Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Colorado, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma

Scott Smith's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Scott Smith's Bio

I love having fun. I spend a boat load of time with high school students...cause I work with them outside of school. We do a lot of adventure trips from camping, fishing, rafting, hiking and just chillin'. I'm an Eagle Scout from the 1980's and I have spent well over a year of my life in a tent! I freakin' love camping. Now I take my family or just my kids...and it is amazing.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on August 2, 2010

5 5

This allows you to have the best possible coffee on the trail. I fill mine about 1/3 to half full with coarse grounds (or even right from the grocery store) of my favorite coffee...I drop it in my Snow Peak 450 mug and slowly pour in the hot water over the grounds. I let it sit a minute and badabing I got coffee as good as I can buy anywhere. A quick light rinse after emptying the grounds and it's clean. Personally, with the advent of starbucks via packets, I was afraid I might have wasted my money on this...but soon realized it just flat makes better "real" coffee- hands down. It will ALWAYS go in my pack. Oh yeah, and you can totally use this even off trail when in a hurry- microwave some water drop it in and you're off to the races. It has never fallen into my SP450...fyi. Fits perfect.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

5 5

Smallest, lightest, most durable spork I've found. It is the only utensil I carry backpacking. The only downside one might find is if they are deep diving into a mountain house dinner, they might find it a bit short. However, if you want a long spork, then buy one. Personally, I just cut the top half of the freeze dried food bag off and eat of it like a bowl. I bought my son one of these too and he LOVES it. It hasn't scratched up any of my cookware either.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

5 5

If I'm honest. I'm a bit obsessive over my gear purchases. I think it comes from knowing I'm going to be depending on it when I'm far into the wilderness. That being said, I'm SO glad I chose these poles for my last A.T. trek. They are super easy to adjust and lock. They are sturdy as heck. I'm 225 lbs. and hiking through rocks in PA, I needed the extra support badly. The grips are super comfortable...going both up and down hills. This is an expensive purchase but you'll be glad when you get them!

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

5 5

It's hard to find a fault with this tent. It's so light and durable. The fly material particularly impresses me. In unbelievably strong downpours, everything in this tent is nice and dry. That's a really nice feeling when you are miles in the middle of nowhere. If you're looking for loads of space then buy a tent with loads off floor space. This isn't it. This is an all around great shelter. Oh, I'm 6' 1" and have no trouble sitting up in it with headroom.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

5 5

This thing is super durable. It is very lightweight to be so durable. It hangs easily with some small cord. The way I see it, you can carry your water in it for everything...cooking, cleaning and now with the optional hose, you can even drink from it directly. I love the versatility of being able to pump water directly in with my MSR water filter. With this bag...I can leave my nalgene bottles AND my camelbak at home. That alone saves me over a pound in my pack.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

4 5

So I've got 3 of these shirts now...they weigh like 4 oz. each. That by itself is great. They are ultra-comfortable because you hardly feel the thin material against your skin. The downside as someone has suggested is that they are not rock solid durable...you pretty much have to know that when you're going to wear a t-shirt that is THIS lightweight, it ain't canvas...it's not going to look perfect when you use it backpacking. The wilderness is hard on any gear over time. Personally, I don't want to buy gear to just look at it or walk around the mall with it, so I expect it's gonna get threads pulled and some signs of wear. There is a reason I have 3 of these shirts. I'm a big guy, sweat a lot and these are super in my opinion. Due to the fact that these shirts will begin to smell much more quickly than merino wood (icebreaker etc) I couldn't give them 5 stars.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

I've waited my whole life for a top-notch sleeping bag that will keep me warm on cold nights. My search is over. I LOVE this bag. It is super roomy. Down feathers stay put. Loft is excellent. The fabric is durable. The stretch factor is amazing for comfort. It truly hugs your body, yet loosely enough that it's comfy. It is super warm. Rumor has it that next year's model is going to be spiral...(ok actually Montbell told me this directly) but I cannot imagine finding a way to improve this bag as it is. I purchased this bag along with the new spiral hugger at the same time for comparison. I will say this bag, though 4-5 oz. heavier, is more durable, comfortable, efficient and the down stays put. I can't imagine needing another cold weather bag. I'm 6'1" 225 lbs....and this bag is UBER comfy.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

4 5

OK- first off this bag is WAY roomier than I anticipated. I'm 6'1 225 lbs. and I sleep on my side most of the time. This bag (Long R-Zip) was plenty roomy for me...with room to spare I might add. The diagonal cut really does help a lot. However, I too noticed being able to see right through the material and to be able to see the down was a little bit concerning, but not much really. The bigger issue to me was when I held the bag up to the light in a window and could see so many places where the goose down was "migrating" in the bag and leaving some spots with zero down...I know we don't sleep holding a bag up to the window and that you can simply fluff the bag out- but I traded this bag for the super stretch model (800 fill) for a little more money. The bag is quilted in such a way that the down stays uniformly even around the bag. The fabric on the U.L. Super Stretch Down Hugger is tougher and thus a hair heavier, but worth the peace of mind to me. The SS model also does actually stretch with you and "hug" your body meaning it will hold warmth more effectively and efficiently. The spiral hugger is definitely a great bag, not disappointing really in any way...but I wouldn't put it at the top of the line mark if that's what you're looking for. Oh, and I did try the bag in the lower 30's- no worries there. Warm as toast...didn't hardly stay in the bag. One more piece of free info for you, I emailed Montbell asking about these two bags specifically and they said that next year's super stretch model would be cut on the diagonal as well. Happy sleeping.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on October 20, 2009

