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mike franks

mike franks

Washington/Idaho

mike franks's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

mike franks's Bio

What drives me to get up in the morning...Well to make money so I can spend it on toys:)

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 11, 2015

4 5

The info above says a single shoes weighs 2lb and 7 oz. That is for both shoes combined. These shoes do take sometime to break in. The tongue at the very top would give me some problems at first. Once they were broken in I have no issues with the tongue. I have been thru many creeks with these shoes and they kept me dry. I have not have a massive rain fall so far with these shoes, but I don't get many living in the arid pacific northwest region of Washington/Oregon. These shoes are very comfortable to me and feet. I would suggest a half size up to help with the narrow toe area.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

4 5

Its a great pack for long backpacking adventures. I love the water bottle holder angled towards the person. The biggest con I have for the bag is its weight. Its heavy. I switched to a Osprey Exos58 and saved 3.5 pounds of weight. That's a lot of food I can take with a 3.5 pounds savings. Also, with the padded backing of the pack your back will be wet after hiking all day long...Its a comfortable pack no doubt, but there are better and lighter packs that will get the job done. Also, with these bigger packs it makes you take more gear than you actually need to take...

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

4 5

I love how they don't weigh much. The cork does well on the poles especially when sweating on the trail. No grip loss at all. The only complaint I have is the rubber tips you can buy for these poles don't stay on. I have lost two sets of the rubber feet. I guess I am going to have too glue them on next time or just not buy them anymore.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

4 5

I use this pad every weekend for way over a year. I never take out my sleeping pad from my bag until I am ready to blow it up...So far no issues of air loss. This pad works great with my Lost Ranger down bag. With these air pads you have to treat them like babies: to keep from getting holes in them. Its the only downside to them. For comfort they cannot be beaten.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 9, 2015

5 5

This bag is great for people who want extra room in their bag. I love having the sleeping pad as part of the bag. I hate rolling off my sleeping pads. That's a thing of the past. Make sure you pair it with a 15 degree sleeping pad or you will be cold. If you sleep cold at night this isn't the bag for you...You need to think about getting a mummy style bag with less room in it... A cold sleeper will never be able to warm up the extra space in this bag. Also, at night wear a thermal layer and wool socks. I have never been cold in this bag. I sometimes have to open the bag at night to cool down. I own the 78 inch bag, so I can extend my feet while sleeping on my stomach. I also have a silk liner in my bag to keep the dirt and oil off my bag. Its way easier to wash my silk liner than my sleeping bag. The long bag weighs in at 3 pounds which is a little heavy compared to other bags on the market, but the sleeping pad pocket in my opinion is valuable to me.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 9, 2015

5 5

It does the job its intended to do. Works great for mountainhouse meals. Never had an issue with collapsing on me while eating. The bottom of the bowl can be used as a cutting board, but I have never used it for that purpose. Eventually, you might have to worry about the silicone getting ripped overtime. I don't know how long that will take until it fails or if it will fail. I do like how small it collapses down and fits into my pack.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 9, 2015

4 5

I have used this for over a year every weekend. It does freeze up sometimes when using the camera, which does take sometime to unfreeze the GPS. Its the only issue I have with this GPS unit. This unit has been in downpours while hiking in my pocket and it keeps on going. I love being able to see where I am on the trail and being able to see the stats during my hikes. I do wish the basecamp program worked better than it does. I change out my microSD cards with the Oregon and Idaho maps.The camera does take great photos for what it is. The screen works well in sunlight. If you want to save battery life, there are ways to make the backlight turnoff within a minute. I can go a whole day easily on one set of batteries and half a day the next. The more you use the camera the more it drains your batteries. Its not a perfect GPS unit but it does what I need it to do. I do wish they would make a unit for text messaging people back home, SOS feature , and a weather radio built into one unit. I know its possible to do it.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 9, 2015

5 5

This bag is great with weights under 30 pounds. Has plenty of room for my gear. The bag is as simple as you can get. NO unnecessary compartments adding more weight. A lot of people complain about the shoulder harness and waist belt material, I haven't had any issues with fit nor feel of the material. You can remove the brain part of the bag to save weight. It comes built in with a built in piece of fabric that allows you to seal up the bag after you remove the brain. I love the mesh side pockets that allow me to place my water bottles at an angle for easy reach. The compression straps are really thin compared to other bags. They seem to do a great job compressing the bag. I am very fond of the mesh back with the external wire frame. My back feels so much better after hiking. I have less sweat on my back for sure. You do have a stow away for the trekking poles, but I find that I never use this feature...This pack isn't made for everyone. In the end, my pack weight with three days of food and 1 L of water come in at around 24 pounds.

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mike frankswrote a review of on January 6, 2013

Nice lightweight pillow
4 5

This pillow packs down really small. 5"x2.5"x2.5" and weighs around 3 ounces for the medium. Its really easy to inflate and deflate. I find it comfortable to sleep on. The only downside I can see with this item is it could puncture pretty easy if your not careful. The Pillow comes with patches and glue to fix any holes.

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mike frankswrote a review of on September 26, 2012

2 5

This backpack is a nice looking backpack...I wish there were more compartments built into this pack. Also the side water holders are very difficult to reach when the pack on your back. The major con I have with this Crestone 75 is the comfort of the shoulder straps...I could never get the adjustment correct on them...I have worn many packs in my time but this one is not comfortable at all to me... A pack should not be hurting your shoulders only 6 miles into a long hike. I am going to return this product and find another pack with more options built into the pack....

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mike frankswrote a review of on December 15, 2010

5 5

This beanie is a better fit for normal heads...The Caden Beanie from North face is a little small for normal people...I prefer this one over the Caden...This is a nice stretchable wool with a fleece liner on the inside to keep your ears warm...I can say that this beanie and the North Face Bones Beanie are the same fit for me....The only difference in the two is the design... At least this Beanie gives you a little more choices in color design then does the Bones Beanie...

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mike frankswrote a review of on December 15, 2010

4 5

The beanie is made in Canada...I guess they have small heads up there...I do not have a big head at all and its really tight on my head...I am trying to stretch out the beanie while on my head to lengthen it...I can barely cover the tips of my ears with this one...The material itself is a nice design...There is no fleece band on the inside of the beanie...This will make a mid temperature beanie for me...I got it for free with my gift certificate...

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