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Sam Sloane

Sam Sloane

NYC

Sam Sloane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Climbing

Sam Sloane's Bio

World traveler who wants his sons to have the same experience

Sam Sloane

Sam Sloane wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

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

I have used this a couple of times, but last event was on tent floor over at least 6" snow. I had a light soft-shell and canvas pants between it and marmot never summer. The fishing thermometer I brought was below freezing the whole time outside, but I was so comfortable, I didn't need anything other than a base layer, and it was so incredibly comfortable as a pad. It was as comfortable as sleeping at home.

The stuff sack also works as a pump.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

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

I've used this a couple of times so far. First I set it up on a zero degree (22 degrees with wind chill) day in my testing area. It went up easily and my 5 year old got inside. It was so much warmer, he took off his fleece and jacket. I just sort of threw on the fly, and I wasn't crazy about it's design. The wind was about 30 mph from the flag standing straight out. (My friend's helleberg actually had a pole crease in these settings which they replaced immediately.)

Last weekend, we went on a very near car expedition in the mountains, to check out the full setup. Again, the fly setup is a bit strange. You need to stake the tent with the ties all the way out, then definitely do all of the tent-fly connections, then the fly tightening does all of the tent and fly tightening. In the snow we had, I had to dig down to ground to get stakes pounded in. This was essential.

Otherwise, the tent was very windproof, and warm. There was a fair amount of condensation inside, but I didn't really vent it at all. I am looking for an overhead gear loft which would be nice for lighting even though I did hang a glowstick for orientation overnight. Once you realize the corners extend out, there is more storage than I expected.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a replacement for an older version, so I knew it was going to be great. It's brighter than the previous, and so light and comfortable it almost was used in an OR half way around the world as a surgeon's headlight when they had problems with batteries. It's always in my pack, and goes everywhere with me. Definitely pick one up.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is exactly what I have been looking for to use on short and long winter hikes. It is basically a regular nalgene bottle size, but an excellent thermos. I've used it a bunch of times already for keeping hot cocoa warm on a winter hike for my son, to using it after the day is over and it's still warm. Given the convenient universal size, it fits everything.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this tent a few times so far. It's a two person tent if one is a child or the two adults are intimate. It is a tight fit, and the max height is a bit low for me (70"), but I still really love the tent. It is so well constructed. There isn't a detail that Marmot has missed. you don't notice it in your pack from the weight, easy set up, super sturdy. I haven't used it in high and or pouring rain, but I wouldn't even worry a moment about that it is so well constructed. If it's hot without really any breeze, you need to be careful how to pitch the fly to get a breeze in the calm right before a storm. That said, I look forward to using the tent again because it is so light and easy.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have changed this review. This was originally purchased for an outdoor course where you hike in then need a daypack. It is incredibly comfortable to carry, and the suspension is great, and breathes. This pack has now literally been half way around the world with me, and back. The carrying is great, I cannot underestimate the breathable back. I was in places where indigenous people were sweating bullets and this was still comfortable, but if you want to put it down to get something inside, the bag falls over, and the two pocket top design is less than ideal. I've adjusted to rain gear top and bottom in the big pocket and the lights and stuff on sides. It does work pretty well. You will likely adjust your habits, but its worth it for the comfort in carrying.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought these as a replacement for some worn out pairs of Vasque Sundowners, now relegated to yard work. I have a long narrow foot and these fit really well. Initially, the tongue was rough on my upper foot as well as the stiffness of the boot itself, but I have been climbing the Presidential's with them with either a pack with all my and my boys gear on them, or a pack and a boy on my shoulders, so I really need the support. I've had them filled with water and dryed out while hiking. I agree they aren't too good on wet slippery surfaces, but I even have felt soled wading boots, and I can't say anything works under those circumstances. I don't like the gold tags, and I don't believe the go through the leather, but I don't like they they could and are unnecessary.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I wanted some inexpensive wicking socks so I thought I would give these a try. They are the most comfortable socks I own summer and well into fall. Always dry, warm and cool weather they have been great. They were a bit short one really cold day, but they can't be everything.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this after a cold front came in early this year on the first of two weekend trips in my sawtooth where I woke up and could feel exactly where the zipper was by the cold. It has been really comfortable and warm enough I slept with it open after freezing in the sawtooth I have had and used for years. If it weren't for the extra weight, I would carry it all the time.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on November 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was concerned about this tent right out of the box, but it has been great on a few trips. Really light weight for the amount of space, the center height is great. I have used it in rain so hard that some rain was bouncing off the ground under the fly. It has fantastic ventilation, and I like the gear loft and pockets to easily find stuff sacks when packing back up. My 7 year old really appreciated the gear loft for a glowstick holder nightlight. It is easy to set up, and just comfortable to stay in. I always used the footprint, and it works great. I would buy it again.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

5 5

I bought a pair of the boxer jock for running, and now have converted to them entirely for sports/running. I picked these up for slower moving activities with a bit more freedom. They are really comfortable on hot days and long hikes. They wick moisture away fantastically, and dry really quickly from a swim or your kid spilling water all over you. I just got a bunch more.

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Sam Sloane wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

4 5

These are very light and comfortable, they don't have hard soles like cleats but are more like wrestling shoes with a pliant sole and a great amount of traction. They are good for running, but the flexible sole makes them difficult for rocky terrain and I wouldn't substitute them for lightweight boots as some lightweight hikers are trying to do.

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