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Merle 's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Paddling

Merle 's Bio

Flyfishing, whitewater, deep woods, snow, women that can chop wood.
Blew my knees out, so no more downhill, which is a goddamn shame.

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MB Designs wrote a question about on March 31, 2013

Gusseted?
Are these gusseted? I have a pair of the old old model precip's and they have a bit of a gusset. I saw one review stating not for sports which leans me toward a negative on these because I ride mtb in pants like these all the time and prefer them over the lame racer type downhill pants i.e. Fox, TLD etc. Pants like these are kind of a pointless buy without a gusset.

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MB Designs wrote a question about on February 28, 2013

I have broad shoulders/chest. This jacket seems to not have a skinny/racing fit, should I try the XL or XXL, chest around 46-47". I saw the fit scale, but then the other dude says he's at a large, but didn't mention chest size. I love how bike gear runs for squirts, us bigger cats still ride!

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MB Designs wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

4 5

Deleted my last review because it was a whine fest. Figured it out finally. First off it's a b*tch to install and adjust. And it doesn't take a 5mm allen wrench, it takes a "T25" torx. And then I had to remove one of the TINY little C-clamps just to get it to fit tight on my saddle, which isn't some rare weird saddle, it's a Serfas with Ti rails. After all that it's a bomber little seatpost coupled with a Thomson collar so hopefully it doesn't get stolen. Originally I gave it 3 stars, but I'll kick it up to 4 now that I figured all that crap out, but I still think the design could be better especially the 5mm bolt, which is a joke. On sale for 47 bucks is nice! Or else I would have just got a Thomson.

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MB Designs wrote an answer about on December 5, 2011

Thanks, Kate! I didn't really think about the filter scene, which helps because I have an MSR Miniworks filter! So Maybe I'll roll with the MSR, because I will have this little Osprey pack as well. I'll have to see about also rigging my large backpack to hold the bladder as well. Hmm. Seems I have some projects to get after, nothing wrong with that. Stay safe, darlin'!

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MB Designs wrote a question about on December 1, 2011

I'm going to grip this little pack sometime soon after browsing and reading pretty much everything. Primarily for Mtn bike riding. Thought you folks might shed some light on a query. I have a Dana Designs daypack from WAY back in the day, back when they made them down the road in Bozeman! I know, not China? Amazing times back then. Anyways, it's the sickest little daypack I've ever owned(you kids have probably never even heard of the name) and I was going to add a bladder to it and make my own little rig to hold it inside. Thoughts on MSR or Osprey bladder? I know from other gear that MSR is usually pretty worthy, but this has got nothing really to do with anything I've ever owned. I guess it's a taste/leak scene for the most part, the Osprey model almost looks like it's manufactured stronger, but who the hell can really tell from images. Anyways, if yer bored and have some knowledge, throw it my way. Thanks!

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MB Designs wrote a review of on April 24, 2011

4 5

So I just had to send this bag in because one of the seams came apart where the little triangle shaped piece is at the complete base of the zipper, near the foot box. This most likely never happens, and aside from that little misfortune, the bag is top shelf. Loft is great, and the large foot box is also a big plus for me for I'm a bigger dude, so I got the long, left-zip. Like always, Backcountry was great about replacing the bag within literally 3 days. I'm a big fan of Marmot's gear, and would recommend this bag for anyone in the mountains, I live in Montana so this bag is perfect for me. I team it with my old school Bibler I-Tent and I'm the driest dude in camp.

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MB Designs wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

It's worthy.
4 5

I never give anything 5 stars, but I love this laptop bag and wanted to give it 5. But I never give anything 5, unless it lasts 20 years. But I have a big, heavy HP 17 inch monster laptop, and it snugly fits into this case. And I can fit pens, paper, mp3, phone and even the AC cord in the side pocket. And I like the webber loops for a couple of carabiners, because you never know when you might need one. But this is strictly a laptop brief, you can't do much else with it, but that's what I wanted it for. Weather resistant, durable and strong. I would recommend. And the reason I got the yellow, is because I knew I would be the only one in my entire town that had it, so it would help if some dick thieved it. Otherwise I would have chosen black.

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MB Designs wrote an answer about on April 13, 2011

Thanks! But since then some dick has stolen it. Do any of you know if the MYO RXP can handle underwater? I used to take this DUO underwater with snorkle gear with no problems. The MYO says it's waterproof, but then some of the reviews say it's kind of a piece and won't handle being submerged. I kind of need to get to the bottom of this, because I like the MYO's style and it seems not so bulky, but if it's chince and won't go underwater you better believe I'm just going to buy another DUO. Which, unfortunatly, will be my third. Gave away the one that didn't get stolen as a gift.

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MB Designs wrote a question about on January 25, 2010

I've had this headlamp forever, back when it just came out and didn't even have the upgrade LED's, but I upgraded to the five when they did come out. My issue is this: The elastic bands are so worked and stretched that I can't even tighten it to my dome enough for hard use, just light hiking or else it flies off. If I send it to Petzl, will they charge me a grip to replace the webbing? And shipping is always an issue, as well. If so, I'll probably just bite the bullet and buy a new one. Just curious, never dealt with Petzl's custy service......

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MB Designs wrote a question about on December 22, 2009

I'm assuming this jacket destroys the guides down jacket....true? I'm rolling with a stupid Nuptse jacket which is soon to be owned by my nephew. I live here in the greatest state Montana, but might spend some time in AK, so I'm looking to upgrade without looking like a trusty loser from back east, and I love Marmot's gear. I have a ton of their other gear, so after I looked at everything I think this might be a good middle-of-the road down coat, even though it's a 650.....any thoughts?

Sons Of Montana

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MB Designs wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

Bottom line....Best Tent Ever. Period.

I've had mine for over a decade and it's never let me down. I saw some other whiner post about how when you zip the door when it's raining water "pours" in.....all lies. It's called slap the door from the inside a few times to knock any water off the outside before you zip out. Anyways, if you're a hard backpacker or mountaineer and are thinking about saving a few bucks by rolling with something else, buck up and shell out the extra couple hundge and get the I-Tent. You will realize. The El Dorado kicks ass, too. And Black Diamond's custy service is top shelf.

By the way, all you guys are super jealous because I have the old school model before Black Diamond with the little chimney vent instead of the topside deal. Which is the cat's meow. Oh yeah, and some other dude said his is coming apart at the seams? Re seam seal it on a yearly, man, and unless the damage is too far along you should be good to go.

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MB Designs wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

4 5

I have a pair of Baffin's that aren't this model but they are super nice. I live in Montana and I use them when the snow is 2 feet or more, or out icefishing. I read some of the questions, and from my experience I have some input. I would never work in these. They're way too bulky and heavy, and no steel toe. Plus I could see falling or tripping in them if you were carrying something heavy through the snow or on ice. I always end up working in my old Vasque Apex boots with gators for work. I don't know much about working on power lines but I wouldn't reccomend it.
I think that these used to be made in northern Canada, where it gets mighty freezing, but alas, EVERYTHING is now made in china, so that would be my guess now. Makes me shake my head everytime I think about it.
Aside from that, these boots are great and your feet will never get cold, at least mine don't but they're the older kind still made up north. Love old school gear........

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