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greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Skiing

greg 's Bio

My Bio?

I like doing a multitude of stuff in the outdoors, my other half does not. How does someone get someone else to go out to do stuff they might normally not want to do? You can bitch moan and complain, or you can make the experience fun and comfortable. Yes, you basically end up being a bit of a donkey hauling extra stuff, but once at whatever you are doing the experience is a far better one.

I enjoy Backcountry for the knowledgable staff and all of them that I have dealt with having a great personality, I enjoy that they have the same drive to want to go explore and experience the outdoors as the majority of us.

Me? I am a non PC, opinionated A-Hole. The older I get, with what and who I see around me.. Yeah, that isn't going to change anytime soon.
I call it "Bug Spray", it keeps the annoying people away from me.

My reviews? I hope they can help someone. If not? I hope they can upset someone who has their panties up in a wad.

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greg wrote a review of on June 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Honestly.. I bought these to be sandbags for our parasheet beach blanket and inflatable loungers while at the beach. They are very nice dry bags and I almost feel bad using them for the duty they have been issued.

I would recommend these bags for anyone needing a dry sack for keeping things from getting wet. Or putting sand in them to keep things weighted down.

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greg wrote a review of on June 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

It is Reef's basic flip flop, compared to the other Reef flip flops I own and have owned in the past.. They are actually much more elaborate than the past ones.

I notice they are much more secure and hold onto your foot much better than the more basic ones. That can be a good and a bad thing.

While it holds onto you foot better, it also is a pain in the ass to get your foot into when you are trying to get into it if your foot is wet at all and even when it is dry.

Most people just want a basic flip flop, no need for extra crap, or fancy styling. I go to the beach to be a beach bum, no need for anything fancy or frilly.

I like the Reef brand and I will most likely buy the most basic Reef sandals in the future as well. Anything but the stupid bottle opener on the sole. You are at the beach, pull your head out of your ass and just drink from a can. The last thing anyone needs is some asswipe breaking glass anywhere. Kind of a stupid thing to add on Reef's part to their sandals.

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greg wrote a review of on June 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have plenty of other hammocks from both Eno and Grand Trunk. I saw that Grand Trunk has newer versions of this hammock in their trunktech material. This version being slightly bigger than the newer models.

I got it for Hawaii in the bright yellow. It is a nice double hammock and it is a smaller package for travel than other doubles.

I was thinking it wasn't going to have that seam on both sides like the others have, but it does. If the wind is blowing it flutters pretty violently.

One negative about the yellow color.. It was like a beacon to others who saw us set up to watch the sunset, while we were listening to music and having cocktails lounging in the thing, pretty soon.. We had people swarming around us. It is huge beach people, at any place along it you can see the same thing. Nope, having ten people standing between us and the sunset, people all around us on either side. That has never happened before with any other double hammock sitting in the same location. The color is just so happy and inviting, part of the reason why I got it.

What color screams " I will kill you if you come near me"? That is the color I want for my next hammock.

The only other thing I have noticed.. There are strands of the material coming out from the black sewn in banding that creates the edging of the hammock. I have pulled on it and it comes out, it hasn't caused any problems yet. but you have these material strands that get on everything.

Would I get one of these on sale over a normal double? Yes, I would.

Would I get the yellow again? Maybe. I am just amazed how much attention it draws while set up and when you want to chill and relax.. The last thing you want is any people around you. Because people are instagram idiots who haven't a clue how they impact others around them while they do their selfies and pictures for their social media.

Get the hell away from me.

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greg wrote a review of on May 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a large one and it was ridiculously large for an average pack to take anywhere. For a trip. Yes.

The smaller size was perfect for taking gear to the beach while we were in Hawaii. It holds our entire beach setup along with snorkeling gear and fins, along with our large Otentik sunshade, two inflatable loungers, beach towels and any other assortment of stuff we take with us.

The straps are super easy and very secure, even with a bit of weight in the bag it was very comfortable to wear.

