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Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts

Ohio and Beyond

Ian Roberts's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Climbing

Ian Roberts's Bio

Adrenaline junkie with a passion for all things adventure. WW Boating is my forte, however I am slowly transforming into an Adventure Racer and Fastpacker. Cant wait for my next big journey the 730 mile Grand Enchantment Trail in spring 2010!

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on July 13, 2009

4 5

Not a bad shoe- i have been a die hard salomon fan for years and relied on the XA Pro 3D and figured that i would go up a level of quality to the XT Wings. The shoe is not too bad and i have not noticed any real differences between these shoes and the xa pros other than the price. They seem to have more cushioning on the heel and a bigger toe cap but comfort and durability is no different. i love salmon shoes because of the ability to put them on right out of thebox and be super comfortbale, however these are the first pair that i have owned that gave me a blister on the side of my foot. Pretty nice looking butmy next pair will be the tried and true XA Pros as they are awesome and have never failed me.

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

I have had two sizes of the dromedary for a number of years and am very impressed with the durability and functionability of it. When not in use it rolls up nicely and can be stuffed in your pack and not take up too much room- downside is that it is a bit on the heavy side. Pros are that this is a very versatile piece of equipment- you are able to use it as for water storage, a water bladder, fill it up and use it as a weight or a pillow, it can be used as a hydration system- fill it with snow or sand. The possibilities are endless. Cheap and durable!

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 20, 2009

1 5

I bought this jacket at a fathers day sale a few years back and it straight up sucks. I purchased it because of its good reputation and lightweight, but the jacket failed to live up to the hype. Every single time i wore the jacket in the rain, i was soaked underneath in a matter of minutes. The jacket gets wet and sticks to your arms allowing water to absorb through the jacket. complete crap and i would not purchase Marmot again.

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 20, 2009

4 5

I have been impressed with this jacket since i got it because it seems to have grown out of what TNF has been lacking- more stylish clothing= less quality gear. This is the best of both worlds- very stylish but very functional. The only con is that you are now just another TNF posterchild- every other person on the street is either wearing this jacket or the Denali fleece.

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 20, 2009

4 5

These pants are exclusively my backcountry canoeing pants. With paddling areas like the Boundary Waters you need to always wear long pants due to the number of potrages and not to mention the sun reflecting off of the water like a mirror baking you alive. These pants have done me well both dry and wet and easily convertable when i am in camp. highly recommend and will buy another pair when mine die. have fun with it!

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 18, 2009

5 5

The GoLite Wisp shirt is a great layer for a windy day. It's so light and I love the bright colors. The fabric has a bit of shine to it - really eye-catching. The material is not stretchy or clingy, just light and airy. It has a drawcord at the waist and elastic at the sleeves to keep wind out. No drawcord at the neck, which is cut roomy. That's nice if you are wearing multiple zip-up layers that all bulk up at the neck. This shirt definitely won't choke you, even if you're wearing a pack. It is wind and rain resistant but not windproof nor rainproof, so I wouldn't have it as my only outer layer on an outdoor trip where there is a risk of hypothermia if I'm wet. One caution: grease stains really show on this fabric and are impossible to remove. The only con is that the fabric is so light that the collar isn't heavy enough to lay flat when the zipper is open.

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 18, 2009

4 5

This is a great ultralight headlamp that is durable and reliable. I have had mine for about 9 years now and it still works like it is brand new. i have used and abused it and it still measures up to the LED lamps of today. Great primary lamp or a secondary lamp- definately can buy a lighter Tikka lamp if your an ounce counter.

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

5 5

This is a beast of a pack- this is my expedition pack only. for anything under a week or even two, there is no reason to get a pack that is 6 pounds by itself! but if you are a trip leader and need to carry some extra gear (food, clothes, fuel, etc) this pack is for you- very water resitant, durable, and the padding is great- again a huge pack that is not for everyone and most likely would be more of a bother for anything under two weeks. love the angled side pockets for water bottles and the removable lid. have fun!

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Ian Roberts wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

4 5

Nice tent for the price and weight. i have had two of these and they have never failed me- been in torrential downpours and crazy wind. you need to make sure you stake down the corners before raising the tent to assure it is taught. good ventilation and the vestibule holds my pack, shoes and more. for being a one person, it is fairly large and have on occasion gotten my wife in with me. a little tight but not complaining. enjoy!

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