Stephen Darring

Stephen Darring

GSMNP/Sipsey/Skagit/Hoh/Olympics/Foothills(SC)/Mt Yumihari,Eboshi/Wadi Qelt/Ein Gedi

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Hiking & Camping

Stephen Darring's Bio

Just like to walk...anywhere...but always hoping to find something beautiful around the next corner. Kayaking is fun, cycling is a blast...but nothing beats a good hike. Goal is to do more backpacking, especially with my kids.

May I stop walking one day due to age, but never due to atrophy!

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Stephen Darring

Stephen Darring wrote a review of on March 12, 2012

5 5

I should say, "Best pants...period!...that I have."

These are great pants. I usually wear a 34x34 or 36x34 in pants, and I ordered the XL x 32 in these pants and they fit well. A little baggy, but still comfortable to hike in. I have a pair of L x 34 pants on the way and I'll review those when they get here.

(I'm not sure why you can order different inseams at the Prana website and only 32 inch inseam at Backcountry???)

The material, the feel, the fit...everything about these pants works for me. I also like that when I remove the legs the shorts are long enough to cover my knees. I like the look and feel of shorts that extend just past my knee, which these do.

The ventilation is great. And the stretch is awesome. I've run, hiked, played ultimate frisbee, even played basketball in these pants. I would wear them all day if my job would let me!

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Stephen Darring

Stephen Darring wrote a review of on March 12, 2012

5 5

I've had a M.U.L.E. for four years now and it's the best. Had a friend that wore his on day cycling trips and was always jealous, so got one of my own. On a day hike it can carry enough water and snacks to keep you going. You can adjust and configure to carry just what you need, as long as you don't need more than the three liters of water. (I'd stick with the three hour recommendation, but as long as it's not too hot and dry you can go a little longer...especially if you start your trip well-hydrated.)

The air director back panels really do work well and help with keeping your back from overheating.

Great, great small pack. Highly recommended.

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Stephen Darring

Stephen Darring wrote a review of on March 12, 2012

5 5

I'm spending some time in Jerusalem and the hiking shoes I brought with me started to fall apart so I sent off for a pair of these. I walk 3km to and from work every day on the hard stone of Jerusalem and these boots are comfortable and, so far, durable.

I've also taken them on hikes in some rough, stoney terrain in dry river beds, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, to the top of Masada, and around the southern desert areas.

They just fit well and they haven't shown any signs of wear even with the daily use and the hard weekend hikes. Three months with almost daily use and they are doing great. If I change my mind, I'll be back to let you know!

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Stephen Darring

Stephen Darring wrote a review of on March 9, 2012

5 5

This back-pack is a great size for my daily half-hour walks to and from the office. I've also brought it on a few short day hikes.

I toss it on the floor of my office every day and then on the floor of my home every night and I've seen nothing so far that makes me doubt it has all the legendary Patagonia durability that I've come to expect.

It may be a little bigger than the average day pack, but I don't find it awkward at all when it's not full. It adjusts nicely when mostly empty and then expands perfectly when full. I love the fact that the laptop pocket doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the backpack because that gives added protection to my laptop when I throw (er...I mean "place") my backpack on the floor.

Zippers seem very well made and I don't find them difficult to work with. Love the side pockets. Inner pocket holds a hydration bladder perfectly.

Overall a well designed, sturdy backpack. If it starts to show wear and tear or I find any flaws I'll be back to update you.

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