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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on June 22, 2012

4 5

Pros:
I've been a happy owner of the original JetBoil for many years now, but recently decided to give this new generation a try. The Sol is two-thirds of the weight of the original, but more importantly, boils water in half the time--saving a lot of fuel. I got to test this stove extensively on a few different mountaineering expeditions and for 9 days on the Wonderland Trail. At altitudes of 5,000? or less, it boils two cups in about a minute. Another upgrade for the new generation is feet for the bottom of the fuel canister, which provide added stability. The Sol is reliable even at moderate altitudes--I've used mine up to 10,000' so far.

Cons:
The neoprene sleeve is a little too thin, and the handle a little too flimsy, for handling the pot full of boiling water using your bare hands.

Bottom line:
Overall, this is a great product that is really easy to use, yet still lighter than just about any stove-plus-pot cooking system out there.

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on June 22, 2012

5 5

This tent was a probably a little too lightweight/cold for a late October hike in the Entiat (Northern Washington Cascades) last year, but has done really well in the Enchantments in September, and the central Cascades in the cold, rainy spring. It is easy to set up, weighs only 4.1 lbs with the ground cloth (highly recommended) and is spacious for two people or cozy for three. It hasn't had any condensation buildup on the inside, and has stayed nice and dry inside during the occasional overnight rain shower. I haven't had it in a deluge or a windstorm yet, so I can't comment on the durability and performance limits, but it has done really well for being an ultralight tent.

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on June 22, 2012

5 5

Our most abundant natural resource here in the Northwest is water, which makes this jacket the most-used gear that I own. Better than AmEx, I don't leave home without it. Since I bought it in February, I've worn this jacket up 11 different mountains, on half a dozen snowboarding outings, on lots of day hikes and climbing outings, and generally every day that it rains. It still looks brand new, and has performed perfectly. The huge pit zips are great for ventilation, and the hood is adjustable for over my helmet or without. I ordered a larger size than normal so I could wear it over every layer I own, but the cut is still flattering enough that I don't look like I'm wearing my tent. It is also lightweight enough (14.08 oz, to be exact) that I can pack it for every hike without worrying about unnecessary weight. Other shells I've owned in the past were narrow through the shoulders and really restricted movement, but this one is perfect. Last but not least, the internal pocket is just large enough for my cell phone with its bulky waterproof impact-resistant case. Expensive yes, but with the quality and lifetime warranty, it is worth the investment. (Also good to find it on a 30% off sale ;-)

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on June 22, 2012

5 5

I needed a synthetic bag that would remain warm after days of damp hiking in the Northwest, and yet wasn't too heavy. I scoured the internet, and the MH Ultralamina was the lightest synthetic bag for the rating. (Lighter even, than many down bags.) I've used it so far on Mt. Baker and other places in the North Cascades in our spring weather and temperatures, (rainy, cold) and it keeps me cozy. I'm female and sleep pretty cold, so this bag has been perfect for me. The price is really good too, for the light weight and warmth.

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on June 22, 2012

Worked for 15 stream crossings
4 5

On the 16th crossing, the water started seeping through a little. But by then we were almost back to the trailhead. I have the mediums, (I'm 5'8") and they fit over regular hiking pants, but probably not over many layers. I got my husband the XL's, and they fit him perfectly. (He's almost 6'6") Neither of us have any complaints with these so far.

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on May 17, 2012

3 5

Pros: super lightweight, no break-in required, and I've never had a single blister.

Cons: A little too narrow for my "average" feet, not warm at all in any kind of snow conditions, (resulting in numb toes 9 out of 12 times I've climbed in them so far) the seam around the toe area has been peeling apart since the 3rd time I wore them, the laces come untied really easily, and I seem to always get some heel lift when plunge-stepping on the descent.

Overall they've gotten the job done, but I'll probably try another brand next time.

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jaime.hale2166437 wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

1 5

Was super excited to give this pack a trial run this weekend up Mt Baker. It arrived and one of the hip belt buckles would not cinch at all. I tried to cinch the other side down all the way, but it wasn't near tight enough to transfer any load to my hips. Now I have to pay to ship the stupid thing back. I guess I'll have to go elsewhere to find the lightweight yet durable backpack of my alpine dreams...

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