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Le crow wrote a review of on September 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

i took a recent trip with this jacket and was completely content. You aren't getting a 500$ jacket here, but you are most certainly getting a great amount of warmth for your dollar. The fit was great at a large, I had none of the size issues listed below. The hood adjustment is a little wonky but functional. I found the length to also be spot on for wearing under a torrentshell.

It is not the lightest jacket on the market, but with 4oz of down and a good build it is a best buy, no lie!

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Le crow wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am all for different dinner options. However, when it comes to dessert, I like it sweet and simple. 15minutes to make dessert and simmering on heat for 10 minutes is too much for me. If you don't mind the time, and difficulty of simmering on 10, skip it. it does taste really great though!

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Le crow wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good all around light. I got this for backpacking and night running. For backpacking it works pretty well. It had the weather resistance and a lock out mode I wanted. However, the lumens aren't as impressive as I expected for the weight and batteries requires (4aaa)
This really isn't a huge issue unless you are planning on running or really lighting up your night hikes. For the price you can find better lights from lesser known brands.

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Le crow wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I was excited to try these out in soggy dolly sods this weekend. The waist was roomy at the top, but the hips seemed a little tight. I had to tighten the belt down all the way so I assumed the material would loosen up. Before we had gone 100yards the zipper busted. It is a shame as the materials seemed decent, but the build and cut weren't for me. Not having a zipper did help with ventilation..
Maybe for the skinny people these are great pants, but at 6'3 195 with a 34 waist a large was a bust for me.
Edit, other people have the zipper problem..

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Le crow wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

It is pricey for a base layer. But it works excellent as a fringe season (35-50f) running shirt. The thumb loops are quite thin and i typically only use them to hold the shirt in place if i am pulling another shirt on top. Being able to use it 5-10 times before a wash is great. The shirt is not at all itchy as some other merino long sleeves can be. Fit on a large for me 6'3 195 is great. Worth it only if you plan to use and abuse it.

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Le crow wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 40oz over the other options with the intention of using it for backpacking and the average work day. The build quality is decent, however, the lid is the weak point of the design. It does hold cold temps really well and warm temps pretty good. I don't really think it's practical for backpacking but it makes a nice work thermos, minus the screw on cup that would increase the practicality of hot beverages over winter.
It's cool, just not blow your mind cool. It's a thermos.

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Le crow wrote a review of on November 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The wrap around function is something you don't know how much you're missing until you try it. There is a good deal of stretch which is great in open space or with a well trained dog. I wish there was an adjustable tie to shorten the leash in the times where 9' is too much slack. It would also be nice if there was a poop bag loop away from the waist loop. It's nice, just not all there for 35$.

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Le crow wrote a review of on November 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I get cold, easy and often. This jacket has an excellent build quality.
The sleeves are plenty long enough to make the thumb loops comfortable. The offset zippered hood is comfy and adds great warmth for minimal extra weight. The ability to tuck the jacket in just increases the functionality.
Bottom line, the great fit and excellent warmth are worth the 160$ in my opinion.

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Le crow wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I hate being cold. This jacket is massive. The material build seems to be made to last. Just as an initial heads up, the sleeves due run short. I am 6'3" 195' with a 6'4 wingspan. In a normal seated position the sleeves work. But if you are moving around a lot I imagine the sleeves would leave you a little exposed. The rest of the fit is great, hood is huge, and I really appreciate the built up shoulder/sleeve/back material to better withstand abrasion.

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Le crow wrote a review of on October 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have never been too impressed with pump filters, chemicals, or the new uv options. I just though there should be a cheaper, lighter, more effective way to treat water.
Sawyer makes their products with different ways to effectively use their filters, which is great. With the size, you can hack this into an inline filter without some ridiculous additional weight. I assumed the straw would be tough to drink though but i find it easier then the Britta "in bottle" type filters. The squeeze bottle adds yet another way to effectively use this 3 oz (wet weight) filter.
For the price i am extremely happy with the weight, and effective options with this unit. I am excited to see how this holds up over the 100,000 gallon limit!
edit:/ i recommend getting the larger squeeze bag, it is time consuming filling at a shallow water source with the smaller bag.

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Le crow wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think almost everyone had their "first best bar" with one cliff bar or another. I feel out of love with cliff bars, after too many too often. I'll still switch it up on multi day trips with some cool mint or coconut delights. I really rely on home made bars lately.
These are too dense for cycling for me.

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Le crow wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I got these to help with Achilles pain. You can tell over a few hours that the compression is real. After 15+ uses the elasticity is still good.
I can't actually say it helped with my problems, and the socks have some serious pilling after about 25 uses. I will say my legs do generally feel better after I ride in these..

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Le crow wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

I was really surprised at how comfortable this is. My buddy uses the trekker kit, and he always seems pretty zen at camp while I pile up logs or rocks. This little chair is part hammock, part recliner. It fits me well 6'3 195 34" waist.

It already weighs 2lbs though, and I hate to be that guy, but that's a real commitment to sit in for 2-3 hours. If you spend more time at camp than the trail, it's a no brainer.

Edit. I love this chair, it would win gear of the decade if it shed a pound.

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