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greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Skiing

greg 's Bio

My Bio?

I am a smart ass and I am not politically correct in any way, shape, or form. Everyone is a target no matter what. I am following 69 people for a reason. Figure it out yourself. I am also a gear whore. A dirty dirty little gear whore. And.. I like it.

How many times have I had my reviews flagged by some overly sensitive liberal twat? Way too many to count.

I have been very fortunate in my life getting to travel and explore the things I have. I have worked in the bike industry, the ski industry and outdoor industry. I have also been a male nanny and a remodeler, which I still do today . I love to cook and I have catered many events that have allowed me to experience even more than the average person who does the things I like to do.

Yes, I have an opinion and I don't mind sharing it. I won't lie, which really tends to piss people off.

I hope you enjoy my reviews. Maybe you won't? Maybe you will? Either way.. I am what I am and will say what I feel.

I really have to thank Backcountry for allowing someone like me an opportunity to voice my feelings about products and really being open that not everyone is going to voice their opinions the same way.

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greg wrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I have many trail running shoes from Salomon. What is the worst part about those shoes? The tread life and grip on hard surfaces.
These shoes along with any of Salomon's trail shoes with the Contagrip soles.. Excellent.
I am kinda done buying anymore Speedcross shoes. The soles wear out too quickly and I have landed hard slipping on too many wet slippery surfaces. I haven't had the same issues with the Contagrip soles.

The Carbon S Lab X Alps, the XA S Lab shoe and now these XA Enduros. They are at the top of the class in Salomon's lineup .
The only weirdness I found with these shoes.. The initial feeling across the top of the foot between the first two loops for the speed laces. The more I wear them the more they are stretching out and the pressure is going away.

I would recommend these shoes over the Speedcross shoes for sure.

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greg wrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

They might just be socks but they are my favorite socks for riding and going to the gym.

They wick away perspiration and are just a really comfortable sock .

These things also seem to get lost in the wash pretty easily. That is why q 3 pack is so handy.

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greg wrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

It is hard trying to find a great glove that isn't too bulky, warm and offers water protection.

I went round and round trying to find another glove for mountain climbing. I don't find I need huge mitt or bulky glove to keep my hands warm, I need something that is somewhat insulated, waterproof and gives you some dexterity with handling ropes and gear.

I have to say I have been super impressed with these gloves, The comfort and warmth is awesome, they are light, easy to get into, the quality is fantastic .

I had used an EB First Ascent guide glove for Rainier and I have pretty much retired the things because of all the little things I didn't care for about them. I have been using OR's Warrant Glove and have been fairly pleased with them. I wanted to get something slightly warmer and a glove that was easier to get my hand in and out of while taking a break on the mountain, This Rab glove does all that I wanted in a glove.

I would highly recommend this glove for a mountaineering glove. It far surpasses other companies gloves in quality, comfort and performance. I am not a wearer of Rab clothing and apparel, but I might start to add in more and more of their clothing in upcoming purchases.

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greg wrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

I am borderline of what is considered a thick midget. Is it great? It is better than being taller and lacking any muscle thickness. I wear a large and it isn't too long in the body, or the arms, I have to say it is a standard sized large, the new wienie metrosexual sizing that has been coming out in certain brands recently really sucks.

What I like about loose rashguards is that I don't have something that feels like I am trying wrestle myself into and out of a small human sized condom. I usually only wear them while paddle boarding and kayaking back home during the summer.
Here is an interesting feature that I never used rashguards as.. Hawaii gets hot and humid, these shirts with the slightest breeze cool down. I have noticed the effect with certain climbing shirts and certain next to skin layers I have. I used my other loose rashguard more for staying comfortable while driving, walking around, or hiking to some remote beach somewhere.
While the shirt is not Loosey Goosey, it is snug through the chest and back, but it isn't like the body condom of the other Dakine rashguards I own, which I would never wear around town. We were driving to a beach first thing in the morning with the AC in on in the jeep I thought my nipples were going to freeze off, a little bit of perspiration and the slightest breeze is cooling with these shirts.

Plus, we have all seen the tourists who squeeze themselves into rashguards who look like a giant love handle spare tire, roley poley sack of goo. It isn't pleasant to see. This shirt would help with that to a certain extent.

For surfing? I think I would go back to the snug rashguards for actual surfing.

While it feels weird wearing a rashguard around, these make you feel less self conscious just milling about.

If you are fat? You are fat , nothing is going to change that fact at that moment, wearing a T shirt to cover it is like the fat kids in the pool wearing a shirt. "Oh look, a self conscious fat kid in a shirt.."
This shirt will help, but you kinda have to do your part the rest of the year.

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greg wrote a review of on April 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I went to the store to get a new larger water bottle, the water bottles they had were kinda tacky and overall just sad looking. Then, there were these things. I was like.. Those things look kinda weird. I started to squeeze them and check out the valve system they created. I bought one for myself and one for the wife when we go to the gym.

