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Mary Jo's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Mountain Biking

Mary Jo's Bio

Aging adventurer, frugal father! I work to get my moneys worth out of every 24 hours! Running, snowboarding/skiing, cycling, backpacking - I love what each season has to offer!

Craig V

Craig V wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Purchased this jacket in the Fall. Used it all season for snowboarding from the first day (11/30/13) to the last? (4/27/14) Comfortable over a HUGE temperature range. Really impressed with the Coreloft insulation! Wore it as a stand-alone jacket on spring days, and under a shell on the bitter cold days! Pockets are just right - inside pocket holds your phone, outside pockets large enough for snacks, tools, etc. Cuff design is excellent - simple design that seals out the cold, and slides easily under a shell. Long enough to cover your tail when bending over to buckle in, yet still a nice trim fit. Dries in no time. Stuffs small in your pack at the end of the day! I own(ed)similar pieces from Patagonia, TNF, others, but this is by far my favorite. Worth the money - great colors too!

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Craig V wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Needed a bigger stove to take when backpacking with my three boys - this was perfect during a recent trip. Heats up quickly boiling water/cooking pasta. Flame can really be dialed down too - goes plenty low enough to cook pancakes and simmer beans! Wide pot supports make it plenty stable even with a full 2 liter pot on top! I like the fact that it can be used with multiple brands of canisters - had good luck with both the Jetboil and even some old GAZ canisters! This is my third MSR stove (whisperlight, pocket rocket, and Superfly) all have performed flawlessly! Great quality - I believe they are still built in the USA too! Good investment - like all MSR products! I'll pass this one down to my boys!

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Craig V wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this bag for my 12 year old son to use on a recent backpacking trip! Great bag for the price - overall workmanship excellent, even came with both a compression stuff sack, and a nice mesh storage sack. I was surprised how small it stuffs - even smaller than advertised. Other posts mentioned issues with the zipper, that wasn't our experience. Excellent value -

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Craig V wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

5 5

You won't find a better jacket for the price! Well designed, durable, and functional for so many activities. This was my shell for snowboarding from December to April - from single digit days to rainy spring conditions! Performed just as well as my Super Cell and at half the cost! H2No is the Gore-Tex for the "working class!"

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Craig V wrote a review of on November 17, 2008

5 5

Awesome pack - I've owned others from TNF and Nathan - this one is the best. Well thought out design - very secure, didn't budge while heading down the trail. One bottle for water, one for an electrolyte drink. Pockets offer plenty of space for your cell, Clifshot, a dry hat, i-pod, etc. The bungee cord on the back is ideal for stashing your jacket and/or gloves when you get warmed up. I've only used it for running, but it would also be great for roller skiing and mt. biking!

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