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Josh R

Layton, UT

Josh R's Bio

Just like many I am a lover of everything that Earth has to offer. There is to much to see and so little time.

Josh R's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Biking,
  • Fly Fishing.
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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

had a recent trip with 15 of us tearing around an AZ trails with several tears and pinch flats--we pressed tubeless tire plugs into service and need to replenish the stash. Ryder does it a little different--their tool is separate from their 'bacon'. Not better or worse--just different.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

my last bikepack trip trashed another pair of Shimano shoes (tore the michelin sole free from the rigid 'last' if that's what its called). I've generally been stuck on Shimano and FiveTen shoes for riding. Decided to try something different and these Pearls made the cut. Time will tell if my riding style and the care (utter lack) I give them will result in long-term durability. But--here's why I chose these. Rigid and heavily lugged sole--should work on and off bike and if/when walking briefly on pavement (no clinking cleat). Fit was great and adjustable with a sleeved insole and a couple sizes of arch and tarsal pads that gave me a semi-custom fit at setup. Lets be clear here--for me, I could get a comfortable shoe just with the insole and cranking the boa's appropriately. But messing with the sole inserts seemed to get me something ever so slightly more comfortable (?). One of the biggest reasons for choosing this shoe over others is the dual boa's mounted on the top of the shoe. I've tired of laces, speed laces (salomon style used on some shimano etc), and velcro on my bike shoes. Ratcheting buckles are AOK but I've ripped the side mount buckles off a couple shoes in my mtb riding lifetime so far (ripping a narrow line with boulders at pedal height) that BOAs on the top seem to make a lot of sense.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

Blackburn isn't often first to market with kit, but what they do come out with tends to work well and at a consumer favorable price. This is no different. Its got all you need for those tire tears and pinch flat repairs needing 'bacon'. It's mostly plastic construction which no doubt helps with the price point. That said, its a little larger than my dynaplug kit with its CNC machined case/tool--but that comes at 3 times the price.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lezyne branded bacon--other than color, doesn't seem appreciably different than other makers bacon so I expect it to work just fine. On a recent three day bikepack trip in desert country, we had abundant flats from tears and numerous pinch flats. We got them all to seal up with the numerous brands of bacon spread amongst the 15 of us...including some of lezyne's.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

ever the tinkerer, thought I'd try out a Vargo BOT (c'mon BC--stock it) with a butane stove and this little unit ticked all the boxes for the heat source. I can get this, lighter, canister, 'legs' (pinched off my jetboil) etc all in the BOT. But--I may as well take my jetboil as it would function the same and size is about the same. Beauty of the BOT, is you can store (sealed) 1L of water in there on the trail and then cook in it and eat of out it (its a Ti pot with a sealing, screw top lid afterall). I have the Honaker bag from Bedrocks which holds the BOT (with water) and the fuel can/legs on top inside the bag and mounts on the bike (I put it on the downtube of the frame). The little carry case for this stove fits just about anywhere--for me, for now--pushed into the nose of my framepack. I expect years of use to come.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

Style-check. Function-pretty much. You're not going to want to load this up with books for a day on campus or a hydration bladder for a day on the trail. But as a purse substitute for essentials and a puffy jacket and nalgene--does all that with aplomb. Wife loves it and style-matches the mini kankens our kiddos have. Color seemed a little off from what is pictured but that can likely be a 'monitor' or 'photography' anomaly vs dye lot.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a few of these stashed in packs. They fold so can be shoved into a pack or even a jacket pocket easily. Provides the shade for your eyes when fly fishing, backcountry skiing or just otherwise playing in the sun. They may not be quite as stylish as a patagucci visor, but you can't cram those other visors into a pack or pocket for safe keeping and deployment when needed. Another functional product from the OR folks.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

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

This is my 3rd pair of korkers. Over the years I've accumulated a bunch of the soles (basically all the varieties) so I'm sort of 'all in' on the modular design. I generally get 2-4 seasons of use before some catastrophic failure sends them to the river in the sky. Hoping these prove at least as durable as my prior boots. The boa on this looks to be a better lacing design than my prior Boas. And the rubber toe bumper looks to protect against a material tear/seam failure if you get a toe wedged in between boulders.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

5 5

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

Make no mistake--this is the big one. As in it has to be the biggest net in the nomad lineup. I ordered as a result of having a little net envy of my friends nomad nets and my only boat net (long handle etc.) has a mesh bag (and I don't want to mess with replacing it) and is beat up (wood) after some years of use and abuse. This net will work for trout but is sized adequately for salmon, bass, steelies, pike--probably get a monster musky in there if needed. Non-folding/telescoping and sturdy in construction...seems super durable. The size will take some luck or creativity in finding a place to stow it on your boat. Behind the rowing seat on a drift boat works but makes for an obstacle to get to the rear of a drift boat.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

This is my 3rd pair of DPS skis in about as many years. Initial was mid waist 'quiver of 1' to see if I was going to like touring. 2nd was the euro narrow-waist for fast, light and non-monster-dump days. Last years epic dumps here in the wasatch had me wanting a wide powder plank which I'm expecting this to fill nicely. I had my sights on the 106 Wailer Tour 1 but the mods to make this 'Wasatch' tailored at a minimal weight cost won me over. Now-cross fingers for another great snow year.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

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

Fit is good. Not sure of long-term durability (if you are working oars or working a fly rod all day--no leather palm or anything of substance in the high wear areas). Work great for sun protection. Owning a pair of simms sun gloves, I do wish these had a snap to keep them together in my boat bag.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

had 3-day float trip on the agenda and worried about constant sun exposure--these did the trick without lathering the back of hands with sun screen (and risk contaminating the fly or putting a chemical concoction on the fly line/leader and potentially turning off the fish). My only gripe, and its a small quibble, is that they didn't protect my finger where I wanted to naturally strip the line across. Similarly, when a fish hit and I raised the rod to take up the slack in the line (to get the fish on the reel), that line ripped across the exposed part of my finger too. Both caused a 'line burn' on my (delicate--yeah...my day job is banging away at a computer keyboard) fingers. By the end of the trip, I sort of 'learned' to adjust handholds/fingers such that the line now went across glove covered skin...felt a little awkward but worked.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

5 5

Got this helmet for my daughters 2nd birthday and she loves it. More piece of mind as a parent knowing your child's cranium is protected. Ventilation is spot on and the padding inside is nice and cushy.

Remember parents- practice what you preach. If you make them wear a helmet you wear one as well and everyone will be protected.

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Josh Rwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This has been my go to for some recent bike trips and hiking trips. The shirt has thumb holes and is very lightweight and wicks away moisture really well. I tend to like lightweight long sleeved shirts for warmer hikes to add an extra barrier between me and the sun and this shirt works great. Dosent stink after a couples days use either!

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Josh Rwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

5 5

I am a pack kinda guy and this pack is far superior compared to others out there. This has been my new go to bag for mainly camera equipment and gear being used harness, helmet, bike shoes and the like and it holds up great. Tons of organization and holds up great in the rain. Recently took it fishing for a day up in the Unitas and with a down pour for about an hour the pack was exposed and nothing managed to get wet. Great idea having the rear access to the laptop sleeve and more organization. This pack is going places. Looking forward to using the carry on handle when traveling via air!

Also great for those who are taller and have a longer torso.

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