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John Whitacre wrote a review of on October 6, 2006

5 5

The two of us used the 1400 in combination with the S.P. Titanium Cookware - 3pcs. Both sets fit tightly together in the 1400 stuff sack, therefore packing compactly and quietly. We had all the pans we needed to do some lightweight creative cooking. PROS: large, well designed handles and lid, solid, excellent container for the entire kitchen(we used mini alcohol stoves). CONS: handles can get hot so a grabber could have come in handy(the "Mini Bull Designs' ISO" stove burns super hot).

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John Whitacre wrote a review of on October 6, 2006

4 5

I used to squirm when I would think of the long Fall nights sleeping on the ground in the backcountry. I wanted a pad that I could snow camp with, sleep on slabs of cold granite, and comfortably three season backpack with a good weight to comfort ratio. With the Big Agnes REM, I was more comfortable than using a Therm-A-Rest LiteFoam pad. In fact, as my trip went on, I kept getting better nights sleep. Be warned though that you might need to get used to its 2 1/2" thickness as well as putting 25 breathes into it every night. NOTE: Either my scale is off or this pad weighs 4 ounces more than it's supposed to.

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John Whitacre wrote a review of on October 6, 2006

3 5

I used this set in combo with 2 different "Mini Bull Designs" alcohol stoves up to 10,000' elev as cold as 30 degrees. Each stove (Iso, MiniSith, and a homemade Pepsi can stove) worked well and I am glad I made the pot purchase. PROS: Affordable, lightweight, easy to clean, nestles well together, fast boil time. CONS: won't nestle with Trek 1400, lid doesn't fit tightly with handles out, handles can get hot, can be a little tippy. NOTE: I used a small cloth to quiet down any rattling the set made in my pack.

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John Whitacre wrote a review of on October 6, 2006

4 5

I am glad I purchased both a spoon and a fork for eating soup and fish. The fork is a must for preparing fish and the spoon is good sized and efficient(unlike sporks). The set is lightweight and functional. although as the other reviews point out, the fork tines are a little weak. An added bonus is the cool removable mini cable that can be used to keep the set together like a couple of keys.

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John Whitacre wrote a review of on December 1, 2004

3 5

I'm sure this is a great bivy for minimalists, although there are a couple of items you may want to consider before ordering. All seams are untaped and there are perpendicular seems running across the top of the toe box area (top & bottom) as well as down the sides. The shoulder zipper is not nearly as convenient as a full length side zipper. At 55% humidity @ 55 degrees, it seemed to collect condensation as redily as a Mountain Hardware SL conduit bivy.

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John Whitacre wrote a review of on September 28, 2004

5 5

After purchasing the Black Diamond Winter bivy that uses Nextec's Epic fabric, I decided to compare it to the Mountain Hardware bivy that uses the Conduit SL fabric because of the condensation that I experienced inside. They both seemed to breath equally during my comparison in 50% humidity and 55 degree night time temps. The careful design of the Mtn. Hrdwr. bivy seemed to be more waterproof, versatile and comfortable. On my recent Sierra Trek, I liked the full length side zipper (opposed to a shoulder zip) that matches any post 1998 #8 YKK zipper. It made sleeping more comfortable because I was able to open the zipper at my feet or head to cool & vent efficiently and I could get in & out more easily. The hood fit snugly around my bag's with a drawstring cinch (as opposed to a zipper). The M.H. bivy's seams are taped and the floor is much more waterproof than Nextec's fabric. I would recommend adding the scant 9 ounces for the extra comfort & protection.

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