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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Apr 1, 2020 at 2:46 PM
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    We've been spending a lot of time riding dirt and having campfires lately.
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  2. Apr 1, 2020 at 2:52 PM
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    i wish we could do that. with SIP we just walk around the local park.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2020 at 3:25 PM
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    We have shelter in place as well, this dirt singletrack is more or less my front yard. It’s roughly a 40-45 second bike ride from my garage to the trailhead. We’re not traveling to get there. All of the playgrounds are are closed but parks and trails are open for exercise.
     
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    Can't even do that as they have closed all the parks. Hopefully everyone just follows the rules and this mess gets cleared up in a month or two. Love the pics Agent, passes the time, thanks for posting them.
     
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  6. Apr 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM
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    Park with playgrounds are closed. The dog park and all the trails are still open under orders that people keep their distance from one an other. Unfortunately I’m about caught up on adventures but I have a review of some gear I’ve been working on that’ll be coming soon.
     
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  7. Apr 2, 2020 at 7:29 PM
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    So quick product review. I’ve been trying to find a new sleeping pad for a while, at 6’2” 235-240 lbs I’m a big guy and unfortunately, I'm a side sleeper. I love going on adventures and my overnight trips tend to be for hiking or mountain biking as the main activity, waking up with sore hips wasn’t cutting it. I tried a bunch of pads, I bought from REI, while I was away for work in an uncomfortable hotel bed I went to REI and bought a pad and slept on the floor of the hotel, then tried another and another and another. I borrowed pads from friends to try. All in all, I spent the night on roughly 10 pads. Exped Megamat is widely considered the gold standard and it was the most comfortable pad I was able to try. But it’s huge, it doesn’t pack well, and your choices are 2 individual pads or a single larger pad.

    Despite not even being able to find one to see in person, my research lead me to a NEMO Roamer and its the clear winner. It’s 4” thick self inflating. I’ve found letting it self inflate and giving it an extra 3 full breathes is pretty spot on for me. Comfort is on par with the Exped, it felt very similar but with a hint of air mattress like bounciness. That wasn't a surprise though, the Megamat has a lot more foam in it than the Roamer, hence its inability to pack up small. The Roamer has 5 attachment points on each side to tether multiple pads tight and securely together, they also work for folding the pad over on itself prior to rolling it for storage. It’s single biggest advantage is the storage size, it’s not much bigger than a pair of shoes. I’ve slept on it a few times so far and I’m really happy with it. They make it in 2 sizes, I went with "Long Wide" which oddly enough is the smaller of the 2, the other size is 5 inches wider and a few inches longer. Yesterday my second one came (I was waiting for the REI 20% member sale to order the seconds one. We tethered them up and laid them out and its better than what we expected. You can rollover from one pad to the other and you don't really feel it, you don't slide in the gap at all, you don't feel a hole, moving on one side doesn't transfer any movement to the other side, and there’s no bag of chips crunchy foil type of noises, it's awesome. This afternoon all 3 of us laid out on them in the living room with a blanket and we took a nap. It deflates so flat I’m thinking I can get away with both of them up inside the rooftop tent when it’s stowed.

    All in all, we love them! I can't speak for longevity or durability at this point but Nemo make great stuff (we use their sleeping bags as well) and we did pile all 3 of us one and it didn't blow out so that's a plus lol.

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  8. Apr 6, 2020 at 2:19 PM
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    It kills me to be home from work but not be able to head out on trips and stuff. The other day the garbage disposal started leaking. I have to make a Home Depot run to get a replacement so I decided to make it count and loaded up on stuff while I was out. In addition to the garbage disposal and supplies to replace all the under sink drain pipes, I got paint and supplies to do all the bedrooms. Besides all the time riding single track with my son the best part of the stay at home orders has been cleaning. My wife isn't a hoarder by any means but she definitely one to save things in case we'll need it at some point and she can be sentimental about some junk. So far I've thrown out 2 40 gallon garbage cans of stuff, plus I cut up a bed frame and hauled it over the dump with a matress we don't need anymore and the OLD box spring it was sitting on.

