christian.f

christian.f

High Sierras. SoCal coastal. LA County.

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christian.f wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

2 5

I use this in a large capacity internal frame backpack. I love the convenience of the thing, and it holds a LOT of water. The problem is that the thing leaks on me about half the time I use it. I assume operator error, but can't get it to consistently not leak. It seems to be leaking from the quick connect, and only when completely full. And the leaking water puddles at the bottom of the pack in the sleeping bag compartment. Good thing I'm too cheap to buy down, I guess.

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christian.f wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

This is my second PreCip. I wore the first out over a decade of occasional use.

What it is: This is a great, AFFORDABLE lightweight option--especially if you are trying to shed ounces for that casual summer trek (I use mine for scattered showers day hikes, and summer treks in the high sierras).

What it isn't: Hi end Gortex. IT doesn't breath very well, and is very basic.

Comparing this to a $450 piece of technical gear is foolish. I paid about $60 for a very serviceable, very functional shell. I love this jacket, though if the forecast calls for a lot of rain, I'll take my heavier Gortex hard shell.

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christian.f wrote a review of on May 13, 2011

5 5

This is simply the best backpacking hammock I've ever owned. I'm a big guy, and have destroyed my fair share of cheap, netted hammocks. This bad boy, however, takes all sorts of fat boy abuse and keeps coming back for more. I bought this with the ENO slap straps, and together with the carabiners on the hammock, make for a quick and easy set up.

If you are looking for a comfy, light weight hammock for our adventures, this is an excellent, excellent choice.

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christian.f wrote a review of on May 13, 2011

4 5

but it's not. the slap straps are really easy to use, and I have yet to come across a hammock situation where they didn't help make getting the hammock hung up (a very important, crucial thing after a long day on the trail)fast and easy. I left off the 5th star because they are kind of spendy for a few feet of webbing, and when they die, I'll probably rig something similar out of cord. The real ease of use here comes from the loops stitched into the webbing, and that is easily copied with rope. Still, slick product.

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christian.f wrote a question about on May 13, 2011

Hey. I'm a big guy (6'5", 300 lbs, 42" waist, big, long torso). Any other big guys out there have experience with this? How's the fit? I'm thinking about retiring my "vintage" external frame pack--which I've customized a great deal to make it fit comfortably. I'm looking at a variety of 80-90L internal frame packs.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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christian.f wrote a question about on May 13, 2011

Hey. I'm a big guy (6'5", 300 lbs, 42" waist, big, long torso). Any other big guys out there have experience with this? How's the fit? I'm thinking about retiring my "vintage" external frame pack--which I've customized a great deal to make it fit comfortably. I'm looking at a variety of 80-90L internal frame packs.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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christian.f

christian.f wrote a question about on May 13, 2011

Hey. I'm a big guy (6'5", 300 lbs, 42" waist, big, long torso). Any other big guys out there have experience with this? How's the fit? I'm thinking about retiring my "vintage" external frame pack--which I've customized a great deal to make it fit comfortably. I'm looking at a variety of 80-90L internal frame packs.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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christian.f wrote a review of on May 13, 2011

5 5

Seriously. It has to be something like 20 yrs old. IT is as close to bomb proof as I've ever owned. Even when it is getting clogged with really dirty fuel (thank you Coleman), it is easy to break the thing down and get it working. I've completely rebuilt this thing at 14k feet, and it keeps coming back for more. Carry a few spare parts (esp. for the pump), and no matter what happens, you'll be able to keep the thing cooking.

Lately I've been flirting with the JetBoil, but I think that is just going to be a fling. The WhisperLite really is a "forever" stove.

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christian.f wrote a review of on May 12, 2011

5 5

Is it wrong that I don't own the stove, but I do own this? I don't think so. Having an extra Jet Boil cup makes sharing the stove with a traveling companion really painless. No more fighting over who gets to eat first. No more cleaning up someone else's mess just so you can eat. It totally takes away a whole category of passive-aggressive conflict. very cool.

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christian.f wrote a review of on May 12, 2011

4 5

I'm a big guy (6'5" 300lbs), a side sleeper, and I have crazy legs in the sack. Until this pad, I really couldn't get a fully satisfying night's sleep. With this thing I do. Every time. I don't have a BA bag, so I don't know how this works with the pad sleeve, but with my (now vintage) Sierra Designs Sandman, I sleep like a (giant) baby. The pack size is also a big plus. The only downside is you have to inflate it yourself--but comfort and pack size more than make up for that.

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