Chris

Chris

Arizona

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Christopher's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking

Christopher's Bio

I am a backpacking enthusiast who loves going deep into the mountains. I wouldnt consider myself a minimalist by any means; nevertheless, I usually keep it to the essentials. I live in Arizona now, however I have explored various wonderful places around the world. I am enthralled with outdoor activities and enjoy mountain biking, regular trail runs and hikes.

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Chris wrote a review of on April 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This water proofing product is alright. I followed the directions precisely, however the results were not what I was hoping for. This would be a good product for walking to the car or to the coffee shop on a rainy day, but if you need serious waterproofing protection for hiking/backpacking/trekking/orienteering? I would seriously go with another product such as a sno-seal like product.

I used this particular Nikwax product through austere and harsh environments (terrain,vegetation and weather)and by the end of one day all benefits of this product were gone around the front of the boot. However, around the rest of the boot (in low wear areas) the boots remained treated for about a week.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

4 5

These skis are heavy and sturdy like an old school Cadillac. The skis are extremely stable at higher speed and absorb chatter and vibrations. Like the video below says, these skis will hold an edge on the iciest of slopes. They are also very stiff and rigid and want to be skied aggressively. I would definitely reserve these skis for advanced-intermediate to expert skiers.

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Chris wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stove does everything it claims it does. Its is reliable; I have used this stove on many backpacking trips with out any issues what so ever. The stove is extremely accommodating; I have used gasoline, diesel , camp fuel and even alcohol to operate this stove. The stove is durable; I have had my stove since 2004 and it is still going strong. Overall, this is an excellent stove.

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Chris wrote a review of on April 28, 2013

5 5

These socks are absolutely amazing! I wear them for trekking and backpacking when I intend on going the distance through rough terrain. These socks keep my feet free from blisters and hot spots. They keep my feet dry and ready to take on another 20 miles the very next day. I absolutely love them. they are not as thick as typical hiking and backpacking sock, which I like. Their thickness is like a cross between a running sock and a hiking sock. For roaming the outdoors, these socks are second to none.

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Chris wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

4 5

At first i wasn't sure this jacket was what i was looking for, but after putting it to the test, it has become one of my most used jackets. Initially it felt a little snug (5'8'' 165 lbs Medium), but after wearing it i got accustomed to the athletic fit. I use this jacket to jog on non windy days. The wind will cut right through this jacket. This jacket is also great to layer underneath my Marmot Elementalist Softshell Jacket. Depending on your output, this jacket can keep you warm from 15 degrees (when layered underneath), to around 40 degrees. Oh, and the jacket looks great!

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Chris wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

2 5

I like the material the thickness and the weight. The pants breath well and are highly water resistant. I am 5'8'' 165 and I have a 32 inch waist. I got the mediums and the waist was BIG. Id say around a 35-36 and I am not a fan of the gym-short type draw-string. Fortunately they fit over my ski boots, but i can see how that can cause an issue for some ski boots. Id go with another pair of pants.

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Chris wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

5 5

I use this jacket for backpacking and running in cooler and windy climates (20- 40 F) The jacket is extremely versatile and dries extremely fast. The jacket is extremely comfortable and breathes really well. i am 5' 8'' and 165 lbs, the medium fits perfect. i usually wear a synthetic t-shirt to a silk weight top on underneath depending on the temperature. If i get cool in the lower temperatures, its not too bad, i just move a little faster. the only down side that I have experienced, it is not very water resistant.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

5 5

Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping pads keep you cozy to the core! These are the most comfortable sleeping pads that I have tried! There amazing. They are compact and light! They keep you insulated from the ground and liberated from rocks, pebbles and sticks. I use mine quite frequently in the desert, and it has never failed me. I have used it up in the mountains in below freezing temperatures and it has kept me warm along with my Mountain Hardware Phantom sleeping bag. My only dissatisfaction is after a full days hike; though not time consuming, if feels like a chore to inflate the pad. The inflation process really isnt bad, moreover the benefits of these pads far outweighs any cons.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

5 5

The Mountain Hardwear Phantom is a bag that packs down small! I dont know if I would give it a true 15 degrees, id say about 20 degrees, however the bag retains some serious heat. I have used mine anywhere from 16 degrees to the high 30s. It definitely performs much better in drier climates. I usually accompany my bag with a Big Agnes insulated Air Core sleeping pad, and my Outdoor Research Aurora bivy. Overall, this is an amazing bag that you can count on to lighten you load and keep you warm at night. I bought a regular sized bag; I am 5ft 8 and I have a little extra room in my feet. A short would have been perfect for me.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

4 5

The MSR MiniWorks is an effective filter that will turn sludge into unsoiled drinking water. I have used it on several occasions where I was quite skeptical. However, the MiniWorks proved faultless and provided me with crisp, clean H2O.
The only issue that I initially had with the MiniWorks was slow filtration and difficulty pumping. This was resolved by cleaning and scrubbing the ceramic filter. Initially I was afraid of wearing the filter out too fast. But, after a coarse scrubbing, just to remove a thin layer, the filter worked flawlessly.

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