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Kyle Cherry

Kyle Cherry

Arlington NE

Kyle Cherry's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Paddling
Biking

Kyle Cherry's Bio

Hello my name is Kyle Cherry, I'm a thirty year old multi-sport enthusiast and a bit of a gear head. There's no time of year that one can't get out amongst nature. My great love is backpacking with my wife. I'm also an avid kayaker, mountain biker, climber, spelunker and fisherman. Always looking for an excuse to get outside. I'm a meticulous note taker and my kit is constantly evolving. Backcountry is a fantastic source for someone like myself to be able to find quality gear at a good price. While in college when paying for tuition, books, rent and utilities it was backcountry's close out sales that allowed me to afford my first technical gear, all of which is still in fine condition despite being well loved, not to mention laden with memories. I'm also extremely passionate about the protection of our wild places and the animals that call it home. The Nature Conservancy dollar donation option is something I love about Backcountry.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an exceptionally innovative bag, which is something one has come to expect from Mountain Hardwear. It is of course a part of the Lamina series of bags, where the seams are welded rather than stitched in an effort to avoid pinched insulation and the cold spots that result. Thermal. Q insulation is a hybridized down and synthetic blend which offers additional weather resistance. Despite the slim fit I and my 6 foot 200 pound frame fits comfortably inside, and the toe box allows ample room for ones feet. The centered half length zipper is amazing both from the perspective of weight savings as well as functionality. The draft collar is a brilliant feature that traps warmth and limits build up of condensation from ones breath. It has proven comfortable in wind, damp and cold.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very securely fitting gaiter, which in my opinion is essential. It clips into the laces of your boots and fits snugly at the ankle holding it in position while on the move. A rubberized strap goes under the arch of your boot and buckles in place. This feature is my only concern about the product as I know not how it will stand the test of time. The height of the gaiter is very nice and really prevents debris from working its way into your boot as you traverse terrain strewn with loose rock. The lower extent of the gaiter is water resistant and protects the wearer from splashes as you rock hop across shallow streams. Happy with the purcahse.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've become more and more acquainted with Loon over the past year, and they've gained my trust. I've just begun to learn to fly fish and like most fishermen do not fish near as often as I would like. Seeing as one or two fishing outings will likely be my quota for this coming year it is not prudent financially to outfit with Simms, Patagonia or Orvis. Loon provides great quality for the price and a novice fly fisherman like myself can put together quite a nice kit utilizing Loon Outdoors accessories. Having compared Simms and Cabelas retractors I see no markable difference in quality. .

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

When Fox River discontinued their Pioneer sock I lamented having not stocked up! A month or two later Backcountry.com began carrying the Trailmaster. Its a mid weight sock that runs on the heavier side, but the blend of materials allows for excellent thermo regulation. The cushion provided makes them a backpackers dream. One can invest in blister remedies or they can invest in prevention. Great quality socks are essential to protecting ones feet. Fox River is a home grown company that uses merino wool from Iowa raised rams and blends them with recycled fabric fibers using sustainable methods. It is not hard to get full-heartedly behind a product such as this.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on April 26, 2016

4 5

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

I picked up the NRS Axium glove on sale this spring and having used it a time or two have a very positive first impression. I am curious to see if these stand the test of the time as the seams of any paddle glove are most certainly strained. They are very comfortable and have sufficient cushion at common contact points in the palm. As one would hope and expect the material is very moisture tolerant. I have used paddle gloves in the past that become rigid after use, and that is certainly not the case with these. I've found I genuinely trust NRS products. These gloves are excellent quality for the cost.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been looking for a parka in this style for sometime now, with this summer's torrents of rain I've suspected we're in for a tenacious winter here in the midwest. Eddie Bauer and Cabelas both manufacturer a similar parka, which retails for more than twice the list price as this Craghopper Leven Parka. I'm curious as to how this parka will do come the harsh winter winds of the prairie. The detail photos included in this listing demonstrate the coats insulation very nicely. It's comfortable and stylish, and seems over all to be a very fine coat for the money (It lists for 200.00 directly from the manufacturer)

