Gear Review

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Redesigned, thank God.

I’ll preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and I’m committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like I’ve really gotten to know a product. I never thought I’d bother to write reviews, but I’ve recently decided that since I’ve spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...

Once, and just once last summer, I was on a trip where we had one of the old pumps, before they were redesigned. It threw up its inner workings, along with some fuel, all over my feet and hands. This happened far too early in the morning for me to understand what had happened until about 30 seconds later. However, this particular pump is one of about ten of these pumps that we use. I've never had a problem with any of the others. And, once we returned home, we ultimately verified that it was one of the older pumps, and that it had decided to sneak out on one of our trips to commit its final act of hari kari during an attempted breakfast.

Aside from this older, less reliable anomaly... these pumps are bombproof. We beat the hell out of them every morning and evening all summer long, and they faithfully tolerate our use and abuse. Occasionally we will have to clean one a bit, usually because it has developed a thick patina of granite flour, and further pumping begins to strip the pump shaft of its beautiful red plastic due to abrasion.

These really are the unsung heroes of our trips. We never praise them. We just beat them up, and they happily help us cook our pancakes, bacon, breakfast burritos, spaghetti, and chicken fettuccine. Its about time they get a few strokes... no pun intended.

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Nice review... I've been thinking about replacing the pump on our 12-year-old Dragonfly... I'm convinced!

See you in July!

-Rich C.