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David  Stancil

David Stancil

Tucson, AZ 32.2217° N, 110.9264° W

David Stancil's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

David Stancil's Bio

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 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 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 a review of on October 27, 2009

4 5

It's a water bottle, what else. I only use two of these for winter camping when I need to put hot liquid in it for the bottom of my sleeping bag. Otherwise I dont really see the point in spending more than the cost of a 1L Aquafina bottle which has the main advantage of being a tad lighter and you are recycling. But for winter use it is your pretty standard bottle that wont melt and does not leave any taste in your water. Good buy and its the cheapest.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on October 22, 2009

4 5

This tent is more than adequate for alpine and winter conditions. I live here in Alaska and this tent is certainly a great buy if you are looking to escape the elements in the colder months. It is light enough to be carried solo and large enough to accomodate 2 + gear. If you learn your gear and know how to pitch this thing tight it will shed snow and wind very well. Architectually this design is much more effective in wind and snow than any 8lb winter dome tent with cross poles. The snowskirts make this thing bombproof. Even with the two trekking poles in the center I find that I have plenty of room to sleep on either side of the supports. I am 6'2 and have TONS of space. If you are looking to use this outside of snow conditions be wary that it is hard to get a tight pitch if you cant stake down the edges at precise places, in the snow it is easy but in rocky ground you are going to have problems. I have experienced condensation but nothing to balk at seeing as this thing only weighs 1lb 12oz. Easily regulated with the double zipper and rear vent. Know what you are buying and you will not regret it.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on October 18, 2009

5 5

I am a warm sleeper and this along with a bivy has recently kept me warm down to about 15 degrees. Throw on a layer or two and this thing has just extended itself to a four season bag at 1lb 13oz. High level of craftsmanship, packs small. I am 6'3" 205 lbs and do not find this bag tight. Plenty of room for me to sleep comfortably. Love the half zip, no more sleeping with a zipper in my side. My new go to bag.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on June 30, 2009

5 5

Slowly bringing my base pack down and made the conversion from the ultra bulky (ultra dependable) closed cell pad to this little guy after making the mistake of trying out a non-inflatable with great disatisfaction. This pad is super light, extremely comfortable, and if you have a repair kit, totally bombproof. I use this with a quilt and find that the material is not at all harsh against my skin. Also, I am 6'2 and use a regular and find that I am not at all uncomfortable or finding pressure points. As long as you use a stuff sack pillow with your head off the pad. Great buy.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on June 30, 2009

3 5

Tried this pad after I returned the clearview due to material. Inflatables are a rather new thing for me as I am used to closed cell pads but thought I would join the rest of the group and get a really great nights sleep. This pad is nice, it kept me warm in 30 degree weather but the pad itself I just find uncomfortable and finicky. Perhaps I just didn't give it enough time, but I feel being 2.5 inches off the ground means that you either have to never move at night or be ok with half your body being off the pad. If it works for you great, for this closed cell guy, the move was a mistake. Returned it due to no fault of the manufacturer. Quality seems tough and durable.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on June 3, 2009

2 5

If this pad works for you then you get an air pad at a steal with a low weight but for me the material that its made from keeps me from sleeping at night. Tried this pad out for 2 nights and found that it is extremely sticky which makes it difficult to move around at night. I also usually sleep with my arms outside of my bag or the bag half zipped and the material next to the skin is very unpleasant. Minus the cons it is quite comfortable and easy to blow up. Returning it today.

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David Stancil wrote a review of on May 26, 2009

5 5

Got the 5L bag to use as a dry sac for my summer sleeping bag and couldn't be happier. This thing holds my bag with plenty of room to spare and the breathable bottom is great for smashing the bag down to nearly nothing and getting all of the air out (and not letting it back in). Did the bathtub test and let water rain down on it for damn near an hour. My sleeping bag stayed bone dry. BUY THIS!

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David Stancil wrote a review of on May 18, 2009

1 5

Just got this not too long ago and was looking for something small that would fit inside of my BC 700ml Ti pot. Tried it out with some freezer bag cooking in my living room and found that this thing 1) does not nest inside the BC pot with stove and canister 2)is just too damn short to really eat with without getting food all over your fingers. Not worth the weight savings. Will return it and go with the regular size or maybe even upgrade to the long seeing that I would have to store it in the brain of my pack anyway. DON'T BUY THE SHORT unless you want to be frustrated.

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