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Reilly wrote a review of on September 12, 2014

Dapper Trekker
5 5

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

There are dual purpose jackets, and then there is the Android by Mountain Hardwear. I can honestly say that this jacket is at home on the slopes or at a night on the town. I get compliments on it wherever I go! The greenscape color, which is more of a light grey, looks great with slacks and a shirt but still serves as an awesome softshell. Plus, this thing KILLS wind. Last year my girlfriend and I took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park where the temps were in the mid twenties with windchills in the teens. I didn't feel a thing with this jacket and a base. Used by itself, it has some pretty good water resistance. I wouldn't rely on it in a torrential downpour, but a fall drizzle is nothing for this jacket.

Features I love: Fleece lined interior (including the pockets), Athletic cut that is super flattering, all around versatility. I'm 5'5" with an athletic build and the small fits me perfectly, however, if I was any taller I would size up. Seriously can't get over how great this jacket is. No complaints. Get it!

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Reilly wrote a review of on September 4, 2014

4 5

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

If you're looking for a jacket that is lightweight,good-looking, and cost-effective, then look no further than the Plasmic. If you're looking for one with plush comfort, techy features, and stowability - look elsewhere.

I've used this jacket for the better half of a year; from light snow dustings to torrential rain and hail storms. Each time it has kept me relatively comfortable. Unfortunately, I have a few gripes:
Notorious of most un-lined rain gear, this jacket sticks to your skin. Any moderate exertion makes you question the jacket's waterproofing or it's breathability. I am betting on the latter of the two as this particular jacket does not have pit zips. Additionally, I'm a huge fan of stuffable jackets that pack into their own pocket. I'd like to see that here considering it is a common feature of many other garments at this pricepoint.

That being said, the plasmic does have some redeeming qualities. It's incredibly lightweight, almost to the point that I forget I have it on. The storm hood is a nice feature and can be tailored to your liking with some sinches. The color (almost a florescent green) is quite bright and I get compliments on it all the time and the cut of the jacket fits me well ( Size small, 5'5" Athletic). Finally, for walking around town and light exercise, the breathability won't hinder you here - you'll stay dry. But I'd say anything past that and you can probably expect to get a little steamed up. All in all, its no overpriced goretex jacket but for the money, its a good value.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Another quality product from ALPS
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have had noting but good experiences with ALPS Mountaineering, and this tent is no exception. I recently bought this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend as she had always admired my Chaos 3 (also by ALPS - Great tent). We just took it out last weekend on an 8 miler backpacking trip through Lost Creek in Colorado. I did not intend on testing it in the rain...but it happened. There was a steady downpour for about an hour and a good 15 minutes of hard rain and we stayed dry the entire time. I also got the footprint and I think that definitely helped. Additionally,the vestibules on either side are HUGE! We were able to store all of our gear under one and use the other solely as an entrance.

Set up and take down are a breeze and the construction is great. It's a little on the small side, but it is as to be expected for a lightweight backpacking tent. My girlfriend and I are both around the 5'5" mark, so it was cozy but not cramped.

My favorite feature, the plastic window integrated into the rain fly, is not included in the product description, but it should be. It really helped me see where we were in the storm and what was to come.

Awesome lightweight tent that won't break the bank. Everything I buy from ALPS impresses me more and more. My girlfriend loves it, and when she's happy, I'm happy...you get it.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Decent all around camp/backpacking light. Brightness is good enough for me although I wouldn't try to do any serious cave spelunking or anything like that. Battery life is awesome and really saves this lamp from a lower rating. The main flaw is, of course, the dreaded battery door. It broke on me during a camping trip through Utah a couple months ago and really frustrated me. However, princeton tec has amazing customer service (another redeeming feature) and sent me out not one but 10 replacement battery doors! I'll definitely be set for life, but it is a bit of an inconvenience that I now have to carry around a spare battery door in case the inevitable happens.

I think its worth the price (especially if you can pick it up off SAC) but be prepared because the battery door will most likely break on you sometime in the future.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Across two countries and 14 states, this little filter has seem its fair share of use. It was particularly utilized in our 1 month roadtrip to Alaska from Colorado and back, where the towns (and drinkable water at that) are 300 miles apart. I have probably purified around 200 Liters of water through this and it still performs like the day I got it. The nalgene and camelbak adapters are a nice touch. I especially like the prefilter at the end of the inlet hose. I had an older pump that did not have this feature and it was much more prone to clogging and premature filter replacement.

As a con, its definitely not the lightest or smallest filter on the market, but for the price you can't even really make that a valid argument.

Bottom line, for the price, you can't beat this pump. With a little routine maintenance and proper storage, I don't see why you would need a more expensive filter.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Decent pack for the right price
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have used this pack twice: once as a day pack on a 5 hour hike and once as an overnighter on a 10 mile loop. I'm a small, athletic guy (5'5") and the S/M fit me pretty well. However, if I were any taller, I probably would go with the M/L as the adjustable chest strap was almost at my neck on its lowest setting.

