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alep161195 wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

5 5

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

I'm not a "huge" guy. I don't eat "lots of protein", but this jacket's chest measurement is built for someone with a fixie and a large mustache; someone who smokes instead of eating a nice burger. I am 6 foot, 175 pounds (and not seen as intimidating by anyone when it comes to my build) and this jacket in a medium fits great everywhere but the chest. I bought both the medium and the large and will be keeping the large (which is a bit baggy, but it leaves space for layering. The center back length is quite low (it goes below my butt), but that is a good thing coupled with the drawstring to keep all sorts of updrafts out. It is twice as heavy as some competitors (see montbel tackeyon), but that is literally a 2 oz difference which is negligible (and that's coming from a ultralight freak). the extra 2 ounces get you a full zip, pocket that turns into a self stuff sack, and a material that feels twice as tough as the next. The fabric feels like an ultra light, translucent cloth, not a trash bag.

I think that if you took a huge whipper into the wall with this, you might have a decent hole, the same goes for if you were really grinding on this puppy up a chimney, but I think that the weight trade off is perfect when you use this as an emergency layer. If you are looking for something to wear in a serious storm, keep looking, but this is a nice to have when the wind kicks up with a light rain.

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alep161195 wrote a review of on January 16, 2014

5 5

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

as far as fleeces go..... If you want real warmth, down is your only option), but this is a 'wear it around town" solution. Down is not actually fun to wear,; its functional. This is like wearing the most plush blanket everywhere with you. I own the warm 3 and it is 1/5th as soft as this one (Go with this one :) ).

It's pretty darn wind resistant (for a fleece), but I would not wear it on a cold windy day without a shell. This piece gets worn more than anything else I have.

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alep161195 wrote a review of on January 16, 2014

5 5

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

I own this one and the warm 4. I really love the fit for both of these. the warm 3 is not nearly as soft to the touch, but has lots of very large pockets (interior and exterior). Love the wrist gators. they both have low backs. this one breathes super well, but wind cuts right through it (any wind). though this layer never claims to be wind proof.

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alep161195 wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

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

This is for the casual "I want to stay warm around town, but also comfortable to wear at the house and fall asleep in." Fleece. It is cut low (down to the bottom of your butt) and has two draw cords around the waste to keep the wind out. To answer the question of why this doesn't have a draw cord around the head: because this jacket is for yuppies. This is just a really comfy casual thick fleece. If you want to have it tight around the head, pop your shell over it (you know, the one with all of the head adjustments). I like this fleece because the neck goes up to your nose (to block out the wind). I really like the fit too because it is athletic, but not ass tight. this would be a great mid layer in a blizzard, or perfect to drive down the that rugged star bucks in the range rover in northern California (in November). I'm doggin' on this jacket a bit, but the fact of the matter is that it is the most comfortable one I own :)

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alep161195 wrote a review of on October 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros
great mounting bracket (doesn't move around)
Super bright
Rechargeable
helmet mount

Cons
won't recharge from a laptop: I plugged this in Via the USB cord and it would not charge from my laptop. probably a voltage issue, but it works fine from my wall

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alep161195 wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff saved my freaking life on a backpacking trip. Totally changed my whole world. A cycling buddy of mine introduced it to me on a backpacking trip and I went from rashy, smelly, misery to menthol fresh, creamy comfort.

A backpacker's dream

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alep161195 wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are searching for something you lost in the forest at night, this is your headlamp. If you are trying to blind your friends at night, this is your headlamp. I can't even point this at the bill of my hat on low and have it be as dim as most other headlamps. There are three brightness settings and all of them are stronger than most headlamps. Just don't buy this if you don't want something ultra powerful.

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alep161195 wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

4 5

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

I took this to Yosemite on a 4 day trip where we had a total elevation gain of over 10K feet. Two other members of my group were wearing much more expensive Suunto altimeters. We all calibrated at the same spot and frequently compared altitudes. My Axio was always the lowest number and I was about ready to throw it in the trash until we saw a sign that said the exact altitude as we left the park at the end of the trip and my Axio was within 5 feet of accuracy while the other two guys were between 50 and 150 feet over. That was the only official sign that we saw that I chose to remember (since it was super accurate at that moment). I don't know if this is a situation of every broken clock being right twice a day or not. I plan on comparing it to a GPS next time

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alep161195 wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's that light and small. I am pretty anal when it comes to cutting weight. I think knifes are usually just wasted weight/space, but you could carry around 15 of these before you noticed any increase in weight. Of course the blade is not as good as some larger knifes and you won't be splitting logs with this bad boy, but it cuts!

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alep161195 wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super light.. (the first one I got was defective and BC sent me a new one lickety split)

I would definitely suggest testing it a few nights at home before you go out into the Forrest. One downside is that the cornbread yellow color shows dirt that you will inevitably pick up whilst backpacking. The stuff sack breaks too, but it's not crucial. The long tubes could be better if they were more quilted like the big agnes q-core, but this pad is way lighter than that one too.

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alep161195 wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

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

I use these bad boys every day and they are like walking on clouds. They are not super durable, but I think I'll get 6 months of daily use out of them easily (perhaps a year). One application for these that I want to bring up is using them for backpacking (when you are all done hiking in your boots for the day). They are much lighter than other popular sandals like rainbows (and I think they are much more comfortable).

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alep161195 wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's kind of the Cadillac of two person backpacking tents. It was the tallest and longest that I could find, so that you can stretch out and sit up without feeling cramped or getting your feet wet on a rainy day by touching the two layers of the tent together (ya, that is the worst, waking up with wet feet).

It also has to HUGE vestibules!

The downside is it is pretty heavy, so you don't want to backpack with this alone if you are looking for "a bit more room" than a one man tent. It is way too heavy for soloing.

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