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Dan wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

receiving this order was bitter sweet. Why you ask? Reading the title that said "rail kit" and seeing a picture that had two crossbars in it, I quickly placed the order. The price was awesome. I looked at Yakima's fit guide for my jeep and selected s44. Order arrives in 2 days. I open up the box to find one rail. $238 spent to 2nd day one rail. (Hand in face). The irony in all this. I will now pay more to order the second rail then it would have cost to purchase the set for $399. So enough of my pissing and moaning.

Overall a very well made product. This one crossbar replaced a factory jeep crossbar that had folded in last kayaking trip. Construction appears to be spot on. Very easy to install. Took all of 5 minutes or so. Locking covers on the ends so they can't be stolen. Yakima kayak carrier mounted to and provides a rock solid attachment of your kayak or other toy to the roof of your vehicle. Overall great product minus my lapse of judgement and stupidity.

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Dan wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

Good god this thing is warm!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Well Ed pretty much hit the nail right on the head with his review. Just to back him up, this thing is smokin warm! I haven't pushed it to the extreme yet. I have a mountain hardware Trango 3.1 that come first blizzard i will be pairing up with this bag. I jumped into this thing and within seconds it began to warm up, and warm up and warm up some more. Less than a minute I was dragging myself out of it. Like Ed said, don't bother using this bag unless the thermometer reads 0! Don't bother with layers or thermals either. The bag will do the work for you.

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Dan wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

Very Bright headlamp
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall this is probably one of the best bang for your buck ( in my opinion) you can get for a headlamp. I've owned many over my years of running around through the woods and this one lights the way to say the least. It has 4 settings. The max bright on the primary lamp is just insane. Don't accidentally flash your camping buddies in the face with this thing. Having a corded lamp does get some getting use to if you are use the usual lamps where the power source is up top on your head. some people don't care for cables but having that extra burn time and lamp strength is worth it. The lamp is very light on the head. It has plenty of cord so if you aren't a tall person you can neatly coil the extra cable into the power pack which straps on the hip. This lamp is by no means water proof so don't jump in a lake with this thing on, you will kill it.

My only gripe and why i gave this 4 starts out of 5 is because the picture on back countries website isn't the lamp you will get. Two differences are that the headlamp is black and grey, not black and orange like you see above. Secondly, the battery pack is way different. It doesn't come with that handy little clip you see. it's also solid black with a half zip top to access the internal battery pack. on the side are two velco straps which you usually clip to either a pack or a belt if you're wearing one.

Back country. Please update the picture so customers know what they are buying.

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Dan wrote a review of on May 29, 2012

Solid Tent
5 5

I've spent the last 3 seasons eyeing this tent and finally decided to grab it while it was on sale. Got a great deal too!

So overall I have to say Mountain Hardware did a great job in designing this tent. I took it out to Lake Denison this past weekend to just give it a dry run. It didn't see any weather, a little rain but nothing at all major.

The tent is a very strong design. If tensioned properly there's no slack in the exterior or interior walls creating a very strong shell. Stating the obvious this is a 4 season tent. It was 85 degrees out so the inside of the tent was a little warm. There's a single vent on the roof of the tent wall that allows for circulation of the air. It has a solid door as well as a mesh door. If you open the vent and crack open both vestibules you'll get a good amount of air moving through. I cheated a bit and hung a fan from the ceiling to move a little more air.

Pitching is pretty fast and requires just a little common sense to get it done. Poles are super light and strong. They'll almost snap themselves together if you aren't careful taking them out of the storage bag.

The front vestibule has a good amount of space. could easily stash 2 packs in the front and a 3rd pack in the rear vestibule.

The stakes are also top quality. I've read some reviews that say they are junk but they did the job for me. They stayed in the ground and didn't want to come out. Had to use a shop rag and vice grips to yank them out.

The interior has a good amount of room. It was only my girlfriend and myself in the tent, plus a small dog, but 3 could easily sleep in this tent.

Overall I could see this tent doing well in the elements and taking a serious pounding. If you're looking to get into cold weather camping this would be a good pick. Its a little heavy so splitting between multiple packs would be the best bet if you're taking it up a mountain. Overall great tent. I'll update when I get it out for steel head fishing this winter.

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Dan wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

3 5

Picked up this stove last week and took it out for testing on a 4 day trip in Acadia National Park. Overall an alright stove.. It cranks out plenty of heat. Cooked chicken, burgers, dogs, bacon, eggs for two all with no problem. Flame control was pretty easy. I'd recommend using the lowest setting for most food types.

The stove performed well with the exception of two things. The electronic ignition system is unreliable. It actually lights a flame maybe 50% of the time. I've found myself using a match most of the time to get it going. The instruction manual states that if the stove doesn't fire up in 5 seconds, to wait 5 minutes and try again. But when you're hungry after a day of climbing who wants to wait any longer than we have to for a hot meal. So make sure to have a secondary ignition source.

The second issue with this stove is the non stick surface on the grill portion. It works very well as none of the meals cooked stuck to it. However on the last morning of use a portion of the non stick surface came off and exposed the metal underneath. Seems odd that after 3 days of use the non stick surface would come off. It could be an isolated incident. I'll be contacting Camp Chef direct to see about a replacement.

Other than that not a bad set up.

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