Jeff Sacks

Jeff Sacks

North-East USA

Jeff Sacks's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Jeff Sacks's Bio

I was always outside in the woods as a kid. Started backpacking at 12 and then climbing at 14. Climbing was my life until the age of 22 when I moved to NYC to work in the photography world. At 22 I was leading 5.10 climbs, and on a good day pulling off a 5.12 But work and time go on, so now I'm old, 48, and go backpacking with my 2 kids and wife when we can. I still enjoy climbing with friends and solo backpacking. Life is good, I just can't climb the 5.12s anymore.

Jeff Sacks

Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on March 17, 2012

4 5

I got this on S&C for a great price. It was a gift to my wife, but used it for a trip last fall because my bag was a bit stinky. Since then I have used it many, many times. The only bad thing I can say is, you really need to Re-fluff it before every use. Other then that, I think it's a great bag that seems to be a true 15 degree bag. And this is now MY bag, the Mrs. says it smells like feet...

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on November 7, 2011

Still going strong...
5 5

A follow up about this pack. It's going into it's 4th year, and still holding up great! I try to get out once a month although that doesn't always happen, but this pack gets used a lot! All the zippers, straps, and pads are in fantastic condition. I just returned from a 6 day solo hike of the STS in North-Central Pa. And like an old friend, this pack was a joy to bring along. I can't imagine finding a better backpack.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

Worth the money
5 5

I have hiked many, many miles in these boots. I just finished a 6 day, 85 mile solo hike with them, and not one time did I have any problems with my feet. In fact, this is the only shoe I had on the trip. So 6 days in the same boot, other then taking them off at night to sleep. They offer great support, waterproof, and seem to be wearing great. The only thing I can say that is not totally positive, is they may run a bit small in size. I have bought many brands of boots over the years, and these are by far my favorite.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on October 29, 2011

5 5

I got this headlamp FREE when I signed up for Climbing magazine. Now I have never paid more then $30 for a headlamp, and really don't ever seeing myself doing so. So the lamps I'm comparing this to are not the big money lamps. But I must say this one "shines" (booo) over all my other headlamps, all 3 of them... It has good adjustable movements, up and down, bright to dim. Battery life is great and has a good field of view or spread of light. I have used it many time winter backpacking in the dark, cooking, or just looking for stuff in the dark. And I almost always use it on the lowest light setting.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

4 5

I bought this bag last year before a trip to the ADK. I got it on sale so the price was right, I would have spent a little more to get something lighter if this one was not on sale. But I am very happy with how it worked in the cold damp north east weather. I used it with an inner liner to give me that extra 5 degrees of warmth. The temp on one night went well below zero and I was very cozy. But a big part of keeping warm is your sleeping pad too. Im 6 ft. tall and 185 lb. and fit in the regular fine. The half zipper is so so, but really didn't bother me.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on August 23, 2011

5 5

I love this rope more and more every time I use it. It's going on 3 years old, and is standing up better then I ever could have hoped. It feels and handles great and is super lite. Even if you're just carrying it on your back as a second repel rope, you'll be amazed how much smaller it is then say a 10.2 mm rope. All Blue Water products are tops, I trust them with my life. Everything Cedar said below is true. Good stuff made in the USA.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

4 5

I've had this tent for more then 2 years now, and seems to be holding up very well. Not the lightest 3 man, but I really only use it for car camping when on climbing trips. But I have also used it on backpacking trips, kind of heavy but doable... Have slept from 2 people, very roomy with 2.. and up to 3 people and a dog... not so roomy then... And even squeezed 4 adults in it one night in a pinch. You also have plenty of room under the vestibule to stash gear at night or cook.

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on August 13, 2011

5 5

I have been using the foam pads for summer backpacking for years and years. I do have an older Therm-a-Rest self inflating pad I've used for winter trips. But it was kinda heavy for the summer. BUT... now with the new Prolite I use this baby year-round and love it. It's almost as lite as my old foam pad, but offers so much more comfort and support. And if you take your time, this pad will roll up to half the size of the old foam pad. I am 6' and about 185 lbs. and use the large. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but this is a no-brainer...

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on January 13, 2011

5 5

I use my Freedom pants for winter backpacking and snowshoeing and love them. They hold back wind, water and snow. The side vents work great, and they have more then enough packet room. I have used them in below zero temps with only one other layer and they kept me very warm. I go from a 33 to 34 waist and the med. is perfect. Love them!

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Jeff Sacks wrote a review of on January 13, 2011

5 5

This tent is a tank, but in a good way. It's not the lightest tent for the job, but has so many little plus's I feel it's worth it. The ventilation system is great. I have been held up in this tent during snowstorms with my partner, cooking under the vestibule, packs under the other end of the fly with all our sleeping gear and clothing and did not feel closterfobic. It also retains heat inside more then any other tent I have had. I have not had the chance to use it in very high winds yet, but am sure it is up to it. I do however ask my partner to carry the fly if I'm carrying the tent, to help even out the load if we are going on multi-day backpacking trips.

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