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Jeff Catalano

Jeff Catalano

Heber City, UT

Jeff Catalano's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Jeff Catalano's Bio

Living life on the road. @travelswithjeffrey

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Jeff Catalano

Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use Glidelite Mohair Mix skins on both my powder and mountaineering AT setups. When compared to nylon skins, I don't notice much, if any difference in grip, but the mohair mix models glide MUCH better, are much lighter, and pack way smaller (I roll them instead of fold).

I prefer BD's glue to G3's, which I find too tacky. I did have a few spots on my BD skins where the glue delaminated last season, but it was easily fixed with a tube of BD's glue renew, a waxing iron, and some parchment paper.

The one flaw to these skins is the tip loop on the larger sizes. BD uses the same length loop on all skins, and even maxed out on the adjuster, the tip loops are far too small to securely fit over the shovel on my Icelantic Nomad 125s (The shovel is 152mm, and I got the 140mm skins). You'd think that wide skins would come stock with BD's oversized tip loops (still sold separately). I ended up just making new loops out of 2.5mm cord that I can adjust to get the perfect fit over the ski's shovel.

All in all, I'd recommend these to anyone looking to lighten their touring setup. Just like with any other skin though, if you plan on touring over icy crust or on a beat down, steep skin track, do yourself a favor and pick up some ski crampons.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Small metal scrapers are always nice for skis, because they don't dull out as fast as plexi scrapers when run over ski edges. The Handy scraper doesn't take up any space in the waxing kit, and does a great job at getting those ski bases all waxy-smooth.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A total requirement when camping in bearitory. I've never had mine preyed on, but I always keep my food in the BV500 when in the backcountry. It also serves as my snack and dry goods container when desert camping, where I've had plenty of mice and other small, likely hantavirus-infected rodents open up wrappers and nibble away while I was sleeping.
The BV500 is pretty difficult to open when it's brand new, but it seems to get easier on your fingers the more often you use it.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 12, 2016

5 5

I got the Expedition Service Kit for my 6 year old Whisperlite that still works perfectly, but figured I might as well have the kit handy in the event that I ever actually need it. It comes with just about every small part on the stove, including a new jet and all of the small seals. With this kit, there's no doubt that my Whisperlite will last decades.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these and Landing Pads #1 to set up with round bars on my truck camper that has Yakima tracks. They keep the bars more than secure enough for a roof box full of skis and camping gear, and a kayak. I'm a little bummed that the Control Towers don't come with SKS locks, but installing locks is incredibly easy (and recommended so your stuff doesn't disappear on you). Overall solid purchase for the foundation of your rack setup.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I decided to pick up the Exped Synmat Winterlite as my backpacking pad, because sadly, my Exped Megamat is far too big to carry long distances. The regular "M" version Synmat is narrower than I had expected, but the large side baffles do a great job at keeping me in place on the pad. Not once did I begin to slide off the pad overnight. The insulation also did a great job at keeping my underside warm in the upper 30's with my 30 degree summer bag. It's very lightweight and packs surprisingly small for an insulated sleeping pad. It makes a great alternative to my Megamat when I'm going light, or when tent space is limited.

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Jeff Catalanowrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

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

I picked this up for a good buddy who spends his time traveling the country in a converted mini school bus. Home is Where You Park It shows what it's like to hit the road, see new places, and meet new friends. Get a camper, RV, van, or live-in vehicle, get the book, and fill up your tank. See you out there.

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