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Camping
Trail Running
Paddling

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bribendiba wrote a review of on July 25, 2008

4 5

Works very well for what it was made for. Great for layering and kept me dry therefore warm. Description was right about keeping the stench away. Definitely did not get as stinky as other base layers have done in the past. Other reviewer was right though. This shirt tends to snag easy. Not a big deal since I use it mainly for layering. Overall a great lightweight base layer.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on July 25, 2008

5 5

I love this top so much that I ordered another one in a different color. I use them for all my outdoor activities: biking, hiking, climbing, canyoneering. These tops are cool in the heat and are durable. I've put them through a lot and they've held up. They also have a very flattering design to them. They're form fitting up top, but looser around the core.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on July 25, 2008

5 5

These pants fit me perfect which is hard for me to find. They're lightweight and cool in the heat. It doesn't say it in the description, but these pants can be converted into capris. They have 2 button closures on each pant leg which ensures the the capris won't turn back into pants unless you do it yourself. This feature is great for when I'm riding my bike and need to keep the pant leg out of the chainring. Overall, a very comfortable pant that fits well.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on March 4, 2008

5 5

I love these shoes mostly because of the Boa system. There are absolutely no pressure points on the top of my feet. I actually had these same shoes with the laces and hated them. I don't think I will ever buy another pair of running shoes without the Boa system. The shoes are also comfortable and roomy. My feet are a little wide and fit perfect in these. Would recommend them to anyone.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 26, 2007

5 5

For the price, you can't go wrong. I've used this boat for single and multi day trips and pretty soon a self support ducky trip. It has been amazing every time I have taken it out. It is quite durable and stable. I've been over several Class III/IV rapids that I thought for sure I would flip in, but was fine. I'm not saying it's impossible to flip this because I have definitely swam in this, but mainly because we weren't facing the right direction when going over the rapid. There is plenty of space and loops behind the back seat for all your own gear when doing a self support trip or if you just want to take a day bag. Both seats have a zippered pouch behind them for easy access. They are not dry bags, though, so they are mainly for stuff that can get wet (drinks, etc) or to put a small dry bag in. There is also a cup holder behind each chair. The only issue I had with this IK is the chair backs aren't high enough. They would be a lot more comfortable if they were higher. Otherwise, an all around great boat for the money.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 21, 2007

5 5

I bought this specifically to try on a 5 day/4 night river rafting trip. I wanted something comfortable, but needed something that wouldn't take up too much room. This was perfect. It is so comfortable. It comes with the sleeping pad and the memory foam on top of that. The only problems with it are that the sleeping pad doesn't inflate on its own. I had to blow it up myself which led me to be quite light-headed. The plus side of having to blow it up is that it is really easy to roll up. Unlike inflatable pads, I don't have to roll this up twice just to get all the air out. The other problem is that since I'm using this for car camping, I take a full size pillow. I bought the regular size pad and I barely fit on it with my pillow. I'm 5'4", so I would suggest buying the long if you are any taller than that or use a smaller pillow. So now I take this on all my car camping and river trips and I sleep so comfortable. Much more so than when I was using my other pad.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 11, 2007

5 5

This table is great for car camping. It was nice to have even at sites with tables just to have the extra space to put stuff on especially when camping with a larger group. The table is fairly easy to put together. The only problem is the black pieces on the end tend to fall out when it's not put together. They are little so could be easily lost. Besides that, the table folds up nice and has its own carrying bag. The main reason I bought this table was to prepare food on. I have not used it as a dining table. We tend to sit around a fire and eat.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 7, 2007

5 5

I bought this as a gift for a friend who works in Wildland Fires. He used it to hold all his fire gear and took it with him on all the fires. The bag has stood up to a lot of abuse and is still in excellent condition. The shoulder straps are great for carrying such a large bag. The daisy chains on the outside were useful for attaching items he needed handy. He absolutely loves this bag and got a lot of his Wildland buddies to purchase one as well.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 7, 2007

4 5

This tent is great because of its simplicity. The two doors and vestibules keep you from crawling all over your tent-mates stuff and the inside is roomy enough to change clothes and keep a few vital items inside with you without taking up too much ground space. The rain fly has served me well and kept me dry with a small exception. If it is really wet out, the water can run off the door of the fly into the tent while you are going in and out. The protective flaps on the zipper of the fly also have a tendency to get stuck in the zipper. For the price, this is a good tent. Simple, manageable and relatively fast to set up. I purchased an OR tent for twice the price of this one and hated for all the reasons I like this one.

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bribendiba wrote a review of on June 7, 2007

5 5

The best feature of the bag is the air release valve. Don’t forget to close it when throwing your stuff on the boat for the day or you will have moist underwear. The large top zipper makes it easy to access gear and you don’t have to pull everything out of the bag to get to the goods at the bottom. The bag is really big (I got the XL). If fully filled, it would be large, heavy and awkward to move but the multiple padded strap configuration gives you a lot of options. Perfect for multi day trips.

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