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CaptainBerz posted a video about on July 30, 2014

The prAna Stretch Zion Short have become my favorite shorts. I am not a fan of overly short or long shorts and these prAna Stretch Zion Short are right in the middle. Coming down just slightly past the knees, they are perfect. Upon putting them on you will notice a high amount of mobility versus other shorts and a cool little waist tightener on the side. I have concealed carried in these prAna Stretch Zion Shorts and the best part is they stretch so they expand as needed in that situation. I do not hike or backpack in shorts, but they do make a long pant version of these shorts which I would certainly be using as I use another pRana pant for backpacking (The Bronson Pant, previously reviewed).

The simple design and layout adds to this prAna Stretch Zion Short. Having a hidden pocket here and there helps. The rear pockets have always held my wallet and papers in nicely, and I have really come to love the stretch over normal shorts. They look awesome, feel awesome and ride awesome. True to size for the most part on the sizing side of things. The only thing I have seen is some wear on the belt loops, I would like to see some upgraded material for those, but I have used my 1.75" tactical belts plenty of times over the last few months and cannot complain. I would suggest the price come down some, as these are around $68 and I do not see many places with cheaper prices. So I would wait until they are on clearance and clean them out!

I have seen barely any wear on this short, minus the belt loops. They look just the same as they did prior the my 50 times wearing them and multiple laundry trips. Color is still strong and the construction in place. These look like they will last a long time, and I look forward to them doing just that.

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on July 16, 2014

The Jansport Klamath backpack is a great pack that I have come to enjoy. With the Jansport Klamath backpack you will get a great suspension which is the high point on this pack. It holds weight very well and keeps your pack stable over long hauls in the woods. The Jansport Klamath backpack is 4lbs 13ozs which is middle of the pack in terms of weight. I do believe that weight could be brought down by replacing the body and top part of the pack with lighter weight materials and leaving the heavier materials on the bottom of the pack. This would leave heavy material to combat being set on the ground, but realistically there is no reason to have the same weight fabric on the top of the pack as the bottom. Could probably shave off a pound by doing just that. The Jansport Klamath backpack uses middle of the pack hardware like zipper and buckles. Nothing to complain about or rave about, they just get the job done. Being it is almost half the price of most Gregory packs I think you could get this Jansport Klamath backpack and be happier than spending twice as much for a Gregory or any other foreign made $300+ pack. Berz Rating: 83/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on July 16, 2014

The Jansport Klamath backpack is a great pack that I have come to enjoy. With the Jansport Klamath backpack you will get a great suspension which is the high point on this pack. It holds weight very well and keeps your pack stable over long hauls in the woods. The Jansport Klamath backpack is 4lbs 13ozs which is middle of the pack in terms of weight. I do believe that weight could be brought down by replacing the body and top part of the pack with lighter weight materials and leaving the heavier materials on the bottom of the pack. This would leave heavy material to combat being set on the ground, but realistically there is no reason to have the same weight fabric on the top of the pack as the bottom. Could probably shave off a pound by doing just that. The Jansport Klamath backpack uses middle of the pack hardware like zipper and buckles. Nothing to complain about or rave about, they just get the job done. Being it is almost half the price of most Gregory packs I think you could get this Jansport Klamath backpack and be happier than spending twice as much for a Gregory or any other foreign made $300+ pack. Berz Rating: 83/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on July 1, 2014

The Nemo Fillo Pillow is my go to.I use my Nemo Fillo Pillow in backpacking, camping and travel! Love it, the memory foam is very comfortable and you can inflate it to whatever level you want. The nozzle is easy to use to inflate/deflate and the micro suede outside is sot and feels great on this Nemo Fillo Pillow. For a pillow that is lightweight, this Nemo Fillo Pillow really provides great performance! Berz Rating: 95/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on June 2, 2014

BlueWater Accessory Cord (NiteLine) is great for tarps/rain flys. It is a static line, unlike paracord which has stretch in it. I use BlueWater Accessory Cord (NiteLine) for almost anything and it always outperforms even the cutting edge stuff like Dyneema, etc.

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on June 2, 2014

BlueWater Accessory Cord (NiteLine) is great for tarps/rain flys. It is a static line, unlike paracord which has stretch in it. I use BlueWater Accessory Cord (NiteLine) for almost anything and it always outperforms even the cutting edge stuff like Dyneema, etc.

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on May 22, 2014

This Ibex Hooded Wool Indie Top is great. With the Ibex Hooded Wool Indie Top you get a solidly crafted top what has wonderful fabric. I have used my Ibex Hooded Wool Indie Top for about 6 months now and have grown to love it and grab it each time I hit the wilderness. Stitching is perfect, fabric is tough yet feels good and the fit is a great blend between athletic and normal. Most of Ibex's gear is made in the USA, with his one being made in Canada. With this being hand crafted the price reflects that, along with being mostly Made in the USA. Berz Rating: 100/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

Mountain House makes great freeze dried options for extreme convenience while outdoors or whenever really. This Mountain House chili mac tastes normal, and what I mean is it taste homemade, not like it is out of a bag. Mountain House has good taste overall. I would give it a 9/10 rating on this Mountain House chili mac.

