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KSpeake

KSpeake

Redding, ca

KSpeake's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

KSpeake's Bio

Newbie in the backcountry, skier with three boarding kids, two I have introduced to split boarding. We live South of Mount Shasta in CA, with a small ski cabin on the flanks of the Mountain and enjoy exploring it in all seasons.

KSpeake

KSpeakewrote a review of on July 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I get home from work and put on my Baggies. Weekends, I raft, hike, swim in my baggies. Dirty? I grab my other pair of Baggies. After reading Chouinard's book, I thought I'd test his and his companie's philosophy, and try to wear our a piece of their equipment. They aren't done yet. I've lost enough weight trying to wear them out I need a smaller size. Really, you cannot over-pay for these. They will last and you will enjoy wearing them. The picture is from a week ago on the Lower Salmon River. I took two pairs of shorts. Both Baggies.

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KSpeakewrote a review of on November 10, 2017

Great kayak
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We've used our friend's Aire Forces before buying our own, on the advise that they're about as close to a hard shell as you're going to get without putting on a skirt and learning to roll. We've found them to be really maneuverable, yet surprisingly stable in whitewater, easily adjustable for size, and it comes with thigh straps to keep you in the boat and to make the boat react to your body, not just your paddle. We've taken this and our friends Aire Forces down the Trinity, Rogue and Klamath rivers.

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KSpeakewrote a review of on July 21, 2016

5 5

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

Bought this for my inaugural trip up a mountain. Used it for snow school and for a trip with my sons up Mount Shasta. Luckily other than caning with it, the only use it got was in us throwing ourselves down the hill and practicing our self-arrest, which, as I would expect, it did quite well. As for durability, I noticed the local outfitter in Mt. Shasta rents the Raven, and those look like they've been put through the wringer and are still going strong.

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