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Robby Stout

Robby Stout

Steamboat, Colorado

Robby Stout's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Skiing
Surfing
Climbing
Running

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I like the Powder.

Robby Stout

Robby Stoutwrote a review of on August 27, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this to protect the floor on my Fly Creek Platinum tent. Unfortunately it doesn't cover the entire floor and I still managed to poke a in the floor near the door.

Also, the way the floor, tent, and fly work together is poorly designed in the rear of the tent. They end up using 2 extra stakes for the rear corners because the fly ties aren't adjustable.

It's one nice feature is that you can set the tent up with just the floor and the fly. This keeps you out of the rain while you setup the inner tent.

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Robby Stoutwrote a review of on August 17, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have to say, I think Mountain Hardwear has some of the best tech around. Their Dry.Q and Thermo.Q materials are fantastic, so I was really amped to see they make gloves and to try the OutDry fabric.

That said, I ordered these gloves in both a Medium and a Large, and neither fit well. I found the fingers to be way too short and the glove body to be way too narrow in the medium. The large the pinky was too short, and the body of the glove still a bit narrow and I was starting to lose dexterity in the other fingers because they were too long. Here are my hand measurements so you can compare before purchase (fingers are measured from middle of palm knuckle to tip with a flat ruler):

Hand Length: 18.9 cm
Hand Circumference: 21.8 cm
Thumb: 6.7 cm
Index 9.5 cm
Middle 10.2 cm
Ring 9.7 cm
Pinky 8.0 cm

I ordered these gloves in the summer, so I have no idea how warm they are, but I suspect very. The leather on them is very think, so I also suspect they will hold up really well even with tough use. The downside of this is the dexterity isn't very good. Also, I found the thick leather between the fingers to be really uncomfortable when I try to grab on to things — especially gripping a pole. I played with the tour mode on my bindings to see if I could switch over without taking my gloves off, and it was really difficult. I suspect the stitching on the tips of the fingers was the prime culprit. Even picking up a fork from a table felt clunky. My final ding was the cuff uncomfortable and didn't create a good seal. I was hoping for something more similar to the Hestra neoprene cuffs which are fantastic.

I did really like loops to pull the gloves on, the materials, and the warranty with the gloves.

I have a pair of FlyLow Gear Ridge Gloves that are way more comfortable and dexterous, but unfortunately not waterproof (hint hint FlyLow Gear).

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Robby Stoutwrote a review of on August 17, 2015

Comfy, but needs some temperature tweaks
2 5

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

I was finally able to take this hammock on an camping trip. I used it on two different nights that were below tree line. I swapped out the strings for the ENO Atlas Straps for an easier setup.

The hammock is super comfortable, to lay in, but because of the how much actual hammock material there is, the air flow isn't great. The two nights I used it, there wasn't much wind. This is a plus on colder nights, but a bummer on warmer nights. I suspect most people prefer this setup for warmer conditions, so overall not a great feature/consequence.

The first night I used the hammock it was about 40-50 degrees at night. I used it with my MontBell 25 Degree Bag. The top of me was warm, but the bottom/back of me was freezing. Likely because compressed down isn't very warm. I decided the easy fix was to put my Neo Air pad (R Value 6ish) in the hammock with me. This makes it much warmer, as well as helps keep the sides of the hammock off of you, so you feel like there is more overall space. I wasn't able to test this out that same night because the pad was in the car.

The next night it unfortunately stayed about 70-80 degrees. I was trying my Neo Air pad theory out thinking the temps would drop at 2am again. I was way too hot!! I threw the pad and my sleeping bag out, but just couldn't get any air flow through the hammock because the walls go way above my body. I ended up sleeping way to the side to try to tilt the hammock into what little wind there was so the comfort level dropped considerably.

Overall, I think it's a good idea, but needs some major refining before I use it for anything other than car camping.

Suggestions for improvement: Some kind of vent system, or internal pockets would be cool. Maybe the ability to stake out the sides of the hammock so it stays big and a little flatter would also be nice. If you did this you could also make the hammock waterproof so that you could flip it over and use it as a shelter. Better lighter materials for the ropes and lighter carabiners is a must since at 30oz this weighs almost as much as my Big Agnes 2 man tent (Fly Creek Platinum).

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Robby Stoutwrote a question about on June 12, 2015

Anyone actually use this tent? How does it hold up in the wind? What is the water resistance like? Does it feel flimsy? Can you set it up fly first? I'm comparing it with the Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL tent, which got really great reviews especially in the durability category, but knocked for being a little small. Thoughts BC.com experts?

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