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Writer. Reader of good books. Rock Climber. Desert lover.

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Pacewrote a review of on July 14, 2015

No joke espresso. You'll be impressed.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have a passion for the outdoors, a passion for espresso, and a passion for great design, the Handpresso Outdoor Set has your name all over it. Using a compact design reminiscent of a hand bike pump, the Handpresso achieves 16-bar pressure, allowing you to pull a top quality shot in just a few minutes, no batteries or electricity needed. I was skeptical at first, but it only took one espresso and to fall in love with the thing. Just pump the gauge up to 16 bar, fill with hot water, load the ground espresso coffee or an ESE pod, push the button, and watch in amazement as your cup fills with a perfect shot of espresso. Somehow, and this is really incredible, ۥthe shot is finished off with a perfect layer of crema on top. The Handpresso has won a stack of prestigious design awards and it'۪s easy to understand why. In addition to the Handpresso pump, this kit includes a padded carry case, four classy cups, and a thermos flask to keep water piping hot and ready to go at a moments notice. This would also make a great gift for the coffee lover on your list.

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Paceposted an image about on April 28, 2015

A Love Letter to My Selk Bag

Dear Selk Bag, I'm sorry I kept you packed away for the first 10 days of my 30-day river running expedition in the Grand Canyon. I was with people I'd never met, and I was afraid I'd be judged for wearing a spider man suit in camp. As you know, things got really cold and wet on day 10, and we've been the best of friends ever since. When coffee needed to be made in the 5am darkness, how I loved slipping on my boots and stumbling to the kitchen, without having to leave the comfortable warmth of a sleeping bag.
Thank you Selk Bag for allowing me to sprawl out on my sleeping pad in any configuration after having too many beverages around the fire, freed from the typical constriction of a mummy bag. And after 20-plus days without a shower, I didn't have to worry about my sweaty dirt crusted legs sticking together during the night, because each was individually wrapped in your soft synthetic insulation. On the subject of your synthetic fill, I was quite impressed with how quickly it dried after getting caught in the rain. Thank you for having zip-off feet that allowed me to wear boots and wander anywhere I desired in your warm embrace, and thank you for having velco tabs on the elbows to keep the mittens out of the way while doing the camp dishes. Most of all, thanks for helping camp feel as comfortable as home. You really are a game changer, especially during a month long expedition. I was mistaken to think that my fellow river rafters wouldn't like you, and I'm sorry for that. By day 30 they were all green with jealousy, wishing they had brought a friend as useful as you along for the journey. Sure, there will still be folks out there that think you're funny looking, but love is blind, and I'm head over heels for you. Let the haters hate, because it only takes one chilly day and your warm embrace will melt their hearts, just like you melted mine.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 23, 2014

