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Wayne Chim

Wayne Chim

New York City

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on August 2, 2015

Was a good idea at first...
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this accessory a couple months ago and took it on a few trips. Before I even took it out though, I was disappointed by mtnglo once I received it. I did a lot of research on this product and nowhere mentioned anything about how the light control becomes useless if you plug in your battery power pack. It becomes either you use AAA batteries and the control or power pack and no ability to control light output. In my circumstance, I have a RavPower pack that has an auto shut off (feature cannot be turned off) when it doesn't sense it is being used. I'm sure a lot of the power packs have this feature built in these days. Anyways, I plug the USB to the battery pack and it will light up for about 15 seconds and the LEDs will go off, because it doesn't draw enough energy for my pack to recognize that it is still being used. So I ended up having to constantly turn the pack back on. I finally gave up and just used AAA batteries. Why have a control for the lights if you can't use it with a power pack? What if I want to go 50% output? I can't, because with the power pack its 100% all the time, I emailed Big Agnes about it, and gotten no helpful response. This is the main reason why I decided to return the lights. Now for on the field testing...

I strung the LED strip around my tent ceiling and it was fairly simple. It was enough to go around my 3P and 2P tents. When I turned the lights on, the lighting was adequate. It isn't camera flash to your eyes bright. It is just right. However, compared to what I had been using, Black Diamond Orbit, these LEDs attract a lot of bugs. Yes, I know I'm camping, there is bound to be bugs. It is kind of dumb to even complain about it. But comparing the Orbit which attracted a few... the Big Agnes mtnglo attracted a bunch.

In the end, I decided to return mtnglo. It was a good idea at first, but Big Agnes definitely needs to go back to the drawing board. It does not make sense that people can't control the light output once plugged into the battery pack. And if the control would've worked with the battery pack, it could signal to the packs that have the auto shut off feature to keep the power on!!!

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on April 28, 2015

Nice pad, with some flaws.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pad around the time it was first available. I've used it quite a few times now and it feels like laying on a cloud every time. I mean... the thickness of this pad sold me when I read about it in Backpacker. Anyways, when I inflated the pad with my breath , it took about 36 breaths for it to be firmly inflated. I laid on it in my house and it felt great. When it came time to deflate it, it was easy, but I also noticed condensation inside the pad. It was a bit disconcerting, but other pads are likely the same... its just the material used for the Double Z is translucent, whereas others aren't. These days, I use my Therm-A-Rest mini pump to inflate it through the deflate valve. I stick the whole pump tube in... more air stays in than it escapes... After that I finished it off with a few breaths. I didn't time this process, it wasn't that long... but I didn't care either as I no longer had to empty my lungs inflating the pad.

Another flaw is the pad doesn't quite hold the person in. You can roll over or end up off the pad. This will be an issue for people that move a lot in their sleep. The pad isn't grippy as well, so you may slide during sleep. Personally, after sleeping on this pad for a few times, I was fine. I didn't fall off while in my mummy bag and since I don't move much during sleep, I didn't experience sliding or rolling off. If you want a comfortable pad at a decent price, look no further. On a side note, Big Agnes needs to work on their stuff sacks for their products... if they haven't already.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on August 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using a Therm-A-Rest NeoAir pillow for a while now. I loved the packed size of it, the ease of blowing it up... but hated the height of the pillow. I'm a high pillow sleeper and this Exped Air Pillow is the answer. The packed size is a slight bigger than a packed NeoAir, but I don't mind it. Inflating it was kind of weird, because I'm used to having some sort of nozzle, but that is not a deal breaker. Deflating it was simple. The pillow has a soft material that lines the exterior and feels great on skin. This pillow is certainly high quality and a luxury to have, but I bought this with a great deal... I wouldn't have paid MSRP for it. I'd most likely would have gone with the Big Agnes insulated Air Core if my GF didn't get a $20 credit from Backcountry :).

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on June 14, 2014

No more lightheadedness.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I usually camp with my girlfriend, therefore I have to blow up two pads. The Klymit Static V pad that I have is fine, give or take 14 breaths and it'll be filled. But my Therm-a-rest Neo Air pad... takes 36 sometimes 40 breaths to be filled. After doing that a couple times, I realized I needed a better solution. In comes this mini pump.

