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Ryan Malone

Ryan Malone wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I only gave this 4 stars because of pone big issue that kept haunting me every night of my first trip using this puppy. The zipper snags way too easily, and when all you want to do is get into a warm sleeping bag, it can be very tedious to zip up your bag.

That said... with that out of the way, I simply can not fault this bag one bit. It is comfortable, it is big, it has wide shoulders, and it stops cold wind from entering the sleeping bag.

If you are a warm sleeper, this bag may even be too hot for you!

The bag packs down smaller than any other bag that I have owned in the past, and weighs next to nothing too.

I am around 6 ft 2 in, have a lot of extra padding around the mid section, and I ended up purchasing the long bag, and that gives me plenty of room to wiggle around, plus extra room at the shoulders.

All in all, I don't think you can go wrong with this bag at all. Just mind the zipper!

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Ryan Malone wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The big thing to remember with this jacket is that it is a midweight fleece, meaning that if you want to take it hiking, its going to take up a LOT of room in your pack.

That said, if you want the comfort, and have the room, it is a very comfortable, and very warm jacket that I would gladly take anywhere alpine.

Kept me warm in 0 - 3 degrees Celsius, and when worn under my Ridgeline rain jacket/windstopper, it was brilliant when icy winds came in.

That said.... this is not a lightweight jacket, so if you want to go compact, this may not be the jacket for you.

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Ryan Malone wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

5 5

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

When I'm hiking, I eat like a race horse, and often require multiple bowls. Not only that, but packing down multiple bowls often means that youre taking up more space in your pack.

This set is just great, bowls fit in the pot, plus you can get creative and fit a few more goodies in the bowl inside the pot, like a small cylinder stove, powdered milk, or whatever else you choose.

The only problem that I found was that the sporks that are included are extremely flimsy, one of them broke on my first night out. Lesson learned though - dont try and stab your food, especially if its a dehydrated meal.

I'd definitely use this again, quite frankly, I enjoyed nothing more than a coffee in one of the bowls with the lid on, watching the sun drop.

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Ryan Malone wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

A Great Stove For Hikers
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Whisperlite stove is good for two reasons.

#1. It boils water very fast.
#2. There is nothing that can go wrong with them that cant be fixed in the field.

Definitely not the most lightweight or compact stove on the market, but definitely hands down one of the most reliable pieces of hardware that you will ever be likely to carry with you.

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Ryan Malone wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

Great Tent!
4 5

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

I just got back from my first run with this tent on a trip to Mt Feathertop here in Australia. This is a good tent with basic features suited to most non complex situations.

I did find that the tent is a little short however. I am around 6 ft 2 in tall, and found that when I was in my sleeping bag, i was pushing my hear against the door, and my feet against the end of the tent. Not a massive issue, however as the tent has limited airflow, condensation can result in the foot of your sleeping bag to get a little wet.

For condensation however, I did find that by leaving the vestibule door open slightly, this created enough airflow to stop most of the condensation.

The tent is also not 100% suitable for bad weather. The set up is not exactly simple, and due to the mesh inner, this means that a set up in the rain means you will definitely get a wet interior.

All in all, a good tent, one that I will use time and time again, however, only when the forecast is nice.

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