My favorites from this years Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale.
My favorites from this years Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale.
Just a reminder why this site looks the way it does. There is a difference from the way I used to lay the posts out and the way I do it now. Also, most of the old posts have little boxes with an X in them where the pictures used to be.
I had written and posted something like 400 articles on this site when Bob Parsons sold Go Daddy. That is when the changes began and GD hasn’t been the same or as good since. Thanks Bob.
QuikBlogCast, a Go Daddy product, was what I used to do my work but it was phased out which is too bad because it was a very good platform. I did the back ups exactly the way they told me to and then switched over to WordPress but what do you know the pics were not saved. As it turned out Go Daddy knew that the pictures would not be retained in the back ups but they neglected to tell customers. And they claimed that the pictures were not saved on their servers. What’s worse for me, the Western Digital external hard drive I used to store all my pics crashed.
So, that is why the old posts look different and don’t have pictures.
I can’t find the specific post but I am pretty sure I have mentioned these gloves. If I haven’t then that is my bad because the Guide Lite Gloves deserve attention. Nothing fancy but they are well designed and made to last at least a few hard seasons. What impressed me was how well they kept my hands warm on our recent Snowbowl ski trip.
I woke up early to warm up the truck and scrape the snow/ice off all the windows. The predawn temperature was -2 and it did not get above 9 degrees all day so it was cold. I had beefier, presumably warmer gloves in my big Pelican treasure chest to use for these kinds of conditions but I just didn’t need them.
My hands were warm. That’s impressive considering these are the equivalent of a lined (wool in this case) mountain (water resistant or waterproof) work glove. They are not thin but they aren’t thick either so your hands maintain a high degree of dexterity which is another reason why they are popular with Ski Patrolmen. Here is what Eddie Bauer says about them.
Let me just say this about them. This is the kind of product you need to order two (pair) of, right now, because they are that good and sure as shooting they will stop selling them or change them somehow. Don’t get caught short. Trust me on this.
UPDATE – HA! OUT OF STOCK AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE. TOLD YA.
UPDATE 2 – I HAVE A HALF DOZEN + FULL SKI DAYS WITH THESE IN TEMPS RANGING FROM 7 TO 45 DEGREES (ALL BUT ONE OF THOSE DAYS WERE BELOW FREEZING) AND THEY ARE THE BEST ALL AROUND INSULATED GLOVES THAT I HAVE USED. THEY ARE EASY TO DON AND DOFF, PROVIDE VERY GOOD DEXTERITY, ARE RELATIVELY THIN, SLOUGH SNOW AND TURN AWAY WATER, SHOW VIRTUALLY NO WEAR, AND HAVE KEPT MY HANDS WARM AND FUNCTIONAL ALTHOUGH AT THE LOWEST TEMPS TESTED THEY WERE AT THEIR INSULATING LIMIT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM, IF YOU CAN FIND THEM.
The Benghazi incident has been the subject of a great deal of attention since it happened but even for those who have taken the time to try to understand it, it is complicated with a lot of moving parts and many points of view. As a result, most people don’t know much bout it. 13 Hours: The Secret Warriors of Benghazi breaks it down and shows us. By most accounts, most importantly the people portrayed in the movie, they got it right. If you believed Lone Survivor there is no reason you wouldn’t believe this story.
My first thought after the credits began to roll was that if this movie had been shown before the 2012 presidential election Obama would never have been re-elected which is probably why they tried to hide it, cover it up, or smooth it over.
I have never been in combat or even close so I don’t know first hand but I have heard legit trigger pullers comment on the authenticity and it sure looked real to me. My compliments to the people who made this picture because it is well done and they avoided the natural inclination to make a political statement. Truth is they didn’t have to, it was obvious. Barack Obama was the Commander-In-Chief and he did absolutely nothing to help these people. Despicable.
