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daniel roy

daniel roy

Spent a significant amount of time hiking around Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, and of course grew up in Louisiana; definitely the Dirty South!

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daniel roy's Bio

Born and raised in Louisiana, which would explain the profile pic. While it may appear that I'm smoking a doobie I'm actually enjoying my favorite sport of all...suckin crawdad heads!!!MMM...now where's the possum stew, LOL? On a real note, nature is what makes my willy silly. Having traveled through and lived in so many various concrete jungles over the years I simply can't get enough of wildlife and nature. It's what makes me get up and keep going everyday. I grew up camping, hunting and fishing in Louisiana. When I left home @ 23 I moved to Denver, CO where I was introduced to REAL mountains...not those tiny hills in Arkansas (no offense to Arkansas...it's beautiful). I was blown away. Got into snowboarding although I can't say I am great at it. I guess I'm just old school and homegrown cuz no matter where I go every broad strip of land I see uninhabited I find myself daydreaming about where the best spot to tent would be, where's the nearest water source, what kinda wildlife looks readily available for an evening roast over the fire, etc., etc. I was diagnosed w/ an unexplained grandmal seizure disorder about ten years ago and my doctor (and every other dr. I have unfortunately seen over the years) tells me I need to stay off mountains, don't hunt, stay on land if I go fishing, don't swim, definitely don't go skiing on water or snow, and whatever I do make sure I am close to an ER and that I am never alone. Given my upbringing and the things I have experienced in life I just find it all a tall order. I figure I can't live my life in fear of what 'may' happen, so I don't let it rob me of the things I want to do the most. After all, should I adhere to that aforementioned 'no-no' list I'd might as well crawl under a rock and die. Stay on shore to fish? No hunting? Stay off a mountain...that's crazy talk. Well, after way too many years of putting it off because of my condition I have weaned myself nearly all the way off my meds and have been seizure free for over 2 years; I do believe I am about to tackle the Appalachian Trail or else it's going to tackle me. Either way, I'm going to soon find out who will win. It's all I think about anymore and I find myself spending all my free time spent indoors sitting on my netbook keeping a watchful eye on SAC and surfing BC while bugging the gearheads from time to time. When the weather is nice I chill outdoors testing all my gear to see how well it should hold up out on that trail. Should I complete the AT without fail I plan on going for the Triple Crown and hitting the PCT and the CDT. I know that also sounds like a tall order, but its better than sitting around letting doctors tell you what you shouldn't do with your few precious moments in life!!! Live Free, Play Hard or GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 13, 2009

5 5

I know many people complain about the lack of quality from TNF these days. Im an old school TNF fan and have been using their gear for quite a few years. While I cant disagree w/ anyone about that issue I still personally like TNF gear. If you purchase the more expensive equipment the quality seems to be the same to me as the older stuff. I agree with the reviewer who said it makes a perfect pillow when its stuffed into its stow pocket. That is a great feature. Sizing is precarious for this item because I usually wear a medium but took a risk on ordering the small based on a review below. Im 5 foot 7 about 150 lbs and the small is perfect. Had I gone with a medium it probably would have been a bit more roomy than I wanted this piece to be (I still have plenty of room for a base layer, midwieght fleece, as well as my Montbell UL Down Parka underneath it). Also, while the medium is only 1 inch longer in lenth than the small I wanted to make sure it would be plenty well covered by my rainshell so as not to suck up any moisture during a downfall. I got the Camo becuz it simply rules!!! I hunt so camo is a favorite style for me. Plus Im an old school user of TNF products and can't stand the TNF yuppy trend that has transpired over the last several years....Id hate to go around looking like the TNF billboard and this camo vest should keep me from looking as though Im just another yuppy TNF trendy. However, one look at me would tell you Im not a trendy, yuppy, TNF customer, lol.

Great vest, love it!!!