5 5

The Titan Kettle is super light, durable and serves multiple purposes. I use mine for boiling water, as a mug, simmering pasta etc. The lip on the rim is great for pouring without spilling. I have a Snow Peak mug I use for coffee and this kettle makes it super easy to pour without spilling water. I like the fact that the lid snaps on tightly and steams like a kettle when water is boiling so you don't have to keep looking to see. There really isn't anything not to like.

For folks that like comparisons: I did a comparison test with a MSR windpro stove boiling 2 cups of water in this kettle with the lid on, and on the MSR blacklite HA non-stick pot. The water took 3 minutes to boil in the Aluminum and 4 1/2 in the Titan Kettle. Surprised me, but didn't change my opinion about the kettle- cause when I'm on the trail, I'm about relaxing and chillin' not seeing how fast I can boil water. Just sayin'.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on October 20, 2009

5 5

The WindPro rocks. Consistent flame at all levels whether boiling fast or simmering. I slow cook Pasta Sides all the time with it...and they require simmering for like 8-10 minutes. With the windscreen, this is absolutely no problem. If only they could figure out how to get this performance out of something the size of the pocket rocket...that would be the only way I can imagine improving it. The storage bag is great too. The wide burner is awesome in that it doesn't just "jet" in one tiny spot and burn the food in the pot.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on October 13, 2009

5 5

I'm a big fella. I wear XLs in most everything. The Sharp Point fits very comfortably, and I have broad shoulders. It has a stretchy property to it. The DWR coating at first was amazing and eventually wore off and the fabric began to absorb water. SO...I washed it, sprayed with Revivex like the directions say and dried it. Now it's good as new again. It is NOT my go to backpacking mid-layer because of weight. I prefer a quality Gore Tex shell and a super light fleece so I can mix and match as I want for breath-ability, weight etc.

The pit zips work very well. The jacket is super stylish, though I have an older model from a year or so ago. People all the time compliment this jacket and tell me how nice looking it is. This thing is made to block wind like a beast- and it does. I'm pretty sure all windstopper does this well...but speaking for the Marmot Sharp Point- no complaints.

This is the best kick around town and short hike jacket I own. Hope this helps!

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on October 3, 2009

3 5

Being a very subjective thing...reviewing a tent can be difficult but here is my experience with the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2. It is super light, very easily packable and has ample space for two average people. The pole that supports the center of the fly above the doors does create an awkward exit from the tent- especially, if you have loads of condensation like we did just this morning. I have nothing to prove, but I've been camping for over 25 years and I've been in a bunch of tents...but I've never had so much condensation in a tent. Bumping the center pole caused a small rain shower on our sleeping bags and thermarests. Bummer. To be fair, I do think we are in a humid climate and we've had a boat load of rain in the past few weeks so everything is moist. My guess is that I would have had an issue with any tent last night. However, being that the tent is hard to get out of without bumping into things- if you have condensation, you will get wet. We had water droplets hitting us in the face at 2:00 AM. My son is 10 and he asked me this morning, "dad, why did you buy a tent with a built in shower?" ... I have to admit I didn't laugh cause this thing ain't cheap. I'm going to give it another go somewhere else and open up the doors etc for ventilation and see if I am going to keep the tent or return it. I will try to remember to update this later.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

3 5

I couldn't give this 5 stars because I almost cut the end of my finger off getting the iPood trowel open/closed. It is a little finicky to work with. However, it works fine for its purpose and is super light and packable. If you like cool, novelty named gear...this is good...and certainly a conversation piece. I always get a laugh out of my fellow hikers when I break out the iPood. If you are really, really into saving every little bit of space, it's nice to put TP or matches or whatever you can fit into the iPood handle.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

4 5

This boot performs VERY well and is comfortable to be as rugged as it is. It should go without saying it needs a solid break-in period before long distance use IMO. It doesn't "give" much in stretch or room to move when my feet swell on the trail. Wish I would have bought at least a half-size up. I've worn these everywhere I've been and overall I'm satisfied with them. They are a bit heavy, but when you hike the rocks in PA, you'll appreciate the solid-ness of these boots.

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Scott Smith wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

5 5

Price aside, I love this wind jacket. I find it to be a no-brainer to pack. It functions wonderfully, even sheds water- though I wouldn't count on it as a rain jacket. It's not meant to be one. I hiked 82 miles on the A.T. this (early) spring and it really helped me regulate my temp on windy ridgelines. It is a very simple jacket made with quality materials. I don't know how it compares with every other wind jacket out there, because I haven't tested others. I plan to always throw it in my pack.

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