That was the thing that nagged me from the time the shooting started. Where was the cavalry? For 13 hours American facilities, American citizens, and American warriors working on our behalf were attacked and our so called “leaders” sent no help. They didn’t even evacuate the survivors or get the dead bodies out of Libya. It was excruciating to watch.
And I gotta tell you, I am surprised and disappointed that the military units who were aware of the ongoing attack and within hours travel time didn’t break ranks and respond anyway. Especially the F-16 fly boys from Aviano or Sigonella. What’s worse, despite all the possible hurdles that may or may not have existed to get American military aircraft above the fight, nobody even tried. Why not?
Another thing that really bothered me was the open disdain and disrespect the CIA Chief of Station showed towards the men that made up his small security force. As it turns out, those “animals” put it all on the line to save his sorry ass along with the other 26 ivy league intelligence snobs.
I do think the movie could have done a better job of setting the stage prior to the attack. There was very little mention of the many official requests up the State Department chain of command for increased security measures at Benghazi. Those requests were all but ignored.
If 13 Hours doesn’t make you mad you don’t have integrity. If it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes you don’t have heart. If it doesn’t make you vote for anybody but Hillary Clinton for president then you don’t have a brain. Can you blame what happened on Hillary? No, not directly because she is slick like her husband but she was involved up to her eyeballs and played a part in the before, during, and after so as far as I am concerned her hands are covered in blood. That alone should disqualify her from being president.
The take away for me is that if you are down range and in harms way, Obama and friends don’t have your back unless it somehow directly benefits them. YOYOMFs.
I recommend that you see this movie and read the book it is based on. It will make you mad and hopefully make you vote. Elections have consequences.
originally posted on 2/22/12
i was in the feathered friends store in seattle (my favorite ski, mountaineering store) a few days ago and picked up a pair of arcteryx gamma sk pants that were on sale. man, arcteryx continues to impress me. they are producing some of the absolute best stuff on the market, more than anyone else in fact.
arcteryx has over the past several years been putting more resources into their leaf (law enforcement armed forces) products and they are even making some of their pieces in multicam camouflage but it is still a limited side line with A separate website. if the dead bird ever decides to fully serve those of us that need or prefer stealthy colors, they will quite simply and in short order put a number of hunting clothing companies out of business. their products are just that good, head and shoulders above the rest without giving in to the temptation of being trendy or over designed. look at the theta ar jacket, vertical sv gloves, alpha sv gloves, alpha sv bibs, bora 80 backpack and many others and you are looking at the very best of their kind.
these gamma sk pants are another example of arcteryx excellence. built for ski touring but they work just as well for snow shoeing, mountaineering, cross country skiing, downhill skiing or winter backpacking. they are made out of a heavy duty or “burly” double weave stretch nylon that is super comfortable and roomy enough to climb in. they have good thigh cargo pockets, a built in but flat belt and removable suspenders. and…ta da…no back pockets, you don’t carry a wallet in the backcountry so why have back pockets?
yea the arcteryx gamma sk pants are ultra cool but they are also incredibly functional and high performing on the mountain. these are great pants that are gonna be in my big pelican “go box” for a long time.
check ’em out.
UPDATE – THESE PANTS CONTINUE TO PERFORM. COMFORTABLE, EFFECTIVE, DURABLE AND THEY STILL LOOK SHARP. EVERYTHING I EXPECT FROM ARCTERYX.
From Sunrise Ski Park in Northeastern Arizona, the Nelsons wish you Happy New Years. We hope you have a great year.
By the way, those POC goggles have Zeiss lenses and they are wonderful.
Can’t have enough of these. I have used Crown Royal bags for all kinds of delicate items over the years. For example, the soft cloth and size is perfect for ski goggles. A little pricey but they do come with a pretty damn good bottle of whisky.
Crown and Seven is still my go to mixed drink.
