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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

3 5

This set is very light, and was the perfect size for two people, however it's so thin that we had to work very carefully to avoid scorching our food, which usually was impossible to avoid. Have you ever spent 2 weeks in the Alaskan backcountry eating scorched couscous? I don't recommend it. I wish this set had a thicker bottom. It was impossible to get the scorched crust off the bottom of the pots as well.

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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

4 5

This stuff does as advertised, it spurts out DEET and that keeps (most) of the mosquitoes off. Alaskan mosquitoes are a special breed, so I expected a less than 100% avoidance success rate. My only complaint is that the pump action is more of a stream than a spray, so you can get wasteful if you're spraying on your clothes as it just gets spots rather than a wider area. For skin you can just spray on your hands and rub.

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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

5 5

This was the only utensil I brought on my camping trip to Alaska and it was great. It works as both a spoon and a fork (duh), the tine to bowl ratio is sufficient enough so that sipping soup is still easy. Additionally, it was our go-to for stirring because it doesn't transfer heat up the handle, preventing ouchie burns. I was mocked for my spork at the beginning of the trip but my companions saw the light when burdened with their crummy pedestrian utensils.

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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

5 5

This bag is great, it survived a camping/rafting trip in the Alaskan backcountry and kept water out of the stuff I put inside. The plastic is thick and durable, and it's nice to see what you have in there. It is a thick bag, however, so if you have rigid stuff inside it can be hard to compact down and close. Worked great as a food container. It will develop condensation, but it dried out quickly when opened.

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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

4 5

This sleeping sack performed as advertised, helping to keep me warm inside my sad, old sleeping bag that's definitely developed a few cold spots. My only caution is that if your clothes are in any way damp, this sack will pick up the moisture and spread it out and you will spend a very chilly, damp and uncomfortable night. Dry off thoroughly before using!

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EmpressCao wrote a review of on August 14, 2010

2 5

I bought this bag because I was intrigued by the purge function. If you intend to use this as a stuff sack that won't ever get wet, it's great. The vent at the bottom (which is supposedly one way) makes it super easy to compact the bag. However, if any moisture gets on the outside of the vent, you get horrible condensation on the inside, which just spreads damp. Additionally, if the vent is exposed to water (say, it falls overboard or is lying in a puddle), then it takes forever to dry it out, even in direct sunlight.

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