Brandon Outen

Brandon Outen

North Carolina

Brandon Outen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Brandon Outen's Bio

Love to hike, build trails, and manage stands of timber on my treefarm.

Brandon Outen

Brandon Outen wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

2 5

I tried to like the Alteo 35 but couldn't manage, firstly the plastic S shaped "wind tunnel" bulges in to the pack making things hard to pack. While doing so, it also renders the shape of the bag like an elbow macaroni noodle. The Compression straps are useless, placed right in the center where the giant macaroni elbow is formed. Cinching down on these would just exaggerate the shape more. Also the place where the compression straps are attached to, are right where your shoulders meet the the pack, lets just say the "trampoline style back panel" doesn't accommodate to this very well. The integrated rain cover isn't integrated at all, and is just loose in the pack. Also its not sized large enough to cover the pack if something is strapped to the bottom. Will look at more options and return this one.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

5 5

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

Used the MSR on a 3 day hike in a Gorge (plenty of flowing water) In the past I was skeptical of tablets so this caught my interest. i also plan to use it for having drinking water for off grid purposes. It's very convenient to use and I found it weighs slightly over 1 lb by about two ounces.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

5 5

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

I purchased a 4 liter from REI and was pleased with the dromedary. Slight taste of plastic, hoping that will go away but otherwise it's great. The 4 liter fits perfect in the hydration sleeve of my kelty coyote 80, and also the laptop sleeve of a TNF backpack. It weighs in at 8.5 oz with hydration adaption kit attached (sold extra) I have had a camelbak in the past and didn't care much for it, pleased with the MSR.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

5 5

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

Took this beast swimming and afterwords I realized it was a saltwater pool. The headlamp didn't miss a beat, later the bulb over the shower stopped working and this headlamp got put to use again. Says on package don't expose to saltwater and while I don't reccomend it, it did no harm to mine.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

Pretty rad
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for my dad, it scrunched his mammoth rectangular Coleman sleeping bag down to an acceptable size when packing up for a trip. It has three straps goin down the length of the bag and one vertical strap. If it had two verticals straps I'd given it 5 stars. Picture compares the large green compression bag to the extra large orange cyclone compression bag.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I payed half the price at my local REI. This plate is great for all you backcountry goers. It's a plate, but it doubles as a frisbee. No joke this thing flys like a dream.

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

In comparison this bag has more loft than my stoic 850 fill 30 degree, but with a liner I believe my stoic can do everything this bag could do in a lighter smaller package. I decided to return this one and look into a western mountaineering bag to fill my niche in a light winter down bag. USA!

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on December 24, 2013

5 5

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

I just received the large Alps Mountaineering compression bag. I'm pleased with the look and perceived durability of the product. It packs my alps mountaineering crescent lake 0 degree synthetic mummy bag to about the size of a regulation basketball. Feels really durable, and comes with alps mountaineering rock solid warranty promise. Couldn't be more thrilled with my purchase! Also, backcountry got my order out to me in 3 days using standard shipping ,during the holidays! As always , I'm really impressed with backcountry.com

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Brandon Outen wrote a review of on July 13, 2013

4 5

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

I have maybe 3/4" toe room in these. No sliding inside the shoe so I think it should be ok. I ran about 4 miles on the trail and eventually felt a blister between my big toe and next toe, at which I took my sock off and checked it out. When I got home I had pebbles in my sock?? So not a good first test as there were a few variables.

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