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mike nye

mike nye

Somewhere in the Rockies

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Obsessive fly fisherman. Outdoor enthusiast by necessity.

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mike nyewrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using this for almost a whole summer now - mostly on big rivers in MT and ID like the Yellowstone and the Snake, but also local ponds for bass. So far I am pretty happy with it.

The boat handles small rapids and riffles with ease. You are going to get wet, but I expected that. You’ll probably want waders even on hot days because there will be water pooled around your butt. At 35 pounds, it is nice and light. You can carry it to the top of the boat ramp and into the parking lot easily and avoid the lines.

The open floor is by far the best feature of this boat from a fishing perspective. Firstly, you can control your drift with your feet. The boat does get blown around in spite of the lower profile 11 inch tubes, and it wants to pivot around the heavier back end. However, with just one foot in the water, I can stay facing the direction I want to face in normal western wind conditions without using the oars. I can also kick both my legs to move (slowly) closer/ farther from the bank etc. This makes it possible to fish while floating, although it is still quite a bit of work to manage everything - especially with a fly rod. What is really nice for me is the ability to put my feet down and stop and fish a promising run from the boat. You can stand up, but the boat will pivot around you and it gets annoying dragging at your legs. And why would you want to stand up when you can lean back into your kayak chair, rest your back, and sip your beer while you high stick the top of a riffle or the tail of a pool? The ability to stop and fish from the boat is what makes this so much better than a standard kayak. Easily doubles or triples the amount of water you can fish from the boat while concentrating only on fishing.

I do have some small complaints. The main thing is that the oarlocks need to be higher, and the oars need to be longer. The tubes flex a little bit at the oarlock if you put any oomph in, which further shortens your effective oar stroke. Don’t miss the takeout! Moving upstream is a slow process. And with the short tubes, you’ll hit your knees a lot on those times when you hastily have to hold your rod between your knees and grab the oars to maneuver.

Overall, I think this boat is a great blend of good kayak and float tube features, and the open floor makes it a viable option for people like me who want to fish from their boat.

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mike nyewrote a review of on October 8, 2013

Great solo tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been using this tent for a while this summer. It's been through some pretty good wind-blown rain and come out totally dry inside. Fully guyed out, it's tight as a drum and rock solid in the wind. I've slept in it in temps down to 40 degrees with the fly fully sealed up and have had no condensation issues. This is so much better than even the best bivy in terms of condensation.

I'm 5'11 185 lbs and I find I can can get a 55L pack in the tent with me easily (under my knees), as well as plenty of room for extra clothes, book, light, wool hat etc in the wider end by my head (the top is wider). The only time I've had to use the vestibule was on a longer trip I took with a bigger pack. My Exped 'large/ long' mat fits with room to spare at the top and snug at the bottom.

Personally, I love the bright yellow color. Makes finding your camp much easier.

The only concern I have is that the walls of the tent do not come up at a 45 degree angle from the floor. Its more like the floor sort of bends upwards to become the wall. This cuts down on usable floor space unless you want to put a lot of stress on the seams. If your tent site is less than level at either end, the problem is magnified, and I worry that the uneven pressure at the corners when you lay on it and push the floor down/ out by the poles will eventually tear or weaken the bathtub floor. Still, it has not failed yet, so perhaps its OK.

All in all, a great choice, and at the price a bargain for the weight.

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mike nyewrote a review of on August 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not sure why this gets such poor reviews from other users. I got the Long/ Wide and I'm very happy with it after several trips this summer. It packs down MUCH smaller than my Prolite 4, weighs about the same, and the extra width and length makes it far more comfortable. It is definitely possible to overinflate the pad and make it uncomfortable, but once you find the right pressure it is great. I didn't experience any discomfort from the baffles, but the LW does have more than the standard.

It seems very well built, although I have always used an ultralite tarp with it to protect it or had it inside a tent. I've not noticed any air leakage even on multiple nights in a row.

This pad is only for summer camping due to its poor insulation but if that's what you want it for, you can't go wrong in my book. Get the LW and chortle as your friends try to stay on top of their heavier 20 inch self inflating pads.

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mike nyewrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

Have had these for a while now and I love them. I'm 5'11, 175 pounds, 34 waist and the large size are a little bit long/ and about as baggy through the 'seat'/ legs as a pair of jeans. I bought these to wear over a base layer, so I wanted the extra room, but I suspect a medium would work fine. When worn with hiking boots the extra length isn't a problem.

Took them out today for a long Appalachian hike in 20F temps with a windchill that must have been closer to 10. I had these over capilene 3 tights and my legs were nice and toasty warm at a brisk walking pace. I never felt the wind and it was blowing really hard at times.

My only gripe is that the lining tends to pick up leaves and burrs around the bottom of the legs. This is partly due to the extra length on mine, but the brushed lining (which is very comfy) sorta acts like velcro. This isn't a huge deal, but Stoic could fix it by doubling over the outer facing fabric at the bottom about 3 inches on future models.

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mike nyewrote a review of on December 22, 2011

5 5

*UPDATE* Have now used this tent for 18 months on several trips in all conditions since my original review.

I LOVE this tent. It's one of my favorite pieces of outdoor gear. I love it so much I came back to update this review! It's been through several days and nights of steady rain and come out perfectly dry inside. Totally bombproof construction . Zippers are solid even after being manhandled repeatedly by kids. Plenty of room for me + 3 adults and we've even done 2 adults and 3 small kids. Condensation is minimal even with full occupancy and fly pulled down drum tight. The gear pockets on the sides are such a great idea.


OK - so this is one of those reviews that starts out 'I have only set this tent up in my yard but...' This tent REALLY can fit 4 people side by side (not alternating head to toe) comfortably. I know because this afternoon I made my whole family stop watching the tube and come out in the backyard and lay down inside it in their sleeping bags. At least my youngest thought this was fun. Anyway, there was PLENTY of room for the 4 of us without rubbing elbows. The vestibule (and the car) will hold most of our gear, so as long as its just sleeping bags and pads, this is perfect for a family of 4-5 depending on kid size. 4 adults could fit comfortably.

I debated quit a bit between this and the BA Big House, which gives 65 sq ft floor space compared to the Limestone's 60, but I'm pleased to say 60 is enough. Great job Marmot!

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mike nyewrote a review of on September 20, 2011

5 5

I'm an experienced backpacker. I bought this bag for 3 season backpacking along the Appalachian trail and it is great. Packs down small - about the size of a medium-sized gatorade bottle (thicker but shorter than nalgene) and it is very light - esp for the price! 30 degree rating is more than fair. This bag is too warm all zipped up at 45+! Unstuff and let it decompress a couple hours before you get in and you are good to go.

Zippers could be easier to use. Mine tend to get caught on the lining. The storm flap against the zipper sometimes doesn't cover along its entire length and you can get cold spots but these are easily fixed with a little shuffle. These are extremely minor complaints at this price point.

This is a fantastic bag, and at the price these are going for these days, a real steal.

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