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COHiker wrote a review of on July 15, 2012

5 5

10 stars. These blow smartwool socks out of the water. I wore a pair for 3 days straight; one 8 mile morning hike plus wearing around town, just to see what would happen. They still felt soft and cushion-y even as I pulled them off for the wash. I washed 'em, dried 'em and wore them again the next day.
My two pair each have more than 60 miles of hiking and 6 or more washes, and they literally still look (AND FEEL) new.

The icing on the cake: If I somehow ever managed to wear these out, and didn't feel like I got my money's worth; the package says lifetime guarantee.

I'll be filling my sock drawer with these, no doubt.

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COHiker wrote a review of on March 11, 2012

4 5

Great for one person, maybe even a little bigger than needed. It holds enough water for 2 but lacks the 2nd bowl and spoon.
It's well made, and has proven durable in the 4 trips I've used it on (total of 14-15 meals), plus a dozen 'testing' runs in the kitchen. It heats evenly and quickly, is a snap to clean as long as you don't burn stuff to the bottom. The non-stick seems to work well, so not much sticks, and its easy to clean even if you do burn stuff.
I read other reviews that warn of burning the rubber coating on the handle, or melting the rim of the lid, but I haven't had that happen to me. I cook with a conservative flame though, so...shrug.
I debated and eventually gave it 4 stars because I though do 'Love it', being the overly particular guy that I am, see room for minor improvement. Namely, the cup/bowl is only one vessel. I would have liked to see a nesting insulated + non-insulated pair of bowl/cups like the dualist has. It would have been convenient.
Also, there are no volume makrings on the pot. I used a permanent marker on the outside of the bowl and use it as a measuring cup for 6 and 12 oz, but is kind of a hassle. You can just see them on the inside of the bowl.

The real issue I have with is when the side of the package says' fits 220g canister, they mean a 220g canister. Not a 221g canister. You'd think that it wouldn't make a difference, but somehow it does. After buying it, I went to toss in my 8oz Coleman Butane/Propane can, and it didn't fit. I'll spare you the gorey details, but after an hour at the local outdoor store trying every can in stock, the salesman and I found that a Snow Peak can fits (220g), an MSR *technically* fits (227g), but the lid doesn't seat well, though the handle locks. Same goes for GasOne cans. A JetBoil can does NOT fit (230g). Same story with a CampingGaz CV270 canister, should anyone still be rockin those. Optimus cans *say* 220g, but no one near me stocks those, so I can't verify it fits.

I love this set, but GSI could have fixed this by adding 100mL of volume (0.1 oz in weight) so all major 8oz gas canisters fit.
No surprise, 4oz (approx. 110g) cans fit with ease, even the funny wide-base MSR cans.

My Bottom Line: hard to beat if you like big volume, and carry 4oz cans, or are willing carry the fuel elsewhere in your pack.

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COHiker wrote a review of on February 29, 2012

5 5

Me: moderately fit, but kind of barrel chested, with a small amount of 'beer weight' :)
5'10" 185#, 42" chest, 33" waist, 16.5" neck, 72" wing-span, avg. torso length. Generally a 'medium' shirt size. At the recommendation of the MB size chart I purchased a large in primary blue.

I wrote a long review, but erased in favor of the TL;DR version:
My new go-to jacket- LOVE IT.
weight is very amazing
can compress to well under 1L volume (0.6L?)
Perfect for freezing temps
Layers well for colder
Quality construction
Stuff sack is stupid- jacket would easily fit in huge hand pockets, but not capable due to non-reversible pocket with single sided zipper pull.
Crinkly-Noisy
Shinier than I'd like but not bad.
Blocks wind well, it holds its own, but it's not windproof. maybe on par with 'windblocker' fleece
Cut is generous- If seeking a close-cut 'over a baselayer only' insulation, size down. I have room for a 200wt fleece under mine (recommended size)
Edit: my Large weighs 241 grams (8.5oz) while in the stuff sack

Those are the big ticket things I noticed. overall, fantastic jacket.

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COHiker wrote a question about on February 11, 2012

Does anyone have the folded dimensions of this stove? Specifically, I'm wondering what the height is, and the diameter when the arms are folded in. Are the specs listed here with arms open or closed, and is it 3.3" tall or diameter?
I'm looking for a stove that will fit inside my GSI Pinnacle Soloist laid on its side in the hollow between the cup and fuel can.

Edit: I've looked at the regular Crux, but would prefer to avoid a potential failure point of the hinge on the burner (though I admit it is pretty trick) and want to keep this purchase as inexpensive as possible.

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COHiker wrote a review of on January 4, 2012

4 5

I bought 2 pair when I saw em on SaC back in September. I love these pants. They get 4 stars because I can't give them 4.5.
The Positives:
Super Comfy- I mean like pajama comfy, dry quickly, have held up well in the 20-odd wears/washes. No wear visible yet and all the velcro and zippers are pristine. The legs are roomy and the length is plenty long. They have lots of nice pockets, and the cargo pockets are high on the leg so the junk you stuff em with doesn't bang against your thighs. In shorts mode the inseam is still good- just above the knee so you don't look *ahem* yeah, you know, in public.
The negatives:
They wrinkle like *omg*. The wrinkles fall out on their own eventually, but when you pull em out of a stuffed pack they're gonna be a mess for a while. This is fairly minor I think. And the Barnacle color is an *odd* shade of grey-green that matches almost nothing. Seriously, don't buy this color. Stick to the khaki-ish colors.
There is one big bummer, not deal-breakers but still:
There's no ankle zippers to pull off the lower legs without removing your boots, this is a pain.

Neutral:
They have a mesh brief built in (like a swim-suit) Still not sure if I truly like this or not.

All-in-all- would buy again, but in another color.

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