XterroBrando

Reviewer of the Month: December 2013

1,613 reviewer rep
443 forum posts
joined Oct 14, 2008

I am a: 48-year-old male trail runner
Location: Temecula, CA
Occupation: VP International Development, Popeye Energy
Website: http://www.drinkpopeye.com

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Trail running
Mountaineering
Canoeing
Mountain biking
Fishing
All-Terrain Triathlons

Vitals

Height6'2"
Weight185-190
Torso Length19.75"
Boot/Shoe Size13
Jacket/Shirt Size41/ 16x34-35
Pant Size33/34x32

My outdoor experiences started before I even knew what the outdoors were. Family  cabins in the Oak Creek Wilderness of Northern Arizona served as our home for a few weeks every Summer (and occasionally in Winter), which was a nice contrast to the coastal life of being born and raised in San Diego. I fell in love with the majesty of nature through fishing, hiking, and trail running throughout the wilderness area of Oak Creek Canyon, marveling at the giant Pines and Manzanitas painting deep shadows on the vibrant red earth. I learned to cross country ski and downhill ski near Flagstaff under the watchful eye of Humphrey's Peak. My family camped in the Mountains of East County San Diego on those rare occasions when my parents didn't want to travel to Arizona or the Colorado River for a getaway. I had my first camping trip to Yosemite in my junior year of high school, and I was officially hooked on the outdoors. I was introduced to mountain biking and backpacking while attending college on the California Central Coast near Hearst Castle, and would sleep out under the stars almost every weekend on the coastal sand dunes in Montaña De Oro State Park, overlooking Morro Bay. 

I hope to develop my mountaineering and climbing skills over the next 10 years with my son, who has joined me on a path to climb a peak with an elevation gain of 1000 feet +/- every year until we get to Kilimanjaro. 

My favorite trails are the West Fork trail in Oak Creek AZ and the PCT to San Jacinto Peak via Devil's Slide Trail near Idyllwild, CA. There is nothing like standing atop San Jacinto peak and seeing snow-covered mountains, dense forests, dry and barren desert, Los Angeles County (sans smog), and the Pacific Ocean, all in a single, sweeping view. I've had the pleasure of hiking in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, BC, the UK, Austria, and of course CA and AZ. I look forward to visiting and hiking in many other states and countries in the years to come.

My backpacking style is "Light", but not Ultra-Light. I am more than happy to add weight to my kit if I desire extra comfort or items that may enhance the experience of the trip. But I typically look for the lightest weight option for a specific type of Gear, whether it's a Winter backpack or sleeping bag, or a 3 season sleeping pad. My hiking, biking, and trail-running style are described by my friends and family as "insane", pointing to the fact that I like to cover ground quickly. I prefer to backpack and camp in the Fall and Winter here in Southern California, where the cooler temps keep me from over-heating.

I am so honored to be part of the wonderful Trailspace community and have learned so much from it's members. 

Gear Reviews (135)

