NaTray

NaTray

Denver, CO

NaTray's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing

NaTray's Bio

I enjoy the solitude and beauty of all-season backcountry adventures.

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NaTray wrote a review of on August 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Jones made a great splitboard in the Mountain Twin Split. It skins beautifully, rides powder like a dream, and is very agile. You won't feel like you are on a response-less splitboard (many feel that way). This is a great board and you don't need to size up from your resort size. Can't wait to see the 2015 edition. I will note that many of the Jones splitboards seem to have issues with the connectivity or tightness of the two splitboard halves. Don't hesitate to check them out in a local shop or at REI before buying on Backcountry.com.

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NaTray wrote a review of on August 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I couldn't be happier with this pair of Salomons. As a trail running shoe, it works great and really boosted my desire to run novice/moderate trails in the Front Range. As a hiking shoe, these things rock. You'll never want to put on a real pair of hikers again. As a bonus, they look good and have great support in all areas of the foot.

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NaTray wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These Swany gloves are true to size, comfortable, look great, and very warm. I've worn them for 20 ski days after I picked them up mid-season and they still seem brand new. I picked them up for 30% on Backcountry.com (~$70), you really can't beat this quality of gloves at that price. In early January -10 degree conditions, you might want a warmer mitt, but these work great for most conditions.

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NaTray wrote a review of on March 22, 2013

5 5

These goggles are sick. Seriously next level baller status.... especially if you can get them for about 50% off - like right now.

Buy with confidence. Ride with confidence. Everywhere you go it will be like the music from the first ride session in The Art of Flight.

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NaTray wrote a review of on March 22, 2013

5 5

I have the regular width version of this board, size 158. Riding pow will be like a dream, you'll float so effortlessly through the pow you'll start wondering whether you are really surfing. Spring conditions, steeps, variable conditions or hardpack? Dominating as well. I used to ride a Prior Kyhber split and the Jones Solution is superior in every respect, down to the Karakoram splitboard clips, rather than the Voile hooks.

You'll never forget the day you buy this board, especially when you finish touring on a bluebird day when you think, "Well, that was the best day of my life."

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NaTray wrote a review of on June 4, 2012

Excellent choice for lightweight backpacking
4 5

This bag is super light and compresses into Marmot's XS size stuff sack. It's great for backpacking. It also performs well down to the mid 20's. The image is of the Marmot Arroyo inside a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

The downside of this bag is that is has a very tight and constricting fit from the waist down. A different stitching could increase the foot box by a couple inches. If you are a toss and turn sleeper or sleep on your side, this bag probably isn't the choice for you.

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NaTray wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

2 5

While it packs down small and seems to be good for backpacking, ONLY consider buying this pad if you are planning to use it with a Big Agnes sleeping bag (slip in the bottom of the bag). This pad is extremely noisy when you move even the slightest centimeter. A toss and turn sleeper will wake up their tent partner, other members of the party, and quite possibly the entire campsite.

It has a good R-value and it's lightweight, but it's not really even that comfortable to justify any of the audio issues. Your friends will dislike you if you take this pad along on a trip.

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NaTray wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

Excellent tent - amazing for backpacking
5 5

For long-distance, light weight backpacking (is there any other kind), this is THE tent. It's just a hair over two pounds, packs very compactly, sets up super quick, well-ventilated, and provides more space than you think. And yes, it works for two people. I haven't done the "fast-fly" set up (footprint + fly), but it seems awesome.

I've used this on 1 and 2 person backpacking trips, with other male friends, and also my wife. It's great for my wife and I, certainly cozy (but not cramped) for two guys, and absolutely perfect as a solo tent. The fly creates enough of a vestibule in front of the tent door to keep some gear out of the rain.

One minor adjustment I made was buying cord to better guy-line out the tent. The fly contains guy-lines (and I think the tent body also), but I found with longer/better cord, you could stake out the tent to be more taut, enable better ventilation, and gain a few inches of room around the
edges. Also, I wish Big Agnes would make a formal vestibule for this tent like they have for the Emerald Mountain line. Just a formality, though.

Great tent, but most importantly it's amazingly, ridiculously, and wonderfully light. Your days on the trail will be that much better.

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NaTray wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

3 5

For all intents and purposes, this is an excellent, well-rated, good R-value sleeping pad. Very compact. But for for some, such as light sleepers, this might not be your choice. I used it a bunch, but always had trouble dialing in the exact about of cushion. Worse, if you're a light sleeper, move a lot at night or take a while to fall asleep, it's really "noisy". Each time you move an inch it crinkles like you are packing up aluminum foil. Seriously annoying. My friends could hear each movement from 20 feet away in other tents.

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NaTray wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

Great pack, lots of uses
5 5

This is an excellent pack, useful for everything from multiple night backpacking trips, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, and day hikes. This is an excellent update from last year's version, including a larger and better crampon/outside pocket, new optional side straps at the bottom of the pack, a larger side access zipper, more useful ice axes loops, and other small fix-its.

The butterfly motion mechanism is comfortable, especially with a larger load. It doesn't sway side to side, just allowing the pack to stay relatively centered especially when you are scrambling, climbing, or making other drastic, body-shifting moves. It carries a pair of skis/splitboard really comfortably and doesn't block quick access to the pack. You can remove the hipbelt for day hikes.

It doesn't have the best back ventilation, nor are the shoulder straps the most comfortable out there, but it's an extremely durable pack with tons of versatility.

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NaTray wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

4 5

- Extremely lightweight and warm @ 30 F +
- Compresses down to about 9 inches in width (my fits in bottom of Mammut Trion Guide 45+7 pack)
- Fit of the bag is a bit on the tight side, especially in the lower 1/3 of the body
- Useful hood, but very straight forward (no bells/whistles of higher end bags)

Used five times so far. Bag is great, keep me warm on sub-40 nights. Slightly constricted feel in the lower 1/3 of my body. Personal preference, I assume, as I like to have my feet spread apart wider when I sleep.

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NaTray wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

5 5

Quick to inflate and easily adjustable in terms of desired firmness. Takes a bit of time to deflate but just open the air nozzle and take care of the rest of your gear in the morning. Very comfortable, I chose the rectangular over the mummy - barely any weight differential.

Extremely packable and compact. Solid R-Value for air as opposed to foam. You'll sleep like a baby.

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NaTray wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

4 5

Upgraded from the old 2007 Camelbak reservoir that developed a small crack in the sides of the mouthpiece from using it a million times, especially in winter conditions.

Fits most, if not all, packs. Doesn't carry the smell of your energy tablets too badly, in case you aren't diligent and taking care of your gear. Never leaks. New mouthpiece is solid. Inside dries fairly fast.

Don't buy a Platypus or MSR whatever - go with what works. This thing will last a long time, but be sure to buy a cold-weather sleeve and mouthpiece cover. You may want to get an additional tube just for winter as it will endure much harsher treatment and my old Camelbak mouthpiece showed signs of wear and had to eventually be replaced.

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NaTray wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

4 5

You need it for moderate/steep snow climbs and other types of travel. Fairly light, but rugged and really helps on the steeper sections. I haven't used it for glissading or self-arrest, but confident in the piece of gear.

You need an ice axe for certain type of activities. Go with a proven company in Black Diamond and a product that tons of people have.

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NaTray wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

5 5

Super light, compact, all-in-one. Works well in cooler/cold temps. Feels a lot lighter and compact than the original Jetboil.

Boils water in less time than advertised. Stash with this the rest of your ultralight gear and you are ready rock and roll. Make your dehydrated/instant food at home with old Backcountry Pantry/Mountain House bags and you'll save $$$ while eating better.

Get this thing ASAP.

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