    I also found out the 4Runner weighs 5200 lbs on the dot with 1/4 tank and no tent on it via the garbage dump scale.
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  9. Apr 8, 2020 at 3:40 PM
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    We dusted off an old GoPro today and got some POV of the little guy on the beginner downhill lines. We made him a youtube channel today and ordered a new GoPro.

    https://youtu.be/UT9uEur3CPM
     
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  10. Apr 8, 2020 at 6:47 PM
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    Erie Singletrack? I’m just the other side of Highway 7.
     
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  11. Apr 8, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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    Yes, Erie Singletrack. Are you in Anthem? I live right next to the trails off the west side.
     
  12. Apr 9, 2020 at 6:48 AM
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    Yep, I'm in Anthem. I need to take my son over to the trails for some biking. A couple of weeks ago, he went through my Charles Wells trails books to pick out camping sites for the summer. So far, we're up to 60 camping adventures. Haha.
     
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  13. Apr 9, 2020 at 12:17 PM
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    How old is your son?
     
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    He's 10. He's taken his bike over to the pump track nearby, but hasn't done much single track yet, which is what I prefer. I just have a basic Niner hardtail that I use to cruise around the neighborhood.
     
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  15. Apr 10, 2020 at 3:36 PM
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    Thank you for all the posts! Are your TRD wheels matte? If so, do you take special care of them?
     
  16. Apr 10, 2020 at 8:35 PM
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    Yeah the wheels are kind of a matte finish. No special care, I don’t even bother washing them, I just hit them with a power washer from time to time.
     
  17. Apr 11, 2020 at 6:44 AM
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  18. Apr 11, 2020 at 8:30 PM
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    I sure do like knobby tires and quality suspensions

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    I have a older GT 29r that I need to take off the wall and clean up. It was free, and technically too big (large frame and I’m 5’9”), so I don’t want to drop too much cash on it. May look into a used MD frame at some point. Here in north middle TN no too many places to really ride
     
  20. Apr 12, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    When we lived in Shitcago we used to road trip down to TN with our mountain bikes. My wife has a lot of family in the Chattanooga area. Before we moved to Colorado, Chattanooga TN and Austin TX we’re in the competition for where we would go. I like TN, minus the ridiculous humidity. I have a hard time picturing places that wouldn’t have trails, it always seems mountainous or at least rolling hills the times I’ve been there. But then again people don’t picture half of the state of Colorado basically being flat empty farm land we call western Nebraska.
     
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    There are some trails, just not enough. The nice ones are further east up in the smokies.
     
  22. Apr 17, 2020 at 2:05 PM
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    Still in lockdown but its been a crazy week. We went from 70's to winter trying to make one last stand. We got a foot of snow Monday-Tuesday, it all melted on Wednesday, then Thursday we got another foot of snow.

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    Being a nice sunny morning and temps with temps that are supposed to be coming back up pretty quick we hit the big hill for some sledding.
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    Still on lockdown but I thought I'd update the project from the what did you do today thread.

    Lumber run with the SSO rack.
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    Little man did awesome with keeping the beers flowing lol He looks pretty silly with his batman mask hoodie that cant pull down all the way with his safety glasses on.
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    Final product = 81 sq/ft of wasted space turned into storage

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    Thanks, I’m really happy with the end result.
    No joke the biggest motivator for finally building it is that we took the snow wheels/tires Off my wife’s cars and I really didn’t want to carry them down into the basement lol
     
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    Happy to see little man is feeling better!
     
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    Well it took forever since they got shut down as non essential before my order shipped but I finally got my stove upgrade.

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    I've really been holding onto hope that things would open up enough that out Utah trip would still happen. Backcountry permits to get off the grid and as far as from people as possible seems like a good fit for social distancing. I'm bummed that they will reopen and honor the permits literally a couple of days past the end of our trip. A lot of time, effort, and money has been spent planning and preparing for this 9 day trip, it's heartbreaking to have it cancelled and miss it by days :(

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    LOTS of BLM land around those parts... and its all open right now. Maybe just go overlanding/camping.
     
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    We will get out somewhere for sure, but not to Utah. BLM camping is fine, but it’s not the same as this big epic national park backcountry trip we had planned. What really bums me out is this likely won’t happen again for years, my wife is pregnant with our second and this was going to be our big vacation getaway before the baby comes.
     
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    thanks for the tip on the nemo pad. im gonna check that out.

    how do you like that firepit? i keep seeing ads on fb for them but i was skeptical. knowing that you put in the work with the stuff you buy i have to think youre a fan!
     

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