user rating: 5 of 5 Source D|vide 4/29/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Osprey Volt 60 2/14/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Men's Cloud Puffy 11/02/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sierra Designs Men's Cloud Windshell 11/02/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Men's Cloud Airshell 11/02/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helinox Table One 8/08/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Men's Cirro Jacket 2/21/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair 11/04/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eureka! Tessel 3 10/25/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Klymit Inertia X Frame 9/01/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Brunton Aluminum Water Bottle 3/08/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Crossvent Centro 35+5 2/29/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Brunton Solaris i6 2/24/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Woolrich Oakway Polartec Jacket 2/20/2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sierra Designs Men's Down Moccasin 2/01/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Brunton Sync 1/12/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Kenyon Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft Jacket 1/11/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 SMC Perforated Tent Stake 11/09/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Paradigm Pant 9/04/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Wickers Visco-Wool Boxer 9/03/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Icebreaker Skin 200 Crew 9/03/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Wickers S/S Visco-Wool Moisture Wicking T-Shirt 9/02/2011
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Brunton Orion Lantern 7/12/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Ravine Long Sleeve Shirt 4/23/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Minus33 100% Wool Mid Weight Turtleneck 2/21/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Sunice Silverton 3 layer stretch soft shell jacket 1/31/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Women's Phurtec Softshell 1/31/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Girls' Ballistic Fleece 1/28/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Boys' Ballistic Fleece 1/28/2011
user rating: 1.5 of 5 Novothink Surge 1/24/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR Denali 1/23/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Shangri-La 2 Nest 1/23/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes 1/23/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 GoLite Shangri-La 2 Floor 1/23/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 GoLite Shangri-La 2 1/22/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Pacific Outdoor Equipment SE Lite 1/22/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine TFX Appalachian 75:95 XL 1/22/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 SnowClaw Guide 1/06/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Petzl Tikka Plus 2 1/05/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Men's Steens Mountain Full Zip 12/10/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 PMI Multi Cord 3mm 12/06/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 CamelBak Groove 11/29/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Primus ExpressSpider 11/23/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Outdoor Products 4 Piece Spork Set 11/08/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Products Cyclone 1 Liter Sports Bottle 11/08/2010
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Alpine Design 20 Degree Sleeping Bag 11/08/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Products Cyclone 0.5 Liter Sports Bottle 11/08/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel 11/08/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Lowe Alpine Universal Side Pocket 11/08/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kenyon Power Stretch Baselayer Bottoms 11/04/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Barilla PLUS Penne Pasta 10/18/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Backcountry.com Titanium Cookset - 1650ml 10/18/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Utilizer II Pant 10/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Leki Super Makalu COR-TEC PA 10/17/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Guyot Designs Gription 10/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Coleman Exponent 4AA Pack-Away Lantern 10/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Guyot Designs MicroBites 10/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 SteriPEN Adventurer 10/17/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Alpha CD 10/16/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lafuma Men's Warm'n Light 600 10/16/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Mountain Gaiter 9/21/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Men's Switchback Pants 8/27/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Stoic Men's Merino Bliss Shirt - Long-Sleeve 8/27/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Stoic Men's Luft Down Sweater 8/27/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Power Stretch Glove 8/27/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Warm Zone Ninja Hoodie 7/13/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion 6/10/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Men's VaporWick Endurance Cap 5/20/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Friction Belt 5/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montrail Women's Hardrock Mid GTX 5/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Bolle Boa 5/04/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Columbia Cedar Rock Shirt 4/20/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Columbia Men's Tamiami II Short Sleeve Shirt 4/20/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Smartwool Rambush Jersey 4/20/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Men's Class V Cargo Trunk 4/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Cascade Creek II Water Short 4/20/2010
user rating: 3 of 5 Columbia Men's Aquatooth 4/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 ALPS Mountaineering Cyclone Stuff Sacks 4/20/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Keen Men's Bellingham Crew Midweight Sock 4/19/2010
user rating: 3 of 5 Columbia False Summit ll Zip Polo 4/17/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 180s Storm Glove 4/14/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Icebreaker Men's Run Lite Mini Sock 4/13/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Icebreaker Men's Bike/Run Lite Micro Sock 4/13/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Bridgedale Men's Active Light Hiker 4/13/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Smartwool Men's PhD Ski Light Sock 4/13/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwool Hiking Medium Mini Sock 4/13/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Cloudveil Run Don't Walk Beanie 4/10/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Teva Men's Volterra 4/10/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Bridgedale Men's Heel Fit 4/08/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Montrail Men's Molokai 4/07/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outbound Mercury Guide 6 4/07/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Teva Corrado Cork 3/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Men's Miramar Stitch 3/20/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Teva Kids' Hurricane 3/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Products H2O Marathon 3/18/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Orikaso Dinner Set 3/16/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Smartwool Men's PhD Ski Medium Sock 3/12/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 JanSport Revolt 3/09/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Salomon Men's XA Comp 3 3/08/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Ozark Trail Camping Pad 3/07/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp 3/07/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Komperdell Mountain Explorer Cork 3/07/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 CamelBak UnBottle 3/07/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Smartwool Shadow Hoody 3/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Men's Midweight Crew LS 3/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Men's Midweight Bottom 3/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 prAna Traveler Pant 3/02/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Guyot Designs Utensils 3/02/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Men's Beartooth GTX 2/26/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Men's X-1 Control 2/24/2010
user rating: 2.5 of 5 The North Face Men's Arnuva 100 TR 2/23/2010
user rating: 3 of 5 Teva Men's Sunkosi 2/23/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Mali 2/23/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Men's X-1 Racer 2/23/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Pant 2/23/2010
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Teva Men's Mountain Scuff Suede 2/23/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Cloudveil Men's Zero-G Jacket 2/23/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Whirlwind Jacket 2/23/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Men's XTC Midweight Crew 2/23/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Cloudveil Run Don't Walk Crew 2/19/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Primus EtaPower EF 2/19/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Men's Apex Randonee Pant 2/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Montrail Men's Torre GTX 2/16/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Wraptor Shield eVent 2/01/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Danner Women's Agitator 45 GTX 1/30/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 prAna Snakebite 10/02/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Teva Men's Karnali Wraptor 9/08/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Men's Gamut Jacket 9/01/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Men's Pursuit 8/17/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Fusion GTX jacket 8/17/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Men's Volition Jacket 8/17/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Armor Jacket 8/17/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap GTX 8/17/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 8/17/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Ahnu Redding 10/14/2008

Trip Reports

Southern California's Penthouse View - San Gorgonio Mtn June 11, 2012

Forum Posts

Meet XterroBrando, Trailspace's Reviewer of the Month December 13, 2013
Images May 13, 2013
"Minimal" Shoes... April 24, 2013
Introducing Reviewer Reputation April 19, 2013
non toxic/green sleeping bag choices March 24, 2013
Tents this time March 6, 2013
Tips for snowshoeing/overnight camping in Central Minnesota late March? March 7, 2013
Jake Wins Light & Motion Solite 250 Headlamp February 26, 2013
For Sale: Pivetta Eiger Boots, Mint Condition... February 2, 2013
trail runners with the best support December 20, 2012
how do you use soft shells in cold weather and wind? January 17, 2013
Hard shell selection... October 20, 2012
New Years Eve in the Backcountry? December 30, 2012
Headlamp help. December 9, 2012
What gear do you want for the Holidays? November 28, 2012
What New Gear Do You Want Reviewed? October 29, 2012
Bear Grylls reality show? November 8, 2012
Patagonia to release 1000 fill power water repellant down dubbed "Encapsil." November 4, 2012
For Sale: Lowe Alpine Sierra Lite Softshell Pants August 31, 2012
coyotes in my area and aggressive.seeking advice October 21, 2012