danp55941

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danp55941

danp55941 wrote a review of on September 28, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wish I would have done more researching on this bag but I got it on discount from a local retailer. It's a light compact bag. IT IS NOT A 15 DEG bag. MORE LIKE 35+.
I'm a cold sleeper anyway and I was hoping to be able to use this bad for September archery hunts in the high country. I've used this bag for over a year now on a dozen or so multi-day bivy trips with a bivy bag and top-dollar pad. I get cold in this bag with long underwear in temps around 40. I have had to sleep in several layer of clothing to stay warm in temps around 30-35. I've had to used a fleece liner in temps below 30. Wish I would have bought a -10 bag!

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danp55941 wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally settled with these boots after trying over a dozen different pairs. I'm almost in love with these boots! These boots have exceptional ankle support and the lacing system is the best I've ever seen. These boots can be laced and adjusted for any situation. I took them on a grueling 10 mile, 3,500 ft elevation ascent in the first 1.5 miles, elk hunt/hike, the first trip. I was able to really synch up the ankle for the support I needed and also to keep my heels from slipping. The boots performed flawlessly. I would rate at 5 stars however, my feet were hamburger when I finally made it back to the truck. I've never had a boot that didn't hurt my feet after this hike. (Lots of side hilling, climbing over down timber, rock scaling and 7,000 feet of elevation change in just 8hrs of hiking) So, when I find that boot; it will get 5 stars!
The following day I subjected the boots to freezing rain and snow conditions on a mountain front antelope hunt. The boots persevered knee high, wet, frozen grass/sage brush and two creek crossings. They were completely frozen solid and covered in mud. Not once did my feet get cold or wet!!! They even got covered in blood after two successful harvests. A quick wash in the last creek crossing on the way out cleaned them up nicely even though they re-froze!
Boots fit true to size for me. I have average-to-narrow toes with narrow heels that are prone to blistering. No blisters for me! My only complaint is that the arches are a little higher than most boots but not abnormally high. It took a good day of wearing around town for my feet to adjust.
Highly recommended boot!!!

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danp55941 wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I've tried over a dozen different boots the last 6 months trying to find the "perfect" boot. These boots were by far the most comfortable boots I tried. The really fit "my" feet like a glove. I have average-to-narrow fore foot with narrow heels. These were honestly the best fitting boots I've ever tried and that's probably over 30 different pairs of boots in my lifetime. They are extremely light weight and built well. I did return these before using because they just didn't have the ankle support that I was looking for. I ended up going with the Salomon Quest 4D's because of the higher and stiffer ankle support however these were FAR more comfortable. I was really sad to have to send them back. This would be a great boot for moderate to average hikes. I would not recommend long hikes with heavy loads as they just don't have the support IMO for long heavy trips. I'd say 25lb pack tops. If you've got ankles built of steel and aren't prone to sprains then these would be an excellent choice for longer hikes. The sole is moderately flexible and I wouldn't suggest any serious mountaineering in them but then again that's not what they were built for. I will definitely own a pair of La Sportiva's in the future!

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danp55941 wrote a question about on October 4, 2012

Has anyone tried this pad in a bivy setup? I use a Mountain Hardware Bivy everywhere I go with a North Face bag and a Therm-a-resy prolite as my setup/ I'm looking for more loft and heat as a side sleeper. I'm 6'6" so cirious if this would fit inside my bivy and if it would be a durable option as I rarely ever sleep on good ground. Thanks - Montana-bowhunter!

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