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bribendibawrote a review of on April 30, 2009

3 5

One of the things I look for in a good tent is the ability to set it up in the dark without the instructions for the first time. Just wasn't so with this tent. Got to my destination at night and had a fairly difficult time putting this tent together. One side of the tent is a green color instead of a grey color, but was really hard to tell in the dark with the only light coming from my headlamp. Once we got it up, the tent was roomy enough for two of us. Would probably be a little snug with three people but that's how these tents are designed. I really like the all mesh design and would have been nice to just leave it like that, but it was suppose to rain, so had to put the fly on. The fly also has to go on a certain way and we originally put it on backwards (because it was dark out). The clasp design to secure the fly to the tent was hard to connect and even harder to take off. I wonder if it would get easier the more you did it. Well it was cold out, so trying to disconnect the fly from the tent with numb fingers was a little frustrating. I'm also a big fan of having two doors on a tent like this which this one does. However, one of the doors was pretty small and neither of us wanted to get out of the tent that way. Also the vestibules aren't that roomy. Not sure if we would have been able to fit three packs under it without one of them getting wet. Now for the good stuff. The tent is very light especially for a three person tent. At only 5 pounds 10 ounces, it would make a very good backpacking tent if you separate the poles and fly from the tent so everyone can help carry it. The fly worked very well. It rained on us all night and everything inside stayed dry. It was also very sturdy. It got very windy where we were and we saw other tents flying away and even ripped open, but this tent stayed put and intact. Overall, this is a good tent.

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bribendibawrote 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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bribendibawrote 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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bribendibawrote 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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bribendibawrote 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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bribendibawrote 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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bribendibawrote 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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