Elliot Nell

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Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Climbing

Brenda 's Bio

My name is elliot. I enjoy climbing, camping, hiking, trekking, running, kayaking, walking, and traveling. I also enjoy the solid gear that gets me there and back.

Elliot Nell

Elliot Nell wrote a review of on December 27, 2010

5 5

As a starter level, relatively inexpensive headlamp, the Petzl Tikkina gets a 5 star rating. Comfortable and easily adjustable headband, dual light settings, long battery life, tiltable housing and water resistance all make for a great deal on an everyday headlamp. If you plan on spelunking, spend more money. If you plan on casual hiking, working under the house and reading in bed, buy this one. 23 lumens is enough to light up a dark room or illuminate a campsite, but will not blind your friends and family.I've read some complaints about flickering, but so far this hasn't been an issue for me. Overall a solid and lightweight piece of gear.

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Elliot Nell wrote a review of on December 27, 2010

3 5

Ok, I've owned quite a bit of Columbia gear in my time, and I was somewhat disappointed in this one, but for the price it was a decent deal. I like the style of the jacket, the warmth, and the fact that it is interchange-compatible is nice, but it pretty much stops there. The attention to detail was lacking. Stitching was mediocre, and durability remains to be seen. What mainly ticked me off was the absense of YKK zippers. What is the world coming to? Also the zipper pulls were all tied wrong and I had to retie them. The cinch pulls were a little weird, but fairly functional. Call me picky, but to me the details are what set apart the quality items from the crap. Not that this is crap, it's just nothing special. Overall, it's pretty warm for it's weight and was pretty inexpensive, so it's not a bad buy if you're on a budget and don't care if the zippers wear out after a while. If you care, you're probably better off with something else.

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Elliot Nell wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

Although this beanie is at the bottom of the Mountain Hardwear price range, it is an great buy. The Polartec fleece is very warm down to about 30-35 degrees and is extremely lightweight and soft. It is perfect for stuffing in your back pocket on cool/somewhat cold days. It fits well, but in windy conditions gusts can sneak up under the edges although the fabric does cut a bit of the wind. However, it is not designed to be windproof, and for that I would recommend a MH windstopper beanie or something similar. For the price, and for fulfilling its duty, i'd give it a solid 4.5-5 stars. Yes there are nicer, but they cost more. Overall, the Mountain Hardwear Micro Dome is a solid piece of gear for the money. I've already taken it on one excursion and plan on several more.

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