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Chris wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

5 5

The breathability of the jacket is extremly high, but still it keeps the wind out an withstands an astonishing amount of rain before you get wet.

A must for people like me who tend to sweat a lot on a trail. I still have a packlite hardshell in my backpack on longer trips, but I am only using it in a downpour.

Layered with a 100er fleece it is warmer than "conventional" thicker softshells and far more versatile. And if you should get really soaked the combination out of the simple guide and a fleece will dry faster separately than a one piece thick softshell.

It is my number one go piece and it never let me down, come raine or shine or shnow and hail.

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Chris wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

5 5

I have bought this tent (2008 version but the differences are small) for a two weeks hiking trip in the norwegian wilderness. The weight of the tent is a dream, it fits three persons perfectly wit enough room for the packs in the vestibules.

Although ultralight the tent withstood thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain without any problem. It was our save and reliable have under all conditions. Even considering the rather stiff price I would definitely buy it again.

With three people inside we experienced some condensation on the outer tent in humid weather, as to expected. But the inner tent never got wet and the venting is excellent thanks to the large mesh area in the inner tent. One thing you have to keep in mind is that in colder conditions you still have a constant airflow the tent. There the large mesh area is then a downside. Even with three people in it, the air in the tent will not get warmer than the outside air. Therefore I rate it as a 2.5 season tent instead of 3 seasons. If you plan to use it in cold weather adjust your sleeping bag choice accordingly.

The tent really is free standing, however I would highly recommend to tie it down with some lines in windy conditions.
I recommend the use of the footprint! Due to the lightweight design the floor is rather thin and I would not like to have it damaged by rough floor conditions.

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Chris wrote a review of on July 4, 2012

5 5

I have bought this tent for a two weeks hiking trip in the norwegian wilderness. The weight of the tent is a dream, it fits three persons perfectly wit enough room for the packs in the vestibules.

Although ultralight the tent withstood thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain without any problem. It was our save and reliable have under all conditions. Even considering the rather stiff price I would definitely buy it again.

With three people inside we experienced some condensation on the outer tent in humid weather, as to expected. But the inner tent never got wet and the venting is excellent thanks to the large mesh area in the inner tent. One thing you have to keep in mind is that in colder conditions you still have a constant airflow the tent. There the large mesh area is then a downside. Even with three people in it, the air in the tent will not get warmer than the outside air. Therefore I rate it as a 2.5 season tent instead of 3 seasons. If you plan to use it in cold weather adjust your sleeping bag choice accordingly.

The tent really is free standing, however I would highly recommend to tie it down with some lines in windy conditions.
I also recommend the use of the footprint! Due to the lightweight design the floor is rather thin and I would not like to have it damaged by rough floor conditions.

Have fun

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Chris wrote a review of on November 16, 2010

5 5

UPDATE:

I got the 2010 version in black and the functionality is as great as it is on my old one, but it is much softer and doesn't itch any more.

So now: 5 Stars
-------------------- End update

I wore it in the deserts of Utah and in the could autumn in the Appalachian mountains and at home it always did a great job.

Upsides:
- great wicking
- excellent temperature management
- great quality
- I could not get it to stink, and I tried hard
- dries much faster than wool alone

Downside:
- only four stars because it itches if you have sensitive skin due to the wool part in it (even more than an icebreaker merino)

Info:
If fits rather large. I have an 2009 model and I do fit in a L nicely (220 lbs. 5.9") an I usually need XL from Patagonia and XXL from Icebreaker.

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Chris wrote a review of on October 27, 2010

5 5

Excellent hiking or trekking companion. One of the best grips I ever held, super slip proof when wet, excellent no slip thumb rest on the back of the blade.A can do everything knife, from woodcutting to cooking hey you can even shave with it if you hone the edge regularly. It has an excellent sheath with front pocket for a honing stone or multitool. Super light weight.

