Ernie Sadera

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Ernie Sadera

Ernie Sadera wrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is one WARM pad! I just used this for a winter snowshoeing/camping/ice fishing trip in the BWCA in February. Overnight temps were between 0 and -25F. I slept in a Feathered Friends Ibis Ex 0 bag and the XTherm performed great! I could feel the heat radiating back at me from the pad. For comparison, I tried out my Exped SynMat UL 7 on a 0 degree night and was very noticeably colder. The XTherm wasn't nearly as noisy as I expected and has nowhere near the crinkle of the regular NeoAir. The stuff sack/pump is a little cumbersome. It's not nearly as simple to use as the Schnozzel but it gets the job done. If you're looking for a warm, lightweight, warm, packable and warm pad, look no further! Did I mention it's warm?

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Ernie Sadera wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

Bought these for my 13 year old son....
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

...and they were great! We just returned from a 5 day backpacking trip and he wore them the entire time. I tried to get him to break them in a little before we left but he probably only used them to walk the dog a few times before leaving. We hiked between 5 and 13 miles every day carrying a 25lb pack and they performed great! No blisters, hot spots or issues at all. He said they were very comfortable. We had some rain during our trip and the trails were very wet. These shoes handled every condition with ease. Whether it was hiking over moss-covered rock, tree roots, loose gravel or muddy trails, the Boulder X stuck to everything like glue. We didn't have any serious elevation change or technical climbs to really test them but based on past experience with La Sportiva (I wear the Xplorer Mid GTX) I'd think they'd perform just fine. Another quality shoe from La Sportiva.

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Ernie Sadera wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

Jetboil Sol Titanium...Awesome!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this a little over a year ago to replace my Markill and MSR Pocket Rocket stoves. I've used it on 3-4 trips(20+days) now and I love it! It's really light, packs efficiently with all the components nesting inside the pot(along with a 100g can of fuel), is super-efficient and boils water faster than any other stove I've seen. I've used it well above 10,000' in the Wind River Range and it's performed flawlessly. As others have mentioned, it does burn HOT even when turned down low. However, I still have used it to make pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns and fry trout all in a MSR BlackLite fry pan. You need to keep the pan moving so you don't burn things or better yet, use a diffuser. The neoprene cozy and handle can be a little unwieldy when the pot is full but this is only a very minor issue and I wouldn't let that deter anyone from getting this.

Pricey? A little. But definitely worth the money!

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Ernie Sadera wrote a review of on January 3, 2010

2 5

Bought this on SAC and was very excited when it arrived. Tried it on and knew it wouldn't work for me. I'm 5'10", 200lbs with an athletic build. I ordered an XL even though the sizing chart says I should be a L. The arm holes and sleeves are too tight unless you are only wearing a t-shirt underneath. The jacket has a nice feel and seems like it would be warm but the zippers and draw cords seem flimsy. Also, it doesn't have a powder skirt or interior pockets. I really wanted to like this especially as an alternative to high priced Arc'Teryx but I quess you get what you pay for. I'm returning it and will stick with my proven brand of choice.

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