Yep, one of the best purchases I have made in awhile. Now, do I want to use it on my road bike? The pretty large opening/tip seems like it would end up being like an over eager woman of the night and by morning who knows what you would pull out of there? I feel the same thing would go on using this on a bike. Bugs? Gravel? Sand? I am talking about the bottle, not the woman of the night, get your mind out of the gutter.

The insulation seems to work really well too. Though, if you are trying to hydrate, having super cold water does you no good until your body raises the liquid back up to body temp anyhow before it can absorb it. A sloshy stomach isn't all that comfortable.

I would definitely recommend this bottle for the gym, or even driving in the car, or being at work.

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greg wrote a review of on April 6, 2017

3 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs

$50 for a tote? I went and looked them, while they are a nice tote I couldn't really justify spending that kind of money for a tote.

Is it the Cadillac of totes? The all black one doesn't even say Patagonia on the side of it. It is this dark as night tote that no one will ever notice that you spent your money on a Patagonia tote. I could see someone wanting to steal a Patagonia tote over a $5 dollar tote they most likely wouldn't touch.

If these go on sale? Yeah, I might tote one off.

*Update* Well, some Idiot Patagonia fan boy or girl already flagged this review as being a complaint.

It is a tote. Not too big, not too small. I said all there is to say about the thing. The black one doesn't have the Logo that so many wienie Patagonianists want to show off. I might have saved one or two of them from being disappointed and not getting to show off their beloved brand label.

I bet they could put quite a few boxes of tampons in this thing. Do hippies even use tampons? No? Ok, you could put quite a few handfuls of moss or sod in this thing for your next Menzie cycle.

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greg wrote a review of on April 6, 2017

4 5

I wanted to get a bladder to hold Mai tai's when we go to the beach. Yeah, I know this isn't a bladder. The bladders I was looking at didn't have the cool features this thing has.
The large screw top opening, the loop to hold onto it, or use a carabiner through, but especially the spout, the partial twist cap is the star of the bottle.

Making Mai tai's will be so easy with these things, ingredients go in, both go into the cooler and then pouring will be a snap, or actually I should say as easy as a quick turn.

What else would I use these things for? I don't usually use cups for water while hiking or camping. What else do you pour? I can't think of anything, so these are just going to be for booze at the beach.

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greg wrote a review of on April 6, 2017

3 5

I saw these online and I wanted to check them out. I read a review where someone said they are very flimsy and trying to hold onto them while filling , or pouring was difficult, not to mention dealing with the cap that you would have to set down somewhere while you are filling or pouring.
The 2 liter seems more rigid than the 3 liter, which feels really flimsy. It isn't the flimsiness that is the issue, it is the lack of other features that other comparable bottles have.

I think it is a good start, but to make it better they should have made a lid that was tethered onto the bottle. After seeing them and handling both sizes.. I passed on getting either.

I bet the next generation of these will be even better once they get more feedback from consumers.

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greg wrote a review of on February 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

I wasn't planning on wearing these on our June climb of Rainier. The temps were dropping and the forecast wasn't looking good. I decided at the last minute to throw them on instead of the Trango Cube GTX's I was planning on wearing.

It was a good choice.

They did really well, from the slushy parking lot, up to Muir, then, the sub zero temps high on the mountain. Holy hell, it was cold, but my feet were fine. I have had people ask me how I like them, because you don't really see them around much. I kinda feel like they aren't a boot you want to be bashing through rocks, or someone learning how to use crampons.

I am excited to use them this summer in Europe. For hauling a boot that can handle such a variety of conditions. They really are a great choice.

I just noticed a few months ago that La Sportiva is coming out with a new boot, the G5. Basically the Batura with a Boa lacing system. I have the G2 SM's and the Boa system is pretty awesome.

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greg wrote a review of on February 26, 2017

4 5

This is the stove I lend out when my friends who are not gear whores want to borrow a stove.

It is such an easy stove once it is swapped over to the canister fuel. It is also a very stable stove for pans and pots.

I have another whisperlite international that is liquid fuel, so this will stay as a canister stove.

It isn't a King of snow melting kind of stove. But for camping when you want something that you can turn down and simmer.. It is a great stove.

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greg wrote a review of on February 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two. I have one that I don't travel much with and it is used for DH bike soft goods storage . Then, I have the one I travel with. The airlines beat the crap out it . It seems to have worn to a certain point and looks beat to hell, but it stays at that beat to hell look and keeps going.

Mine has traveled to Europe bi yearly, Australia, China, Honduras, Hawaii yearly and domestically all the time. I have never had any issues with the airlines issuing any extra charges for sizing, you do need to keep it at 50lbs or lighter.

I have lent mine out to friends when they go on flying ski vacations and they have all thanked me for the use of it, while their buddies are all struggling with their smaller bags trying to get things to fit.

Would I get another one when that one finally wears out? Sure. I haven't seen any other rolling bag that does what it can do. I have rolling hockey bags that are larger, but they aren't nearly as durable.

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greg wrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Would I take this with me on a hike or climb? No.

Would I take this with me on a picnic or to the beach? Yes.

Car camping? Yes.

