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Martin's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking

Martin's Bio

Backcountry Skiing, Fly Fishing, Backpacking, General Outdoor Recreation

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MJP wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

5 5

Have put these waders through 100 days of hard use both on foot, drift boat and cataraft (all 4 seasons). After 100+ days, the zipper blew out and Redington replaced with a new set (Redington offers a full year for replacement, no questions) - said it was a fluke in the zipper. Outstanding reliability. Not as thick as a Simms Guide, but much lighter and very comfortable. No issues with taking patches and these have proven tougher than my previous Cloudveils and Patagonia waders. Full bib is key on a boat - two bix box pockets, two hand pockets (easily takes hand warmers), interior pocket and attachment points. Can add a waist pack (Patagonia Stealth) and be set for a full day. The zipper has been outstanding but a few considerations: 1. Use a waterproof zipper treatment as you would for any drybag to aid zipper action; 2. Can make it harder to roll your bib down into the wader for a half-wader option; 3. Prepare for ease of access that will make a day on the water much more convenient (dumps heat really well too). Great shoulder straps and waist belt included. Absolutely no durability concerns and Redington lived up to their warranty and a new set arrived after, roughly, two weeks. Recommend over much higher priced waders and love all the additional features and the lighter weight.

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MJP wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

5 5

This is a perfect solution for anyone who likes to get out fast and light. Perfect for short/long trips on foot and a great solution to bring on a drift boat or cataraft as you can easily put on/off when you get off the boat (and attach via hip attachment to the boat to keep gear at hand). Plenty of space for a large streamer box (big pocket) and two small dry boxes (up front) with smaller pockets for additional gear and lots of attachment points on the outside. Great holders on the side for drinks and look at pairing with a Katadyne My Bottle Microfilter for longer days on the water. Waterproof fly boxes work best as this is not waterproof and it will get wet if you wear on your waist while wading. I have not had any issues with it getting wet and it dries relatively quickly (50+ days/year). Great belt, does not slip and relatively easy to adjust and/or swing front to back. Cover more ground quickly/comfortably and/or latch onto your pack for overnights or longer trips. Only downside is line management, if you take advantage of attachment points or putting a bottle in the holder, mind your line as it can/will get caught up from time to time (issue with anything on your waist). One of the best waist packs out there and definitely beats a sling.

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Nilas in the backcountry

Very light and very warm. Used off Wheeler Peak for two nights of backcountry skiing/camping w temps down to 0, plenty warm. Great as a pillow and/or adding extra bag warmth. Have skied at the resort, in the trees and fly fishing w no issues from snags or durability. Can fit under a shell, but tight, and the jacket is very wind proof in all but the deepest gusts. Great extra's include the butter cuffs, large internal pockets and a clean hood. Definitely resists soak with wet snow and splashes. Downside (outside of cost)would be the waist and hood cinches, very small and definitely not working with gloves/mitts and can be challenging with gloves off (but definitely a component of saving weight). Use a waterproof sack that stuffs the jacket down further than the included sack. I find this jacket is much warmer than the Rab Infinity and the shell seems tougher, although more crinkly. Overall impression is an incredibly warm/lightweight option for winter outings and a great security option when skiing in very cold conditions and warmups or rest stops are needed. Bought at discount and worth the price.

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MJP wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

The Microfilter bottle has been the perfect solution for long days on the water fly fishing. Rather than carrying a heavy Camelback or multiple bottles, simply dip the bottle into a stream or river and sip. I have found it handy to use either a coffee filter, sleeve or small pack towel to keep extra particals out of the bottle. When done for the day/week, simply fill with water and a small amount of bleach and run through and let dry. It has a handy rotating bezel under the top to keep track of use and believe they recommend changing the filter after 120 uses. Great for hiking too and/or simply keeping with you just in case. Have used in multiple streams/rivers throughout UT, ID, WY with no issues.

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MJP wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

The Microfilter bottle has been the perfect solution for long days on the water fly fishing. Rather than carrying a heavy Camelback or multiple bottles, simply dip the bottle into a stream or river and sip. I have found it handy to use either a coffee filter, sleeve or small pack towel to keep extra particals out of the bottle. When done for the day/week, simply fill with water and a small amount of bleach and run through and let dry. It has a handy rotating bezel under the top to keep track of use and believe they recommend changing the filter after 120 uses. Great for hiking too and/or simply keeping with you just in case. Have used in multiple streams/rivers throughout UT, ID, WY with no issues.

