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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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