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Jeremy T

Belleville, NJ

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Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Road Cycling
Bouldering

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 22, 2012

4 5

Ive used this sweater as a layer while backpacking during the winter. Its kept me warm well below freezing with a shell on. Im 5'5" and the small fits me well. Its a bit puffy for my liking. I prefer the look of the Mammut Down Sweater when using these as a layer. As a jacket around town it looks nice and keeps me warm. I like the soft lining on the collar, chin and in the pockets. Cut allows lots of movement. Worn my backpack over the jacket and it hasnt shown any signs of wear.
When I didnt need it, it packs down really well to fit into my pack.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

Field Tested. Hiker Approved
5 5

This is one of the few packs that actually fit me due to my small size. Space wise it has a slightly smaller capacity than my friends Osprey Aether 60s. This pack however is simple and has many features that make it a great pack.
Pros:
- Comfortable hipbelt and shoulder straps. First time out the straps would need to be tightened every few miles. Second time, straps stayed in place and I didnt worry about them.
- Pockets on the hipbelts
- Lots of compression straps, 4 side (top and bottom), 2 top on lid and 1 on top and drawstring closure, and 2 bottom. This allows you to stabilize the load you are carrying. Also allows me to make the pack much smaller if Im taking the pack for a short trip.
- Hipbelt is size adjustable. If you have a short torso but larger on the hips you can adjust from small, medium, and large by removing belt from velcro and adjusting accordingly
- Can access pack from top and from zip in front. Allows access to most areas of the pack.
- Frame allows airflow on your back. You can feel the breeze pass through as you are hiking which is welcomed on hot days.
- Hydration compatible with pass throughs on the left and right side. Can easily fit a 3 liter bladder in the bladder pocket.

Cons:
- It is impossible to reach the water bottle pockets while it is on. Not a problem if you're using a hydration pack
- Water bottle pockets arent that deep. It might be because Im using a size small, but the pockets arent deep compared to the Osprey Aether pockets. I have to make sure my bottle is tethered to the compression straps in case it might fall out.
- Top lid is removable if you want to save weight but you cant use it as a day pack for hikes after you setup camp.
- Not really a con, but the sonora gold is really a greenish color than yellow.
Have used this backpacking in the winter time and had more than enough space to carry everything. I would try out the pack first to make sure it fits your body. Will have to see how durable this pack will be in the long haul but so far so good.

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Jeremy T wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

Great Pump
5 5

We were able to use this while backpacking this weekend. It took some setup time initially to setup the hoses with the quick releases (optional). After that, its set and forget it. The output hose connects to the bottle adaptor which fits most typical nalgene bottles widemouth and small and an optional quickrelease to a hydration pack if you decide to modify the hose of any existing hydration pack. This model is exactly the same as far as I can tell from the older model, just colored black. They use the same cartridges as the older model. The setup comes in a black pouch with a plastic ziplock for the output hose to avoid contamination. Also contained a sponge, a quick release for the optional setup, and silicon grease to ease attaching the hoses and lubricating any parts. The cartridge needs to be pumped with water initially before use to remove any carbon sediments in the cartridge. We were able to fill up 7 liters of water fairly quickly. Water tasted fine and looked clear. This is a much better way to getting water than having to haul it in while backpacking.

PS. I didnt get dysentery so the pump must work!

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Jeremy T posted an image about on March 20, 2012

Good ultralight sleeping pad

Excellent cheap pad when backpacking. When weight and money are a factor, this are sufficient for sleeping pads when backpacking. The green ones are the old version and have held up well for a number of years. They have been used during well below freezing nights (20 - 25F) and have insulated my body from the ground well and kept me warm. They take a beating strapped to the outside of our packs but they are still going strong.
They arent the most comfortable pads but they work fine. If you are a car camper and weight isnt an issue, look somewhere else, but if you need something lightweight and provide insulation from the cold ground these work well.

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Jeremy T wrote an answer about on October 30, 2009

havent ridden this years slr which i heard is stiffer from last years. But if you want an all mountain board to play around with hit every bump along the trail and still have the stability to bomb down the mountain or hop on the terrain park and hit some big jumps you'll be good with the slr. If you feel like doing tricks and hitting the rails and boxes your better off with the evo-r. If I recall the evo wasnt as stable as the slr bombing down the hill. Slr is all around a good board for doing everything, minus rails.. not the greatest. If you just want to do runs and hit a bunch of the jumps the sl-r will do you well. Id suggest the 155 and Im a fan of the ride bindings so something like the rx or spi where its not super stiff but still responsive when your bombing a run.

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Jeremy T wrote an answer about on March 13, 2009

Size small. All the pads can be removed. However i dont feel these are that great. I own a pair and I think it caused more harm than good. They look great and seem like they will offer adequate protection, but after wearing these I had to get another better pair. I ended up with azzpadz but they arent sold on backcountry. Those offer better protection and cushion for your butt.

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Jeremy T wrote an answer about on January 30, 2009

since you arent sure about the size of your face I would recommend going to a sports store or any store that has these goggles in stock and try them out on your face so you know exactly if they would fit or not instead of taking the gamble. However backcountry has an awesome lifetime return policy so you shouldnt have a problem returning them if you do buy them and they dont fit.

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Jeremy T wrote an answer about on January 17, 2009

The tune ups are good to use for riding. Sound quality is just like using a decent pair of headphones. And they get pretty loud. So it should serve its purpose for what you need.

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