long time readers know that raw notes from the field entries are just that, a brain dump of observations and thoughts from an outing sans regard for spelling, grammar, or layou.
i like my f-150 super crew. it has done a great job for me knock on wood but i have a couple friends that have the raptor. it is indeed a very capable truck but the wider track seems to me like it would be problematic especially on narrow jeep trails and sloppy two trackers. It also has a lot, too much going on in the cockpit. maybe i can find a stripped down government model that never made it to where it was intended to go.
kuiu chugach nx rain jacket did a nice job keeping me dry and warm but the xxl still seems a little too trim especially in the arms, wrists and hips. skinny jeans, shrunken suit influence of the fashion world. can’t seem to get the cuffs dialed in so i don’t have to adjust them over and over again. irritating. the mini toggles on the hood cinch adjustments are too small, hard to use while wearing even light gloves. i ike the larger toothed main zipper but it should be a double version so you can zip from the bottom up too. this jacket does breathe very well though. might be best suited for fast and light summit assaults.
the umbrella is still the gold standard for high exertion breathability in shell layers. you look like mary frickin poppins on the trail but it works like a champ.
delorme inreach explore continues to perform as advertised. super easy to text when paired with my iphone but hate to have to carry both devices all the time. wouldn’t it be great if the inreach accepted voice input for texting in addition to the internal hunt and peck keyboard. an easier nit pic to fix, would be nice to have a satellite reception page like the original garmin units had so you know how good your signal is. btw, make sure your family lists your inreach number as a contact so they recognize who you are when you text them. this thing still is not loud enough.
i wonder if it is possible to text the guys at geos from the inreach.
new product – what we really need is a base/insulation hydrid piece that has pores that open and close mechanically to adjust for activity level. closed when you are still and trying to retain heat and open when you are working hard and want to dump heat. all in one light weight pullover garment. darpa?
hanwag mountain light gtx are simply the best wet weather boots i own. great gription.
Sitka gear dewpoint jacket, not as breathable as the chugach but a much better cut and while similar win eight it feels more durable.
arborwear canopy pants are wonderful and shed light rain better than my older ascender models but they desperately need a cellphone pocket on the thigh. a watch pocket for my zippo would be nice too guys. btw, still hoping for ascender bibs, please!
under armour ls crew neck tactical t is the best light/thin base layer i have used. super comfortable, great cut, very good wicking. wonderful.
love my diamond back truckbed cover. full use of the bed but lockable and reasonably secure. should have got the heavy duty version though.
pelican #1660 cases still the best truck boxes going.
being on the side of a mountain beats the 16th hole any day, wouldn’t you agree?
“bad weather” makes the fair weather outdoorsmen stay home. god bless bad weather.