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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 8, 2012

5 5

I have used the Sweetwater purifier extensively while backpacking throughout Utah. It works great in the swift rivers and high alpine lakes of the Uintas and also the trickling creeks and remote waterfalls of Coyote Gulch and Dark Canyon. On average I can efficiently pump about 3 liters in 10 minutes after a fresh cleaning. You need to clean it about once every 9 liters or so. Its easy to clean, easy to store, easy to pack up, and easy to carry. Five stars and I highly recommend this thirsty backpacker's best friend!

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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 7, 2012

5 5

I just got out of the Uintas from a four day backpacking trek with this shirt. I used it as my primary day-time top. It is a dream come true for the type of shirt I like to wear while backpacking or even just day hiking: two velcro chest pockets for storing map, compass, snacks, camera. Snap buttons for easy on/off and opening the chest up when it gets really hot. Sleeves can roll up easily when its warm and have a little snappy loop to keep them rolled up. Collar can be popped for extra bug/sun protection. Material is extremely soft, light, quick-drying, and legit bug-proof. Didn't get a single bug bite through this material the entire trip, even when I was hanging out next to a high alpine lake infested with mosquitos and biting flies. This shirt layers nicely too, with a base layer underneath and a synthetic puffy and/or rain coat on top when temps drop/rain happens. This shirt is now my go to for every hiking trip. I plan to wear it until it falls apart (and it seems durable, so it shouldn't happen for a long time) and then replace it with the same model. Five stars, highly recommended!

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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 7, 2012

5 5

I got these recently and just finished a four day packpacking trip in the Uintas. I used these as my day-time bottom layer on top of compression shorts. When it was hot I rolled them up capri style, but for the most part it was cooler/raining so I kept them rolled down. Material was extremely light, soft, quick-drying, and bug-proof which made wearing them awesome. Range of motion was slightly limited when wearing them capri-style but it was acceptable, and worth not having to bring shorts and feeling like I wanted to switch between pants and shorts. At night I threw my thermal legging base layer under these and they worked great. I highly recommend these for any high alpine type hikes where you will see cooler temps. I wouldn't wear them in the desert as there's nothing better than shorts when its that hot out during the day. Smaller detail features like the super durable button, built in webbing belt, and many pocket options are icing on the cake. FYI, I'm 6'2" 210 lbs waist size 36 and I bought a size Large which fit just perfect with a bit of tightening on the built in belt.

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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 7, 2012

5 5

I have used the Sweetwater purifier extensively while backpacking throughout Utah. It works great in the swift rivers and high alpine lakes of the Uintas and also the trickling creeks and remote waterfalls of Coyote Gulch and Dark Canyon. On average I can efficiently pump about 3 liters in 10 minutes after a fresh cleaning. You need to clean it about once every 9 liters or so. Its easy to clean, easy to store, easy to pack up, and easy to carry. Five stars and I highly recommend this thirsty backpacker's best friend!

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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 2, 2012

5 5

I'm 6'2" 210 lbs and run this ski in a 180cm. I have two pairs of them, both center mounted. For a bigger guy like me the 92mm underfoot helps with stability when landing and gives me a nice platform when sliding rails. These skis are light and agile. They spin and flip nicely and are generally forgiving on washouts. Rossignol makes some of the best flex patterns in their twin tip skis, and the flex on these is great - generally poppy and energetic, offering solid rebound energy in turns and particularly good pop off the tips and tails when you really put your weight into them. I can tame dog these off basically anything. Bonus points for the hilarious fat Captain America eating a turkey leg graphic (graphics by one of the artists over at www.spacejunk.tv ).

The one negative complain I have about these is sidewall durability. While overall topsheet/lamination durability is solid, I did manage to cleanly tear a one inch chunk out of the sidewall, directly underfoot. This was definitely my fault from hitting a rock, but the odd part was I cleanly ripped out sidewall only, leaving the topsheet and also the edge perfectly intact where the impact occured. In my mind this seems like Rossi used low quality sidewall material in the construction of the ski. My solution was to actually transplant a spare piece of sidewall material onto the ski and then screw/epoxy it into place.

Overall, these skis rock and I highly recommend them to larger sized park skiers.

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ThankYou wrote a review of on July 1, 2012

4 5

This is a well-balanced all-mountain mid fat. At 85mm underfoot you have stability and moderate float in all conditions. These are barely rockered, with just a touch allowing the tips to pivot a bit and make turn initiation easier in cruddy snow. Of all the skis claiming "rocker" out there these probably have the least, though. In my mind its a traditional camber ski. They are fairly stiff and quite damp, so they don't chatter at speed. They have a good amount of sidecut so they are easy to turn, but can still hold their own if you're going fast. This is the recipe for the classic Dynastar model of ski. Next year this ski will be reintroduced as the Cham 87, which will be very similar, only with more pronounced tip rocker, slightly increased waist size (from 85mm to 87mm), and a different topsheet graphic. More great stuff from Dynastar!

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