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WallDiver7

WallDiver7

San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, Gila Wilderness, Cozumel, Bonaire, Sea of Cortez, Grand/Little Cayman

WallDiver7's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling

WallDiver7's Bio

The old goat ploding along the CDT.

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WallDiver7 wrote a question about on August 26, 2012

My primary objective is(was)to lighten my equipment. I have never been on a true backcountry setup (tech bindings/boot combo). My old boots (purely alpine) of 20 years back only weighed 8lbs-5oz. I bought a new pair (alpine) last year and was stunned when they came in at 11lbs-6oz! This is progress?!! This is what led to a search for a lighter boot..leading me into AT. So, here I am wondering if I can ski both the backcountry and the lift-served areas with a true AT setup. ??? Someone mentioned below that heli skiing wouldn't be a good idea with Dynafit type bindings..why not? All this talk I'v heard about tech type bindings not being "strong" enough for frontside lift-served skiing is confusing when I hear the other crowd comment on how they have skied 55 degree chutes with their dynafits. I am not going to find too many 55 deg. chutes at most of the resorts I ski. I have a feeling that if I make this conversion to AT, I'll never go back. The thought of untracked powder..!

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WallDiver7 wrote a question about on July 22, 2012

I own two of these footprints; The UL1 and the UL2. Both are so lose fitting that they fall off if I pick up these tents to repostion them. WHY do these footprints fit this way? Is there a reason for this? For the record, the UL1 footprint weighs 5.5oz, and the UL2 weighs 6.32oz.

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

4 5

This pad is among the best that I have used or tested. It's stated weight is spot on. It is warm to the stated temp. rating. I just got back from a 3 night/4 day trip in the Gila. The first morning was 22f (lots of humidity; ice all over the inside and heavy frost on the outside of the tent). I was using my Marmot Pinnacle 15 and wearing a complete base layer (with socks and beanie). I was just beginning to become cooler lying there talking myself out of the bag that morning. (I would definitely go back to my BA Insulated Air core if it were to be any colder.) I have owned the BA Insulated Air Core, the BA ClearView, the BA REI Sand Mountain Insulated Air Pad (same as the BA Insulated AC but with only 6 cambers instead of 7.) As far as sleeping comfort, I fine the SynMat UL7 at least as comfortable as the BA pads... possibly a litte more comfortable. The UL7 is just not as warm as the BA insulated Air cores. If it weren't for the ridiculous expense of this pad I would hands down say buy this one..... but this is crazzzyy (say it like Nacho Libre would) to ask this much. At this price EXped should include turn-down service! Oh, forgot to talk about durability: My dog is pretty hard on anything in the tent. This pad made it through three days of him clawing at it.
Update : During late summer of 2012 on the CDT (many nights on it by this point), I lost the check flap of the valve on the inflate side. Exped replaced this mat with a new one. Thanks Exped!

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WallDiver7 wrote a question about on March 1, 2012

Has anyone out there had there foot in both the Factor 110 and the Prime? I've had my foot in the Prime and was wondering about if there was a noticable sizing difference between the two. In the Prime, the 26.5 was TIGHT, so I'm wondering if the Factor 110 would fit the same. Thanks!

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on November 20, 2010

3 5

I bought the 4 liter version, then read the concerns from reviewers. Concerning the integrity of the zip-lock. I filled it with 4.5 liters of water (so full that all you see is a couple of tiny air bubbles) with 105+ degree water. (I wanted to test for warmer conditions so that the ziplock was as pliable as it would ever be.) I bounced it on the kitchen counter, the floor, and I put weights on this bladder to simulate a similar load it could be subjected to at the bottom of my pack. Not one drop leaked from this bladder.
However upon examination, I am still a skeptic of the ziplock. I plan only to open the ziplock when it is absolutely necessary.
My intended use is very long, dry leg, of a Grand Canyon trip.
Empty, the 4L version weighs 3.6oz. Very full (at 4.5 liters) it weights 10lbs-4oz. I can't comment yet on it's durability, but my 3L Platypus Hoser shows no pending problems after many many miles.

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on July 27, 2010

3 5

Packaged weight: 5lbs-13oz
Fly, Mesh, poles: 5lbs-4oz
Stakes in sack with splint: 5oz
Inside demensions: 86"x65"
Inside Area: 38.82 sqft

We have two medium size dogs and this tent is a little tight with the two of us and the dogs, but ok. A couple of things caused me to rate it as average. One, I can never get a taut pitch. The doors are nothing special. Their design is just not to my liking. (the REI Quarter DOME T3 Plus has doors with a mesh pouch to store them out of the way and their shape makes entry/exit easier.. nice). Last, even though this tent has a cross pole that goes all the way to the ground (which I thought would make this tent solid), I have to guy this tent out on the corners to withstand moderate winds when I'm above tree line. I own and use the Copper Spur UL tents also. I much prefer their design over the Emerald Mountain. If you need the option of a very large add-on vestibule, however, then the Emerald Mountain is for you! BA tent construction quality is always top notch.

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

4 5

2008 model
Weight: 3lbs-3oz
Medium
Using the Z35-R, I have had no trouble packing gear for a 2-night summer trip . In regards to its volume it seems larger than stated. For me, this pack carries very well when the total weight is kept at 30lbs or below. (The pack accomplishes weight transfer to the hips better than my Osprey Atmos.) The roll top is a simple design that allows faster (and with less frustration) main pack access than a pack with a top pocket. The top straps (across the roll top) have just enough strap to allow me to carry my solo tent there... barely. The bottom strap lenghts are adequate for just about anything a hiker would normally carry.
Curiously, the inside water reservoir sleeve is minus a hanging strap. Hopefully this oversight was cured on the 2009 model? Unlike my Osprey Atmos, there is no way to place the reservoir directly behind the mesh (that contact's your back). There would be room for a 2L reservoir there.. if you get it there (thus, alowing more usuable space inside the body of the pack).
My torso lenght is 19 to 19.5 inches and the medium fits very well, despite the fact that my waist is 35 inches. (I did try the large and found that is was clearly too big.) Happy Trails!

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on August 30, 2009

4 5

The following is a review that is based on comparison to my Eureka SpitFire 1. I still feel that the SpitFire 1 is an excellent tent and best buy for the money!
I feel that the ventilation of the Copper Spur UL1 is superior to my SpitFire 1, it weights sligthly less, is freestanding, and has more floor space. Final Setup time is faster with this tent because I can move the tent around to find more level ground once the tent is erect. The UL1 has a nice overhang above the door that has kept my bag drier when entering/exiting in wet condtions. With a floor space of 22 sqft, it has plenty of room in it for me, my 60 dog, and few overnight extras. Since the materials of this tent are lightweight, Piper packs a small patch of sheet to protect the floor from his paws.
The small "back door" is just great! I now don't have to get out of my tent to access something under the fly on the other side! Every solo tent should have this !!
I measured the weight of the tent body, the fly, 6 stakes w sack, poles w sack, and 4 guy lines; the total was 2 lbs - 14.3oz.
Why the 4 stars? My only complaints would be the main door zipper and cost. The UL1 should have a bottom zip and we, the consumers, shouldn't be shelling out a small fortune to own this tent!

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