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BK wrote a question about on January 30, 2013

Are these replacement lenses made by Smith? I just received mine and they seem like lower quality than the lens I took out of the goggle frame. There's excess plastic around the connection tabs that needed to be removed, there is excess glue that oozed out between the outer/inner lens, and it does not have PHENOM printed on the outer lens. The picture and my old lens both have the PHENOM print. On top of all that, they came in a ziplock plastic bag with a barcode sticker and lens info, but there is nothing that says Smith. Just concerned I'm paying full price for a knock off.

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BK wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

4 5

I use this jacket for layering and rest stops while mountaineering and climbing. Not the warmest down jacket, but perfect for me since my body runs hot and I dislike hoods (already have two hoods on my other layers). Fits very well under the same size OR Mentor jacket.

My biggest complaint is the zipper. It's hard to start, and near impossible to start when using anything more than a medium weight glove. Just don't unzip all the way to vent if you don't want to take off your gloves to zip it back up.

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BK wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

2 5

The original fit of the shirt is quite nice and it looks good. After one washing/drying the fit shrinks slightly, but the length of the shirt is significantly shortened. I can't keep it tucked into a harness anymore, and reaching up without looking like you're wearing a child's shirt, forgetaboutit!!!!

Also, after that same first washing, the screen printed goat on the front of the shirt is already peeling off.

Bottom Line: You'll be disappointed if you buy this.

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BK wrote a review of on May 26, 2009

4 5

It is light weight with vents on the side that keep my head from overheating, and I get very uncomfortable in hats that make my head sweat. A few things not listed about it: 1) it is UPF 30, 2) there is a drawcord in the back to get a precise fit to your head and also to hang it on your pack with a biner, 3) it is NOT waterproof or resistant (not recommended as a rain hat). I like to use it for hiking.

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BK wrote a review of on May 25, 2009

5 5

This stove works great. Folds down so small and fits under the canister inside my cookset (Optimus Weekendeder). The "stuff sack" it comes with does not nestle inside my cookset, so I just keep it form bouncing around with a microfiber camp towel. It will boil a liter of water in 3-4 minutes, and I got 6 boils out of a 220g canister in moderate temperature, 60F, with little wind. I can blow it out myself, so I would recommend a wind screen if you will be relying on this stove for all your cooking. Temperature control works well for me and I am able to cook fresh eggs for breakfast without any burning. The folding arms do tend to become harder to open/close after their slight warping during normal use, but I actually prefer this since they wouldn't stay closed during transportation before it was used. The Optimus Crux does boil water faster than the Frigidaire appliance I have sitting in my kitchen at home. I highly recommend this stove.

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BK wrote a review of on May 25, 2009

4 5

I have the 8" and it is perfect for 1-2 people. I can easily cook up some bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches in the backcountry. And I mean real eggs and bacon. It distributes heat evenly and didn't burn my eggs (cooked with Optimus Crux) and is truly non-stick, washing up easily with Dr. Bronners. I recommend this as a luxury item, as it is a bit weighty and bulky.

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BK wrote a review of on May 25, 2009

2 5

I have used this salt and pepper shaker on a few trips. This shaker does not have a good connection between the lid and case, it keeps falling off and spilling the contents. Also, there is no seal between the lid and case and moisture builds up inside. I have switched to the "Light My Fire Spice Box" I purchased at Fontana in Madison, WI (backcountry.com should carry this item!!!).

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BK wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

3 5

They look nice, and pack very easy. I only use them for backpacking and they tend to be a little snug in the front (especially around the quads) which makes for uncomfortable hiking when you stride forward and for sitting. The seams are also weak and wear out quickly. The quality of the paramount pants seems to have dipped. I would recommend the Columbia Silver Ridge II over the TNF Paramount.

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BK wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

1 5

This is the worst shoe I have ever worn. First off, there was in issue with either the preservative in the materials or the GTX. I could smell it even while hiking in the shoes, it just wouldn't go away. The shoes also fit terrible. The right shoe was slightly shorter (assume that is an isolated problem) than the left, and there was absolutely no padding under the heal. I broke them in for two months and could still barely wear them. Hurt my heals to just stand. I would not recommend these shoes for hiking/backpacking. I wouldn't even recommend these shoes for everyday use. The quality of Merrell seems to have greatly downhill since my old pair of Pulses.

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