With 28 inches of new snow on top of a 20-30 inch base it was a banner day for the Arizona Snowbowl just outside of Flagstaff. We enjoyed blue most of the time but the temperature did not rise above 9 degrees. You know how much I love those kinds of conditions, however, despite my best efforts to properly outfit them I was a little worried that my wife and youngest daughter would be cold. Reb is a trooper and I knew she would drive on no matter what but this was kind of a hey snow skiing is fun promo trip for TK so I wanted them both to have a positive experience.
And they did. Yea, it was cold but they were plenty warm and we all had a great time. Looking forward to doing more skiing and with this El Nino thing going it looks like it will be a good year.
Big hits with the leg shavers were
-The North Face Nuptse 2 Jackets (goose down – their heavy insulation piece)
-Lululemon winter weight leggings
-Gordini goose down mittens
-Sahalie Butter Fleece zip t-neck tops (expedition weight base top)
I was very happy with my entire set up but especially
-The North Face Mountain Jacket (circa 1990 – yep, I went old school)
-Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Lite Gloves
-Patagonia Thermal Weight Boot-Length base bottoms
-Arcteryx Alpha Bibs
-Cooper Tire AT3s (fantastic, not so much as a slip while others were all over the road)
UPDATE – Everybodys wearing helmets now. Just seems to make them ski too fast if you ask me which means when they hit something or someone, and they will, the resulting injury will be the same as if they weren’t wearing one. Add earphones, their favorite playlist, and they don’t have a clue what’s going on around them.
An AS350 B3 helicopter flown by Native Air medical transport went down Tuesday evening at about 1800 hours in the Superstition Mountains. Native Air 5 was returning to Globe from Mesa, Arizona with only the three man crew on board. Pilot David Schneider and Flight Nurse Chad Frary were killed but Flight Paramedic Derek Boehm survived and was eventually transported to a trauma center in Phoenix.
My condolences to Native Air and the families of the two crew members that died. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to their medic.
I have been involved with enough of these kinds of incidents to know there are always extenuating circumstances and that you shouldn’t second guess the people that were there based on what you see in the news reports. I also know that we had a very large winter storm roll through central Arizona.
According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Native Air 5 went down about 1800, Native Air 20 located the wreckage at 2030 after the survivor signaled them with a flashlight, an Arizona DPS Air Rescue helicopter found the crash site at 2100, the Flight Nurse survived the crash but died before help arrived, and a military helicopter did the actual evacuation at 2215 .
I am sure that these first responders tried their best and did everything they could to get in there. It must have been incredibly frustrating for them and I can only imagine what it was like for the survivor.
Flying is a dangerous business, even more so when you are pushing the limits and on the ragged edge trying to get to somebody that desperately needs your help. Low and slow, limited visibility, rapidly changing weather conditions, rugged terrain. Been there, done that. My thanks, respect, and admiration goes out to those that were out there Tuesday night.
Here is the latest from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE – I do have some questions that the media has not asked and the Pinal County Sheriff has not answered.
-Why did it take an hour and a half for Native Air to ask the Department of Public Safety for help?
-Does Native Air do flight following? Why did Native 20 go out to look for Native 5?
-What happened to the two people Native 20 dropped off near the crash site?
-Why couldn’t DPS evacuate the survivor?
-Which military unit was called in and why?
-The city of Phoenix and Pima County both have hoist equipped helicopters, were they considered?
UPDATE 2 – Here is more information on the incident from the DPS Air Rescue pilot and paramedic that were on scene. We get more detail but it raises more questions that the media isn’t asking.
-This is the first I have heard of AirEvac being involved (is someone confusing them with Native Air 20 or was that an incorrect report?)
-We still don’t know what military unit was involved or who called them. Trooper Rose mentions PJs which of course is USAF Pararescue so I assume they came out of Davis-Monthan but which specific unit? The 305th?
