James O'neill

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James O'neill

James O'neill wrote a review of on May 7, 2010

5 5

While not a real lightweight, it is an excellent stove for hard expedition/third world use. No issues on changing out burner nozzles, good fit and the tool fit was very good, contrary to problems that earlier versions may have experienced. With butane, it is much more versatile than Jetboil, and with any liquid fuel I have tried (diesel, kerosene, white gas) it is superior to any of the MSRs being made (mostly) out of real metal instead of plastic, if not quite the equal of the old 00 with kerosene in terms of pure panache. Not the simplest or lightest stove out there for casual use, but if you are going to live with it for an extended period of time and use it hard, there are few current stoves that are better. It's truly "omni-fuel", doesn't depend on cheap plastic parts where it counts, and its a Primus. They basically invented stoves!

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James O'neill wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

While Icebreaker is a bit more expensive than competing wool brands (smartwool, patagonia) it is worth it. Absolutely "go-to" base layer in colder conditions. The sleeves and thumbloops are perfect length for me in XL (6'2", 210lbs, 35" sleeve, 46" chest), the neck is perfect in height and snugness (both smartwool and especially patagonia fall down miserably here, this is a TURTLENECK for god's sake) and it is a trim enough base-layer fit to put another layer over or a thin layer under without issue. Great comfortable temperature range over any synthetic, can truly go a long time (1 week +) without washing, washes well...you can live in this stuff (I do about half the year). I'm not a fan of some of the funky colors, preferring basic black, but this is one of the best baselayers for cold /cool weather bar none. You will never wear capilene or equivalent again, and the fit and finish is better than any othr wool brand I have seen.

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