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Cmonster wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hate this sleeping pad. I've had 2 of them (I thought my first one might have been a dud). My fiance had one a little while ago also.
Every one failed and failed quickly from a valve issue.
???
Now, granted, ever air pad is a ticking time bomb, but this one especially. Unless there has been a massive valve redesign project, I'd be wary.
I've had a much better experience with the Thermarest NeoAir trekker. It failed too, but after a couple of years of frequent use instead of a couple weeks/months.

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Cmonster wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I destroyed this tent in a windstorm. Well, the wind destroyed it.
Actually, this was my second such tent. My first Hubba Hubba suffered a pole failure during fairly tame weather (that weird circle hub at the y-junction).
I liked the hubba hubba enough for its features that I gave it a second chance.
Things I liked:
Cavernous. Larger than most Boston-area studio apartments.
Lightweight.
Really nice waterproofing on the fly.
Stealthy green color.
Awesome 2 door entrance, huge vestibule, pockets. Lux.
Things I didn't like as much:
(besides having 2 of them fail on me)
Hard to stake out taut
Snow collects on roof (ok, ok, its a 3-season tent, but that my $99 half-fly sierra designs super-clearance-that-one-time tent succeeds in this regard and the hubba hubba struggled is a teensy bit surprising)
Fairly weak floor, tears easily on things
Poles are absolutely itching to bend themselves and stay bent. Beware wind, beware snow, beware ... weather.
Will I buy a third? No.
But I'd like to find something with the advantages of this tent that is just a little stronger.

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Cmonster wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in this jacket. But actually.
This jacket is my go-to layer when I'm climbing, hiking, backpacking, or pretty much any -ing. This jacket was made to clothe verbs.
I love the temperature range. Not overwhelmingly warm when chugging up a snow slog. Not shivering when on belay for hours.
I love the weight. Almost nothing.
I love the hood. Perfect cut.
I love that it washes well. Pretty low fuss.

Slight gripes:
I wish it was a teeny bit longer. I also wish it wasn't mortal. Indeed, after a huge amount of abuse, its zipper sometimes has some issues.

In summary, this jacket is amazing, and will make you feel a twinge of guilt about all that other outdoor clothing that you'll leave behind in your closet by always choosing this.

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Cmonster wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken this pack on 2 - 5 day backpacking & climbing trips, and otherwise used on day climbing outings. The max weight I've loaded to is mid 40 lbs.
There are many great things about this pack... such as:
Clever torso length adjustment
Lightweight
Excellent construction
Adjustable position of brain
Juuuust the right size for a weekend-lightweight week trip
Great value

There are also many things left to be desired.
Top on my list-o-beefs is that the women's fit hipbelt is awful. Perhaps just for me, though I suspect I'm not such an unusual geometry (5'9", 150'). The torso length of the men's pack is adjustable enough to cover gals in my height range, and their hip belt doesn't have these annoying, painful divot-things that are supposed to somehow fit me better. Or fit at all.
The suspension is on the light side, and will quite comfortably suspend loads into the mid-high 30 lb range. Above that and the pack will strain. This is not a pack to expect comfort with a 40-50 lb load.
Also, there are no bottom straps, which is... kind of weird. Not a deal breaker.
At the end of the day, I will probably go back to my Osprey Kestrel 48 for lighter loads, and my Osprey Ariel 65 for the bigguns.

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Cmonster wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spent about 70 consecutive nights in this tent, mostly in car camping situations, but with several weeks of backpacking as well. I bought this tent on the road under limited options when my previous tent (msr hubba hubba) bit the dust in a windstorm after years of abuse.
Pros: The limelight is attractive, incredibly easy to set up, and is sold at a pretty good value. I like the pockets and gear loft, and appreciate that the footprint is included. The tent appears to be fairly strong in windy situation, and leaking was never a problem.
Cons: This tent is NOT durable. Almost immediately the hub that holds the poles together broke. We re-wired with zipties. Next up, the fly zipper started snagging. How irritating! The orange color is also rather not stealthy.

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