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Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BC

East Millcreek utah

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Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Amazing child carrier!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this product for a couple years now, and I absolutely love it. It has fit my daughter for 2/3rds of her life, and I think I'll be able to port her around in it for another couple of years at least.

Construction
The pack is solid and well built. I've used it on a number of climbs around the Wasatch front, and it has held up incredibly well. It looks like new, and shows no signs of stress or wear and tear. Even the areas I was initially worried about (the sun shade and the webbing attached to it) have held up just fine. The stirrups get a bunch of use from my daughter, and they've held up very well. Overall the construction is great.

Comfort
This pack has a number of adjustments that really help it stay comfy over a couple hours. The vertical sizing really helps the most. I have it on Large (5' 10") and it keeps the weight of my kid and everythign we're packing perfectly balanced on my back. My wife, who is nearly a foot shorter, is also very comfortable using this pack on the smallest setting. It's versatile and adjustable. The shoulder straps are well padded and the cross straps make it a dream to pack.

Storage
There is a large compartment under the child seat, and it holds a surprising amount of items. I'll usually pack half a dozen water bottles, a bunch of cliff bars, some chips, candy, keys, and a couple phones and am never at any risk of running out of room. You could pretty easily pack a 4 person lunch.

Child Carrying
I end up feeling a bit like Kronk to my daughter's Yzma while porting her around, but she is always comfortable. The sun shade is huge to me as we get a lot of sun on the trails we hike here in Utah, and I don't need her getting hot/burned and having a bad time. The stirrups allow her to move a round a bit and see more things without me having to turn every time to show her. It's comfy enough that she's fallen asleep in it on a couple of occasions.

All in all this is a great pack that I highly recommend. It really changed hiking with a small child, and it's worth dropping a few bucks on this pack if you even only go hiking a half dozen times a year.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not a really experience climber or canyoneering guy, but I've had a bit of experience with a few different harnesses and this is one of the more comfortable ones I've used. I've used this harness only in an indoor sport climbing top rope setting.

The harness is lite and comfortable. The sizing seems pretty decent to me (I wear a size 32 pant, have a big ass, and bought a large) and I'd trust the sizing chart. Your mileage may vary. I have a pretty athletic build if that helps.

I do find the leg harnesses a little too big. I don't have huge legs by any means, but I'm not chicken legged either, and strapping these things down to where I feel secure requires that I tighten them all the way down. It feels like I may have a hard time matching the sizing for my hips and legs and wish the legs were just a bit more flexible in terms of how adjustable the diameter is.

The materials feel really good and solidly put together. The padding on the harness is comfortable, and I don't have any concerns it's going to fall apart any time soon.

Overall this is a great harness that I don't notice I'm wearing until I need to rest, descend, or fall, which is exactly what I want in a harness.

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Peter Tew - BC

Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been primarily using this with my wife when we go to the gym for some top rope climbing and it works like a charm. The gym has some thicker ropes and this device handles them no sweat. I used this device on a trip down to Zions in Pine Creek, Birch Hollow, and Subway (from the top) and it works great as a rappelling device as well. I recommend getting an actual rappel device, but this did work just fine for me.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's not much to write here except to say that the biner works great. It's easy to open (though I've read at least one review here where a reviewer struggles with it) and the thick stock helps a nervous climber like me feel a bit safer. I like the red paint that shows when you haven't locked it down. That paint has actually helped me catch myself once over the past few weeks.

I use this only for indoor top rope sport climbing, so I can't say how it functions as a canyoneering, outdoor, or lead rope device, but overall I'm really happy with it.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Comfortable but a little soft
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So this is a simple product. Grab a big rubber donut and squeeze. That's about all there is too it. I'm very new to climbing, but even with my relatively low grip strength I found this product to be a little soft. It's still good for training your grip strength, but I feel like it'll be pretty easy to max the product out in terms of just how much strength it can help you build.

Be careful not to do it too much. Took the little donut to a move and squeezed on it for a couple hours and worked up a couple of blisters on my fingers. Still a very comfy device, but I overdid it.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on July 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

Just in general these shorts are awesome. The material feels durable, and it's got a good stretch to it that keeps them from inhibiting movements. They've got a good number of pockets as well to keep your goodies safe and secure. Not sure if it's a big point, but the buttons on the fly are great as well. There is a solid button on the top and an interior button that keep the shorts nice and secure during some of the more awkward stretches to reach the next hold.

I really like the look of the shorts as well. There's not need to change to head out after a hike or a climb. The shorts look good, and they fit with a lot of shoes and shirts.

The sizing seems accurate to me. I expected the shorts to be a little smaller, but that's not what my experience was. The shorts seem pretty accurate in sizing. I wear a 32 pant and ordered a 34 here expecting them to be a bit tight based on some reviews, but they were about 2 inches too big, so I'd buy the size you really are.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very comfortable pad that was great for 2 adults to sleep on. Couldn't feel a single rock or bump on the ground, it was also much warmer then our regular larger size air mattress (mid 30 degree night). Nice that when one person rolls over, or walks on pad, the other person doesn't bounce around or even feel any movement. Very nice pad, we will likely buy another for our daughter to sleep on too!

