Matt Stark

Matt Stark

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

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

I was tired of wearing 4 layers when touring so I finally paid for a good base layer. By far the best investment in my clothing system. If you plan to hike or tour a lot, you will sweat a ton no matter how cold it is. I usually wear a wicking shirt over this to get the moisture away from my body. Also, Under Armour designed these to not be a real tight fit, it shouldn't fit like spandex. I usually wear a large but had to get an extra large for mine to properly fit my arms. I'm 6'1" and 150lbs. Seriously the best base layer you can buy.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

I've used mine for 2 seasons now and I don't see myself getting a different pair anytime soon. They are super warm and when I'm skiing they are the only base layer I wear. When I'm hunting in the cold Ill hike with these off because ill get too hot if I'm really working; no matter how cold it gets. They are made really well and they fit very tight (but not restricting). I like the material of these too because they aren't super slippery like some base layers and they don't make you feel all staticky when you move around or change layers. Nothing bad to say!

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Great stove that I've used for years. Has literally worked every time I've ever needed it too and I don't have anything negative to report on. It releases a little gas when you unscrew it but all my stoves do. I do like how small it is and it does a great job warming up my bigger pots and gets water boiling fast compared to my older stoves. You can't go wrong with the Superfly and I would defiantly recommend this to anybody who likes quality stoves that will last a long time. (I still use my Jetboil as my primary stove because I'm a solo hiker these days).

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

2 5

I used this as my primary filter for all my trips until I got sick last year...I'm not sure how I ended up getting sick because my filter still had life in it according to the 200 gallon life on it. I was already a little fed up with using this filter because the bag that it came with was cheap and the zipper broke. I was also tired of putting away all the pieces and trying to keep track of what tube was the "clean" and "dirty" tube. Call me lazy but I hate stopping and messing with the entire filtration process. I now just use iodine pills mixed with some powder gatorade to kill the taste. You need to let the iodine sit so I always have a backup bottle just in case I can't wait the 30 minutes.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

4 5

Love it death but recently discovered that when you remove the rubber mouthpiece you might discover some built up crud...make sure you wash there. My water filter attachment fits perfectly when backpacking. I always carry one with me everywhere and they are extremely durable. The only other drawback is I can never get that last bit of water out without taking off the lid...the straw doesn't reach the bottom.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

I use my Minimalist as a sidekick to my Jetboil. I usually brew my coffee in the Minimalist as I cook my main meal in my Jetboil. For the price you can't beat it. It's super light but the spork is useless. It's way too tiny to reach into the bags of dehydrated food and you'll end up covering your hand in whatever that stuff is made of...
Overall I love the Minimalist and it keeps my power juice (coffee) warm and works great for an occasional small meal. Buy it!

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

I wanted the glossy black with polarized lenses so I ended up buying the Shaun Whites and replacing the yellow lenses for the polarized ones. I wear these for absolutely everything and they have held up great. I ski, backpack, and mtn bike with them. The polarized lenses do awesome for my fly fishing trips and I've even blown them apart after a volley ball spike to the face. Extremely durable and they fit my narrow cone head perfect. Love them.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

I use mine for hunting with a few other guys and it works great for our application. Your GPS is limited more by your mapping software than anything so make sure you buy good software and don't guy cheap by downloading the free ones. I use the Idaho Hunting GPS maps and love them. I do like the vibrate mode for hunting because my last Garmin made a very loud beep when trying to communicate with my party. I occasionally take this with me skiing and the screen has held up great with occasional moisture. Defiantly meets all my hunting and backpacking needs and I really like the radio when we split up.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

5 5

I use my Jetboil year round for all of my outdoor excursions. I got it for my solo backpacking trips and it saves a ton of weight. I hate carrying around extra weight and my Jetboil has reduced my backpacking kitchen to my Jetboil,feul canisters, and a spork. If you do a lot of solo trips there isn't any other reason to own a different stove system. I really like how the stove works no matter the elevation or temperature. I used my Jetboil hunting this year and at 8,500 feet and 0 degrees my Jetboil fired right up and made breakfast and coffee. I keep my stove and fuel in my sleeping bag with me to keep it warm. The only time I had troblem is when I left my cansiter out and I had a reall hard time getting the water to boil . The past 2 years of skiing I've packed this with me into the BC and again, it has performed flawlessly. I always keep a backup lighter just in case but I haven't had any problems with the starter as of yet. Overal a very bullet proof stove.

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