Utah Surf Rental’s Reviews

Osprey Packs

During the outdoor retailer show had a great chance to talk with the folks from Osprey.  They were extremely patient and took the time to introduce to the awesome packs and child carriers. Our main hiking and camping guide was able to pick up an Osprey pack that arrived yesterday from Ogden, Utah. Will have a full review once she has the chance to try it out in the real world. Although I can say this from her wearing most of the day with sandbags. If you are a woman this is the brand of pack you should have, she is in love with the way it fits and how it has great innovations for women and especially women who are short like she is at 5’0. She is packing the Osprey Aura which can be found here!

Momentum Climbing

If you are a rock climber and looking to keep your skills sharp or are just starting out and want to be in a fun and safe environment then I would highly recommend Momentum Climbing’s Millcreek  location. I cant speak for the rest of them although if they are anything like the Millcreek Location then you are set for a great time.

The draw back for me when it comes to climbing is I am short and not very flexible at this time although this is rapidly changing thanks to my interest in climbing. Well, not the short part. The staff has been awesome at elping with the climbs and introducing other climbers so that the experience is more social and entertaining. And if you do not have your own gear they have everything you need to rent. Even shoes that will fit my small of a foot, I have my old pair of climbing shoes from nearly a decade ago and end up renting the shoes, it is time for me to find a new pair!

The best part is that the facility has a place where you can bring children making it a truly amazing family experience. As the season goes on check back for some of my favorite out door locations and the brand of shoe I wound up going with and why.

Thank you to Momentum Climbing! The Millcreek location info is:

3173 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
Phone: (801) 203-0754
Fax: (801) 924-3774

MTI Fluid 2.0

I am excited to be testing the MTI Fluid 2.0 after having researched other brands this self inflating pfd seems to be the winner. I have not had a chance to get this jacket out on the water to test while paddling although I decided to start a review from having worm the device and swam with it. The device is easy to wear and fits securely, it was comfortable to wear and caused no issues while walking around with it.

I decided to hop in the pool with it and see how it felt while swimming, going off the diving board gave no issues, no dives or anything just dropping in to give it some resistance like in a fall. The belt was easy to turn around and get in front of me to simulate needing to deploy it. I have not yet deployed the jacket as I need to pick up a replacement co2 cartridge.

Arming the jacket is simple and straight forward, one of the concerns I had was how long can you keep it armed and is the cartridge wasted if you need to remove it. The good news is after talking with MTI at the 2015 Outdoor retailer show it turns out you can leave it armed for years, and if you prefer once it is armed you can actually remove the cartridge and not waste the cylinder. The cylinder is not actually punctured until you pull the cord to deploy it. MTI is also coming out with a smaller profile pfd for 2016. So far the jacket seems great and the company was extremely helpful. Had I been thinking I would have picked up a jacket from Seamus so we could go test together. That will be my next goal an under dog preserver and then a Helios 2.0. Depending on the weather two of us will be paddling in the MTI Fluid 2.o keep watching for an updated review. We are also excited that this may be the next life jacket company we endorse and pick up to sell,

MTI Website is here.

Olympus TG-860

The TG-860s design is typical for rugged compacts. It places its lens in the top corner rather than the center of the body, and because it’s waterproof the lens itself doesn’t extend at all from the body. It measures 2.5 by 4.4 by 1.1 inches and weighs 7.9 ounces; that’s typical for the class as well. My first impression with the camera are positive for the most part. I am not a fan of the charging system on the camera although will play with it more in the near future. I do not seem to have a cable with me that will fit the camera and I left the cord the camera came with at the office.

The wifi was fairly simple to set up, it went smoother on the iPhone 6 than it did on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and did not work at all on the Nokia 830 windows phone. I had planned on testing the camera out this week while paddling with Kristine and Allison unfortunately the Out Door Retailer show and the weather made the plans change. So I tested the camera out today in the pool. The camera it’s self does not float so if you are bringing this with you be sure to get the optional float strap. With the float strap the camera floated just below the surface with the float strap sticking up out of the water easy to grab.

The camera was easy to use and with the large lcd screen it is easy to get the shot you want. The screen also rotates so you can take great selfies are can be controlled by a smart phone. Once out of the pool Seamus wanted to check the camera out to see if it met his seal of approval the camera is Seamus approved! I was able to pull the photos off the phone by using the phones wifi and simply exporting them to phone, the whole process was quick and easy. I would definantly recommend this camera for any one wanting an easy to use solid camera for SUP or any outdoor activity. Make sure to get the float strap.

Olympus TG-860 and the Float Strap the reviews on the orange strap are not great although the green is pure positive. Will keep an eye out on the strap and keep everyone posted. If any one is interested in a more technical review or has questions on the Olympus TG-860 let me know. Can do nerdy tech if wanted.