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jba3267919 wrote a review of on October 20, 2011

The unbearable lightness of worthlessness
3 5

I get it; this pad is very light and compact and that means compromise. I received a few days ago and plan to take it out for an overnight next weekend for a first run so expect that this reveiw will be appended.
Just from my initial home set up and trial, I am wondering whether is this 10 or 12 oz worth even carrying. This is not like a Thermarest where most of the inflation is done by the expansion of the internal baffeling. Once inflated by my own hot air, I tested with a few small things underneath and you can feel them all. I don't know of an outdoor environment where this pad would provide a benefit over sleeping on the ground. Maybe a cold but flat rock. The skin does not seem tough enough for any abrasion. More like a mylar balloon with some light foam in it.

So, initially, very skeptical but I am also pleased with all of my BC/Stoic gear experiences so we shall see.

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jba3267919 wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

4 5

I like these pants but less than I expected. They are more windproof than I thought but a windstopper layer would make it awesome. They are really stetchy and I guess you would lose that. I got the large and am 5'9 175. They are a little big in the waist and length but the medium looks to be too small in the waist.
They did pass the accidental firewood snag test. They feel great but the fit is just not there for me.

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jba3267919 wrote a review of on November 9, 2009

4 5

A nice pack all around but with limitations commenserate to its size. A sleeping bag placed in the bottom makes the bottle holders unusable. As mentioned in another review, the bottle holders should expand out more. Also, it would be nice if the bottom straps offered another two inches of potential for holding sleeping pads. Finally, I think a bottom access would have been preferred.

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