Alexander S

Alexander S

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Alexander S

Alexander S wrote a review of on February 7, 2014

4 5

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

Tried these on at the store, along with some other pairs. I ended up going for Lowas Ticams because they're fit my feet better however I was really impressed about how comfortable they were. They fit like a pillow around my ankle, making it a really tough choice. They have a lot of support for heavy loads as well as a wide toebox. They seem like would be pretty durable since they're full leather and the rubber rand goes completely around the boot. One thing I wasn't sure of was the degree of rocker on the sole. I'm not crazy about this feather because although it saves energy by eliminating footflex I always feel that I don't have as good a grip on steeper terrain. Just my preference though.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on February 7, 2014

5 5

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

I'm doing an update from about a year ago. I have had my tempests for over two years now and I've used them fairly often from everything from rockscrambling, light hiking, and casual use. The more I've worn them, the more I really like them. If suppose since I go back and forth between boots depending on the trip, terrain, and duration, these boots have held up remarkably well. They've broken in so well in fact that they're my favorite shoes to wear, because they're so stable and comfortable. They're very grippy and the sole has faired well despite frequent use. They're not waterproof by any means and a light rain will soak through pretty quickly so if you think you're going to hit weather, choose another shoe. They do dry out very quickly however if you happen to get caught, just stuff them with tissues, paper towels, bandanas etc. Great boot.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Nice Jacket, fit is relaxed so don't expect a snug fit. I feel this is better for casual use, however I've worn it on hikes before. I'm comfortable with this jacket with a wool baselayer alone in about 50 - 60 degree weather. If you're active you can definately go lower. One thing that is annoying is the lack of handwarmer pockets so if you're going to be in the cold bring gloves. I can't complain that much because I got it on SAC for a great price. The button closures is actually quite versative for when I'm carrying my infant son in his chest carrier.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on September 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are every bit as tough as Kuhl adverstises them to be. They're basically the same material as the Ryder pants except the front has a double layer for added durability and toughness. The crotch is gusseted so it flexes very well with movement so if you're rock climbing in cooler weather you should be fine. I bought these for bushwhacking that would normally tear up my normal hiking pants, and these have no problems whatsoever, whether thorns or rocks, doesn't matter. Since they are so overbuilt, they're a bit stiff out of the box however after a couple of washes they flex much better. Couple of things to consider before buyin these are that since they're so tough it makes them pretty warm, so you're going to want to wear them in cooler weather. I found when I started to sweat they would stick to me and make my movement much harder, especially travelling uphill. They're also a very heavy pant and way overkill if you're just backpacking on trails. I love the look of them though, very subdued and natural looking. These would be perfect for cool weather rockclimbing, heavy bushwhacking, and bomber work pants. They run a bit smaller than the Ryder and I haven't seen them in brick and mortar stores so like others have said, size one up from the Rydr.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on July 16, 2013

