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Reviews by aikibujin (4)

Splashguard Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

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Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: aikibujin, 2005-01-12

Works really well and inexpensive. You can now drive and drink from a Nalgene bottle at the same time, without spilling. If only all the car manufacturers would start to Nalgenize their cup holders...

Sandal Saver (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.60/5 Average Rating : 4.60/5

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Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: aikibujin, 2005-01-12

It works to remove grime and odor from chacos and climbing shoes. Initially this product will leave the shoes with a fairly strong smell (not necessarily unpleasant), but after a while it goes away, and so does the odor. Needs to re-apply every couple of months or so, sooner if you use your shoes more frequently.

Yukon HL (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

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Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: aikibujin, 2004-04-16

I've owned and used five different headlamps over the years (PT Vor Tec, PT Aurora, PT Switchback, PT Yukon HL, and BD Zenix), and the Yukon HL is my favorite headlamp out of them all. It is not lightweight, so when I need to go light (like for backpacking or traveling), I'd take the Aurora. But for all other applications where weight isn't an issue or where I need high light output, from car camping to mountaineering, I'd take the Yukon HL. Likes: the 1-watt LED was brighter than I had expected, just slightly dimmer than my PT Vor Tec with a halogen bulb, but with a whiter light than the halogen. The battery life though, beats the halogen by a long shot. The 1-watt LED would shine for more than 20 hours on a set of fresh batteries, compare to just a couple of hours with the halogen. Dislikes: A little pricey, probably because the 1-watt LED is still relatively new. Bulkier and heavier than the other 1-watt LED hybrid headlamp I bought: the BD Zenix (but I think the Yukon HL is a better headlamp than Zenix).

Zenix (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 2.80/5 Average Rating : 2.80/5

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Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: aikibujin, 2003-04-04

The new 1-watt LED on the BD Zenix doesn't appear to be brighter than the regular LEDs, but it does produce a tighter beam of light and thus projects out farther than the regular LEDs. It is a step up from other LED headlamps like the Aurora and the Tikka in terms of light projection for night navigation in tricky terrain. It is not as bright as halogen, but the battery life is much better.

Compare to the only similiar product on the market at this time, the PT Yukon HL (as of Mar 26, 2004), the "hyper bright" LED on the Zenix is less bright and produce a blue-ish light. The Zenix is more compact and cheaper than the Yukon HL, but overall I think the Yukon HL is a better headlamp for the money. The Zenix uses 3 AAA batteries to save space and weight, instead of the 3 AAs on the Yukon HL. So it makes no sense to me to use a seperate battery pack on the Zenix! The seperate battery pack and the connected wire makes it heavier and bulkier than necessary.