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Alpine Touring
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Telemark Skiing
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Go fast on skis, climb fun mountains, buckle down in big water, go sailing on the days in between

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Bucket wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these to go on my Armada TST's 183cm. I got the long size, and the fit is perfect. They also fit my Head monsters at 191cm, and would just barely fit my Mojos at 193cm. So they are versatile enough for different skis, as long as the width is similar. They climb very well, and have performed nicely in a wide range of conditions.

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Bucket wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this primarily for home brewing, but it will serve perfectly for camping as well. I'm very impressed with the burner control even with the high output. You can go from simmer to full on blaster with these burners, well worth the additional price paid as opposed to the regular 30K burner stove. Using this over the winter, even on days well below freezing, I was still able to get 8 gallons of water to 180 F in under 20 minutes, and still have a nice rolling boil with low to medium burn, and 12 gallons boiling.

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Bucket wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch does it all, but requires a bit more research from the user. While I like it now, initially I had to get the majority of the instructions from the SUUNTO website, as a lot of the details do not come with the instructions with the watch. If you don't mind going to this extra effort you might get frustrated.

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Bucket wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're using a compass for anything more than making sure the sun still comes up in the eastern horizon, this one is a nice tool chest of what a field compass should be, and at a nice price as well. The slopemeter is there to use in the backcountry in the winter time, and with the mirror and target sight, you can triangulate your position, and signal for an efficient rescue if need be.

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Bucket wrote an answer about on August 7, 2013

You won't be able to connect the panel directly to your macbook. Your best bet is to get a small power inverter that will plug into a 12v outlet. This will allow you to plug in the same as a regular wall outlet at home, and you can plug your iphone into the usb on the computer to charge it at the same time. If you need to be super mobile this way, you can get a small 12v battery, and a 12v outlet with alligator clips to plug into, just make sure to get the polarity right when you hook it all together. Panel-battery, battery-outlet, outlet- inverter.

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Bucket wrote an answer about on August 7, 2013

For any RV application, and incorporating a power inverter, here's the deal. The panel(s) themselves will not power an inverter, however, you can have the panels and inverter connected to the 12v battery at the same time. In this instance, the battery is charging at a constant rate from the panels, and the inverter, or anything else hooked up simply uses the stored energy in the battery. I'd recommend at least 30 watts of solar power if you plan on using a power inverter. Basically 30 watts of solar power can put 10 amp hours back into a battery each day. Use this easy math to figure things out. 1 amp hour is the same as what it would take to power a 100 watt bulb for 1 hour. If you look at your electronics, the watt rating for each can be found stamped, or stickered on somewhere, sometimes on the transformer that plugs into the outlet. Phone chargers, and such use very little power, but if you want to run a blender through an inverter, they typically need 350 watts, so if you ran it for 1 hour, it would use 3.5 amp hours from the battery. Remember too that power inverters use a bit of energy while powered on, so always turn them off when not needed to preserve your battery.

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Bucket wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I give Backcountry 5 stars on this for their perfect treatment of the recall notice regarding this tank. I have several friends who own this exact tank who were so disapointed by the recall, and up in arms about the money they'd spent on it through other retailers. I figured I'd have to go through the hassle of sending it back for a refund when I heard of the recall, but I actually got an email from Backcountry concering this, called them up letting them know I had eptied the tank, and had it disposed of properly at a local propane distributor, and they simply refunded the purchase on the spot.
Kudos to Backcountry, and going the extra mile to keep customers safe, informed, and stand by their guarantee.

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Bucket wrote an answer about on August 6, 2013

My rule of thumb is go 1/2 size large for a backpacking boot, and true to size for any regular day hike/ overnight applications. I went a half size heavy on mine, and have not had any problems with a similar sized foot. Last fall, I carried a 100+# pack down the Tanner trail in the Grand Canyon, and even after 2 days of descent on a steep trail, my toes were never crushed against the front of the toe box, and not a blister the whole trip.

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