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kennon wrote a review of on October 15, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The title says it all. If you have the money, buy the Western Mountaineering Versalite. It's warmer, same weight, and probably higher quality, but way more expensive. Nonetheless, this bag is killer. Mine weighs in at two pounds. For a 15 degree bag, this is one of the lightest I have found, and believe me, I did my research. It has 19 oz of fill, compared to the Marmot Helium with 19.5. This bag weighs 32 ounces, and the Helium weighs 34. One of the dumbest things that Stoic did is give an about 4 oz stuff sack for this ultralight bag. It doesn't even cinch down as much as the bag compresses. I used a Marmot Helium bag with the somnus and it worked great. The bag is warm, and while it doesnt have a draft guard, the face cinches up very tight if you need. The bottom water bottle pocket is nice, and though I've never used it, I put the stuff sack in there when I am sleeping. Occasionally feathers will poke out, I simply grab it from the inside and pull it back in, massage the fabric, and it's good as new. Once my tent blew into a stream and my bag got wet for who knows how long. I put it out in the sun for a few hours, and it was almost dry. Not only that, but I had a warm nights rest all the same. The center zip is nice and it saves a lot of weight and packing issues. I got mine on sale for 210$, and for that price, you will never find a better down bag. If you have the money, again, the Versalite, but if you are like the rest of us, buy this.

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kennon wrote a review of on April 14, 2012

5 5

when i bought this bag, i was honestly lookihnng at it thinking there is nothing wrong with this bag. and there isn't. however, i wasa going to either buy this bag or the Stoic Somnus 15 sleeping bag. I originally bought this bag because Backcountry and SToic did not put the fill weight on their site, so I did not know truly how warm it was. When I found out that the Somnus had only half of and ounce less thatn the Helium, I made the return. When comparing, there are a few reasons why. First of all, the Somnus weighs 2 ounces less. I weighed it and mine came in at actually 31 ounces, so that would be 3 ounces less. The second reason is because I bought it when it was at 40% off, so I saved at least 70$ ( the Helium was also on sale). gain, I loved the Helium, and it is a great bag, but if you count ounces and want to save money, buy the Stoic somnus 15. By the way, it has an ounce less, has a longer shoulder girth, but is I think 3 inches shorter, so I would say it is rated at about 18-22 degrees European Norm Lower Limit. Also, buy a separate stuff sack. The provided stuff sack weight about 4 ounces, so when you compare the weights of the Helium and the Somnus in their bags, they actually weigh the same. A Marmot XS Bag works great for the Somnus.

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kennon wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

Awesome Stove
5 5

Just got this stove for 40$ at my local retailer, and i love it. I boiled 2 cups of water in 2 minutes 41 seconds, and I only used 6 grams of MSR IsoPro fuel! That means I can boil that much about 38 times before I need to buy another fuel canister! I then tried it again, and I boiled 2 cups of water in 1 minute 33 seconds, using 8g of fuel. I also boiled 1 Liter of water in 2 minutes 45 seconds, using 15 grams of fuel. I found the most efficient burn time for boiling 2 cups of water is 3 minutes 25 seconds. It has a wide burner head, and this thing burns a lot. Great stove, only downside is that the flame does burn out if it is breezy and you have it turned down, and that you do have to adjust the flame level if you are simmering. Definitely buy.

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kennon

kennon wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

Awesome Stove
5 5

Just got this stove for 40$ at my local retailer, and i love it. I boiled 2 cups of water in 2 minutes 41 seconds, and I only used 6 grams of MSR IsoPro fuel! That means I can boil that much about 38 times before I need to buy another fuel canister! It has a wide burner head, and this thing burns a lot. Great stove, can't think of any downsides

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kennon wrote a review of on August 17, 2011

4 5

This tent is amazing. It has kept us dry time after time in a Uintah Mountain storm. For some reason, there was a little water on the floor, but that must have been brought inside by us. It is very heavy, though. I weighed it at 8 lbs 7.5 ounces total weight, and 9 lbs 6 oz with the footprint and 4 extra stakes. Packs pretty small, is roomy, and has a ton of vents. You can literally zip away the top and sides of the tent for hot nights, or close them for cold nights. This is also a super sturdy freestanding tent. Would give it 5 stars, but it is so heavy...

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