I bought the large first, but I would recommend buying the smaller one first and then purchasing the larger if you felt the need for a larger bag.

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greg wrote a review of on May 29, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Great rashguards.

Would I get this style for surfing? No. I got them for SUP boarding and for being at the beach. Spending hours out on the water in the tropical sun just hammers you. I enjoyed being able to throw up the hood to keep the sun off my neck and parts of my face. After being at the beach all day, I also like throwing it on as it got later in the day.

For surfing.. The hood would get in the way and get into your face if in the water, or hit by a wave.

For keeping the sun off you and keeping you cool while out of the water.. Yeah, and it is a stylish piece to wear while out and about.

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greg wrote a review of on May 29, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried them out while in we were just in Hawaii and I was blown away with how great they were initially. But, and it is a really big but.. I kept them in a cloth Oakley oversized sunglass bag so they wouldn't get scratched, I tried them on after four days of periodic use and the polarization mirrored finish literally looked like it had been wiped off the left lens. The right one was still perfect, but the left one was gone. It wasn't scratched, it just looks like the finish got wiped off.
Was it possible some sunscreen product got on the lens? Maybe.
I might try to reach out to the company and see what they say, but the reason for getting the polarization is because you will be using them in the sun and when you are in the sun, you should use some sort of sunscreen.

If it wasn't for that issue, I'd be giving these goggles a glowing review. At this point.. They are kinda garbage with the one lens off from the other.

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greg wrote a review of on February 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I am blown away by Adidas sock shoes. I have toe pressure issues and their sock shoes feel like just wearing socks. I was so impressed that I decided to get a pair for my wife, but I was worried that they wouldn't give her enough support for the way she runs. I spoke to a sales gal and she told me that these are the most supportive running shoes Adidas makes. I was kinda perplexed as I am holding the thing, able to twist and fold the shoe with almost zero effort. "Really?"
I told my wife the same thing, as she is holding the shoe and thinking the same thing as me. She tried them out and was amazed at the comfort and support these shoes give. They have become her favorite shoe and that is why I bought more for her in different colors from Backcountry.

I would recommend these sock style shoes for anyone and I am not a huge Adidas fan.

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greg wrote a review of on February 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought one of these for my wife, she likes to have ice cold water through the night. Her other bottles she would use would melt out with the ice she puts in her water. I saw these and thought I would give it a shot. Well, besides her saying.. " Don't we have enough bottles?" I told her this was different and I thought it would help keep things cold. Plus, the screw top lid makes adding ice cubes really easy, the spout is super nice and has been updated from their past bottles.
What I find interesting.. I will see the bottle the following day and even by evening the next night before she refills it, it will still have ice sloshing around from the night before.
I would recommend these bottles for any sort of road trip, or camping trip. Hell, I want replace our other camelbak bottles with these for our trips to Hawaii and drinks at the beach.

My only concern.. The plastic hinge at the small spout. I have seen plastic get folded back and forth, even if it is fiber reenforced, finally come apart after being well used. I am sure camelbak has replacement lids, but as murphy's law has proven.. Things seem to fail at the worst possible times. With that being said.. In the house, or at the beach is one thing, taking something that is more intricate than a basic vacuum bottle with a basic screw top, seems to be asking for trouble if I am climbing and out where I don't want to be concerned about some piece going missing, or two places where a leak could spring up.

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greg wrote a review of on October 9, 2018

5 5

When I do Yoga.. Yeah, the best way to describe me is Chet from Weird Science when he was turned into the Pile of Chet. We look the same, I bet we even smell the same and I too feel like I am squirting out fluids from every pore on my body.

I like the mat, I am also using one of the Manduka towels on top of it. That does seem to help with giving me better stability on the mat with my excretions that are pouring off me. I tried the mat without the towel and I kinda felt like I was turning it into a slip and slide from my dripping funk.

