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Jeffrey's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Jeffrey's Bio

Raised in Illinois moved to Indiana, spent lots of time driving to go play and relax in Kentucky & Tennessee.
Moved out west (don't miss the humidity one bit) and joined Backcountry. Have now officially picked up more hobbies and gear than time will allow for.

Biggest thing I've learned is that HIGH QUALITY gear allows you to go farther, faster, and helps you enjoy the outdoors more than ever regardless of the conditions.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on August 12, 2008

4 5

Love the straps to get lots of layers packed away as needed. Nice features for keys & etc with specialized pockets. Little on the heavy side but not to the extent that I'm worried about it. Built to last and it's amazing what you can cram/strap/stuff into this pack for a day.
Would have given 5 stars, but guess I'm little picky on the weight. Great for riding and momentum activities with the secure fit.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on August 12, 2008

4 5

Has everything you need. Can't say that it's better than everything else out there but the kit definitely gets the job done. Oranj peelz and the bike lust are the two best products. Brush is not by any means soft. Great for chain and cassette but not for other sensitive applications. The chain lube cap, beware it's not seal friendly. I lost over half the bottle as it slowly leaked out as it laid on it's side.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

Ventilation is pretty nice not to mention sweet styles to choose from. If you measure you're melon and its 57 according to website sizing chart, go up to a large. The only way a medium will fit is with little/no hair and at it's largest size setting. The large will tighten enough into med range. Tried several other helmets on and this was the best (roc loc 4 style) out of other GIRO and BELL brainbuckets. Happy with this purchase thus far.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

3 5

Love the carriage and the ability to fold down into compact position. However, did not like the fact that it does not allow my spare tire (31X10.5 R15)enough length on the sleeve for the spare tire carrier, it was 4" short. I'm not even sure it would fit on the stock 30" Wrangler jeep tires/rims.
Took it to local welding shop for some help. Although due to the size of the carrier frame, you wont get this on a taller tire since it folds out and the back bar extends above the tire tread. Great product, just disappointed that it doesn't accommodate a larger sized tire. I know there's a ton of Jeeps out there with 30" & 31" that would love to make this carrier work. Other than the size issue, 5 star product.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

4 5

Shoe is holding up fine. Velcro stays in place and it's pretty nice to get shoes on/off quickly. The soles/cleats are rubber and don't provide as much grip as I would have thought on rocks and etc. The waterproof sticker is kinda lame to apply above the cleat but since I don't plan on swimming in em, no worries. Be sure to use Shimano sizing chart, I don't think the BC chart is good representation for these shoes. Shimano sizing was true fit. For the money, I couldn't find a better shoe.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

So I was too cheap and didn't want the clumsy hitch mount for my truck. Originally was worried about how stable they would be. You have nothing to worry about for our normal everyday city/highway/interstate runs. They install and remove in less than 60 seconds and I bet you can get 4 bikes in a std 6ft bed. My All-Mountain Bike fits in between the wheel wells on 1/2 ton GM truck. These turned out better than I had imagined. No worries purchasing this Yakima product.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

I have a pair of Oakley half-jackets. However, they've gotten very well worn and wanted to try something new. The polarized lens is something you'll never do without again. These glasses are not that dark, for bright sunny conditions make sure to get the reflex lenses.
These glasses are light and breath more than the Oakley half jackets. If they last as long as my Oakley's, I will have to give the nod to these with all the features included (extra straps, lens, earpiece frames). Whatever you're doing hiking, mtn biking, kayaking, fishing, and even golfing I'm very happy with them never fogging and light comfortable fit that you can wear for hours.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

Nothing too baggy or tight and has good length to fend off the brush. Shorts don't get hot compared to some others. If you're confident about your waist size, then you'll be fine with std sizes. If you're trying to fool yourself, better size one up with the slim fit on these shorts for comfort. Either way they will fit. They were not kidding about the stash pocket. Max capacity is cell-phone, keys, and a balled-up power bar at best (just screw the phone & make your friends drive so the powerbar has plenty of room). Good shorts, would not hesitate to buy another pair.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on June 24, 2008

5 5

Thought shirt was a bit pricey, but after wearing and washing over 12x in 3weeks, decided quality was good. I went with the XL and the fit is good (normally wear in between L & XL)so if you're not sure, size up just in case. The mesh is great, don't get sunburnt through it, but get plenty of cool air while riding. Glad I bought this shirt, probably will try some other Fox shirts due to lack of color selections.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on September 18, 2007

4 5

Got to be alittle careful, this doesn't always fit on most packs wide shoulder straps. Probably more designed for day packs and etc. The overnighters have wider straps and the clip doesn't quite make it across the whole way. I didn't have any problems falling off or losing despite the anything but perfect fit. That was a plus.

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useandabuse wrote a review of on September 18, 2007

5 5

For a 10x25 this really has a great clear image and handles the low-light pretty good. Comes with neckstrap and lens covers that packs/detaches quickly. Pretty nice feature along with the eye cups that expand out.
Left em out in the cold 20 degree with rain/slush, and had no problems next morning. Light easy focus and compact. Had other 10x25 that don't compare to Brunton and good optics are worth every penny if you spend decent amount of time glassin hillsides. Nice one Brunton.

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