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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on July 31, 2013

5 5

Fit: True to size

Wore these out of the box to a kayak camping trip and they were perfect! Plus they are the most stylish water shoes I've ever seen--I got lots of compliments. On this trip, I used them paddling in the kayak, pulling my kayak up the rocky shore, walking around the campground, and swimming in the river--they are very comfortable and versatile. Water drains out of them nicely. The soles were thick enough to protect against rocks, but thin enough to provide a good grip on uneven ground. The crisscrossing straps make it easy to adjust the shoe to get a perfect fit. Like any water shoe, sand, dirt, and small rocks can get inside. I thought that they ran true to size.

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

4 5

I've used this tent twice so far (once backpacking and the other car camping) and have been really happy with it. It's my first tent so I have nothing to compare it with, but I found it really easy to set up (even at 2am in the pouring rain!). Most recently it survived three days of bad weather and I was impressed that the inside stayed dry. I suppose you could squeeze three people in if you had to, but it's a nice size for two people and gear. I most recently fit two people and a dog in a small kennel/crate.

The tent seems stable, although I haven't had any high winds test it out. It's probably a bit on the heavier side for backpacking, but it's not bad. I didn't even bother splitting up the weight with a second person, but that would be an option for longer backpacking trips. I do find that the zipper on the door sometimes snags, which can be annoying, but it's not that big of a deal. I use the tent with the footprint... it was fairly expensive, but I see in the current model they include the footprint instead of selling it separately.

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

5 5

At first I thought it was stupid to bring such a long spoon on a backpacking trip, but I'm now a convert. It's perfect for getting to the bottom of the dehydrated food packs and doubles as a nice utensil to stir food when cooking. And it's super light!

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

4 5

I love that this rain jacket is flattering (comes in a bit at the waist), compared to the Marmot Precip jacket (the main reason I chose it over the Precip), but it is just a little too tight around the armpit area. It's just ever so slightly heavier weight than the Marmot Precip, which is nice for layering/wind protection while still being packable. The jacket seems well made and has a nice hood.

I found it to be true to size, but you should order up if you want to do a fair amount of layering underneath. As another reviewer noted, I also really wish it had hand pockets!

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

4 5

I used this sleeping bag for two nights on Assataeague Island in late April. It was freezing at night (outside the tent I was wearing a wool t-shirt, under armor base layer, fleece jacket, very light down jacket, and a rain shell... and still had to sit around a fire), but I was toasty in this sleeping bag. The down is super fluffy, but it packs down pretty small in a compression stuff sack for backpacking. The surface of the bag near the tent wall got wet during the night due to condensation, but I wiped it off with my camp towel and it seemed to dry pretty quickly.

I found it hard to zip up the bag quickly without snagging in several places. It wasn't hard to un-snag, just annoying, especially when it's cold and you want to zip up fast! It comes with a mesh storage bag and a stuff sack (the stuff sack is on the inside of the sleeping bag near where you put your feet--I didn't even notice it until I was airing out the sleeping bag when I got home from my trip). This is my first backpacking sleeping bag, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I would recommend it!

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

5 5

The quality is great and I love the texture of the "wool" fabric. The Teal is a really pretty color, I've gotten a lot of compliments since I got them. The Rasin was sort of a brownish purple and on the dull side, so I returned those.

Besides looking good, these pants also fit really well--not too baggy and fitted in the right places. On the inside there are tabs to adjust the waist and they work really well (better than the ones I've encountered on Burton pants).

Another big pocket or two would be nice, but the pockets it has are adequate. The back pockets are too small for me to hold anything. For pockets, Burton's Lucky pants are perfect with the extra cargo pockets on the legs.

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HikesWithDogs wrote a review of on February 26, 2012

2 5

I so wanted to love these pants. They're well constructed and have a long inseam (I usually buy the Burton Lucky Tall pants, but they only come in black and white), but the fit is strange.

I like a more fitted snowboard pant, but the thigh area was way too tight to be functional. And the waist area was way too big with no velcro tabs to adjust the fit. I think the tight thigh area made the flare at the bottom of the pants seem like way too much. I actually think the inseam is a little too long on these pants, they're even longer than the Tall pants!

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