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Andrew Burton

Andrew Burton

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on July 22, 2012

5 5

After a week of constant use at the beach these anchors never complained a bit. And if they did I couldn't hear their cries of help buried a foot or two in the sand! Very happy with these anchors and I'm sure would work well in snow or on top of a granite face. Heck you even get a 5th spare one, who does that anymore!? Spare parts included for when your idiot brother decided to make a mini parachute out of one and loses it, I mean that's awesome! Anyway these are great anchors, very durable, and simple. A perfect adjective combination for those of us in the outdoor pursuits. BUY THEM!

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on June 24, 2012

4 5

MH does it again with an overbuilt solid piece of gear. The only downfall of this little guy is that, well, he's little. It works well in the rocks but in the sand this anchor needs a bigger patch of real estate to hold it's ground. (puns intended) The anchor is super well built and gives you the option of using your own style of connection to your tent or shelter. MH if your listening, keep us beach bums happy by offering a larger version. If your looking for an anchor for your beach shelter go with the Exped Anchor, you even get an extra 5th one! --> http://www.backcountry.com/exped-snow-and-sand-anchor-5-pack?rr=t&cmp_id=&rrType=ClickEV&rrProd=XPD0006

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on June 23, 2012

2 5

Well for starters the instructions, well, stink. It's basically lay out tent, insert poles, good luck. Yes, I know most of us are competent enough to figure out a basic 3 pole tent but it took some thought on this one. First off the 2 main poles have a bend about 1/3 of the way down, no where in the instructions does it say which end of the tent needs to have the bend. So I've tried it both ways and it worked, but neither seemed to have an advantage so... Backcountry any suggestions?? Yeah... then you get to the rain-fly and this is where I think they wanted to mess with people. You would think that the Stoic logo is printed on the side that faces out right? Nope because if you look at it the logo is backwards, so while pondering the reason behind this I noticed the rain flaps for the vestibule zippers and figured out that printed logo side actually faces the inside of the tent. I'm guessing this was done to extend the life of the printed logo and give a ghost effect?? Backcountry???... Ok so now lets go to the actual use of the tent. As others have stated their is no privacy in this bad boy, so if you're ok with your body then this is the tent for you. Now for us in the real world I like to change clothes in private so this basically means you'll always have the rainfly on. In the summer well that makes this tent a little hotter than you'd want. Yes you can adjust the rainfly slightly where it ties in to the tent and raise/lower it a few inches but air flow is not the greatest unless you've got those vestibules open. Also another negative was the zippers, on the rainfly I constantly had to baby the zipper away from eating the rain flap. And the door zipper was a bit of a problem at times and kept me from closing it with one hand. As others have said the gear loft included probably wasn't real-world tested enough because nothing stays up there. My headlamp fell out and tagged my 9month old while he was playing, good thing it wasn't the old monster headlamps of long ago with the giant battery packs! Ok enough bashing, i mean, reviewing... here's what's good about it during my recent trip to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain NP.

The tent is a nice size for me, wife, and small infant, heck our dog could easily squeeze in but he's small. I'd say large labs are a no-go in this one. The added carbon third pole does make for additional headroom and was easy to install. A nice improvement from my old 2-person Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. The included 4 guide lines have reflective thread which I believe should be standard on every tent. But I do wish it had included them at all of the guy-out tabs instead of just the main four points. The door tie-up points are useful on both the tent and vestibule. The stuff sack has compression straps & a handle which is nice. The vestibule space is decent for shoes and small pack but a 5000 cubic inch pack would probably be sticking out. The included stakes are the sturdier Y-beam style. Again it's got a lot of space and headroom so if you had to retreat to your tent during bad weather I think you wouldn't get cabin fever at least for a couple hours.

If I could I'd probably return this tent for another but since I bought it through a backcountry discount and it's been used once it probably wont happen. Overall it's decent but this version I think needs another update before it's a solid performer.

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

5 5

Not only does this shirt keep it simple stupid, but the quality of the shirt material is top notch. This isn't your typical cheap logo shirt. TNF actually used quality fabric that's a little thicker than most tshirts, so don't feel bad about paying over twenty bucks to own this bad boy it's worth it! Solid gold baby!

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

3 5

Yes Stoic aka Backcountry is trying to make a name for itself in the outdoor gear market but like some have already stated, this bag is just not there yet. I bought this as a car trip bag because my wife always wants to take 13 separate small bags and I go crazy lugging each of them around. So I figured buy one giant arse bag and put the smaller ones inside, right? Well it sorta works but the structure, or rather non-structure, of the bag just makes packing a Tetris puzzle instead of a throw and go! The backpack straps are awkward and the duffle handles work but it's like you're carrying around a fridge if you get the XL version. Anyway if your not picky and just need a durable bag then get this, if not you really can't beat TNF for these kind of bags.

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Andrew Burton posted an image about on October 30, 2010

Marmot Snazette - front cut

As you can see the front is about 2" shorter than the back of the jacket. This is an XS so this may vary a bit by size. This is useful for not getting hung up in climbing gear and keeping your lower back covered. Some people don't like this jacket because of this, but for most active people it is a great cut.

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on October 26, 2010

3 5

Yes, these bottles work for what they are but I've got two issues, they dent super easy and the top takes waaay to long to unscrew (not to mention looking like your drinking from a fuel bottle). Yeah the dents aren't that big of a deal, but when you need to drink something it seems like they could have left a good 1/4 inch of threads off the top and still have a functional seal. Most of the Nalgenes once loose you can kind of spin the lid off and take a drink, not so with the Sigg. Twirl and twirl and twist and spin and turn and... Additionally, don't buy the top holder, it will break eventually where it clips to the cap. I've never had an issue with any leaching tastes. Overall I'd rather rock my Nalgene or my Platypus bottles.

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Andrew Burton wrote a review of on August 7, 2010

5 5

Yes my wife really is that small, she's 5'0" and we constantly have to buy kids gear to fit correctly on her. Anyway this is a very solid PFD that makes general boating/rafting a pleasure since she doesn't have to wear the goofy orange 'safety' life jackets or any raft company rentals. The pockets are great since my older Lotus Designs doesn't have any and we can slip car keys and a debit card without worry of them floating away. The fit is good and she actually has plenty of adjustment available. The best part is this is the same exact design as the Adult Vista just without the higher cost!! Ah the small joys of having a small wife, it's a blessing sometimes.

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