Dan Bachman

Dan Bachman

SW & Central Idaho, Utah Mountains

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Photographer of the outdoor lifestyle.

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Dan Bachman

Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 19, 2010

The tent that invented bombproof
5 5

I have 2 of these, one that is 17 years old and another that is new. The older has seen a lot of use over the years, but looks nearly new. The new model is the same bombproof design with a few enhancements. The continuous pole sleeve, side hanging doors, sealed floor and the ceiling vents are not on my older model but are welcome changes.While it's true that the VE 25 weighs more than your average 2-3 person tent-what price can you put on bombproof protection?It's the only tent I'll take with me in the winter. It holds a crazy amount of snow and is solid in high winds. You can secure it any number of ways to rocks, snow anchors, trees or whatever with the supplied lines that attach all over the fly and main canopy for even more protection. The shock corded poles are all the same size (except for the fly pole) so there's no confusion as to what pole goes where. The freestanding design makes it a breeze to clean out in camp. You just pick it up and shake it out.Over the July 4th holiday in 2008 I was at Elephant Perch, in Idaho during a microburst storm that blew over as many at 1/4 of the trees in areas. I waited out the storm in the VE 25 at the base of a cliff. The wind howled for over an hour with trees snapping everywhere. It sounded like a jet engine inside the tent, but the tent didn't fail. I'm still amazed how it held up.Make sure that you put it away 100% dry and clean and you'll never have a problem with de-lamination or mildew and you'll be giving it to your kids someday.

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 15, 2010

4 5

These are great for Mountain House (and the like) meals. Wicked fast boil and then pour the water in the meal pouch. I've never cooked food directly in it, but I can see how it would be a little hard to stir food being so narrow. I had a problem with my first one when the sparker quit working. The warranty replacement has worked fine although it can be hard to start when the temperature is below freezing. I keep a pack of matches with it just in case...

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 15, 2010

5 5

Every piece of Arcteryx clothing that I have exudes quality and these are no different. It's a little strange to have a thigh pocket on an insulation layer that I always wear under a shell. But that's my only nitpick. The Merino wool is non-itch and regulates temperature well. The fit for me is great. I'm a 35" waist with 34 length and the L fits me great.

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

It's big enough that it fits without feeling like it's giving you a brain squeeze. Almost all of the other beanies i've tried or purchased are too tight for me. Not this one and it has style to boot. It's long enough that you can leave it bunched up on top or pull it all the way down over your ears with some room to spare. I have them in several colors. They sold out fast in 2009-get one before they're gone this year.

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

Same review I wrote for the short sleeve version...
I don't like tight clothing and had to order the XXL so that it didn't feel like a compression shirt. I'm 6'0" 175lbs. It's super light and takes almost no space in your bag or pack. Really good warmth from a fabric this that I'm thinking it will make the perfect sleep shirt while snuggled in the down during a sub-zero winter camp. The shirt has kept it's shape very well after 4 washings with no pilling. I think it's the near perfect base layer for medium active sports.

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

Bought these as my third pair of Salomon GTX trail running shoes and they've gotten better every year. I've had no problem with the waterproof failing, they work great for kicking around town when the weather is yuck. I have a neutral gait when trail running and I like the stability of the heal on this shoe. My fav feature is the Quickfit lacing. It's fast and once you get them adjusted to the tension you want, you never have to worry about the laces coming loose or undone for the rest of your run. Ever.

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Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 13, 2010

5 5

Salomon boots & shoes, whether they are Alpine, Nordic or trail running have always fit my foot very well. These boots are no exception. The lacing system is slick and very fast to adjust. I find once I put half a kilometer in that I need to tighten them a little more and then they are good for the rest of the day. It would be nice if they had a pocket for the zipper on the lace cover. Either that or have it go completely under the ankle support, but I nit pick. The flex of the boot is just right to give you control but not be fatiguing on longer trips. Used them last week when the high was 14 F with only a thin pair of icebreaker socks and they kept my toes toasty.

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Dan Bachman

Dan Bachman wrote a review of on December 13, 2010

5 5

I don't like tight clothing and had to order the XXL so that it didn't feel like a compression shirt. I'm 6'0" 175lbs. It's super light and takes almost no space in your bag or pack. Really good warmth from a fabric this that I'm thinking it will make the perfect sleep shirt while snuggled in the down during a sub-zero winter camp. The shirt has kept it's shape very well after 4 washings. I thinks it's the near perfect base layer for medium active sports.

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