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Florida native, perpetual transient.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on February 21, 2015

5 5

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

Great boots! super comfy almost right out of the box. My break in period consisted of a few days at the office, and for me at least, they seemed to need minimal breaking in. As others have commented, really the only thing that breaks in is the tongue, it comes pretty thick and padded, but with use it starts to compress.

I used the stock insole and it has been great. Even on fast 12-15 in 4-5 hour hikes. I've been able to keep these boots on all day with no issues or overbearing need to take them off for a breather. Even at night I just loosened up the laces and still kept them on around the campsite.

Of course your mileage may vary, everybody's foot is different, so it may not fit everyone "right." But they are definitely worth trying on, because if they fit your foot shape you are in for a treat!

Very light weight, well made (and made in the US!). Waterproofing was good, even in Florida's sugar sand/mud. But I do use gaiters as well.

I haven't had keen shoes in a long time, not sure why but these boots reminded me of their quality. Definitely worth it, it's a great price for boots made this well.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on February 21, 2015

5 5

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

First to note: the sizing listed on the chart for these things is actually for mountaineering boots, so size down if you plan on using them on hiking boots. Which is what I did after a quick, easy exchange.

Down here in Florida we definitely don't have to worry about ice and snow, but I got these wanting to protect my new boots from water and rocks, as well as keeping ticks out.

Even on our cooler nights, it's still warmer than the rest of the country I'm sure, yet these are breathable enough that they were not at all uncomfortable. First day hiking it was 40-50s and worked great keeping out our "highland" sugar sand, cactus, and bugs. On the second day the temps were in the high 70s, and the terrain was rocky, thorny, and even muddy in places. These gaiters performed flawlessly in all environments, never once did I feel the need to take them off for a breather.

We even did some light spelunking, and my boots were still clean and dry.

Overall very recommended, I don't understand how I went my whole life without using gaiters!

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this pump for years now, it is so solid. Always performs well, and I don't really do anything for maintenance.

Gauge is on top so it's easy to read, seems pretty accurate too when I've compared inflated tires with a digital gauge. pump is mostly metal, pretty sure it's aluminum covered in an enamel type of paint, so it has been extremely durable. Only the handle and frame holding the gauge is plastic, but a very tough plastic. The rubber hose is thick and durable and stores really nicely on the pump. The pump head that's capable of being used on a presta valve without an adapter is pretty good. But to be honest I usually use an adapter anyways to make sure I don't bend the pin.

It pumps with ease and will get the job done for years to come, no need to spend any more on a floor pump for sure.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

How do you not have one already?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using this bottle for years, it goes everywhere with me. And yet I've only ever owned two (first one was lost).

Sure I have a hydration bladder, but these bottles are so versatile and easy to carry they are great to hold a little extra water, plus to use as a cup at camp, or to hold your booze/soup/salsa.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent packs really really small. This is a great tent if you have a dog. But calling it a two person tent is definitely a stretch, try a one person one border collie tent. But I will say, I'm 6'0" and I fit perfect lengthwise. If you're taller you'll have to lay diagonal.

The "paw print" really sold me, I was hoping that it makes cleanup easier, and it far exceeded that expectation. The tent itself has snap buttons in the corners for this. It really is the greatest tent technology ever. #bordercollieproblems

Now my complaints: you'll need an extra stake to guy out the fly that is on the end where your head will be. The fly doesn't go all the way to the floor on this side, but the tent wall itself is waterproof here. The only problem is that it's single wall at this point, so on a recent trip where it rained the whole week, the single wall part would build condensation like crazy from the cold rain water hitting it.

Also, the screen material is ridiculously thin. I mean it's great because it keeps the tent extremely light. Just keep pointy objects and dog claws away from it. The first tent I ordered already had a hole big enough for a tree frog to get in. I didn't notice till the frog landed on my face waking me up on the first night using the tent. Also, you'll notice little spots that basically look like pantyhose runs. Luckily, backcountry's stellar customer service got me a replacement right away. This one has no holes, but I do feel like I have to be extra careful.

Overall it's a great tent because it saves space/weight, and the paw print is a must for any dog camper. Otherwise it is definitely pricey.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Built solid, this thing is definitely designed with durability in mind. And even if something were to break, it can be taken apart in the field without tools. Literally every moving part is easily accessible. I feel like the only thing that could potentially break, the pin that makes the lever hinge, can be easily replaced with almost anything.

The flowrate is pretty good, it's definitely not as fast or easy as a gravity system. But my understanding is that this filter is more effective anyways. Screwing the nalgene bottle to the bottom makes filling up a breeze. It takes about 2 minutes to fill a nalgene.

Not bad for something that I bought over 10 years ago! Just makes sure you keep the ceramic clean, and grease up the o-rings (make sure it's food safe of course) and this thing will last a really long time.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great pack, the adjustable fit is amazing, this pack definitely fits a wide range of people. However, if you're like me and probably drink too many beers, the waist tends to get pushed down a bit by a gut. But this isn't detrimental, cinching the straps down seems to fix this.

It's lightweight, but handling it you really notice it's durability. The ventilation is top notch, even down here in Florida my back is very comfortable and free from excessive sweat.

Of course that ventilation comes with a cost. As mentioned by another reviewer, the frame puts a slight curve on the side of the pack that faces your back. It makes loading this pack very tricky, especially if you use a bear vault. Once that goes in there, the hydration pouch becomes useless. So I end up having to fit the bladder along the side of the pack next to the bear vault.

