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Craig L

Craig L

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City

Craig L's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Running

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was lucky enough to have these handed down to me, but I am a huge fan. They have some seriously aggressive traction for all sorts of crunchy or icy conditions. They also have a very quality and easy to use strap in system, and their shape definitely does lend itself towards more "normal walking" than other snowshoes.

If you are looking to snowshoe in deep deep powder, I suggest looking elsewhere for a bigger / wider shoe. However for everything else, these are some of the best.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Run these on my 27plus hardtail where I was looking for maximum squishyness to offset the lack of a rear shock. The tread pattern is actually decently fast rolling, while offering pretty good grip on the corners (3in of rubber dont hurt in this department either). Pretty supple tire, and you will get some squirm if you ride hard in the lower PSI ranges but thats a trade off I am willing to work with if it means I can get a little more vibration dampening.

For reference, I was previously on 2.4 DHF DHR combo on a full squish bike, and all in all really pleased with this tire.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Honestly Wild how light this tent is, given its a full feature, stand alone tent and rainfly. Two things to keep in mind here. This tent is ultralight because its materials are ultralight. This means thin and relatively fragile. I think that the tent is well made and the fabrics are as durable as they can be, but you need to be relatively careful when using the tent.

The other thing is that this is truly a 2 person tent. As in, 2 people fit, and nothing else. We managed to fit myself, my girlfriend, and our 36lb dog inside on a recent overnighter and that was absolutely max capacity of the tent. No room for a bunch of clothes, stuff, etc.

At the end of the day, if you are looking for the convenience of a "normal" tent, with UL weight and size, this tent is 10 stars out of 10.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bag is super warm, high quality construction and packs down impressively small (get a different stuff sack than the one supplied for an even smaller bag). My girlfriend and I took these up on a winter overnighter on San Gorgonio in California. She had the -20 and I had the -40. We both really like the bags, although my favorite thing about the bag was her least. Their is quite a bit of wiggle room inside the bag. Lots of space to move your hips / knees around, sleep on your side, etc. I loved this, but my girlfriend found that all the extra space took her body a long time to heat up, and would have preferred a narrower cut. So anyone looking at these bags, keep that in mind.

The other thing to note is the top zipper. We both actually really loved this design, and it makes the bag much easier to get in and out of (or cram a dog inside in the middle of the night). The zipper does have a down baffle covering it, but its fairly easy to accidentally flip the baffle the other way so its not doing its job. I think some sort of velcro system there would be a good idea, especially if you were using this bag down past 0 degrees. For the record it got to about 10 degrees when we were using it, and I got pretty hot and had to stick a shoulder out a few times in the middle of the night to cool off. My girfriend in the -20 was warm and cozy, not overheating like I was.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bag is super warm, high quality construction and packs down impressively small (get a different stuff sack than the one supplied for an even smaller bag). My girlfriend and I took these up on a winter overnighter on San Gorgonio in California. She had the -20 and I had the -40. We both really like the bags, although my favorite thing about the bag was her least. Their is quite a bit of wiggle room inside the bag. Lots of space to move your hips / knees around, sleep on your side, etc. I loved this, but my girlfriend found that all the extra space took her body a long time to heat up, and would have preferred a narrower cut. So anyone looking at these bags, keep that in mind.

The other thing to note is the top zipper. We both actually really loved this design, and it makes the bag much easier to get in and out of (or cram a dog inside in the middle of the night). The zipper does have a down baffle covering it, but its fairly easy to accidentally flip the baffle the other way so its not doing its job. I think some sort of velcro system there would be a good idea, especially if you were using this bag down past 0 degrees. For the record it got to about 10 degrees when we were using it, and I got pretty hot and had to stick a shoulder out a few times in the middle of the night to cool off. My girfriend in the -20 was warm and cozy, not overheating like I was.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Took these out on a winter trip up San Gorgonio in California. I was not sure what conditions would look like, and some of the slope crossings are fairly steep. In our case we ended up finding mushy snow and plenty of traction with Kahtoolas. Still it was nice to know that we had the tools to self arrest should we have encountered slopes of ice. These tools are light weight, easy to use and basically an industry standard.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seriously this light on high is nuts. For commuting all I ever need to do is turn it on low, or flashing. This helps keep the battery going a little while longer, but still maybe not as long as I would like. For night mtb rides the high setting does an incredible job lighting up the trail.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 14US

