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Ron M.wrote a review of on February 20, 2019

wear like regular clothes
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been through 3 pair of quality gore-tex guide-grade waders over as many decades, and the relative comfort of the Tempest dry pants can't be lauded enough in words - they wear like regular clothes. Compared to the typical neoprene stocking foot, the gore-tex feet are easy to get on and off, with base layer or insulating socks, easily fit inside the narrow shoes that, in turn, easily fit inside a kayak footwell. The XL fit is generous for my 34" inseam and size 12 foot. There's room inside for base + insulation layers, but the fit is still trim, functional and flexible - and very comfortable for sitting. The built-in gaitors keep mud and sand out, and the velcro closures on gaitors and waist function perfectly.

On a February Texas-coast flats paddle, starting off in the 60-degree foggy calm, they didn't seem necessary and stayed in my dry bag. After the wind came up to the day's norm, and a bit of wading, moderate exposure, I found a place on the hard pack beach I could sit and put them on over my wet nylon pants and scuba socks. Spent the day in comfort, while the forecast sun never broke through - we remained socked in and a light mist all day. The beauty of goretex - finished and stowing gear early afternoon, I was completely dry inside, in spite of the cool and 100% humidity.

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Ron M.wrote a review of on September 8, 2018

incredible price
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Showing this example of a johnny bar we've used for 9 years.
It began mounted to slidetrax in the sternwell of my Tarpon 160, when my 9-y-o daughter would tandem with me in that boat. It provided foot pegs, paddle leash, a rod holder, and a compass for her. That didn't last long, she was in her own boat in 2 years, and moved it to the dashboard of her Redfish 10. Get creative and attach anything you need to the johnny bar - rod holder, cleat, tool keepers, paddle leash, paddle clip, compass, etc. The legs move to any slot, and you can easily saw the bar to a narrower length to fit the width of your boat. Mounting it requires 4 deck eyes, hers is strapped through holes in foot peg rack. Note I have bungees running along each side for quick grab of anything - the two bungees will keep a single plano box, binoculars, etc.

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Ron M.wrote a review of on September 6, 2018

Bang for buck
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been through top-grade paddles with other names, and Werner stands out for efficient design. More of your energy goes into moving the boat, and less goes into bending the paddle or making turbulence. I'll admit I don't own the glass blade Camano, but I own the glass blade Coreyvecken and all-carbon bent-shaft Camano. I can tell you the glass-blade Werners are the biggest bang for the buck in a kayak paddle. My daughter has been swinging a Shuna since she was 12, then paddling distance and speed with grown men. (She was a nationally ranked HS wrestler) and when she was 15, I could no longer keep up with her and my top-line A/T paddle. That's when I bought my Camano and got my edge back. Advantages to bent shaft, it instantly puts your hands in the correct place, and eliminates irritation to your thumb knuckles compared to a straight shaft. I don't wear gloves with my bent shaft for days and distance.

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Ron M.wrote a review of on September 6, 2018

Largest
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Coryvecken is the largest blade area available in a kayak paddle. With this paddle in my Tarpon 160, I'm able to keep up with my buddy in his Mirage-drive 16' Hobie Revolution. The Werner blades go both in and out of the water more efficiently than any other. The surprising light weight of the straight-shaft glass blade paddle is comparable to my all-carbon bent-shaft Camano. The Werner glass-blade carbon shaft paddles including the Corey and Camano are the biggest bang for the buck in kayak paddles.

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Ron M.wrote a review of on April 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't get me wrong, this is a really good pump, an enduring design, and mine is half a dozen years old. I'm also a latex tube junkie with 4 bikes around, so I pump a lot. The leather washer is what makes this pump work, and I'm on my 3rd. When, not if, your pump head breaks or won't work for you, don't waste your time with a Silca replacement - hunt down a Hirame or Tanaka pump head, or beat the rush and replace the stock head sooner.

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Ron M.wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

No Pressure
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

On my ergo hoods, I went through 3 different padded gloves without success. The pads put undue pressure on my hands. The worst gave me hand cramps instantly, and the best padded gloves delayed the onset of hand cramps to longer rides. It felt like the padding was squeezing my hands and causing localized pressure points. The Zero glove eliminated the problem altogether, even on the longest rides. I bought spares in case they eliminate this model. As always, great service at Backcountry.

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