Scotty V.

Scotty V.

Red River Gorge, Smoky Mountains

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Scotty V.

Scotty V. wrote a review of on April 4, 2013

A few things need to be said...
4 5

... about the Rimrock 1p. Backcountry has listed many things that simply do not exist on this tent. There isn't a second door, there isn't two vestibules (unless you count 2-3 inches 'space' on the back of tent), and no way could this comfortably sleep three adults. And there isn't four side pockets, nor gear loft.

But don't let this deter you from otherwise positive review! Because even with these discrepancies, the rimrock is a great bargain 1p tent. Sets up quick, has room for a weekend pack and boots in the front vestibule, and sleeps myself (6'2-3") with 3-4in of wiggle room on both ends, more if I'm laying diagonally. It does have gear loops inside the tent, and with a little jimmying you can hang wet clothes to dry albeit drying right beside you. It might - might - be able to sleep two fit adults with mummy-sized gear, but be prepared to spoon cause your packin' in tight. Upgrade to a 2p if your flying dual or like a portable office. It's cool to raise the door with trekking poles; you can zip the door many different ways to increase ventilation; and the fast pitch is possible with the footprint. The footprint will add about 6 more oz making the total weight 3lbs 8oz. However it does create a nice tent-free shelter, and it's never a bad idea to protect an investment.

Overall, not too shabby.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

Warm and Comfy!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picture this: Your out on a simple overnight to GSMNP. A storm suddenly forms. Rain instantly disolves dirt to mud around your campsite, blows your fire out and forces you to take shelter, although you must gather your gear first that has somehow managed to spread about camp. You hang your now soaked "wicking" shirt, your DWR pants, and your socks around you like a smelly shrine to nomads everywhere. It's 40�, and the only clothes left that are dry are the rain jacket and pants still in the side pocket of your backpack.

So image your smile as you're climbing into this puppy. Even though you're still a tad wet, you dont worry cause you carried a few extra ounces like a trooper and went for synthetic fill. Heat returns to your extremities. The storm is beginning to fade. You drift off to a pleasant slumber. Fade to black.

The short: Great bag for a great price; love the style (some might but this yellow is BANGIN); compared to some down bags of the same temp, this bag is a no-brainer for its weight/price/features.

As for the zipper, it does sometimes want to catch. I found that zipping up slowly instead of rushing usually helps.

One last note: Pictured is the regular. I'm 6'3" and the tag reads 76"... which is 6'3". Pleasantly snug. I mean, it was meant to be.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

Lightweight Banana Board
5 5

Man is this thing awesome. Unbelievably light compared to my old Alps Mountaineering pad (which was a BEAST at 3lbs! but amazing comfortable) and it packs down to a size that can actually make it's way to the inside of my pack instead of becoming the unevitable victim of the lone thorn when strapped to the side or bottom. Didn't lose any comfort due to its 2" thickness, and was well insulated in 25° weather.

In the pic is my 20° Pinole - I'm 6'2-3"and the bag fits me perfect. My last pad was a long, and not only wanting to cut weight but to also cut the crappy 10-20 bucks tall guys have to spend, I grabbed the regular. Underneath, as you can see, is the 40th, and when I sleep on it, my feet hang off by just a little. But nothing that bothers me at least.
So far she's a beaut. Hiking the AT SoBo later this year; we'll see if she holds out til Springer.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

Steripen Rocks!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Makes purifying water that much easier. Lightweight, can double as an emergency backup light (total last minute option), and has not let me down yet, and I've used it in many different places. Only reason I'm giving it four stars is because you have to hold it submerged and stir, and if it barely comes out of the water, you gotta restart. Depending on what the water is in might make it difficult. This was taken in GSMNP:

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

Warmth and Style Weaved in One
5 5

Browsing for a new jacket for a while, I've thought about Patagonia and Marmot and all the other expensive name brands. I own a Stoic hiking tee and loved the look and its properties, so it isn't like I just skimmed past the smaller company stuff. I was honing in on down jackets for something warm. However, living in Louisville, KY means 33°, rainy winters. Really wet, nasty stuff. Knowing how I operate when I'm out-and-about, my shell would most likely be in my room, back at home. So down was scratched. I picked this up for a sale price because A)it's synthetic and B) it's stylish.

I'm 6'2" 160lbs. and the medium is a perfect fit with ample room to layer even a fleece track jacket. In the picture I've pulled the sleeve back so you could see the placement of the wrist gaiter.

