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Dave

Dave

So Cali, Mostly in the Eastern Sierra

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David's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
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David's Bio

Love the backcountry mostly a peakbagger, getting back into rock climbing hope to do some alpine climbing in the near future

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Dave wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a bit hesitant spending the $$$ for this after reading the initial reviews about the durability and the noise etc...
But I finally pulled the trigger when I found a good deal. At least for the price you get the stuff sack and the repair kit, that takes a bit of the "sting" off that price.
I have used this for a bit over a season now and have been very happy with it. Its compact, smaller than a 1 liter Nalgene bottle, its waay light, and its comfy to me (im a side sleeper if you care) I do inflate it till its pretty firm, and so far I have had no durabilty issues, No leaks!!
One of my main climbing partners is a pretty light sleeper and the crackling noise doesnt bother him, and certainly doesnt bother me either.
It does seem pretty fragile so I have been pretty careful when I use it and do almost always sleep inside a tent or a bivy but so far so good!!
I like it enough that I am considering the XTherm for this coming winters excursions.

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Dave wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use one whenever Im using my winter bag. this sack a) reduces the size almost by half as the included stuff sack and b) is waterproof.
I had tried a lighterweight cheaper compression sack (which wasnt waterproof) and blew out the seams and straps when trying to compress my bag. Not a problem with this bag, while it may cost a bit more as well as weigh more its very durable and will last a lifetime, and its waterproof to boot!!

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Dave wrote an answer about on November 6, 2012

Not really worth it. I thought it was a great idea when I got my stove. It worked great at home, but out in the field, especially at elevation its less than ideal, and won't light the stove. I now just use a lighter and leave it behind.

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Dave wrote a review of on July 11, 2012

Great in the winter
5 5

I use my FS mug on winter trips when weight and its size aren't a big concern. It's great to use inside the tent as the lid helps to keep you from spilling your ramen all over you bag and your clothes.
You can make yourself an insulating sleave or you can spend $10 and buy a neoprene sleave made specifically for it at Forty Below's site.
I can fit most Mountain House Pro-Pak or the regular two person meals inside with the lid on and they stay nice and hot while they rehydrate for 10-15 minutes.

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Dave wrote an answer about on July 11, 2012

OK I will answer this one myself.  A 100...

OK I will answer this one myself. A 100 gm Jetboil canister as well as the 110 gram Snow Peak canisters WILL in fact fit inside. With room to spare for the MSR Microrocket and ignitor as long as you take the stove out of the supplied plastic case.

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Dave wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

4 5

Finally got a chance to use this. Seemed to boil water even faster than my original JB. Havent had a problem with it getting too hot as some have complained however I turn it off just as it comes to a boil, I think if its left on boiling for a while it may get too hot.
The ignitor however wouldnt work for me, my old JB the ignitor was always finicky but could usually get it going, was hoping the new redesigned one would function better but couldnt even get a spark. Plan to exchange it and see if I have better luck.

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