If the power goes out for days on end? Hell Yes!

Pellet fuel is supposed to last longer and Biolite has just started selling their own brand.

I have never used charcoal briquettes, but I have read you can use them. They would last a long time without having to refuel over and over.

It is a great product for any 'Oh Sh!t moment'

Anyone who has seen it has asked about getting one for themselves. Add the grill and you have a grill that will make the best tasting food if you use wood chips that you would use for smoking meat.

Is it perfect? No. It is just a neat product to have if the sh!t ever hits the fan.

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greg wrote a review of on November 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the Biolite stove when it first came out with a pre order. Then, this grill attachment came out and I really wanted one.

The first time I used it, I went outside and grabbed a bunch of evergreen twigs and branches that were on the ground. It cooked alright, but what I found was that it transfers the taste of what wood you are using into the meat. So my chicken kinda tasted like a pinecone.
So the next time I used it I used a bag of apple wood chips. The flavor was incredible and made the best chicken thighs.

I have used this thing to cook burgers and steaks for people by just going out on the back deck instead of using the large barbecue grill. People are amazed at the flavor and ask where to get one.

I have brought it to Hawaii and cooked steak, which had our neighbors asking what I was cooking because it smelled so good.

I use it all the time and it isn't just for camping. I can cook such awesome tasting stuff on this thing.

Get an assortment of different wood smoke chips and check it out yourself. You will be amazed at the taste.

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greg wrote a review of on November 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

This shoe is a great idea and it really is a pretty cool product.

It is like all the pluses of the S Lab trail shoes and the pluses of the S Lab X Alps combined into one.

I love it. Better and more durable sole than the regular trail shoes, water resistance, built in gator, slightly insulated and.. They are compatible with flex crampons.

Salomon took their other great ideas and combined them together to make this shoe. For training, for hiking, for scrambles and for trail running. Salomon has morphed together a product that only existed in separate forms before.

I think the quality and durability is there also, which I don't always say with all of Salomon's products. They usually get a close, but not perfect rating from me, usually based upon the price of their products versus the longevity you will get from them.

This shoe has what I was looking for.

Sizing is spot on with their speedcross shoes. With the gator it feels more secure around the ankle.

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greg wrote a review of on November 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own a lot of outdoor crap. I bought two of these for my wife and I for seat cushions for both comfort and insulation between your butt and any cold hard surface.
While it was a great idea, I find that I don't really ever use them, or I forget to bring them.

They fold up small and if you knew you were going to need one, then, yeah, might as well get one.

I don't know?.. Maybe it is like person you see who has the inflatable hemorrhoid donut, or the person who has the inflatable horseshoe neck pillow? When you want one you don't have it, but you don't think about needing one. This thing is kinda like owning one of those other inflatable devises. It is kinda a weird thing to be hauling around with you.

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greg wrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have almost every MSR stove.

Pocket Rocket, Reactors, Whisperlite International, Whisperlite Universal, Dragonflys, and the XGK.

What do I take with me when I climb Rainier? The Reactor. What do the majority of guys bring who climb Rainier? The Reactor.

For melting snow or boiling water for large groups the guide companies use three XGK's mounted on a board for their large pot they melt snow with.

I have brought the white gas stoves with me to melt snow but they really are outclassed by the Reactor stove.

I am not saying the XGK isn't a good stove, or that if you were traveling internationally and couldn't rely on getting fuel canisters for your trip. Then yeah, it is a great stove if you are going to use diesel or regular gasoline, but for your climbs in the States it really isn't as practical as using the Reactor and the integrated pot for melting snow or boiling water. ( The only State where I had no luck finding the fuel canisters.. Hawaii. I purchased a retrofit fitting kit that allows you to use the asian fuel canisters that are everywhere in Hawaii and use the canister stoves I have. Look at the Snow Peak torch and that is the piece they include with it.)

For me.. Reactor is a must and either the XGK or Dragonfly for your white gas fuel needs. The Whisperlite Universal is also sweet because you can go with either white gas or the fuel canisters.

Five+ years ago the XGK was the stove you saw being used locally, now, the Reactor is the king of the hill.

Yes, it is nice to have the XGK, but if had to do it again I would have gotten the larger Reactor pot over another white gas stove.

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greg wrote a review of on October 16, 2016

4 5

I ended up grabbing one a few days ago from REI because of the so called windstorm the Seattle area was supposed to have. Not.

I was standing there trying to figure out which one to get. I looked at it this way... If I am climbing I am not going to bring a lantern, if I am car camping or doing a snow cave overnighter weight isn't going to be that much on my mind. That is why I went with the larger lantern. More lumens in the newest one is plenty bright. The new one has 140 lumens in the lantern at 13 hours on high and 100 hours on low. 50 lumens in the highest flashlight mode.

How much will I use it? I will most likely use it around the house more than taking it with me.

Why does Backcountry have the lower lumen one for the same price as the available higher lumen one that is out? Who knows? You now know this one is not the newest one, so save your money and get the brighter one elsewhere, or until they get the next generation one in stock.

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