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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

Solid little tent
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The tent materials are solid and far more durable than tents weighing 5-6 oz. less. Unless you're pitching on sharp rocks, you won't need the footprint (so consider that when comparing it to the weight of other backpacking tents). This tent is 2" taller than most others in its class, so I purchased an MSR universal gear loft and it works great. The tent packs small, so I'm able to get it into the round hatches on my British kayak (NDK). It also fits in my panniers for bike touring. Being a single tent, it pitches easily in small spaces (spent 2 weeks in it in the Alaskan outback). It had no problems at all dealing with 3 days of sustained 25knot winds with gusts to almost 40. I didn't think I would use the little zipper into the extra gear area, but I did. It was perfect for my water bottle (or for the boys, a place for the pee bottle).

Improvements:
1. larger vestibule
2. truly free-standing
3. an additional tie-down loop half-way across the base of door opening so more gear can be stored (I sewed one on myself - see photo).
4. include gear loft
5. Put sleeves on the rain fly and suspend inner tent so it can be set up dry in the rain (I love that about my Exped Vela II).

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on May 11, 2012

5 5

I've never worn compression tights until this purchase. To be honest, it took an act of god (perhaps the running god?) to get into them. There are instructions on the package stating how to put them on, but quite frankly, the scene in the house was like something out of a Saturday Night Live skit. Anyway, I am 5'2", 125 lbs, cycled for years, enjoyed microbrews for years (with no cycling), and consequently have fairly thick legs. Based on the opinions here, I bought a medium and am happy that I did. They were a tad binding around the back of the knees, but I have to admit, they felt good while running and my knees felt better when done. They were a little long for me, but hobbitses aren't known for their fairy-like legs. I'll defintely be purchasing another pair.

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on May 10, 2012

3 5

But the sizing is off. The armpits are very tight - they bind and pinch. I normally wear a US 6 or 8 so ordered up a size. While the torso itself was an "athletic fit", the armpits were way too tight. Bummer there aren't any other larger sizes. I loved the weight and my husband has a Montane jacekt he swears by.

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on January 22, 2011

5 5

I absolutely love these socks. I used to be a Smartwool fan, but Icebreaker has moved in as the new favorite. They are more durable and do OK with a very light dry cycle (though I normally hang them). I don't recommend putting wool anything in the dryer.

Time to order more. I've been alternating between these and the Carhart wool socks. These breath a bit better.

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I have this skirt and the Mountain Hardwear La Rambla skirt. The MH skirt is a bit more girly and flouncy and better for a night out. It's just sexier.

I love the Northface Utility skirt because the pockets are far more usable. If NF could do the cool soft waistband like the Rambla skirt has, it would totally rock. Both skirts are great. The MH is more stylish. The NF is far more practical.

I wear both with boy shorts. Far better for privacy if you need to duck into the woods while hiking with the boys. Skorts are fine, but I think actual skirts with a pair of boy shorts underneath is a better camping/hiking solution.

I also like the skirts for throwing on over my thermal underwear after kayaking (after removing the Kokatat dry suit). Also great to toss in the bike pannier after a day on the road. A skirt over the bike shorts makes me feel a lot more comfortable walking into restaurants (even if I stink).

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a question about on June 1, 2009

I recently purchased the Hubba HP tent. It set up faster than any tent I've had, but when I took it to Scotland for the TGO Challenge (west to east coast hike), forecasts were for 90mph wind gusts the first night (I stayed in a B&B and wimped out). The second night, when I couldn't procrastinate any more, I borrowed a Hilleberg AKTO tent which held up fabulously. I don't think the MSR Hubba BP could have taken 70mph gusts, driving rain, and sleet. It rained 9 of the 13 days. Anyone know if an MSR Hubba could take those 70mph gusts? I didn't chance it... I went with the most popular choice of those crazy Scots............

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on April 6, 2009

4 5

Be careful when you unpack this bed from the shipping box. If you slice through the tape with a utility knife, you'll probably knick the bed like I did (not smart since the box said not to open with a knife). Good news is the nylon part of the bed patches quite nicely with a tent or nylon jacket repair kit.

As for be bed, I ordered the large size and it is huge (the handle is great). One of my dogs likes it. The other one isn't so sure as air does get trapped in the bed to some extent and "exhales" as the dog steps on it to lie down. A whimpy dog might find it unsettling.

The one improvement I'd make is to have a 3" layer of firmer foam as the base layer covered with 3" of the outdoor polyfill baffling.

Cost-wise, you can't make these beds for the 20% off price at Back Country. The fiberfill alone (which is the type that is used in outdoor furniture that can be hosed/washed and does not hold odors) would cost about $70 retail.

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

I've been wearing Smartwool socks for 5 years now and absolutely love them. They are incredibly soft, but one bit of advice: Do not ever put them in the dryer. You can probably get away with a no-heat cycle, but if you're husband helps with the wash occasionally, as mine does, and likes the power dry setting, Smartwool socks will lose their silky, no-blister properties. Let them hang dry and you'll be surprised at how much longer they last (and stay nice). Same applies for most clothes (and it's probably better for your electric bill and the environment).

One person mentioned quality. I have had over 25 pairs of SW socks in the last 5 years. One pair I bought had a mfg. defect in the toe and it fell apart the first wearing. Those had been purchased at a local shop on Orcas Island and the store owner replaced them immediately. Occasionally, stuff happens, but, overall, I'd say these are a 5* product.

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Lynn from Redmond, WAwrote a review of on September 13, 2006

5 5

I absolutely love these shirts. Recently they went on an around-the-world trip mountain biking in Normandy, France, jungle hiking in Malaysia, and on safari in South Africa. I packed two Mountain Hardwear Technical T's, one brooks wicking shirt, and one North face shirt. All protected me from the sun (and bugs to the extent that they provided good coverage), but the Mountain Hardwear blew away the other two in terms of wicking ability and the fact that they could be rinsed in a sink at night (with Dr. Brommers) and be dry the next morning. The Mountain Hardwear tops also pack smaller than any other shirt I have. My only caveat with the Mountain Hardwear tech T's is that they snag easily. My husband has single-handedly added "interest" to both shirts by tossing his biking gloves (with VELCRO®-Brand fasteners) closures into the laundry with my stuff. I wish the tops were a bit more durable (in terms of pull), but would not sacrifice the fast-drying properties to attain that.

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