And the winner is...

by Kade 26. November 2008 23:39

Well, the winner is NOT CLAIMING THE PRIZE!!! We had 128 successful submissions/entries in to the GPS drawing. As I went to do the drawing, the first name pulled out of the hat was none other than my own father. Seeing as in the rules I stated that family was not eligible to win, I continued to draw a second name.

The second winner was aadamp from Rigby, Idaho with a total of 7 points submitted during the contest dates. An e-mail was shot off with a reply by date in order to claim the prize. Here we are well past the reply by date reply.

In the rules it states that I don't have to give the prize away if the winner does not claim it, but that would be lame and unfair to all of you who really tried to win. So I'm doing a third drawing. Hopefully the third time is the charm for this GPS giveaway.

Stay tuned to see if we finally have a winner claim the prize.


Gear | GPS

Columbia Lhotse Parka Review

by Kade 25. November 2008 23:36

My old winter coat finally gave up the ghost. The zipper no longer works. This always seems to happen when I buy the discount coats from places like Wal-mart. This year I finally decided to take the leap and purchase a nice coat. I started searching the web and determined to purchase the Lhotse Men's Parka from Columbia.

The description for the coat reads:

Pull on the Columbia Men’s Lhotse Mountain Parka and have the ability to swap layers to suit changing conditions. This versatile winter jacket features a waterproof breathable Omni-Tech shell with a snap-in fleece liner, so you can use one or both jackets depending on the weather. A zip-off storm hood and underarm zip vents provide even more climate control, and the adjustable powder skirt seals out blowing spindrift when you hit the slopes. Stash your optics in the interior goggle pocket, and keep your wallet or keys safe in the zippered security pocket.

Now I don't know if I would go as far as to say that this is a "Parka" in the sense that an Eskimo would want to wear this in -40 degree weather, but this morning it was in the teens. I rode my bike to work wearing this coat and did not get cold.

A few things I wish were different are the length and the pockets. It could use an extra two inches on the bottom of the coat, and the pockets on the outer jacket liner are not real comfortable to use. The size of the pockets and the number of pockets are wonderful though.

I'd give this coat a 3.5 out of 5.

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