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MJP wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

5 5

The VXP is an exceptional multi-use fly rod for the price. The 6 weight handles all nymphing rigs, large/huge dries and streamers. The action is fast and accurate. This rod handles wind and large flies and is perfect for larger western rivers (Green, Madison, Snake, Henry's Fork). Given the price, it will be tough to beat.

Downside: the case, not Sage's typical metal tube; but for the price - no complaints.

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MJP wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

5 5

The VXP is an exceptional multi-use fly rod for the price. The 6 weight handles all nymphing rigs, large/huge dries and streamers. The action is fast and accurate. This rod handles wind and large flies and is perfect for larger western rivers (Green, Madison, Snake, Henry's Fork). Given the price, it will be tough to beat.

Downside: the case, not Sage's typical metal tube; but for the price - no complaints.

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MJP wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

Outstanding PDF for Fly Fishing
5 5

The Highwater Vest is an outstanding PDF, it is definitely the best fly fishing option whether in a cataraft, drift boat and/or wadding away from your boat. The vest is designed with a high back which does not interfere with a seat and keeps the vest cool in high temps. The front of the vest is stout, but you have free range of movement whether rowing or casting. Plenty of small pockets for tippet, tools, camera and space to latch on other essentials. Put it on and adjust the fit and you will quickly forget you have it on. Easily adjusts to fit layers, so there is no excuse not to wear a PDF.

Accidents happen, this piece accomodates any water based activity and is functional/light enough to bring on any adventure.

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MJP wrote a review of on November 4, 2010

4 5

Outstanding, boils very fast and efficient. Have used at altitude without complaint. Only complaint, have returned one for another already as the pot holder can pop out of its hold and impossible to get back in. As such, treat a little more gingerly than I would prefer. Fast, light and reliable - has replaced my jet-boil as I never hung it anyway.

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MJP wrote a review of on November 4, 2010

4 5

Great tent. Use as a solo shelter throughout its 3 season intended purpose. Bought as a lightweight backpacking tent that I could fit two in a pinch and the two vestibules was the kicker as I usually head out with 2 60+lb pups. Outstanding option to have the ground cloth and pitch with poles and the rain fly to save weight. Have used throughout the Uinta's, Wasatch and Tetons and encountered some extreme wind and rain. The tent has solid guy out points, but in big wind you are going to feel it. No issue with rain and due to all the mesh, venting even in extreme heat is manageable. Complaints: pole over the entrance for the rain fly, poor design; floor plan is perfect for one (6foot2) but cramped for two if using pads; stakes that come with - pitch and replace; cost - that weight savings comes with a price. Pro's: get what you pay for in quality, no issues; withstood wind when I thought it wouldn't; absolutely waterproof; vestibles - great size and very functionable. Great tent with a steep price tag.

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MJP wrote a review of on November 4, 2010

5 5

Purchased as a go between down sweater when an ultralight is not enough and a big-heavy is too much. I use this jacket throughout the winter on cold days (fly fishing, skiing, backpacking). It compresses well for its size and is light weight. The Pertex shell is amazing, brush, small flies - it doesn't tear easily. It also layers nicely and can fit under shells without much issue.

Weight, a bit heavy to lug around everyday unless you know you need the extra warmth. But a great piece to have with you when the temp drops without carrying a high altitude option. Makes a great pillow and nice to see some different color options from every other jacket on the market.

Compare its weight and size with 7+ ounces of fill to the Patagonia Dwn Sweater with 4.5 oz and I think you will find it a great alternative for deep winter use.

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MJP wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

4 5

Great sock for cold weather activities. Have used one pair on multi-day trips to fly fish in the Fall/Winter. Outstanding option beneath waders for extended periods in the water. Stays put, does not bunch (make sure you get the right size) and durable. These socks have replaced Patagonia Expedition socks and Sierra Primeloft booties.

Negatives: weight/size and drying time. When wet or damp they are tough to get thoroughly dry even in the foot box of a down bag.

Overall, outstanding albeit pricey option for cold feet. When the day can be made by staying warm, this is a great option.

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