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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing

BexOnHood's Bio

I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can. Shred, paddle, skate, hike, lather, rinse, repeat! Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my adventures.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The title says it all. I've had this thing for two years and have hauled it all over the country via car, airplane and backpack and have used it in 90 degree weather at sea level and 15 degree weather at 9,000ft and it's never failed me. For the price, I am floored at how well this thing has performed. It might be a little heavier than your pocket rocket-type stove, but the extra weight is worth the bombproof qualities it has. If you really want to stabilize the hell out of it, get the canister footrest (I don't think they sell it here but it's like 10 bucks on Amazon). LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 26, 2015

5 5

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

LOVE this tent. I've set it up a few times and used it once and I have to say that Marmot really thought about details with this one.

Other two-person tents I've owned have really seemed like they were for two conjoined twins or two people who reeeaaallly like to snuggle. The way the walls are structured in this one give it so much more room! It was totally comfy for me, my boyfriend AND our 75lb dog. Also, there is a crapton of storage in this thing - pockets galore, which is great because I like to have a bunch of junk with me in my tent.

Setup is super easy once you have it down (do it at home first so you know what poles go where, and just to double check that you have everything). This thing is solid. Once you get everything set up and tightened down, it's pretty bombproof. We slept in single digit temps on a windy night and there was not a peep of tent noise.

Little things that make it awesome:

- You can access the vents and open/close them from inside or outside. This is so rad.

- The little 'biner hanging from the ceiling is a nice touch and perfect for hanging a lantern.

- The window in the big vestibule is awesome so you can see what's going on outside when you wake up in the morning.

- Surprising amount of vents for a four-season tent.

- The stakes it comes with are really good. It's not a game-changer or anything, but it's nice not to have to ditch the crappy ones a tent comes with and buy them separately.

Of course, all of those extras make for a pretty freakin' heavy package, but to me it's totally worth it, and if you split it up between two people it's not TOO bad.

All in all, I love it and I expect to have a long and happy relationship with this tent :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great travel pet bed. It doesn't compress down super small (when I cram it into its stuff sack it's about the same size as my 30 degree sleeping bag) but what it lacks in compress-ability it really makes up in comfort. It's nice and thick and my 60lb dober-dane looooves it. We've only used it camping a few times, but it feels like it'll be pretty durable and it's held up well to a wash and dry (on gentle/low). At the sale price (I got it for under $20) it's a steal and a nice way to keep your fuzzy buddy happy on the road and the trail :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, thanks to Petzl and Backcountry for picking me to test and review this li'l guy for the benefit of all you goatworthy folks out there! I have gone through a lot of headlamps in my lifetime and so far, this one is definitely my favorite.

Reasons why:

- the headband part has a nice cushy almost "sweatband" feel, so it's really comfy

- there are so many different brightness levels on this thing, everything from fairly low light to super bright

- it has a red light; if you've ever tried to read something at night with a headlamp and been subsequently night-blind for the next 10 minutes, you'll know why this is awesome

- when you have it in red mode and turn it off then turn it back on, it's still in red mode

- from any brightness, you can give it a quick double-click and it switches right to bright mode

The concerns I had were:

- the click up/down adjustment on it feels like it might not hold tight and flop down in me. However, that hasn't actually happened so it might just be "easy to point up and down" and not "loose."

- you have a lot of brightness modes to click through. I thought this might be annoying, but any annoyance was quickly surpassed by how awesome it is to have so many lighting options.

All in all, I'd say it's a great buy!!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got this jacket and haven't been able to field test at all yet, but I wanted to clarify the fit and give another perspective because for me, it's definitely not a two star jacket! It sounds like the other reviewer and I might have the opposite body type because the fit is great on me. I'm 5'9" and very lanky/athletic. Usually wear a large in jackets or an XL if I want a baggy fit or a little more room in the chest (DD's don't always pack into jackets all that well). I got an XL in the Spire and I really like the fit. The L probably would have fit fine, if a bit snug, but I wanted something I could throw a lot of layers underneath if needed.

There definitely IS a substantial roominess in the shoulder and chest area, but not to an off-putting degree because it gives a lot of range of motion in the shoulders, especially when you're wearing a backpack. The waist is a bit fitted but it wasn't tight at all for me and there will be room for layers (I usually wear a 10 or 12 in pants). The arms ARE very long, but I like that because my arms are very long as well.

What I really love about this and it's something I don't see in a lot of women's technical shells is the added length. I don't want a jacket that hits right at the waist because a. I don't want any gap between my jacket and pants, and b. I don't wanna look like a ski bum from 1984. This jacket hits at the hip and has a little extra length in the back for good booty coverage. I'll write more when I get it out in the snow and play in it, but just wanted to add my two cents and another view of the fit! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got the medium size for our dog who is about 70 lbs but very slim through the midsection (doberman/dane) and it fits her perfectly. If you get everything weighted evenly and cinched down to a comfortably snug setting, it doesn't move around much at all and doesn't seem to bother her a bit. It's a great-looking pack, too, and enables her to carry some chow, water, fold-able bowl, bags and a couple other little things.

My only two complaints: this pack isn't waterproof and doesn't even seem to be particularly water-resistant. I'm hoping spraying it down with some waterproofer will do the trick. Also, the leash clip on the back of the pack is plastic and I think a metal d-ring would have been a much better choice. That said, at this price point it's still an awesome deal on a great pack!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 5, 2015

4 5

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

First and foremost I've walked around in a bunch of wet weather in this thing and have stayed dry, which is exactly why I bought it, so two thumbs up for that!

The fit is great - I'm 5'9" and wear a large in all things jacket and this fit perfect. The length is awesome and the sleeves are long enough, which is great. Tailored but not tight and it's a really nice looking jacket so I can wear it for work where I have to pretend like I'm not a scumbag :)

Things I don't love - all the snaps! They look cool and definitely do lend it a more stylish appearance, but when am I ever going to zip up AND snap a light jacket? So I don't snap them, and when I walk they tend to clack together. I'd prefer maybe fake snaps that have magnets so they just stick shut. Also, the snaps on the cuffs would be cooler if they had expandable fabric underneath when you unsnap them and not just an open vent.

All that said, I love this jacket. I don't $175 love it and would never pay that price for it, but since I got it for cheap on SAC I'm totally stoked!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I can't speak for durability yet, but I am loving these glasses so far. I wore them touring on the glaciers on Mt. Hood yesterday and they were great. I have really light and super sensitive eyes and I had no problems whatsoever with these (I usually do with regular sunglasses) - the side shields make a big difference.

The clarity was really great and they were comfortable to wear all day. Usually when I wear sunglasses with a hat all day I end up with sore spots behind my ears, but the bendable arms pretty much eliminate that because you can just flex them into whatever position you want.

I have a pretty average-sized face (i.e., women's-specific snowboard goggles are usually a teeny bit on the small size for me, large men's goggles take up my entire face and goggles labeled for "medium" faces usually fit perfect) and these fit just right.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

So far so good!
5 5

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

Just got these and used them for the first time yesterday; I'm impressed! I got the short for my 154cm board and it's a perfect fit; the nose and tail clips are awesome and super easy to use. Trimming was also really easy - the hardest part was just getting them lined up perfectly to trim (if you're not sure exactly how to trim them there's a G3 video that explains it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mreB8i3JuSg)

I did a skin up to one of the glaciers on Mt. Hood yesterday and they worked great! Ascending was a dream and I could really trust these underfoot. I was surprised at how well they performed just based on the price point, but I wasn't disappointed at all! I did also get the G3 skin savers because they don't come with these ones as they do with the G3's - I'd highly recommend grabbing a pair of those.

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