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Golder wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

My Tadpole 23 is about 10 years old. There is a reason the design of this tent has barely changed during that time (the internal wall on mine is not fully mesh). I have taken this tent backpacking, back country canoeing, car camping, you name it. It is an incredibly durable and sturdy tent, and 10 years later it barely shows wear and still sheds rain like it was new.

This tent is a bit big and heavy if you're backpacking solo, but is plenty efficient if using it for two. Its not exactly roomy for two but it gets the job done and the vestibule is big enough for two packs in a downpour. The design is good because it gives you room where you want it above your head, not above your crotch like many 2 person backpackers.

The beauty of this tent design is how solid it is when pitched freestanding (no stakes). Many backpacking tents will shake wildly in a serious windstorm but you will feel safe and secure in the Tadpole 23 in all conditions. The structure is so good you can pick up the whole tent and shake it with the door side down to "sweep" out the floor, and you won't feel like you might break a pole doing it. You will not be disappointed with this tent.

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Golder wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great kid pack. I walk my dog on trails near my house and I bring my daughter in this pack about 3 times a week for about a mile each time. We've also done longer 3-4 hour hikes with lunches, water, baby gear, dog snacks, and a DSLR Camera. The pack handles all this and stays super comfortable. My daughter is also very comfortable and loves riding in this thing. It is way more fun for her than a stroller, and she falls asleep in it no problem. I've only used this one but the reason why I bought it over the others is overall comfort and adjust ability, the retractable sun shade is awesome and completely necessary where I am in Central Texas, and the "drool pad" is very comfortable for her to put her head down and fall asleep, plus it pulls off for easy washing. Great overall pack highly recommended.

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Golder wrote a review of on August 19, 2012

4 5

This is a great shirt especially for hot weather. Very light fabric, and comfortable in the heat. Here in central Texas you have to avoid cotton in the summer when its 98+ most days. I bought two last year so I was excited to see some new colors. The fabric is very different this year. It is still 100% polyester but last years was made with very small fibers that made the shirt feel silky. This year the fibers are much bigger so the fabric feels a bit more traditional. Still a great shirt just a bit different.

The size runs true, I'm 5'10'' 155lbs and the medium fits perfect.

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Golder wrote a review of on January 18, 2012

4 5

I live in central Texas where the summers are HOT, so I'm always on the lookout for button downs made of light synthetics to keep me cool. I like this one a bunch, bought the blue and the mint. The colors on the mint have some serious pop in person, it actually looks more muted in the pics than it is. Its got a nice look and a good simple front pocket, and the fabric is super light which is what I'm looking for. The cut is just slightly on the long side which looks fine as long as you're not wearing short shorts. The material is not technical so it gets a little sticky feeling if you sweat in it which is why I'm giving 4 instead of 5 stars. If you rock this look to stay cool like me try cutting the sleeves off of a tech-T and wear it as an undershirt. Doing this gives you excellent temperature and moisture control while still looking sharp at the bbq or on the trail.

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Golder wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

5 5

I haven't owned any other lumbar hydration packs but I'm very happy with this one. I do very technical trail running so I'm shaking this thing like crazy and it keeps the bottle secure and minimizes bounce while remaining very comfortable. I'm amazed at how easy it is to get the bottle in and out of the holder behind your back while still keeping it secure. The front pocket is just the right size for keys and a few dog treats when I run with my dog and it's great that the pocket is in the front so access is easy. The straps have velcro tabs to hold down any excess so everything is tight to your body. The gel flasks are interesting not sure if I'll ever use them I'm no ultra runner or anything. The bottle is not insulated like the description says, some insulation is provided by the pack itself but the holder is standard bike bottle size so if you want to get an insulated bottle it'll fit fine.

I live in central Texas and regularly run in 100+ degree heat. This pack keeps me and my dog hydrated allowing me to run longer and more often. Overall great product, even better if you can get it on SAC like I did.

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