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Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

The Florida Suncoast

Jerry Lewis's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Jerry Lewis's Bio

Born and raised in Alaska where I did a LOT of camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking, summer and winter. Then moved down to Florida when I was 19. Still do a lot of the same outdoors stuff despite the heat, humidity, and BUGS, although it took a while to get used to it. Now I laugh at my friends when they boast about how bad the mosquitos are in Alaska. They have no idea. Try a hike through the Everglades. You will be lucky to survive without getting anemia.

I was a firefighter/paramedic for years, but I am now working as a critical care RN in a local cardiovascular intensive care unit while I complete my post grad college work.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on December 30, 2011

5 5

This little lantern is sold by various companies under various names. I own three of these with all different company names on them but they are all exactly the same except for color. And they all work really, really well. They are bright and compact, and great for a moderately lightweight table or tent lantern for boat/canoe camping, car camping, or short hikes. I prefer to go ultralight when going longer distances so this stays behind and I just use my headlamp. But, for the purpose for which it was built this lantern is one of the best. It is definitely better than the Black Diamond Apollo as it puts out a more even and brighter light.

One feature that hasn't been mentioned is the ability for this lantern to function as a really good broad beam flashlight. Just unscrew the top cap and it will project a very bright wide beam. It's very useful for walking at night. With the cap off you can also hang it upside down as there is another hook in the base. This gives a nice wide and bright downward pointing beam for a table or whatever. I've used this by hanging the lantern upside down from a branch that was over the camp table.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: There is one little trick with this model as well as other brands/models of LED lanterns. There is a dimly flashing LED on the base near the switch that is probably designed to make the lantern easy to find in the dark. The problem is that the batteries will die after about a month if you leave this thing on. Here's the trick: loosen the base until the batteries lose connection, then tighten the base back down. The flashing LED is only activated after the lantern is switched on, so if you loosen the batteries and break contact with the circuitry, then don't turn the lantern back on, the LED will not flash and the batteries won't slowly discharge.

I hope this helps someone out. I had to learn it the hard way, but this is still my favorite of all the lanterns that I've tried. I just don't understand why they keep putting a flash setting on these LED lights. I have no use for it, but they all do it.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

Very Comfy Pack
5 5

I bought this for my wife as an early Christmas gift. She loves it! It is about 24 oz heavier than the little pack that she had been using, but the extra weight is from the heavier material and padding and the extra pockets and organizers that this pack has built into it. It is designed to carry moderately heavy loads if needed, but she packs light so her typical pack weight is about 25 lbs for a 3 day trip, and that includes her new Deva 70 pack. Once it was adjusted properly to her body she stated that this pack actually felt lighter than her old Gregory Jade 60 that she was using before, even though it was filled with the same items and the same weight. Not only that, but she has room left over to pack winter clothing if needed.

So far she has only hiked about 20 miles with it during that one 3 day trip, so we can't speak to it's long term durability, but we have no reason to believe that this pack won't prove to be very durable. So far she still loves it and has no complaints at all.

The bottom line is that she is able to carry the same amount of gear with greater comfort and greater organization than her previous pack, despite the extra weight of the pack itself.

For reference, she is 5'3" and weighs about 108 lbs with a 16" torso length. The extra small fits her very well.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

3 5

It does the job, but the water valve is counterintuitive. In other words, when the valve is lined up and flush with the marker it is turned on. When the valve isn't lined up and the tab is turned to the side and susceptible to being bumped that is the off position. I would have designed it so that the valve is easier to be visually noted as in the off position and less able to be bumped and accidentally turned on. Also, the construction is very cheap for a $6 item. I have doubts about it's long term service life. I guess you are still paying for the Camelbak name, even with this little valve.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

I have tried lots of different options from little spring alligator clips, to fancy plastic clips, to magnets. So far this one is the simplest solution and it works the best. It fits the 3/4 inch straps found on the shoulder and sternum straps of just about every brand of modern backpack available, it's cheap, solid, and it is very easy to unclip and reclip the tube. Nothing bad to say. Sometimes the simplest devices are the best.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

Perfect for the Copper Spur UL2
5 5

I'm really not seeing what these other reviewers see as an issue with this item. This loft attaches to the head end of the Copper Spur UL2 and stretches fully from side to side. The other reviewers main complaint seemed to be that they felt the loft was too small. After looking at the pictures and figuring out that there is no way it could be as small as they stated, I decided to take a chance and buy this.

The actual measurements are as follows: Across the bottom seam 24 inches. Across the top seam 14 inches. From top to bottom is 10 inches. The two center pockets are 8 inches across. They are large enough to hold a magazine, a Kindle, or any size of paperback book along with headlamps and whatever other pocket junk you might need. The four side pockets (two on each side) are irregularly shaped but still plenty large to put anything in them that you might bring into a tent such as stuffsacks, etc.

So anyway, this loft is well made, the seams are tight and it fits the Copper Spur UL2 perfectly. I really don't know what the other reviewers are seeing. What do they want to put in the loft? Cooking gear? A pair of boots? It's actually big enough to put my wife's camping sandals in, but that's kinda silly. If this was made any bigger then it wouldn't fit the wall it was designed to clip on to. My wife and I really like it and would recommend it for anyone who wants to add a little organization to the random chaos that is normally found on the floor of a tent.

The pic shows it compared to the obligatory Nalgene bottle along with my Kindle in one of the center pockets.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

5 5

I use the red one as a very lightweight tent light when I am out on a hike. It just clips onto one of the little loops on the ceiling of my little tent. It weighs about half an ounce, if that, so it sure beats my 8 oz battery powered LED lamp. It's not as bright, but I don't need it to be. The batteries have lasted me through several outings, probably 20 hours so far. If I need brighter light then I put on my headlamp.

