Ronnie

Ronnie

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Ron's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Ron's Bio

Growing up and getting bored in the city pushed me in my late teens to be more physically active and get out in the mountains of Alaska.
Today I hike, climb, canoe, kayak and mountain bike in the summer, and I ski (downhill and cross-country) and ice-climb in the winter.

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Ronnie

Ronnie wrote an answer about on December 25, 2008

i feel the size is true. i am a 9.5 in most brands and that is true with this shoe and keen. the toe box is generous but i find it more comfortable than sloppy.I normally wear an 11, but for KEENs I wear 10. They run a bit wider than the average shoe which is PERFECT for me (I usually wear a 10W, but go with an 11 if the 10W is not available).

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Ronnie wrote a review of on December 22, 2008

5 5

I got the large and I love it, except when I'm backpacking. My fault, I should gotten a smaller one.

Anyways, the pad is great. It's more comfy than a lot of mattresses I've slept on.

My dad needed to use it and he's DEFINITELY one to complain if he had anything less than a good night's sleep. But the next morning he was just as happy as ever.

Great pad, but if you're going to use it for backpacking get the smaller one.

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Ronnie wrote a review of on December 22, 2008

4 5

Not the blend. I wish I would have seen the "wool blend" described below. But my jacket has significantly more wool. The outer lining is very soft. I REALLY like the small liners inside the arms around the wrist to block the cold from coming in, GREAT feature.

It's a warm jacket, I wore it over a polo in 20F weather and was good for a few minutes. So it's not a winter jacket, but should be great for 30F and above.

The wool blend I just got is as follows:
42% Wool
37% Polyester
16% Nylon
5% Polyurethane

So, it's better, but I would have liked more wool.

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Ronnie wrote a review of on December 22, 2008

2 5

The Sweetwater was my pride and joy for several trips into the backcountry and it served me well.
About the 5-6th time I used it I was on an aborted hike/raft trip after all our rafts flipped us into the river at 7pm with only a few hours of daylight left. It was going to be a long night. Thank goodness I had my water filter, until, of course, the pivot system cracked on me and broke completely.

I returned it. The thing has way too many moving parts. I went to a Katydyn.

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Ronnie wrote an answer about on December 20, 2008

I bought mine last year and they've made a few changes on the new version. Mine has the logo in a different place and they don't offer it in the color I bought. I don't know if they've changed the materials on this run but I can tell you what my tag says:28% Cotton27% Polyester25% Wool8% Nylon8% Acrylic4% OtherIt's a real bummer that the jacket is over 1/4 cotton. It would otherwise be the perfect fleece replacement. I love it around town, but ironically I'm not using in the backcountry.Hey, I just got mine and the blend is more wool. 42%. 37 Polyester, 16 nylon, and 5 polyurethane.

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