keep426840

keep426840

New England

keep426840's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing

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keep426840 wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this bag and have been using it all season. It's not as warm as my synthetic Kelty zero-degree bag, but it's fine down to about 40 degrees. At 40 degrees, I need warm clothing such as base layer top and bottom, and a light-weight hat to be comfortable, even with the Thermarest Basecamp mat underneath. I LOVE how small it packs down and how light it is. The vivid green is wonderful. I wish the little pocket (I presume intended for eyeglasses) was just a little bigger so it's easier to open in the dark, but it's not really an issue for me. I really love it!

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keep426840 wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Here in Vermont in March, there's still 24" of snow and it's 20 degrees out, so I just set up my new Midori in the living room. :-) It's exactly what I wanted: Relatively light-weight at least compared to my old tent. It might be a little hefty for a long backpacking trip. The bright green is awesome, and I like the bright green ropes and the white reflective tape on the black rope loops. It's supposed to fit 3, but that would be a tight fit since I think it will be just right for two adults and two backpacks. The gear loft is nifty, but I probably will not use it when my 6'1" husband camps with me because it makes the roof a little too low. With the rain fly on, there's no way to see out the sides of the tent at all, but that's a trade-off for the full-coverage rain fly. I wish there was a way to roll up the rain fly so there's a partial-coverage option rather than all-or-nothing, but it isn't a big enough deal to dislike it. The velcro on the two "dog bones" that hold up the rain fly vent isn't as sticky as it probably should be. With my other tents, the tent itself is the hefty part and the rain fly is lighter - with the Midori, it's the opposite. In the photos, and on the Eureka YouTube videos, it is not clear that there ARE two doors in the rain fly (front and rear). The fly's rear door does not have the handy little pole that the front one has. Note to self: Take the tent down in exactly the same order as erecting it.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on March 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The quality is excellent. It's exactly what I wanted for my dog in case of foot injury, emergency, or rocky climbs. The rubber is soft and pliable yet very durable. The upper (orange) is soft and flexible.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This small, collapsable lantern is always in my camping gear bag. For a large campsite, two lanterns would be helpful. It's light-weight and very very durable. It's bounced around camp, it fell into the water, and still works great. Being able to collapse it protects the globe portion, which I really like. I'm ordering a second one so I can keep one hung outside on a tree and keep another one in the tent.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have two of these, a Large and an Extra Large. The XL is HUGE, and I almost returned it because I'm not certain I'll use it. The construction is highest quality. I use the Large every time I canoe camp for that gear that absolutely cannot get wet. The risk is that I'll put too much in the bag so it's too heavy to float and then I'd lose it anyway if the canoe capsizes. I never leave home for a canoe trip without this bag.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have two of the BaseCamp pads and love them for remote canoe camping. I think it's too large and bulky for backpacking, though. It does come with a stuff sack, although I had to go to the Thermarest website to figure that out. The sack is NOT very durable though and I'm worried the pad will get caught on a canoe seat screw or something and get torn even though the pad itself seems very durable. I have found that it does trap moisture inside if you inflate it by mouth and then it gets cold at night, so I keep a wicking layer between my sleeping bag and the mat. That's one more thing to pack, though. It's VERY comfortable, even for my 210#, 6'3" husband.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this bag to fit my Primus camp stove. It's not exactly the right size, but it works fine. The only thing I would change is that the zipper inside actually rubs against the surface of the stove, which may scratch it. A flap to cover the zipper would be helpful to protect from both scratches and debris. I like the nice big zipper pulls.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Thule straps with the rubber piece that slides over the damage-provoking metal clasps are awesome. These are on my "do-not-lend-to-anyone" list. The cradles don't fit my load bar / canoe size combination. I've tried every conceivable combination of putting them inside and outside of the posts, turning the canoe around (it's a-symmetrical), pushing the canoe further forward or back. Eh. But because the Thule straps wrap perfectly around the Thule load bars, I haven't found the cradles to be necessary anyway. The ropes with the metal s-hooks are a nice feature - they're not nearly as strong as the straps of course, but they're a good for just-in-case security on the front and rear of the boat, especially on a windy day.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The salt n pepper shaker works fine, keeps the salt dry, and it's just right for the "go-bag" for our frequent weekend camping trips. For my husband who has kinda big hands, it's tricky to open the flip-top without popping out the whole stopper end. Otherwise, it works as advertised.

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keep426840 wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I normally wear a size 7.5-8, but took a chance on a size 7 based on reviewer comments. The size 7 is still a little big, but I'm sticking with them. Since I kneel in my canoe to paddle, I can't have anything on the top of my ankle. I haven't used these on our cold Vt lakes yet (hello, February it's -40* some nights). But I did test them in a tub of cold water. I think they're going to be just what I need. Very excited for spring now!

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keep426840 wrote a question about on January 18, 2014

Accessory question. One of the reviewer videos below describes an accessory that can be purchased separately and attached for a/c plug-in, but it appears that the unit comes with that already attached. Since I already have the Nomad 7 panel and prefer not to purchase a second panel right now, could I leave home with the inverter fully-charged and then use the Nomad 7 to keep it topped off?

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keep426840 wrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I solo canoe camp frequently throughout the summer, and finally last year after a weekend without enough battery power to even make an emergency cell phone call, I bought the Goal Zero Guide 10 recharging kit and the Nomad 7 Solar Panel. I will never leave home without them now! They're light and work great. The battery is required to charge an iPhone 4, as other reviewers have noted. I leave home with everything fully charged. Then during the trip, I strap the solar panel anywhere in the sun - the canoe seat, a branch, a rock, the dog's backpack, whatever. It's awesome.

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