Christopher Minguezposted an image about Hydro Flask 64 oz. Wide-Mouth Water Bottle (Growler) on March 8, 2012
64oz growler next to a 16oz coffee cup for perspective.
I live in a constant state of activity... hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, flying, boating, kayaking, and all of these are intertwined in both work and play. My job takes me to the most beautiful places in the US, and Backcountry keeps me geared up.
64oz growler next to a 16oz coffee cup for perspective.
Added a 1/4" drive, and the wire stripper.
Tech Vest in Ranger green over Sierra Designs Gnar Hoody in Herb/Spinach, and which, oddly, Backcountry only carries the women's version.
Can be dressy and functional.
I just couldn't resist this when it came up on GearTrade. Always wanted one.
I cut the tags off a while ago because they were pretty irritating for such a comfortable shirt. Now I want another one, but I'm not sure what size it was, S or M. Anyone got one close by that they could measure the sleeve length on for me?
I've had many pairs of Oakleys, and always thought they were the standard in glasses. Until I got a polarized set of Native Grinds in Wood/Brown. The optical quality is spectacular, the fit and finish is top notch. The nose pads, the vented lenses, and the grippy temple pads are fantastic, and I just can't put on my Oakley Fives anymore, they're just not good enough. The interchangeable lens is a great touch for here in Alaska, so you can swap lenses quickly for bright light on snow, or soft grey light, depending on your need. Highly highly recommended.
This super thin, nearly-see through fleece is an exceptionally disappointing offering from North Face. This should be part of the 'college line' where looks matter more than functionality. This is barely functional as a base layer, serving mainly a light dress sweater for work. All stock photos are deceptive, as the fleece looks substantial, not the filmy layer that actually shows up when you order it. The zipper pulls, as mentioned before, are not subdued. This -should- be the equivalent of the Mountain Hardwear Rannoch sweater, or the Arc'Teryx Covert Collar or Apache AR zip sweaters, but where they have thick Polartec 200 fleece and DWR water resistant finishes, this has super thin Polartec 100 and no finish. Doesn't belong in the Summit Series line at all.
Needed a blue zip sweater for work, got an ultrathin see through sweater. I live in Alaska, where room for barely functional gear doesn't exist.. and this one might get dumped. This sweater is nowhere near as thick as it looks in stock photos. The same goes for the Annapurna, a thin, barely there fleece. Don't be misled into thinking this is a warm piece of useful gear.. the collar is the thickest and warmest part, because it's actually lined. The rest of the sweater isn't, and it should be.
Folded, it's about the size of a bandaid. Fits perfectly in small first aid kits, without adding weight or bulk. Holds an edge fairly well, for 420 steel. If you're an ultralighter, this might serve as your primary, but I'd recommend something a bit stronger.
Not a bad beater knife. Wouldn't make it my primary. As mentioned before, the blade doesn't hold an edge particularly well. The other downside is the grip. Attempting to get this in and out of your pocket or a sheath is particularly maddening. That grippy rubber grips everything, and resists all efforts to insert or remove it. If this is for your tacklebox, or a backup knife in a survival kit, it's not bad, but it's not a great choice for heavy use.
Gerber's wrist snapping plier opening has been a standard of multitools for years. The one handed plier opening ability is fantastically useful for gearheads, who generally have one broken part held together with one hand, and need the pliers in the other. They also serve as instant hot pot tongs. Having a Multiplier on your belt aids in quick pot removal in cooking. The tools are plentiful, easily locked and unlocked, and held solidly with the spring loaded locking device. Like all multitools, the knife blade is weak, but this should never be your primary knife to begin with. Always always always, carry a good knife. I use a SpecOps Survival Sheath, so I carry this tool with my Ka-Bar, and a firesteel, all in one useful and handy package.
Comes with heavy weight. This is the heavier duck material, not the lighter canvas, used for brutal jobsite areas where puncture and tear hazards are high. The canvas material is super durable, and breaks in nicely over time. If hot weather is a concern and your jobsite is not as rugged, try the canvas double front pants from Carhartt. Much lighter and more comfortable. You may even be able to pull off wearing them to the office.
I use mine to clip on my Camelbak unbottle, but they are useful for any number of other things, like flashlights, climbing gear, shoes, and anything you want access to quickly outside of a pack. I must have 15 of these, clipped to almost all of my packs. They're available in plastic for lighter duty versions, and metal for heavier gear. Great idea, great execution.
Lightweight, breathable, comfortable. They fit a bit tighter than I was expecting, a technical fit. The articulated knee is a nice touch, as is the drawcord at the hem. Thin, tough fabric, mesh pockets, chamois lined waist, and a good fit make for a good pant.
The downside: The slash pockets are cut at an odd angle, and cut high. A better angle and a deeper pocket would be nice. Belt loops: hope you like the internal belt, as you don't have any loops to add your own.
All in all a good pant.
With all the reviews on the Windstopper Tech Jacket, where are the reviews for the pants? They are every bit as top notch as the jacket. Warm fleece interior, reinforced knees and rear, and full hip zips. There is a belt that doesn't show up in most stock photos, along with the velcro adjustment tabs at the waist. My one issue is with the hip zips. The top zip tends to work itself loose. I don't think a locking zipper is an option, since they have to completely unzip, but a zipper pull you could lock with the velcro tab would do the job. I may do this myself later. The fleece padding is thicker than the jacket, making it a bit warmer, in my opinion. Great pants, and they should get all the rave reviews the jacket does.
Not for it's performance either, though that is impressive. It's because for cold Alaska mornings, this thing is supersoft lounge wear. Outdoors, it performs like a champ, with incredible warmth for something that compresses to the size of a rolled up magazine. For ultralighters, this is an excellent temperature range extender. Paired with a windstopper top/shell and and baselayer, this should keep you comfortable when temps dip in the 40s.
... it means windstopper. I landed in a small Cessna 206 just in from remote Alaska smack in the middle of a windstorm: 30MPH sustained winds, with up to 40MPH gusts. I yanked the drawcord tight at the hem, zipped up the collar and waited for the wind to punch through the jacket. Never happened. All of that wind, and none of it penetrated. Stayed warm, albeit it beat up, in the wind. Lots of products don't live up to the hype... this isn't one of them.
Didn't understand the mesh around the knees, but it does keep the pants from bunching up kneeling. Nice touch, as is the card pocket at the small of the back for ID and housekey if you're the ultralight runner. Drawstrings are a handy thing as well, if the waist doesn't stay where you want it. Although, like all tights, it's not kind to leg hair, the solid design and wicking make 'em worth it.
Interested in a knife for the ultralight? This is it. Benchmade quality in a backpacker-ounce shaving size. Spring assisted opening kicks the blade out fast, one handed, for when you're cooking and need every possible hand. They're not kidding about losing this knife in your pocket -- it's -that- light. Of course, that lightness comes at a price: the polymer side grips have some flex in them, if you really crank on the knife. This is a perfect knife for those who rarely use the knife outside of cooking or light camp use. Whittling, prying, or spearing.. bring a backup knife. The blade'll take all the abuse you throw at it, just beware the grips.