Never Say Last Run
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

or bad things will happen, as I discovered. Wore the Misto on snowy powder day in northern Utah and was pleased as punch with it. You get great weather protection where you need it most on the shoulders and arms with stretchy softshell material through the torso for easy movement. I made a classic mistake of calling last run and flanked a tree on the final couple of turns, resulting in the white washing you see pictured here. Some lessons you learn the hard way.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Nostalgia you can Wear
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you were an outdoor-loving kid in late ‘80s and early ‘90s like I was, chances are high that a pair of Teva Originals will stir up the same memories for you as they did for me—a nostalgic blend of running through sprinklers, riding bikes, building forts, and the summer vacations that seemed to never end. The Original Flips are super simple just like they should be. The Durabrasion rubber lent ample traction for exploring slot canyons and ancient Navajo stone dwellings, and the EVA footbed has a Microban treatment to keep the stink down. I chose a women’s pair because I liked the teal and purple color, but there are great colors for men as well. To be completely honest, these flips haven’t left my feet since I’ve been home from the trip. For the full throwback effect, check out the Teva Universals that give you the ultra-classic dual strap look, also available for men and women.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Everyone can Play DJ
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Even though the houseboat was wired with enough speakers to make you think they were ornaments on a Christmas tree, we still found ourselves reaching for Sol Republic Bluetooth Speaker again and again. Despite its go-anywhere 4 x 7 -inch size, the volume and sound quality are surprisingly robust thanks to the internal R2 Sound Engines. We even put it to good use during the drive down for lack of an audio input cable. The Bluetooth connection will pair with your device from up to 300 feet away and it can pair with up to five devices at any time—so everyone on board got a chance to play DJ.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Brighter Colors for Real
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith claims its Chromapop technology can make your brain recognize true color faster, resulting in brighter colors wherever you turn your gaze. Now, this sounds like a marketing trick akin to tennis shoes that are guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher, but let me bear witness, it works exactly like they say it does—no joke. The water is bluer, the rocks redder, and the clouds are whiter; it’s like turning up the saturation and clarity in your photo-editing suite. If you don’t want your mother, sisters, and brother-in-law constantly bugging you for a turn wearing your shades, you might not want a pair of these. Sure, the world’s largest natural stone arch (Rainbow Bridge) looks great with the naked eye—but it’s even greater with a pair of these puppies on. If you’d written off ever buying a pair of $200 sunglasses again like I had, think again—these are actually worth every penny.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Vacation Memories Made Easy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once upon a time, folks relied on a 8mm Kodak Brownie to capture family vacation memories, now all you need to do is be a hero, so to speak. The latest edition of the GoPro is remarkably powerful for both video and photos. It goes under water, on land, snow, in the air, and it’s even been to the edge of outer space. It does ultra-high res, slow motion, time lapses, ultra-wide angles, can take 10 photos per second...the list goes on. Every time my sister showed me the images she was getting with it I was absolutely blown away. And let me remind you, it fits in your pocket and is practically idiot-proof.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Effortless Movement
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

A new brand for the Backcountry family, Hippy Tree is committed to surf, stone, and being “pioneers of aimless wandering.” I like these guys already. Turns out they are also committed to pioneering environmentally friendly fabrics and dialing in the perfect fit, and the Terrain Board Short is a great example. Made entirely from recycled polyester with a touch of spandex for stretch, the shorts have a gusseted crotch and no outseam for effortless movement—in the water or out. Perfect for wake surfing the endless wave behind the boat, climbing chossy sandstone over the water, or simply reading a book in the sun. The horizontal stripes even have a highly detailed topography print underneath that I spent way too much time looking at.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Does it All
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Made from military-grade rubber with an extra-wide deck, the Shubu Wide SUP is tough enough for rock-strewn rivers and stable enough for navigating choppy shoreline. That being said, our trip was focused more on relaxation than rapids, and the two Shubu boards we took with us were an absolute blast. Sure they’re great for paddling, but we also used them as floating tanning beds, aquatic yoga mats, and even for portaging our crew across icy cold potholes in a slot canyon (pictured). Plus, you can deflate the boards for easy transport in the trunk or backseat of your car.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Delivers Big on Fit and Fabric
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The two most important things I look for in pants are fit and fabric, and the KUHL Rydr pant delivers big on both. The Euro twill fabric reminds me of a really nice waxed canvas; it feels slightly stiff, durable, and it gets better with age. A touch of spandex combines with the gusseted crotch and articulated knees for complete freedom of movement. I was also pleased to discover that mosquitoes can’t bite through the fabric, which was a huge plus on this trip.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

