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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 21, 2003

4 5

I just took this pack for a day trip of skiing in the mountains. I was carrying a small load under 15lbs to start the day with water, food and some extra stuff. I was really impressed with this pack! Obviously, this pack is super light, yet managed to hold my load(which was small) with ease. The no-frame design means the pack relies on what's in it for stability and comfort, so pack wisely. I would like to see Golite add two compression straps to this pack for load stability and even weight distribution with small or larger loads. Overall, this pack sports adaquate features for comfort and convenience and fit so well...this is really the most comfortable pack I've ever worn!

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 17, 2003

5 5

This candle lantern is really wonderful! Light weight, inexpensive, decent burn time, no mess-it's a really wonderful alternative to harsh headlamp lights and really gets the mood going when you break out your ouija board at camp! Honestly, candle lanterns are a nice change form battery operated lights when you living outside for a while

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 17, 2003

5 5

I've had a Mtn. light jacket for about three years now. The gore-tex is holding up well and this jacket keeps on proving to be a true mountain jacket time and time again. Not as breathable as the newer soft shells, but provides killer protection from the elements that tend to kick up hard in the mountains. Awesome jacket for the resorts, but worthy enough to join me on a seven week trip to Everest base camp. Basic, impressive, and durable-nice job North Face!

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 15, 2003

4 5

These bags come in a useful size range and the see through plastic and netting is really helpful for "nerd-alerts" like me. These bags aren't water-proof (water will come right through the zipper) but do a good job of keeping toiletries from spilling all over while en route to wherever. I like these bags for car camping and overnight wilderness trips alike because of their versatility and durability.

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 13, 2003

5 5

I was introduced to climbing by old school Welchmen who cragged with rocks in their pockets and hemp slings around their necks. After some time passed, I was shown the beauty of tubular webbing, waterknots and nuts, and when that time had passed I finally threw down for some sewn runners. The climbing community, myself included, has ventured far from what could be back in the day, but owning sewn runners is better than tying knots.

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 11, 2003

4 5

I've climbed for quite some time using a traditional gear sling that was really nothing more than a piece of webbing left over from the eighties (you know, electric pink and purple only in vogue in the Verdon Gorge these days). I bought this Metolious sling last season and have been thanking myself ever since. Its fleece padding that lines the main contact points (along the shoulder) is so comfortable (adjustable too) and the sewn plastic coated gear loops are a blessing when I'm reaching for a nut or cam in a pinch...this sling lends itself so well to organization, I've stopped dropping pro on my partner’s head!

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 11, 2003

5 5

Up, down, in, out...this chick can't stop raving about these "elfin' booties". I bought these long before Mythos were made specifically for women and found out that this shoe knows no gender limits. This shoe sticks like a magnet to various rock types, begs to be jammed into thin cracks, and remains sensitive enough for delicate face climbs.

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 11, 2003

5 5

As a proud owner of both a Ridge Rest and an inflatable Therm-a-rest, I'd like to give a shout out to the traditional closed-cell foam pad. I'm no exception to the rule, I'm getting old and my bones and back creak when I get up after a night on the ground, so I still tote my inflatable around on occasion, but here's the goods on a Ridge Rest: these sleeping pads are the lightest weight around; they don't absorb water; no patching/repairs needed; pads double as excellent emergency first aid supplies when bulky padding/braces are in demand; this pad keeps you warm even in the coldest conditions (no air to heat up underneath my body); absorbs minor inconsistencies on the ground like divots and pebbles. Hands down, Ridge Rests provide the best bang for your buck.

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 11, 2003

5 5

Feeling a bit mysterious? Hide your "Betty Davis" eyes behind dark gray lenses. Feeling a bit blue? Rose tint lenses are cheaper than Prozac. Riding during the evening when the temperature cools off? Yellow lenses truly extend your ride time. The Toaster's lightweight frames and schnazzy colors are a sure thing for comfort and performance when you’re on the trail or impressing that crowd of big muscley boulderers. The best all around interchangeable lens sunglass is the Toaster, by far for active, fashion conscience people with "smaller" faces.

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Backcountry reviewer-Vanessa wrote a review of on April 11, 2003

5 5

I've used these tablets on numerous expeditions and keep some in my day pack or camelback for day trips that carry on longer than expected. The taste has been known to truly offend some, but I've never been overwhelmed by the taste and find the Neutralizer tablets you can buy work magic. These tablets won't filter out visible matter, but that's nothing that a clean bandana can't take care of when faced with a settled cow tank or algae infested water for your only water source. Ounce for ounce, these tablets weigh in as a great method for water purification, I'd rather carry a bottle of Iodine tablets on my back over a filter any day!

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