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jgottsac wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

4 5

I used these pants this past weekend Skiing Chestnut Mountain in Gelena IL. Temps were in the upper 20s and low 30s. These pants performed great! The vents were just the thing to keep from overheating, and the shell shed the wet stuff with ease. I sat in the snow for 20 min waiting for my group to finish a run and still stayed comfortable and dry. The XL size fit my 38'' waist without belt, but was a little long for my 30'' inseam. My proportions can be hard to accommodate, but the pants were easy to cuff an inch and a half and they stayed that way without the assistance of a safety pin. The internal gators worked great over my alpine boots, and kept the snow out even when one of my cuts became more of a scoop.

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jgottsac wrote a review of on August 22, 2008

5 5

Though not rated for my brand water filter, I use this product as the final post filter step to render harmless any nasties that made it though. Contaminated water can get you wicked sick. 5 drops and an extra 5 minutes per 1L Nalgene is invaluable peace of mind. I can detect a little chlorine taste in the treated water, but far less than in Chicago tap water, and certainly not offensive.

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jgottsac wrote a review of on August 22, 2008

5 5

I admit it, I'm a pillow snob. Off the trail I employ a super-firm memory foam Cadillac-Class pillow. Most commercial pillows are too soft for my taste, and feather pillows are just plain uncomfortable. I was skeptical of any trail pillow, but there had to be some improvement available to best my rolled up fleece in a stuff sack.

Oh baby, come to daddy! This pillow honors the therm-a-rest brand with a head cradling solution that weighs nearly nothing, rolls up small, yet demands little compromise in comfort to a standard pillow. Give it a little fluffing after unrolling, and let it sit a while to poof up to full loft. Come crash time, it'll be ready to rest your tired head. Like my therm-a-rest pad, I find it best to store the pillow unrolled when not in use to shorten 'poof time.' It's probably better for the fill too. Give it a try goldilocks, you'll be glad you did!

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jgottsac wrote a review of on October 3, 2006

5 5

I pair this bag with a regular size therm-a-rest. Talk about a winning combination! I stay nice a toasty even with frost on the ground! I pack my pad separate from the bag, which allows the bag to compress into a small size Granite Gear Round Rock Solid Compression Sack. I love this bag!

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