Vladimir Gorbunov

Reviewer of the Month: July 2017

2,066 reviewer rep
16 forum posts
joined Sep 8, 2016

I am a: 33-year-old male bicycle tourist
Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
Occupation: Technical writer

Affiliations: None

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Mountain biking
Bicycle touring

Vitals

Height184 cm
Weight68 kg

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I've been a bicycle tourist since 2006. Me and my wife (she always stands by my side in all outdoor adventures since 2009) prefer backcountry travelling, especially on gravel and dirt roads, and camping in wilderness. Winter trips are fine too, even with temperatures well below the freezing.

Luckily our home region (around St. Petersburg, Russia) offers all opportunities for such trips. There are many nice unpaved roads, beautiful lakes and rivers, where camping is allowed almost everywhere.

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Apart from short 2- to 4-day trips I've made several full-scale backcountry bicycle tours:

  • Solovetsky islands '07.
  • Mid-Russia '08.
  • Crimea '10, '11 and '13.
  • Sakhalin island '10.
  • Iceland '11, '12 and '14.
  • Armenia '13.

Bicycle tours with our child (born 04.2015) in trailer:

  • Finland '16
  • Finland '17

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Bicycle tours with our child in bicycle seat:

  • Archipelago Sea and Aland Islands '17
  • Belarus '18 and '19
  • Finland, Sweden and Aland Islands '18
  • Estonia '19

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When there are no conditions for cycling we always try to go outdoors in another way, such as hiking or sometimes skiing or canoeing.

Gear Reviews (34)

user rating: 5 of 5 Kestrel 2000 9/02/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Benro Slim Travel Kit - Carbon Fiber 3/25/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hilleberg Kaitum 3 Footprint 9/27/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Ortlieb Dry Bag PS10 7/08/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Hilleberg Guy Line Runners 7/08/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Zpacks Z-Line Dyneema Cord 1.2 mm 7/08/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Vargo Stainless Steel Para-Bottle 6/04/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Suaoki SunPower 14W Solar Charger 5/15/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Xiaomi Power Bank 20000 mAh 4/11/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Gore Bike Wear Countdown GT Jacket 4/03/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Jack Wolfskin Stormlock Shapka 3/30/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Arc'teryx Rho LTW Neck Gaiter 3/30/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack 1/23/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Foray Jacket 12/31/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Simond Alpinism 55+10 12/18/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Primus CampFire Cookset S/S - Small 10/24/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 DAC J-stake 8/29/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Garmin vivosmart HR 8/28/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Quechua Forclaz A100 7/09/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite 6/01/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Primus PowerLighter 5/30/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Fjallraven Water Bag 5/16/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Petzl Noctilight 5/15/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Garmin GPSMap 64s 5/15/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Garmin Tempe 2/01/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Fjallraven Abisko Lite 3 1/31/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Petzl Tikka R+ 1/05/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Primus Eta Pot 1/05/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Primus PrimeTech Pot 1/05/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hilleberg Kaitum 3 10/03/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR Hoop 9/20/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Primus OmniLite TI 9/19/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 9/16/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Limelight 3P 9/15/2016

Forum Posts

Member Feedback: What makes you trust a review? September 11, 2018
Congratulations, Top Reviewers of 2017 March 21, 2018
What age to start kids into winter backpacking? January 23, 2018
Cost Effective Rain Jacket December 1, 2017
Iceland: August 2017 October 13, 2017
Meet Vladimir, Bike Tourist of the North and Reviewer of the Month July 22, 2017
Canister size questions June 19, 2017
Insulating a tent January 30, 2017
Tent Stakes April 13, 2017
Tent for High Winds February 4, 2017