–We now know from the DPS pilot that the sky was clear but there was no moonlight so they were on NVGs (common for them). This is interesting to me because another medical helicopter (Native Air 20 or an AirEvac bird) was able to drop off two people with medical gear but the air ambulance crews I am familiar with don’t have or use night vision goggles. Furthermore, those air ambulance crews are medical people not SAR Techs so I doubt they did any kind of one skid or no skid egress with all their gear which tells me they landed. If so where and how far away? If it was close enough to walk in then why not use that bird and spot to evacuate the survivor?
-Still, how does a medical helicopter go over due for 2 and a half hours before somebody calls DPS?
-Curious from what base did the DPS helo launch (I assume Phoenix or Tucson but this poorly written article doesn’t tell us)?
-What “private aircraft” was able to see wreakage on the ground in the dark and report a set of usable coordinates (was it Native Air 20 or AirEvac)?
With all due respect to DPS Air Rescue (I think the world of those guys), I do take exception to something Trooper Rose said. She said that if it were not for the PJs they would not have been able to get the survivor out that night. Well, I do not know the current capabilities of the Pinal SAR groups because it has been years since I worked with them but I guaran-damn-tee you the MCSO Mountain Rescue Team could have and would have gotten him out that night. They could have packaged and carried him to where the medical crew landed or out to the Rogers Trough Trailhead and Forest Road 172/172A which is close. That is precisely the kind of difficult terrain, night time, cold weather mission a certified Mountain Rescue team is designed and trained for.
And by the way, I love the Bell 407, but isn’t it about time that we give DPS the funding they need to add a true rescue hoist equipped helicopter?
They walked right through. These happy newlyweds, Malik and Farook, killed 14 people but the left and many Republicans say that Donald Trump is a fascist expletive deleted monster because he wants to get a handle on who enters the United States. Huh, I wonder what those 14 people in San Bernardino would say about that.
Look, the fact is, Muslims are committing all these terrorist acts so why not hold Muslims up at U.S. customs and border control points until we know who they are and what they are up to? That’s not racist or extremist, its the most basic and pragmatic thing to do if you are serious about security. We have the legal authority and we have done it before. President Carter, a liberal Democrat mind you, used the Nationality Act of 1952 to round up Iranians during the hostage crisis in 1979. I don’t recall anyone comparing him to Hitler.
Trump doesn’t hate Muslims. He is trying to solve a problem and answer a couple key questions. How can you tell the good ones from those that have become radicalized? How can you tell which ones will commit terrorist acts? The answer is you can’t yet so what’s wrong with closing the gates until we come up with a better process? Nothing if you are serious about security.
I prefer Ted Cruz as a candidate but I love what Trump is doing to the Republican establishment, mainstream media, and all the other presidential candidates. He is not afraid to think out of the box and say what a big part of this country is already thinking. He is changing the political landscape and he is reframing the most important arguments. Whether we know it or not, whether we are willing to admit it or not, that change is good for us and we needed someone to do it. Thank you Mr. Trump and drive on.
UPDATE – There is no such thing as a “lone wolf” terrorist. They are all connected by and get their inspiration from the same source no matter where they live. The internet has made the world a much smaller place.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me. My mother taught me that saying when I was a kid. The point she was making was that people can and will say what ever they want. It is their right to express their opinion no matter what it might be but while I didn’t have to agree or even listen, I didn’t have the right to be offended.
Apparently, from what I can tell, most other moms weren’t teaching the same lesson because everybody seems to be offended by everything now. That’s unfortunate because we are losing our ability to think, formulate independent ideas, and argue constructively which makes us ignorant, weak, and a whole lot less interesting. Come on people, toughen up.
Thanks mom…for this and a lot of other things.
This lightweight synthetic (60 grams of Primaloft Gold) puffy disappeared from the Patagonia website a year or two ago. I inquired as to why and they told me that they were just trying to trim the line up a little and that this piece was deemed unnecessary or words to that effect. OK, I disagree but I can relate.
Somebody at the exalted muckity muck level must have changed their mind because it is in the catalog that arrived in todays mail.
