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Eli

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Eliwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Comfortable, quick dry, durable, light weight, compactable. It's seems pretty true that they don't stink so bad after a long day of traveling - but I still don't recommend it and honestly only have cursory evidence, I haven't done any thorough testing. I can tell you that a few pairs will last literally years.

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Eliwrote a review of on September 30, 2009

5 5

My previous boot was an Asolo Fugitive but I like these even better, my feet aren't particularly wide in the middle but my toe box needs alittle more room, these fit like a glove. Walking around they are sturdy, great support, goretex liner keeps the water out. The construction is awesome, classic leather backpacking boot, these seem really well made.

They feel a bit heavier then my last pair but not much, and then these are sturdier boots, I knew I was making that trade and I'm happy I did, I expect I'll be wearing these still in 5 years.

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Eliwrote a review of on September 30, 2009

5 5

I was looking for something with a little more carrying space than my camelback lobo, but still wanted something hydration compatible. The bullet fits the bill perfectly. Construction is good, fabric seems really durable. I use it mostly for hiking and it carries lunch, compass, extra layer, snacks, water, headlamp, knife, water filter, binoculars... all the things that wouldn't fit before. Love it.

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Eliwrote a review of on July 17, 2009

3 5

Took a package of AlpineAire 5 Grain Fruit Nut Instant Cereal on a canoing trip through the Minnesota Boundary waters, it was real easy to make, just added boiling water and mixed. Tastes a bit like oatmeal with some sunflower seeds and dried fruit mixed in, not at all bad but a little plain, but it filled me up for the long day of paddling ahead.

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Eliwrote a review of on June 18, 2009

4 5

I used to carry a bulky shovel axe combo, when the axe head started to fly off mid swing on ocassion, I started looking into other options. I replaced the saw portion with a 0.1 ounce ring saw, while this next to nothing weight, cleverly named iPOOD! is infinitely lighter and more compact form of shovel, especially for the purposes I use it for.

CONS: I have a hard time getting the plastic cap piece off to access the hollow compartment in the handle, and sand can quickly (although temporarily) gum up the function of the retractable handle.

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Eliwrote a review of on June 18, 2009

4 5

I think at this point I might try hiking in something else, but only to prove again why I switched to smartwool, the right mix of synthetic and wool seems to give the benefits of both, they are also really comfortable, staying in place without bunching up. If I were to complain about anything it's that after 2 years they can start to rough up in areas, but on the other hand they last through at least two years of backpacking and hikes.

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