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BigMtnForever

Whitefish, MT

BigMtnForever's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

BigMtnForever's Bio

Skiing and skydiving are my passion and Montana is my habitat.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on April 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 186 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been using these since the brownish ones from four years ago. Had two pairs of those that got me through three fire seasons as primary wearers (burned through a few exOfficio, Icebreaker and Smartwool alongside). Last year ordered three pairs of the new Stoic style but had two wear through in just the one fire season. Brutal because the price is now 40 bucks instead of 25. The old ones wore through on the waist whereas the new ones wear through on the crotch seam. Last longer than all other brands, but for the higher price and tighter fit I'm going to try some other brands first.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on April 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 186 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Well, I ordered two pairs about two years ago. In that time those trusty two weathered over 240 days of wildland firefighting, over 100 days of hunting, trips to Asia and Europe and South America, and nearly a hundred ski/skinning days. I don't run in them and the one time I did did not end well. In all other activities, these thing are bomb, and I'm pleasantly surprised to find them still in stock. I got them last time for $26 but I think these are worth it to around $40 a pair. Not as tight fitting as the Icebreaker or Smartwool varieties, which is nice. Very durable. I thought Stoic was long-gone! Now if only I could get some more Stoic bibs...?!? I am a 34 waist and my old pairs were Larges; may try a Medium this time.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

BD Bees Knees
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this headlamp all summer fighting fires around the northwest. It is honestly the most efficient and brightest headlamp I have ever used, even though I was very skeptical of the battery pack at the start (I had used a Storm for all my personal purposes the previous few years). The battery pack is so well balanced that you forget about it after a minute or so. I never used it with the chest strap but that's also an option if you don't mind a cord trailing down the side of your head somewhere. Also, I used this headlamp at least an hour every day for over a hundred days, and I changed the batteries ONCE . In fact I doubt I needed to change them as I didn't know about the dimming feature at the time... just hold down the button and the beam dims down until it's minimum brightness, blinks, and then dims back up to full brightness. I was trying to switch to red-light mode with gloves on in smokey conditions and just figured the batteries were dying from the blink and dimness. Also when batteries are dead on other devices (radios, GPS, etc) they still power this thing on a two level of the three level power meter. This thing will drain your AAs to the bottom, and take a while doing so. It'll suck the last juice out of batteries, besides those used for AM radios. When you're trying to save weight and thinking about extra batteries for your headlamp, just think about extra batteries for your GPS because this headlamp will use your old GPS ones (all GPSs run out of juice in 20 hours ish).

It is also the brightest headlamp I've ever used. I used to think my Storm was the king of headlamp brightness. This Icon is just insane. The spot feature is good for at least two hundred feet in all conditions (haven't tried snow yet, mind you). The flood feature is great for smokey conditions that the spot is too bright for.

The only difference between the Polar and regular version is the little insulated battery case. For ten bucks I think I'd go without it because it's not waterproof anyway (though the battery case seals very tightly and never leaked on me).

Get this headlamp.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on November 9, 2014

Decent Pack but I Miss the Old Covert
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So my old Covert pack finally wore through the bottom and back panels beyond what duct tape can reliably and water-proofly accomplish. Talked to BD and they sent me the Outlaw for a good deal. Several months and quite a few adventures later and I've decided that while the Outlaw isn't nearly as good as my old Covert, it is still quite a great pack and I prefer it to a lot of the Osprey and Deuter fits. Some things I've run into: this pack gets a little warm during the summer. The back panel is long for the Large size and sweat is an issue as is sweating through the panel and into items (always always always put your maps in a Ziploc, even if they're waterproof maps). In the winter, the pack is in its element. The pockets are very well designed for all the avi tools, layering and everything else we need for the backcountry. Hydration sleeve is insulated. The ergonomic fit works really well in a high-repetition-movement sport like skinning up and and buckles up tight for the way down. I hauled out an elk quarter in this pack this last hunting season and eighty pounds seems to be about the maximum weight this pack is good for. With other loads I sometimes feel the "saggy butt" of this pack; it has a much lower bottom panel than the Covert and if you don't pack right things tend to settle below the bottom of the ergo frame. Not a terrible issue and keeps me on point with packing techniques. All in all a great pack but I will probably be looking at BCA for the next pack; this one seems to be wearing out a lot faster than my old BD pack as well unfortunately. I think I'll have this as a dedicated winter pack from now on. I love the stash pocket on the side as well as the top! BD is a great company and works with their products and customers as well.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on November 9, 2014

+5 Gait Efficiency and +5 Morale
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty sweet gaiters here. I'm not sure how much more progress there is to be made in gaiter technology but these Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High gaiters are to the point and offer all the features required of a high quality gaiter, even for Mr Sunshine on His Shoulder John Denver.
I've used them for a rainy and slushy last week of hunting and they keep my lower legs dry, the scrub out of the shoes and are reliable. I didn't have any problem with them riding up/down my calves nor were the attachment mechanisms failing at any point. These act like any other Gore Tex type material; if you're stealthing around after big game the gaiters can and will be a little louder than other materials, like denim. I wear a 14 shoe and the XL fits nice and comfortably snug and rather more breathable than I was expecting. About 30miles logged on these babies so far; further bulletins as info warrants.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a question about on November 3, 2014

Is there a warranty on this particular item? Does this item arrive with the Italian wine mentioned in the item description? What volume of Italian wine arrives with this corkscrew? Are there multiple hidden features of this corkscrew that aren't shown in the picture (because my Swiss-Army knife has a corkscrew that's opened scores of wine bottles and is merely one among ten or twelve other components; this fancy thing must have some serious extra perks!)?