Otherwise, with practice this pack will get a great even load, it's definitely a comfortable pack to wear all day. And a phenomenal deal even at the regular price.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This flavor never really drew me in for some reason, it really just is rice and chopped up chicken. I only just recently tried it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

It tasted great, although a little hot sauce or pepper definitely helps. It is really easy to eat, and I don't get that almost sick feeling of being too full. This flavor is definitely great lunchtime fuel.

As others have noted, this flavor definitely takes a little practice to get the water just right. You definitely don't want to use what the package recommends. I honestly don't measure the water, but it's probably only a cup and a quarter, it keeps the rice firm and tender without turning to mush.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Of all brands, and of all flavors this one is my go to fave. The taste is perfect, no need for hot sauce or pepper etc. However, keep in mind that I never get any of the flavors with mushrooms. Of course, it doesn't exactly taste homemade, rather it's more like a refined, much improved chef boyardee type flavor. Tough to describe, but it definitely tastes great.

Plus it fuels you up, and sits easy. I've never had an issue eating the spaghetti. This is the only flavor that I could literally eat everyday and not really get bored with it.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The taste of this is definitely really good, no need for hot sauce or added pepper etc. The taste is basically the exact same as the spaghetti and meat sauce but with cheese. My only complaint, and it's only been a problem once, is that this one is almost too cheesy. There's so much cheese that it glued itself to my spork, so stuck that there was no cleaning it off till the next boil.

Normally that's not a problem, but for some reason it tore up my stomach during the hike after eating it for lunch, just make sure your hiking partners are not trailing you.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carry extras to surprise your group at the end of the day and they'll love you long time.

Great treat at the end of a tough day. Although keep in mind it's a sponge. The other week I was in a low water environment, really had to cut back on our water intake for some time. Eating this was probably a mistake. You can't exactly eat it in the typical sense, you basically just bite a piece off, an let your saliva work its magic without chewing. Of course, if you're parched, this won't work out too well.

Otherwise, it really is amazing, the taste is on point with the real thing, only the texture is different (as typical with freeze dried food).

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on November 4, 2014

Pretty decent but pricey for sure
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really high quality bed, it is definitely durable. More than once my overactive BCD grabbed it and shook it like a toy but the nylon is strong so there wasn't even a frayed thread.

It does pack small enough to fit into his s/m pack, but it pretty much takes up that whole side of the pannier. It would definitely be able to pack smaller with a compression bag.

It stays clean very easily, a quick shake is usually enough to get all the dirt off. It probably does get wet, but you shouldn't be placing your dogs bed in a puddle anyways, so I have no trouble keeping it dry.

My only complaint other than the lack of compression sack, is that it definitely is not that warm. I think this bed would be amazing if it had more fill, and used down instead. He will always lay on it because it does help, but if he beats me to the tent he will always go into my sleeping bag first. So I usually cover him up with a sweater to help keep him warm.

Otherwise, you know it's a decent bed because as soon as you put it on the ground your dog will walk three circles and lay on it!

Pic of him sleeping next to the campfire snuggled up to a deer antler, absolute heaven.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on November 4, 2014

Because why not...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of the people buff to protect that small area on the back of my neck from the south Florida sun.

This dog version has a lot its own uses. I have used it wrapped around his collar to keep the noise from his tags down; pulled up over his ears to keep junk and ticks out (he has open mostly upright ears); soaked in cool water or ice cubes, if available, wrapped inside on hot days (this works great on the people buff too); and the reflectiveness is great, or you can get the orange to really prevent hunters from thinking your hiking buddy is game.

Overall it's really useful, durable so far, really easy to keep clean, and too light to not want to carry it out. You'd be surprised at how useful a simple tube of fabric can be. Note in case anybody is wondering, it's really thin fabric, something like a really comfortable yoga tshirt but synthetic fast drying material, so it probably does nothing for warmth.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on March 24, 2014

4 5

They are light, strong, keeps your stuff dry and organized.

I have so many to hold clothes, wet jackets, climbing gear, slack lines... you get the idea.

For a size reference: the small holds 80 feet of 1" webbing, two 10 foot sections of 1" webbing, 4 carabiners and 2 rap rings. And there's still a little room to spare.

A little more expensive than others but worth it in my opinion. I only wish we could choose the color.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on April 12, 2013

5 5

Great fetching toy, especially for heavy chewers. My BC mix can chew his way out of a bank vault, but the gourd part of this toy is definitely the most indestructible toy I've come across. The rope won't last if your dog drags this toy around by the rope (like mine). But that's no biggie, a buck fifty will get you a three foot long rope at HD. And adding a longer rope allows me to really hurl this thing far, further than a chuckit can toss a ball. Or when I'm in a crowded dog park I'll tie the rope in a loop for shorter throws. Just be careful, this toy started a dog fight yesterday at my local dog park! Also my dog seems to go crazy over the irregular bounce pattern.

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five.fifteen pluswrote a review of on March 3, 2010

4 5

I bought this pack because of the sale, I needed to replace my trusty old Cato's which was pushing close to 10 years old I think. This pack seemed among the most spacious of all the north face daypacks. Plus I prefer to have one cavernous pocket as opposed to so many divided sections, and this one delivers in that aspect to.

I agree with the sizing issue that many have commented on. But the sad truth is that I tried on a lot of north face daypacks at a store and every single one was like that. However I'll say that I'm 5'10" 220lbs and I'm able to work with this one. It's not ideal as the shoulder straps are essentially all the way lax.

I have been a fan of TNF gear for a real long time now, unfortunately now it seems that they are moving towards the masses because it seems most of their packs have laptop sleeves and other non essential outdoor accessories. But this Solaris 35 holds to the ol TNF philosophy that I love which made pure outdoor gear and not bookbags.

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