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Steve Strehl

Steve Strehl

salt lake city

Steve Strehl's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Running

Steve Strehl's Bio

Past-Gearhead, Outdoorsman, Photographer.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

Essential
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used paracord or random straps for a while trying to keep my hammock up but eventually bought a pair of these and could not be happier. They come in a little ENO bag, just like the hammock bag, rolled up neatly, and they are compact- easy to travel with. Lightweight- you just roll them out, and set up the straps on whatever you can wrap/hook something on. I typically pull up to a spot, throw one end around my roof rack and one around whatever I parked next to for a great nap/break. Extremely durable, never feel unsafe, firm, and a HUGE range of adjustment. From up close to long distance, these are essential for any hammock purchase.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

4 5

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

It is a trucker hat, so expected to be larger on the crown, but it was a bit too big for my head, where putting it on fully I ended up having too much space, or it coming down on my ears. Because it was cheap I ended up giving it to a friend who wears it almost everyday and it fits great on him! Hard to judge

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought as a lounging shoe for winter days for mostly indoor use- found myself sweating most the time because they are so warm!! Even used them post-skiing walking around in gravel and they held up great. Not the best quality, some of the insulation will leak out, but that is what you get with this inexpensive option. Not the highest quality, but if you are looking to stay warm with casual use, post-skiing, post-winter activities, even post skating for a comfortable lounging slipper its the way to go. There is a harder material on the foot, but they get wet fairly easily but dry quickly. 5 stars for comfort, price and warmth, but rated 4 stars because lack of breathability, quality (not built to last heavy use) and no DWR which would be awesome. Just use what they are recommended for (winter lounging) or chilly weather camping and they will be a wonderful purchase. Also easy to pack or keep in the car!
I'm a 10.5 foot, ordered a XL. Good fit.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Size foot 10.5, Size ordered Large- True to size fit, extremely comfortable. Slightly more padded than I thought they would be, because it is my first padded sock purchase, but wow- how have I been hiking without these? Perfect crew length to sit above a taller boot, and did not experience any blisters/pain when I typically get pressure/irritation below my big toe when hiking long distance. Did not think that these would be the full solution, but it seems that they are! Used in cold snow climates and wet rain, they kept me warm (around 30-40F in snow) in a leather boot, and were breathable where I had no sweat- no significant moisture. Crossed a river in a trail runner, so my shoes were soaked, the socks got wet, but hanging them up they dried quickly. Planning on buying more pairs for longer trips.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm 6'0", broad, and 165lbs, Medium fits perfect. It is thin, but the 650 down is incredibly warm and if you get too warm you can take it off, stuff it into the side pocket, and clip to your belt to keep hiking/climbing. Since I got the jacket I've worn it non-stop, from going to work to a midlayer for ski touring to winter hikes, it is great for all around use and looks good! There is some down that leaks while it settles, but that is natural with most down jackets. After a few uses it does not anymore. I've worn it in light rain as well and it does not get wet, holds up great in the wind too. Definitely recommend!

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This does it all. I do not cook in it, I just use it for boiling water, but it is compact- the stove attachment is a must, and it can fit into most backpacks side sleeves for easy transport. No question about it, this is a must have item to keep it lightweight and versatile. It's taken a lot of abuse and still runs great with no dents. Just make sure its dry when finished using!

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of the best zero bags for the price! Well-made, did not shed a lot of down through use, and kept me warm in freezing desert temperatures! The material is soft and comfortable. It could be more packable, but for the price it is very warm, and did not feel particularly heavy. 3lbs for a zero down bag is awesome. I felt like I had room to move around, and did not sweat in the night in ~20 degree temperatures, so the breathability has been wonderful too. For a well priced, light, and breathable zero bag- this is the way to go!

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research on the perfect backpacking sleeping pad. I eventually narrowed it down to this pad and it has been the best I've had. Rolled up it fits in the palm of your hand like a nalgene water bottle, and is incredibly lightweight. Super compact, quick to blow up, (even better with the bag pump), and is a great size. I thought about ordering the MW but went with the M and am very satisfied. I'm broad, 6ft, and around 165 and fit perfectly. Blown up it is thick and doesnt make any noise when shifting positions (like the thermarest options).
This is one of the best pads on the market, that combines being lightweight, 3 season insulation, and packability. There are lighter pads and more insulated pads, but nothing combines all 3 specs together. I recommend this to everyone.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Found this speaker on a cliffside backroad outside of canyonlands half submerged in a pile of snow. It was wet and covered in sand, but I thought it was worth trying to charge, and it quickly charged and now I have a portable speaker. It easily fits in your palm and isn't crazy loud, but is better than a plain iphone. Really fun to have at a campground. Durable and good audio. I'll call it a win.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Great fit, exactly what I needed.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a versatile buff I could wear skiing, in colder temps, and even to block sun on summer hikes. This is an all around great buff. No insulation or fleece, but that is usually too warm for me, just a good layer to block from windchill. I would not recommend for extreme cold/rain/snow, but it holds up well in single digit degree mornings. It is not too tight, and you can have it just on your neck, up to your face, or wrapped up on your head over the ears. When breathing it did not get wet either which is a problem with a lot of buffs. Stylish and exactly what I needed. Photo from a negative degree morning in monument valley, it kept me warm!

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on February 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Microfiber towels are a must when travelling. I try to shove these things in every pocket I can. So many purposes, from drying sweat, wiping off rain, or just drying off after a swim in an alpine lake! Really lightweight, and easy to stuff into any part of your pack or jacket. So much better than carrying a full size towel around! If you are trying to travel light and keep things simple, these are a great buy!

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on February 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Bought this as a birthday gift for my Mom, great gift for a great price! Really comfortable, and fit true to size. She was excited and wears it all the time. I recommend as a gift! Really simple, they are guaranteed to love it

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on January 29, 2017

Quality Product Every Time
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I travel often, so I wanted a bag that would look good and be rugged enough to last time and abuse. Filson products just look better and better as time goes on. When I first opened it, the bag was slightly bigger than I expected, but works perfectly with everything I put in it, especially on longer trips. Same classic style and materials as the rugged twill briefcases, they match perfectly. The sturdy side pocket is nice for quick grab items, or items you want to keep separate. The zippers are strong and smooth to easily open and close. There is also the leather loop to clip it to your bag. I'm surprised how much stuff I can fit in this! This will last a very long time, worth the price every time.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on January 23, 2017

Works Great!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an awesome accessory to have for photographers. Attaching the Go Pro can create awesome behind the scenes footage while you shoot, or just quality video when you are also trying to take photos! Comes in a box, it is a great size, does not protrude too far from the camera, it has metal plate that slides easily into the mount, and the go pro connection feels like it was made by Go Pro. Quality made plastic, it has been durable and does not feel cheap in any way. The plate slides into the mount then the screw top spins to securely mount. I've used in warm and cold temperatures and it has worked great, no shake, and is stable. No complaints at all. Very fun to have.

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Steve Strehlwrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Small

These were given as a gift to my sister as the solution to her constant cold hands when skiing. Size small fit true to size, and the black and white color looks great. While on the mountain she was saying she'd never worn a warmer glove. Her hand has never been cold or wet wearing the glove, and even though it is a mitten, it still offers dexterity for poles, and adjusting a helmet.
Tighter around the wrist but room for fingers, she said she couldn't be happier with how the glove fits and performs.
Excellent buy, one of the best mittens on the site.

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