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mar2966897 wrote a review of on July 17, 2012

3 5

I have many Fenix LED flashlights, so I'm used to their bright white color. When I turned this headlamp on...the room turned PURPLE! Horrible color LED, I'm not even sure I can use this. I'll try it outside in the dark and maybe update my review, but I doubt it. Still giving 3 stars for the comfortable fit and amount of light output.

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

Crazy Fast!
5 5

This is my go to system for winter backpacking (melting snow for drinking water, coffee and dehydrated meals). I tried to cook soups and several types of noodles in here but it's just too darn fast and hot, so I'll stick with my boiling water and dehydrated meals (just so easy and lightweight).

Tired of hearing people complain about canister stoves in winter, sleeping with the canisters to warm them up, making homemade heat exchangers, etc? I think this Jetboil was unknowingly designed to work perfect in cold weather - just use the bottom cup to hold the small canister with an ounce or so of lukewarm water. I was melting snow and boiling water in 15° weather like it was the middle of summer! The efficiency of this setup is just insane. The canister in the cup is a perfect fit, so only a small amount of water in the cup surrounds the canister keeping it the right temp to vaporize the gas mix efficiently. You can even add a small amount of warmer water every so often, maybe a teaspoon, if you hear the burner starting to slow down.

Check out the pic from my latest trip.

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on February 7, 2012

5 5

This thing is amazing! I needed a light, small-when-packed down layer for backpacking and this is it. I have a First Ascent Guide jacket with 800 power fill for when it's just stupid cold out, but that was a bit bulky. The Kelvinator's hood and elastic makes it feel like a custom fit just for me. I was debating a jacket with a hood, but I'm glad I got this because it's just so much more convenient and warmer when standing around in the wind. I layer a Marmot Tamarack (awesome) jacket over this, and can even tuck the hood down and out of the way if I want to only use the hood on my shell. I don't notice it's there, plus it's like a built-in neck gaiter for the back of my neck. Just too much good to say about it. Stole one online for 142.95!!! Very difficult sizing. I'm 5'9", 150lbs, no gut. The small and medium were close, but I finally chose the medium since the small jacket dug into my arm pits - uncomfortable with layers on. Other than that, the sizing was almost identical. My cold winter, "standing around" setup is a Capilene 3 half-zip, 200wt fleece jacket, plus this = cozy blast furnace!

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

3 5

The quality of these gloves is fantastic. I was very comfortable in windy, 25° conditions. However, being my first pair of gauntlet-style gloves I was not sure about the fit. None of my jackets or coats seem to work with these – the gauntlet won’t fit over anything but a long-sleeve shirt (only a bit of an exaggeration). These just cause the arms of my jackets to bunch up and let cold air right in. I could probably spend some time tucking the sleeve in, but that’s not something I want to do 50 times each day while out in the snow. Too big to tuck under cuff. Any comments or suggestions to help me out? Thanks!

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on February 27, 2011

5 5

Before you question the 20° rating, you have to consider what you’re wearing to bed. I used to always wear boxers and a t-shirt and complain about being cold and that the bag wasn’t doing its job (also like every other sleeping bag I have). I’ve since learned my lesson to always pack something just for sleeping. I just returned from a weekend backpacking trip in northern Michigan. In this case, I took a set of Capilene 4 top and bottoms to sleep in (SO COMFORTABLE by the way). The low temperature was 18° both nights so normally it would have been a gamble, but I was warm and slept well all night on 11” of snow. Most importantly, get off the ground any way you can! I use an inflatable mat which is about 3/4" thick.

I really like the zipper and material on this bag. Mine has held up well for a few years so far. The included compression sack does a good job to about the width of my backpack, so I just hang it from the bottom leaving space for everything else inside. I'm 5'9, 150lb and feel like this thing was designed just for me!

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on February 15, 2010

5 5

I purchased this locally (paid a bit too much) about a year ago. Everything about this kayak is perfect in my opinion. I've been everywhere from small streams, rivers, lakes and nearly inaccessible swampy ponds. 50lb weight is no problem throwing on top of my jeep grand cherokee and carrying into lakes/rivers. Cockpit doesn't need to be so large, but it's fine since I usually have my camera bag on my lap. Tracking and stability is exceptional. I find the 12' is perfect for easy storage, good speed, paddling longer trips, yet able to launch and portage in tight/inaccessible areas.

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mar2966897 wrote a review of on December 26, 2009

4 5

Great fit as other reviewer stated. I also agree with the fact that it can be worn as a sweater, but due to the thin material I would leave it to that. Layering would be a possible application, but there are better choices for less cost. I'm surprised the material is so thin, almost a "mesh" you can see through. Columbia's other jackets for about $29 are much thicker, closer to a 200g Polartec but I like this one so much it still gets 4 stars.

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