d0bhran

d0bhran

Texas and New Mexico mostly.

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d0bhran

d0bhran wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had this hat for 18 years now. I don't mean I have had a couple of these hats in this style for that long. I mean the same d@%# hat! Absolutely bombproof. Every winter it is my goto hat. Cold, wet, and windy are what this hat thrives in. I have always liked large brimmed hats for the sun protection they provide, and prefer to grab this over any beanie or other hat for cold weather. Obviously, this isn't a very good hat for warmer weather. Anything above 65-70 degrees and I have use something else, but what do you expect? It's a winter hat, not a year round jack of all trades hat...
In short, if you need something to keep the sun off your face, the rain/snow off your head, and the wind from stripping away the valuable body heat, this is the hat you are looking for.
You don't have to be dead on with the sizing. There is an adjustable band inside the sweatband on the hat that allows you to fine tune the fit of the hat.

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d0bhran wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

4 5

Have used these kayaking for about three or four years now. They have held up well. Only complaint is that one seam along one finger has folded over wrong and will sometimes rub, annoying the >>>>> out of me until I can resettle it to a better spot. Otherwise, these are pretty good.

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d0bhran wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

5 5

Most comfortable hydration pack I have owned. Swallows loads of gear, so it can easily handle bulky winter items for day treks. Have comfortably carried two 100 oz. bladders for day long desert trips, as well as carrying equipment for biological field surveys for work. I have done away with all other bags that I have because I finally found the one that seems to be able to handle whatever I throw at it.

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d0bhran wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

5 5

Have used this set twice now on week long trips. Handle locks in nice and solid, but pops off without trouble when needed. I love how everything nests together into the pot with lots of room leftover my Snow Peak stove and some food items. The mugs kept drinks hot for over an hour at 25 degree air temps during a Thanksgiving trip to Guadalupe Mountains. This is now my go to set when headed out, be it car camping or backpacking (to me the convenience is worth the weight).

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d0bhran wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

5 5

I use this at home and while camping. I have the 30 oz. version which has been a fantastic compact unit that has worked flawlessly for me every time. The automatic coffee maker just sits on the counter now, I'll almost certainly do away with it and simply use this press from now on.
The coffee stays hot for over an hour at home, and drinkably warm for almost two hours. Haven't tested how long it will stay hot while cold weather camping, but if the neoprene sleeve works as well as the sleeves on the mugs from GSI's n-Form cook sets, then it will keep it hot more than long enough to finish the pot off. In a nutshell, it's a great unit that I won't leave home without.

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