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MGlowBlue

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Scott's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Snowshoeing

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MGlowBlue

MGlowBlue wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking to replace my old EMS hiking pants and got this pair before the summer. They fit well (i.e., aren't parachute pants) and wash easily. I've already worn some small holes in the sides from bushwacking through the Adirondacks, but they've held up admirably. And, as the title says, the integrated belt is key.

My only minor complaint is that the pockets are shifted forward toward the crotch so they are almost on your thigh which is bit awkward.

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MGlowBlue wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

Very quick and easy to use for clear water. If the water is particularly turbid, I would recommend a filter. It's a bit heavier than the other SteriPEN models, but 4 AA's are easier to come by (and cheaper) than the specialized camera batteries. It's also a bit fragile. I dropped mine from my pocket ~2 ft. onto a rock and it knocked the lamp connection loose. I sent it out to Hydro Photon and they fixed it for $7 in shipping.

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MGlowBlue wrote a review of on February 19, 2012

4 5

I've had these for going on two years and they've been my go-to shoe for all of my winter excursions. They work well on pretty steep ice/snow where crampons aren't necessarily warranted and equally well on flat terrain where all you're looking for is to stay above the snow. The SpeedLock binding is really convenient. Set the binding to your boots beforehand (2 minutes), then it is one less set of snap-in straps to put on with cold fingers at the trail head. The binding is basically the difference between these and the Lightning Ascents. A bit pricier and heavier than the Evo's, but worth it in my opinion.

Note: You'll definitely need the tails in really soft, deep powder otherwise you will essentially be post holing with bigger, more awkward feet. This is true for all snowshoes, though.

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MGlowBlue wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

5 5

This pack stores all the gear and clothing that I'll need (and usually some of my friend's stuff) for the day or weekend if I'm flying somewhere, fits perfectly in overhead bins on even the smallest CRJs, and cleans easily if it gets wet and/or muddy. AND! It has a lifetime guarantee. What more could you need?

As a sweet bonus, the hydration system is ubiquitous across all Osprey packs so I only need one for all of mine: Raptor 6L, Kestrel 32L, and Aether 60L (I plan on adding an Argon 85L soon for some Western US trips).

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MGlowBlue wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

Warm and light
4 5

This jacket works extremely well as a mid-layer jacket and can easily replace two layers of Polartec. I was quite skeptical at first because other down garments that I have owned/borrowed have been really bulky, so I didn't think this jacket could possibly be as warm given how thin it is. It has really lived up to the description - keeping me quite warm at temperature down to -10F so far.

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