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Steve_W wrote a review of on October 13, 2014

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4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the previous version of this tent (it was yellow not green) and I have used it for years. I really considered it an ideal tent for 1 or 2 people: super lightweight and always did me right in the rain. Can zip the windows closed to keep the heat in late in the season.

Well, I was headed to Montana a couple weeks ago, and I was worried the old BD was not going to stand up to a true downpour, so I ordered this to replace it.

It might be lighter, but not by much. Don't get me wrong, it is really light. It seems well made. But there are two bummers:
1) it is really small for 2 people...it tapers slightly on one end, which means it only holds a tiny amount of gear (before you could have your shoes and extra clothes and not have your bag over the top of them. I'm 6'0" and my head and feet are both up against the tent walls.
2) The door used to be a full-mesh panel with a full fabric layer on another zipper. Now the door is fabric with a little window at the top. It was nice to be able to leave the fabric open in the summer and look out at the sunrise.

It worked fine on my 8-day trip and held out a rain shower, but it's just not my favorite tent any more.

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Steve_W wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

Just got back from a 5 day very-off-the-grid fly fishing trip in the Sierra. Now, summer in the sierras you're not going to get dumped on day after day, but it does rain now and then. This is all I take. Put a light wool or Capilene layer underneath and you'll get a bit damp if it rains, but you'll dry out fast and the Houdini keeps the wind from sucking warmth away.

Also it's the perfect layer to combat mosquitoes.

And the best part is it packs down to the size of pear. A small pear. Weighs next to nothing. I got one for my girlfriend and she loves it as well.

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Steve_W wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

Okay, these might not be a "pure" approach shoe, but they are fantastic as a hiking shoe.

I was on a multi-day trip in the Sierra where I was hiking up and down through boulder fields routinely. The Camp Fours are SO awesome on this kind of technical terrain where slipping could have serious implications. You can put actual miles on them too...they are comfy with good stiffness so you don't feel every little rugosity on the trail.

I have had mine over a year and they look almost brand new. They are burly.

The only bummer is one lace sorta shredded (the outer layer of the lace came off but the inner layer has hung tough for many more miles). Hey, 5.10 is sending me a new set of laces for free.

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Steve_W wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

4 5

I bought enough of these in different lengths to replace all my old dogbones which were really, really old. These are simple and light; rubber gripper works well. I concur with a fellow reviewer: it would be nice if the different lenghts were unique colors, and uniform (all 12cm were grey, all 15cm were blue...etc), but I just put some colored straight gates on the top of my two longer dogbones. Gosh I'm smart...

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Steve_W wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

2 5

A group of 7 of us went into the Sierra on a 3 day trip. We were using my old Pur filter which has been a trusty unit for 10 years. But then my friend (who doesn't backpack much) pulled this thing out of her pack. I got first crack at using it, and I was blown away. It pumped my platypus full in less than 60 seconds. I couldn't believe how small this thing is and how smart the design is. However, my opinion changed later that night when I borrowed it again, and could barely get it to function. Instead of seconds, it took 10+ minutes to pump the same amount of water. Granted, I don't know what happened in the intervening hours, but I don't think the filter was misused by anyone. All the water we were filtering was very clean and clear. The next morning I took it apart and couldn't find anything dirty, clogged or otherwise gummed up. Still, it refused to pump water at any kind of reasonable rate. At that point, it was essentially a tiny workout device.

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Steve_W wrote a review of on June 5, 2007

5 5

The MLC is just a great bag. Rarely do I travel more than a couple weeks at a time, and I find I can get everything I need in mine. The shoulder straps are decently comfortable, and the waist belt helps transfer the load. Much prefer carrying my load to a bag with wheels (try getting in and out of the subway in NYC with a rolling bag!) I can carry like a pack around the airport, then tuck the straps away and check in to a nice hotel without looking like a vagabond. Bought another for my wife!

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