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Sherpa Dad wrote a review of on August 30, 2012

5 5

Light, sharp, fast and highly effective for backpacking w/wood burning stove. Unless you're taking down some old widow maker out on the back forty who needs an axe or hatchet anymore. If you need to carry a saw into the backcountry this, for the price and quality, is highly recommended

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Sherpa Dad wrote a review of on August 30, 2012

5 5

First use on a weekend boy scout camp out and I can post positive results thus far. This cot is much lighter and less bulky than it's more structured relatives. The shallow 'w' shaped legs act in a spring like function providing more flex and better comfort than other cots we've owned. Two nights sleeping on this cot and my Tenderfoot didn't want to use his self-inflating pad atop it either night as he typically does with a more traditional camp cot. Assembly in the field was easy after only one practice effort at home. Lower height than our usual cots gave us more elbow room in our tent.
Follow up note: Months later we like it so much we now own four.

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Sherpa Dad

Sherpa Dad wrote a review of on August 30, 2012

5 5

Every extra long titanium spoon I have seen used has turned out to be too awkward to properly pack in a decent UL kit. Dump you freeze dried food in a zip top freezer bag and you won't need a third arm to eat. The MSR Alpine Collapsible spoon however will let you dig down to the last morsel of chow while still fitting in almost any beer can pot or uber light cook kit you can come up with. Unless you try gorilla weight leverage with the thing this spoon will do the trick without caving at the moment of truth. Get more than one. You won't regret it.

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Sherpa Dad wrote a review of on June 2, 2012

5 5

This is the one you want if you want to backpack fast and light. Comes with a couple of great biners that should promptly be replaced with amsteel loops. Pick up some whoopie slings and some tree savers - find the light weight ones - and you could be rolling at under 10 ozs. Do a little research on line to find some hammock specialists to source your suspension system. You'll save quite a bit of weight. If I use all the bells and whistles, including "Dutch" hardware I'm still out at 11.5 ozs. It all starts though with the Grand Trunk Nano-7.

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Sherpa Dad wrote a review of on March 31, 2012

5 5

Sweet kettle. Wide base provides for faster boil times and great stability. I stash the handle and the rest of a kit for two, not including canister, in the kettle. Cork in the spout reduces slop, improves capacity and keeps sharp edge of spout from cutting other items in or body of pack itself. GSI makes a 14oz nesting, lidded mug/bowl set that fits inside well. They don't sell it commonly, focusing on the 20oz set, but should be available when calling GSI Outdoors directly at 800.704.4474. Can also swap a 14oz mug/bowl from a smaller GSI set such as Micro Dualist into kettle for fast and light kit. A wide rubber band keeps the lid in place in transit. Great for boiling and re-hydrating. Not as uber-light as titanium or a beer can pot but use some common sense and this kettle is bomb proof.

Highly recommend this as well as GSI Ketalist to Boy Scouts or others new to the trail acquiring gear for backpacking.

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