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Eric V.

Eric V.wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 for backpacking and it definitely lives up to its name. It is a "2 person tent" in so much as two adults can cram into it. It is great for couples and single backpackers. For two friends trying to share a tent, I would not recommend this tent. The UL3 fits that function well.

The material is thin but surprisingly durable, however care is warranted. With any sort of material this light, I think it's unreasonable to wear on it hard and expect it to last forever. The UL2 needs to be treated fairly delicately in terms of unzipping, set up, and what not, in order to last.

For the tent to really last, you have to get the footprint or use an adequately sized tarp underneath. The base material is tough but will tear on rocks or other rough material with enough stress. With the footprint, it's golden, so factor this into your purchase decision.

PROS:
SUPER lightweight - weighs 2.15OZ with footprint.
Wind and rain resistant to a surprising degree.
Sets up and breaks down very quickly.
Fairly spacious for one person.

CONS:
Condensation collects a little bit on the inside of the vestibule.
Not adequate for 2 adults unless you are OK with being packed like sardines. Not adequate for colder-weather camping.
Has to be completely staked out to generate the maximum amount of possible room inside the tent.

If you are going camping and plan to sleep on a rock surface, this tent will not be what you want as staking the guy lines is crucial to maximizing the interior space of the tent.

Overall, I still am happy to give this tent 5 stars because it does exactly what is advertised - it's an ultra light backpacking tent that is no frills and gets it done. If you want a tent you can abuse, it's not going to weigh under 3 pounds until newer materials are developed. It keeps my pack light and the bugs from crawling on me!

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Eric V.

Eric V.wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Vaporshell jacket is really solid, and for the price, it's a best buy for me in terms of equipment. It's very lightweight, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how water proof it is. Basically all around glorious for backpacking and general, rain/light rain situations.

PROS: Very water proof, extremely lightweight, slim fit

CONS: The cuff straps are hilariously bad, one chest pocket

I want to give it 5 stars, but the cuff velcro was designed by a 5 year old! I just cut my straps off because they were so annoying. After that, all is well.

Bottom line: for a $51 rain jacket, this thing kicks total ass. Definitely recommend it!

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Eric V.

Eric V.wrote a review of on May 16, 2011

3 5

When I first got these gloves I was very impressed with the look, feel, and functionality. They were very warm, very water proof for a $60 glove, and I enjoyed the short cuff so I could take them off real quickly.

As the season progressed though they kind of fell apart. Both zippers broke off randomly, the palms tear easily (I ride a lot of trees) and much of the inner liner kept coming out. The water proofing declined significantly, and while I never even put them through the washer, I had to re-water proof the outside at least halfway through the season.

Overall, they are an OK glove for the price but for a serious rider who goes hard, does a lot of trees, and expects day-after-day use these did not stand up to the punishment. I imagine they would do fantastically for an intermediate/beginner rider, or someone who does not ride a lot of trees.

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