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moroni wrote a review of on March 2, 2011

4 5

I believe 200 gallon cartridge life is a bit of a stretch, but it's close. You can extend the life by routine brushing until the inner matrix is exposed by being worn away, then replace. Routine brushing also increases flow rate. It's not necessary to carry a replacement unless the water quality dictates it or you're traveling to a 3rd world country & be gone for awhile, but keep an extra @ home just to be safe.

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moroni wrote a review of on March 2, 2011

4 5

Since I camp in more demanding environments, I must have a stove that performs well in windy conditions. The Raptor works well in these settings & does it even better with a wind break, if it becomes necessary. (Just remember to allow adequate ventilation for the canister). As far as fuel consumption is concerned, the Raptor is very similar to most other canister stoves burning 10g of gas per four minute usage @ higher elevations in the summer while cranking out 11,000 BTU's. Don't expect the auto ignition to work above 10,000ft. max. None of them do. This stove folds & stores very compactly in it's case. I found the only drawback is it's weight, slightly over 5 ounces. Made in Japan.

I have recently spoken with the manufacturer & apparently Brunton seems to be going through another change & isn't going to be manufacturing stoves & some other products any longer. The reasoning is they don't want to compete against Primus, who they rep for in North America. Too bad & so sad. Brunton made very good stoves from canister to multi-fuel. I don't know how much longer the Raptor will still be available, so purchase ASAP! They will continue to support their Brunton products as long as they can. After that, they will exchange with Primus when necessary.

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moroni wrote a review of on February 24, 2011

3 5

I didn't experience any mechanical problems with this espresso maker. I just didn't get the coffee I was expecting. The steaming process left each batch a little short on the amount of coffee produced, leaving some liquid in the boiler. It also seemed grittier than what other makers crank out. As far as enjoying espresso in the high country, it is adequate for the job.

FYI: Make sure to thoroughly clean both filter grids between cups. If they are clogged, you could end up with a real mess on your hands.

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moroni wrote a review of on February 22, 2011

5 5

I've been using the greens since 03, still the originals. You trim them for an exact fit by using the OEM insoles as a template. Make sure to get the right letter size. Much less expensive than orthotics.

Superfeet now has a Copper DMP which has a much stiffer arch support. Here's more information:

http://www.superfeet.com/products/Copper_DMP

Two years ago after summitting two peaks, I wondered why my feet were so hot & achy. I sat down next to a lake & removed my boots only to find my greens were in my Crocs back @ camp. The greens also give stability to the unstable Crocs & many other types of footware.

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moroni wrote a review of on January 9, 2011

4 5

If I have to heat/cook anything other than boiling water, I use this pot. It's just the right size for a 1+ person meal that requires actual cooking. The coated handles do not get hot, making lifting & pouring much easier & the use of a hot pad unnecessary. It is possible to nest many stoves inside where the lid will fit securely. The only drawback I've found is when preparing a meal, you need to pay constant attention to the stove's heat & stirring the contents as not to scorch the bottom of the pot. When the non-stick coating becomes scorched, it takes quite an effort to get it completely cleaned. This is a product statement/disclaimer from Evernew & I reiterate, "Avoid high power stoves which will lead to focused overheating. Titanium cookers are made to cook well using moderate heat. Intense heating is absolutely unnecessary & detrimental." If you do pack any metal item inside the pot, make sure to enclose it in a stuff sack or plastic bag so you don't scratch the non-stick coating.

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moroni wrote a review of on August 22, 2010

4 5

I just got back from a backpacking/climbing trip where this was one of my meals. After spending five hours getting to the summit & return, I was quite hungry. I boiled some water, mixed it into the meal, waited about fifteen minutes, & dug in. I packed in a half dozen, medium sized, flour tortillas to serve with the "Buffalo Style Chicken" but could only finish three tacos. This meal is much larger than I thought & has more food than the larger two person Mountain House meals. I finished the remainder five hours later. Great for two hungry people & tastes surprisingly good. I spiced mine up a bit with some hot, ground, red pepper. Enjoy!!!

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moroni wrote a review of on June 9, 2010

5 5

I've now used my Vesta stove on two outings. Both times were in windy conditions gusting up to 30mph. I purchased this stove for that reason allowing me the option to use the included windscreen around the stove. I have yet to use the windscreen. It worked great without it.

Upon lighting, a powerful, low pitch sound could be heard. It took only 5 minutes to boil 24oz of water on a low setting @ my camp @ 11,200ft. Due to the size of the burner head, this stove is ideal for use with larger cookware especially frying pans & cooking for larger parties. I also noticed it is very efficient using only 100 grams of fuel in 11 burns. The legs open & position themselves @ equally placed stops creating amazing stability.

All things considered, this is a very good choice for solo to multi-person usage. It is reasonably priced especially considering what the other manufacturer's price is for their comparable stove.

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moroni wrote a review of on March 4, 2010

3 5

The +'s are this device gives you the ability to turn your regular canister stove into a remote which is a nice option especially when windy conditions prevail & a windscreen becomes necessary. You can't do this safely when the stove is on top. Also the fuel is away from the flame & heat source. The canister stove stand/adapter is a fairly lightweight option to other remote setups. Dual fuel controls can go either way.

The -'s are this device will not work with all stoves. For example, the diameter of the bottom fuel tube (male part) on the Coleman F1 series stoves is too large & will not penetrate the orifice (female part) in the threaded valve housing. All my other stoves do mate & work just fine. The legs are loose & need to form a better triangular position. This could possibly cause an imbalanced situation where the pot & contents fall off the supports.

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moroni wrote a review of on February 4, 2010

4 5

I used these snowshoes this past week-end @ Tennessee Pass, Colorado on fine powder surface snow, one to three feet deep, on previously packed down trails. The flotation was very good even when I got off trail where the snow was not packed down. I've experienced post holing with all snowshoes, occurring to a certain degree, no matter what manufacturer & all sizes were consistent with each other. The Crescent Moon Gold 10 Backcountry Snowshoes gave me the best flotation of all due in part to the wider head where the most force is exerted & tapering down to a narrower heel creating a "teardrop" shape. This design created problems for me @ first until I learned how to walk in them. I'm coming from Redfeathers that, to me, have a more natural stride where the inside edges are consistent from front to back & don't flair out like the CM's. Needless to say, the upper quadriceps got quite a workout on our first day out. The next day was was much better since I now threw my heels out slightly to compensate. The SPL claw binding distributes tension equally around your foot to provide a good fit. Your boot fits snugly inside the formed toe box & secures tightly with quick release, single pull neoprene straps on top & a cam lock quick release heel strap.

All things considered, these are very good snowshoes with their TIG welded, powder coated frame, TGS deck, & state-of-the-art binding system. I'm sure I'll get many good years of snowshoeing adventurers with the Crescent Moon Gold 10's on my feet.

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moroni wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

4 5

I've always liked this meal. One of the original MH line-up. It's both filling & tasty. Plenty of carbs & protein. Mix well & allow to rehydrate an extra three to five minutes. Make it even better by adding some crushed red pepper. This two serving size by itself is just right for one hungry person. Prepare a side dish & that will feed two people.

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moroni wrote a review of on November 2, 2009

5 5

This dome is designed to do one thing, protect your head & it does that with a minimal mushroom profile. Nothing sticking out on the sides. It worked great yesterday by taking a few head knocks against the rocks. Durable, lightweight, & securely holds a headlamp. Nice adjustable chinstrap, headband, & some foam protection. Ventilates well. Great price.

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