I thought all these greenie weenie types were supposed to be so enlightened.
I thought all these greenie weenie types were supposed to be so enlightened.
Most newer model water bladders are made and or treated with anti-bacterials so it is not as big a deal as it used to be but that doesn’t mean you should neglect them. Make a habit out of emptying them out, hanging them up, and letting them air dry as soon as you get back. And don’t forget the hoses (an air compressor helps with these). Clean and dry keeps the gunk away and extends useful life.
By the way, I was never all that crazy about the way the water tasted in my Camelbaks. No matter how clean they were or how much baking soda I used I could always taste the plastic. So I tried a bunch of different kinds of bottled water in them and Evian is what finally did the trick. A little Gucci I know but it works.
I have been looking for a sub 10 ounce rain jacket to keep in my day hiking pack. After looking at everything the market currently offers I chose the Ultra NX Rain from Kuiu and the Essence from Marmot.
You can study the specs of each jacket on your own but here are my impressions after a couple of weeks using both.
So heavier, cooler, and camo or lighter, clammy, and solid colors sums up your choice. Weight would normally trump all in a case like this but the better breathability of the Kuiu makes it a more difficult decision. However, based on what I need for this application, I still have to give the edge to the Marmot because of the lighter weight, better hood, and hi viz solid color.
More on these two jackets later.
I would vote for Donald Trump based just on this video clip alone. Journalistic bully, ethnic panderer, and all around shit stirring Univision anchor slash activist Jorge Ramos finally comes up against someone he can’t brow beat into feeling bad about a strong stance on illegal immigration.
This is an example of the problem with people like Jorge Ramos, they don’t want to play by the rules, follow the law, and wait their turn. They want to cut in line. Not on Trumps watch.
Beautiful. Drive on Mr. Trump.
UPDATE – As it turns out, Jorge Ramos has a daughter, Paola (really), that is a paid employee of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. It is a small world isn’t it.
UPDATE 2 – It dawned on me today why Trump said “go back to Univision” with such a nasty tone. Univision is backing out of an agreement to broadcast the Miss America contest, which Trump owns, and Trump is suing them over it.
Over the past couple of months I have had the opportunity to watch all of the hunting shows that are on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsmans Channel. With the exception of Steve Rinellas MeatEater, Jim Shockeys Unchartered (the sleeveless taco bender cowboy hat look still irritates me but I understand it is part of his brand), and maybe just one or two others, it is bad TV. I mean its cheesy, contrived and generally an uninteresting waste of perfectly good air time. Worse, I don’t think it puts hunters in a very good light. Trail cams, food plots, extreme long range rifle shots, etc., etc., etc. And after airing hundreds of tree stand/ground blind scenes does anyone anywhere find them the least bit interesting. No.
Oh, I know you guys will get together at your awards dinner and profess to each other and anyone else that will listen that you are doing good by growing the sport, preserving my 2A rights, and supporting conservation efforts but I am not buying it. Its gotten too commercialized and too much about the money.
I came home this afternoon from hiking Mount Humphreys with my daughter. I cleaned myself up then sat down to watch the season finale of ALONE on the History Channel.
Congratulations to Alan Kay. He was the last man standing, literally, after 56 days in the British Columbian wilderness. I thought he handled himself with class and a sense of humor throughout the series. And he didn’t cry. I am impressed.
For outlasting 9 other men he collected a check for $500,000. What’s he going to do with the money? He said he was going to help his father with retirement, get his son an operation to correct blindness in one eye, and put whatever is left towards paying off his house.
I found many of the things Alan said funny and insightful but my favorites were reflections he made after home. He said we take a lot for granted, that the human spirit is amazing, that there is nothing like some time in the woods to put life into perspective, and you got to get quiet. I agree.
Well done Mr. Kay.
Trump is a successful business man that appears to know how to get things done. He is also not timid about saying things that a lot of people on the conservative side of the meter think but are afraid to say lest they be called any number of bad names.
Being a clown and a buffoon certainly won’t keep you from being elected to a position of national prominence. The best example of that is our own perpetual gaffe machine Vice President “Foghorn Leghorn” Biden. And as far as assholes, who is and who isn’t is a matter of perspective, I could care less as long as that person is legitimately committed to a smaller less intrusive federal government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense.
Here is what I do know. In a country of 350,000,000 plus people we should absolutely be able to come up with qualified presidential candidates whose last name is something other than Bush and Clinton.
Fortunately, this American political dynasty thing seems to be taking care of itself. Bush, because he is a weak, wishy washy completely uninspiring candidate, is fading in the polls. Clinton will be forced to drop out of the race not because she is contrived and unlikable but because she will have been proven once and for all to be dishonest and untrustworthy. The private email/wiped secret server scandal will prove to be a bridge too far even for many low information liberal band wagon riders.
