Meet leadbelly2550, Reviewer of the Month

Congratulations to community member leadbelly2550 (aka Andrew Friedman). Andrew's Killer Review of the Sazzi Decimal minimalist sport sandals was voted one of August's most helpful reviews. In five years as a member of Trailspace, Andrew has shared 75 reviews of his gear with the community.

Thank you, Andrew, who wins a goodie pack of gear from Trailspace, CamelBak, and GU for his most recent effort.*

Write your own helpful gear review and you could be next month's most helpful reviewer.

 

Meet leadbelly2550 (Andrew)


Andrew with his wife, Julie, and kids, Caleb, Lily, and Mia at Arenal Volcano in central Costa Rica. Notice the Trailspace cap in hand!

How did you get started exploring outdoors?

My mom and dad introduced my siblings and me to the outdoors. We started out day hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter in New Hampshire and Vermont, then graduated to longer trips in the White Mountains. 

What do you enjoy doing outdoors?

I love hiking — both winter and summer — canoeing, and cycling.  I also love hiking with our family, trying to give my kids the opportunity I had to spend time outdoors. 

Why did you want to review the Sazzi Decimal, which you did as a member of Trailspace's Review Corps?

I was interested in the Decimal for the Trailspace Review Corps because I am very interested in the concept of minimalist footwear and whether they are truly a healthy alternative to heavier, more protective hiking boots and shoes.


Andrew with his wife, Julie, in the Tetons.

I became interested in this topic after reviewing a pair of Vibram Fivefinger Treksports for Trailspace last year. (Editor's Note: That was Andrew's first Killer Review.) 

 

What are your favorite pieces of outdoor equipment? Why?

I like my Limmer boots. I got them for hiking on rocky, jagged trails with heavy backpacks, but they have turned out to be one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. 

Tell us about your favorite outdoor destinations.

Locally, my favorite hike is Old Rag in Virginia. It is in Shenandoah National Park. I love the views and the rock scrambling on the ridge. It is a great long day hike. 

My favorite longer hikes that are still on the East Coast are in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the Northern Presidentials in the White Mountains.

I also love hiking and skiing in the Tetons. 


 

Anything else you'd like to share with the Trailspace community?

I found Trailspace by accident a number of years ago when I was looking for gear reviews. I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained from Trailspace's reviews and forums. It has turned out to be an exceptional resource for me.

 


Great job, Andrew/leadbelly2550!

*Besides Trailspace glory and appreciation, Andrew gets a goodie pack with a Trailspace Trail Runner Cap, a Trailspace pint glass (for après-backcountry use), a glass CamelBak eddy water bottle (new for fall 2012), a selection of GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets and GU Recovery Brew Drink, and Trailspace stickers.

Wondering how you can be as lucky as Andrew? Write a great gear review of your own. Next month the Trailspace community will recognize another reviewer (who'll win prizes), and it could be you and your gear review.

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Comments

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
588 reviewer rep
3,051 forum posts
September 6, 2012 at 12:54 p.m. (EDT)

Congratulations, Andrew! Also, thanks for every one of your 75 (!) reviews you've shared with all of us.

The burning question we forgot to ask is this: What does the "2550" stand for in your member name?

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
September 6, 2012 at 1:07 p.m. (EDT)

Nice job Andrew. Awesome review on the "shnazzy Sazzi" Decimals. Well deserved.

denis daly
87 reviewer rep
1,061 forum posts
September 6, 2012 at 1:26 p.m. (EDT)

Congrat's leadbelly great review and job...

andrew f. (leadbelly2550)
TOP 25 REVIEWER REVIEW CORPS
2,439 reviewer rep
1,292 forum posts
September 6, 2012 at 5:44 p.m. (EDT)

2550 is the street number of the building where i work. 

:)

Seth Levy (Seth)
TRAILSPACE STAFF
410 reviewer rep
1,055 forum posts
September 7, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. (EDT)

Congrats Andrew!

andrew f. (leadbelly2550)
TOP 25 REVIEWER REVIEW CORPS
2,439 reviewer rep
1,292 forum posts
September 12, 2012 at 7:51 a.m. (EDT)

Thank you for the box of Gu stuff and trailspace goodies.  Will be reviewing the Camelbak glass bottle!

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
588 reviewer rep
3,051 forum posts
September 12, 2012 at 7:56 a.m. (EDT)

leadbelly2550 said:

Thank you for the box of Gu stuff and trailspace goodies.  Will be reviewing the Camelbak glass bottle!

 You're welcome! Hope they all come in handy and work out well.

Seth Levy (Seth)
TRAILSPACE STAFF
410 reviewer rep
1,055 forum posts
September 13, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. (EDT)

Stay hydrated Andrew! I'm told that bottle is made from French glass, so perhaps you'll be able to detect the fine terroir!

GoRickyGoRicky
0 reviewer rep
4 forum posts
September 17, 2012 at 10:46 a.m. (EDT)

Congratulations Leadbelly.

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