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Stephen

Stephen

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Camping
Trail Running
Kayaking

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Stephen

Stephen wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

3 5

Purchased this to replace a 26 year old Coleman stove. It does the job, has an easy set up and ignition system. The griddle plate is perfect for cooking eggs breakfast for the family, while brewing coffee on the burner plate. Clean up was quick and easy. On the down side, as others have mentioned, the bag and general construction leave much to be desired. The bag should be better quality and have a protective pouch/sleeve for the griddle plate or grill gate. Without this the piece not actually on the stove will scratch the lid. The stove itself seems as if it is made from flimsy material. While it gets the job done, I'm not sure it will last as long as my trustee family heirloom Coleman.

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Stephen

Stephen wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

3 5

Purchased them based on another review that stated they fit his 6'5" frame. These did not fit me, and I really wanted them to because they seemed comfortable, But they were way too short and too big at the waist. Based on the size chart, I thought they wouldn't fit well since they have a small, medium, large selection. I can wear 34-36" waist but need the 36" inseam (which no one seems to make). Great pant, great price, but not for me.

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Stephen

Stephen wrote a review of on June 27, 2012

4 5

I love this shirt, even though it was not exactly what I expected. The material is stretchy which was perfect for my recent endeavor, while maybe not the Backcountry or designers ideal use, of carrying my three year old on my shoulders for four days in the heat and humidity of ...Disney World. The others in my party were relatively miserable while I kept laughing about being nice and comfy. The shirt dried fast, so much so that in the light afternoon rains I didn't wear anything over the shirt because I knew it would dry so quickly. Excellent choice. I'm 6'5" and 212lbs and the length and fit are perfect for my frame. My only hag up was the snaps, I thought they would be buttons. The snaps do allow the shirt to lay better, but I prefer buttons.

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Stephen

Stephen wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

3 5

Thought I'd rue the day I traded in the sleeping pad for an air mattress, but his was the only way my wife would go with me. Matress was nice, and it only needed a touch up of air during our three day camping trip. The pump was the best piece of equipment, charged a couple of days prior to use, easy to hook up and remove, rapid deflating and inflation. Biggest negative was that it was like sleeping on a sheet of plastic, it needs some type of covering or the nylon sleeping bags will slide off. Tried sleeping onjust the mattress with the sleeping bag ontop and that just caused sweat to pool as, one would expect, on plastic. It did the job, but I'll try getting my wife to use the Nemo next time, but she said she'll just bring a sheet.

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Stephen wrote a review of on April 27, 2012

5 5

I have used this pad for 7 years, replacing a military issue sleeping pad (boy did I get flack for using an orange sleeping pad). It was the best item available for the job, and has been used with no sleeping bag, with a ranger roll, with a full military sleeping system, on cots, in the jungles of Thailand and the Philipines, the desert (Mojave, Iraq), mountains of California, Smokey Mountains, and in a snow cave. I think I used it for a year before realizing that there was a hole in it, and it still kept me warm when sleeping on the ground (just not as comfortable). This pad is excellent and has been updated into a more robust package with camouflage pattern and tougher material. Hopefully this will become standard issue, since we have to sleep on the ground, a good nights sleep on a comfy pad sure does make a difference. While I am purchasing a new sleeping pad, this one will continue to go everywhere I go (new one may get handed off to children or wife if it's not as good as this thermarest pad).

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Stephen wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

4 5

Echo all the other comments. Lack of huge bulky cargo pocket is excellent, and the design of the side cargo pocket allows for access when seated without the contents spilling out.

Only negative is that the waist size seems off. I ordered a size 36, and I must use a belt to keep them on, but there is considerable material "gathered" under the tightened belt. They'd be better if they laid flat under the belt.

Given other options, I only wear others when these are in the wash, which isn't often because a quick rinse in a stream, sink, washrack, whatever, and they dry quickly on a line.

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