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Andy Paul

Andy Paul

California/Alaska

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Hiking & Camping
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Snowshoeing
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Andy Paul

Andy Paulwrote a review of on November 23, 2018

2 5

This watch has a great aesthetic and fits less bulky than other smart watches. However, I've encountered a couple of flaws I haven't been able to tackle with Suunto customer service. Unfortunately, I found this all out after the watch had already seen some wear and tear and is outside of its return period.

-Battery: Suunto and reviewers say that this has excellent battery life. I've found that around a week without even running is about all the battery lasts. This is worse than my Garmin Fenix 2 which was an older but more reliable watch.
-Tracking: My runs have been off by about 1/4 mile per run so my pacing has been inaccurate. This feels like it defeats the purpose of this type of watch :(
-HR monitor. This watch says my heart rate gets up to 200 bpm on jogs. Not true. Also RHR is 70-80 bpm. Also not true.

For a watch marketed as the top of the top, I'm a little disappointed, especially now that I can't return/have to sell it but am not confident in the product. Check out the Garmin Fenix 5.

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Andy Paulwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Everyone says this shoe is true to size. I got it in a 10.5 after running 10.5 in La Sportiva, Merrel and others and found myself to be swimming in it, not just with the wide toe box but with foot slide. I just sized down to a 10, will let you all know how it goes. I think Altra is on to the most fundamentally oriented shoe out there for us obsessed runner folks. Minimal but not under or overkill drop, wide, natural toe box. I'm excited to be an Altra convert.

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Andy Paulwrote a review of on July 25, 2011

5 5

got this as a stocking stuffer one year...I prefer it over the tikka plus for backpacking cause its so straightfoward, slightly lighter and compact. Not to mention you can pull it out and attach it to trekking poles, girth hitch it to the inside of your tent as a lantern or around your nalgene in your tent at night time. Sweet gift

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Andy Paulwrote a review of on July 25, 2011

5 5

I've had this tent for 6 years and have to say, it is the most BOMBER shelter for the weight, ever. Bibler kills it. The single wall two pole set up is unbeatable...storming outside? Jump in, snap poles and you're sheltered. It has endured downpours in Alaska and mid winter in Colorado, and I've gotta say, it keeps the bad stuff out without condensation forming on the inside due to the unique toddtex material. The bathtub floor is bomber enough to pitch it in a puddle.

Only suggestion is get the Eldorado if you're more than 6'2". It's snug with two but not uncomfortable.

Big investment, but a tent that will last decades of heavy use.

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Andy Paulwrote a review of on July 23, 2011

5 5

I picked this thing up for $20 bucks and it's a gem. I use it on trail runs when I don't want my bulky Petzl Tika strapped to my dome. The rest of the time, it lives in my first aid kit as a backup, and has come in clutch on multiple occasions.

Great lightweight/backup headlamp that won't break bank.

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Andy Paulwrote a review of on July 23, 2011

5 5

We use these as standard issue with the Forest Service. Our cache is filled with these. It's a bear can...not much to say but the BV 500 isn't too heavy, and packs better than those black ones that require a coin or knife to open and have a lipped top.

Also, some of the lids make a perfect cutting board flipped upside down, though I've seen newer ones that have ridges that eliminate use.

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