Pros: Very light! Lots of usable storage space, Hyrdration compatible (very easy to thread the hose through the port), largely compressible, sleeping bag compartment, seems to be well made, included detachable rain-fly, multiple points for external attachments.

Cons: The padding on the back lumbar support is just too hard and uncomfortable. No matter how I adjusted it, I still encountered pressure points that prompted me to take my pack off every half hour or so (and I'm not normally one to complain). Additionally, the sleeping bag compartment Could be larger.

All in all, I really wanted to give this pack 5 stars, but the padding issue is just too large of a problem for me to look over. However I am impressed at how adjustable this pack is and how much gear I can cram in this pack. I will update my review at the
end of the season - perhaps I just need to break it in a little better.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Essential Back Country Gear!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this hammock! I've used it on several backpacking excursions as well as countless camping trips and each time it has performed flawlessly. I'd say its comparable to eno products but without the price tag. The materials seem to be super durable while still delivering a soft comfy feel. I loved it so much i bought my girlfriend an Ultralight and my parents a double. Word of advice: if your hammock doesn't come with the hanging kit - get it! It makes set up a breeze and is worth the extra weight.

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Reilly wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

Rad Pad
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first crash pad, so I must admit I'm not the most knowledgeable in this department, however, it has served me quite well. No broken ankles or rough bail-outs. Really dig the chair feature, as its super comfy once it's broken in. Best part is the backpack straps for those long approaches. I would have liked to have seen a pocket for snacks and gear, but its not a big deal. Great, affordable first pad- I'd highly recommend it!

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Reilly wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

My Go-To Tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 4 tents and this is by far my favorite. Sure its not the lightest, biggest, etc. but it can handle anything I've thrown at it so far (and I'm not easy on my gear). My favorite part has to be the single pole system which makes setup and take down an absolute breeze. Each time I have used this tent, it has rained and I am happy to report that we stayed dry, without question, even in torrential downpours. For a 3 man, its pretty roomy, then again I'm only 5'5" so I suppose its all relative. The gearloft is another neat feature to keep items handy like flashlights and keys, plus there are a bunch of pockets placed around the tent and large vestibule space for packs. Weight is average (I also own the footprint which I would recommend getting), but not terrible. Honestly I don't even notice the extra pound or so in difference from this and my 2-man. Bottom line, awesome tent.

Update (July): Over the summer, I brought this tent on a camping roadtrip to South Dakota where we encountered the worst hail storm I have ever been in. In one hour it dropped almost 2 inches of rain and an inch of hail. The Chaos 3 not only stayed standing, but remained dry inside(I attribute a good majority of its dryness due to the footprint). Still can't believe how awesome this tent is!

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Reilly wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Each time I use this little speaker, I become more and more impressed. The first time I heard the musical goodness flow from its spikey exterior I couldn't believe it. Surprisingly good bass for a little speaker (best I've heard compared to other speakers within the same price point), awesome battery life (I recharge it maybe once a week with moderate use), and just an overall cool setup. Really dig the water resistance and tough construction. One negative I've noticed is that the bluetooth range is definitely not 32 feet, and probably resides at about 20 max, but who cares? Overall, awesome speaker - Outdoor Tech is doing it right!

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Reilly wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

Best Hikers I own
5 5

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

I bought these boots from SAC for a killer price and they have far exceeded my expectations. I was skeptical at first to order a pair of adidas hiking boots, considering their roots are in soccer and running shoes, but so far they have been the best hikers I've ever owned. After 2 years of snowy hikes and summer backpacking trips in unpredictable Colorado weather,they barely show any wear and tear, which is saying something because I'm pretty tough on my apparel.

One negative I have encountered is that sometimes my feet get a little damp when hiking in snow. I'm not sure if its due to water seeping into the boot or if the shoe does not breath well due to wool socks, however, it is not a large problem. Other than that, I can attest to the waterproofing as I have crossed many creeks without any mishaps.

The fit is true to size with a pair of light wool socks. As others have stated, it feels almost like you're wearing a running shoe.

All in all, great hikers, especially if you can get them on sale. I loved them so much, I bought my girlfriend a pair!

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Reilly wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

Love it
5 5

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

Wore this jacket pretty much nonstop over this past Colorado winter, and I'm very happy with it. Surprisingly warm for its weight, looks great in town, seems fairly durable, and packs down smaller than a nalgene bottle. Torso ran a little small on me but I'm 5'5" with an athletic build. If I was any taller I probably would have sized up and gone with a medium. Regardless, awesome jacket. Its kept me warm with just a base layer in sub 20 degree hikes. I would definitely recommend it.

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