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The Pacific NW, Utah, AK

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Hiking & Camping
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knanier

knanier wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This will ruin all other bags one owns. Easy to pack, easy to get into. Simple. Only gripe is sometimes the shoulder straps work themselves loose. Easy fix. The bag itself is not waterproof (like a dry bag) but you can leave it out and as long as its not in a puddle, I haven't had any problem with water getting into the bag.

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knanier wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Good hat for days spent out in the sun. Feels cooler than having something on your neck. And it floats in the water. And drys and still looks good! Smash it up, and no problems, comes right back to the same shape. Does tend to come off in wind if its not pulled down/you lift your head up too much. But there is a strap for that...

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knanier wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a great, no frills shell. Its great for backpacking and touring. Best of all, it breaths! IMO, it seems to work much better than a goretex shell. Didn't think I was going to like the cuffs (they're elastic, sorta like a sweatshirt, with thumb holes!) but they've turned out to work well. Comfortable to get on/off with the zipper length. I wear a medium in nearly everything and this fit true to size for me. I'm 6'2 and 175. Sleeves could be slightly longer. Material feels thin, but has held up to a full season of touring, trees, and pack straps.

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knanier wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These glasses are so great that I'm on my third pair. One was misplaced and one was stolen - have had the third pair for about three years and wear them every day. Only complaint is some of the covering on the frames are starting to fleck off.

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pack and fit - if you can load it correctly. Also, the location of the hydration bladder is absolutely moronic. Epic fail. Especially for a pack which relies heavily on an even load. If its not loaded correctly, because of the awesome pivoting hipbelt, one of your shoulders will feel most of the weight after a short time. Not my favorite - hopefully the updated version has solved some of these problems.

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works great at the resort too. Easier to step into than the previous generation. Also like the heel riser better. Biggest difference between these and a downhill binding seems to be the lack of wiggle room in these bindings. You're either in or out - there is no recovery like you may get in a traditional binding.

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great bottle and does keep beverages hot for a couple hours. I like that the threads are on the outside of the bottle because I can fill it nearly to the brim and not worry about putting the cap on and causing overflow as on some other insulated bottles/mugs. Mine does have a rattle in it (no, I haven't washed it in the dishwasher) but it doesn't seem to affect the insulation. Would buy it again

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

These bibs were great for the deep Utah powder last winter. I had to go up a size (I'm 6'3 180#, 34x34 pants and usually wear a Medium in most other brands/items - top and bottom). I really liked the cut and the thigh pockets were great for a granola bar, PB&J, or ski strap. Chest pockets were great for phone/other small items. Great alternative fabric to the more expensive goretex and seemingly well made. Only issue I had was a torn zipper on one side forcing a replacement. Probably just a lemon...

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Stove functions great. I've hooked it up to a small propane canister that is refillable (cheaper and a little softer on the environment) which I found at a local ACE hardware store. Just used an extended hose. The added cup around the burner allows for operation in some pretty strong winds, where I've seen other camp stoves fail/blow out frequently. Push start works as advertised. Easy to clean. Complaints: looks like a 4 year old put the whole thing together. Casing doesn't line up and the lid is shifty, at best. But then again, doesn't really affect the functionality.

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knanier wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great lock, does what its supposed to. Only gripe is that the ends of the U-shaped piece are straight on both sides, causing the U-piece to drop if you're not holding on to it while unlocking it.

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