems like a better jacket for where I live and the things I like to do than getting a compressor jacket and not getting any real waterproofness.

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greg wrote a review of on February 8, 2015

5 5

I own the RidgeRest Solite that rolls up but I got one of the Z lite SOL's and would recommend it over the RidgeRest SoLites if you are having trouble deciding.

The way the Z Lite folds into itself makes it the better choice for strapping it to your pack. I also think the egg carton style dimples trap more warm air from your body and is a bit squishier than the RidgeRest. It has a tendency to want to accordion back up when you initially lay it out but it really isn't a big deal.

I was up at Camp Muir this past August and there were two guys who decided to leave their sleeping pads at the car and opted to not carry the extra weight. They set up their single person tents out on the glacier and I saw them the next morning. One guy was almost hypothermic and the other guy bailed on his buddy in the middle of the night and found a place in the public shelter. I spoke to both and was really confused and a bit concerned why the one guy was so cold. When the second guy came out of the shelter and was wondering where his buddy was. It all made sense as soon as he told me they didn't have pads under them while sleeping in their tent on the snow out on the glacier. Luckily the weather wasn't worse and that it was in August. If the weather would have been worse and it wouldn't have warmed up the next morning or there wouldn't have been a shelter. Those guys would have both been fooked.

It seems like a really stupid thing to need to bring. But it is even a more stupid thing to leave it behind.

If you are thinking about getting a closed cell foam pad.. This is a great one to get.

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greg wrote a review of on January 28, 2015

5 5

I kinda prefer the narrow mouth to the wide mouth nalgenes.

I had owned a few from a decade plus ago and bought a few more for our trip to Hawaii even though the old ones were still going strong.

They are pretty much indestructible and only start to look like crap after being scratched up over the years.

I brought a few of these bottles to Hawaii and used them to hold cocktails in the soft cooler. $15 for a small crappy Mai Tai at our hotels bar and pool. No way in hell. I got 16 oz clear keg cups, 1 gallon zip lock bags to hold clean ice and the other accoutrements in the cooler, fresh limes, orange curacao, orgeat, light and dark rum, the accoutrements of maraschino cherries and slices of fresh pineapple. I squeezed and mixed the ingredients together and filled two nalgenes. In the third nalgene was the dark rum. Fill the cup with ice and fill it with your mai tai mix, add a cherry and a slice of pineapple, then top it of with a splash or two of dark rum. Easy and so much better than an over priced Mai tai made with that crappy pre bottled Mai tai mix. And.. You don't have to keep walking back from the beach to get your drinks back at the pool. Not to mention just sitting in the privacy of your own room, having cocktail hour on your own lanai and getting to watch the sunset.

These nalgenes are really useful in so many different ways, with the measurements on the side it makes it so easy to mix large quantities of booze together and get the ratios right.

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greg wrote a review of on January 27, 2015

4 5

I finally bought a Snow Peak Spork. I had been looking at them for awhile and thought I would give it a try.

It is light and it has a good surface area so you can get a good amount of grub into your mouth with each sporkful.

It isn't really a great spoon and it really isn't a great fork but it covers two bases at once.

I almost wish I would have gotten the shorter version of Snow Peaks Spork because the handle is a little long to stash in some nesting pot setups. It is also a little short to be good with eating out of freeze dried meal pouches. So I feel the benefit of a shorter handle would be a greater benefit. But at least they do make one that is shorter.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

5 5

I like these Beaners.. Is the short version of carabiner biner or beaner? God forbid I say something un PC. Either way it sounds the same.

It is hard to do reviews on biners. They either work or they don't work. Biners come in different shapes and sizes. What is your intended use for the biner? Do you want one biner to work in unison with another biner? I think it all comes down to personal preference when choosing a biner. I like biners to be the same size and shape so there is some uniformity. If you find a biner that works it is a pretty good chance that picking more of the same biners will work too.

I really like these biners.. For me they are just the right size, shape and weight. They are also really strong and they really don't cost much when you need to pick up a few. They do a great job holding stuff and some people use them for a multitude of uses around the house.

None the less. If you are looking for a great biner these are the ones you should pick up. And No.. You won't find them at the HomeDepot . I have seen biners at HomedDepot but I don't think they are rated for climbing use. Not to put down the biners you find there. I am sure they are great biners for small projects around the house and small construction sites. Aisle 5 about halfway down on the right under the bungee cords.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

4 5

I was taught to keep the outside of my pack clean and not have crap strapped all over it dangling around. Bottles do fine inside the pack with not getting frozen when your body is against it.

We have all seen the people whose packs look like a Gypsy wagon as they clamber by. Stop every hour to hour and a half and pull out your bottle.

I like these because you can leave bottles out of your sleeping bag and out of your parka if it isn't way below freezing and they help insulate warm water or beverages from getting cold quickly.

I will agree it is a nice winter essential but there is no need for one the rest of the year when most people do their hiking and climbing.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

4 5

I have forgotten to screw my screw locks into their safety position many times before. It isn't until I am unclipping that I realize I forgot to screw the lock down.

What is great about the Triact lock is that once it is in the closed position it is locked.

It just makes it a no brainier.

I am very fortunate that I haven't had issues with any carabiners as of yet so doing reviews on anything other than size and shape and ease of use seems like there really isn't much to say about them. They work or they fail. Pretty black and white. Now add the human element to something that should work and be perfectly safe and you can come up with any number of issues. So I think what is nice about these Carabiners is that they remove one element of forgetfulness out of the equation.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

4 5

I like the 2 liter because you can put it in your pack and it conforms to what your pack is doing. I just keep refilling my nalgene bottle and stuff it back in the pack till the last refill. I think it is much easier to use than having two extra rigid nalgenes stuffed in there.

The only reason I go with the rigid nalgenes over this pouch is if I want to put any electrolytes or amino fuel into my bottles. I just use the pouch for plain water.


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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

4 5

Compared to any of the plastic helmets this thing can get dented with anything hard being pressed against it.

I have a few dents in it from being shoved into a pack and having something being pressed hard against it.

I prefer the Vector helmet to my plastic helmet. I just know it won't take the abuse any plastic one can take.

It is very comfortable and I have found my head really doesn't get hot nor does it get cold when wearing it depending on the conditions. The headlamp clips work great too.

If I could go back and not buy my plastic helmet I wouldn't have bought it and just gone with one of these. Now would I ever loan my Vector helmet for anyone to use? No way in hell. I know it would come back beat to shit and have the dents to prove it.

You aren't going to be seeing these in any outfitters rental gear.

For personal use.. I would recommend it because it is a great helmet.

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greg wrote a review of on January 25, 2015

4 5

What I like the most about the mug is the sleeve and the flip up lid opening.

I was using a MSR mug which is a good mug but it doesn't have a way to close the top drinking port. I have spilled hot drinks before just trying to move around in and out of the tent and just when you are not holding it taking sips. You set it down and things start getting jostled around and it spills. What I like about the lid on this thing is that it doesn't leak. Flip it closed and no worries.
I wasn't really sure how I was going to like the strap handle but it works just fine. I also like the fact you can pull the mug out of the sleeve to clean it . The sleeve has a rubberized non skid bottom so it won't slide if you set it on a un level surface.

For the price it is a better value than a lot of mugs out there.

I would recommend it if you are looking for a light insulated mug.

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