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dfa4532749 wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

3 5

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

This is quite big, too big for the beach, I think - it would block everyone else's view. At a concert, I set it up at the very back to not bother anyone else. Since it has a vinyl coated floor and fiberglass poles, it is also quite heavy, compared to a backpacking tent. Setup and takedown are tedious, and downright frustrating if only 1 person is setting it up. The metal ferrules between the pole segments are quite bulky, and have sharp edges, so that they catch and jam in each fabric sleeve they have to get through. The storage sack ripped the first time I used it, and is too thin a fabric for this heavy load. Once up, it is roomy, pretty stable, nice ventilation with the 3 windows and nice interior pockets. I returned it and will get something lighter and smaller.

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dfa4532749 wrote a review of on December 19, 2011

4 5

This bag has a good capacity for a week-long trip, plenty of grab handles, shoulder strap, and compressor/reinforcement straps. Since it has no frame and no hip belt, it's not made for using as a pack to hike around once you reach your destination, rather just for short carry's around the airport and en route to your hotel. I'm a little concerned by the light-weight clips that attach the bottom of the shoulder straps to the pack, and hope they don't break at some point. It seems decent for the price, but not the right choice if you want to do some serious hiking with it at your destination.

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dfa4532749 wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

The fit and feel of the boots are great. A little hard to lace very tight, as the fabric 'eyelets' have a lot of resistance, but it's better for circulation in the cold to be a bit loose, anyway. I spent a few days camping and doing photography in single digit F temps with deep fresh snow and, as expected by their thin walls, they are only warm enough if you keep moving. For prolonged standing still at temps below 10 degrees F, something with more insulation would be better, but these are perfect for snow shoeing and winter hiking when I'll be moving for most of the time. The soles also have good traction on rock and scree.

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