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Martin Axe

Martin Axe

Somewhere in the world

Martin Axe's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Martin Axe's Bio

Trail crew member, returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Forester, fisher, hunter, beer and cigar/pipe enthusiast.

Martin Axe

Martin Axewrote a review of on April 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is not your typical compass. This model is better suited for foresters, land surveyors, or people need to lay in highly accurate lines/boundaries. If you're a recreational outdoors person, you're better of looking at mirrored or lensatic compasses. Also beware, this compass is put almost right to your eye, if you wear glasses with metal frames (like me), the frames will throw off the reading. Read the manual thoroughly. All the complains I've heard from this compass were from people who didn't read the manual, and tried to use it like a mirrored compass.

With that preface, this is the most accurate hand compass you can find. I'm a forester, and have used this for laying out contract and property boundaries. While in school, I used this for a compass and pacing navigation test course, I nailed the location markers every time.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on December 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought two of 1 liter bottles four years ago and it wasn't until recently that one of them sprung a tiny leak. I am amazed they lasted for as long as they did considering the use I got out of them. These bottles survived two years in the Peace Corps, and travelling through Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, and Germany, and backpacking in Arizona, and the Michigan UP. They've been dropped, stepped on, and used as pillows. The biggest plus is that they take no room when empty, unlike hard case bottles. You can fit them in your pocket when empty. Everyone who has seen them, asked where to find them. An absolutely wonderful product.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on November 24, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So yes, this are warm. 25 degrees F, and worn with a pair of jeans works well if you're moving a bit.

The one set back: these do not eliminate odor, they just trap it in. Without going into details, that is a set back if you've been real active all day.

After not even a couple weeks of wearing them, the stitching became undone along the waist and side leg seam.

I'd say it is true to size, but others are right, some quick adjusting is needed to get them fitted on properly. I wouldn't recommend these, unfortunately.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on March 19, 2012

5 5

Yes, that is where I found it, and it was also embroidered with the New Belgium Brewery Fat Tire bicycle logo on the sleeve. Sweet snag for only $8! This is my favorite sweater, and like a previous reviewer, I find it to run a full size large. The fabric could not be softer. I would not recommend this as an outdoor sweater unless it is a simple day hike. This is a good sweater for cold nights when you are pub hopping or grilling in the Spring or Autumn.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on March 6, 2012

4 5

First, this is a layering item. This should not be the outerlayer. Wear a softshell or rain jacket over it. That being said, this is an extrememly warm jacket for something that weights practically nothing, and fits into an included stuff sack. I highly recommend buying one if you can find it.

My only complaint, there is no latch, or special pocket for the stuff sack. And because the material is so slick, it can easily slide out of the pockets.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on May 21, 2011

5 5

When I first tried these on, I was amazed at how thick these socks were. The cushioning some superior in comfort and despite this they breath very well. I recently was wearing these in some cold and wet weather in Michigan and my feet were completely comfortable. I would suggest these as a great investment.

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Martin Axewrote a review of on April 24, 2011

4 5

I was in an AmeriCorps conservation corps program and chose this tent as my shelter. I slept within this tent more than I did my own apartment. It is lightweight, easy to pack, and sturdy. I needed a couple practice attempts to get it to roll up to fit in its stuff sack, but this was a quick process. I used this tent from temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit down to low teens, and from weather ranging from dust storms to torrential downpours to blizzards. It only failed me badly in a dust storm that occured in Yuma, AZ. Fine dust completely covered everything inside. My tent was not the worst victim though and compared to some others nearby, it still held up admirably. The vent at the top of tent works well in heat and humdity. I am 6'2" and managed to sleep comfortably, albeit it was tight. The big fail here: no vestibule! This is a real minimalist tent. I could line my boots up against the wall outside, and for the most part they were protected, but they did get very wet on one occasion. A wider spread from the tent on the door side of this tent for a backpack or even boots (ah-hem), would make this the ideal solo tent. Still, I never had a pole break, a zipper fail, or any stitching come undone. This will hold up beautifully in any conditions and kept everything inside nice and dry. Do invest in a footprint.

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