The only downside is the hollow grind of the blade i prefer a straight grind because that gives a more rigid edge. But as it will not be used as a wood chopping knife because of its size anyway, it is still one of my favorite knifes.

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Chris wrote a review of on October 27, 2010

4 5

Strong full tang fixed blade design, good edge holding capability, no nonsense straight grind edge (not the hollow grind edge which may be sharper at the beginning, but may easily get damaged when used for chopping firewood at the camp side).

Comfortable handle material which is still rather slip proof when wet.

The handle could be a little thicker and the sheath leaves something to be desired it could hold the knife better (that is why I am deducting one star), but hey it is a big well made knife for less than 50 $.

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Chris wrote a review of on October 25, 2010

5 5

I bought the compressor as a backup insulation for hiking in the White Mountains in October '10.

I testet it for two weeks and I am extremely pleased with the jacket. It packs extremely small, weights next to nothing (XL: 453 grams (exactly 1 lb) including an ultralight 3.5 liter stuff sack). I weighted it myself, the weight in the Backcountry specs is far to high.

Especially the insulation impresses me. I was wet of sweat, when I reached the peak of a hike, which was an exposed spot at around 4000 feet elevation, exposed to wind and temperatures in the mid 30's, I just got the compressor out of the backpack and was toasty warm in literally seconds.

I am so pleased, that the compressor is now my favorite backup isolation. It replaces my fleece layer, as it is warmer, lighter and far more compressible.

Tip: Get a lightweight stuff sack for it 3 to 4 liter will fit great.

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Chris wrote a review of on August 23, 2010

5 5

To be quite honest I am addicted to multi-tools, so I own a few and I looked into some more.

Actually I am regularly using 3 different multi-tools,

The Leatherman Charge AL which is my preferred outdoor tool, it is rather light has one hand opening blades and is the most complete multi-tool I know (even with scissors).

The Victorinox SWISS TOOL which is my preferred tool when I really need to replace full size tools. Of all multi-tools I know it the the best one to replace full size tools. It has the feeling of being indestructible and it absorbs a hell of hard use and abuse. As an additional plus all tools are accessible without opening the pliers. A small minus is that one needs two hands to open the blade. So whenever I work around the house, on the car or motorbike the SWISS tool is my 1st choice. The downside is that it is rather heavy so I stays at home for outdoor use.

The Leatherman Skeletool CX is my everyday companion it is very small and light so that it can stay in my pocket all the time. It contains all the essentials for city survival like pliers, screwdrivers and a good blade. The absence of a saw, can opener renders it unsuitable for outdoor use.

Bottom line: The best multi-tool ever is very much dependent on what you would like to do with it. With the reight application in mind all of the above mentioned tools are perfect.

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Chris wrote a review of on August 23, 2010

5 5

To be quite honest I am addicted to multi-tools, so I own a few and I looked into some more.

Actually I am regularly using 3 different multi-tools,

The Leatherman Charge AL which is my preferred outdoor tool, it is rather light has one hand opening blades and is the most complete multi-tool I know (even with scissors).

The Victorinox SWISS TOOL which is my preferred tool when I really need to replace full size tools. Of all multi-tools I know it the the best one to replace full size tools. It has the feeling of being indestructible and it absorbs a hell of hard use and abuse. As an additional plus all tools are accessible without opening the pliers. A small minus is that one needs two hands to open the blade. So whenever I work around the house, on the car or motorbike the SWISS tool is my 1st choice. The downside is that it is rather heavy so I stays at home for outdoor use.

The Leatherman Skeletool CX is my everyday companion it is very small and light so that it can stay in my pocket all the time. It contains all the essentials for city survival like pliers, screwdrivers and a good blade. The absence of a saw, can opener renders it unsuitable for outdoor use.

Bottom line: The best multi-tool ever is very much dependent on what you would like to do with it. With the reight application in mind all of the above mentioned tools are perfect.

Have Fun

Chris

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