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My Kayak Comparison Chart (River runners/creekers & Playboat categories)

This will be an ongoing chart where I compare boats i've paddled to each other along some common categories. I'll try and maintain this as best as I can! This is a list for river running, up to class IV, and I've used to determine what boat I want to get into when I think I'm going paddling at my maximum skill. I tend to get in smaller more fun boats when I'm more in my comfort zone!

What to expect: First time getting on a modern downhill bike.

Recently, Timberline opened their new mountain bike park. I went out, got myself a pass, and rode it on my Trek Fuel EX. Truth be told, for the current state of the park the 140mm/130mm of travel on my Fuel EX is probably all the bike you need for this. The green trail is as sterile as it gets, the blue trail (now, trails) are pretty straight forward, and the black diamond starts to get into interesting challenges... but still no must make moves or anything exciting. Infact, there's no real jumps. There's a few side hits, a few rollers you can pop over...

Haibike sdurro full 7 LT -Initial Ride Review with Dropper Testing

After getting the bike together and then waiting nearly a week for the dropper post we ordered to arrive, we finally got the bike together and went for a ride. We're blessed to live just several short blocks from a fun network of trails, although we sometimes drive to the entry solely so we can bring our dogs along without having to slowly walk them through the neighborhood.

Haibike sdurro full 7 LT - Unboxing and initial experience... and it's overall good!

We ordered our Haibike online, and it was on it's way to us within a day. We're in Oregon, and it shipped from California, so the box was delivered to a nearby FedEx location in 4 days. It normally ships to your house, but our situation dictated needing to pickup at a FedEx store in Oregon.

2019 Haibike SD Full Seven LT 3.0 eMTB eBike.

Ebikes are really rad. Haters are going to hate, but after having demod a few, I'm personally pretty sold on them as valuable for whomever choses one for themselves. I can cover more laps, progress fast due to those extra full strength laps, and just get more saddle time while still burning through tons of calories. I get to the top of runs having expended far less of my energy, and I'm able to ride at my full potential on the way done, which is arguably safer.

2013 A frame Camper

Full writeup to come, but after many months of research, and years of wishing, I treated myself and my Fiance to an A frame camper. It's pretty darn awesome, and with some minor modifications it should be able to function in remote locations for long periods of time, even allowing me to work remotely and my Fiance to pursue her Graduates Degree.

More information to come.

Comparison + Initial pool review -- 2016 Jackson Rockstar (3.0) and the new Jackson Rockstar 4.0

Our most excellent local Jackson Kayak dealer, Alder Creek Canoe & Kayak does a pretty good job of keeping Jackson demo boats in stock. It's no secret thought that we're often the LAST stop from Tenesee when it comes to shipping boats out, and Alder doesn't seem to have the budget to get shipment of the demo boats outside of their regular orders... so we rarely get the chance to demo them early.

Jackson Rockstar 4.0 Review

Suspension Overhaul / Potential Maximization

Shortly after initially building this bike, I found myself falling in love with mountain biking. I also found myself hating climbing uphill, and loving shredding downhill. I was contemplating building out another bike (as I do love bike builds) however... it seemed wasteful to turn my bike on this build so soon. Plus, the real reason I was hating uphills is I'm out of shape, which will hopefully be changing. I hopped on my bike again and shredded it, only to remembered all the reasons I love it.


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