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Kevin wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

LOVE this tent!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this tent on a bunch of trips, most recently a 5 day hike on the Foothills trail in NC/SC. Weighs in around 3lbs 8 oz with titanium stakes and no stuff sack except for the poles. Easy to set up, easy to tear down. BIG. Its not tapered at one end so it really is nice. I use it with my wife and we have tons of extra room for gear, even in winter. The door is easy to get in and out and I'm 6'2" with plenty of room to sit up and move around even with the Mrs. inside. Ventilates well also, very little condensation even when it got down to 6 degrees on Round Mtn. Holds up well in moderate winds and I didn't even use the additional guy lines. Had it in plenty of hard rain with no leaks what so ever. One thing is I wish the rain fly when opened stayed out over the door of the tent body, could drip in the tent. It wasn't an issue if you didn't open the fly completely in the rain. Lots of room to boil water in the vestibule as well, its quite large. The tent is well ventilated so no worries about boiling water in the vestibule. The tent isn't showing any signs of wear yet, quite durable. I've camped on the snow with it as well and it worked perfectly here in Michigan. 4 season tent? No. Amazing tent for 3 season and moderate winters, all but the most extreme wind and snow.

The tent is amazing for two people. Light, functional and huge interior.

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Kevin wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This jacket seems to be just about perfect. I'm 6'2" 155lbs and got the medium, fits perfect. Love the stretch of the fabric and the hood is really amazing. I've been using it in colder temps ranging from 15 F to 35 F and it was perfect. For example I layered a long sleeve synthetic base layer with this at 25F with 15mph wind on some day hikes and I stayed warm and dry. At 15F I added a Marmot Reactor fleece underneath with the base layer and stayed warm and dry, even hiking at 3.5 mph on some moderate hills. The fleece lining on the chest area is a welcome addition as well providing warmth and comfort. The hood design is great as well as it turns with your head every time and is really comfortable because the fabric on this jacket is so flexible.

The fabric definitely cuts most of the wind and I didn't get wet in a heavy snow. I ran the sleeve under the sink faucet for a while and it shed the water perfect.

The jacket is lightweight, layerable, packable and functional.

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Kevin wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

So far I love them. I've had them a couple months and wear them all the time. Quite light weight for my ultralight pack weight and great for around the house. I wore them around camp a couple nights with temps in the upper 20's F with lightweight Smartwool socks and my feet stayed quite warm. The ground was covered with oak leaves and smallish twigs, never had a problem with durability or slipping. My wife loves her pair as well. The work well in my Western Mountaineering bag as well helping to push the temps colder than the bags rating. For the price they are hard to beat for sure. I wear size 12 and had to return my XXL size for 3XL then they fit great.

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Kevin wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

My wife is a big fan of Merrell and we had a good feeling that these would be another great shoe. We were right. First time wearing them she went 7.5 miles carrying 21 pounds and here feet never felt better after the hike. She calls them her "billy goat shoes" due to the fact that they are so stable on uneven terrain.

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