Austin Saari

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Austin Saari

Austin Saari wrote a review of on April 17, 2013

3 5

I used to camp with just using a hoody as a pillow, I have since upgraded to this. It does its job fairly well. Ordered the small for myself but upon getting it I gifted it to my dad and ordered the medium! I am a picky sleeper so this helps me out a lot.
However the pillow does take up a lot of room inside of your pack, but if you still rock the external frame pack like I do just strap it to the outside or throw it inside your sleeping bag and compress it. One more thing I recommend not storing it compressed and definitely unpack it right away when you get to camp it likes to puff up slowly.

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Austin Saari wrote a review of on April 17, 2013

5 5

First time I ever wore these boots I got blisters on my heels the size of golf balls. However the boots were very comfortable and I did not want to give up on them. I went home adjusted my lacing technique and taped my feet. In over 100+ miles of colorado 14ers I have not got one blister or sore spot. I do 15 mile days in these boots no problem. And they still look new! Switch from spikes, crampons, snowshoes no problem. I normally have really cold hands and feet because of bad circulation so As for the warmth of these boots I've been in 5-10F weather with only a REI light hiking sock and been warm enough, the key is to keep moving!

I was told these boots are a 2 piece boot, however there are just 1 with a removable sole!

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Austin Saari wrote a review of on April 17, 2013

4 5

Use this for winter 14ers mainly always keeps me dry and the wind off my legs, normally I end up unzipping them at the top to let my legs breath! These have seen 50+ mph winds and I never felt it on my legs!! Highly recommend keeping anything sharp away from them like ice axe and crampons, but that should be a rule of thumb anyways! I am6' 170 and the large fit me well. I do hate only having one pocket though

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Austin Saari wrote a review of on August 26, 2012

5 5

After a lot of research and much deciding I finally came to the conclusion to get this tent. I was going on a 30 mile backpacking trip in the Rockies of Colorado. The weight, cost, reviews, and brand name were what sold me in the beginning. After 3 days of constant colorado rain at about 12,000 ft. I can honestly say I slept great and remained 100% dry. I can't say the same for my camping partners in their tent I wont name. Many people are saying this tent is crowded for two people Me(6' 175lb) and my tent partner(5'11" 150lb) had more than enough room in this tent. However on the last night of the trip it stopped raining and my tent partner did not know the universal rule of 'No food in the tent." He left a cliff bar in the side pocket, a mouse had climbed up the mesh and chewed a 1.5" diamater hole in the tent. Needless to say waking up at 2:30am to a mouse crawling on my face made me a little, um furious. So dont leave any food in the side pocket!!

Two thing I would buy and replace right from the get-go is the tent spikes, not very good for the sometimes hard CO ground. BUY the footprint you will be happy!

I contacted BC about getting a mesh repair kit because I did not expect anyone to give me a new one for something that was 'my' fault. They located the mesh repair kit for me, and said they would completely replace the tent altogether....WOW backcountry HIGHLY impress with the costumer service - you earned yourself a long time costumer!!!

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