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ScottTheHoople

ScottTheHooplewrote a review of on July 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I truly love this tent. Really, I do. I love the pole design, the way the doors zip open and secure. The vestibules are nice and big. There are big inside pockets for holding all kinds of stuff, and the head room inside the tent is beyond adequate. Also, the inclusion of the footprint is a big plus. Overall, the build quality is top-notch and the Elixir tent is a great value. I would classify it as a luxury backpacking tent. Unfortunately, I decided to send mine back before it saw any trail use. And the simple reason I couldn't keep it is this: it's heavy. The packed weight in the Tech Specs is about right. I double checked the 5lb 13oz figure, and that number is almost spot-on. I've decided I need something more minimalist. After all, I've been lugging around a 5-lb tent around for years. My next tent ought to be in the ultralight class, e.g. MSR Hubba Hubba, Big Agnes Copper Spur, or the latest iteration of REI's Quarter Dome.

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ScottTheHoople

ScottTheHooplewrote a review of on November 8, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these on numerous hiking/mountaineering trips over the last three years; so much that the tread is nearly completely bald and many of the seams are splitting. I'm now in the market for a replacement pair, but I will not be buying the Asolo TPS 520 boots again. I believe they are simply overrated and way more boot than you typically need on any hiking adventure. When I was initially breaking them in, they inflicted serious pain on my feet; nasty blisters on the back of my heels, which reappear every season that I put them back on after a hiatus. And later, on a week-long hike in the Sierras, and many trips since, they've given me a nagging pain on the top of my big toe, basically where the bottom shoelace eyelet is. The pain became excruciating, but I never got rid of these boots because I've wanted to get my moneys worth. The boots are very durable; too durable and overly stiff, in fact. One thing I really like about them over more lightweight boots, though, is that they keep water out during ankle-deep stream crossings.

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