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Frank

Frank

Catskills NY, Finger Lakes Trail NY

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Francis's Bio

Old fart getting back into hiking now that the kids are in college.

Frank

Frank wrote a review of on October 4, 2009

5 5

I have used this top twice while backpacking. The first time was a day hike in about 60-65F weather. The breeze cut thorugh it and kept me just the right temp. When I stopped my back was a little wet from the backpack and sweating, but I was very comfortable while lounging and enjoying the scenery. The second trip it was 40-50F. This time I had a full 50 lb pack for a quick overnighter. While hiking it was perfect. The zip allowed me to control my temp and I never overheated, but felt comfortable. When making camp I was fine and when the wind kicked up added a MH Power Stretch and hat. I couldn't believe I was still warm. I needed nothing else. I am 6', 170#, 33 in waist, and the large is perfect. I have worn it in public on the way to hiking and was at first a little self conscious, but as I get older I don't give a rat's A$$ anymore. My wife says it just shows that I am fit and will even be seen with me, so it must be fine. I also bought a 260 and assorted leggings based on my great experience with the 200. It hasn't been cold enough to wear them out, although I did wear the lightweight leggings for PJs and I was very warm. I'm sold on icebreaker.

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Frank wrote a review of on August 29, 2009

5 5

I've had this tent for 3 months and have slept a few nights in it. Left it setup for a week to see how it stood up to the elements - excellent. The amount of mesh is fantastic, great views out the main mesh like watching a big screen TV after a day on the trail. I like the two side doors, so no stepping on anyone if you have 2 people using it. For 2 people it is very roomy, 3 would be fine. Very easy to setup and the option of using the footprint with the fly adds versatility, I haven't done this yet since it is summer and the bugs would kill me. I am not a minimalist, so it is heavier than my 2 man REI 4 season, but I like the extra room. I think it is a tad over 9 lbs and is a little bigger, but again no big deal for me. The way you can zip up panels to cover the mesh makes me think this would be a good 3.5 season tent. Vestibules are small and you could fit your pack, but then the door will be blocked, only hit I have, but not a deal breaker. I would highly recommend this tent.

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Frank wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

Almost too many pockets. I've lost things because I forget how many compartments it has and where I put things. Only beef is that the main compartment would be better if it were wider at the bottom, the other compartments can push in on the main, there are times I want to rip out some of the dividers. On the other hand if you can keep track of what you've packed where, it is great. Also, it is amazing how much this can hold. I can get my laptop in it and pack some clothes too. The compression straps are great for flights and getting it into the overhead. I have hiked about 10 miles with it and it was fine. Love the bottle holders on the sides. First class construction.

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