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gin4344340 wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

5 5

I love this tent, but have to return it. I also have the 2P, and love it for backpacking with my lab. I wanted to try the 1P for solo trips. Although big enough for some, it's just a wee bit too claustrophobic for my taste. Aside from not being "right" for me, the tent itself is simply awesome. I wouldn't have tried the 1P if I didn't love the 2P as much as I do. I LOVE the 2P. And the 1P would be just as awesome if I could get past the "too tight" feeling.

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gin4344340 wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

5 5

The sunshade is fabulous. We love the light colors, design, and durability. We purchased 2, thinking the coverage area wouldn't be as large as it actually turned out to be. One was enough to cover a space large enough for several adults and dogs to freely move about under the shade for escape from the sun. Love it! Oh, and as with anything you stake to the ground, depending on the density of the ground, you may need to invest in different stakes. The stakes that come with it definitely won't work as intended in sand, but works well in dense dirt.

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gin4344340 wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

1 5

I got this setup because the reviews were killer. The disappointments started when it was delivered. Backcountry ships the Kelty Kitchen box in another brown box just slightly bigger than the Kelty box. Well, the Kelty Kitchen is packed pretty tighly in its own box (not to mention quite awkwardly as well), so when shipped, I'm sure tons of boxes get stacked up on top of it, and it cracked the top of the table before it made it to my door. I needed the kitchen that same week though, so I tried it out with the crack anyway. I'm glad I did so I didn't have to return it twice. The functionality is way off. I love the size and the idea of the setup, but if you're going to use this to cook with an outdoor stove, you CANNOT fit a stove on top with a small propane tank, and use the windshield. I don't care what kind of stove you have - the logistics just don't work. You could run a line to a large propane tank, and just use the stove and windshield up top, but unless you have an extra, large propane tank in the woods with you when you realize the small one won't work, you're SOL. We ended up having to cook sideways so it wouldn't topple backwards off the kitchen top. The bag is very thin and cheap, and tore way too easily. All around hated this set.

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gin4344340 wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

5 5

The idea of boots for pups is a great one. I've had a dog tear his paw on a long trip, and it's not fun (for either of us). He was terribly uncomfortable. The only problem I see with ordering something like this online is that it's too difficult to size it properly. Perhaps, you'll be lucky and fit in the size you order. However, it's like buying a bra online. Some things are just better off tried on first. The product itself gets 5 stars, but the idea of purchasing online gets only 1.

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 15, 2012

Bummer

We really wanted to love this jacket. We have a Patagonia down sweater, and wanted to try something different. We liked the warmth, fit, style, and color of the MontBell jacket, but we lost too much down in just 1 day. I've lost maybe 2 feathers with the Patagonia in over a year. Regretfully, we returned the MontBell and got another Patagonia DS. Sorry, MontBell, we tried!

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 15, 2012

Patagonia DS

I have a Patagonia Down Sweater, and I wanted to try something else although I truly love my own Patagonia DS. So, I tried a MontBell Alpine Light jacket. They fit surprisingly the same, but one trip out with the MontBell and I returned it. We wore fleece under our jackets (which I had done many times before with the Patagonia DS and had never lost a feather). But the MontBell lost a bunch in just one day. I wanted to try something different, but nothing beats the Patagonia DS! I can go down to 10 degrees, wear a t-shirt, fleece, and this down sweater, and be just fine (with hat and gloves, of course)...and I'm VERY cold natured...VERY. My daughter stays more warm than I do, and she would be quite toasty in the same conditions. You can see by the pic that it's a little large on my her (who's about 5'2", normal build), and is wearing a Fennel Large. Gotta have room to grow in because I can't afford too many of these! Oh, as far as durability, you can snag it while going through brush (as you can most jackets of this type), but it doesn't get pulled easily at all with just normal wear.

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 15, 2012

CS 2

I don't know where to begin with this tent because it's just all around awesome. The floor space is wider at the head of the tent than at the foot (which for us avoids a lot of unused space), the square footage is quite generous for a tent of this weight, and the durability has proven stout. I'm a fan of the non-nature shocking colors and reflective guy lines as well. The one downside is that when the doors open and the mesh lays down on the floor, you have to be very careful not to scoot out of the tent and step all over the door's mesh. The door doesn't clip to the side wall to keep it safe. You could roll up the mesh and fasten it with the ties (near the floor), but who wants to do that every time they go in and out of the tent? I love the airy, non depressing, dark feeling of being in this tent. My 12 year old has set this tent up with ease. Due to the higher walls, it still breathes very well, but blocks chill on cold, windy nights. Guying all the lines out is a great way to avoid any kind of condensation even if you don't expect a night of winds. Do it simply for the dry comfort you'll find inside...while you dream away in this wonderful creation.

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 13, 2012

12' long, 53lb Versa board

I bought a $20 stud finder from Lowe's, found the studs in 3.5 seconds, screwed in 2 screws per strap, and I was done. I had my board hung in 10 minutes. I originally had it about 2 feet higher on the wall so it was more of a piece of art while not being used, but I didn't like having to deal with getting that weight down from so high up
(I couldn't take it down without help), so I moved it lower, as shown in the pic. Now, I can hang it and get it down by myself. I also like that the material is padded, and the clip to hook it to itself can be done with one hand (or your mouth in a pinch). Love this thing.

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 13, 2012

I tried not to need it...

I tried to use other people's help to load my boats. I also tried to load them myself at times, while trying not to tear off my side mirror if it slipped, or scratch the mess out of my paint job while manuevering it into place. The bottom line is...why? I was having trouble justifying a purchase for a piece of BAR to load my boards, but the in end, it was stubborn behavior that should not go unpunished. It's just a BAR, right? Welp folks, this bar is worth the money to avoid scratches and dents down your car by "loadings gone wrong", and you can do it ALONE! The fact that I don't have to scope out my surroundings for a stranger who's willing to help me load my boat is so...relaxing. My Spitfire (orange) is around 43lbs, 9' long, and is quite light when you're just toting it around. But when trying to balance it, put it over your head, and throw it up into a Thule J Craddle (love that thing) when you're only 5'5" and your SUV is taller than you, it is just ridiculous (and I'm sure I looked quite foolish doing it). It makes for a pleasurable day when the Outrigger is part of the family. I absolutely cannot lift my Versa board (blue) onto my car alone (before now). It is 53lbs, and 12' long, so it's hard to balance mid air. Again, the Outrigger has made my previously dreaded loading/unloading a mere pleasure now. Thank you, Thule, for another rockin product.

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gin4344340 posted an image about on June 13, 2012

3

I was torn between the Thule Glide and Set and the Top Deck saddles. I can't compare the two since I never tried the G&S, but I can attest to the awesomeness of the Top Deck. I ended up going with the TD saddles simply for the fact that they perform the same function, but don't have as many bells and whistles (don't pivot) to go wrong. I'm glad I did. They are rugged, light, do the job VERY well, and are a snap to fasten to your load bars. I'm using them on 58" Thule square bars. I hate that they don't lock to the bars, but the easy way around that is that I put a strip of duct tape on my bars where they need to go each time, so I throw them on my bars, throw up the board, strap it down, and go. They're holding a 33" wide, 53lb versa board in this pic.

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