One Shoe Quiver
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The hike to Priord Lake involved spongy bogs, sketchy log crossings over swollen streams, rocky talus fields, and double-digit mileage. The Boulder X Approach shoe took it all in stride. I like the Boulder X for backpacking because it blends the light and agile feel you get in a trail runner with some of the support and protection you’d get in a traditional hiking boot. Plus, you get climbing-shoe-inspired elements like the sticky rubber sole and a super precise lacing system. In short, it’s a true one-shoe quiver.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Side Sleep Comfortably
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’m a side sleeper, always have been, always will be—and this is why I’m in love with the NeoAir XLite. Not only does the pad pack up smaller than a Nalgene and weigh less than a pound, it also inflates to a plush 2.5 inches thick. When combined with the triangular core matrix that prevents air from shifting around, you can comfortably side sleep without bottoming out. I slept great, felt rested the next day, and I’m completely sold on this thing.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Light Body, Burly Fly
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The thing that really impressed me with the Stormlight is how Marmot combined an all-mesh tent body that’s super light and breathable, with a fly that’s sonically welded and PU coated for maximum burliness. The mesh body was perfect for taking a bug-free afternoon nap, and the fly shrugged off the screaming winds and heavy rains that came calling during the night. Plus, the three-pole design is simple to pitch and really does maximize livable space inside the tent.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Stays Lofty 10-Times Longer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Marmot Helium weighs just over two pounds, packs down small, has a silky smooth shell fabric, and all of that is great for backpacking, but my favorite thing about this bag is the Down Defender treatment. The treatment makes the down water-resistant, and that means it will maintain its loft for 10-times longer than untreated down. Remember that loft is practically synonymous with warmth, so this is a big deal, especially on multi-day trips.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Envy of the Crew
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When you encounter prehistoric sized mosquito swarms like we did, you only have a few options. You can cover your face and skin in high-strength (read ‘high-poison’) DEET, you can wear the Sea to Summit Bug Jacket, or you can retreat back to civilization. Not willing to leave our alpine paradise, we gladly went with the second choice. Yes you will look foolish and your friends will mock you in the beginning, but by the end of the trip it’s guaranteed to be the envy of the crew. Plus, it packs up tiny and weighs nothing, so you can always bring it along just in case.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Almost as Good as a Pack Goat
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Osprey packs we took to Priord Lake definitely have a “high tech” look, but after hiking 25 miles over three days with the packs, I’m convinced that all the tech is for function, not just for show. Osprey has a reputation for the best suspension systems out there, and the AirSpeed system didn’t disappoint. I could actually feel the air flow on my back when we were on the trail. With water and booze my kit weighed in at 29 pounds, and the Atmos carried it like a champ. I was also a big fan of the molded rubber pulls on the zippers that you can loop your finger through, and that’s just one example of the well-designed details these packs are loaded with. The women’s Aura 50 is the same pack as the Atmos, just fitted with a gender-specific hipbelt and harness.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Tech for Function, Not just for Show
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Osprey packs we took to Priord Lake definitely have a “high tech” look, but after hiking 25 miles over three days with the packs, I’m convinced that all the tech is for function, not just for show. Osprey has a reputation for the best suspension systems out there, and the AirSpeed system didn’t disappoint. I could actually feel the air flow on my back when we were on the trail. With water and booze my kit weighed in at 29 pounds, and the Atmos carried it like a champ. I was also a big fan of the molded rubber pulls on the zippers that you can loop your finger through, and that’s just one example of the well-designed details these packs are loaded with. The women’s Aura 50 is the same pack as the Atmos, just fitted with a gender-specific hipbelt and harness.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Keep Drinking
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you like to keep things classy when you’re outside, these are a must have for your kit. The stem unscrews and can be snapped into the flute for super compact storage, and you’ll be helping to keep disposable cups out of the landfill. The only downside I noticed with these is that they won’t stand up on their own unless you have a very smooth and level surface. All that means is that you need to finish each glass before setting it down, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Holds More than a Six-Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’m pleased to report that the Mountainsmith Six Pack Cooler will hold a good deal more than a six pack. We filled it with six beers, two frozen margaritas, two different cheeses, one avocado, and a summer sausage—and we still had a little room to spare. The seam-taped lining kept it leak free and it even comes with its own bottle opener, which we definitely needed.

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Pacewrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Simple and Comfy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you show up and plop down in a standard height camp chair, don’t plan on making friends with any of the folks sitting behind you. If you like making friends, but you still want a comfy spot to sit, you need a low-profile chair like the CB from Lafuma. Not only did the CB keep us low to the ground, I was able to extend my legs straight out in front of me, like I would in a deluxe chair that has a footrest. Plus, it folds up flat and has a shoulder strap for easy transport.

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