bill hartlieb

bill hartlieb

most seen in the wasatch mountains, the cascades, the alps, alaska range, with winds, the tetons, sierras

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bill's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

bill's Bio

backcountry employee, product designer, product tester. Member of the dawn patrol, the all day riders, the backcountry ski posse, and the MX faction

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on May 14, 2012

5 5

I used the Alpine suite a lot Bow hunting in the fall, and was just right for two hunters, with duffels, shoes, clothes, water, back packs, sleeping bags and pads. we camped near 10,000 feet and got a good thunderstorm with solid rain, wind, and hail, and it was so much better than camping in a small backpacking tent.

You can stand up, and get dressed. this is so nice. The walls are vertical, it feels like a great space.

Stout poles, upper sleeves and lower clips for good load transfer up high, and easy set up.

Pockets in the walls help you find the keys, and headlamp.

Some tent set up things i did to it to keep it weather tight:

set tent up with good tight pitch. get poles in first, then find someplace flat, use two people to make it easier and faster. Stake out and put moderate tension to pull the tent floor out flat. then add fly, and use web adjusters for even, and moderate tension.. make sure its tight. use side guy outs on the fly.

The fly has velcro hook and loop tabs, these attach to the poles. these are at guy out points, and the top brow pole. take the time to attach these it makes the tent stronger, and transfers loads from the guy points. it also keep water off.

Guy out the tent body with upper tie off guy points - 2 guy out points on each side really help hold it stable. more guy out points available near the door.

When coming in and out of the tent during a down pour, use the vestibule as a porch. open the fly, get in vestibule only, shut the fly zipper. then take off jacket that is soaked, and boots, then get into body of the tent, and will keep the inside mostly dry.

there are vents in the fly - use them to allow air flow, and minimize condensation.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on May 14, 2012

5 5

the merino composite material is a good thick material, has a smooth nylon outer - this allows you to slide on a jacket easily, even a lined jacket like a soft shell.

The inner is merino wool, warm but very temp regulating. not super wind proof = very easy to regulate heat, moisture, being comfortable.

great stretch too!

easy to take care of - cold wash and hang it dry, or dry it ! does not shrink much at all, just dont put in hot dryer.

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bill hartlieb wrote an answer about on May 14, 2012

ha.. yes we need a curley video.....

The materials performance is related to the washing.... Wash often. Bacon grease from breakfast, sunscreen from morning, cheese from lunch, and sweaty palms from evening climb all make the DWR wear out.

Wash cold to warm water, use a nikwax tech wash, or a mild soap. avoid normal laundry detergent, it has surfactants (the opposite of DWR).

After a summer of washes and wears, for best performance, spray on a DWR. Nikwax softshell, or a TX direct. dry a bit on medium heat and it will evenly coat the outside, and make a Big improvement in maintaining DWR.

The key to a softshell working as a shell, is a strong water repellancy on the surface.

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bill hartlieb wrote an answer about on April 10, 2012

A patch of material is good, and then use a seam grip, or aquaseal, or a Polyurethane glue. apply the glue to the patch and apply to the hole. then add a piece of wax paper and lay a large book or dictionary on top to keep it flat. wait over night and you have a patch that is well bonded and waterproof. The goretex patches, and other patches with a self adhesive on one side i have tried to do not stay on.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on April 2, 2012

3 5

they are improved for sure... i use them for travel, and they are pretty good sounding, but after long over night flights, and long time with the buds in your ear, the skullcandy deboss hurts the inside of your ear.

foam is better, it stays in and grips with out making ear sensitive. get the comply replacement buds..


http://www.complyfoam.com/products/T-400/

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

5 5

This is my first powder ski. They have the unique rocker and matched side cut that makes them easy to turn. but also makes them behave really well on the groomer to get back to the chair. they remind me of driving a mercedes S class, stable, reliable, heavy feeling, and want to go fast.
for a rocker ski, these are a great go to...

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bill hartlieb wrote an answer about on December 12, 2011

it is not 100% windproof, as it has some air permeability features. about 95% windproof, with the remaining allowing some air exchange about 6-10 cfm. this allows the jacket to breathe when exerting in the mountains - hiking for side country gates, touring up alpine, or climbing. the TNF apex summit uses WINDBLOC - windproof, but poor breathability - means you can get wet with exertion

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