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DeanDay

DeanDay

Ely, NV

DeanDay's Passions

Hiking & Camping

DeanDay's Bio

My recreation is camping in mountainous areas. I'm not adventurous. I don't take chances knowingly, and I don't like complicated things. Keep it light and simple.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on April 9, 2012

5 5

Big Agnes listened to the comments on this product and went back to the all event (breathable) one color top for 2012. This bivy is wide enough to fit a rectangular 25 inch wide pad inside for big wimps like me. Most bivies will not fit a 25 inch wide rectangluar pad inside since they narrow down at the foot to 22 inches or less. Set up is easy. There are only two poles that are attached together to make head room. Poles fit in sleeves and reinforced holes on the bivy. You hang the bivy (once the poles are stuck in the sleeves and holes) from plastic hooks on the bivy to the poles. Very roomy for bivy, and only 2 pounds. The best bivy I can find for roomy pads and a good night's sleep.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

I purchased the 77x25 pad since I like to have room. The 77x25 only weighs 19 ounces anyway. Love that you can blow it up without a special pump. I sleep cold so this pad did not work for me in 20 degrees above zero. The R value is about 2.5, if it gets below freezing, I need another pad with a higher R - value. It's a wonderful spring/summer/fall backpacking pad. Light and comfortable. It's the best weight to comfort value I've found. It's 2 inches thick, so it handles the rough ground.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on August 18, 2009

5 5

I use these in cold weather on my motorcycle. They are great. The large cuffs go over my coat arms and keep the 70 mph air out. I've worn them in the winter at 15 above F and 70 mph, and stayed warm. The elastic wrist band attachments are handy to keep the mittens from blowing away / falling off when you take them off.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on January 21, 2009

5 5

Great pad. 26" wide is great. Mine must be older since there's no pump attached to it. I've never tried the pump. I just blow it up. The Exped DLX pads are the most comfortable pad for the weight I've slept on, comparing against any Big Agnes or Thermarest pad of similar weight. 3-1/2 inches thick. It just fits into my Big Agnes 3 wire bivy with no room to spare, but it will not fit into my Bibler Tripod bivy. If you are going to buy a bivy and pad, make sure the pad fits into the bivy.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on December 15, 2008

5 5

I hike in the winter and winter gear can be bulky. This large pack is 5370 cu.in. and 6 lb. 4 oz. That's not heavy for a large waterproof pack. I have had it out in light rain and snow and it does well. I have not been out in a bad storm such as the one that convinced me to buy this pack, but I think it will be waterproof. A waterproof pack gives you options in bad weather that save weight. You can sleep in a bivy, store your stuff in the pack while you sleep, and not worry about it getting wet. The more I use it, the more I like it.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

I got the long bag and it fit me well at 6'1" 195 lbs. I slept in 20 deg F, and was warm and comfortable. The water resistant coating (EQ) cuts the wind and the rain. It only came in a left zip, which is less convenient for my right zip bivies. This great 15 degree bag only weighs 2-1/2 lbs. The Marmot stuff sack is no good. The sack ripped by the entrance on the first trip. Get a good quality small compression sack to go with this super bag.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

My old one has exterior sleeves rather than clips for the poles. The new clip style is better. The tent has two long poles that cris-cross, and a short third pole that stablizes the front between the two long poles near the top. It's easy to set up, sturdy, and has kept me dry in a heavy rain storm. 52 inches wide, 84 inches long, 2 people are possible, but only 1 door. Weighs 5-1/2 lbs, it's a light 2 person 4 season tent. Great for winter backpacking.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on July 9, 2008

5 5

I'm 6'1" 195 and got the large. Fit good, comfortable for 3 day hike ascending from 5,800 feet elevation to 12,000 feet and back. Needed to carry volume but wanted to go as light as possible for 15 mile long trail ascent. Large is 5,000 cu.in. and only 4 pounds. I had no problems, but I only had 20 pounds in it. It's a bare bones pack. Not as comfortable or sturdy as my Arc'Teryx Bora 80, but 3 pounds lighter. It was perfect for my situation.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on June 30, 2008

5 5

Only two poles that are connected by a plastic hub (like one pole really since they are connected), so there's not much mystery. Easy set up. The one pole goes into the "hood", and the other is placed long the brim of the hood into grommets on the sides. It is similar to the Bibler Tripod Bivy only there is no pole to create foot room. This bivy is slightly more roomy than the Bibler Tripod. The dimensions are on the Big Agnes website. I haven't tested it in a nasty storm yet, but so far it's a nice bivy.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on June 30, 2008

5 5

I was concerned since I'm 73" tall that I wouldn't fit. It's OK, but just barely. I think 73" is the maximum height for this bag. Two 72" long, 20" wide rectangular pads are needed to slip into the bag. I may have an old one, there's no way to couple the pads, as they have separate sleeves. The sleeves do have a slight gap, but it's not an issue. Anyway the bag is great for my wife and I. It was warm down to 20 degrees F. It's a good 15 F bag for backpacking since it only weighs 42 ounces per person, and you get to sleep with your wife.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on April 8, 2008

5 5

There are three Easton aluminum poles. One short one, and two long ones. All poles go inside the tent. The short one goes on the top between the top of the two doors. The long ones go diagonal from corner to corner on this rectanglar tent. There are internal twist clips that attach the poles to the inside of the tent. Easy to set up. This is the best tent I have ever owned. It's roomy, and so versatile. It works in any kind of weather. With the two huge doors, half of the surface of the tent can be open mesh, so summer is ok too. Weighs about 7-1/2 pounds fully packed with the Bibler ground cloth.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on March 10, 2008

2 5

The pack comes in three pieces to enable a custom fit. The pack body, the exodus shoulder straps, and the exodus waist belt. It was not obvious how to put these together, and the instructions had bad black and white small photos. We finally figured it out, and got it together, and it didn't fit my daughter right. It was such a hassle to put together the first time, we didn't have the energy to do it again. We sent it back. It's probably a good pack, but we never got that far.

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DeanDay wrote a review of on February 29, 2008

5 5

This bag is the most comfortable sleeping bag I have ever slept in. Warm, soft, it is a dream. It used to be mine. My wife tried this bag, and now won't sleep in anything else when we are camping even if it's warm. She just unzips the bag if it is warm. It has a wider cut, and it is roomy enough to where to don't have that claustrophobic feeling. Expensive, but well worth it for winter camping. Don't let your wife try it, or else buy two.

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