If Trump can continue to be authentic, direct, bold, and bully proof while sticking to the important issues he has a genuine shot at the nomination and the presidency. His positions on the economy, defense, foreign governments, and especially immigration is resonating with large (and growing) segments of the electorate.
I love that he recently took Mark “Facebook founder” Zuckerberg to task for hiring foreign workers over qualified Americans. We need more not less of this kind of public spanking and only somebody like Trump can get away with it.
The best part of the Trump phenomenon is that he can’t be controlled and he isn’t willing to play by everybody else’s rules. That causes the status quo Republican establishment and political power brokers a great deal of aggravation. I like that. A lot.
UPDATE – Is it just me or does “I did not receive or send classified email” sound a lot like “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski”?
Kuiu continues to head in the right direction and at a price that does not include the middle man. This new Ultra NX gear is light. Ultra light in fact. The jacket and pant set weighs just 17 ounces. If they are as good as Jason says they are in terms of water/wind proofness and breathability then they will be must have items.
Now, based on the product description, these are not tissue paper delicate but they are not brush buster high durability pieces either. You keep these in your pack, pull them out when you need them, and then put them back in your pack when the weather clears.
At this time Verde and Vias camos are the only color choices but I expect that if they sell well then Major Brown or maybe a nice multi-purpose shade of gray will be added to the mix. That is what I want.
Get more information on these directly from Kuiu.
UPDATE – $549 later (they kicked me out of the Guide Outfitter program, which is OK with me). I just received my pant and jacket set in Verde camouflage (solids are not available yet). Once again, I am disappointed with the Kuiu decision makers (no wonder they kicked me out of the Guide Outfitter program). Workmanship and materials seem good, the weight is whispy light as described, and I love the minimalist design. However, true to the Kuiu I have come to know, sizing/cut is an issue. Think hipster skinny jean and inconsistency.
My XXL jacket is significantly slimmer than the current XXL Chugach model that hangs on my rack and works well in my system. This is true throughout the torso but especially in the shoulders and armpit areas. It is so close fitting that the only thing I will wear comfortably under the Ultra NX Rain Jacket will be a thin or medium long sleeve base. I really should exchange it for a triple XL (so ridiculous) but the sleeves would be too long and this is more of a short trip, day pack piece anyway. I will use other shells when I am farther away from the truck for longer periods of time in tougher country and bad weather.
Everything I said about the jacket can also be said about the pants except that the issue here is that they are short wasted meaning the back waste is drawn downward with every step. Now, in all fairness, I am built like a lineman so my hind quarters are thick. However, other manufactures, say Arcteryx and Patagonia (an Kuiu in the beginning), seem to be able to make pants that accommodate husky people like me so I don’t understand why Kuiu can’t. Actually, I think they could (they used to). It’s just that either they don’t want to or don’t know any better but the latter can’t be true because I have been talking about it since the problem began. Note, my first generation Kuiu shell sets in XL fit right and are cut to properly accept base and insulation layers. Since then I have had to go to the XXL for a good fit but not with this Ultra NX Rain product. Two steps forward, one step back.
Stay tuned, I will let you know how these perform in the field.
I don’t know how big the controversy really is but there seems to be quite a bit of noise from big media and pandering corporate types over the recent killing of a lion in Zimbabwe. Was the lion popular with the locals? Did the hunter and his Guide lure the animal off a protected reservation? Was it a legal hunt? Does the hunter have a history of bad acts? I don’t know but the broader argument over hunting is an old one and my experience is that it is damn near impossible to change anyone’s mind on the subject regardless of logic, proof or volume.
I do know that I am not a big fan of these kinds of look at me see what I did “trophy” pictures. Actually, it isn’t the pics I object to as much as it is them being posted and publicized everywhere but we live in a look at me see what I did society and the temptation to share is great. I suppose that by doing what I do here I too am guilty.
I can say with 100% certainty though that if I had just discovered that the lion I shot a reported 40 hours earlier was wearing a GPS tag I wouldn’t memorialize it with the typical congratulatory photograph. I wouldn’t post it in all the usual places as if everything had gone perfectly and I sure as hell would not be smiling.
If you put pictures like this out there for the whole world to see don’t be surprised by the response you get from some people.
Marmot uses a coating technology to make it’s Precip line of products waterproof and breathable but, as you can see from the picture, it has a durability problem. The white is the coating and it has worn off around the collar revealing the interior side of the blue shell fabric. This Anorak is maybe 6 or 7 years old and has been used no more than a few dozen times (windbreaker and light rain use) but the coating in this area began to show wear early on.
