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Robert wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take these poles on almost every hike I do. They are comfortable in the hands and the shock absorbing eases impact on the wrists. These are also tough poles. I've taken them off trail through skree, rocky trails, I've accidentally wedged them in the cracks of rocks, and nothing has touched them. They are pretty much in the condition they were in when I bought them. I plan on putting many more miles on these poles.

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Robert wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

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

This is one light sleeping bag that is perfect for warm weather camping. It packs small and fits in a backpack without taking up much room. Its light weight and small packed size makes it almost not noticeable in a pack. It also has a slot for a sleeping pad. It is great knowing that you aren't going to roll of your sleeping pad. Two things that go along with it being attached to pad; first, there isn't insulation really under the top bottom side of the pack. They shaved some weight by expecting you to use a sleeping pad. This doesn't affect me because I always bring a sleeping pad. Second when in the sleeping bag it is hard to sit up when there is a inflated pad stuck to the bag. It took me a moment to get used to it but now its not a thing at all. This is my go to bag for warm weather and backpacking.

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Robert wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

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

I took this tent backpacking on Mt. Whitney. My initial impression was what an amazingly light tent coming in under 2 lbs. Setup is quick, with staking and guy tying the tent, it maybe took ten minutes. The material does seem thin and I will probably buy the footprint for the extra protection. While backpacking Whitney a thunderstorm rolled in while I was away from camp. The wind picked up and the storm dropped hail, snow, and heavy rain. When I returned to camp I found the tent holding up strong. I got in it and everything was dry and in good shape. Condensation wasn't a problem, with two people inside the tent and all the moisture in the air I saw no condensation forming. After everything it packed up well and survived the trip with flying colors. I will take it out again even if I suspect weather because this light tent will hold up to the elements.

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Robert wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go to for water purification on the trail. I can fill a nalgene bottle in about a minute. It comes with attachments to easily fit nalgene bottles and Camelback bladders. It cleans up easily when I'm home and water doesn't have a noticeable taste or odor after using it. I haven't had to replace the filter yet but with as common as this device is filters should be easy to find.

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Robert wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this stove for backpacking. It boils water fast even at altitude. The cup is great, everything stores in it including the fuel canister, also it is insulated so you don't burn yourself when it is full of boiling water. I don't usually cook in it because I like to avoid cleaning it. It is aluminum so clean up wouldn't be a big problem. I boil water and pour it into dehydrated meals. It fits in my pack well and everything I need to use is self contained. I don't backpack without it.

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Robert wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

Flying Diamond 6
5 5

My first impression are that this tent is easy to set up. Has of plenty of room. I like how the rain fly clips to the tent and can be pulled tight. Also, the vestibule can be tied up and doesn't need to be staked out. I find this to be convenient when the weather is nice. Everything seems to be quality made. I had an REI Base camp 6 and it didn't do as well in the wind as I was hoping for. This temp seems like it should hold up. I can't wait to test it out in some more severe weather

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Robert wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

Great Pack
5 5

I bought this pack and so far I've been impressed. All the zippers are taped and everything is made well. I took it out on a 8.5 mile hike up Wildrose Peak in Death Valley. The pack road well and it was easy to adjust for comfort. Also, the pivoting hip belt and load adjusting cables move with you and feel natural. The side pockets are stretchy which allows you to put stuff in them even when the pack is full. Also, I liked how the pockets on the hip belt are easily accessible. I've had other packs where the pockets could not be reached very well. Finally just for some extra info the hip belt doesn't come attached. It is easy to attach but you may not realize the tool is in a pocket. I didn't realize that and I went and got an alan wrench from my garage when there was one with me the whole time.

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Robert wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

5 5

I use this light for everything. For night hiking around Virginia City to working on a bathroom exhaust fan in my attic space. It has two functions a narrow beam and a wider beam. Both functions have to levels of brightness. To change functions you hold the button down until you see the change. To change light level just hit the button again soon after turning it on or or changing the function. To turn of just hit the button. There must be a time delay because after its set to the desired position you don't have to cycle through to turn it off. It just goes off with the next press. The position is adjustable. Its light and comfortable. I have used it for several hours on multiple hikes and activities and have had no problems and haven't had to change batteries. Great light without spending allot.

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Robert wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

5 5

First off I'm impressed with the quality. Everything seems to be durable and well made. I wear the soft shell all the time. It is perfect for around town. It is warm, not bulky, looks good, and had plenty of places to stash things. I haven't worn the outer layer as much but when I have it works great as a windbreaker and keeps you dry. The hood cinches down to keep you warm but can be positioned so its not all bunched up in the face. Very comfortable. The soft shell zips into the outer jacket and has taps that keep the sleeves from slipping. The combo is great for winter fun. I mostly hike and camp and this has been a perfect winter jacket for those activities. I would recommend it to anyone.

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