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Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

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Vinton, VA

Brian Thompson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Brian Thompson's Bio

I was born & raised Southern Utah, and have been keepin' it real ever since. I enjoy canyoneering, backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, longboarding, whittling, climbing, and maxing and/or relaxing with my babe of a wife, and my trusty Australian Shepherd.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

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

I've been using the Squeeze for a while now, and love it how small, durable, easy to use, and lightweight it is. So when I saw this, which is even smaller and lighter, I had to check it out to see if it's as good as its big brother. I've only tried it once so far, but it seems like it'll live up to my expectations. There are some things that I like better about the Squeeze, but others where the Mini has improved on the old design.
PROS:
-Price!
- SUUUPER light and small. It's the same weight as the Lifestraw, but almost half the size.
- Versatility. It can be used with the included straw, squeeze pouch, or inline for your hydration system. Also, it can be set up to be gravity fed.
CONS:
- The pouch is pretty small. I just use the bigger pouch from my Squeeze.
- Only has a 100,00 gal. guarantee. Typing that out makes me realize that that is still pretty freakin' great.

Anyhow, this is an incredible filter. In fact, I liked it so much that I gave it to all of my siblings for Christmas.
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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My red merle aussie pretty much disappears in the Utah deserts, and it doesn't get any better at night. This little guy makes it so she can run around, and I don't have to freak myself out wondering where she is. It's also great for nighttime walks.
The battery doesn't last forever, and it's definitely only water resistant, but all in all, it's a great little light.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 22, 2014

4 5

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

When I first got these gloves, I wasn't sure what to think. I'm not a huge fan of the exposed seams, the zipper/velcro combo seemed a bit redundant, and the white leather seemed girlier that I was expecting. Also, when I tried them on, they were super tight. But the more I wear them, the more I like them.
The Pittards leather is super soft and supple, and will probably hold up well. They are nice and warm, and keep my hands dry, so they do what they're supposed to do. Also, by the end of my first day wearing them, they fit like... gloves. Dexterity is pretty good. And I must say... the white is growing on me.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

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

These socks are great! I got them for Christmas, and haven't wanted to take them off since. They're super comfortable, wick well, are warm without being stifling, and stay in place great. Also, they've pilled less than my Smartwools, so that's something. I'm not super into the high-tech look, but I'm willing to ignore that for all of the many benefits of this sock.
All in all, these are great socks for a great price.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

^^Get it? Kid? Like a goat??
Anyhow... This is really a great onesie. I got it as a gift for my friends youngling, and boy does he look cute (the baby, not the friend). The material is also super soft. I would have worn it if I could fit.
I don't know how cool it keeps the little tyke, but he was pretty happy, so...

All in all, it's a great onesie.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife picked picked this up a while ago because apparently she likes to "sleep comfortably" or some nonsense when she's in the backcountry. I tried to talk her out of it, but to no avail. She kept saying that it was "super light" and "comfortable". I thought there was no way it was more comfortable than my pants rolled into a ball and shoved into my stuff sack, but she insisted it was. Then she managed to use her womanly wiles to trick me into using this pillow (she's turning me soft!) And it turns out she was right! It's small and light enough to be unnoticeable in my pack, inflates in about two good breaths, and is pretty comfortable. The inflatable bladder can be a bit crinkly, and the nylon side is a bit slippery, but the microfiber top feels nice against my face skin, and doesn't snag my beard hairs. However, I'm sure there are probably more comfortable options out there.

All in all: light and decently comfortable camp pillow. Not perfect.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these boots. If only I didn't get bamboozled into buying two sized too big by some schmuck at Sports Authority. "You'll want room for extra socks." Codswallop! These are warm enough that you really don't even need socks most of the time. But anyhow, apart from being huge, my boots are awesome. Like I already said, they're super warm. They are quite comfortable, have great traction, and still look great after 6 Utah winters. They're not super high-tech or anything, but if you're looking for a boot that can handle year after year of shoveling snow, sledding, some snow shoeing, and probably anything else you or mother nature can throw at it, look no further. Just don't buy two sizes up. Jerk salesman...

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really, my title pretty much sums it up. This stove is super sturdy. There's not much on here to break! It's super lightweight. I keep it in my mess kit and forget it's there. And it works great. It throws a healthy flame, but simmers great too. I've never had any problems with it. Do I wish it had an ignitor sometimes? Sure! But it's not that big of a deal. I just cram a Bic in the carrying case. It's a tight squeeze, but do-able.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is hands down the best filter I have ever used. It's super lightweight, sturdy, incredibly fast and easy to use, and most importantly, it works! And at half the price (or less) of most other filters, which are about a hundred times more cumbersome, time-consuming, and downright annoying than the Squeeze. It's also pretty easy to clean and maintain. And shoot, it's guaranteed to filter a million gallons of water! A MILLION! That's a lot!
My only complaint (really more of a quibble) is that my bags don't seem super sturdy, but apparently they've fixed that.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

I always keep this on an Attach? with a prusik loop for emergency ascending. It's an absolutely crucial piece of gear for canyoneering, and it's so light and durable you never have to think about it until you need it. Like others have said, make sure to attach a piece of accessory cord to keep from losing it, and always use a thicker biner to keep from trashing your rope.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spent a summer as a canyoneering guide in Zion and this is the rope we used. The 9mm diameter provides plenty of friction and makes for buttery raps. The Technora sheath held up like a champ even after months of daily trips with big groups. And the 6400 lbf. tensile strength is just ridiculous! This is an absolute workhorse of a rope.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is absolutely a reason these are everywhere. They are virtually indestructible. Mine have been dropped 100+ feet, fallen off my motorcycle, been run over by a car, and dropped in a fire, and the only thing that did it in was my dog chewing the lid off. And in fact, the bottle is still fine, I just ordered a new lid. I will always buy Nalgenes.

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bag. It's comfortable, lightweight, warm, lofty, compressible, and the DriDown is great. I fully expect this bag to last through years of good use. My only complaints are that it had a YCC zipper, not YKK, so it won't mate with the majority of bags. Also, the storage sack isn't as spacious as I would like. But all in all, a great bag!

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Brian Thompsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

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

The first time I tried out these shoes, I was absolutely blown away! They are incredibly sticky. INCREDIBLY! I found myself wandering around Zion walking up things that would make a mountain goat think twice! I wore them guiding canyons and had to constantly remind myself that normal shoes can't go where these shoes go. From slick wet sandstone to mossy boulders; you name it, these shoes will stick to it.
Also, these bad boys can take a beating! Canyon after canyon, scree slope after scree slope, they just keep on tickin'. I have had to replace the insoles and re-glue one of the toe pieces, but after all that they've been through, they're holding up pretty dang well. They also work great for wading boots.
They run pretty true to size, but I would recommend getting at least a size bigger to accommodate neoprene socks.
These aren't just great shoes for canyoneering, they're the BEST shoes for canyoneering. Period!

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