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Meng Sun wrote a review of on July 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I've had the REI pad first, thought it was nice but kinda heavy and very thin. And I spent the $$ for the T-A-R NeoAir xlite for its lightness, but it's very uncomfortable, I would roll all over the place on the pad and I cannot sleep. I then purchased the Q-Core Long version, and I fell asleep when trying it in the living room. When I woke up, I exchanged it for a long/wide version (I'm 6'1, broad shoulder) for maximum comfort when lying face up!!

It does take more time to inflate than both the REI and the therma-a-rest pad. But it is 100% more comfortable and it is the only piece of gear in my overnight pack that is not super light. Actually if you have a highend Marmot down bag about 15-30F, this pad is bigger than the sleeping bag+compression sack! (I had superlight 1person tent, carbon poles, Arc'Teryx jackets, minimalist cooking stuff, etc) But it's worth it, because you can actually sleep.

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Meng Sun wrote a review of on July 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 6 years of hiking and mountaineering, I've always used the BD aluminum poles (not the cheapest version) and thought they are super shock-resistant. I finally rewarded myself with a pair of the carbon poles and they are the best for balancing, they are super light and giving you an extra push going uphill. I didn't buy them at full price though.

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Meng Sun wrote a review of on July 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased a speed 40 for dayhike, it's way too big so I kept it as my backpacking bag. I then did more research and bought the speed 22 and I've used it in Utah, Idaho, Adirondacks, Wyoming... fantastic design and way better than REI's flash 18 which I used previously. Highly recommended.

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Meng Sun wrote a review of on June 10, 2013

4 5

Awesome crampons! Only problem - and it is a real problem - when I used my Scarpa Charmox Size 46 with it, no problem, it'll fit. when I used my Scarpa Inverno double boots size 13 with it, it will not fit. I was at Mt. Rainier (Ashford, WA) and I had to run to Whittaker Mountaineering Store to buy the long extended bar, and even with the long bar, it barely fits. Size 13 double boots is not extremely large, so becareful guys.

The crampons work no problem.

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Meng Sun wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My experience is different than the others on this site. I've purchased similar but a lot cheaper shirts from North Face and other companies and decided to buy Arc's even it's very expensive. I have worn this shirt on 5hr bike rides, weekly spin class, strenuous day hikes and overnight backpacking trips this spring. The material is extremely light and extremely thin, it almost weighs half as much as the North Face performance shirt, this has two problems: it's not warm enough and when you sweat a lot (biking, hiking, etc.), the shirt gets soaked very quickly and it remains very wet on your body, I actually had a fever after one long hike because I got very cold. Again this is my experience and I stay honest to my words.

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Meng Sun wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first used these on Mt. Washington in the winter, I thought they provide the same warmth as my REI swithback gloves (which is a good pair, just leaks under extreme condition). But when I took the Mercuty mittens to Mt.Rainier in blizzard condition in May, they proved to be waterproof (withou the Goretex) and very warm, after a tired day fighting with blizzard when I took these out of my pack, they were warm and remained dry. They are actually too warm for Mt. Rainier. I'd highly recommend these.

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