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Robert's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
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MedicineMan wrote a review of on December 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You will be simply amazed at how warm this garment is for the weight. When you heft it you will be amazed at the lack of weight (mine in XL just a tad over 8 ounces)..when you wear it you will freek at how much warmth it holds in
There is one caution--just know the sleeve cuffs are tight--good to hold in even more heat but if you have a large large large wrist you will be turning it inside out to get off.
Couple this anorak (remember anoraks are always warmer than jackets because of the lack of a full length zipper) with a lightweight vest and the sewn through construction is greatly minimized and the warmth sky rockets again. The weight of the vest and anorak together are possibly the same or maybe lighter than simply the jacket and you have far greater variability!
I was lucky and got this on sale, loved it so much bought another one.

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MedicineMan wrote a question about on November 26, 2011

Anyone know if the Jansport Carson can be had in any other color than blue? My sheila hikes with a blue one and mine just needs to be a different color...I have googled images and see the Carson in Black and Cilantro Green but cannot find to purchase.
Besides being different it just helps to tell at a glance her backpack from mine.

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MedicineMan wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

4 5

There is a growing list of hikers/backpackers/paddlers/cyclists who are sleeping in hammocks, and doing so year around. Hammocks sleep colder than tents (bridges freeze before roads) and there are several ways to keep warm in a hammock even when its really cold out.
One way is to use UnderQuilts like those sold by Jacks R Better and they are great. Another way is to use a PeaPod sold by Speer Hammocks and they work great too. I prefer a PeaPod when I think it is going to be less than 20F, though UQs work at them temps too-it's just my preference.
This past weekend I was shown that the Wallcreeper is big enough to completely wrap around my hammmock with me in it...just like a PeaPod. So now your campwear can also be insulation for your entire hammock.
I'm a very cold sleeper so I wrapped the Wallcreeper around the hammock and then wrapped a Speer PeaPod around it! It's not often that I get hot camping out in January but this time I did.
I was so impressed with the Wallcreeper that I ordered another one. My original is the 35-38F rated model. Soon it will be joined by the 20F rated model.
Also, if you know of a product by Hilleberg, their BivAnorak then you will instantly see that combining a WallCreeper and the BivAnorak is instant shelter anywhere and shelter that you can move in if you have to or do camp chores in like cooking.
The only down side to the WallCreeper is the weight but that is even less important now that I know it has this new function of insulating my hammock completely around.

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MedicineMan wrote a review of on July 8, 2006

5 5

You will have to decide whether you want a tall pot or a more squat pot. If you want a 'taller' pot then there is no better one than the Snow Peak Solo. For several years I tended to keep my kitchen in an outer side pocket of the Mithril-this meant a taller pot was the way. The Snow Peak Solo has covered almost a 1000 miles of the AT with me, several hundred miles in many national parks, and been taken on too many paddle trips to remember. It still is dent free, it still heats up and cleans quickly. The fact that the cup nestles onto the bottom is a nice feature (I avoid putting anything flavored into a bladder and the cup is nice for drink mixes). I've got a Snow Peak stove but discovered alcohol stoves (I use a Brasslite) and prefer them over lugging an empty canister out. An alcohol stove, a pot gripper, mini-bic, micro scrub set, and leatherman micra all fit inside. To keep things from rattling I stuff in a water bag.
My only complaint on the Solo pot is the little triangle lifter on the lid-it is hard to pull off the lid with just it, that is using the pot gripper.
All in all a great product that, like the Brasslite stoves, should become an heirloom.

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