Manistee National Forest, Smoky Mountains, U.P of Michigan
I used the Marmot Pulsar 2 tent on couple multi-day backpacking trip in the Manistee National forest. I love how light and easy the tent is to setup! I have yet to use this tent in any heavy down pours, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it will hold up. I picked up the footprint for this tent and I always use it when I take it backpacking. The footprint provides great-added protection to the underside of the tent and keeps it clean and dry from the morning dew. I love the vent flap by the vestibule, provides great circulation for those warmer nights. My only complaint with the tent is the rain fly. I have notice that it does NOT have clips or a slot to secure the rain fly, by the T-bar on the top, to the poles! I find this to be a design flaw. Although it appears to be reinforced around the area were it’s supposed to be, it’s still hard to properly align the rain fly to the tent poles at this area. I’m not sure if my tents fly defective or if Marmot failed to think of this. Overall a great tent and I still recommend it to a friend.
Although the axe is not designed to split logs in half, it will work sufficiently if you use it on small softer logs. I just wouldn't recommend that as its optimal purpose. It doesn't have a wide wedge head or a lot of weight to the end of it, making it more difficult for that task.
I own a pair of M-34 Charcoal grey prAna Stretch Zion pants. I absolutely love them. They fit great and are incredibly comfy. The material dries VERY quickly. For those ordering a pair of these pants, the number stands for the pants inseam and S M OR L stands for the pants overall bagginess in the legs. I'm 6?2 and 165 lb and the M fit me perfectly. I highly recommend this pant to anyone looking for comfortable pants for backpacking, climbing, and casual wear.
I recently purchased a 2 L Platypus, and I have used numerous times on a few backpacking trip. Took the Platy on a 2-day 25 mile backpacking trip in MI, on the Manistee River trail loop. I used it numerous times on some fast moving fresh water creeks. It worked beautifully! It was very simple and easy to use. The Platy filters water incredibly fast. Just fill the bag, hang it up, and watch it filter. NO pumping. Just make sure you back flush the line to clear the air out of the lines or it will slow the filtration rate. I have yet to use the Platy on any very cloudy or darker water, so I don’t know how it will perform on water like that. But I would try to avoid water like that to ensure a longer filter life. My only complaint thus far is the bag it came with. The carry bag is a little snug to put all the tubes and filters in. Other then that, I highly recommend this product to anyone.
I recently took Deuter Streamer 3 L with me on a 2 day 25 mile backpacking hike on the Manistee River trail loop in MI and I have been impressed with it so far. I use the Streamer with my Deuter Aircontact 55+10 Trekking backpack, it integrates very nicely. The greatest feature of this product is the ease of cleaning! The hose can easily be removed thanks to the snap off hose design, great feature. Also, I'm a huge fan of the slide off clip on the top of the bag, it removes easily and provides a tight seal and does NOT leak at all. This also provides great ease cleaning the inside of the bag and makes air drying the bag simple between uses. I really have no major complaints of this product. The only minor issue I have noticed thus far was that when the mouth piece was turned into the open position, it would leak slowly when you let it dangle. Simple solution is to close it between drinking breaks. The black cap also provides good dirt protection while you are hiking some trails. All in all a great hydration bladder, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to stay hydrated on the trails.