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 13, 2009

3 5

I purchased the foon, but recieved the spoon, so I can't comment on the fork portion of this piece of gear. This definitely is not a utensil that you want to dig into really solid food and if you're looking into eating some icecream then I'd let it sit and soften up a good bit. Im not sure where the complaints on the retracting handle are coming from because mine works fine. Handle the retraction with some sense because the plastic could be able to cut you. Ive read reviews stating they've cut themselves on the handle, but as I said...use some sense while handling and you'll operate this cut free. I will say that I love the small size of this utensil and I particularly pack non cooked foods for the back country to save time, space, weight, and labor. However I do carry the staple of outdoor journeys such as mac n cheese and ramens, oatmeal and grits. For such things which are pretty popular trail foods this utensil works great. I can store it neatly inside my GSI Soloist kit which is a big plus for me. It stays safe in there with no worries of it getting banged up or broken. For my use its actually perfect, although it will not replace my Light My Fire Spork for when I catch some trout or drag a good steak into the back country. I'd recommend it for the uses I say its good for.

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 13, 2009

3 5

First off, lol @ DakkaGuru's comment. Goood stuff!

I purchased the foon, but recieved the spoon, so I can't comment on the fork portion of this piece of gear. This definitely is not a utensil that you want to dig into really solid food and if you're looking into eating some icecream then I'd let it sit and soften up a good bit. Im not sure where the complaints on the retracting handle are coming from because mine works fine. Handle the retraction with some sense because the plastic could be able to cut you. Ive read reviews stating they've cut themselves on the handle, but as I said...use some sense while handling and you'll operate this cut free. I will say that I love the small size of this utensil and I particularly pack non cooked foods for the back country to save time, space, weight, and labor. However I do carry the staple of outdoor journeys such as mac n cheese and ramens, oatmeal and grits. For such things which are pretty popular trail foods this utensil works great. I can store it neatly inside my GSI Soloist kit which is a big plus for me. It stays safe in there with no worries of it getting banged up or broken. For my use its actually perfect, although it will not replace my Light My Fire Spork for when I catch some trout or drag a good steak into the back country. I'd recommend it for the uses I say its good for.

Mine didn't have a sticker on it like DakkaGuru's so I haven't had an issue with sticky residue...guess it depends on how it gets packed, etc.

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

I luv my Karl shirt. Not only is this shirt very comfortable and well made, it will give me an oppurtunity to talk about who Karl is and what it was he was looking to achieve. Even tho he had a run of bad luck and wasn't able to break that record, he at least gave it his all and put forth the effort. I followed his blog while the race was on as I know many ppl did. I fathom sucessfully hiking that trail, but much less running it...at any rate, lol!!! Ill forever be impressed by the effort that guy gave. As for the shirt, not only a conversation piece. Nice fabric, feels good against the skin, well made, fits true to size...great bargain!!!!

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

I won't give this shirt a bad review cuz I luv BC. Im even giving it 4 stars cuz I luv BC. However, if it wasn't a BC shirt Id probably only give it 2 stars. While it is a shirt, and performs as a shirt should (a shirt that covers my torso, protecting me from minnor elements), Id have to agree with the comsumers reporting it as being like a 'nighty'. I can truly understand how guys keep loosing their shirts to girlfriends for sleeping in, lol. I got the large because of the reviews that refer to it as being way too tight. Im 5'7" ish, 150 lbs...heh, and I usually wear a medium in a tshirt. This thing is almost too tight. Its NOT tight, but for a large shirt it seems to be more like a medium in girth. Unfortunately the sizing goes way off that track in terms of length in the torso. I really thought people were maybe being a lil overstated about the tightness and especially about the length factor. I was wrong. They are right. This thing seriously does hang all the way down past my butt. If I were to put on running shorts and this shirt, lol....Id look like I was running naked with a tshirt on!!! It TRULY is THAT LONG!!!! Fortunately for me my niece is pretty handy with a sewing machine so sizing (as long as not too small) is rarely an issue for me with clothing.