These are my second pair of blundstones, the first pair being the classic slipons. Normally I am a 14, and interestingly went for a 13US in the slipons, and a 14US in these. That being said they are super comfortable, light weight and (with wax treatment) pretty much waterproof. They look great around town, going out to dinner, or out for a quick walk / hike. Definitely happy with this purchase and would (and do) recommend them to everyone.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up one of these to leave on my bike during winter bike commuting. I love that I can take it off super easily, and put it back on in no time. Much easier than messing with full coverage fenders. This 100% eliminates back spray, but will not protect your drivetrain from muck like full coverage fenders will so keep that in mind.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I snagged a pair of these to put over my regular socks for wet and snowy days bike commuting to the office. They are low profile enough that they (barely) fit into my regular cycling shoes, and the neoprene keeps my feet warm and dry. Definitely one of the more cost-effective ways to DIY your own winter boots.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these as a gift for my girlfriend and she is loving them. Super comfortable right away, with hiking boot support and running shoe "feel". The Vibram sole is grippy, and not as stiff and cumbersome as other boots out there. Also the waterproofing has been put to the test with multiple hikes through .5-2 feet of snow and no leaks.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket definitely has more insulation in it than I was expecting and feels well made. Our dog didn't fight it at all, seeming to understand pretty quickly that this was keeping her warmer which was a good thing in her (and our) book. Has pretty good length and coverage as well. Our dog is a border collie / Australian Sheperd and as of a few days ago weighs 36 pounds. She is fairly muscular and not too tall. The Small fit her perfectly, right out of the box.

All in all, gave me a lot of piece of mind that our pup would stay warm when the mercury drops.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kind of pricey for an inflatable pillow, but this thing packs down incredibly small ( I got the XL) and is actually a pretty good sized pillow fully inflated. Has a softish feel if youre using it directly against your face, or you can pile a shirt on top. Also features a super easy to use blow up and deflate valve. Never going backpacking without again.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these for mountainous pursuits / backpacking where its either really cold, or I am lounging around camp and want my hands toasty. These mittens heat up incredibly fast. I would stick my freezing red hands in here and within seconds feel the warmth coming back. They are also very light weight, but seem durable enough for their intended purpose. All this on top of a pretty screaming price point.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a lot to say that hasn't been said already. This jetboil works well, boils water quickly, and has handy features like measurements etched in the inside of the cup. The only thing worth considering is if you need one this big. On the plus side, you can fit the stove, caniseter and lighters inside the "pot" itself.

10/10 would recommend

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Craig Lwrote a review of on December 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This review is basically just my initial impressions, but the initial impressions are really good. I used this to carry both a snowboard and skis (not at the same time) and both systems work really well. The pack is a pretty perfect middle of the road / slightly larger 40L, and fits all that you could need to shove in there for a day outing or lightweight overnighter.

The pack quality feels really solid as well, everything is made from pretty beefy material and seems like it will hold up for a long time. Comfort is also pretty spot on. The padded straps, hip belt and chest strap all make for a dialed, secure and comfortable fit.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on December 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs

I think the easiest thing to compare this trailer to would be a standard bob trailer, or a two wheel kid / dog / cargo trailer.

The design is basically the same as the standard BOB, except with improvements in ease of use. the ball quick release system and easy release lever to get the trailer on and off are incredible. Super easy to use, and the added kickstand supports not only the trailer but your entire bike.

Compared to the 2 wheeled trailers, this trailer pulls WAY easier, and has a much smaller effect on your bike's handling. It's actually pretty easy to forget its back there, which can not be said for the two wheeled trailers.

On a final note, the entire product is built really well. Its sturdy, the welds are solid, and parts are high quality. The rear wheel is well built, strong, and actually comes with a reasonably nice tire. The trailer seems like something you don't need to baby at all, and it would still last a long long time. 10/10 would recommend.

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