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Alpine Guy

Alpine Guy

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Alpine Guy

Alpine Guy wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

4 5

I have the older version of the Foray that is gore tex paclite. I love this shell. $90 on SaC for a sub 1 lb. gore tex shell is tough to beat. I am 6' 175 lbs. with broad shoulders and I got the Large. It is baggy for sure, but I live in Denver so I use it in the winter a lot and it allows lots of room for layering. I wear a Patagonia down sweater under it and I still have baggy armpits. Looks like they made the hood bigger this year to accommodate helmets, but I wouldn't choose this thin shell for activities that require helmets as you are likely going to rip the lightweight material. I have been very careful with it since it is a thin material, but so far- no issues. Love the poncho style vents for backpacking in the summer. If I could afford it, I would spend more for a more breathable shell for backpacking, but I am very satisfied with the year round performance of this bargain gore tex shell.

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Alpine Guy wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

5 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Sizing: I am 6' 175 lbs. with broad shoulders. The medium fits me perfectly. It is form fitting but not restricting for any range of motion. I can only wear a thin layer underneath, but that's all I need to stay warm anyhow. I wear a OR Foray shell over it and I am warm at 30 degrees. As soon as I start moving fast, I get hot. This jacket is so versatile. Maybe the best gear purchase I have ever made. I don't know what tok me so long to get on-board the down sweater bandwagon. I tried others, but nothing fit right. MH is too tight in the shoulders for my broad frame. I was between sizes in TNF. People complain about this sweater being boxy, but on my frame it definitely is not. I think that those more narrow people should have tried MH.

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Alpine Guy wrote a review of on December 31, 2011

5 5

This stove is awesome. I have cooked on many stoves out there and my backpacking buddies all agree that this is the best of the bunch for cooking for a small group. If I'm just going to eat MRE's, then I'll go with my jetboil, but if we're going to cook real food then the Primus comes along. Packs up tight with fuel canister inside. Extremely efficient. I cooked at least 5 meals and boiled water at least 25 times on one fuel canister. Boils water super fast and has great flame control for cooking. I do almost all my backpacking at 9000-12000 feet. Highly recommend.

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Alpine Guy wrote a review of on October 16, 2011

5 5

So I used this hammock all summer. I tried out several of my hiking partners hammocks and this one was my favorite. Here's the thing about hammocks- the bottom of course will get cold, but the sides of the hammock also wrap you up. If your sleeping bag gets compressed by the hammock, then it can't loft. No sleeping bag works if it can't loft. I simply purchased an extra large sleeping pad that is wider then my body. The pad keeps the hammock off of my shoulders so that my bag can loft and keep me warm. I was burning up in my hammock at 35 degrees. You have to use a nice thick sleeping pad if you want your bag to be able to loft.
Rained all night twice this year. I love being off the ground. I don't care how much it rains! Of course I had a nice cat tarp over me.

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Alpine Guy wrote a review of on August 9, 2010

5 5

I love my Palisades! I used this pack when my gear was big and heavy. I have slowly upgraded to smaller and lighter gear. I also do most of my trips with several other guys now, so we share the load. I now use a 60 L pack, but if I ever do a weeklong trip or more, then I will definitely pull out the old workhorse again- I know my Palisades is up to any challenge.

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Alpine Guy wrote a review of on August 9, 2010

5 5

If you're looking for a lighter pack that can hold enough gear for several nights out, then the Aether 70 is a great pack. I was a bit worried about the flimsy hipbelt and shoulder harness system, but my fears were put to bed on my first trip with this pack.

3 day loop in the Maroon Belles wilderness- total pack weight of 42lbs. I have never been more comfortable with a pack on. The compression system was excellent and the pack shifted in sync with my movements. I don't know how they made this pack capable of carrying so much weight and still kept the weight of the pack itself so low. The new trekking pole holder is excellent!

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