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Blake's Passions

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bam4615834 wrote a review of on March 16, 2012

5 5

Recently exchanged my Vasque Clarions for these and couldn't be more satisfied. Very light, great support, sure-footed traction, and my feet have stayed dry through the last week of solid rain (including biking downhill). I have lived in these boots for the past week and there has been no break in time, uncomfortability, or hot spots! I wouldl recommend these boots. I wear a 10.5 and they seem true to size.

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bam4615834 wrote a review of on March 16, 2012

5 5

This jacket is waterproof like a boss. It is so soft, stretchy and smooth yet completely impenetrable. It is also ridiculously light and packs down to about the size of a small pumello/large grapefruit. It has become my go to shell for wet, windy, or cold situations. I'm 5'10 and 155ish lbs and the medium is a perfect athletic fit, although it is a bit snug over my Marmot Zeus (also a medium). Fits perfectly over my Nano Puff and North Face Khumbu (both medium). The material is much more durable than other rain shells and has held up through bushwhacking and even Joshua Tree monzogranite. Definitely stretchy enough for unencumbered climbing. No pit zips, but the jacket is so breathable I don't miss them at all. Also the pockets are huge, they go all the way up to your neck with solid waterproof zippers. I exchanged my North Face Venture for this jacket because it soaked through after 20 minutes on a drizzly trail and every time I rode by bike through rain and now I couldn't be happier. I definitely recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a great, lightweight, soft, stretchy, quiet, impenetrable shell for their system.

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bam4615834 wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

4 5

I was in the market for a down sleeping bag that would keep me warm without wiping out my funds. Unfortunately all the nice, high quality bags are usually hundreds of dollars. Then I spotted this bag. It's been reviewed by backpacker magazine so after reading that I went ahead and got it (for about $110). It's 550 fill down so it's not AS lofty or thick feeling as some of my friends high end bags but it definitely gets the job done. I took it backpacking above Chilnualna Falls in Yosemite and was comfortable even when the temperature dipped slightly below 20F overnight.

Overall I would say this is a great bag if you want something that will keep you warm and is relatively cheap, but if you really want to get a bag that is a high quality investment or think you may run into some colder temperatures then go ahead and save up for something else.

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bam4615834 wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

4 5

I got this backpack as a day pack for my backpacking gear and also use it daily to carry my stuff around town. The quality is great and the price is low. It's super light and packs into its security pocket for stowing. However, there's pretty much no ventilation for your back. I don't sweat that much and my t-shirt will get pretty damp if its even moderately warm. But that's not too big a deal in my opinion.

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