Only complaint was that it did not come with the small Exped air pump (which you really need to fully inflate it). Had to purchase it separate. It really doesn't self inflate as much as I thought it would.

Fit was as expected, rolled up size was a little larger then expected.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've had a number of bike gloves over the years, and these are some of the most comfortable I've owned. I'm used to much thicker gloves that really constrict my hands and have thick padding that has to be broken in, but these are great right out of the box. They're comfortable and keep your hands protected. They have zero insulation, so don't expect them to keep you warm.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, if you're familiar with him, I'm basically MODOK in terms of head to body ratio. My dome is huge. Here's a shot of MODOK for reference: http://bit.ly/1IdKzK4 . On top of having a big noggin, it's also pretty long; like a banana, or an alien from Ridley Scott's classic.

Anyway, finding the right size helmet that stays securely snugged to my big melon is always a challenge. Most helmets, even the XLs, fit too tightly, and they don't adjust well for someone with a bigger, banana shaped head like my own. I'm happy to report that's not the case here with the Fox Racing Flux helmet.

There is plenty of room in this helmet for us cranially-well-endowed individuals, and the back straps make it easy to adjust to ensure it doesn't go flying off when our top-heavy bodies go flying from our bikes. The helmet is comfortable, light, and breathable as well. The wind cuts through nicely and keeps you cool on long climbs, and you don't feel tired from carrying a bunch of different weight on your head.

Overall build quality seems pretty good. This is a mid range helmet in terms of price to me, so I don't expect anything crazy in terms of quality, but the helmet is built well and nothing stands out as an issue on the build.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

There's not a lot to say here. The product works very well, just take a few seconds to read the instructions. As simple as it is, there is one step I missed. You have to create shavings from the little included fire starting blocks. Once you've got that down all it takes is a tiny spark and these things burn like crazy.

Really simple to use, effective, and cheap. If you don't want to carry matches, this is a great alternative, and probably a lot more effective if there are winds you have to deal with.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 6.5

This is my third pair of Saucony ProGuides and they are a dream to run in. I have tendencies to pronate and they keep my foot solid and stable whether I'm running on mountain trails or on the pavement. They're also very cute and the bottom sole has some fun colors embedded within it.

Fit: I always size my running shoes half a size up to account for foot swelling and they fit perfectly and true to size

Ignore my height/weight info above. I'm posting this on my husband's account, so it shows his stats by default. I'm 5'1" and 120lbs and wear a size 6 normally.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The sleeping bag was perfect on my daughter's first camping trip. We were camping up in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and temperatures at night were down around 30-35 degrees. The air was a little more humid than typical Utah climate, but still pretty dry. The little girl fell asleep quickly and stayed asleep, and when I woke up in the morning was still snuggled deep in her bag, so it looks like it did a good job of regulating temperature in there; not too hot and not too cold.

The sleeping bag itself is pretty standard looking. It's cute, but I can't really comment on build quality as I don't really know what to look for. From a novice point of view everything look well-stitched and the fabric feels quality.

Overall I'm really happy with the bag. It doesn't weigh anything, it's warm, and my daughter slept through the night. Definitely recommend it.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Took the wife up camping a few days ago and unpacked this beauty for her, and I knew I'd finally bought something she wouldn't return or exchange for store credit. Typically when I buy gifts I'm greeted with a polite thank you, and I know it's going back, but this time, as soon as she sat down and the chair reclined, her face was awash in sublime pleasure. It was like I had transported just the right creature comfort from home to the camp site.

The chair itself is really sturdy, and the materials seem well-built. The reclining capability isn't a ton (20 degrees) but it's enough to add a little extra comfort up at the campsite. The chair is light weight and packs pretty easily. We only really car camp, so I can't speak to packing it in somewhere, but I definitely recommend it if you are going out for a short excursion at a campground.

We've also used it at a soccer game where we had to walk quite a bit further than our car camping tips and things like that. It's just a little bulkier than our standard camp chairs, but it's definitely worth the extra bit of lugging.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this headlamp for my daughter, who is a pretty small 3 year old, and she's able to operate the lamp really well. The buttons are easy enough to press that she doesn't come running to me for help every time she wants to turn it on or off. The headband is easily adjustable, and the light is really bright. Lately she's been using it to explore the house when the lights are turned off more than on camping trips, so it's pretty versatile.

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Peter Tew - BCwrote a review of on May 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pack with lots of space. We used it for my niece(10 yrs old), and my wife had one too- a great size for both of them. We used it for hiking, and for mountain biking and it works great for both of them. Plenty of storage for extra jackets, snacks, etc... The new magnetic holder on the hose was an added bonus I didn't think would make a difference, but it was very nice.
Fit was as expected with no problems at all.

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