What I did enjoy.. Others have the same mat in class. Though, I do get the same look as in the movie, when people see Chet in his Pile of Chet state for the first time. I am like,, " Hey, dudes!!" . Them.. " Is he really talking to us? Eww."

I am glad I can be cool just like all the cool people in class. You want to look the part, you have to dress the part . This mat is just the first step in being accepted as one of their own, The Yoga teacher told me I had nothing to be ashamed of with farting, or swearing in class. As she said.. " It is perfectly normal". Even as I am trying to nail child pose.

You might not be cool, collected, agile, flexible, poised, or have any clue where you may have left your Chi, or if you have ever had one, but your mat can let everyone know that you too can be just like them.

Namaste.

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greg wrote a review of on September 15, 2018

4 5

Not that it is a big deal with the overall pack, but they make it seem like the outside pocket is waterproof, if not water resistant with the zipper, I am looking the pack over and trying it on, going through all the compartments when I see these tiny factory made holes at the top and bottom, opposite of the zipper side of the external pocket. Why? It doesn't really make sense, if it is raining any water would go in the three top holes and leak into the contents in that pocket, granted, if enough water gets in there the three holes at the bottom would allow it to drain out.
I love the bag, but I might use some tenacious tape to cover over those holes from the inside. The zipper looks like it was made to keep water out, not waterproof, but water resistant. having six holes on the pocket is just asking for water to get in there if there was any sort of rain, or it got splashed.

Look at the picture with the guy showing the right side of the pack, zoom in, you will see the two sets of three holes top and bottom.

It will be my daypack for Europe and I will use it on the SUP for day use, hauling snacks, drinks, my phone and my wallet.

The outer pocket is the only thing that has me scratching my head on what the designers were thinking.

* I spoke to patagonia customer service and they said tenacious taping those holes would not void the warranty and the gal thought it was actually a good idea.*

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greg wrote a review of on September 15, 2018

4 5

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

I learned a lesson last September while in Chamonix and in Italy. Traveling while it is raining and you are walking from place to place gets your things soaked in your day pack and backpack.

I concocted a setup of plastic bags to go over my two packs I was carrying while in Chamonix, whatever. When we got caught in squall like conditions in Venice, that is when I knew I had to look at getting waterproof bags for our next trip to Europe, especially knowing it was going to be in the middle of winter. We are from Seattle and rain is no big deal, I don't think I even own an umbrella, traveling is actually really nice when it is pouring rain out, the other tourists and travelers are nowhere to be seen and you get most places to yourself.

I have researched the best way to pack for two weeks in Europe and everyone says go as simple as you can. A carry on size backpack and a daypack. So this pack, along with Patagonia's single sling Stormfront pack is going to be my two bags I bring to Europe. No more plastic bags, or needing a backpack cover. One and done.

This bag is just slightly smaller than the dimensions for the max sizing in the carry on dimensions given by the airlines. 9x 14" x 22" , this pack is 9"x 12" x 21".

I will include a video I saw and it helped me see the waterproof capabilities of the bag, along with exemplifying Patagonia's 'Iron Clad Warranty'

The new bag doesn't have the water resistant outer pocket, it has a fabric outer pocket, that wouldn't keep any moisture off the contents put in there. Not that it is a big deal, other than a map, or travel brochures is the only thing I would stick in there as not to have anything valuable that some dirty gypsy might reach in and grab if they came up behind me.

I really like these Stormfront bags and for travel I think they are great waterproof option.

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greg wrote a review of on September 13, 2018

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have seen this happening more and more with clothing. When you order a mans large, it should actually be what should be considered a large. Even by Asian standards.. There is no way some fat and round Asian panda is going to get a large to fit them either. I know my arms have shrunk in recent years and a large was tight all the way to the wrists. The chest is tight too. I don't really get it and I would say their large is more like a medium in regular mens shirts.

Why would a company size their clothes down to almost the size below?