I had one of these and liked it but did not find it useful for my outdoor clothing system so I gave it away. However, I should have kept it because my Micro Puff Jacket (100 grams of Primaloft Sport ) is a tad too heavy for cool/almost cold weather business casual use and I missed it. So, I took it back.
I would not rely on it for an overnight bivy but it is perfect for fall and early winter business trips to places like Denver. I slip it on over a long sleeve button down as soon as I get off the plane, don’t have to take it off in the car to the office, and it is just enough for a good walk around downtown at lunch or after dinner. If it rains or snows I add a TorrentShell slicker and am fine as frogs hair. It is an ideal travel piece. Warm but not too warm, looks nice, weighs next to nothing, and stuffs easily into the outside pocket of my roller bag.
I can also tell you that the Nano Puffs are a big hit with the leg shavers in my house this time of year because I absolutely refuse to turn the heat on, ever, and they wear theirs all the time.
I am glad the Nano Puff Jacket is back, thank you Patagonia.
For those of you that care, which should be all of you, I strongly recommend that you watch The Spymasters – CIA In The Crosshairs on Showtime. I have watched several of these detailed documentaries and read as many books on the Bin Laden/Al-Qaida/Iraq/September 11 subject and this is the most current.
It is also, in my opinion, the best. In two hours it tells the complex story from the viewpoint of CIA analysts, case officers, and most interestingly, agency Directors. These are the people that were in the room, so to speak, and know what really happened. My favorite is Jose Rodriguez and once you see it you will know why. I believe him and I regard him as a warrior and a hero. We need people like Rodriguez and we need to allow them to do their job as ugly or distasteful as it might be. There are some bad people in the world and we need some of our people to be even badder. I am thankful that we have people willing to stand up and do that job.
My take away from Spymasters is that it was the elected politicians, appointees, bureaucrats, and policy makers that screwed the pooch not the professionals in the intelligence community. They saw something coming, sounded the alarm, and tried to get us ready yet they are the ones blamed.
A few other things struck me;
Iraq – There was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq. They were separate issues. What would the middle East look like today if we had not gone into Iraq?
Enhanced Interrogation – Bleeding heart libs keep saying that torture is beneath us, that it goes against our values and principles as a nation. That is high brow horseshit. First of all, since when does the “if it feels good do it” crowd know anything about principles? And second, what principles? All you have to do is watch daytime TV, read the headlines on Drudge, or look at who we put in office to know that the majority of people in this country don’t live what I would call principled lives. Furthermore, I don’t consider sleep deprivation, slapping, cold, stress positions, or the form of waterboarding we practiced to be torture. Video taped beheadings, setting people on fire, running commercial airliners into office buildings, and the threat of more attacks is torture. Waterboarding, the way we did it, is uncomfortable but nobody died from it. By the way, there were only three people, total, that were waterboarded and it wasn’t like it was portrayed in Zero Dark Thirty.
To the broader issue, you can take your make believe high and mighty national values and stick them. These guys were trying to thwart a second wave of terrorist attacks that were in the works and doing less than absolutely everything necessary is what goes against my values. Not waterboarding a terrorist to get lifesaving information is immoral.
Let’s bring that question closer to home, right down deep into your personal life. How far would you be willing to go, what rules would you break, and what kind of medieval monster would you become to protect those that you love? And afterwards, would you give a tinker’s damn what somebody in another country thought about what you did?
Righteous Indignation – Where does Obama get off persecuting the Bush administration for so called torture when he is signing orders to kill people left and right with remote controlled drones? So, let me see if I have this correct. It is wrong on some kind of cosmic karma scale to hold a terrorist down and pour water in his mouth for 10 seconds but it is perfectly OK to kill him with a drone launched missile? That’s the same kind of flawed logic that says the death penalty for convicted murderers is bad but aborting babies isn’t. Oh, but the Justice Department has approved droning. Yea, the Justice Department approved enhanced interrogation techniques (including waterboarding) too and nobody died from them. Three bad guys were waterboarded, over a thousand have been killed with drones. Hey, I got no problem killing people that are trying to kill us but this sure sounds like a political double standard to me.