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think Helle makes some of the most beautiful knives in the world, the Odel, Blåfjell, and BraKar are truly wonderful mergers of form and function. This particular knife is Helle's largest production model at 10 inches of total length split evenly between the blade and handle. The ergonomics of this knife make it not only easier to wield but safer as well. The Scandi grind on this blade makes it phenomenal for the detail work of bushcraft, and the blade is easy to keep sharp as a razor. Possesses all the features necessary for a great hunting knife as well.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ultimate Survival Technologies and I have a spotted past, I simply do not trust their quality control. With that said I do endorse this product. For several years I've made pocket sized survival kits for those friends and family whom enjoy the outdoors, and for a year or so I've included a UST Wetfire tinder cube. They work best when cut open and the ignition source is introduced to the internal materials, rather this is do to oxygenation or some other factor I will not venture to guess. In my experience it is a long lasting fire source the can potentially burn even more intensely wet than dry. I have to date not had a tinder cube fail me, though their are many reports of this product not working. (enter again quality control) However the potential reward out weighs the risks. One should NEVER rely on one tinder or one ignition source. If you are knowledgeable and have three ignition sources and three to five tinders, along with the associated knowledge you will have a fire. Preparation is ultimately the bottom line both at home and in the field. This is a small light weight product that could save your life, theres no reason not to toss a couple in your kit.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our first camp silverware was molded plastic from Walmart, the CRKT eat'n tool was one of our first upgrades to our backpacking load out. Since then we've grown fond of the sea to summit long handled alpha light spoon, and our CRKT's have been passed on to a couple just getting into backpacking. While I never used the metric closed end wrenches they were always a fun talking point. I can attest that the bottle opener can withstand frequent use. The Eat'N Tool is light sturdy and small, and if the included carabiner is removed two (or more) will stack neatly together making them all the more simple to pack. If I am not mistaken Columbia River Knife and Tool does make a slightly longer version for those interested.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

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

Saw this on sale kind of chuckled at the thought, honestly imagined it being horrid. We were simply pleasantly surprised, the guacamole had excellent flavor, it was on par with Applebees! Be that good, bad or indifferent. As a flask of olive oil and a package of wheat tortillas are staples on our baking packing trips its kind of fun to bake your own chips.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A friend gave me the 6 quart Dutch Oven by Camp Chef as a Christmas gift this past year. Now I am by no means an ultralight backpacker, but when I was given this wonderful dutch oven I just didnt know when I would use it. My favorite type of camping is anything far far away from a trail head. I have however, as my father ages, embraced the weekend car camping trip. Which is where this dutch oven shines. It's well constructed and the foot pegs on the lid of this oven make it increasingly versatile (works wonderfully for whipping up flapjacks) Invest in a little dutch oven cookbook, and the sky is the limit. Biscuits, roasts, stews, cobblers the list goes on. When using cast iron you just feel transported to a simpler time. The disposable liners by Camp Chef also sold by Backcountry, while not essential.. do make clean up much easier.

Side note: Lodge MFG is currently the only pre seasoned cast iron produced in the United States.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a long time I had an REI brand Monocular and its field of focus was very finite, and visual clarity was poor. That being said they were 18 dollars on a Labor Day sale. These are a distinct upgrade, and I keep it in a Loksak with my compass and map in an exterior pocket of my pack. The relatively wide field of vision (by Monocular standards) makes it wonderful for orienteering. Its also nice for viewing wildlife from a safe and respectful distance. This is not comparable to a pair of Nikon Binoculars in this respect but they are a quality light weight small footprint option. They focus effortlessly and can be used on the move, which in my experience is not to be said of all monoculars.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

Yet another product I was introduced to at a Backpacker Magazines Get Out More Tour stop. The idea of a biodegradable sunglass frame was too intriguing to pass up. The aesthetic is tremendously stylish, and is matched by its comfortable feel. My left ear has been surgically reconstructed which for years restricted me to wire framed sunglasses, which often times lack security and move about on ones face. Not only does the Zeal Brewer stay in place but it does so comfortably. If sustainable product offerings from US based companies are something that intrigues you then give Zeal Optics of Boulder Colorado a try!

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

This is not grandpa's army blanket, the knit and thread count of the Woolrich Rough Rider Blanket makes it perfect for picnic or fall days cheering on your favorite football team. This blankets weight is very nice and the brushed finish makes it exceptionally comfortable. The Woolrich label stitched to this blanket is to many a sure sign of quality. at just over 4 feet wide it might be difficult to fit two which is why the price is a little more affordable, but at that price you won't find a better blanket. Made stateside which anyone who reads my reviews know that is near the top on my list of considerations when selecting gear.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Heard about Fits socks a few years ago at a Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour stop, and heard them endorsed by Jennifer Pharr Davis at a book tour Q&A. This a great merino poly blend, comfortable and durable. They're made stateside in Tennessee (while headquartered in Colorado Smartwool outsources their garment construction) Merino wool socks always feel amazing when theyre new, Fits socks are so durable that they feel good as new even as they rack up the miles.

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Kyle Cherrywrote a review of on October 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This hammock is well constructed and versatile. As well constructed as any higher priced competitors. My wife has the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter and they are very comparable. I made slight modifications to the accessory hardware of both but this is by no means necessary. The Byer Moskito Kakoon packs up into a slim stuff sack that's about 2 and a half feet long. If your backpack has an external water bottle pouch beneath a horizontally running compression strap the Kakoon hammock can be quickly and simply stowed on your packs exterior. The No See Um mesh will do an excellent job keeping out unwanted guests.

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