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Philo in SD

Philo in SD

Western U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Philo in SD's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Philo in SD's Bio

Outdoorsman who can't get enough adventure. Enjoy mountain, road and track cycling, fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, snowshoe trekking, light mountaineering and love to get there by adventure motorcycles.

Philo in SD

Philo in SD wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

It holds several fly boxes, a water bottle, snack bars, sunscreen and a spare spool easily. More than enough stuff for a day down at the river with the exception of maybe a lunch. I made a small mod by having a 1"x3" velcro patch sewn on the top of the main compartment and stuck a foam fly patch with a small magnet. Makes a great staging spot for building a dropper setup.

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Philo in SD wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like these boots very much. Their nice and light, have great traction and excellent support and comfort for long days in the river. I have used them five times over the summer and recently used them in sub freezing temps up at Lee's Ferry AZ. No issues up until end of the last day when I tried to pull out the knob to release the tension on the BOA system. My hands were so cold from the near freezing rain, I couldn't grip the knob well enough until my hands warmed up. I had only a little trouble turning the knob to tighten them or pulling to release over the summer. I understand the knob is rounded to prevent it from hanging up on underwater obstacles but feel an easier to turn design would be more practical.

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Philo in SD wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

Will last a lifetime.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

These are super durable waders that are built to last for many years. While the suspender buckle system isn't the easiest to use, you do get used to them after a few wearings. They tend to run larger than the sizing chart so if you're between sizes, I recommend going down. The booties are definitely the best I have ever worn. They are very comfortable insider my Korkers boots and allow me to stand on uneven river bottoms all day.

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Philo in SD wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have a 10 different sets of base layers from Patagonia, both in Capilene and Merino, and love them each for different reasons. While the Capilene has a nice soft feel and good warmth, the Merino is what I pack when going flyfishing. Overall, it is lighter for the same warmth value and doesn't turn into a slow-to-dry, clingy, rubber-feeling wetsuit like Capilene does (and all other brand synthetic base layers) if I slip and get dunked while wading. I prefer sleeping in Capilene for some reason, but for doing anything where I could end up soaked, I use the Merino.

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Philo in SD wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having used the original system for years, I took the opportunity to pick up a Sol when it went on sale to keep in my flyfishing bag for winter trips. Its compact and light and I felt it was perfect for occasional use while flyfishing. Four friends and I recently were able to put the stove to use on a multi-day trip to Lee's Ferry AZ in preparing lunchtime soups in sub freezing temps. Being used to my older system, I fired up the stove with a can of chicken and corn chowder in it. With the valve opened only half a turn, the soup scorched on the bottom in less than the 90 seconds it took for me to dig out a spoon to stir it with. Subsequent uses revealed that it is really an "off or full blast" type stove. To heat water or thin water-based soups, it definitely rocks but be very careful with any other type of food. Also, the Sol does not come with the pot stabilizer as shown in the pics above. I think I'll return this and stick with my old original but predictable and controllable Zip system.

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Philo in SD wrote a question about on May 22, 2013

I was interested in buying this bottle but was turned off by the need for the CR123 batteries. I have made the switch to rechargeable batteries and have a good setup for AA and AAA. Last thing I need is another battery type, especially one so expensive and not readily available. Camelback take note! I'll make the leap once you get away from needing 6 volts to run the UV light and can use rechargeable AA or AAA. Hey 3 AAA are 4.5 volts and almost the same size as 2 CR123s.

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