Nice Tent...Great Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just received this recently as a gift and have not had a chance to test it in bad weather however it seems good so far. First off, one of the things I love about it is the price/value ratio you get with this tent. You really can't ask for a better deal due to the fact that everything is included. One pet peeve of mine with buying tents, especially expensive ones is that once you pay the hefty price, you have to buy additional stakes, guylines, and footprint. Marmot includes everything you need to set this up in a full storm, once you pay for it, that's it. As others have noted, there are two vestibules for gear storage. The front is about average size and the second is only really good for storing a pair of boots. The second door is really nice to have, thus eliminating any need for climbing over one another. I have the Orange color which stands out, which might turn off some people, and the Marmot logo is made with a reflective material/paint making it easy to get back to at night with a headlamp. Inside is just enough room to fit two people comfortably, however you'll probably have to either leave your packs outside or sleep with them under your feet. The doors and zippers open freely and have soft tabs on them so they don't make a lot of noise. I think the doors are a bit small, but you have plenty of headroom to sit straight up. Nice tent overall, I'm going to take it out this weekend and am expecting bad weather so we'll see how it holds up. Guyed out it's a very study design, I'm pretty sure it'll hold up to some nasty weather, including moderate snowfall. Four stars only because I haven't tested it thoroughly in bad weather.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these gaiters for about five years and put them through hell. They've been on every type of terrain imaginable from deserts to alpine environments and finally it's time for them to be replaced. The gore-tex top half is great for a bit of breathability and the cordura bottoms excel at protecting shins and pant legs from crampons to pricker bushes. They also are great at keeping your feet dry when hiking early spring when stray bushes dripping with precipation would normally soak pant legs and then run down into your socks. I actually didn't know that they would keep water out up till the top of the gaiter, usually with stream crossings I'd take them off and just wade through. I'll have to try that next time. Overall fantastic product just like pretty much every piece of OR gear I've ever bought.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought my adventure kit over a year ago and was wondering why everyone seemed to be able to charge their AAA batteries with the "included" adapter that I didn't seem to have. Apparently if you bought your Guide 10 plus kit over a year ago they didn't include the adapter, but you can email them at support@goalzero.com and they'll send you one if your kit didn't include the AAA adapter. No hassle either, great Customer service.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I haven't tested it yet, but I'm pretty sure it'll perform to the standard that all my Arc pieces are at; we will see though. I was looking for a rain jacket and saw this on sale for 40% off in my size (medium) which is unheard of. I can't even begin to describe the knee jerk reaction to hit add to cart and checkout! I received it in the mail last week and super psyched. It is a hybrid between Gore-tex paclite and 40 denier proshell (the same material on most of my Beta AR) and the fit is pretty similar to that of the Beta. I'm 5'6" and 165 lbs and got the Medium, which fits very well. The alpha series has a wider disparity between length in the front and back, the back being an inch longer than the front. On the Beta AR it's about half and inch. I haven't used it yet, however I'm going on a 4 day trip next week and it's supposed to thunderstorm/rain every day so I'm sure I'll be able to evaluate it's water repellancy in an update that I plan on doing afterwards. The paclite material makes up most of the jacket (approx. 70%) and packs down to about 2/3 the width of a Nalgene bottle when rolled into its own hood. One thing I noticed that I was a little confused about was the pull tabs for the hood on the front are inside the jacket, which I thought was strange because it requires you to open the jacket and tighten the hood, whereas the Beta simply has them on the outside for a much faster adjustment. Maybe someone can tell me what's the reasoning behind that.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these a number of times through rental canoe outfitters. These have never leaked on me once and it was a rental so you know people abuse the heck out of them. The suspension is pretty primitive but what do you expect from a gigantic vinyl sack. It beats the hell out of carry it like a big garabage back though especially if you're portaging. If you're carrying a lot of weight you might want to wrap the shoulder straps with towels to give some extra cushioning because the hip belt it pretty much useless except for just keeping the bag in place.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

4 5

I just picked this dry bag up for a wilderness survival course I'm taking. I haven't field tested it yet but I have used a number of Sealine dry bags in the past and this is no different from them. It's made from a very thick vinyl and looks like it'll take a lot of abuse, which is good for what I'll be using it for. I got the green which is a great color that contrasts well with anything found in nature making it very visible in case you tip your raft or canoe and have to retrieve it. I'll update once I've taken it out into the field.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

5 5

I recently replaced all the stakes for my tents with these. They're super strong, durable, and the pull cord is invaluable when the ground is just starting to freeze and you wake up the next morning and the ground(and stakes) are frozen solid. They are a much better quality than any of the cheesy stakes that come prepackaged with tents. Get them and you won't be sorry.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 17, 2013

5 5

I have had microspikes for about 2 years now to replace a garbage pair of yaxxtrax spikes that broke after one use. These are bomber, I've used them on ice, snow, slush... usually with a 40lb+ pack on . Not a single chain link has even been slightly bent. I'm truly impressed. These are a great middle ground between full blown crampons to just your bare boots. I'd say the ideal conditions for these are 1-2 inches of snow and ice. Anything above that you start needing crampons. These are also perfect for early spring when you have patches of snow and bare ground and you don't feel like stopping every 10 seconds to pull off your crampons/snowshoes. These are great and when you're humping a lot of weight on your back, you want to make sure you have solid footing to stand on.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on June 14, 2013

4 5

I usually try and do physically demanding hikes that require a lot of protein in order to recover properly for the next day. That said, I bought the mac and cheese solely because it has 20 grams of protein per serving and was planning on eating the whole meal anyway (which is usual for me) It was good and filling but like others have said it's a little bland. Bring some salt, paprika,etc or like a previous reviewer said mix it with another mountain house that's packed with flavor like buffalo chicken.

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