ratherbe

ratherbe

The Cascades Washington and BC Coast

ratherbe's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

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ratherbe wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tent, especially for the price. I would comfortably compare this with big-name tents costing a good deal more. I use this as as a solo, for which it's not the lightest, but very sturdy and packs fairly small. About the best venting I've seen in any sturdy tent (better than most 3-4 convertibles) allows it to be comfortably used in almost any weather. I might not pick this as my first choice for a Denali summit attempt or summer on the Sahara, but it should work for pretty much anything else. The set up is unusual, but easy enough once you've done it once. The only downsides I can think of are that it has only one door/vestibule and is a little compact for two large people. 4.5 stars

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ratherbe wrote a review of on January 22, 2011

3 5

These boots are built tough and high quality,with thick supportive leather uppers.However, break-in can be a bit unpleasant, like leather boots from the past, so much so that I decided to trade them in (and up I would say in most ways) for a pair of La Sportiva Karakorum.Also, the Asolo is a heavy boot for these days and the sole doesn't match the tank-like tops, in that the tread is quite shallow, and in my view not for the sort of more extreme terrain the uppers would suggest.However, if you don't mind the weight and the tread is okay for the terrain you have in mind, then these are beautiful boots that should provide long service.

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ratherbe wrote a review of on October 11, 2010

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack the second year they came out in Canada and just retired it last year.I have used most brands of large packs made (with the exception of Dana Designs) and have never seen its equal. The old model was very sturdy, while the newer ones are lighter material, so possibly not as durable. I tried a new model on recently and the fit is the same.Can carry anything you could need or want for a week or more. Enough options in size that almost anyone can dial in a great fit. Load transfer to a very supportive hip belt is amazing. The belt is so simple but comfy that I have even used in on other packs from different makers. The back panel is very comfortable but a bit sweaty in warmer climates given its material (molded foam) and structure.

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ratherbe wrote a review of on October 3, 2010

5 5

First off, the comfort is instant if the shape works for you. A little slim in the forefoot for some; you may have to go up a half size. I have the previous year's model which seems pretty similar.
Seems w/p and pretty durable. The sole is very grippy on rock; with the trim profile these boots make great mountain scramblers.
Underfoot cushioning is okay, ankle support likewise. in my opinion these excel at scrambling and light-weight backpacking, and not so much for rough, heavy loads where you may want a little more support and perhaps cushioning..

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ratherbe wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

5 5

Lightweight shell with a very trim fit. You will likely need to size up, but if it fits you this is a nice piece of work. Not for the most extreme conditions perhaps as the material is very thin. Breathes well, and seems durable. Some great design features, like the hood which is easy to adjust and has a stiff brim-very cool, and the pit-zips which are the easiest to operate of any jacket of any type I have ever owned. Note the BC description noting no core venting is incorrect. I bought it on sale and am very happy with it at the price I paid. I might be a little reluctant to pay full price perhaps. I am using it mostly for hiking and backpacking, although the intended use is climbing etc.

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ratherbe wrote a review of on July 7, 2008

5 5

Finally someone has made a useful lantern small and light enough to take backpacking. After years of candle lanterns, fragile globes and mantles, and feeble light something that is easy to use, durable and which provides ample light for reading or any camp activity. Light quality is excellent: both strong and diffused equally. I am so thrilled with this thing I dare not offer any criticism (okay, maybe someday they can make it a touch smaller with improvements in battery technology).

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ratherbe wrote a review of on December 18, 2007

4 5

These things are made to last: both the sole and uppers may outlive you.
These make good casual or work use boots, but I don't like them as much for hiking or similar activities as they are a touch "clunky" and it's difficult to get a snug fit as the boot is fairly high volume. A different lacing system might help snug them down better as well.
As someone mentioned there is not a great deal of arch support in these, but this can be improved with a replacement insole, which can also help you fine-tune the fit.

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ratherbe wrote a review of on October 16, 2006

5 5

These are great pants. Lightweight, not too warm yet providing protection, shedding snow and light rain well. Suited for snowshoeing, mountain hiking, or fall/winter hanging. Good fit and sensible design- enough features but not overdone. I have the version from a couple of year's ago, and it shows no wear to speak of.

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