Reputation – Waterboarding hurts our reputation in the world, especially in the middle East. A) So what. B) Do drone strikes improve our reputation around the world?
Capture and interrogate or drone and kill – Obama, the consummate example of the liberal mindset, chooses the latter. It is the easy way out.
And signature strikes? What the hell?
Anyway, give The Spymasters – CIA In The Crosshairs a watch or two. Have your friends and kids watch it then talk about it because this is important stuff.
Looking for trouble, aching for a fight. Lamon Reccord used the Laquan McDonald protest as an opportunity to get up in the face of a number of Chicago area police officers. Yelling “shoot me”, he was clearly trying to provoke a response for the TV cameras but when the cop did not take the bait he would move on to the next one. This kind of thing is leading us down the wrong road and the results will be bad for everyone. Here is my two cents.
Being a good police officer is a very tough job. Terrorism and a growing anti-police sentiment make it even tougher. If it becomes too difficult we won’t be able to attract the kind of people that make good officers which will make the situation even worse so let’s be careful about painting with too broad a brush and make sure the blame game begins with the criminals that initiate these incidents.
Going nose to nose with uniformed police officers, trying to provoke a confrontation, and chanting “f**k the police” and “what do we want, dead cops” on live television doesn’t do anybody any good. It just makes people choose sides which always, sooner or later, leads to a fight.
UPDATE – It was reported today that the officer that pulled the trigger, the only officer that pulled the trigger that night, had a history that included at least 18 citizen complaints filed against him. Anybody can file a grievance against an officer and they come with the territory especially if you are part of some kind of aggressive initiative or routinely work in high crime areas. However, my sense is that these had some merit and that somebody, a former partner or supervisor, knew that this person was a problem.
I am curious though. With homicides approaching the 500 mark this year in Chicago why is this particular incident generating protests and media attention but others, like the 9 year old boy that was lured into an alley and killed by gang members, are not.
Regular readers know that I am an Arborwear fan, especially their Ascender Pants which I have called the best all around outdoor pant on the market. And they absolutely are. However, I also like their Canopy Pants very much. They are light, cool, stretchy and extremely comfortable. Furthermore, I have said that the Original Tree Climber Pants are just like the Carhartt Double Front Work Dungarees only better.
Recently I was looking around their site and ordered a set of Arborwear Tech II Pants for Cooper. I have found another favorite pant from these tree people. They are not quite as technical as the Ascenders but the dual full size, angled cargo pockets are better and the fabric has a thicker tighter weave although they don’t have much stretch to them. These are nice looking pants that he could wear for pretty much anything from chasing thick cover quail to a casual night out with his buddies and I don’t think it is possible to wear them out.
Here is how the company describes them.
“It’s tough to take a bombproof pair of pants and make them better… But we did. The Tech II Pants are new and improved versions of our popular Tech Pants. We kept the same incredible 7 oz. nylon fabric and fit, so you are ok to continue your quest to wear these babies out (good luck with that, by the way). However, we contoured both the hand and cargo pockets for easy and ergonomic hand entry, lined the hand pockets with mesh for added breathability and added a Teflon® protector for oil and water resistance. You’re welcome.
• 7 oz. 100% Nylon
• 3-Piece Rugged Gusset™ Crotch
• Mesh Pocket Linings For Enhanced Breathability
• Teflon® Fabric Protector Repels Most
Water and Oil-based Liquids
• Contoured Cargo Pockets
• Double Layer, Articulated Knees
• Quick Drying, UPF 50+ Rating”
If you are looking for a well made, highly durable set of medium weight utility pants you should give these serious consideration.
To all the past, present, and future veterans, thank you. We owe you. I am sorry that some of us have been slow to repay the debt or welched on it altogether but just know that many of us appreciate your service every single day.
