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Lyle wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Even when I pack light I throw this in. I also pack shallots and garlic, a little goes a long way, and usually mix a little cayenne in with the pepper so it lasts longer.
Like the previous review says,not much to say, BUT: you're really treating yourself with something like this...I get SO stoked when I'm cooking with this on the trail.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 25, 2013

Great system
5 5

It all stacks together neatly, which is cool, but the main thing is how amazingly fast it boils water or melts snow. It's incredible. MSR also makes a separate piezo igniter that's pretty neat.
I usually figure 1 large fuel canister for 2 people for 2 days.
The downsides are that fuel is less flexible than other stoves such as my msr dragonfly which I've run on various gasoline in foreign countries.. You have to have the canisters. But this stove is way better for backpacking in the cold.
If its very cold though you'll need to keep a canister in your jacket/sleeping bag for it to flow correctly. My last "gripe" is that there's no way to recycle the spent canisters. It'd be great if MSR had collections at various retail stores for the used canisters.
Overall the best stove I've seen for everything except places where you can't buy or carry enough fuel.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 24, 2013

5 5

Nearly indestructible, I've used mine during the hottest summers and had it freeze solid in the dead of winter, deforming slightly from the expansion without losing functionality. There are great holster options that can be added to a belt or pack. Fish out water with paracord and a ski/trek pole when getting water is tough, fill it with hot water to warm your bag in the cold, use the measurements for cooking... so many excellent reasons to get this classic.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

I use it for my Marmot Couloir long 0 degree (800 fill) down bag.
The large was the best size, and I tried it in medium through XL. When picking your size I'd recommend going up a size if you have any question. The larger circumference will make it easier to stuff and since its a compression sack it'll just be a little shorter to achieve the same volume. I would choose by circumference/width, not so much by volume, as any extra volume will be compressed. Also, being a roll top you need some extra length... The large says its 20", mine measures 23" unrolled but if I were to only have 3" on top to roll closed it would be nearly impossible. I have about 7" extra when I stuff my bag in and it makes it easy to close. Once it's compressed the extra length is irrelevant.
Having said all that, this is a fantastic piece of gear for anybody taking a down bag or anything else they'd rather not get wet into the backcountry. Under the right circumstances this bag could save your life, or at least save you some serious discomfort! It also breathes much better than any dry bag I've previously used.
I use it backpacking, usually in winter mountaineering situations.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

Slept in one for a week.
4 5

Slept in it on nights ranging from 10 to 17 degrees. We did not encounter particularly high winds but it snowed for around 72 hours with a maximum of around 10 inches during any one sleep period.
I did not find the condensation issues to be any different from a tent/fly setup.
There is no getting around the humid air freezing to the tent walls but with all the vents open it was as good as I've experienced in any tent. If we closed the mesh on the vents it was significantly worse.
We did not cook in the tent. The snow sweeping opening in the floor is a nice touch for getting rid of snow tracked in or frost knocked off the inside tent walls.
The "vestibule" is very small, there was room for one of our packs and my boots.
There were 2 of us in it and I can't imagine having to share it with 3. There was just enough room for our 20" wide sleeping pads and to wedge a few things between us and the tent walls.
Overall, a good winter tent for two but I wouldn't try and sleep 3 unless you're using it in comfortable weather.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

Best. Socks. Ever.
5 5

I'm a big fan of Darn Tough socks, and these ski socks are no exception. The seamless toe design is a nice touch and the padded shin is also comfy in my Scarpa Mobe boots. The real selling point on these is the merino though. I'm no fabric expert but I'm probably more picky about socks than any other piece of gear and Darn Tough has convinced me that not all merino is created equal. They never make me itchy and they are very long wearing socks. Between the BC return policy and Darn Toughs guarantee you have nothing to lose by trying them... except maybe all your other socks when the DT's spoil you.
I also dig that they're made in Vermont!
I'm an 11.5 or 12 and The XL fits perfectly.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 16, 2013