I do have to say I simply love the Jalepeno green color tho and rockin the BC Goat will be great as soon as I get this 'nighty' turned into a 'righty'. Buyer be warned that the ridicules on this shirts sizing ARE NOT people with lousy figures trying to slide into something not proper fit for them. The sizing is HORRIBLE on this shirt. Makes me wonder how it ever got to market in the first place. Hopefully BC will fix this as we can see in the pic review that this is the 2nd time they obviously got this shirt wrong. Better luck next time, BC...third times a charm!!!

nice fabric tho...

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daniel roywrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

I simply LOVE Golite products. Great company, ,friendly staff, and awesome quality for gear. I just recieved this shirt today and wore it to work to try out the fit. It fits true to size and allows full range of motiion. No restricting whatsoever, for me. This thing not only is super light, but it wicks sweat EXTREMELY well. I was simply in awe by the performance of this shirt as I worked my hiney off and it wicked away the sweat like it was no body's business. My co-worker even noticed that I hadn't the look of the 'sweaty patch syndrome' like he was sporting on the back of his shirt. I told him about the properties of this shirt and what its designed for. He says he's going to buy one for every day of the week with his next check based on how well mine performed for me. Can't wait to get out in the back country with this joker!!! Ive never owned a bad piece of gear from Golite; they rule and I highly recommend their gear to everyone!

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 30, 2009

5 5

You've gotta love these Jeruselam Cruisers!!! I've been eyeballing these jokers for quite some time, but I'm one of those people who spend all my money on serious gear. I just couldn't see myself ever paying 50 bux for a pair of sandals. And we all know if it wasn't for the TNF tag on them they wouldn't cost that much. The current sale price is near bout as good as it gets as compared to other retailors online. Fortunately for me I was able to find a pair of these for 25 bux shipped before they ran out of stock. Im hardcore BC; Ill even pay them a few bucks more when someone else who runs a deal for 5-20 bux less on same/similar items simply for customer service. But, as already stated, I spend my money on serious gear so I had to go with the 50% off deal I got elsewhere. Sorry BC...but my reputation with you says enough that I shouldn't feel bad about shopping elsewhere for these flip flops. Its not like you don't get the 75% of my income that doesn't go to bills, student loans, etc. I eat plenty of ramens to keep up my gear purchases from you, lol!!!

Seriously though...if you can see yourself paying 50 bux for some flip flops then these d00ds are stylin!!!! This is the first time I have ever spent over 3 bux for a cheap pair from a dollar general store...freal!!! Anyway, there's no break in period with them, they're plenty comfortable and did I mention they are sweet? I have high arches in my feet but I was honestly shocked because I didnt think that they would have any support at all in that area, but it does have a decent amount. Maybe not as much as some really high dollar 'sandals', but they have enogh for me. The only way I could even justify buying these is because I am gearing up for the AT next year and know that the 3 dollar foam pairs I buy every year would NEVER hold up after 6 months on a trail. These will make great camp shoes and I am very glad I caved in and purchased what I still think is way too much for flip flops...

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daniel royposted an image about on April 29, 2009

Golite Jam2 packed out for AT thru

REI T1 Quarterdome tent w/ rain fly & groundsheet
Lafuma X 950 Pro sleeping bag
Thermarest Prolite pad (small)
GSI Soloist cookset
MSR Pocket Rocket stove
lite my fire spork
2 MSR ISObutnae cannisters
Golite Virga
Sierra Designs Hurricane pants
Montbel UL Down parka
TNF Velocitee T
TNF Chesterson Fleece
Sports Science 1/4 Zip merino long sleeve
1 set of scrubs (the paper kind u get in mental ward, lol)
3 pair midweight Darn Tough wool socks
Patagonia Capilene 2 bottoms
Black Diamond Sportee gaiters
Everlite EL8 Solar powered headleamp w/ 12 volt, dc, and usb adapters
Black Diamond ION headlamp
3 nite ize s-biners
Camelbak Omega Hydro bladder 70 oz.
sea to Summit Evac compression sack (small)
sea to summit ultralite pack cover (small) - swallows the pack
Sea to summit ultralite silnylon stuff sack (xsmall)
sea to summit ultralite silnylon rolltop 8 liter drysak
Leki Aergon Carbonlite trekking poles
McNett silnylon repair and Tape
Small medical and emergency kit
Shakespeare collapsible ultralite rod
Tacklebox
20 nalgene bottle
Bandanas
Multitool
Couple o backpacker magazines (what else?)

