Wild Woman

Wild Woman

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Wild Woman

Wild Woman wrote a review of on August 2, 2005

5 5

Last year I purchased the Black Diamond Moonlight Headlamp. It is so light and comfortable to wear I am not even aware that I have it on my head. It throws out an amazing amount of light. It has a strobe in case you might need it for signaling. I purchased it for use in the backcountry to upgrade a cheaper, bulkier headlamp. I can sleep very comfortably with it on my head. I was so pleased with it, I use it everywhere. It is one of the best investments I have ever made. I purchased a second one this year as a gift for my husband.

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Wild Woman wrote a review of on August 2, 2005

5 5

I call the Breeze a great thing in a little package. It is amazingly light at 14 ounces, very basic. I purchased it as a conditioning pack, and as a daypack. I was able to pack everything for a 4-day getaway in the Breeze. All my stuff is ultralight so it packed well, including my little MSR tent. I use a 3-litre Camelback which I put in the big outside mesh pocket, keeping other items handy in the other 2 mesh side pockets. My pack fully loaded weighs only 17-pounds. It went with me in July to Northern Minnesota where I did miles of trails. The Breeze has shoulder straps, no waist belt or sternum straps yet I suffered no problems with my shoulders. I am really happy with the Breeze, enough to use it instead of my 6-pound pack.

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Wild Woman wrote a review of on October 4, 2004

4 5

I took a Kelty Trail Dome 2 to the Grand Tetons last summer. I bought this tent because I wanted a light weight tent for backpacking. I thought it would be great for the hot,dry weather conditions of the West. It comes with an off white rainfly which would be reflective, and would not absorb as much heat from the sun.

It was easy to set up. The color coded pole guides make it easy. Tear down is just as easy. There is just enough room for 2 people to lay side by side, with limited space for gear at the head or foot.

It is a nice 2 person tent, great for couples, but at 5 and a half pounds is a little too hefty for me, personally, to use solo backpacking.

I used this tent off the trail in Northern Minnesota last month. While I was sleeping a thunderstorm came rumbling in. It poured rain for hours!!! The Kelty surprised me. I checked the walls for condensation. Three of the interior walls were dry. There was one leak by the entrance. Considering the large amount of rain, the Kelty performed well.

I will take this tent camping again, but will bring a tarp just in case rain threatens.

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Wild Woman wrote a review of on July 26, 2004

5 5

I believe that lighter weight is crucial to the solo backpacking experience. This was one reason that I finally purchased the MSR Zoid 1 as part of my backpacking gear.

This tent is fairly new and I hope to use it for many years. Before I purchased it, I knew through my research that the MSR Zoid 1 was built to perform well.

Even though designed to be light, it was also designed with comfortable ventilation, in mind. I tested it myself. I found that there was enough ventilation to keep me comfortable when conditions were very warm. I discovered also that the MSR Zoid 1 kept me both warm and dry in some very blustery, cool, and wet conditions as I camped near Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota.

The MSR Zoid 1 tent was designed with nice details that make it worth the price. Aside from the ultralight weight, there were other attractive features. There is ample room in the vestibule for my gear. I like the roomy side door. There is a peak-a-boo vent at the top of the tent. There is room to sit up in the tent.

The Zoid 1 is designed so that it can be utilized with only the rainfly and footprint to do ultralight camping (about 2 pounds) if preferred. I am pleased with the just over 3 pound weight of the tent with its easy set up and tear down. This tent packs up small enough, and is light enough to be included in any, and all of my solo, or not so solo future backpacking excursions.

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