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Ryan Hamblin

Ryan Hamblin wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

TNF Summit Series has done it for me again. Used this jacket on a 3 day backpack trip down in the Escalante and when temps dropped and winds gathered I felt �ber protected in this outer layer.

At 10 oz. and with convenient packability (men's large/Rolling it into the hood) this will forever be my go to rain shell. I love the corona head bungie that snugly adjusts around the melon! There is a comfort that resinates home with me regarding this feature. Also if you need to continue to move around for amplified activity, the 4-way stretch nylon allows you to do so while continuing to keep you nice and dry!

Pros: light, good looking, stretchy, versatile and 100% waterproof

Cons: go a size bigger to ensure total protection. My jacket runs true to size. Also the price :(

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Ryan Hamblin

Ryan Hamblin wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

A grand device at a perfect price!
4 5

Alright, I have had my MSR Pocket Rocket Stove now for time enough to gather not only a sound impression of the device, but to also muster up the courage for a review.

I've used it in many conditions, windy, wet, dry, hot, snowy etc. and have seen the performance level vary from condition to condition. Things I love about the stove are, its pack-ability, lightweight design, and the little wind triangle screen that prevents all sections of stove from outing during high winds. The little wind block works! That's the beauty of it.

However, it is not the most lightweight, packable and wind resistant stove out there; but for the price you cannot argue that it is a solid purchase. I cannot give this product a 5 star review only because of its lack of versatility. don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY POCKET ROCKET, so don't go flipping your titanium stove lids at me on this review! I just wish that there was a way to really get the simmer going on butane stoves such as these. Also I can't spring for a five seeing as how I'm trying to go SUL with my gear, and to truly get nerdy and dig deep, this stove is a little heavy. Once again, the price is right for what you get, and I have NEVER not loved ANYthing that Mountain Safety Research has to offer! Way to go guys! Way to go!

*Notice in the picture that I'm using the MSR Titan Kettle! And sadly Coleman fuel? ha ha I had a Coleman canister left over from another trip and instead of buying more gas I decided to use it. Normally for aesthetic purposes I use MSR gas just FYI.

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Ryan Hamblin

Ryan Hamblin wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cannot tell you how much I love this jacket! I've been looking for a breathable shell for over a year now that fits my lifestyle. (backcountry skier, snowshoes, skins climber ice climber, kayaker etc...) whatever you lifestyles is in the outdoors you wont be disappointed..
Perks, Super breathable, when you need to dump heat just unzip your front side pockets and let the wind in. No zips underarms but it does come with a layer that is really breathable so those pits can breathe. Super long so it's nice when you're skinning or even have a backpack on, you don't need to keep. adjusting.
Drawbacks; Hood is too small for climbing/ski helmet which does blow. If you're expecting it to keep out a Tsunami don't but a solid coat of DWR spray with a Silicon Base will turn this thing into a rainstopper. I can literally put my jacket underneath the sink and watch the water bead off leaving it completely dry. But you don have to spend about 10$ to find some good water proof spray.
I got mine on clearance at the rack at Dillards for 65$!!!! and I cannot tell you how happy I've been!

Thanks.

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