Does Backcountry.com need a Gear Expert in the wine department because I am more than happy to volunteer and help out!!

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BigMtnForeverwrote a question about on October 6, 2014

CRJ vs AK JJ

This is more of a question of sidecut and stiffness than anything. TGR and NS forums point out that the AK JJ will be more of a charging ski than the CRJ, though the CRJ is a blast in softer stuff because of its semi-reverse sidecut geometry and poppyness. I have been on AK JJs for a few years now and love them; the small sidecut sometimes makes me feel like the ski is letting me get lazy. I want a charger of a ski for resort mobbing, jibbing, and drops. I'll keep the AK JJs for my touring and deep day setup. How does the CRJ fare in terms of chargeability, and how does it perform on ice or in spring corn? I'm 190lbs, 6'4" and am planning on mounting the 188cm at +1cm. I have skied 182 Bacons, 186 EP Pros, 186 Prophet 100s, 192 ARVs and 195 AK JJ for reference.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on July 26, 2014

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Marie!
5 5

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

If you're here, you probably already know of the legendary function and form of the Chaco Z/2. If you want a no-doubter sandal that will follow you into the dark like an indie riff or one that never questions your ambitions much akin to that ski-town Aussie whose babelicious owner you approach with some number-one-choice-of-choosy-moms extra creamy peanut butter strategically placed between your toes, the Chaco Z/2 is for you. These things adhere to the bottoms of my feetisses like East Coast gapers to the underside of a roller. I have already tallied around a hundred miles of ruggeder hiking on these new Chacos this summer (previously had the Z/1; enjoy the Z/2 better), but have unfortunately not had the pleasure of putting them to river use yet (I'll be back in the Madison in the fall, don't worry!). These things are the bomb dot com. Do not worry about durability: Chaco is a good company and will work with you on any problem. Don't forget to ask for stickers and rep 'em! Future photos will be posted as rad adventures warrant.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This baby takes me everywhere and anywhere, and is light enough to be taken everywhere and anywhere as well!
I mostly use the low-power flood option when hiking in during hunting season or those early-morning skinning adventures. The highbeam is very bright for checking out exactly what kind of eyes are staring back at you out of the dark, and is bright enough to use when riding a horse along sketchy trails he may be leery of in the dark as well.
The red-beam option is excellent for conserving your night vision while still allowing for decent differentiation of your surroundings, though it gets pretty difficult to walk by in the snowy conditions.
This is going to be my go-to holiday gift of choice for my close buddies that helped me haul elk out in the dark this year.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on October 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is great. There is a new base and edges I believe on this year's from my model (last year's), so it's just that much better. Don't be afraid of 195cm: all JJ's ski about fifteen cm shorter than actual length. This ski is just as nimble as my 182 Bacons were, but oh boy does this thing rip. Super stable at speed, sturdy tails for drops, and chops crud like nothing. In MT we get some pretty serious spring corn and this thing chews right through it all at speed. Make sure you have a good binding because this is a burly ski that puts some torque on anything less than fourteen. When jah Ullr bless with jah pow, you're gonna have a smile frozen on your face.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

If anyone remembers the Backcountry belts from a few years ago, the ones with "Keep Hiking, Earn Your Turns" on the buckle: I found their twin. It appears Spacecraft now owns the manufacturer of that belt, and is producing at the same or higher quality as the BC belt. My BC belt, I wish I ordered ten, just gave out after about six and a half years of abuse from touring to backpacking to skydiving to college life to hunting and everything in between. I consequently expect to grow old together with this Spacecraft belt. I have a 34 waist and the Medium fits excellently.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

Very comfortable. Supple all the way around. Good quality and I expect it to last a long time. Nice and soft on the inside even after a few wash cycles. Not quite as heavy as my TREW sweatshirt, but a lot more comfortable and well-fitting. XL fits me well and I am 6'4", 185lbs.

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BigMtnForeverwrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants are very waterproof. In addition to being pretty steezy, they are also super functional (lots of pockets, and you can remove the bib if you want to) and I'm amazed at how well they circulate air. I'm not sure how they'll perform during spring skinning without full length side zips, but I'm very stoked at their durability after a month of hard charging through Montana elements: only one tiny rip from a direct puncture, no wear from countless tree pummeling. The XL fits me great: 76" and 190lbs. Best bib I've owned yet, comparable to Trew Gear at a better price.

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