oh yeah...and my TNF Paramount Convertibles, which never see my bag unless its warm and I slip into my loony-bin, paper scrubs :)

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 22, 2009

2 5

I was seriously disappointed in this purchase. After all the hype and great reviews I have read about these soles I figured they must be gold. Only becuz they seem to work for alot of people did I not give them 1 star. However, i'm not going to completely bash them becuz if your shoes, boots, etc. do absolutley suck in the footbed area then these might do you some good. I have a high arch foot and figured these insoles would help that out. Well, it helped out the arch support a little but after a week of trying to get used to these I simply couldn't. They were murder on my heels and forefoot. Superfeet for me was more like sadistic feet. The insoles feel like you are standing on concrete...at least to me it was (no padding at all). I ended up shoving some Dr. Scholl's gell soles into my hiking shoes and reinserted the original Merrel insoles over the Dr. Scholl's and now my feet are fine. I should have tried this before I went to the expense of Superfeet, but with all the great reviews I have read I fugred...well...let me just end it on saying for me this was a horribly painful and costly experience. These are definitely going into my BC return/refund box!!!!

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 20, 2009

5 5

As my question below points out, i've never used poles before. Always used trees for tarp tents, etc. But gettin ready for an AT thru hike I figured they couldn't be a bad idea. However, I simply could not see spending more than a hundred bucks on some trekking poles. Even a hundred seemed insane to me. At any rate I had been drooling over these simply because of the weight. Just as I was getting ready to purchase a 65 dollar pair of Lekis these carbonlites popped up on SAC and I got a steal for $110 shipped. I simply couldnt believe it cuz I religiously watch SAC and have never seen poles on there and as soon as I go to buy some other cheaper ones these $200 poles show up half off. Anyhow, I took these for a stroll thru the FlintHills in KS and they seem to be pretty good at helping distribute weight and keep balance over sketchy terrain. The twist locks seem to be of heavy duty caliber and easy to set lengths. I haven't tried it with frozen fingers but was wearing gloves when I used them and had no problems. I have to say that I am slightly impressed and do see this as being a very wise investment for the future. I don' have a good pair of digital scales to get an exact weight but given the shipping weight was exactly 2 lbs. I would imagine that these poles truly are somewhere around that 14 oz (per pole) advertisement. Thank heavens for the SAC lords as I would have wound up with some heavier, cheaper poles had it not been for the Gods of SAC!!!! I (heart) u BC.com!!!! keep it up!!!!

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daniel roywrote a question about on April 19, 2009

I just bought a pair of these and have been wearing them for a few days. I used the insoles from my hiking shoes to trim these insoles to fit. They slide in just fine and sit exactly how they should sit. I know they are suppose to feel odd at first due to the arch support closer to the rear and I also realise that they should take a while to get used to. But here's my question, anyone have a horrible pain in the heel area until that initial break in? i have high arches and they feel great with these insoles, but my heels are simply killing me after three days use. I'm seriously considering getting that refund on these insoles, but figured I'd ask if anyone else had this problem before they broke them in after a week. I'd really like someone to tell me that after a week my heels will be fine and to hang in there cuz I made a good purchase. However, after 35 bux and three days worth of teeth gritting pain in my heels I'm second guessing whether or not these were a good idea. thanks!

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 17, 2009

3 5

I like the ultra-lightweight of these socks and the mesh upper knit breathes very well. This should be a decent sock for summer hikes. The only thing I don't like about the socks is the super thin material in the heel. I am very hard on socks from all the hiking and day to day walking that I do. I'm just not sure how well/long the heels are going to hold out. However, they may surprise me and if so I will purchase more of these. At any rate, if I at least get a few months out of these socks it will be worth it for the ventilation they provide my feet since they already sweat pretty badly regardless of low or high temps.

