Alex Martin

Alex Martin

Greenleaf, Turkey Mountain, Sequoia St. Park, Roaring River, Sissy Creek

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Alex Martin

Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are just initial thoughts as I only got them a few days ago but I like these gloves a lot. They fit well (though the thumb is a bit long), are comfortable and warm, and the padding on the palm seems to be tough enough for a glove like this. All in al these are some great gloves.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never had a problem with the lids with a straw since I wash them a couple times a week but I did buy a couple of these to replace the lids on my Nalgene bottles as I like these better and occasionally use them with my better bottles and eddys when they're going to spend a lot of time in my pack.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had two of these and they are truly great work jackets. I have had them for 5 years but it wasn't until I spent the winter bundled in one of these as a meter reader/water crewman that I really got to test it out. They are super warm, very durable, stands up to wind well, and waterproofs really well. While too heavy personally for most outdoors activities this is the only work jacket for me.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple of better bottles that I love, and these make sure I keep on loving them. I had lost one of the bite valves but this put them back in the game. I haven't had a problem, and I've been using by bottles consistently since 2011, but just like anything its nice to have a spare incase something were to happen, also with the extra straws I trimmed one a little shorter so I could use the camelback lid in my Nalgene bottle when I need a little more water. Its cheap and it makes sure that my favorite bottle keeps adventuring with me.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its a good tent. I like the mesh, as it lets a lot of air in which on humid Oklahoma nights is great. The rain fly holds up to wind pretty well and has enough space under the vestibule for taller people to put their gear. For me it has plenty of room for my gear inside (I'm 5'6") and just enough room to sit up in.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It keeps the bugs away which means I'm free to enjoy the great out doors without worrying about ticks crashing the party. Also I'm not a fan of deet, or most chemicals for that matter, being sprayed on me so I like to use the 30% as opposed to the 100%. The small size is another plus because it packs easier.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is quite possibly the best invention ever, I mean, who doesn't love duct tape? It has so many uses I couldn't name them all and when its in a handy little roll there's even more to love. From a quick mend on a ripped tent, a great blister stopping alternative to moleskin, there no limit to the practical (and impractical) reasons why you should carry this.

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Alex Martin wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I have always had these emergency blankets laying around, but never used one, so I took this out to test it out back in early march. It wasn't too cold of a day, mid 60's so when we got to the camp site I set up my hammock and instead of unpacking my sleeping bag I broke this out. That night it got down in the 20s and was windy so I got to start the test. Now this didn't keep me warm and toasty, I never expected it would, but it helped a lot when I was awake. It blocked some of the wind that was coming off the lake and when by the fire helped to heat me up really fast and laying in my hammock it helped to keep some heat in. Now when I woke up 2 hours later it was a different story. I was freezing, but I assume that was from the lack of motion so my body had just cooled down. So I mosey over to stoke the dwindling fire and after 5-10 minutes I was warm again and figured I would go ahead and try to weather the night. Well I didn't get to finish the test because it had started to rain, which wasn't in the forecast. So I stretched it out over my hammock and after running some guidelines made a roof which lasted threw the night. I woke up dry in the morning and I packed it back in its bag, which is handy, and it was still in good condition.

Its better than nothing. It does what its supposed to do, it reflects heat, its durable enough to make a shelter if need be, used as a tarp and plenty of other uses I haven't found. In an emergency I think I would find this very valuable, I keep a couple just in case, and for a couple dollars its not going to break the bank.

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