Mager Hiker

Mager Hiker

Adirondack Mts (NYS), Green Mts (vermont)

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Mager Hiker's Passions

Road Running
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

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Mager Hiker posted an image about on October 29, 2013

I love this helmet

I raced for 4 years in high school, so the only helmet i was used to was tiny, cold and had a crash bar 2 inches in front of my teeth to protect the pearlies from incoming gates. After realizing I'm old and I fall hard, I did alot of research on a good helmet and settled on the variant brim. I had a hard time finding a helmet that didn't make me look like a rasta or biker or a kayaker.....I just wanted a nice comfy ski helmet. I've had this for a few seasons and I love it. The venting is a great option, and the louvers are big enough to move with your gloves on. Highly recommended noggin protector.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I bought a pair of Merrell Perimeter boots (not from backcountry), I didn't like them (they were as stiff as ski boots) I talked to merrell support, and they sent me a pair of these Metterals as a replacement. my initial impression of the boot was that it was cheaply made, with cheap material. the leather feels incredibly thin, the tongue is huge and puffy like a pair of walmart winter boots. then there is the fit. I know i have a low-volume foot, but you would need feet like a Fred Flintstone to fill these suckers up. I actually have 2 after market insoles, plus the factory insole in the boot right now. Surprisingly, with 3 insoles (probably 1/4'' total) the boot became pretty comfortable. I wear these boots for work every day, and they'll work for that. I would never take these on the trail.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

Trustworthy and tough, awesome filter!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this filter 7 or 8 years ago and the fact that MSR still makes them is reason enough to understand how great they are. I've had mine over about 40 peaks and across the country. I've only had to replace the filter once, because it got broken in my luggage on my way to mexico (note to self: don't use in Mexican water with a cracked filter...) but this filter isn't the smallest, lightest or fastest, but it's crazy trustworthy and produces great water from practically any source. I love this filter and would highly recommend it to any one. the picture shows the size of the carry sack.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love the additional arch support that is apparently woven into the sock itself. Snug, comfortable and warm. These socks are my hiking "must haves" list. I've dropped 25 mile days with these with no blisters and dry, comfortable feet at the end of the day. spend the money for these, its worth it. the extra couple bucks will pay for itself when you avoid that blister in the backcountry.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I have two pairs of these socks. Why you may ask...because they were $3 cheaper than the smart wool PHD mediums. and I'm cheap like that. but there is nothing wrong with these socks, they are really an awesome sock. but after purchasing the PHD socks, (also by smartwool) I hardly use these. the PHD has more elastic in the arch, which seems to provide greater support and greater comfort. Over all good sock, but I would recommend paying the few extra bucks for the PHD socks, they are truly the best!

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have two pair of these and they get used on every hike I go on. Keeps the boys in their place during scrambles, ascents and leaps. which is always a bonus. They also handle hike-stink fairly well because they wick and dry super fast. I've found they also make a great impromptu backcountry swimsuit when normal boxers might expose the jewels to other swimmers. Great side note, they are also my go-to for suit and tie occasions where wedding sweat might become an issue.

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Mager Hiker wrote an answer about on August 1, 2013

These are great poles, but the trail compacts are also a good buy. the big difference is indeed the material. go with the carbon fiber. I've owned both aluminum and carbon fiber poles. I've seen aluminum bend and break, but I've never seen anyone shatter a carbon pole. you would have to really try to break the pole for it to bust. But if that were to happen, you can purchase the pieces to repair the pole. Alex has good points with both the cork handles and also the flick locks, both great features. Overall, I'd recommend these poles.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I do alot of winter and shoulder season hiking. I had a recent issue with my 0 degree synthetic bag where I chilled over night and was very uncomfortable, so on the next trip I picked up a reactor plus and tried it out. needless to say I can't see how they can tout this liner to add 20 degrees to the bag rating. Was I slightly warmer? it's hard to say, meaning I didn't notice a difference and I was still cold over night. Almost seems like a gimmick to me. I'm keeping it for a warm weather lite liner.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

Split soles = Not recomended
2 5

I chose these boots for my everyday work boot last year. They were comfy and dry, but about 6 months in I split the soles across the ball of my feet...on both boots! I squat alot in my job working on equipment, so the ball of my feet are always flexing. Apparently too much for these boots. I upgraded to Merrell's for my everyday work boot, and Asolo Fugitives for my hiking and backpacking boots.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

 high quality gaiter
5 5

I started out with EMS spindrift gaiters. they are ok for wet walks at the dog park. I ultimately demolished them on the the ascent of Basin Mt. I broke down and spent the extra cash on OR gaiters. In hindsight, gaiters are a piece of equipment that should not be skimped on. Spend the money for the good ones. these are the good ones.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

4 5

This pad packs down to the size of a nalgene bottle, and weighs about half as much as a full nalgene. I bought a long version for me and a standard length for my wife. I can blow the pad up in a couple of mins. the air valve is ok because you can plug it with your tongue to catch your breath. it's not insulated, but when inflated it's slightly thicker than other pads I've seen. I've slept on frozen ground and lean-to floors with this pad with no problems keeping warm. it does get slippery on my sleeping bag, I have slid off the pad before, but generally its not a problem. I've heard of guys dotting the perimeter with silicone caulk for added grip on the sleeping bag. All in all, I would recommend this pad, Ive beaten it up and never worried.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

5 5

I never used the air tight compression sacks, I always used just a "how tight can you pull the straps?" sack. I borrowed a buddies Sea to Summit sack and I was sold on that style, when I went to purchase it, it wasnt available in the size i needed for my 0degree mummy. Purchased the OR sack instead and I couldn't be happier. from now on, its the only way to pack my sleeping bags. you will be amazed at the compression ability of these sacks. They squeeze out all the air, then you roll and buckle the top to basically vacuum seal your sleeping bag. it seriously cut my stuff sack size by at least 25% over my old slumber jack stuff sack.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

3 5

Bought these to replace my daughter's Keene newports. The new ports are a combinations of fabric rubber and foam. We expected these to be of a similar make, but these are all rubber almost like Crocs. This wasnt a problem initially, but we are returning them because they blistered her feet on the sides of the ankles.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

Highly recommended headlamp!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

when I started seriously hiking a few years back, I thought I'd save a few dollars and pick up a headlamp from grainger for like $5. big mistake, it was a monster endurance hike in the Adirondacks, and of course the headlight failed at 3am on a descent from a 4400' peak. needless to say I picked this headlamp up the next trip. It's been on over 30 peaks with me and has handled the abuse. the varied light levels help conserve battery around camp or in the tent. the high beam is great for low light trail hiking and early morning summits. Small, light and easy to stash in a corner of your pack. I like that the batteries are in the lamp fixture and not remotely located on the back of the headband. used, abused and highly loved.

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Mager Hiker wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

Great Crampons for the money
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I routinely carry these spikes with me on three seasons worth of hiking in the Adirondacks. They are fairly light. I like to keep them handy when hiking mixed terrain so the included carry bag helps keep your pack from ripping when you strap them to the outside of the pack. They go on easy, once you know how to use them. They stay pretty tight, although the random hiking break always calls for a good snugging down. I would not purchase any crampons with less than 12 points, the added weight is worth not having hot spots in your boots. 10 & 8 point crampons generally cause blisters in my experience from lack of support on the soles. I've even used these spikes on shear slick rock, only weeks after hurricane Irene introduced tons of new slides to the mountains in the 'Dacks. Bottom line, great spikes for the money.

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