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Eli wrote 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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Eli wrote 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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Eli wrote 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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Eli wrote 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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Eli wrote 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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Eli wrote a review of on June 17, 2009

5 5

I bought this 2 years ago after doing a bit of research and deciding it had the best mix of intensity and battery life. Since then I have never regretted it. I can't complain about a single thing, it's really bright, might not be the brightest, but it's up there, and the battery life is fantastic, one battery change will last several trips, depending on how much you use the super bright setting. One thing I've found really useful that is a bit out of the norm for headlamps is the flood setting, just a little plastic window that slides out in front of the LED and diffuses the beam into a wider path, illuminating more with a less blinding light, good for working/ cooking, setting up tents etc.

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Eli wrote a review of on July 18, 2008

2 5

I've heard lots of good things about Keen. The Laguna Sandals have not lived up to my expectations. Sometimes socks just feel stifling but without them these feel sort of sticky, sweaty. They probably work great in water, unfortunately I don't think I'll get the chance since the sole started coming up on the right shoe three days after I bought them and the sole coming unglued and sliding around like that makes them too annoying for me to wear. Also there is a piece of plastic poking me in the foot on the right sandal, I suppose I could shave that off and glue down the sole, regardless, not what I expected from Keen.

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