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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on September 20, 2011

4 5

I'm overall very happy after the first few nights out. Bought to function as a backpacker's first car camping tent, its biggest pluses are the ease of setup and the roomy and airy interior. The poles appear to be super burly, and the color coded sleeves and clips seem completely self-explanatory even though I did read through the instructions first.

A couple of minor things prevent it from receiving a 5-star review. The fly, while it covers the mesh roof thoroughly, leaves the doors uncovered. Therefore, rain protection is left to the interior zipped nylon door panels. I suspect that a windy storm would easily drive some rain in through the zippers. Additionally, I found the fly somewhat tedious to attach. Kelty advises to attach the small pockets on the roof poles first, which definitely isn't the way to go unless you have a partner helping. Clipping the corners first and leaving plenty of slack will allow much easier attachment to the roof poles. Then tighten it up.

The other minor problem: the stakes are TERRIBLE flimsy pieces of crap. Since this is a car camping tent, toss them and go buy some heavy duty Coleman junk at your local discount store and save yourself the indignity of bending half the stakes while driving them into the ground.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on April 17, 2010

5 5

After a long hiatus wearing nothing but cheap shades and scratched-up crap found in ski resort parking lots, I blew some tax refund and bought a pair of these. I love them. Looking through these lenses is better than real life. I hope I manage to hang onto them for a long time, because they are spendy, but if you value optical clarity and quality construction you deserve to own a pair of these.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

4 5

But zero degrees is pushing it. I've spent several sub 20F nights in it and been comfy. Then there was a night at 10k in January where the wind HOWLED and even behind a burly tent wall and a snow barrier outside there was enough air moving around to chill me out pretty good. I don't blame the sleeping pad sleeve as much as the draft collar and tube.

I do like the fit of the BA bags in general. I'm 6'5", 230 lbs, and don't prefer to sleep on my back. Even with the bag loaded up with clothes, water bottles, and ski boot liners, there's still plenty of room to move.

I'm considering upgrading to one of their down bags for more compressibility. This one does take up a lot of room in the pack! Overall I'm very satisfied. It's a lot of warmth for the price.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on June 28, 2009

5 5

I bought this little guy for the light weight and versatility. So far we've spent two weeks together in canyons on Cedar Mesa, UT, and I've been blown away. I'm tall at 6'5", so when I buy a tent I expect to share it with nobody (unless in an emergency, romantic or otherwise) and sleep diagonally. This size is perfect, and the high-angled walls gave me plenty of sitting up clearance. The vent opposite the big open door is small but has an ingenious little support pole that prop it open nice and wide. I haven't had it any more wet than a few sprinkles in the desert so I can't comment on condensation issues yet.

The one con worth mentioning is the vestibule size. My big pack fit nicely but there's definitely not enough room or clearance for winter cooking. Also, depending on how you've got the vestibule rigged up, zipper access into the tent proper can be very acrobatic.

The tabs near the pole grommets are indeed annoying as one other reviewer pointed out, but I suppose they're necessary to add the paw print floor accessory. If I commit to never using it, I'll probably just whack off the extra tabs.

I love the compression sack to pack it down small and slip the poles in with my sleeping pad. The stakes are minimalist but stayed put nicely in hard desert sand. For summer desert use, get yourself a Nano. I think it may do nicely for light winter use. I'll keep you updated.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote an answer about on December 28, 2008

There should be a center-line that will line up with the center-line on your boots once mounted. That's the manufacturer's suggestion and a good place to start unless you have strong convictions about mounting forward a cm or two. That's also where any reputable ski shop will mount them unless you tell them otherwise.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

These climb like crazy, stay on your skis like crazy, and give you a great upper body work-out when you first unfold them on a cold winter morning. Their stiffness makes them much easier to deal with in the wind than the G3 Expedition skins.

A couple tips:

1. Only use the plastic storage mesh for long-term (summer) storage. It's too much trouble dealing with the backing all the time, and bits do tend to come off and stick to the glue.

2. Treat the plastic STS tabs gently. They're very durable, but, especially when you're peeling off with skis still on, you'll get much more life if you hold the tab and then extend your leg backwards to peel the ski off the skin instead of jerking the tab to get the skin off the ski.

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DaddyNeedsPow wrote a review of on February 1, 2008

5 5

These pants have exactly the right combination of features for me: full zipper vents, burly waterproof hard shell, awesome breathability, indestructible waterproof zippers, built in suspenders, logical and USEFUL pockets, and a great fit that flatters my ass but loose enough in the leg to keep the ladies from being intimidated by my giant skin-track dominating quads. Ahem, I mean they fit really well. I like the way they ride high on the waist to keep the pow out but aren't suffocating like full bibs. For this level of awesomeness the price is quite nice, too. If I ever manage to wear them out, I will gladly buy another pair.

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