Even the lefties over at google have to acknowledge the occasion with their politically correct view of the military. It looks like they have covered all the bases.
I have run BF Goodrich All Terrain tires for as long as I have had 4x4s. I have had a couple sets of BFG Mudders and one set of Bridgestone Duelers on my TJ but other than that it has been BFG ATs for 30 years. And the truth is, they have been great. Not a single flat. Considering how tough this country is on tires and the shit I have done to them that is saying something so thank you Mr. Goodrich.
However, the noise made by this most recent set of KOs and the fact that the new KO2s are reportedly no better in this regard pushed me to look for something different. I want something that performs better on the highway yet does a good job in the snow and off-road. Not rock climbing mud bogging off-road for the fun of doing those things but because that is what I have to get through to make it to where I want to go. And I would like my new tires to do it all without the loud drone on the long stretches of highway that connect the good stuff.
I looked at the Coopers along with everything else out there but settled on the AT3s largely based on the recommendation of the guys in Prescott from Overland Journal. I put a lot of trust in what they and their readers have to say on such things and they rave about this tire. In fact, OJ gave the AT3 its Editors Choice and Value awards in their last big tire review. Most importantly to me is that the AT3 is what they run on their personal rigs.
I am losing some side wall protection though which I know could come back and bite me in the ass. One of the things that made the BFG AT so good and dependable in the backcountry was the extremely durable carcass and 3 ply TriGard side wall protection. The Cooper AT3s don’t have that (they have 2 ply sidewalls) which I will have to keep in mind. If it becomes a problem I could bump up to the Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx which has a more aggressive tread and Armor-Tek3 (3 ply side wall protection).
So I went down to my local getting place, Discount Tire of course because as far as I am concerned nobody else even sells tires, and ordered up a set of E rated 32 inchers to put on stock 17 inch rims. I thought a lot about going one more size up but as much as I would like the look I just don’t think I need the size since I installed the Bilstein leveling kit. Besides, 33s would rob the small block V-8 of some horsepower by messing with the axle ratios. Still pondering that one.
Anyway, they are on the truck, look nice and sound good meaning the drone is gone. They are not as quiet as the original Michelin LTX AT2s but then again they are a better mud, snow, and off-road tire or so I am told and they are much quieter than the BFGs. Another benefit is that they are cheaper although that had absolutely nothing to do with my decision because you don’t scrimp on tires. Period.
We will see how this goes and I will let you know.
UPDATE – THESE ARE SO MUCH QUIETER AND SMOOTHER RIDING ON THE PAVEMENT THAN THE BFGs. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THAT ASPECT.
UDATE 2 – HAVE HAD THESE ON SNOWPACKED ROADS TWICE NOW AND THEY ARE OUTSTANDING. NARY A SLIP WHILE OTHERS WERE ALL OVER THE ROAD.
Always looking for high quality long sleeve t-shirts that are both durable and comfortable. My favorites come in two flavors. Lightweight for the warm/hot part of the year and a medium plus for the balance. Cotton used to be the go to but merino wool and synthetics are popular now and very good. I have used Under Armour and Dri-Fit versions for years but now have trouble finding ones that I like. Then I stumbled upon this.
You know I am a big fan of the ArborWear Ascender Pants (best do almost everything outdoor pants I have ever used-just wish they would settle on cut/sizing-I prefer the original version) and now they come in several earth tone colors (thank you) but now you have another reason to visit their site. The Tech T Long Sleeve is not lightweight, I would describe it as beefy or medium weight which is much appreciated on my nightly Squaw Peak runs this time of year. And according to the lovely and talented Rebecca, they look nice on me but then again she is contractually bound to say such things.
You can read more about this DriRelease stuff on your own but whatever it is I like it. The fabric is very soft, comfortable, not clingy when I am sweating, stretchy, and good (absorbent) for wiping my nose when pushing hard up hill.
Those are all good things in my book. I am happy to recommend this ArborWear product to you.