Jaret

Jaret

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Jaret wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent will protect you from the elements. On long trips when you spend days in the rain, it brings peace of mind to know you have a dry tent to spend your nights/evenings in. It blocks all wind and water.

The only con is it's weight. It is expected for the type of quality it brings, but then you may only use it when you have to (if you can get away with something lighter, you likely will). Having up to 3 people to spread the weight around helps. If you camp a lot in the cold, wet months, this tent is for you.

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Jaret wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

5 5

I bought these boots a few years ago and have used them regularly on many hiking trips. In places like Maine, Montana, Alaska, NY and Wyoming. They are very comfortable, very waterproof and very durable. Their only flaw is that they can be very slippery on large wet rocks...but that can happen with almost any shoe. Though they are GoreTex, your feet stay at a good temperature unless you are hiking in 90 degree weather. Definitely worth the money if you know you'll be using them.

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Jaret wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

3 5

I bought this pack as a new hiker intending to go on longer trips. It provides A LOT of space, lots of pickets and an external frame to attach a lot of extra gear. There is no space between the pack and your back making the reservoir holder almost useless when any decent amount of weight is carried. The shoulder straps are not padded well nor is the material soft enough to keep your shoulders from nearly rubbing raw when there is lots of weight. So these two short comings take away from the fact it can carry so much.

Other than the reservoir and strap problems, it is a great buy. I've used it on many week long treks in difficult terrain (e.g. Alaska). However, if you know you will be hanging many long trips in the future, it is worth spending the extra money on a more comfortable pack.

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Jaret wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

5 5

This is probably one of the best water purifiers to date. It purifies well and the resulting water tastes good. Only problem is the size. If you are using this for a group of people, this purifier is worth it. Each filter pumps a large amount of water, it pumps fast and you can split of the weight of other items in your pack in order to make room for this. But for 1 or 2 people, a smaller purifier is preferable.

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Jaret wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

5 5

This pack is great for short trips. Unless you are an ultralight backpacker, this pack will likely only allow you a trip of up to 3-4 days (depending on the circumstances). It is large enough to fit a lightweight 1 man tent, lightweight sleeping back, few days worth of food, a couple water bottles and the other small items you would bring on a short trip. If you attach a water bottle to the outside it leaves more room for food. It is very light and the built in "sleeping pad" (very thin but enough for decent terrain) saves space as well. It is not a problem that there are no pockets, simply bring a small dry sack to put small items in, if needed. One of my best gifts to date.

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