I wouldn't trust this to be waterproof, but it has survived a few rain showers with no problems. I would call it weatherproof, but maybe only dunk resistant. The electronics are so basic that if it does get wet just pop it open and let it dry.

Since I really prefer to have a tent light, this little gadget has saved me a significant amount of pack weight. So far it's been reliable and easy to use. I recommend it.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on November 28, 2011

4 5

I've used this reservoir a few times now. The best thing about it is that the entire top will open up for filling and cleaning/drying. It's a decent bag. The plastic is taste free and tough enough to handle any reasonable amount of use. The clip design is definitely water proof and the mouth piece is completely leak free. It comes with a mouth piece cover also.

The only downside to it is when you are attempting to get water out of it for cooking. It will only give you a slight trickle of water. It takes a few minutes to get a few cups of water out. It would be nice to have that aspect of it changed. Aside from that I have no problem.

If it didn't have the wide access and the mouth piece cover I would have rated it with 3 stars (adequate for the job.)

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

Love this Tent!
5 5

So far I love this tent. It is amazingly light, but I had to weight it myself because I really can't see any consistency between the definitions of what "trail weight" and "packed weight" and "minimum weight," etc. is between manufacturers.

So here are the weights:

My Copper Spur UL2 weighs in at 3 lbs 12 oz. This includes everything that comes with it from the factory (fly, tent body, poles, stakes, stuff sacks, etc.)

Tent Body = 1 lb 4 oz
Tent Fly = 1 lb 1 oz
Tent poles and stakes = 1 lb 5 oz
Stuff sacks = 2 oz

The footprint weighs in at 6.2 oz. It is not included in the above total so if you were to add that in it would make the entire tent weigh about 4 lbs 2 oz. There is plenty of headroom for sitting up and changing clothes. This measurement comes in at 42". The overall length is good leaving about a foot of extra space between our 78" pads and the foot end of the tent. My wife and I are medium sized people, I am 5'8" and 200 lbs and she is 5'3" at 110 lbs so there was enough room for us and our yellow lab if we had chosen to bring him along.

So far the performance is good. It is a snap to pitch. It is very intuitive and I was able to do it solo in about 3-4 minutes the first time without reading any directions. The walls are near vertical so it makes it very comfortable for my wife and I to both sit up at the same time while next to each other. The mesh on the walls do not go down close to the floor so there is less likelihood of windblown sand entering the tent through the mesh. I have had this problem with the MSR Hubba series tents. There still remains plenty of mesh for ventilation and night sky bug free viewing when the weather permits. The tent ventilates very well. My wife and I spent a night with some light rain and woke up in the morning with only a trace amount of condensation on the inside of the fly. There is a nice vent at the head end to facilitate ventilation. I posted a photo of it here. I have not been in a heavy rain with it yet, but there is a nice overhang in the vestibules which make it easy to keep the tent open in at least a light to moderate shower. It would be possible to cook in the vestibule with care. The stakes that come with it are a very stout and very lightweight U shaped stake 6.5 inches long. They work extremely well in the packed sandy soil found here in Florida. They give you 10 stakes with the tent.

Quite possibly the only thing that I would change about this tent is the orientation of the doors. They used an arched zipper pattern that makes the door hinge on the bottom edge. I'm really not sure why they did that, but I would be much more comfortable with the door hinging on the side instead. While it hasn't been a problem yet, I believe that having the door hinge on the bottom allows an opportunity for door to lay in the dirt and the door mesh to possibly get damaged. I will just be careful of that. Otherwise this tent is perfect. I just can't come up with any significant improvements. I will update if I run into any issues, but from looking at the construction and comparing it to the other high end tents that I have bought and sold over the years, this is one of the best. So far it is my favorite. It is light and comfortable enough for me to easily go on a solo hike with it.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

5 5

My wife and I just got back from a couple nights out on the beautiful Florida trail. It was great having this along with us to have a little something to nip on after dinner while getting cozy around the fire. We actually have the 10 oz size instead of the larger 18 oz size sold here. The 10 oz size is perfect for the two of us, but since the weight difference between the two of them is really negligible, if you have room in your pack I heartily suggest going with the larger one. As others have noted, this container imparts no extra taste to the contents. It seals up very well, is much lighter than a traditional stainless flask, and the wider mouth makes it much easier to fill (and to empty!)

If you enjoy whiskey, but might also like something sweeter, there is a great product that my wife and I enjoy very much. It is called American Honey. It is almost TOO good. It's a great drink to warm you (and your significant other) up on a cool night around the camp fire. It is a requirement whenever my wife and I hit the trail.

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Jerry Lewis wrote a question about on November 21, 2011

Can anyone tell me the length of the compact vs standard length of these poles? I found the length of the standard ones, but I can't seem to find anything in the descriptions other than a tiny weight difference and a slightly smaller grip size. Are there any other differences?

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Jerry Lewis wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

5 5

My wife and I have been using long handled plastic spoons for the last couple of years. The problem with them is that they are too flexible and you still get your hands a little messy. This titanium spoon is similarly dimensioned to what we were using and is very rigid and strong despite weighing basically nothing. It's a great utensil and absolutely worth the $5-6 bucks each.

The only thing that might be an improvement that would make this a do-it-all utensil would be to make the spoon tip into a spork style. Then I could pack just one utensil for everything.

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