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Old 11-15-2010   #11
Littleton, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2010
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I think part of it is, the really good gear is more memorable. If you drop $500+ on something, and end up liking it, you are more likely to review it. If you spent $20 on a crappy pair of booties, you just get something better and move on. Writing a review takes time and effort, so why should you waste it on something that wasted your time and money?

With that said, I thought back to gear I didn't like, and posted a bad review for something. It was nothing big, and most people here probably already know to avoid it.

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Old 11-19-2010   #12
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185 lb. waste of space, Keeping Glenwood Springs real
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Sorry, but in no way shape or form am I connected with IR and all I can say is that is a great company. I have had three skirts (sold one) and both still are great. Thick skin is the shit, Union suit gets me harder than Katie Perry. I have an X-jacket and a Comp jacket and both leak about as much or less than any other top I have tried including my Kokatat Drysuit (which I love). The best part of IR is their custy service. Fixed a tear in my X for free including shipping, got it back quick. Told them that my guide shorts were too big and they put a dart in them for free (forgot I have 3 pairs of those). I don't have a lot of money so when I spend it I make sure that it will last or be well represented by the custy service.

I even have a IR T-shirt and it does what it is supposed to do. Lets my head come out the top at the big hole and a hole for both arms, plus it allows for my torso to come out the bottom. Also covers my rippling 8 pack so Tom J's mom doesn't cream.

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All good

Have yet to find a boat that doesn't break

I am going to write up a honest review of the Biscuit here over Thanksgiving Break so I will let you know

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Old 11-19-2010   #13
Durango, Colorado
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teva gnars are lame sauce they will die on you if you go to cali. Mine have less sole than hole and they're about a year old. Weak titz
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Old 11-19-2010   #14
Tempe, Arizona
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Mar 2008
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Some gear I love...
Bomber dry jackets are awesome, they work for many years. Built tough.
NRS Desparado booties rock.
Werner bent shaft carbon rocks too.
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Old 11-19-2010   #15
Park City, Utah
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Gear loved: Patagonia Neptune Dry top. Never has leaked and still on original gaskets. Freaky how long that thing has held up.

Gear that disapointed: only thing I can think of is NRS gloves.

Thing that disapoints most: When the party I'm with pisses off the west water ranger and he makes us sit aound all day for lecture.
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Old 11-19-2010   #16
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The only thing I have found to work well by NRS is their Toaster Mitts.
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Old 11-19-2010   #17
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Some more bad gear: AT4 paddles (now called G anc C series), both carbon and plastic shaft broke early. NRS triton fabric, used in Flux top etc. lasted 45 river days before delaminating.

Loved: NRS toaster mitts, but love my Level Six mitts more. Bomber Gear Dry top. Grateful Heads helmets
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Old 11-19-2010   #18
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Mountainsurf skirts are awesome. First one lasted 10+ years, second one looks brand new and does not leak after 4 years and fits all my creek and play boats.
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Old 11-19-2010   #19
Park City, Utah
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Mountain Surf

Yes, I had a handle pull off one once, and they just sent me to the shop and said to pull one off the shelf. That is customer service at it's finest!!
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Old 11-19-2010   #20
Durango, Colorado
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prijon pure. best all around creek boat i've paddled. 80% of the speed of the remix. Turns faster. Boofs faster. Holds an edge. Feels like a real creek boat. Plenty of volume. No back pillar= plenty of storage. The plastic really is so much better. You can feel it when you slide over rocks. The downsides: it weighs more than it should because there are a lot of unnecessary holes and bolts. The outfitting is also kind of weird. 1300 is a lot for a boat but it'll last 3 times as long as other boats.

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