Using a coated shell, instead of one with a more expensive and durable multi-layer laminate, is fine provided it is an appropriate application and you are aware of the limitations. They are light weight and inexpensive for a reason.
Do you think Marmot will replace this? I wouldn’t even ask. I got my $99 bucks worth I think but it is too bad it didn’t hold up because I like it.
Coming down in buckets. A rare summer thunderstorm in ‘Nado. The lightning began about 6am and has lasted all day. Incredible to look North towards the Del then South at the NavSpecWarfare base and not see a single solitary sole anywhere on the beach or in the water. That is except for me of course! On any other Saturday in mid July it would be jam packed.
I bought this Black Diamond Bullet pack a couple of years ago for my wife. It keeps a 100oz Camelbak close to your back and it has just enough room left over for a couple bottles of Super Man along with the requisite day hike essentials.
The best thing about this pack is that it nestles perfectly against the spine and rides like a champ. Add a Nite Ize clip on iPhone case to the shoulder strap and it is perfect. I like it so much I stole it from her and I am not giving it back. I did try to replace it but I can’t find another one anywhere. I am still looking.
Anyway, if you are looking for a good day pack this is the kind of thing I would recommend that you track down. No more, no less.
Get more info about it here.
This may not be major news to you but me and the Chief are pretty damn happy about it. The 6 and 9 inch original Boxerjocks went away a couple years ago to be replaced with something we didn’t like nearly as much. And the new ones didn’t have a working fly.
Well, apparently, we were not the only ones that were upset because UA has brought them back (including the working fly). That’s a good thing because they are my favorite grundies and the ones I have been wearing for years are finally beginning to show some wear.
Check them out here.
Speaking of snakes. Internet generated phony pic or not that is a BFS and I am happy to see that it is now in pre hatband slash cowboy boot condition. I don’t know this guy but I do know his cousin James and he says it is legit. I figure that is 12 to 13 feet which is 12 to 13 feet too big in my opinion.
Yet another reason to steer clear of the state of Texas.
Me and Kenny. Kind words and good advice from a football legend meant a lot to me as a coach, father and a man.
I was a Ken Stabler fan long before I ever met him. He was playing at Alabama the same time my dad was at Missouri and he was a big time NFL Quarterback with the Raiders when I collected every Topps football card made for the 1976 season. Along with Terry Bradshaw, Fran Tarkenton and Bob Griese, he was one of my favorite pro QBs. He was a fierce competitor and always seemed to find a way to win. I admired that and still do.
He was a hell of a nice guy. Didn’t put on airs. Was a lot of fun to talk football and life with. I am glad I knew him and will miss him.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family especially his daughter Kendra and grandsons Jack and Justin.
Interesting but keep in mind – This gear list was for a guided horse pack trip so let’s remember a couple of things. Brendan doesn’t have to worry about the overall weight of his pack nor does he have to include things like medical, survival, cooking, and food because the outfitter did. A 3200 cube pack would not have been big enough if it had been a self sustained human powered trip of the same number of days.
The video brings up another point which we have discussed here before. Where exactly does the Kenai Jacket fall in a tight, minimalist system? If it is an insulation piece then why also carry the Super Down Jacket and Pants in your pack? If it isn’t an insulation piece then why carry it at all? And why carry both the Guide Vest and Kenai Jacket in addition to the Super Down top? Reminds me of two things. An argument I had years ago on Monster Muleys about the Sitka Gear 90% Jacket and a disease Reed Thorne calls redundatitus.
By the way, with regard to making both a hooded and unhooded version of the Kenai, wouldn’t it make more sense to make one jacket with a detachable hood?
I have been looking for something to replace my REI Active Stretch Half Zips because they stopped making them. They are kind of a smooth on the outside fleece on the inside technical sweatshirt that does double duty as an expedition weight base and light middle layer insulation for high activity or extreme cold. I have 4 in different colors and love them. They are the half in my 3.5 layer clothing system.
From the newly released Kuiu 2015 catalog – This Peloton 200 Zip T looks very much like my REI favorites but it is made of a new synthetic yarn called Primeflex from, of course, Toray. Kuiu makes several different models with varying weight but this is the one I am most interested in right now.
What I need it to do is add warming insulation, be exceptionally comfortable, wear like iron, cut the wind and breathe like a champ. Easy right? No it’s not which is why I have been having a hell of a time finding a replacement since REI started putting profit over product offering and getting rid of some really good items (you can thank former banker slash REI CEO and new Obama best buddy Sally Jewell for that paradigm shift).
The Peleton 200 comes in the two Kuiu camo flavors as well as Major Brown and Graphite solid colors.
Let’s see if this works.