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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have been able to extend camping trips due to this pad preventing back/ shoulder pain. Only pad I have ever been able to side sleep on. Only drawback is it takes a while to inflate via the included bag. Might break down and get the battery powered pump. Worth the $. Car camping only as it is huge even rolled up.

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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on September 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a game changer for all my climbing/backpacking expeditions. Lightweight, fast, allows me to carry very little water weight when in areas with water (which are plentiful in the tetons). Only clear flaw is that the batteries are expensive, rare, and you have to take them out of the device after each use to maximize their lifetime as the life is unpredictable. carry an extra set or other purifier for backup. I've needed it.

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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This pack weighs next to nothing; pockets well designed, somewhat ice axe compatible if you slide handle through the middle elastic loop and secure the ice axe leash to the clip. Very comfortable while hiking and climbing considering minimalist straps. Only problem is that one of the cinch cords on the side pulled out of the pack immediately the first day of use and I had to tie it to the base of the shoulder strap; poorly designed/secured. Got it on sale, so not worth returning for that small issue as it doesn't really seem to affect function significantly. Have another Vaude pack: powder 38 which has been phenomenal for a variety of uses; primarily backcountry skiing so I do somewhat trust the brand.

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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

4+ stars. Got about 40 mixed resort/bc days in this coat; water still beading off. Doesn't breathe quite as well as hoped, but much better than my 3 layer goretex. Pockets are well placed. Hood works well over anything but a helmet. Fit is snug 5'11'' 155lbs; medium is almost too short/snug. The collar when fully zipped is too restricting/tight to be used over the face for wind protection. Pit zips would be nice. Overall, great durability and performance for the price.

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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best hiking socks I have ever owned or ever imagine owning. cheap, light, dry quickly, not stinky. Went 15 miles with 50 lb pack after dunking my foot in water on the first mile with no blisters. Eliminates need for liners or thicker materials.

AFTER 1 YEAR: as with most merino products, the breathability and warmth for weight are unbeatable, but the durability is lacking. Both pair have acquired holes/thinned out material. This is par for the course for any merino product.

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dbiglski1469923 wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Obviously taking a risk buying these online without trying them on, but I can guarantee based on the initial fit that if I went any smaller than my shoe size, I would have had to return them. Will post further review after more use.

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