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 17, 2009

5 5

I don't give things 5 stars unless they amaze me. These pants amaze me! I been making a transition from old school to lightweight backpacking/camping over the last 1 1/2 years. In the case of these pants it meant trading in the old faithful cotton fruit of the looms for a lightweight baselayer. I went back and forth trying to decide which brand and style to go with and the Capilene's seemed to be overall the most favored. I am glad I went with these for several reasons. First, let me get out of the way what I think may be important to some...

I am a 32/34 waist and am about 5'7". For those of you somewhat fitting my description and want the painted on pants look I suggest you get a small, not a medium. My mediums aren't 'baggy' but they arent exactly tight fit either. For me they are perfect as I don't like really tight fitting baselayers. My 'boyz' don't like the cramped quarters either, ya know!!! While they aren't overly bunched up around my ankles due to the longer length for my short legs there is a little. However, this is not a problem for me as I am pretty used to that with nearly all baselayer long johns Ive owned, fruit of the looms included.

Ok, here's what I love about these pants: the waist band is super soft and very comfortable. I have been wearing these all day and have not noticed the band rubbing around my waist like the old faithfuls are notorious for. The cuffs at the feet are a half inch hem as opposed to the 3 inch hem on old faithfuls. They helped keep my legs warm in the upper 30s this morning and didn't make me hot after it warmed up to the mid 60s. Even after it got warm and I was still rather active I honestly couldn't tell I was wearing a baselayer, especially since they wick away the sweat so great. That's deinitely a big change form old faithfull. These pants also weigh nothing at all and can almost be packed down like a pair of womens pantyhose; it's insane looking at the comparison between them and my old faithfull FOTL's. I can't believe it has taken me so long to get with the times and come around...my goodness at the weight and sheer volume I have been packing all these years. I understand you can run down to WalMart and get some FOTL undies for cold weather for bout 10 bux, but do yourself a favor and spend the extra 25 bux for some Capilenes. You will definitely be glad you did!!!! I highly recommend The Patagonia Caps and will personally be getting entire sets of these from tops to bottoms to briefs. Oh yea, one more thing I found people complaining about in reviews but I luv the easy access P fly. Who wants to fight to free Willy when ya gotta pee and its quite chilly? LOL, freal tho...those days are quite over as the Caps offer easy access to the Chief!!!

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daniel roywrote a review of on April 17, 2009

4 5

My first pair of Merrel. I decided to go with Merrels because a friend of mine has neuropothy in his feet and is a land surveyor and says he can't work in nothing but Merrels. I tried several styles and like these the best. I stand behind a counter on a hard concrete floor all day and my feet have hurt so bad lately that some days I just simply want to cry out in pain. i've never experienced foot pain like it since I took the job I have. After purchasing these shoes I have not had a single day of foot pain in my arches. They have GREAT arch support for you high arch footers like myself. As noted by another review the footbed is a simple piece of thin foam, which is why I couldn't give these shoes 5 stars. My friend tells me every pair of Merrels he has owned in the last decade have had these type footbeds in them. We figure Merrel must expect aftermarket footbeds to be purchased. But I'm not complaining cuz not having to deal with the pain in my arches make this shoe a life saver for work. I ordered the green superfeet for insoles; can't wait to get them in. The shoes are great for hiking.I love the vibram soles! Great lugs!!! Only when I'm standing in one place at work all day do I realise the lack of great footbeds. During my hikes I feel like I'm walking on air. These are a great alternative to heavy hiking boots. They really do look and feel like they should be able to hold up a great deal. I guess the AT next year will put them to the real test! Sizing seems right on as I typically wear a size 9 and my Merrels are a size 9 as well. Better footbeds would have gotten em 5 stars; however, 4 stars is still great in my book and these shoes are a God send for work, much less play!

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