The pump is small, which is great. When I first powered it on and tried to inflate my Neo Air, it was slow... going on 7 minutes and it wasn't even 1/2 filled. But that was my fault though, I shouldn't have used old batteries. After I put in some fresh batteries, this thing was roaring.

Therm-a-rest's claim that the pump will inflate a standard Neo Air in just three minutes is a little off, but I don't mind. I timed the inflation process and in 3 minutes 50 seconds, air was flowing back out of the pump which indicates that it wasn't going to go any further (honestly, air was flowing back out a little earlier than that, but I was slow to hit the timer, oh wells). The pad needed only one good breath or two breaths to be completely firm.

I am not nitpicking about the 50 seconds. I am thankful that I no longer have to blow into pads until I felt faint, dizzy and lightheaded. I'm never going camping without this mini pump!

On another note, I used this pump for my Neo Air pillows and it took almost no time for those to be inflated. I know, I know, those pillows don't take much to inflate manually in the first place... but just a note for the lazy people.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on June 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a 3 liter version, because I already have a 2 liter CamelBak Antidote. The cleaning was definitely easier because I can stick my hand in it and dry it manually, whereas, my CamelBak I hung it up to dry. The valve for this is also better. There is a lock mechanism and also a cover. This bladder fits nicely in my Deuter AC 24 Spectro. I am quite happy with my purchase. I even bought the Deuter Thermo bag and tube insulator to use this in any season.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on May 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought two of these NeoAir pillows during a sale. If I could do it again, I would have done more research and would not have gotten them. Why? They are not thick enough for me. I like my pillows with more height. The pillows inflate in almost no time if you blow into it. I tested my Therm-a-Rest mini pump on this pillow and it inflated the best it could (before air starts flowing back out the pump) at 18-19 seconds. Then you have to finish it off with a breath or two. I would say this pillow is good enough for the job, but I wouldn't recommend it if you are like me and like to have higher pillows.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on April 29, 2014

My solo tent.
4 5

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

I've bought a Limelight 3P before, so I know the gist of what I was getting myself into. And because of what I went through with the Limelight 3P in Alpenglow, I was extra cautious and wary of the 2P. I had to go through two 2Ps. The first one was in the Alpenglow color and there was an issue with the cross point with the poles. At this point, I'm thinking, here we go again with these Marmot tent issues!!! So I returned it and decided to get it in the Hatch/Cedar color, because Alpenglow is just bad luck.

After I set it up in my house, I finally got a Marmot tent that was issue free... until I saw it in sunlight months later that is (I bought the tent at the end of November). There is some imperfection on the window of the rainfly (if you look at my picture closely, you'll see something that looks like bird poop on the window... its not). There's nothing I can do about it since it has been over 90 days since my purchase. If I want to do anything, according to Backcountry, I'll have to go to Marmot warranty.

Anyways, enough with that stuff. Here is what I liked about this tent. Gear loft and footprint is included. It is simple to set up (I have gotten used to the "hassle" attached poles since the days of my Limelight 3P) and since I am using this as a solo tent, I don't care about not having two doors; I liked having the small vent instead. The window in the rainfly is a great feature, and it was comfortable; just something about the tent when I laid in it. I went camping out in 31 degree F weather recently and while I was warm in my tent, my friends were a little cold in their 3 person tent that they shared. We have similar sleeping gear so I was surprised about that. The Limelight 2P is not the best tent out there, but at the price I got it for (25% off MSRP), I can't really complain about the price vs value I received.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on April 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After receiving this as a present from my girlfriend months ago, I was finally able to put this lamp to the test. It was brighter than the Gizmo that I was using and the red light option was a plus. The red light mode isn't as bright as my friend's lamp though (don't remember what he got). This lamp takes a bit of a learning curve, I'm still not used to it. The PowerTap technology is cool, but sometimes takes a few more taps to get it to work. Overall though, this is definitely an upgrade over what I was using, and with the performance that I saw during my night out, this should last me a while.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on April 27, 2014

