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Justin Haug

Justin Haug

Tucson, AZ

Justin Haug's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Justin Haug's Bio

Left the Army in 2012, now a project manager for Ephibian (custom software) in Tucson, AZ. I love everything outdoors and try to bring my camera with me for it all. Cheers!

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on April 17, 2012

5 5

This was for my wife and she loves it. I wanted to get her a puffy sweater/jacket so that she could have some true warmth should i ever trick her into some colder camping than originally expected lol. I knew exactly what to expect given the 900fill down's compressibility and weight, and pertex shell, however i was still concerned with what my wife would think of the shell being so thin. She wouldn't want an expensive piece of gear if she was afraid it would shred to pieces. Thankfully she likes the concept that it is either worn on the outside when we're strictly in the pow good, or under a more durable shell, or lounging around far from sharp thorns and branches. So it turned out perfectly! She loves the piece, and is consistently cold so this is used frequently. She's 5'7" 130lbs, with slightly long arms- purchased the medium and it fits great!

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Justin Haug wrote a question about on March 2, 2012

A concern I have with larger packs is the ability to look up while wearing a helmet- does this pack have a little "scooped" out section to help create space when you tip your head back? (or similar solution). For example the Gregory Palisade 80 is shaped slightly to allow this but not quite enough in my opinion. Any help appreciated, thanks!

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

5 5

My wife really loves this- soft, warm, and cute. That's her evaluating criteria. I have to add that the hi-loft fleece exterior looks as though it's as warm as it is supposed to be, and it does make it soft. My wife loves the excessive elastic cuff portion on the sleeves, and the longer collar for helping to seal in the heat. The non-fleece fabric (pocket and under collar) appears to be Polartec's Powerstretch which is also soft and very comfortable due to it's stretch. My wife prefers this less as a technical piece as she does for a replacement for a go to sweat shirt like item; plus this has a full length zipper. She uses it both on cooler nights in the warmer seasons and then all the time in the cold season. The only gripe was that given her longer arms she had to size up to a medium rather than use the small due to her preferring that the sleeves are long enough vs preferring the torso was snug. She's 5'7" thin, athletic build, so that's common.

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on October 21, 2011

5 5

I bought these off a buddy because he said they didn't provide enough ankle support. Anyone who tries them on would understand that they're not for the weak ankles, heavy pack crushing treks (I mean they're shoes not boots). They're perfect for everything else though. I wear them all the time: river crossing, dry hikes, sloppy treks through the woods when hunting or doing photography and even into town if I'm dressed according to the shoes lol. The reviewer below unlocked the secret- in the top of the tongue is a mesh pocket-like holder for the laces! It took me about 5 months of wear to figure this out lol. I personally love the quick pull laces. I can make crazy fast adjustments on the trail if I need a little extra wiggle room or need to get a pesky pebble out. What really wins me over though is how lightweight and well-fitting they are. These are incredibly light-weight and that's with a green super-feet insert replacing the original insole. Very comfortable, very functional. I will miss these when the sole wears through!

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

4 5

pocket, check!
shaped for paddlers, check!
zippered front, check!

That's all i really wanted. The foam is that gooeyer kind rather than some super cheap styrofoam, so that makes it a little more comfortable. I'm sure there are a lot of other features I'm missing, but they weren't as important to me as the one's listed above. (This did not come with a whistle by the way)

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on August 15, 2011

4 5

I wanted to rate this a 3 star but I think that's probably too harsh given that my biggest gripes are only when I use the helmet for what it's not designed for. For example, for mountaineering it's slightly heavy and doesn't have an adequate means of securing a headlamp. It has an effective strap holder on the back of the helmet but nothing in the front to keep it in place. The only real gripe that I feel is valid is the fact that the snap buttons that keep the "knit" ear pieces in place constantly unsnap even when I make certain that they're properly snapped. Adequate ventilation and ventilation cover though. Suspension system/chin strap is actually comfortable too.

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on August 13, 2011

5 5

Grabbed a pair of these on sale at an REI garage sale for about $20. One pole was slightly bent but only enough to prevent a rapid slide when collapsing, not enough to worry about it bending more under a tipsy step. They're still solid, locking mechanisms are great even with gloves. I'm guessing they're a tad heavy for the gram counters but I like the durability over the few grams. Comfortable straps after hours of continuous use as well (and while wet). Very pleased!

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on August 10, 2011

3 5

Just watch exposing the monocular to really high temperatures. While in Afghanistan I left it exposed to some extreme heat and it started rattling (I think some of the glues started softening). So I took it apart to see if I could re-apply some glue where needed and all I really accomplished was getting lots of dust specs all over each of the lens elements lol. Good, cheap, little, light monocular though- I bought another at a great sale price.

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Justin Haug wrote a review of on July 12, 2011

What i was looking for, light & cheap
4 5

Picked this up for $14.95. Don't care that it has a nylon sheave. I will only use this for hauling systems in an emergency. Actually picked up two. I am curious to see how well it handles prusiks being that other pulleys are marketed as "prusik-minding." So we'll see. But as far as function, weight, and cost, I don't think there was a better option. I am partial to the Petzl and Black Diamond brands though. The picture I attached is of the newer pulley. At the time I write this review it looks like backcountry still has the old model pictured (maybe i'm wrong, sorry if i confuse!) It's pictured open & closed, with a Black Diamond Positron locking carbiner located between them for size purposes.

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