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Mark Medina

Mark Medina

Mammoth, Bishop, Jackson Hole, Joshua Tree, Malibu Canyon

Mark Medina's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 17, 2009

5 5

For 3-4 day trips I can dial the weight of my gear and this pack to under 25lbs. The suspension system makes hauling the pack a comfortable experience. The frame, shoulder straps, and waist-belt are very well padded. All the contact points don't ever bring discomfort. Really find the panel access system very useful. I don't have to worry about where I put things too much since I can easily get to them when they are, let's say, at the bottom or middle of the pack. The pack feels very durable too despite it's light weight. Highly recommended pack for the minimalist and ultra-light hiker.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 16, 2009

5 5

I will never settle for anything less than the performance of Gore-Tex Pro after wearing these pants. 12-12-2009 was an epic day at Mammoth Mountain, CA and perfect conditions to test out these pants for the first time. A storm dropped over 36" in 24 hours and temps were in the low 20's. It was flurrying ALL day and you were getting pummeled on the lift and mountain with strong winds and torrents of snow. The pants kept me COMPLETELY dry. Not a single drop of water or flake of snow could hang on to these pants. Windproof performance was excellent as well. All I had underneath them was an Icebreaker mid-weight underpant and that combo kept me comfortable.

I'm 5'5" with an athletic build and a small fits me perfect due to the nature of the AK fit. Don't like things to get too baggy and I'm glad the size I got worked out so well. The huge pockets are a great feature and I'm glad they came with the RiRi zippers. You will be thankful for the butt flap too.

These pants perform well above anyone's expectations and definitely deserves five stars.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

4 5

Like you will read in all the reviews below, this is a great shoe to start with. You know your skills are growing when you feel that this shoe just doesn't cut it anymore. Things like, you need more edging support, more smearing grip, or this ain't the shoe to be using when climbing cracks.

Yes they are right when they say that this shoe will stretch out. Don't worry though, the lacing system will compensate for that and make sure you get the most out of that superb Stealth C4 rubber.

I recommend this shoe because it helped me love rock climbing.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I used these as my base layer under a pair of Backcountry.com Overhang pants on a two day 22-mile hiking trip. Temps were in the 50-40 range while on the move and this merino piece excelled in temperature control and moisture management. While at camp, it got down to between 35-25 and the Overhang pants and this Icebreaker piece kept my legs comfortable and not chilly. In other words, my legs weren't as warm as I would have preferred, but they were not cold to my disliking either.

Like all fine merino clothing, this one kept the odors at bay just as well.

I will do another review on this piece after using it this winter season for snowboarding.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I love gear that is made to do two things at once and does them both well. The 300 fleece feels really lightweight but don't be fooled. It's density will keep the warmth close to your skin. The Gore WindStopper material works and is very effective in keeping chilly wind out.

The fit is very versatile. I'm 5'5" at 165lbs with an athletic build and a Medium works perfect. The fit is not baggy at all and not too athletic. I can layer a nice lightweight down jacket with it (Montbell Alpine Light Down Jacket in my case) and not look and feel constricted.

If you want a fleece jacket that is very functional and also looks great, this is a good one to get.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 1, 2009

5 5

Works well with my EtaPower 2.1L pot. Very sturdy and holds the pot well. I've tested its sturdiness by lifting a pot with water weighing at just over 10 pounds. Held up very well. Pun intended. In short, you can use this with a variety of other pots that you own and will work perfectly for its intended uses and a little beyond that.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on December 1, 2009

5 5

Overall a very good bladder. Works well for my needs. The flow rate is pretty good. The trick is learning to bite the valve the right way before you take a sip and you won't feel your lungs cave in, pretty crucial when your huffing and puffing at high elevations. On a recent trip I left the bladder almost full outdoors, overnight, and in freezing temperatures (didn't know that was going to happen though). In the morning there was no damage or deformity to the bladder due to ice. Durable. If you have an MSR Hyperflow, this bladder works well with that filter. The flow spout of the filter fits like a glove on the mouth of the Platypus. There's a good lightweight combo for ya! Water tastes great coming out of this bladder (i.e. good water in, good water out) and won't alter the flavor of anything you put in it. I interchangeably use water, Crystal Light, Propel, or Gatorade, etc. for hydration with this bladder and it will not hold the flavor of the last thing you put in it. I have friends that use older Platypus bladders and they've owned theirs for several years. I expect these bladders to last just as long. Highly recommended.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on November 25, 2009

5 5

What I really like about this tent is that I can setup up by myself in less than three minutes. Critical when you hike in areas where the weather can change on you sometimes with little to no warning and your friends are too frazzled to help because they are setting theirs up before it really pours down. The tent keeps you dry and won't let water and wind through even with heavy rain and strong winds.

This tent is very well made and I believe it will last me a long time.

I know this isn't a solo tent but I like having room. So, I'm willing to carry the extra backbreaking 2 pounds over a solo tent.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

Minimalist's dream
5 5

Hard to get anymore minimalist and functional than this! So compact and lightweight. Wouldn't recommend using this when eating out of those 2 serving freeze dried meal bags. It's a little short for that. That's if you don't like to get your fingers dirty.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on November 21, 2009

Great Investment
5 5

I got these shorts initially for climbing and now they have become my go to shorts for hiking as well. You'll appreciate the stretch for the range of motion and freedom of movement that it gives. I'm 5'5" 165lbs and I wear a medium for this short. the leg room for this size is perfect for my build. I have owned these shorts for over two years and used them for a lot of activities and wear them casually a lot too. It has held up really well and I think they will last me a long time. These shorts are a great investment and will pay for itself many times over.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on November 21, 2009

Works Efficiently
5 5

There are reasons why this stove has received multiple awards. It works. It does what it's suppose to do. Boil water. And it does it fast. The efficiency of the stove helps you save fuel. I used it on a four day trip boiling an average of 6 cups per day. Even boiled water for my friends a few times on that occasion. Only needed one fuel canister and still had some left over. If you are straightforward and understand your needs, this system works really well and you will hardly have any gripes about anything.Get yours here, backcountry.com will treat you well.

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Mark Medina wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

A+ for the A-Frame
5 5

Got mine in the Carbon Fiber/VR28. I love the VR28 lens and have owned two Oakley sunglasses with them. So it was only natural for me to get them for the A Frame. This goggle works! Fits great with no helmet and with one. I use it with my Giro G10 and it seems like they were made for each other. I recommend this combo if you are shopping for both. The optics like everybody below says are great and do not fog up. The VR28 warms everything up in your view and makes the scenery look even prettier. The lens also holds up well. I have not noticed any apparent scratches on mine and I've used them for several seasons. Highly recommended.

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