Brent Doyle

Brent Doyle

Anywhere my feet take me.

Brent Doyle's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Brent Doyle's Bio

Twenties-something nomad with an ardent passion for the outdoors. I love the taste of high altitude. Prefer to go it solo and minimalist.

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Brent Doyle

Brent Doyle wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

5 5

Listen, if you're looking to backpack in comfort and do some 'gourmet' cooking, pick yourself up a good aluminum cookset. Aluminum isn't too much heavier than titanium, doesn't develop hot spots as much, and is more efficient at heat transfer. Just make sure you get your aluminum coated, or you'll end up with some nasty residual flavors. GSI Pinnacle series is an example of a rockstar backcountry kitchen setup.

No, titanium is for those of us who scrutinize every ounce of gear. Titanium pots are PERFECT for ultralight enthusiasts who really only need to boil water for drinking or for freeze-dried deliciousness. And when it comes to titanium cookware, I vote that Snow Peak is the tops: light, well-made, and durable. I use the Trek 1400 set for trips involving 1-3 hikers, and the Trek 900 set for solo jaunts. Even better, the 900 fits well inside of the 1400 and there is still room for a canister, stove, and more (backcountry.com even sells these two cooksets together in a combo). And even though I use it mainly for boiling water, if you decide to use your pot as a serving dish, you can easily wash off titanium to a taste-free clean.

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Brent Doyle wrote a review of on August 14, 2009

5 5

You will almost always find a use for this little fella when on the trail, and as everyone says, it particularly shines in digging out freeze-dried food pouches. Although it is featherweight, the titanium keeps it durable and free from residual flavors after washing. Something worth noting: although the pictures might make the handle appear to be tubular, it actually has a concave back (hollowed inward) to reduce weight and make it structurally stronger than a flat handle.

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Brent Doyle wrote a review of on July 10, 2009

5 5

Not the lightest, but can you put a weight limit on your most important survival necessity? Mountaineers, steer clear of aluminum bottles since they are delicate and not supposed to freeze. Also, these wide mouth versions are the least likeliest to freeze shut on you, and I have seen bottles that 'chubbed up' from freezing too many times and are still unbreakable.

If you are simply jumping on the 'Go Green' bandwagon and need an everyday bottle, pick up a 27oz steel Klean Kanteen--Backcountry.com has a cool logo one. But if you're mean and green, well, this is the Hulk of water bottles.

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Brent Doyle wrote a review of on July 10, 2009

4 5

Just got the Fall 2009 version of this bag that has yet to become available and, living in the South, I can't really test this bag's temp rating during the summer (hence the 4-star rating....for now. However, I climbed into it in my [albeit dry] basement and by the time I got it zipped up fully, my whole body was sweating.). Adequate draft collar and the mummy shape hugs in close. The ripstop shell seems durable enough, and the full-zip zipper runs snagless. Where this bag really shines is the Climashield Neo insulation. I work at an outdoors/camping store, and never have I seen a synthetic insulation pack down so small, yet fluff up so quickly. No problems at all cramming it into the stuff sack, though you'll want to store this baby in the handy storage sack--that's about three times the size of the stuff sack--when not in the bush.

I bought this bag to abuse on overnight peakbagging trips where things can get cold and/or wet in a hurry, but this really seems like this would be a rockstar all-season, all-purpose bag--maybe three-season if you sleep cold. I'll edit this review after some field tests.

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Brent Doyle wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

5 5

Honestly, I have never used this kit--nor do I ever want to need to--but anytime I head outdoors doing something I might not have thought all the way through, this little sucker is with me. All the contents make sense as to why they are included, and there is a handy pocket survival guide with it to further drive this home. Weighs nothing. Sturdy container. It won't save your life by itself, but it'll help calm that 'well.....#@!*' feeling.

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Brent Doyle wrote a review of on June 23, 2009

5 5

When you are worn out from a long day on the trail, river, or mountain, having your food on a plate is almost as comforting as your campfire. Just don't forget you packed it since its weight will not remind you. And not to pitch, but it does go great with the SP silverware set or spork. That said, dig in!

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