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lightningp423179

Colorado, California, Texas

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I just like to push myself hard and accomplish things I once thought were impossible.

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lightningp423179 wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

5 5

First, you never want to HAVE to use one of these but if you ever do, they are very good at keeping you warm.

The size is nice. I've used the smaller blankets before and having the larger just makes it easier to wrap yourself up if you need to. I suppose you could fit 2 people in one(like the picture) but I'm 6ft 200 pounds and I think it would be really hard to have 2 people in one.

Other than that, it is pretty much your typical foil survival blanket that keeps you warm when you need to be.

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lightningp423179 wrote a review of on July 3, 2010

5 5

Long story short, often times when you're doing a paddling endurance races you need to hook a drink tube to your water source that can stretch far enough so that it will go in your mouth and let you paddle without having to hold it in your mouth while you bite down and drink. The Platypus does not allow for this b/c it's a more tough bite valve to bite down on and requires that you hold it in your mouth at a specific pressure point in your teeth so that you can actually apply enough press to get the water out.... if that makes sense. Basically I couldn't drink without using my hands with the platypus valves. These bite valves are more soft and allow for you to just put the valve in your mouth and then go hands free. I don't like the hydrolock ones b/c you have to suck a little harder.

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lightningp423179 wrote a review of on July 3, 2010

5 5

... I mean it's just a first aid kit so I can't say I "love it" b/c I haven't really had to use it much but I will give it 5 stars. I bought it b/c I needed a waterproof kit for when I paddle. While there are a lot of waterproof first aid kits, this one had everything I needed and is also really lightweight. Submerged the boat a few times and it nothing got wet.

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lightningp423179 wrote a review of on July 3, 2010

4 5

I wanted a water shoe that had a little more support than the Salomon Tech Amphibian so I tried these and actually liked them better.

They fit true to size and drain water well. I also got a lot less rocks/sand in my shoe then I would with the Tech Amphibian. The lacing system is easy and keeps the shoes on tight. The only thing I didn't really like was the lack of traction I would get walking on wet or submerged rocks. But since I only had to get out of the boat a few times for the Safari, they worked fine - I just had to be really cautious. If they had the traction of the Tech Amphibian, I would have given them a 5 star rating.

If you're looking for a water shoe that has more support and traction isn't as important, I would go with these over the Tech Amphibian, The North Face Padda and the Columbia outpost. If traction is important, go with the Tech Amphibian. I'd say about 95% of the people who do the Texas Water Safari wear the Tech Amphibian.

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