David  Stancil

David Stancil

Tucson, AZ 32.2217° N, 110.9264° W

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Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
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To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on November 13, 2011

5 5

Honestly, this boot just f-ing rocks. I bought my first pair at a Fleet Farm in Wisconsin for my move up to Alaska. They became my everyday boot for the entire year and a half that I was there. I love the height to them and they just hug my feet and don't let go. Great tread and the warmth is awesome. Definitely not for warm or even spring weather as your feet will sweat. But for a solid pair of winter boots that are legitimately waterproof... this is it. After about 2 years of almost daily wear I finally broke down and bought another pair. The same exact model on clearance. I see they have a new design with a few tweeks but in essence it looks to be the same boot. True to size. For this price you are not going to get a better cold weather boot. Columbia got it right with these. I'm considering stockpiling just in case they ever discontinue this product. It's that good. Just buy it.

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David Stancil wrote an answer about on November 2, 2010

This thing is pretty light and doesn't take up much room in the pack at all. I can't compare it's compressibility to the MH though. Nalgene size is pretty accurate. I usually just stuff it in my pack to fill in the dead space. You'll forget it's there until the weather turns on you.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on August 18, 2010

5 5

Obviously this thing has high praise but I thought I'd throw my .02 in. First off I got this thing half off retail otherwise I don't think I could justify dropping 500$. The label does say "made in Canada";I know there has been great dispute over the product manufacturing. As for sizing, I am 6'2 210lbs and the large fits like a dream. For those of you who wear skinny jeans and girl shirts you might think that I am crazy but for those of you who use the product as intended and are not just name dropping or making a fashion statement then I would say (at least for the large) that it is a true to size fit. The hood is very big but the cinch cords make it fit just fine especially when I wear a ball cap. The length is definitely long in the back which is great. The craftsmanship is top notch. I do wish there was a second zip on the main zip but thats just being nit-picky. It is definitely a heavy jacket compared to most but this thing is absolutely bomber and a true necessity when you are dealing with the lovely (SARCASM) Alaskan weather with weeks... not hours or days of rain.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on August 2, 2010

3 5

So first off, I got this for a pretty darn good deal. Less than 200$ for the tent and footprint so that was a major factor. Was in the market for a spacious all purpose tent. I normally go lightweight but needed a tent for car camping and when you go camping with those non backpackers (IE: family/girlfriend) it gets to be tough when you are cramming too much into too little space particularly when you are stuck in Seward AK rain. Just got this today so no real world testing as of yet. Pro's: very spacious. I am 6'2 and it is the first tent I've had that I don't touch the walls. Kingdom for 2 but could easily fit 3 although tightly. Good size vestibules and the clip poles are probly the best innovation in tent design I can think of. Love that it has a square footprint and doesn't taper. Great headroom. Construction seems bombproof. Like the fly/footprint pitch option. Very easy to set up. Cons: Obviously it is heavy for backpacking but if you are splitting it it is definitely manageable but for car camping it seems a great choice. Bulky roll up. Too many zippers. MH could have easily reduced weight by just eliminating some of the metal. In the end I think I will give this new tent a few trial runs in the rain up here in AK and if it holds up it will definitely go into the "spacious car camping / group backpacking tent" category. For less than 200$ you can't really go wrong, especially seeing as this thing is LONG. There aren't many ultralight tents for tall people so this will have to do. For the rest of my solo outings my bivy will still reign supreme. Hope this helps. Will update after a night or two in it and get a pic up.

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David Stancil wrote a question about on July 23, 2010

Anyone have any good things to say about this tent? Both BC and REI are out of stock so either there is a recall or they are being snatched up because of the price and weight. For us hammock/bivy campers who are looking for a $ tent with tons of floor space this seems like a steal. 160$? Please I can spend more than that on drinks after a long hike. Better spent on expanding my gear closet.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on July 12, 2010

5 5

Great pad. A bit more expensive than most but worth the versatility. It folds so there is no more hassle of ends curling with a traditional roll pad. Great to throw on the ground against a log to use as a camp chair. Lashes easily. Have had my pad for quite a long time now and there are not tears or holes and the hinges have held up great. Use this with my Prolite inflatable for winter camping and it keeps me nice and warm.

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David Stancil wrote an answer about on July 7, 2010

haha, significantly reduced insulation on the underside. I am going to use that to describe a quilt from now on. This would obviously be an understatement. The difference between this and the adrenaline is that this has NO insulation on the bottom as this is a quilt. As the above stated, it depends on your needs and camping style. By the way... quilts rock and it is definitely worth a shot if you haven't used one before especially because this one is $.

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David Stancil wrote an answer about on July 7, 2010

You may have a hard time finding a stuff sack to cover it. Can I ask why you would want to cover it? It is a closed cell foam pad so it will not soak up water and if it gets dirty just rinse it off. If you do want to get a cover for it I think the only thing that would most likely fit is an old tent stuff sack which will give you the length you need. Or you could get a heavy duty contractor trash bag and cut it down to size and just use a twist tie or piece of string to tie it off. Realistically though this is a ground pad that shouldn't need any protection. Hope this helps.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

4 5

Got mine on sale which sweetened the deal. Dry incredibly fast. Easy to zip on and off the legs. I'm 6'2 32/34 waist and found that the large long was just too long and way too much fabric. Tried the medium/long and they fit perfectly. Docked one star because the leg zip broke but I was able to remove one tooth and slip the slider back on without having to return it. Love these pants and the price and they fit like a glove with great range of motion. Don't hesitate to buy.

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David Stancil wrote an answer about on July 7, 2010

This would be a great option for the tarp camper who wants the bug protection. You don't need a "rainfly" just go and get a lightweight sil nylon tarp. That will not only cover your mesh bivy but also give you a living space to cook and relax when the weather turns bad.

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David Stancil wrote an answer about on July 5, 2010

Sciurphobia - fear of squirrels.  You'll...

Sciurphobia - fear of squirrels. You'll only have a squirrel problem if you sleep like a rock and have an open can of roasted nuts sitting on your chest.

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