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cunp86656 wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For boiling water QUICKLY at higher altitudes (9500-15,000 feet) and in the wind, the Reactor is the champ. After several years of use in the Andes of Peru and Ecuador, I remain thrilled with this purchase. The extra effort needed to keep the canister somewhat warmer is a small price compared to the time it takes to prime and wait for a white gas stove. If I was running solo, I'd take another look at JetBoil but for two or more, I'll stick with the Reactor. You can boil, eat and be in the bag before your white gas buddy has warm water. I tried to cook in it once and was a bit frustrated trying to control the output so I stick to its strength - super fast boils.

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cunp86656 wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I tried to compare this jacket to others in terms of fill weight and total weight. Allegedly, the Alpine Light has 4.3 ounces of 800 fill which I have to assume is correct. The total weight using my scale is 13.7 ounces including the 0.4 ounce stuff sack. Other offerings by Western Mountaineering, Patagonia, Feathered Friends and Nunatak were significantly more expensive. A GoLite jacket lost in the coin toss. The baffles below the hand warmer pockets are both overstuffed (odd) but the pockets are inside the baffles which makes the hand warmer pockets warmer. The bottom hem can be cinched down by pulling the ends of the bungee that terminate in the pockets. It's the quickest adjustment I've seen in a jacket and eliminated drafts (tested in light winds at 22-degrees F). The front zipper has a draft flap that works well and does not get caught in the zipper. The hood is helmet compatible but can be cinched down in the back and around the face to control drafts without a helmet. The inside drop pockets measure 8X11 so they're big enough for a water container or to keep your snacks from freezing. I'm 5'9" 155 and the medium is sized well. Stitching and overall quality seem good. Is it too short? The medium measures 28" from the base of the neck to the bottom hem which for me covers half of the cheeks.

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cunp86656 wrote a review of on October 14, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my third pair of these shoes - two low tops and one high top. As the name implies, they have exceptional ventilation. On trails with fine dust, it works through to my feet. Other than that, they're great for everyday wear, hiking with lighter packs, scrambling (good traction), hot weather due to the ventilation or wet weather due to the fast drying (I prefer a Goretex sock to the built in Goretex lining that is too hot when not getting wet). I've worn them on week long trips with a light pack and one pair of Smartwool socks and finished very happy with their performance. I'm going to buy some ultralight gaiters to see if they help protect the shoe on scree slopes and morning dew on the grass.

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cunp86656 wrote a review of on October 14, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the past 20-months, I've used the SteriPEN in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes with clear water but suspect surroundings. I always carry tablets as a backup due to the reliance on batteries but like the convenience of being able to drink immediately after treatment. In areas with lots of water, that means I carry less water since I don't have to carry an extra liter waiting for chemical treatment to kill everything. You should still rinse bottle threads after treatment, just like with chemicals, and you'll need a wide enough opening to insert the pen. When carrying a water bladder, I leave a pot near the top of my pack. For refills, I fill the pot with a liter of water, treat it with the pen, and then pour that liter into the bladder. For hiking (no pot), I carry a Nalgene bottle. I balance this inconvenience against the wait time with chemicals vs. the weight of a filter.
The visible light (indicating that the UV lamp is on) is difficult to see during the day. If they'd put an indicator light on top of the pen, it would be easier to operate.
I also use the pen while traveling to treat municipal water and reduce the number of bottled waters I would otherwise buy. In short, it is a convenient and reliable foreign travel companion.

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