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Step on a steam train  | Step out of the driving rain, maybe  | Run from the darkness in the night
Singing Ha, Ah La La La De Day
Ah La La La De Day
Ah La La De Day – U2

Summer?  That must mean product testing season is here again!  Well, you know how it goes around here… Like you, it seems when I’ve finally solved all my clothing & gear problems there’s always something that needs to be replaced or something that just didn’t work out.  Sometimes, I just trip into trying out new products.  Take these Sabino Trail™ Mid GTXs by Montrail for instance…

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Pentax Optio – (insert curse here)

Is something wrong, she said – Well of course there is
You’re still alive, she said – Oh, and do I deserve to be
Is that the question?
pearl jam

Is not the Optio by Pentax the biggest shaft ever put to a paddlers hide?  I’m on my 3rd.  The W60 is the first one that actually stayed working for more than one season. Working, just long enough for the lens to do it’s impersonation of the record from Monty Python’s Hungarian phrasebook sketch. “I will not buy this camera, It is scratched.”  Of course it is.  There’s no freaking lens cap!  Great plan for a camera that’s supposed to put up with what outdoor folks can throw at it.. Seems obvious doesn’t it? (insert curse here) Continue reading



“Derrick, you could start a war with the opinions coming from Trangia defenders and the new school “cooking with gas” users.” – Gnarlydog

Luckily I tend to walk up to the edge of starting wars now and then, but even when we’re talking about cook stoves, cooler heads prevail.

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a case for either

I just thought I’d share with you a picture of some of the camera cases I have compared to the little waterproof cameras. You can quickly see why we want a small waterproof camera. These cases are a real pain in the butt to use. The problem for kayakers is not that we want to take pictures under water. No, that would be easy. The problem is that we exist in both realms. That of air and water. We are not so much choosing gear that is best designed for our sport as we are choosing with which gear we can simply make do.

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Herb for my whine

Dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right!
- bob marley

God bless you merry gentle men and creators of the Optio. I figured I’d get that out of the way before I once again went on a short rant about the quality of the Pentax Optio. This time, the W60.

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