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Aaron's Passions

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

I slept two nights in my Mega Light in mid February in the Wallowas. I left the pole that came with it at home and used one of my Black Diamond Traverse ski poles instead. It worked but even with my pole extended to the max the walls weren't quite taught. I ended up piling snow in the center to raise the pole up which helped but the second night I got 4+" of snow which caused the walls to sag. A ski pole that extends further would have been better. Or I could have brought the center pole that came with the tent. The tent is super light weight and stuffs compact - about the size of a large grapefruit. I also left the stakes at home - instead I used small twigs pushed through the tie down loops, twisted, and then buried in compacted snow.

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on July 10, 2009

Spectacular Ultralight Backpacking Option
5 5

I just did a 2 day backpack in the Wallowas and used the MSR E-Bivy. I'm really jazzed about it. I recommend it for ultralight backpacking. My pack was so light after replacing my tent with this. For the price you could buy one for a friend. It adds some warmth - I was a little warm in my 40 degree sleeping bag on a 35 degree night. The sky threatened for rain so I kept the head flap over my face all night. I was able to breathe fine but my breath produced a fair amount of condensation on the sack around my face. I should have kept the flap under my head until it actually sleeted. I intend to use this on all my backpacking trips.

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mountainman99 wrote a question about on April 14, 2009

How do you breathe? Is there something that keeps the head flap off of your face?

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on October 2, 2008

5 5

The blue color is awesome! These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever run in! I tried these after reading a convincing article on barefoot running. Their low profile gives an exceptional feel for the trail. The mesh is very breathable. They don't block water, but they drain fast. The flexible sole doesn't hurt my feet like most other shoes. The toe box gives my wide toe area room while keeping my low volume feet snug. I went up 1/2 a size from normal. I have run about a dozen 8-12 mile runs on packed dirt and moderately rocky trails. These shoes seem quite durable. Pronation control, protection plates, and cushioning are overrated. Get closer to nature with these shoes.

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on June 26, 2008

5 5

These work great for trail running in the snow. I can tuck my running pants into the top of the gaiter - my non Gore Tex shoes stay mostly dry, no snow gets in my shoes, and my ankles/shins stay warm and dry. I had to cinch the below-the-foot strap real tight to keep the heel part over the shoe, but now it works. These are sized way too big - I went with the S/M for my 10 1/2 shoes.

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on June 26, 2008

5 5

I took this on a trip to the Sawtooths in May for some backpacking/ski touring and car camping. I woke up sweaty on a 19 degree morning with my bag unzipped all the way. Wow! I was using a foam pad on dry ground. I was just right on a 15 degree morning on the snow. I'm a somewhat warm sleeper. I'm 6' and the regular seems to fit just right. The shell kept the heavy frost out. The bag packs down fairly small. I love this bag and my Marmot Atom also. The Helium has a stiffer shell and a little more room inside than the Atom.

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on June 19, 2008

5 5

I'm on my second pair. I have used these for everything from short, fast dayhiking to weeklong backpacking. The best part is the padded ankle that wraps around and keeps your foot in the back of the boot when going down steep terrain. The fit is very comfortable. The traction is decent. The sole seems to last forever. I did put an inch long gash in the upper on sharp rocks. The waterproofing works until you punch through the wet snow for a while.

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mountainman99 wrote a review of on February 11, 2008

5 5

These work great for trail running in the snow. I can tuck my running pants into the top of the gaiter - my non Gore Tex shoes stay mostly dry, no snow gets in my shoes, and my ankles/shins stay warm and dry. I had to cinch the below-the-foot strap real tight to keep the heel part over the shoe, but now it works. These are sized way too big - I went with the S/M for my 10 1/2 shoes.

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