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greg wrote a review of on September 13, 2018

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I wanted to get a knit sock shoe from Adidas. Not for running, for a casual shoe for just hanging out in and for travel.

I have messed up feet and I have to say.. These are one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever tried on. The material puts no pressure across the forefoot, or the toes. It is a very light shoe and while I have no plans at all to run, or workout in them.

Very nice looking, I got the grey with black stripes, so I can wear them with jeans, black pants, or brown pants. I think these are going to be my new favorite shoe for wearing on a plane for travel.

Sizing is spot on.

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greg wrote a review of on September 12, 2018

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: medium and a large

I purchased a medium and it way too tight in the waist and really everywhere else to be worn as a shell pant, there is no way it would fit over another pant.

I am a medium in any pant I own, between a 33 and a 34 waist.

I purchased a large and that actually fits like what fairly slim medium shell pant should fit like. I would tell most people to size up.

What I like about the pants.. The full side zips and the lightweight stretchiness of the fabric. I had purchased some bomb proof Arcteryx shells a few years ago, but they are so much bulkier than the lightweight shells I have purchased from Mountain Hardwear in their Quasar line. These pants will match up with the lightweight shell and be half as much weight and bulk as the others.

I don't find I use my shells, if I think I am going to be getting dumped on I might bring the bulkier items, for just lugging something along for a what if situation.. These shells from MH are perfect.

The review below where the guy is glissading in them and scrambling through rock? There are better pants for that purpose. For a shell for mountaineering , or for hiking when you are unsure of what the weather might be like while out on the trail? This pant is what I would suggest. For skiing, or for any activity where you know you are going to need more durability.. Go heavier for sure.
I will call what the guy below is having issues with as "Operator Error" and not an issue with the material, or design. You don't take a sports car off road and just like driving a bulky 4x4 on a race track wouldn't be that much fun either. You could in either situation, but when things get broken, or everyone is passing you.. These pants have to be put in context for what you are going to be using them for.

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greg wrote a review of on August 29, 2018

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I had read many reviews on Mountain Hardwear's site about this jacket because there was nothing here. People are talking about running in this jacket? I don't see me grabbing for it if I was going out for a run, or any adventure where I would be sweating profusely.

Why I got the jacket? For travel. I wanted an insulated jacket that was breathable, that will shed water and is wind resistant , so I don't have to throw a shell on over it anytime it is raining, or blowing. One jacket to cover multiple bases and this thing does that.

The jacket has an athletic cut to it, the thumb holes really aren't that apparent if you just wear it normal. What I noticed with the liner material the most.. The neck area is super cozy and comfy. That is what is throwing me off thinking of it as a technical piece.

It is a nice jacket and one I am looking forward to wearing this winter in Europe. Thank god for the black color, as to not be standing out in the crowd like a sore thumb in the sea of black jackets everywhere, screaming.. "Hey, I am that American tourist with zero fashion sense and wearing a bright color jacket like that of small children". With the sale.. I might even grab a blue one for climbing .

I think it is a nice jacket for anyone who wants a jacket for semi active endeavors during the fall and winter, or just as a stand alone jacket to pack along just in case . The hood is nice, neither too big, nor too small.

In all honestly, all you think of when you feel it and pull in on is how soft and plush it feels.

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greg wrote a review of on June 18, 2018

4 5

The 110L is an enormous bag. For camping, or for adventures? Yeah, plenty of room to put everything you'd need for an overnighter, or two, or three.

I like the fact the shoulder straps are removable, so they aren't always hanging off the thing when strapping it down to the SUP board.

I will seriously be looking at the 65L for a single day use bag.



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greg wrote a review of on June 18, 2018

4 5

I have the traditional straight leashes from Dakine and now getting two of these coiled leashes. Why? The crap that floats around in the lake gets caught in the straight leash as you drag it behind you. The coiled leashes stay up on the board and don't drag in the water.

That is the only reason to get a coiled leash over the traditional leashes.

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