Ian Miller

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Ian's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Trail Running
Mountaineering

Ian's Bio

I am a college student and avid outdoorsman. I love hiking and mountaineering as well as kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, and just being outdoors in general. I like to pack ultra light and go for speed and a minimalist approach to camping.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

3 5

I use this pack mostly for school and it's not a terrible pack. Does a great job at equalizing the weight so it does not hurt the lower back or sit unevenly on the shoulders. I especially like the plastic back that adds additional protection for he stuff inside as well as keeps books from stabbing me in the back. However, it isn't as durable as I would have hoped and after only a year of use it has a hole by one of the zippers from just everyday use.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on March 26, 2012

5 5

I have a number of gloves in my arsenal and have worn more. Out of all the gloves I have worn, however, this is my go to. They are remarkably warm while still giving tremendous dexterity. Lightweight and anything but bulky, these gloves won't disappoint. The only "downside" to these gloves is that they are not wind or water proof, but they were not designed to be. However I have noticed that even when they do get a little wet, often it is only the outer layer while the inner, 100 weight fleece stays nice and dry.

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Ian Miller wrote an answer about on July 20, 2011

depends on the type of bag and how you sleep that will determine if you stay warm, but this pad should do it's job fine. The foam will keep you warm as the temps should be right around freezing which should not be too bad. Also, depends on where you are camping, as the temperature varies fairly significantly depending on where you are. If you are in the inner gorge, this will more than do the job.

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Ian Miller wrote an answer about on July 20, 2011

This would probably be a good pack for you to use at it would help cut down weight and help save you from injuries later in your hike. A stress fracture near the end is a terrible thing to have happen. It wont allow you to bring a lot of non essential items, but if your hiking for the joy of hiking that wont be a problem. As with any pack, you should try it on and wear it with some weight before you get one. I imagine you have already left for your trip but hopefully this helps others with the same question.

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Ian Miller wrote an answer about on July 20, 2011

In my opinion, light hikers are the best shoe for the AT. The trail is not too rocky for the most part so you wont have to worry too much about the lack of ankle support. Plus it does tend to rain quite a bit and no shoe is water proof. A heavy boot or something with a waterproofing like goretex just makes it take a lot longer for your shoes to dry out. You will also be glad for the lighter weight of this shoe as it should save you from injuries you might incur wearing a heavier boot. All in all, this would be a good, durable choice though you may also want to look at some trail running shoes, as they are light and will dry out even quicker, but are much less durable.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on July 20, 2011

5 5

They're Chaco's, nuff said. The are designed at water sport sandals with very wide tread on the sole but can be worn around anywhere. They take a little getting used to, especially if you dont usually have something looped around your toe, but they are durable and great for recreational activities. I even play Ultimate in them.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on July 17, 2011

5 5

Pretty durable and very comfortable. Though I did wear a pair of these out in 2 months, considering the strain I put on them, they held up very well. Breaths well so your feet dont sit in a pool of sweat, and not so tough they give your feet blisters. The Vibram sole if of course a must. Overall a a great shoe that will keep you happy no matter where your going.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on May 22, 2011

5 5

The reviews before mine say most of it and it deserves all the praise, but there are some things to be aware of before buying this hammock. As with all hammocks you will probably need a pad if you are going to sleep overnight in it below about 50 degrees. Also, this is the DoubleNest and one would assume 2 people could sleep in it but be aware that this is not a very comfortable thing to do. Aside from not having enough room on a pad for two people, if two people are in the hammock, they will both slide to the lowest point and be rather snug against each other. It does not leave a lot of room for moving around at night as well if you have two people in it and you will find yourselves in a very uncomfortable position when lying down. Other than the negatives listed above it is a great hammock. I dont feel that i need to go in to detail for all the great things as they are listed below.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on May 21, 2011

5 5

I love my eno hammock. Used it 2 months straight in the mountains. Really comfortable but hammocks do take some getting used to if you want to sleep in them overnight. I've used mine down to 20 degrees but it wasn't a fun experience at all. Definitely need a pad if you are going below 50 degrees and even then you may have some cold spots. But as far as hammocks go this is great. Its held up to some abuse and if your packing ultralight its the way to go. It does NOT come with a set of straps but i recommend buying some tubular webbing and just tying an overhand on a bite at the length you want. This will give you more strength, less weight, and greater flexibility on the placement of the hammock (I like the most tension possible when i am sleeping overnight in it). Overall a great by and extremely comfortable for just hanging out in, pun intended.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on April 1, 2011

3 5

I love my Oakley's....as long as i don't have to do anything particularly active with them on. While they do a decent job not fogging up, i do find that it does fog consistently by my nose piece. The optics are top notch and I can't really settle for less anymore. However, this is my 2nd pair of half jackets and my 4th set of frames....they just dont take any punishment. Sure its fine if you drop the on the ground but anything more than the force of gravity and the frame snaps. My most recent pair broke in a snowball fight this winter...and yes it was snow not ice. Overall they are great for everyday wear or use in minimally active situations.

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Ian Miller wrote a review of on February 12, 2011

5 5

I've been using these pants for about 2 years now and love them. The looser fit is really comfortable but the waist still fits perfectly. They are tough as nails too. When I was going across a boulder field my foot slipped and i gashed my leg on a rock jutting out. While my leg was cut, the pants were fine. Very breathable as well. Im pretty thin with a 30" waist and the small fits like a glove.

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