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TomR wrote a review of on September 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had 2 of these for 5 years and they've taken plenty of abuse. Not so great for sleeping on snow or for side sleepers and is bulky strapped to the outside of your pack. And those were the main reasons I finally upgraded to an insulated inflatable that packs down to about 5"x9". But if you want something cheap, durable, easy to take care of, has multiple uses and bulk is not an issue, everyone will tell you the Thermarests are the way to go.

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TomR wrote a review of on July 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Pros: as previously mentioned, lacing can be fine-tuned, supportive, solid, works with my existing Grivel AirTec crampons, price.
Cons: a little loose around the ankle and you can feel the lacing eyelets dig-in when you cinch up the strings. they should've just stuck with simple steel eyelets on the lacing.

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TomR wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

About the size of a coconut and a little larger than some of the other models, but worth it, as it pumps easier and filters better. Was able to get flow from about a 2-3" pool of water. The different types of threads for different bottles is a plus, but water can still flow into any bottle simply by holding it underneath the spout. Requires about a dozen pumps to drain the remaining water out when you are finished so that it doesn't leak in your pack, but this is typical. Has survived a couple of drops onto the ground with no damage so far.

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TomR wrote an answer about on May 25, 2011

About all's I've used this for is winter conditions and overall, does just fine. Have used it at 10,000ft a couple of times, and other times in rain, wind, and freezing temps. It does sound like it flaps around in the wind when you're inside, but has never caused any structural problems. It also does tend to get grit and sand inside if it's windy, but some of that may just be me tracking it in. I try to, and I would suggest, to anchor it down as much as possible once it's setup using rocks or tying-off to branches or whatever. Otherwise, my only complaints are that it's a little tricky to put the fly on the first few times, or if you don't use it very often. And is also a tight-squeeze for 2 persons. Plan on bumping into or kicking each other during the night. Structurally, very well put together, lightweight, packs/re-packs easily, and isn't some gawdy yellow or orange color.

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TomR wrote a review of on February 18, 2009

5 5

I wouldn't take this into space, but it does the job, is a brand name and is worth what I paid for it. If you've got complaints about it, then you might have the wrong expectations because this is a $25 bladder. Don't expect it to perform like a $125 bladder. This is essentially a quality 2 liter bottle with a cap and a 3ft. straw.

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TomR wrote a review of on February 18, 2009

4 5

I second all the other reviews. I bought this more to be shoulder-strap mountable, ala the XP Adapter kit. If I had a complaint, it could stand to be a tad brighter as I still have to carry a high-intensity hand-held.

Amended: After using this for a year, I will still say that I was expecting it to be brighter. Batteries didn't last as long as I expected from an LED either. Lowered my rating from 5 to 4 stars.

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TomR wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

4 5

For some reason, on this particular one, make sure to stir it really well and don't skimp on the hot water. On several occasions, I wind up with pieces that are still not rehydrated. Otherwise, tastes great. Oh, and this will also make you regret not bringing that roll of TP with you. Enjoy and Beware.

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TomR wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

4 5

This is not a kit that you will use over and over or even for something bigger than a small repair job. It's pretty much got one of everything, but only enough for about 1-2 uses. In my case, it was the silicon patch repair. It comes with about a 2" round gray colored patch. I cut it to the size of my needs, and saved the rest. Definitely worth $6 to fix a $300 tent.

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TomR wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

3 5

So far, I'm not that impressed. This is my first convertible pant. Though it should be called a convertible short and the pants are the option. I agree with the other reviews, sizes seem to run a little large and long and the ankles could use some sort of elastic, snap or velcro as these border on bell-bottom style flairs.

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TomR wrote a review of on April 16, 2008

5 5

I've tried 6 different brands of this type of underwear/brief. This one is the best and most comfortable so far. Other's I've tried are 5.11, Under Armour, Dockers, and Ex Officio. Yes, it is sort of a weird fit, as these don't have a traditional elastic waist band, but at the same time, they don't feel as constrictive by having to use compression to hold them up like others do. Breathability and warmth better than expected.

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