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FatPharm wrote a review of on March 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used it for many trips here in VA over the last 4 years and have yet to see a real failure. Sure, if you're not careful or don't prefilter, then it will slow down faster then you might expect, but its also pretty easy to fix or maintain in the field. The vast majority of the time, all you need to do is pull the filter, scrub the outer layer off, give it a little rinse, and get back to it. How do I rinse it if I need the filter to get clean water? Even heavily clogged I've been able to get enough water to clean it in a few(ish) minutes. What if I forget the little scrub pad? In an emergency I've used a t-shirt to remove the dirt (not ideal I know, but it worked). The only other work I've ever had to do required no tools, only boiling water and vaseline. Its a reasonable price given the filter market and its given me nothing but clean water, though at not quite the advertised speed.

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FatPharm wrote a review of on August 28, 2013

3 5

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

Originally purchased the previous version, and while I loved it, it developed way too many holes with minimal use. I returned it for this version, and have been pleased thus far. Its nice and thick while inflated, providing a pretty good nights sleep; then it packs down pretty small in the morning. No problems after 2 trips; here's to hoping this (blue) version holds up better than the last(brown). Will revise review after my next 2 trips.

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FatPharm wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

2 5

I love that as a fat guy (5'8" 240lbs) I can sleep on my side and actually be really comfortable while backpacking, but I hate that it doesn't stay inflated all night. Finding the leaks in the pad was surprisingly difficult; you have to submerge it fully inflated with half of it folded into a Z to put in under pressure and force the bubbles out. Sounded easy enough, but it was a difficult balancing act to do while holding the crayon to mark the spot. Perhaps it would have been more simple with a friend. I've only used mine 4 times, and it had 9 tiny holes in it; my wife had only used her's twice, and it had 3. It sure didn't seem like we were camped in any rough spots. I'm really hoping we just had a run of bad luck and that I got all the holes patched, 'cus it really is almost as comfortable as a real bed.

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FatPharm wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

Just put them in my old hiking boots, and its made quite a big difference. I usually get blisters after 10 or so miles with a full pack, but the wife and I did 23 miles or so over last weekend and no blisters (even did half a day with one boot soaking wet after a creek crossing accident). Of course my feet still hurt, but way less than normal.

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FatPharm wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I use them for a 20min bicycle commute to work and back. They're light, don't take up much room in my bag, and keep my pants dry; so far they haven't added much warmth this winter, but I'll likely be glad of that come summer. However, they do okay at keeping the wind out, so any old layering underneath works fine for me. I wouldn't expect any more at this price point.

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