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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 great a 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 November 17, 2017

4 5

I like how compact it is and I like how sturdy it is. What I am on the fence about... The space between the slats.
For wine glasses and pint glasses, the trampoline effect between the slats could lead to spills. For plates and anything flat there would be no problems at all. The pluses far outweigh the minuses, but no where that I looked do they tell you what you should expect for the top.

I also like the low height of the thing, to match it up with the trampoline framed pack chairs or kelty's low folding chairs, this table is a better option than something taller.

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greg wrote a review of on October 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used the pad my first time without a closed cell foam underpad and learned the hard way that you need two pads to sleep on a cold glacier, was I miserable? No, though I could still feel the cold creeping up from underneath me. Once you add a thin closed cell pad on the snow and then this thing on top of that.. Yeah, that is the way to go.

I am also a side sleeper, I find I toss and turn all night long trying to get comfortable. I have heard it said that a good climber is someone who can make the best out of adversity. This pad is OK and is better than your standard lightweight pad, can I say it is going to give you a comfortable nights sleep? No, I can't, for a warmth to weight ratio it is better than what I have used in the past, but I can't say i have found a lightweight and super comfortable combination, from the crinkly noise to what feels like a balancing act to keep on top of it while I toss and turn.

I would recommend it, but I also look forward to what someone can come up in future years that will be more comfortable, while still keeping the weight and warmth ratio this thing has.

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greg wrote a review of on October 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife doesn't camp, so this is never going to be used as a camp chair. She likes outdoor concerts, many of the concerts we go to go into the evening, she gets cold sitting by herself and I have found myself with her in my lap trying to get warm and as many of you who own camping chairs know.. They don't work well with two people in them. So, low and behold Kelty comes up with these new loveseats. Yep, I knew I had to get one.

I like it because it is one thing I have to carry instead of two things in the way of seats, I think it is very sturdy, especially when you've had a few too many glasses of wine and need to steady yourself getting up, or getting back into it.
I also don't have worry about her getting clingy trying to keep warm.

I just ordered a Kelty Linger side table to go along with this for when we picnic at the wineries.

Kelty's products are pretty nice compared to a lot stuff out there.

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greg posted an image about on October 21, 2017

In the woods above Zermatt.

Poaching a spot between two trees for the night. To be traveling through the area on my way back to Chamonix, not wanting to deal with getting a room just to sleep, a hammock gives you such an easy option to set up and leave no trace. I added a under quilt and lightweight top quilt for the most warm and comfortable night, even though the temps dropped down into the low 40's. I did the same thing in Courmayeur the next night.

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greg wrote a review of on September 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 35L and use it as a summit pack for Rainier, I wanted a slightly larger pack for Europe and climbing Mont Blanc, this thing was the perfect size for so many hikes and climbs I did for the 6 weeks I was in Europe.

The straps and belt are very comfortable and I had zero issues with the pack being stuffed to its max.

I had guys from the UK checking it out while we were in the Midi tunnel coming back from acclimatizing, They were really impressed with the features and the ease of how I was able to cinch it all back together after stowing all my gear back in it.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

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

I don't like most hiking socks because of how thick they are, these are the perfect thickness for me and I really like the length.

These are my favorite hiking/climbing socks yet .

Liner? Not for me, they are just a great stand alone sock.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I am not really super stoked on these pants. They really aren't a stylish enough of a pant, or a true hiking/climbing pant either. I left them home and didn't want to bring them to europe with me.

Will i wear them? I am on the fence. I will keep them, but I really don't know where I would wear them. I don't see them being a great hiking or climbing pant, nor do I see them being a pant I would want to wear out and about casually. The shorts aren't bad overall and i would most likely start there and have the ability to zip in the pant portion if mosquitos became an issue later in the evening if I went camping.

So yeah, I would call them a camping pant, because at this point I could care less what happens to them.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

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

I am very happy with this purchase. To get a shirt that is stylish for going out and still has the performance that you can wear it for a hike or scramble. It covers many bases for when you have to pack light.

I would give it a big thumbs up.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It has a strange fit, It isn't a true baseball cap type of fit.

Why I got one? I wanted a baseball style cap that didn't scream American when i wore it in France and the other countries I was in while climbing, or just hanging out getting food.

Mammut is huge everywhere I went, so I didn't really feel like I was wearing something that a european climber wouldn't wear themselves.

The hat does have some nice features, the front band has a sweat wicking portion at your forehead and it is thick enough that it retains some heat for your head if the temps drop.

Nice hat just be prepared for a strange fit.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

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

I saw many of the guides on Rainier in these shirts, I got one for my time in Chamonix.

The hood is purpose built and I think it is better than wearing a neck gator and trying to pull it up on your face.

For being out on a glacier it is a fantastic shirt to have on. The material doesn't overheat you and I think they did a great job designing this shirt and the features it has.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

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

I bought two pair of these shorts for my time in Europe. They were awesome and very comfortable.

The two side pockets and the lower right leg pocket all helped keep things safe, secured and organized. Lift pass front left pocket, wallet front right, phone right leg pocket.

The length is great and the material was awesome in not getting too warm.

The built in belt was awesome too.

I would highly recommend these shorts to anyone.

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greg wrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got an Ice Mule for our trip to Hawaii. It was an awesome purchase and I would highly recommend them.

I hauled a full bag of ice, along with beer, waters and two large containers for Mai tai's. As heavy as it was, being able to throw in onto my back was super comfortable and the easiest I have ever had hauling a cooler over the terrain we were crossing.

I have a Yeti 40L Hopper and while it is very nice, I think I would recommend the Ice Mule if someone didn't want to drop that much money for something that isn't as easy to haul around.

The quality is very good and if you want to get out in the wilderness and bring a cooler.. This thing is the way to go .

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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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