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kzoodan wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I chose this little thing over a "pump sack" and good old fashioned lung power. I'm a small guy, with lungs to match. After a long day, the last thing I want to do is huff and puff to inflate my mat until I'm lightheaded. This pump takes care of business in just a few minutes, and battery life seems to be great. It fits easily in the extra space inside the NeoAir Trekker (regular size) stuff sack if you're worried about keeping it dry.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

My wife and I each have the 13L version as our food bags. There's an attached D ring for hanging. At 2 pounds of food per day, one should expect to be able to fit 4-5 days of food in the 13L size. I did find the different varieties of this bag a bit confusing - lightweight, ultra-sil, nano - etc...

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kzoodan wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

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

Another great addition to my closet from Patagonia. The better sweater jacket is warm, stylish and above-all, comfortable. I've worn the jacket by itself to the lodge and around town after days on the slopes when I'm up North, or just out to the grocery store around town. I've seen other reviews of this jacket online that state that the material will "pill", but after about 25 days of wear, I've yet to notice an issue.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on May 10, 2013

I'm a fan
5 5

I have two of these compression/dry sacks. One in size medium for my wife who insists on bringing half the closet, and the small for myself.

The medium holds a hoodie, and 4 days worth of clothes for her.

The small holds fleece and 5 4 days worth of clothes for me.

Both bags passed the bathtub test with flying colors. I have yet to encounter a downpour I was't prepared for in the woods, but I'm confident I'd have dry clothes with these in my pack.

The bags both compress an incredible amount, and the eVent fabic at the bottom lets the air, but not water in.

The photo shows the SMALL sack packed with:

1x Marmot Shorts
1x Mountain Khaki Convertable Pants
4x Smartwool PhD socks (micro)
4x Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight T-shirts
3x Patagonia El Ray Shirts
2x Ex Officio Give-n-Go boxers

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kzoodan wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

4 5

Just picked this up after eyeballing it locally for a long while. I've had plenty of Cap 1 over the past 2 decades, so this was my first try with the Cap 2.

I used the Cap 2 as my next-to-skin layer for a camping trip with overnight lows in the low 30s. The cap 2 did an excellent job of keeping the heat in close to my body. At night, I wore this with a TNF stretch jacket over it and was mostly comfortable all night.

The fabric did pick up a bit of stink after 5 days of wear, and I feel like Cap 1 does not.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

5 5

I bought a few pairs of these because I've heard such a positive buzz about them. Now I see why. I could have made do on my last trip with just one pair.

These boxers feel incredibly smooth while you're wearing them. Zero chaffing. Zero smell when you take them off after a long day on the trail.

Plain and simple, the best boxers money can buy. I'd wear them 365 days a year if I could afford it.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these after seeing a friend with them on a previous trip. After comparing them to my Marmot convertible's (Cruz), these are just exceptionally better on all accounts.

- Thicker than your average backpacking pants/shorts

- Better pockets (including a flat spot in each front pocket for the clip on your EDC blade)

- Zippers feel solid and tough

- Waist doesn't closet with a snap, but with a rivet button like jeans

- I wore them for 4 days of hiking in the 80's during the day, and low 30's at night. Never got smelly or looked dirty.

- They just "feel" expensive. What I mean by that is they feel, look and function like they are very high end.

- Waist size feels a bit small, but is accurate for me. I wear a 30x3 in blue jeans, and the same in these.

- Zippers inside the leg are covered over. 0 abrasion over multiple miles.

Looks like I'm officially a Mountain Khaki convert...

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kzoodan wrote a review of on February 4, 2013

4 5

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

I just received a pair of these bottoms and had a chance to test them on a 3 mile snow hike in single digit temps in a foot of powder.

I wore them as a base layer under my (insulated) Spider Troublemaker pants. I stayed perfectly warm the entire time without issue. I do wish the bottoms had more elastic in the ankle as I felt that they may ride up my foot over time.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

4 5

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

I'm allergic to contact lenses, and blind as a bat without my glasses - so I needed to find a goggle that would fit over my glasses... while managing to not be a piece of crap.

I bought these in white with the Persimmon lens. They fit over my glasses very well, and don't squeeze them against my head via the headband.

Field of vision is fine and they have yet to fog up on me.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

5 5

I have this knack for buying expensive gloves, and losing one - leaving myself S.O.L. - I'm really hoping that doesn't happen with this pair as they have been my best ones yet! I have the white which DOES dirty easily, but who cares. They are warm....I've spent hours outside in single digit temps and my hands have never been even close to cold.

I enjoy the pre-curled feel, the gloves aren't stiff and unforgiving at all. The stretchy bit of material makes the gloves easy to grab and pull on when you've already got one glove on. Zippers aren't a challenge with these on as the fingers are not too bulky.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

4 5

Picked these up locally a few weeks ago. These pants ARE insulated. They offer zip vents in the inner thigh that are very handy. The material isn't "swishy" at all, so I didn't drive myself insane while wearing them walking around.

My only regret is buying a regular length instead of a short. My pair might be just a hair too long, but perhaps the "shorts" would be too "short". I enjoy the velcro pockets for storing my necessities.

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kzoodan wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a bad back, so when shopping for a multi-day pack I tried on plenty. I'm short, and skinny - using a Men's Small fitted by my local outdoor store suits me just perfect. My pack weight is about 18 pound for solo, closer to 26 if I'm with my wife. This pack holds the load well, and keeps my back from drowning in sweat. The pockets are plentiful and the bag feels very durable. I especially like the "stretchy" outer pocket, great for a pair of flip flops. The sleeping bag compartment makes it easy to cram my sleeping bag into the bottom of the pack in the morning.

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