Mark L

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Mark L wrote an answer about on January 21, 2009

You can do either. It's quicker if you do it yourself rather than send it off. If you decide to do it yourself, you need to order the battery replacement kit (available from backcountry as well), which includes the new battery, o-ring, and new battery cover. The manual with the watch will explain how to change it out, pretty simple.

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Mark L wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

2 5

I'm severely disappointed that Vasque chose long ago to move production of this boot from Italy to China. I owned a pair of the Italian-made sundowners and they were great. In the day of the sundowner and the skywalk, Vasque was THE boot to have. Sundowners are a legendary name on the trail and I think anyone purchasing a pair now will feel disappointed, to say the least. You can tell the difference between the old and new by simply looking at them. I give them two stars only for the memories I have of the better days. I now own a pair of Sundowner MX2's (made in Italy) and I am once again in love!

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Mark L wrote a review of on December 30, 2008

5 5

Plenty of length in the leg so you won't end up with high-waters after washing. Soft waistband and fly. Chose smartwool because of the supreme softness - even compared to capilene. Not to mention the fact that they do a much better job of cooling (seems counterintuitive being wool) than synthetics. I am converting to smartwool for all of my baselayer needs from now on, not only for the comfort and performance, but for their sustainability practices. Highly recommended

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Mark L wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

I own the Losi 2p, but assume that the 3p is comparable with more square footage. We just had it out last night in an all-night storm (39 degrees with 40mph winds and rain) and it proved beastly. We were bone dry, including everything under the vestibule. The two-person fit my wife and I plus our two dogs comfortably. Extremely easy to put up, easy to take down. The footprint is a must, as the tent bottom is fairly thin - and the pawprint is a nice feature (sold separately) as you can slide your pads in the slots to keep them in place. Design allows for good air flow and minimal condensation. Listed as a 4 season tent, but would get chilly under 35 degrees due to the air flow. All clips and poles assemble quickly and easily and it was roomier than I expected, as well as light for the size. I researched many tents before narrowing down to three finalists, and I couldn't be happier that I chose a Nemo. My new favorite piece of gear

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Mark L wrote a review of on December 21, 2008

4 5

Figured it'd be useful to review these separate from the alpine utility pant by MK. If you're looking for a more burly pant, go with the Alpine Utility. They are heavier, but the reinforced knees and seat are solid. Probably better used in harsh and rigorous activities. Not that the Original Mountain pant isn't durable. As in the review on the Alpine Utility pant...MKs are sturdily constructed, and yes - pricey. But, like all other gear are an investment. That being said, I love MKs. Have bouldered and hiked in them and I know plenty of people who routinely climb, travel, and work in them. I have multiple pairs, which brings me to my only qualm... MK seems to have a quality control issue with their sizing (as one can see from previous reviews). Each pair of my 30x32 pants fits differently. I highly recommend buying them IN store rather than online, unless you can readily return them if they do not fit properly. Love the product, but they need to improve upon this one fault.

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Mark L wrote an answer about on December 16, 2008

As you can see, there are mixed reviews concerning the waterproofness of the vector. I personally have had no problems with mine, and it has been frequently submerged while collecting samples in rock jetties and sandflats/mudflats for biological research, as well as while snorkeling. The sand did get wedged in between the watch body and the rotating bezel on the face, but it easily came out using a toothbrush under running tap water, good as new. Anytime sand is involved, it can mean trouble for a watch and I'd recommend looking into the Suunto Mariner or Yachtsman as they are made more specifically for watersports. It sounds like you'd use the altimeter function less and require more on the waterproof end. Suunto also offers other dive instruments/wristop watches that might give you a few unneeded functions, but could guarantee you waterproofness. Check out their website under 'diving world'. Hope that helps, they make great products.

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Mark L wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

Reading the manual front to back upon receiving the Vector is highly recommended. Like anything else, becoming familiar with it will greatly increase the ease of use. It is extremely lightweight, which is nice in any outdoor endeavor. I have personally had no problems with it leaking underwater. I have worn it snorkeling during my honeymoon in the caribbean as well as during a marine biology research trip in which it was frequently submerged. Many useful functions. The altimeter is "accurate to within 100 feet" an associate told me. This has proven true in most cases. Beware that the altimeter is based on barometric pressure readings, so if the weather is changing, the altitude measurement becomes inaccurate. It is easy to tell if you can rely on your altitude measurements by using the barometer's difference mode to check changing conditions (sounds complicated but is like second nature after a few weeks). Face of the watch can scratch and is very large, so take care. The compass bearing mode is a great feature, as well as the barometric trend monitor. Common sense is to use the traditional tools in the backcountry such as a topo map, compass, etc. This should not replace such items, but is useful in a pinch. Easy to calibrate, easy to read, lightweight, durable.

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Mark L wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

4 5

MKs are sturdily constructed, and yes - pricy. But, like all other gear are an investment. That being said, I love MKs. Have bouldered and hiked in them and I know plenty of people who routinely climb, travel, and work in them. I have multiple pairs, which brings me to my only qualm... MK seems to have a quality control issue with their sizing (as one can see from previous reviews). Each pair of my 30x32 pants fits differently. I highly recommend buying them IN store rather than online, unless you can readily return them if they do not fit properly. Love the product, but they need to improve upon this one fault.

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