4 5

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

I owned a large Thermarest RidgeRest SOLite pad and after several uses, I got tired of the rolled up size of it, as well as the comfort; the RidgeRest wasn't that great. I went and got a regular sized Z Lite SOL after seeing the way it packs as well as researching others' reviews. I took it out recently on a night of camping, but I used it under my Thermarest Neo Air. I was warm that night, the lowest it got down to was 31 degrees F. When I tested this pad by itself at home, it felt more cushiony than my RidgeRest.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on April 23, 2014

A great investment.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to think a camping chair was just a camping chair. I bought one of those cheap $9 chairs from Walmart and thought I was set. Obviously I didn't expect to take those Walmart chairs on backpacking expeditions, I also didn't see the need to buy chairs that cost $100. That was until my friend went and got the Helinox. Every time we went camping, I would be jealous. I finally decided I need one myself. While the chair lacks a cup holder and arm rests, it makes up for it with the size and weight. The set up was simple and it was comfortable. I also have the REI Flex Lite chair, which is pretty much the Helinox Chair One, but less wide and more mesh materials. For cooler temps, the Helinox is great because it is less mesh, but for warmer temps, the REI would be better because there will be more ventilation. The bag that holds the Helinox is a nice touch to the chair. I don't think I will be able to ever go back to those Walmart chairs...

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on January 23, 2014

3 5

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

Bought this recently and this beanie is a little big. Not big as in won't fit my head, but big as in I can pull this hat down to cover my eyebrows and there is still some room on top. I can't say how warm this beanie is as I haven't wore it out yet, but with the fleece lining I will assume you won't have any issues with the cold.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on January 23, 2014

Simple, yet effective.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I will preface this by saying that I am not a hat person. I don't wear hats as I do not like the look of my hair when I have to take it off. This polar vortex thing came about and I was forced to finally invest in some headgear. This beanie is my favorite out of the three that I purchased. It is simple, but with the Marmot quality and it looks great on me. During my recent snow hike at Minnewaska State Park, my head was baking even though there is no fleece lining with this beanie; unlike my other two. This beanie is versatile as the branding is subtle and isn't screaming on the top of your head like other beanies that I have come across, so wearing it with my business attire will still look fine.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on December 15, 2013

3 5

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

This little headlamp provided decent lighting during my camp trip and a hike where my friend and I lost day light and had to pull our headlamps out. I was happy with the light output, the weight and size of this headlamp compared to the Walmart Ozark Trail one that I was using.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on December 7, 2013

3 5

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

For $99.99, this tent is a pretty good value. It comes with footprint and gear loft. This tent weighs 5.37 pounds. This is with everything inside. Without the footprint, gear loft and cheap stakes, it weighs 4.4 pounds. The tent poles are aluminum, but they feel heavier than the DAC poles I am used to. The gear loft is very badly designed. You have to tie the gear loft strings to the loops, which is very inconvenient. There is a loop on top of the tent so you can hang a lantern up there.

If you are a big (wide) person, you will have trouble getting in and out of the tent with the size of the door. The floor of the tent feels like it can handle some abuse, which is good. There are only two gear pockets and they are diagonally across from each other and very small, so it won't hold much other than a small flash light, head lamp or anything of that size. The buckle rain fly system is a plus.

If you are on a budget and can't go any higher (at the time of this review $99.99), this would be a good tent, as it has a gear loft and footprint included. But if you can shell out some more dough, I would go with something else, even if those other tents didn't come with a gear loft and footprint.

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Wayne Chimwrote a review of on November 23, 2013

My new casual jacket.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm not an avid skier or snowboarder. But I received one of these in small as a birthday present as my hard shell jacket has finally seen its better days after many years of use. I am 5'7" about 140lbs average build, and this jacket fits me well. I have tried other Arc'teryx jackets in the stores and some were either too relaxed or had their cut in the front a little too high so it looks weird. This jacket's cut from front is just right, the back is a little long and covers my behind, but I know what this shell was meant to be for, so not much of a complaint there.

I've worn the Stingray on light drizzles and obviously, the gore tex material laughed at it. The fuzz this jacket has, is a great touch, making the interior of the jacket softer. Also I was expecting as a soft shell, it would feel soft to the touch on the outside. It still feels like a solid shell. All in all, as my new go to jacket for casual wear during the winter, this jacket looks great and in the event that I do hit the slopes, I would be prepared.

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