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Ocean wrote a review of on April 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From the picture it seems I have the previous year's version which I think is very similar, but my tent is blue and orange and the poles are blue instead of orange. I expect my gear to last many years, certainly more than one, so I will place my review here - I do not believe there's been a major redesign.

At first I was very happy with this tent. It's very roomy, very comfortable for a tall person, easy to set up. Though in my version there are two connected long poles, which, while idiot proof, tend to pop out of the hole on one side while you're trying to put in the other side. I'd prefer two separate poles. But no big deal. Another issue is that one clip became very difficult to open after getting dirty, or cold, or something. Annoying when it's minus (a lot) and you're struggling to open it with frozen fingers.

The tent stood up nicely to strong winds and gusts. It even took on some unexpected snow, a few inches. I doubt it could take on a lot more but then it's not meant to.

What then is the problem? I camped out on two separate nights in sandy and windy areas. This tent is like a sieve. It provides no barrier whatsoever to the sand. One night, alas, the sand was in a BLM cow grazing area by a river, very heavily and recently used by cows. The sand that filled my tent, my sleeping bag, and all my stuff, was intermixed presumably with cow dung. Best not to dwell on it.

A tent is supposed to protect the interior. If it doesn't, I could just dispose with it in warm weather and sleep in a sleeping bag.

That's the problem with this tent.

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Ocean wrote a review of on April 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I car camp. I got this bag thinking it would replace a light synthetic that's gotten old, which I use in addition to my down bag, as an extra bag for ground cover, or as a stand alone for really hot weather. It seems very warm and well made, like all Marmot products. But it is HUGE. And HEAVY. I had read the other reviews before I bought it but I was stunned when it arrived. I could barely lift the thing!

I thought of keeping it as more of a mattress but I honestly don't have space for such a thing, not in my tent, not in my Jeep, and not even in my place.

I'm used to down bags, and I guess my old synthetic was a very light summer one - I hadn't paid much attention to its details.

I'm the sort of person who admittedly overpacks their Jeep, but likes camping light even though I'm not backpacking. This bag would fit a huge RV, the kind with Satellite TV and outdoor grills and a boat in tow.

It's no slam on the bag , which judging by other reviews does its job well, but if you're a light car camper, not to mention a backpacker, keep its size and weight in mind!

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Ocean wrote a question about on March 31, 2013

I'm confused about all the Arc'teryx jackets. I've looked here, on REI and at their site and I'm still confused. What are the major themes? Why do two seemingly similar ones have a huge difference in price? I can't figure out how to put them in some kind of logical order.

I'm looking for a rainproof yet breathable jacket for hiking and backpacking that I can wear in all temperatures.

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