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Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 15, 2012

5 5

This shirt was a last minute add for my recent trip to the Sierras and was worth every ounce, of which there aren't many.

I'm not sure what another review is talking about having a tough time taking the shirt on and off: I was in and out of this thing jumping into lakes and creeks to take the edge off the unexpected heat and never had a hard time getting back into the shirt.

Also, I think the shirt looks really cool and I like wearing it out when I can sneak it by my fashionista wife. :)

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Chris Rikli

Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 15, 2012

5 5

This shirt was a last minute add for my recent trip to the Sierras and was worth every ounce, of which there aren't many.

I'm not sure what another review is talking about having a tough time taking the shirt on and off: I was in and out of this thing jumping into lakes and creeks to take the edge off the unexpected heat and never had a hard time getting back into the shirt.

Also, I think the shirt looks really cool and I like wearing it out when I can sneak it by my fashionista wife. :)

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Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 15, 2012

5 5

My last hike I used these over a thin liner sock (http://www.backcountry.com/smartwool-hiking-liner-crew-sock). After a 7 mile grind up a 7% grade carrying a 45# pack I had zero blisters. We then went down hill at an even steeper grade for a few miles. Zero blisters. They're not super thick like some of the socks which makes them work quite well with a liner sock.

I've also been wearing these as I've been training for a GoRuck Challenge, doing lots of train running combined with lunges and calisthenics, all packing between 10# and 35#. I've got several pairs of socks I've used; the Salomons are the best but these Stoics are half the price and a run close second. To wit, I've just ordered several more pair instead of the Salomons.

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Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

I'm big and tall (6'5") and this tent was perfect for me. I slept on one side of the tent, my gear went on the other side. I'd say it's a "one me" tent as I don't see anyone else comfortably sharing the space, but I did have room to store my buddies' packs at night.

I was a little worried about the carbon fiber cross pole based on what others had said but had no issues. I even stepped on it once.

I never used the fly as rain wasn't a concern and man, this tent has the best "you're not in a tent" feel ever. It was great to wake up in the middle of the night, water a tree, and then lay back down gazing up at the Milky Way.

Buy the footprint (http://www.backcountry.com/stoic-arx-2-xl-footprint), it doesn't come with it, and then ziptie the footprint to the tent for supereasy setup/breakdown.

I packed the poles in a side pocket and used a smaller compression sack than the one that comes with the tent, saving a decent bit of room.

I'd recommend this tent to anyone under 6'6". Much taller and you're going to be sleeping diagonally.

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Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

I'm a big fella (235#) and wasn't sure a sleeping pad could really work all that well, especially since my only prior experience with a pad was a cruddy foam one.

This thing is *amazing*. I've actually been using it at home, just laying it out on the floor, grabbing a sheet, and crashing. I wake up feeling better than I do sleeping in an actual bed.

I'd encourage the purchase of the Lounge Chair that Thermarest sells (http://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-trekker-lounge-chair). It allows you to use the pad as a camp chair, which feels just awesome after a day's hike, and it also protects the pad from punctures and make it more comfortable when sleeping.

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Chris Rikli wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

6'5", 235lbs. Wear a 50L jacket, 34-36 inseam and waist. My arms aren't huge but they won't fit into the "check your blood pressure" thing at Walgreens. Point is, I take up some space.

The Alpinlite was perfect for my size. I move around a bit and never once felt claustrophobic, but I can't imagine having less space. I think I would have been freaking out in Ultralite. The 6'6" version of this bag couldn't have been a better fit. I never got cold at altitude and only got hot once at lower levels, but it was around 50* and I was still wearing a shirt and shorts so that one was on me. All it took was unzipping the bag a bit and it regulated nicely.

I thought I was crazy dropping almost $500 on a bag but this thing is absolutely awesome and it shows in the details: the stuff sack is perfectly sized and the zipper has smart things like a stiff backing so that you don't catch the bag in the zipper. I can't say enough great things about this bag.

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