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michael wrote a review of on September 10, 2014

great lightweight wet, snow, or dirt
5 5

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

It fits a little bigger than its little brother, the mt110. The mt110 is my go to outdoor shoe, so only naturally I bought this one which has perfrormed excellent in the snow and rain. Also more importantly I like wearing these because they are warmer when its cold out, and the GAITER! The gaiter zips up when you want your feet protected from dirt. When I go too long zipped up it can get a little hot. A quick unzip and these turn into shoes. I usually leave them unzipped halfway allowing my feet to breathe. Very light, good sole, not too thin. Nobody makes a better hybrid/ breatheable/ go to all around shoe!

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michael wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My medium weighs 7.4oz, I'm 6' got the shark color. Fabric is rebranded Event 2.5L dvl last I heard. The two hand pockets are lined with mesh that go up the entire front panel of the jacket. They are almost like pit zips, just located a few inches down. That is "multiuse" because you can put hands in pocket for warmth.

The features of this jacket are all there, but minimal and verrrryyyy well executed. 3 points of hood adjustment. This is one of the lightest shells with a real membrane on the market. A similar jacket would be Westcomb focus lt. But this one is cheaper, and better? Maybe.

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michael wrote a question about on February 22, 2014

If they added a hood to this it would probably be under 6oz and that would be state of the art. Any plans on this? A hood is very valuable with these especiLly if you use a quilt so you have head insulation. A tiny pocket would be nice and only add .2 oz maybe. Having a hood makes a person about twice as warm in my opinion. Montbell, when is a hooded version coming out?

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michael wrote a question about on January 3, 2013

Atom LT or this?

What is better, the Aphix's shell material is 40d, That is 20d more than the LT, but I really like the LT fabric. I wonder if this is more comfy. Is this shiny? One thing this has going for it is the fleece arm panel and more loft. But the cuffs are not as good as the LT,

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michael wrote a review of on September 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the Cadillac of closed cell foam pads. I've used ones from GG, even the zlite, and this one beats them all.

Reliable, and multi use... such as sit pad, windscreen, and there is virtually no set up time.

I swam across a freezing lake with this thing and was waiting on the other side trying to warm up (long story) and a dark storm was coming in fast. All I had was my swim suit on and I wrapped it around me to block the wind trying to get warm (it helped).

After about an hour I realized it was now or never, hypothermia or death :0... It started to hail and I jumped in the freezing water with the Ridgerest and swam back about 1/2 a mile. Then once I made it back I shook the water off and was able to warm up under my zpacks tarp.

:) true story!

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michael wrote a review of on September 10, 2012

5 5

Ive tried a number of pads, im not going to name them all, but I like this one the best. Its actually very warm and it does feel wider than any neo-air!

Whats seals the deal is the valve system, it seems too complicated but its genious.

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michael wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

5 5

This is a 150 weight baselayer that is casual fitting. I absolutley hate tight fitting shirts I find them uncomfortable. This piece works because you can wear it as a shirt in the city.

It looks good, feels good, lightweight, but expensive.

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michael wrote a review of on August 21, 2012

4 5

I bought the 18L version and put my down sleeping bag along with all of my clothes and anything else within reason that I want to keep dry. I got the larger one because it wont compress my down bag into a hard rock, allowing the cuben to mold to my pack a little better. When im not expecting rain I do not even bother rolling it air tight. This sack weighs .7oz on my scale which is the lightest dry sack I know of besides going to cottage manuf. I also use this as a food hanging bag when im woried about critters, I simply set my silnylon stuff sack with food in the cubic bag and roll it sealed and hang it from a branch, giving me more peace of mind at night.

All in all I was looking to keep some gear dry if the situation arrises, and I am a lightweight nut so this does the job, the only gripe is that it leaks air and will go flat when used as a pillow overnight.

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michael wrote a review of on August 20, 2012

5 5

I have been backpacking with this tent for the last few weeks, it has held up very well with no sign of wear or tear.
This tent is very light even if you wanted to tarp it you could not go much more than 1 pound less weight. Plus the hassle of the tarp and guylines, this tent goes up fast i love it.
I have not been using a footprint, I think I will try and buy a piece of Tyvek when I get a chance though, when im car camping or something, its prettymuch dead weight because the floor is suprisingly durable.
This is a minimalist tent, I find it adequate for me (6 foot 150 pound male).
One last thing, I have had this tent in some wicked wind and hail and it has not let me down, I only bring 6 stakes too.

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