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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on October 31, 2009

5 5

According to the wife - doesn't weigh 100lb, so even she, being somewhat petite and biceps challenged (and does most of the cooking) can haul it around. From my perspective, the brownies were perfect, and it was easy to clean. The lack of a thick coat of oil afterward also makes it easier to justify tossing in the car. Cast iron is definitely cheaper, but way higher maintenance.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

5 5

It is almost pointless to have the NeoAir and not have the stuff sack. The potential for ruining a NeoAir without the stuff sack is too high, either through exposing it to sharp objects, pinchflat potentials or tweaking the nozzle. It weighs less than an ounce. However, one could theoretically save on money by using a ziplock baggie or something similar, but the manufacturer stuff sack is a guaranteed good way to protect your investment.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

4 5

The pot fits nicely in the ultralight niche. Upsides are minimal weight and built-in handle and lid. I recommend it strictly for boiling water and/or melting snow. Downsides are small volume, even at 2.4 liters it feels small. Also, titanium is not conducive to any cooking due to its very thin nature and it has led to burned meals. If I'm doing any cooking I also bring a 3 liter aluminum pot for maximum options.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

5 5

This pad has brought me many nights of restful sleep. The small size and light weight only reinforce it as my sleeping pad of choice. Downsides include potential for leaks and huffing and puffing to inflate. I tend to bring a full length Ridge Rest to keep it off the ground, thereby minimizing popping potential. A fully inflated paid is easy to roll off, so I do about 85% inflation for extreme comfort.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

3 5

I got a pair of these for my kids but use them myself. Upsides are small folded size, extremely light weight and no slippage when using two of the pads together. Downsides are skimpy/thin feeling of pad despite egg shell carton and the flimsy/tearable feeling at the folding perforations. Downsides are easy to overlook when using two pads, but only one pad is a poor night sleep for me unless the ground is forgiving. My kids don't mind the downsides but I do.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

4 5

For going light in the summer/early fall this is a great bag. The interior liner of the bag is extremely comfortable and feels great against the skin. Although, this is a great sleeping bag for a specific situation, I would not recommend this bag if it is your only one. If you only plan to own only one bag, go with something a bit more substantial however, for warm weather light packing, this bag is about as good as it gets.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

5 5

This is a great bladder for backpacking. I would highly recommend this over a camelback bladder, as it is extremely durable. The bladder has three water access nozzles build into one that will fit almost any filter situation or drinking flow desire. It could be carried on the exterior of your pack or the interior without worries of a leak. I could also double as a pillow in the evening or a sleeping bag heater (add hot water) for a restful cold night. I would highly recommend the 4 L version of this product.

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ronpenner1240284 wrote a review of on August 26, 2009

5 5

Everyone should have at least one of these bags, as I have not seen a better duffel bag with higher quality on the market. The bag is extremely well constructed - bomb proof. I opted for the XL. It is a very large bag, but I would recommend this size if you are into out-door activates and tend to haul around gear. The bag is not “waterproof”, but it is highly water resistant. We used this bag on a recent car camping trip and kept all perishable foods in it during a major rainstorm. All items in the bag stayed dry, but I would not recommend this bag for a river trip.

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