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janodeswrote a review of on December 29, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this a few years ago believing the positive reviews. I was immediately disappointed by the primitive presta head, it has to be screwed tight to hold on the valve while pumping,and has very little adjustment between "too tight to get on and falling apart in your hand". That should have been a deal breaker but I decided to keep it as a back up. In light of BCs new return policy that was a mistake. back when I bought this, they had an
REI type 100% satisfaction guaranteed lifetime. Now that the pump has failed completely, after very light use, I'm stuck with it. I looked at putting a different, lever locking head on it but there is no way to secure the head to the pump when not in use, so it will end up on the floor, and now that it has failed internally [after a few dozen uses] I'd have to rebuild it. My original, cheap Bell pump is much better than this as is a
Serfas, that was my main pump until it failed. I had put a Blackburn head on the Serfas a while back and really like the way it locks on the valve. I have recently got a used Blackburn and it is much better than this.

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janodeswrote a review of on May 24, 2013

5 5

I've worn Chaco sandals for years and like their solid foot/arch support. I am pleased to enjoy the same comfort in this classic wellington style boot. They remind me of my Fry boots from years ago except with all day comfort, and I suffer from plantar faciitis yet don't need special insoles in these. I like them so much I bought a second pair in Tan and look forward to wearing in cold seasons ahead.

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janodeswrote a review of on July 16, 2011

won't pitch taut
3 5

I took this on a two week kayaking trip in the Broughton Archipelago. We were there in mid June and had the campsites pretty much to ourselves so I was able to use the flattest best tent sites available. Every evening I would constantly readjust the stakes trying to get the fly to pitch taut around the door. I had read that other users had that problem and thought they were just "challenged" when it came to tent pitching. They were right, there is something about the cut of this tent that defies equal tension on the fly. It was dry in downpour conditions and had no measurable condensation and seemed to retain heat sufficiently on cold mornings and overall appears to be quality constructed but the fly is not SilNylon. At least not like any of the other SilNylon tarps and tent flys I own and so doesn't pack down as small as it might. I was looking to upgrade to a freestanding state of the art tent but am taking BC.com up on their satisfaction guarantee and returning it and will try a MSR HUBBA HUBBA

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janodeswrote a review of on October 18, 2009

5 5

Kokotat has a real winner here with a vest that you forget it's on yet has very safe, adjustable flotation. I have had one of these since they were introduced and have used it on many long paddling trips. This spring in Greece I capsized in the middle of a 15 mile crossing between islands in big rolling, breaking swells. When I found myself in the water holding on to my boat I thought about pulling the ripcord to inflate the vest but realized I was floating fine without it and that the extra bulk of an inflated vest would make the re-entry more cumbersome. What I learned is I'd only use the vest inflated if I would end up spending much more time in the water.
The one big pocket holds my EBIRB with expandable room for other stuff and the smaller pocket with stretch sides holds my VHF radio firmly. Both pockets have plastic D's for tethering contents.
I especially like the fact the lower back of the vest is just mesh and straps not interfering with my seat back.
The vest is very adjustable for fit and comfort. Overall the ultimate sea kayaking life jacket!

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janodeswrote a review of on October 14, 2009

5 5

I'm glad to see Backcountry has restocked the Montrail and Montrail LP insoles. The heat formed insoles are better than any other I've tried including Superfeet in several colors, anything from Dr Scholls, and two different Dr prescribed $300 orthotics. I was suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and nothing helped until I tried some heat moldable insoles from Sole' which is the same principle as the Montrails, becoming molded to your foot after being placed in the oven for a couple minutes then placed in the shoe or boot you'll be using them in then standing in the shoe til they cool. The Sole's held up well but when I went to buy some more for other footwear I found the Montrails on sale for about half the price and that's when I switched.

The regular Montrail I use in boots and the Montrail LPs I use in anything lower profile like my Merrell Chameleon Stretch or biking shoes. I've worn them everyday for years in my work boots and no longer have any pain in my heal or calf from the PF. The insoles last me over a year of daily wear, and can be remolded and refitted
in another shoe.

Over time, usually when they're on sale, I have purchased different insoles for every boot or shoe I own because I didn't want to have to switch insoles every time I put on a different pair and they mold to each specific pair of shoes differently. So now each new shoe I buy, I get some Montrails to go inside for comfort and support.

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janodeswrote a review of on June 21, 2009

4 5

I don't know who came up with the long handled spoon originally but it address the problem of stiring up your dehydrated dinner after you pour in the boiling water. It reaches into the corners of the bags much better that regular spoons and keeps you from burning your fingers in the stew. Then scoops the meal out of the bag without getting goo all over your paws. I would suggest that they turn it into a spork for the ultimate camping utensil.

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janodeswrote a review of on June 21, 2009

1 5

I bought this set mainly for the spatula so I could flip a pancake or turn an omelette on one of my trips. I was trying out a new titanium cookset/frying pan on my last one and the frying pan didn't distribute heat worth s#%t and the spatula melted to the pan when I was trying to rescue my pancakes from burning. What a mess. In theory, one could control the heat in a camp stove but that is rarely the case so a good spatula is necessary to manage breakfast. Some other reviewer suggested a small metal spatula from Pampered Chef, fortunately, I had one and find it a realistic alternative to this. I do really like the Backcountry Brand Titanium long spoon but that is another review.

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janodeswrote a review of on October 2, 2008

4 5

My main PFD is a Kokatat Sea2o which is the lowest
profile, most comfortable vest ever. That is mainly because it's inflatable either manually or by pulling a ripcord when full inflation is needed but that is another review. What is similar to the Bahia Tour is the mesh back with foam mostly mounted high up. Until I got my Sea02 my PFDs would always ride up to rub my chin.
Resuming paddling rivers with some class three water I wanted a solid foamed vest with the mesh back but with all the pockets and lashtabs I had become accustomed to with touring models.
The Bahia Tour is just such a design. I looked everywhere to see a photo of the back before I purchased it and couldn't find one even on Kokatats website. It does have a thin piece of foam in a sleeve at the bottom of the back below the mesh section, I slit open the sleeve and removed the foam then sewed up the slit to make it more like the fit of the Sea02. Manufacturers warn against modifying PFDs but this has a huge ammount of foam on the front and was rated highest in floatation so the little bit of foam I removed shouldn't be missed for my body weight.
There is so much foam in the front the vest felt awkward when I tried it on but after fooling around with the adjustments got it to fit comfortably and have paddled a few long days on the river in it and it is very comfortable.
This would be best for paddling sit on tops with tall seatbacks or anyone like me who had a problem with vests being pushed up by the seat. If your only paddling big water get the Sea02

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