28 March 2011

My Review of Kuhl Revolvr Jeans - Men's 34" Inseam

Originally submitted at REI

From the city streets to the climbing crag, the comfortable Kuhl Revolvr jeans will keep you happy on all your daily adventures.

New Favorite Pants

By Nate from CO on 3/28/2011


5out of 5

Waist: Feels true to size

Length: Feels true to length

Pros: Comfortable, Lightweight, High-Quality Material and Stitching

Best Uses: Backpacking, Casual Wear, Camping, Travel, Hiking

Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer

Was this a gift?: No

I love my old slim-fit, boot cut Levi's, but they don't let me move very much and they certainly don't dry fast.

These have a similar fit - just a little baggier - but the gusseted crotch lets you move like you don't have pants on. And the articulated knee prevents that bunch-up behind your knee that happens with jeans.

The material looks and feels tough and quick-drying. The cell phone pocket seems unnecessary at first, but it makes grabbing your phone while sitting a piece of cake.

I'll be buying more of these - if only they weren't so expensive.


My Review of REI Classic Duffel Bag - Medium

Originally submitted at REI

Simple yet tough, our medium REI Classic duffel bag offers 2,700 cu. in. of space and a convenient storage pouch for heavy-duty gear hauling.

Rugged Bag

By Nate from CO on 3/28/2011


5out of 5

Pros: Durable, Good Zippers, Easy to Transport

Best Uses: Weekend Trips, Camping, Airline Travel, Short Travel

Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer

What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist

This bag is K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid. Durable nylon, comfy handles. Stuffed 33 pounds of supplies in this for an orphanage in Guatemala; packed out my dirty clothes, carpentry tools, and souvenirs in it.

The little case/organizer that comes with it is super handy for stashing stuff you want to be able to find quickly, and makes this bag super small for storage.


11 March 2011


As we walk outside, some stars are visible where the wispy clouds don't hide them. Orion sits on top of Eagle's Peak, the crescent moon shines over Mt. Herman.

We form up and crack a few jokes, crane our necks at the sky. But then the mood begins to change, and people quiet down. Seven men stand on Spirit Hill, silhouetted from behind. The Wing Commander calls "Present Arms." We raise our salutes in unison. Three shots from seven rifles echo eerily off the mountains.

A bugler near the chapel begins playing Taps, echoed by a bugler near the flagpole. At the last note, we drop our salutes and walk quietly back to our rooms.

They might shoot those guns for me someday. They might play that song for me. I wonder how my wife, my mother, my brother, my father would feel as they hear those solemn notes.

I pray they never have to hear them, but I thank God for those who have made that sacrifice.

07 March 2011

Better Together

I scan the crowd coming up
And my heart leaps at the site of every blonde
But falls when I realize they're not you.
And I begin to worry:
Did she get lost?
Where did she go?
Then I see your face
And mine breaks into a smile
And for the first time in over five months
We embrace.
Your bags lay where you dropped them
And there's so much I want to say
But the words won't come.
Finally, "Hey Beautiful,"
As you begin to choke up.
We drive to your house, smiling the whole way
You reach out for my hand
And I like that.
We come in, you hug your siblings and your parents
It's all so strange
And beautiful.
I have to go; you come outside
And I thank God for bringing you back.
But then I choke up, and can barely whisper