Blown away
5 5

I had to take these to Granite Chief in Truckee CA to get the fit totally dialed ($30) and it was worth every penny, they are ridiculously comfortable.
I've done several days inbounds where they performed well and I had a chance to break them in and get the fit dialed, then I took them on a week long backcountry ski trip where they exceeded my expectations!
I brought some light hiking boots, anticipating sparse snow cover for a half day on the way out and when the time came my Mobe's were so comfy I just hiked out in them. They kept my feet warm down to 17 degrees and it was easy to dry the liners in my bag each night. They worked great up the steepest climbs, on long flats and on descents they were fantastic. I was the only one out of five with no foot discomfort after 7 days and over 50 miles. I'm typically a 11.5 or 12 U S shoe size or a 46 euro, with medium width feet and I fit in the 29 perfectly AFTER the fit at Granite Chief. It took their expertise and a couple days before they were just right. Below is a pic during a lunchtime sock change... it's the best boot pic I had.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

5 5

I wore it for 7 days straight on a ski trip, under a patagonia L/S merino and it was perfect. No chafing, stickiness or smell. Kept me warm and dry. I couldn't ask for more, I'll probably get another!
It's a slim fit, I'm 5'11" 170lbs with a 41"chest and 32" waist and the large fit me well without being too tight. I could've gone down a size for a more form fitted piece but I preferred the large, it wasn't baggy but wasn't tight either.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

5 5

I couldn't stop laughing bout Vincent's comment "The mother of all wedgies" below, but thankfully my experience was a bit better.
I tried these after hating a pair of Ex Officios. I wore them on a week long winter ski packing trip and was blown away, they never felt or smelled dirty, chafed or bunched up. I'm 170 lbs with a 32" waist and I was happy with the mediums.
Now I want to wear them all the time and need more pairs.
Cons: they're merino so I hang dry them... don't know what would happen if I forgot and put them in a hot dryer.
As with many things, made in China.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

Will make your day!
5 5

Great cold weather piece. I'm 5'11" 170 lbs and the medium is great. The fit IS roomy, but it makes sense when you are throwing it over all your other layers.
I put it on when ski mountaineering to conserve warmth when I stop for lunch/anytime, or when belaying a partner in cold weather. Will keep you warm even when wet, as advertised... so clutch! The inner pockets are great to dry out gear or allow your food to rehydrate in the cold, and it makes a nice pillow at night.
Once you've relied on it you'll kick yourself for not getting one sooner!

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

4 5

I'm 5'11" 170 with a 42" chest and the medium fit better than the large.
Makes a great base layer or mid. Sometimes I boulder in this and some shorts when the weather is good and its super comfy.
I also wore this over an Ibex merino T for a week on a backcountry ski packing trip and it never smelled or felt dirty.
The only negative I've seen is that it started pilling right away, even though I laundered it according to the label. Don't let that scare you though, I love it and just bought the heavier weight one too.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11" with a 42" chest and 32" waist and the medium is a great fit, with room for a fleece or micro- puff underneath it. It's pretty slim so a puffy down wouldn't fit well.
Pit zips are great and that along with the incredible breathability make this very functional even when you're highly active.
Powder skirt is great. I thought the cleaning cloth was gimmicky at first but now I love it.
Fabric seems durable and has held up to ski edges and snaggy branches.
Offset zipper is comfy on chin.
hood fits with or without helmet. Brim is great!
Arms are long enough to reach over your head for climbing.
Zips are easy to use, even with a pack on.
Overall, great jacket inbounds or out, nothing bad to say. It's cut we'll and very breathable, the two best attributes in a hard shell.

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Lyle wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11" and 170 with a 32" waist and needed a large.
I used them most recently on a 7 day ski mountaineering trip across the sierras, temps ranged from 60 and sunny to 11? and storming. They breathe exceptionally well and I was warm enough while active in the warmest Patagonia capilene long underwear.
The rainbow zip is convenient. Low profile bib straps are comfy if you arrange them right with your pack straps. Amazingly breathable. Thigh pocket is gusseted so it doesn't press the contents into your leg making it useable.
Gaiter zips allow for use with my Scarpa Mobe ski boots.
Cons: there are only enough zippers to vent one leg at a time (install 2 more pulls next gen TNF).
Only one inseam length, if you're very tall they may be short on you.
I added some cord to the thigh zipper and middle crotch zipper so I could use them with a pack and gloves on, easy fix and personal preference.
Weak attachment of suspenders is tearing. This would be an EASY fix even in the backcountry but is a little annoying. Count on TNF to fix it though, great company to deal with in my experience.
Overall the best bibs I've seen for skiing and climbing, owing to their great cut and breathability. If you need more than a soft shell pant this is the best choice!

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