As weird as our weather is, it was 10° the night I received it from Backcountry. My core stayed toasty all night out partying with friends, bar hopping and the like. It's lightweight, has comfortable fleece-lined pockets and neck protector, and, best of all, the ability to have attractive girls approach you and always comment: I'm diggin' that purple.

Thanks Stoic.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on January 13, 2012

Sweet Boots
4 5

Got these about a year ago and love 'em. They're comfortable, stylish (as in there isn't a brand name plastered on the toe... hate that) and perform to my expectations. Took 'em into the Smokys for 4 nights and they (and my barefoot Merrells) made the trip extremely enjoyable. The only reason I'm giving them four stars is because I had to return my first pair because they are a little larger than most other shoes. I normally wear an 11 in Adidas, Merrell, Patagonia, etc. but these were just too large. Had to get a 10.5. Overall very happy with my first pair of Vasques!

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on March 21, 2010

5 5

It's usually hard for a tall, skinny guy like myself to find a good pair of versitile hiking pants, but these Paramount Peak pants by TNF are just what the doctor ordered. 6'1" and only 140, I thought I'd have to order the small & long for it to fit. I got a medium reg instead, and lo-and-behold: they fit perfectly (with a little tightening of the elastic belt). I used them this past weekend for the first time at Red River Gorge in Slade, KY, on a 3 day trip where I never took them off, even at night. I did some rock scrambling, some off trail arch hunting and a few deep creek crossing and they stretched, took a beating and dried superbly. If you dont have the primo cash to get the more expensive pants like most Americans who are on a budget, I would definitely recommend these.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on April 29, 2009

5 5

Having recently purchased the Lafuma 1000, I must say that it is the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. Lightweight and small in size when rolled, it fits nicely into my North Face Terra 60 storage sack with room even for a small pillow. I was worried at first that it might be a little too hot for warmer days, but this past weekend at Red River Gorge it was 65 degrees at night and the bag knocked off the chill but didnt suffocate me in heat.

For a mummy bag it's very roomy, and although it says the length is 6'6", mine measures all the way to 7'5" without any weight increase! The extra room is nice, especially for a guy like myself who sleeps on his stomach and wraps his arms underneath his head (the extra room allows my arms to remain covered under the hood).

Sleeping by a creek usually means a damp morning, and although the bag sucked up some mositure, it retained its warmth and didn't have me feeling like I was sleeping in a wet roll of paper towels. I would definitely recommend the Lafuma 1000 to anyone who needs a new 3-season bag.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

4 5

An avid buyer of Mountain House products, I must say that the Spaghetti with Meat Sauce entree is right on the money when it comes to quality and taste. Easy to cook, and the two servings can actually serve three hungry average weight guys. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I love the Lasagna with Meat Sauce that much more, as when I make my own spaghetti I like a more robust sauce then just plain ole meat flavoured. Overall, a definite buy.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

5 5

If you have a thing of Italian food and the outdoors, don't leave the house without Mountain House's Lasagna with Meat Sauce. Delicious and filling, this portable food is probably my all time favorite. Two servings can easily be passed around three average weight guys who'd rather share their food then carry the extra individual weight. It's ready to eat in about 8 minutes (it says 5 on the bag, but give it extra time to tenderize) and the bag seals back up so you can throw it in your pack and not worry about opening it later and finding your sleeping bag covered in tomato paste. If you havent tried it already, buy it. You won't be disappointed.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

4 5

For a tall guy like myself, its hard to find anything in my length that doesnt cost a freakin' fortune. The Alps lightweight pad is a great buy, especially for all you weekend hikers that dislike sleeping on the forest floor. The 3lbs. isn't too bad, but ultra-lightweight gurus will shun this excess poundage. For someone like myself who spends 2-5 days on the trail, I dont really mind it at all. The one thing that does irk me though is the shear size of the pad when rolled up... its one huge tube! Definitely wont fit in most weekend packs, so you'll have to strap it on the outside, something that kind of scares me cause Im afraid I might snag it on something and tear a hole in it. But Ive been through some brabbly areas already, and so far so good. And like I said; for the price, you can't beat it.

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Scotty V. wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

is always welcomed by a mountaintop hiker. I recently purchased the Yellowstone 2 and have to say that so far I am very pleased with the end product. The first night I set it up (which, by the way, is a piece of cake) was upon a rocky ridge at Red River Gorge, KY. There was a good breeze up there, a constant 20+ mph, and I awoke around 5am to probably 40 mph gusts. The tent shook a little, but that was it.

It packs up fairly small, looks cool and is the perfect size and weight for 1 person. It could fit a couple comfortably, and you might, depending on if your a bear or a twig, be able to keep your packs inside.

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