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

The Therm-a-Rest (thermarest) compressible pillow is an ok quick travel pillow. For long term trips, etc I would recommend something other than the Ther-a-Rest compressible pillow due to your head sinking into the middle too much and not being comfortable. But, for car and plane, etc adventures this would be great. The Therm-a-Rest pillow does pack super well and is small when compressed, which is it's highest selling point. I would like to see therarest either fill it more or use a different foam on the inside that would not move to the sides as much. Made in the USA though, which is awesome! Berz Rating: 82/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

The Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest sleeping pad provides great warmth (2.6 R-value) over basic pads, but not too much comfort. With it's ridges, the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest kind of flattens out compared to a basic one size pad, but it is comfy and you can get by with one. For all out comfort I say add a basic pad to the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest.

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CaptainBerz wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest sleeping pad provides great warmth (2.6 R-value) over basic pads, but not too much comfort. With it's ridges, the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest kind of flattens out compared to a basic one size pad, but it is comfy and you can get by with one. For all out comfort I say add a basic pad to the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest. The Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest is relativily durable and holds up to the elements well. Made in the USA and a lifetime guarantee round out the excellent package that is the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest sleeping pad. Berz Rating: 84/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

The Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug is a good option for your insulated mug needs. The Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug really keeps beverages hot, which the first time I used it I burnt my tongue after waiting for it to cool, and keeps them cold as well. The ThermoSkin really helps keep your beverage in the Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug nice and cozy. Being very lightweight is what this mug offers and would be the only use I would see. I prefer metal containers for the most part, but for some uses this comes in handy. The ThermoSkin really allows you to have very hot things inside the mug without even remotely burning your hands. This is not made in the USA, and I ask Sea to Summit to start doing so as people would pay a little more for American jobs being created. Berz Rating: 84/100

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CaptainBerz wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug is a good option for your insulated mug needs. The Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug really keeps beverages hot, which the first time I used it I burnt my tongue after waiting for it to cool, and keeps them cold as well. The ThermoSkin really helps keep your beverage in the Sea to Summit Delta InsulMug nice and cozy. Being very lightweight is what this mug offers and would be the only use I would see. I prefer metal containers for the most part, but for some uses this comes in handy. The ThermoSkin really allows you to have very hot things inside the mug without even remotely burning your hands. This is not made in the USA, and I ask Sea to Summit to start doing so as people would pay a little more for American jobs being created. Berz Rating: 84/100

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

The Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall Cup is a good option, and one of the cheapest for titanium on the market. The construction is great on the Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall Cup compared to the MSR and you get much more capacity for your money compared to the China made MSR cup. I like the Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall Cup, even though it is not USA made. Berz Rating: 89/100

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CaptainBerz wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Marmot Limestone 4P Tent is a great tent, possibly one of the best on the market in my opinion. With great room on the inside, the Marmot Limestone 4P Tent really challenges the notion that a 4 person tent is really for 3 people. The Marmot Limestone 4P Tent's fly is made of 68d 100% Polyester Ripstop which is water resistant, and I can attest to the strength of the Marmot Limestone 4P Tent after being in windy and rainy conditions and being very confident it would get me through it. Berz Rating: 90/100 (Made in USA would get it a much higher rating)

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

The Marmot Limestone 4P Tent is a great tent, possibly one of the best on the market in my opinion. With great room on the inside, the Marmot Limestone 4P Tent really challenges the notion that a 4 person tent is really for 3 people. The Marmot Limestone 4P Tent's fly is made of 68d 100% Polyester Ripstop which is water resistant, and I can attest to the strength of the Marmot Limestone 4P Tent after being in windy and rainy conditions and being very confident it would get me through it. Berz Rating: 90/100 (Made in USA would get it a much higher rating)

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on March 7, 2014

I have used my Optimus Terra .6 L Solo Cookset for years now off an on. The great thing about the Optimus Terra .6 L Solo Cookset is that is can hold a 110g IsoButane canister and a Crux Stove inside it, and gets wrapped up in a nice mesh bag. I changed out my bag to a shock cord string cause it seemed to be better at holding the push button mechanism in place. The Optimus Terra .6 L Solo Cookset works well, is made of anodized aluminum and is lightweight. Has nice markings to show how much liquid to add, etc. Berz Rating: 93/100

Specs:
Size: 4.2 in. x 5.4 in.
Weight: 7.1 oz.

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CaptainBerz posted a video about on February 23, 2014

I love my Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Sleeping Bag. The Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Sleeping Bag sets it self apart from other bags in the ingenous design with a snug head, ability to get your arms out without unzippinng the bag and the comfort of the materials is unmatched. My Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Sleeping Bag has been down to 6 degrees farenheit with no super cold feeling. The Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Sleeping Bag is rated to 15 degrees farenheit but it certainly can go below that, which is odd for sleeping bags as normally they are over rated. This Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy Sleeping Bag is underrated in my testing. They have a 2 season and a 3 season, mine is the 3 season. I love the Duck Dri Down used, it keeps you warm even when wet, which is the major flaw with normal untreated down and it is super warm! This bag heats up amazingly fast. Berz Rating: 98/100

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