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brice wrote a review of on October 17, 2011

3 5

The light weight rivals pads 3 times the price. It is also compact and comfortable for only 1" of insulation. The warpmth (R-value) is similar to a foam pad like a z-rest. But with that light weight you also sacrifice durability. I WILL NOT take this alpine climbing because it is too much of a liability. For a similar weight and warmpth (but more bulk) a foam pad is much more reliable and fool proof. The one I have seems to have come with a built in leak and won't hold air for the full nights sleep. If you can get it cheap on sale, like I did, then it is great for use inside a tent (where the floor will protect it) on a backpacking trip. But on cold snowy multi day climbing trips where your life depends upon your equipment not a prudent choice, take the bulky pad.

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brice wrote a review of on February 22, 2011

5 5

Wow excellent stove! As fuel efficient as they come. Bought it primarily as a snow melter for bigger alpine climbs but i have also used it for cooking lunch between laps at the local crag and laps in some local back country powder. A complete package plus the pot can be used with any other stove upping the efficiency of that stove. I have also paired it with MSR’s simmer light (which fits inside). That is also a great combo. When cooking soup I have to be right there just because it cooks so quickly. I was doubt full of the of canister stoves use in the winter to melt snow because of disasters in the past. I have melted probably a 100 gallons of water using a Jetboil in the past for winter training and alpine climbing but it has been tedious and quite painful. A waste of time really. Don’t get me wrong the jet boil is a great system and has its place but its place is not as a snow melter. PRO’s: light, legit non stick, aluminum (more heat efficient), works flawless in cold weather, it is a system not just a stove, fuel efficient, pot fits everything including small fuel can, small size, aren’t limited to only use that stove with the pot, pot handle great addition, can buy a super light hanging kit only like 1.5 oz, ability to “strip it down” when going fast and light . CON’s: handle gets tweaked when crammed in those tight alpine packs, fitting the fuel can inside with the stove is awkward, push button igniter is worthless (typical of any stove not specific to this one). This is one of the best “all around” stoves I have ever used and I would highly recommend it. Its fuel efficiency, compact light weight completeness, and efficiency in the cold blow 99% of the stoves on the market out of the water. Plus the whole kit can easily be bought on sale for $100!!!

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brice wrote a review of on October 15, 2010

5 5

Great tent intended for alpine mountaineering. A great alternate to the Firstlight by BD because of the door and window setup the ventilation is superior for operating your stove inside and to solve the condensation problem. The low profile helps the tent perform particularly well in high winds. If you are weight obsessed like I am then you can buy after market carbon fiber poles for it from these guys: http://www.fibraplex.com/tentpoles.htm. The poles are 300% stronger and half the weight although it does come at a price. If weight matters and you need a small tent footprint (to fit on a small ledge on the side of a mountain) then I would recommend this tent. If light weight is not the primary requirement of your search for a new tent then this probably won't be for you.

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brice wrote a review of on October 1, 2010

5 5

Amazing piece of equipment!
I primarily use the wind shirt for Alpine climbing and Back country skiing and it is my go to layer. I paired it up with the OR Radiant Hybrid Hoody. I can wear either alone or layer up to have the hoody against my skin and the Driclime on top if it gets too cold and windy. I did alter the Driclime and attached a removable nylon hood. This combo is absolutely the most versatile for the alpine environment, bar none. These are usually my core items I might also bring a puffy and lightweight rain jacket like OR's Helium depending on activity, length and weather. I also bring the Driclime when I rock climb instead of a wind breaker because I normally wear a light weight hot weather shirt this adds a lot of warmth for little weight. Although I know it wasn’t meant for it I stuff the entire shirt in the chest pocket for storage. Great product!

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