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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 May 28, 2008

5 5

I was rafting down the middle fork of the Salmon River last summer and I had a Houdini Jacket. I would keep it in the pocket of my shorts. REALLY, it's that small. When an afternoon thunderstorm would start dumping, I would stand up, unstuff the Houdini, throw it on and keep going. Sure I had a big gore-tex unit in a dry bag, but I never used it. The Houdini is just so damn convenient. It's not 100% waterproof, but if you have a lightweight polypro/capilene layer underneath you don't get clammy; when the rain stops, you and the jacket dry out fast.

Now I carry this jacket with me in the Sierra on ultralight backcountry trips and LOVE it. One of the best "can't do without" pieces I have.

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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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