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Matt du

Matt du

Mobile, AL

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Matt du wrote a review of on November 4, 2009

4 5

I have a few fleece's but wanted a light weight 100 wt fleece, this was the one I bought it on sale. It is just what I would expected I think all fleece is pretty much created equal so I doubt it is worth the premium for the mountain hardwear name. If I had it to do over again I probably looked for a little cheaper fleece or even gotten a heavyweight merino wool for the same price. Granted the fleece is more durable than the wool. That is my 2 cents. Would have given five stars for less money.

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Matt du wrote an answer about on June 22, 2009

I have the Alchemy and my wife has the synchro, so I can't give you a perfect answer b/c I can't fit in her jacket. I get hot when wearing the Alchemy jogging in anything above 30F w/ a light baselayer. I really wish mine had pit zips. The synchro seems to have less bulk and probably a little cooler, although it may not breathe as well. It definately does not seem as durable as the Alchemy. I am 5'11" 200lbs and I wear a large. i can get 2 base layers, and a fleece under it no problem. Or a base layer and a pataonia down sweater vest under it. However, I only do this when I am not active!

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Matt du wrote an answer about on June 22, 2009

I have a couple times, I am always a little disappointed. However, there is a wide range in quality for rechargables, my batteries are NiMH and a few years old, the batteries seem to be more of the problem than the light. For a quick trip or wearing around the house, they are just fine.

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Matt du wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

4 5

I really like this light. I bought one for my wife, liked it so much I bought one for myself, loved it so much I bought one for Christmas presents! It is comvertable on the head, is good for running, it doesn't bounce all over the place on your head. It is barely bright enough for trail running and no where near bright enough for mountain biking. However, for around camp, running on smooth relatively smooth trails, seeing in the dark, reading, etc. this light cannot be beat. Batteries last well also. I have owned two other name brand headlamps, and they were not as good as this one. Would have given 5 stars if it were a little brighter, although I haven't had a better one!

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Matt du wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

3 5

Thins is my new favorite baselayer. It feels fantastic and manages odor very well. It is very slim fitting, so if you plan on wearing as an outerlayer or around town, consider sizing up a bit. I would give 5 stars but it seems fragile, as it has a few small holes from getting in contact with velcro in the washer!

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Matt du wrote an answer about on January 21, 2009

Rechargeable batteries will definitely last longer in the long run, but won't last as long per charge as lithiums. You should expect about the same amount of time as traditional alkaline batteries. Because the Princeton Tec Quad headlamp is voltage regulated, rechargeables or lithiums won't hurt the LEDs or any of the internal components. You should get about 1000 charges for the quality rechargeables at about 20 hours on high of burn time per charge (compare that to 50+ hours on high for lithiums).I am adding to the above answer, I don't think they will be as bright as with the lithiums or alkalines because most rechargeables are 1.2volt instead of the typical 1.5volts. I have run rechargable NiMh batteries in other lights with satisfactory, not excellent, results.

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Matt du wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

4 5

I typically wear a 36 waiste 32 inseam pants. I purchased the LARGE size. They were way to long, and had to get them hemmed. Not to big a deal though. I love these pants, I have had them for about 3 years. I purchased a second pair after the first year b/c I was afraid they may quit making them. I have worn them multiple times per week over 3 years and they are still holding up and looking great. In the summer I usually only wear the shorts, and if you wash the shorts to much w/o washing the bottoms, the color can become slightly mismatched, now I wash both most every time, and the discoloration has quit being an issue.

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Matt du wrote a review of on December 15, 2008

5 5

I used this pack to hike in for a basecamp type trip. 8 miles in and with about 50 pounds (7 days). It was overloaded but showed no signs of wear. Created a hotspot on my lower back. But that was probably bc it was overloaded (or my pants). The hike out with less food was perfect. I liked it so much, I bought the womens version for my wife. We both wore them into the grand canyon, down to the river and back out. They were great. The pack sits away from your back in the middle, and allows for fantastic cooling. It was definitely appreciated in the canyon. It is cooler than wearing a camelback.

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