bill hartlieb

bill hartlieb

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

bill hartlieb's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

bill hartlieb'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 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 a review of on November 30, 2011

5 5

I love this merino shirt. its made from merino that is 17.5 micron, and noticeably softer than others out there using 18.9. 18.9 is soft, but this merino wool is incredible soft. i use it for everything, on the hill, off the hill, around the house, around town. The fit is athletic but comfortable, not tight. arms are plenty long but stay where they need to be. washes well - i took a hit last year with 8 stitches in my elbow and blood everywhere. the merino did not cut, and washed up great! ditch the old synthetic layer, and treat yourself to warm, comfortable, and soft baselayers from stoic.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

I have about 70 days in these gloves from last year, and they just keep getting better. The goat leather and innovative finger design provides great dexterity, so i dont have to take my gloves off to do a simple task. The merino lining is the most efficient - warm, warm when hands get damp, but still so comfortable, and great control when gripping, hanging, wrangling. Reinforced palm keeps them going strong, and the softshell helps them breathe and dry out when you overheat. a great glove, with more quality materials, for the price.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on November 1, 2011

5 5

i have had many small camp stoves - they have burned white gas in a tank that requires the pump, or using the green propane cylinders that run great for the first half, and then barely run the second half. i evolved my camp stove and used a propane tank and hose, but they were still low heat, and slow cooking.
So, i upgraded to the campchef stove. the heat power it can blast out is like 5 times the heat at max power to get water boiling FAST, but can still simmer, cook low and slow, medium heat to cook down veggies, or even be used with some add-ons like the grille, or griddle.

bottom line - you will be popular in camp, when you are cooking with the camp chef.

these are full size stoves, they do not pack down to the size of the old coleman stove. about twice the size of coleman stove, but has legs, and some serious power.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

5 5

more testing results from independent labs SGS, on the waterproofness ratings on the vaporshell materials:

INTIAL TEST: ASTM D751:2006 Procedure A; Mullen Method, the result from this test was 68000 mm of h20 head of pressure.

NEW TEST: AATCC 127-2008 option 2 Hydrostatic head method, results were 28,000 mm h20 pressure head.

NEW TEST: JIS 1092 - 1998, results were 29,000 mm h20 pressure head.

The results of the static tests are less than the dynamic test. this makes sense, as the tests are performed differently, and the 'fail' is defined differently. the new static results are still great waterproof testing results, and as good or better than anything on the market - in the $500 range, as well as the $129 range.

The waterproofness results in the lab correlate to great waterproofness in the field. in addition the DWR finish and seam taping all contribute to the user staying dry in full on conditions.

The true feature for this jacket however is the breath-ability. the testing has shown great breath-ability, as described as 46000 grams of water being transported through a square meter of material in a 24 hr period. The breath-ability and air permeability allow you stay dry on the inside, by transporting the sweat and vapor given off the body in aerobic activities through the fabric.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

5 5

more testing results from independent labs SGS, on the waterproofness ratings on the vaporshell materials:

INTIAL TEST: ASTM D751:2006 Procedure A; Mullen Method, the result from this test was 68000 mm of h20 head of pressure.

NEW TEST: AATCC 127-2008 option 2 Hydrostatic head method, results were 28,000 mm h20 pressure head.

NEW TEST: JIS 1092 - 1998, results were 29,000 mm h20 pressure head.

The waterproofness results in the lab correlate to great waterproofness in the field. in addition the DWR finish and seam taping all contribute to the user staying dry in full on conditions.

The true feature for this jacket however is the breath-ability. the testing has shown great breath-ability, as described as 46000 grams of water being transported through a square meter of material in a 24 hr period. The breath-ability and air permeability allow you stay dry on the inside, by transporting the sweat and vapor given off the body in aerobic activities through the fabric.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on December 22, 2010

4 5

the 4 pack just comes in handy. friends can show up unprepared. the presta valve will work on presta or schraeder rims, and the long stem works in any size rim. a 29er tube will fit into a 29er or a 26 inch rim in a pinch. I like these cause i can get the core out, and add a bit of sealant.

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

this is a great tool, and helps you get out of scrapes, save the day, or simply tighten a loose screw that you happen to discover. It has a great knife, that is fast to get to, much better than PST leatherman models that you had to open the tool, then get the knife out. also locks.... like i said... its a great knife.
I have broken the third jaw. twisting something with the jaw is not advised, it will snap the jaw off. but return them to leatherman, and they will help you out, and send you a new one. whats better than a great multitool? one with a warranty for 25 years.....

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bill hartlieb wrote a review of on December 13, 2010

5 5

i have been living in the new monolith jacket. it is a more generous cut, and more subtle color. I wear it every day, every where, from business meetings to the ski hill. The welded material is extremely comfortable, brushed inner, will not pick up random lint or dog hair, and snow and rain bead off great. because it does not use a laminate, it has great breathability, and yet wind resistance. cheaper than a denali fleece, this jacket is meant to convince many customers... forget the fleece, get a welded softshell.

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