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Brent P.

Brent P.

Hocking Hills Ohio

Brent P.'s Passions

Paddling
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Running
Snowboarding
Skiing
Biking
Snowshoeing

Brent P.'s Bio

My entire life is a revolving door with the axis being the outdoors. I started out young in the scouting program obtaining my Eagle scout and OA at 16. Shortly there after I joined the Marine Corps at 17 and learned a whole new set of outdoor skills that got me into Mountaineering after many cold nights at Bridgeport Mountian warfare training center. I currently juggle the life of a flight nurse and attempting to spend as much time outdoors traveling as possible regardless the activity.

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Brent P.wrote a review of on September 8, 2019

hard to beat for the dosh
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dollar for dollar this cooler is phenomenal. It has maintained ice for at least 7 days in 110°f+ temps of 29 stumps California to the rugged terrain of MOAB Utah. During more local climbing and WW kayaking trips in WV it has maintained proper temps for 10+ days with regular opening and closing. I have seen phenomenal results with dry ice as well. This cooler has been a phenomenal addition to overlanding trips when the ARB fridge isn't enough. In regards to durability it has been used and abused for roughly 3 years now with little to no signs of wear. It has been used as a camp stool, camp table, Jack stand riser for vehicle repairs, and great flotation device if need be. I lent it to my parents and they had to have one, I bought another one in red/tan for them. This will be my third pelican cooler I have purchased and have nothing but good to say about them. If the 30qt is too small for your liking I cannot suggest the 50qt enough.

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been my go to harness for anything and everything. Wide rigging makes the thing comfortable during a long day climbing and won't rustle your jimmies too hard when you biff it or hang for a while! I have used it anywhere from Ski touring, ice climbing, multi pitch trad, you name it, it eats it up. The only con I have with this harness is the cost (buy once cry once). If the AR395a is a little to spendy I would look into the Edelrid Wing harness (also great).

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This although weighing twice the weight of my OR helium II is worth the 5-6oz in my opinion. This jacket has taken abuse be it nettles, climbing, and general labor around the ranch. The armpit vents are amazing and the jacket breaths well even without them open. There are no holes and the thing has not once leaked on me. This jacket is an essential item that goes with me everywhere.
Pros:Rugged, cheap (compared to alternatives), light weight, breathable (better than gortex, military made me despise gortex)
Cons: no hood cinch (only a velcro strap), hood blows off in high wind.

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If I am not going UL with my alcohol stove, doing Marine Corps shenanigans, or I am the camp chef for an outing this is my go too. The regulator/coffee press allows me to steam veggies, dry bake, simmer one pots, french press coffee, you name it. If you aspire to do more than boil water this is the stove for you!

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

Best crossover on the market
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boat will always hold a special place in my heart and one day I would love to run the Grand Canyon in it. I have ran this boat through New River, The Cheat, Potomac, Cuyahoga, Smoke hole, Big Bend. The boat performs phenomenally for a 10' kayak and I honestly wouldn't be to concerned taking it on some of the more technical steep creeks over my Pyranha Machno. I also own a Pyranha fusion and the katana is on a whole different level.
Pros: Boofs well, Rolls well (even when loaded with 1 weeks gear), External rigging, Leak proof hatch (only came off once when I hit a gnarly hole), Edges great (for a boat of its size), Daggers contour ergo outfitting (10/10)
Cons: Expensive (buy once cry once), don't want to use my other boats...

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

Rough break in/worth the pain
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally got these shoes for shorter sport/trad routes however these shoes are phenomenal for bouldering predominantly sandstone/quartzite in Southern Ohio and West Virginia. I had one heck of a time breaking these shoes in and honestly debated taking them back at first. They however broke in phenomenally after 4-5 uses and the warm water plastic bag trick. I have normally downsized 1.5 sizes for leather shoes. This is my second pair of solutions and the first set lasted me many years of rough climbing. Once these shoes broke in they became one of my favorite more aggressive shoes aside from Scarpa Vapor V's.
Pros: Precise as all get up, sensitive, Amazing in Pockets, Surprisingly good in cracks (Unusual for an aggressive shoe IMO), Resole really well, Rugged
Cons: Rather expensive, Not the most comfortable for long climbs
All in all if you have the extra cash to spend on a good shoe I can't recommend it enough this new pair should last me a while.

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned the Patagonia ascensionist 45l pack for over a year now and put it through heavy use climbing, kayaking and backpacking. I was looking for a smaller pack to further cut down on weight for my summer outings and the Ascensionist 30l is exactly the same as the 45l I love in a smaller package. The pack holds more than enough allowing me to squeeze my ultralight backpacking gear and food/water for 3 day excursions 3 seasons with my climbing gear. It is a little tight but the ability to move the cinch strap closer to the lid makes a huge difference. I also can weave a 60cm dyneema sling through the side loops to create external gear storage space for jackets and layers as I hike/climb. One down side being an UL pack is the lack of compartmentalization. It can be rough trying to sift for gear in a tricky spot. Placing a white pack liner or trash compactor bag helped allot being able to see what is in the pack, it will also keep your gear dry. The bags re-enforced bottom has held up well thus far despite me abusing it. I can't say the same for some of my other packs of similar weight. The multiple ways to attach Ice axes is a plus, I am able to strap my Black Diamond Cobras or Grivel G1 without any issues. My biggest gripe despite it not being a ski pack is the lack of ability to attach skis without modifying the bag. This is not the bags intended purpose however Patagucci would be worshiped by me if they did this. If you are looking for a bag that articulates well while skiing/climbing/hiking this bag does a darn good job at that while remaining rugged enough for the environment it is exposed to.

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Brent P.wrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put the Edelrid Wing through its paces this weekend at Seneca Rock in WV. Ran it through mostly multi pitch trad routes "Sixth Sense, Muscle Beach, and The Threat" on the South side and it held a rather large rack and remained comfortable through the duration of my climbs. Ounce for ounce this is the most comfortable harness I have and will soon take the slot of my Black Diamond couloir harness for alpine climbing and ski touring. Fitment wise I went with a Medium it fits me with gym shorts cinched all the way down allowing plenty of space for layering when on the move. If you are looking for the harness that does it all, and don't want to fork out the dosh for the Arc'teryx ar 395a (Cough, cough ... amazing harness sponsor me please) this is it.
Measurements for size M fit:
Waist: 32"
Thigh: 22.5"
Height:5'11"
Weight:165lb

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