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shank wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

2 5

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

These pants are far from great for a few reasons :
1. Only has a single secure (zipper) pocket that is poorly placed . If you put a wallet there or keys it will rub against your upper left leg.
2. The two standard side front pockets ate made of mesh fabric, so stuff tends to get stuck.

Note that it is mis advertised here there is only 1 zippered pocket.
Apart form that, the rip stop fabric is okay . Compared to a similar priced Columbia silver ridge 2 and Titanium, the TNF fall short.

Update: pressure button just broke - pans are useless.

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shank wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used it in a 4-day hiking trip and on other occasions where clean water (and food) was a scarce commodity. The X-set allowed me to keep things more personal and clean (it was not the place to get sick).The bowl is especially useful and versatile. Great for soups or just any food. The cup had no issues insulating the heat from boiling tea, so bare hands are not a problem.

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shank wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Some have warned me that such towels do not do a good job drying your body. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this towel. Used it for a month long backpacking/travel expedition. The towel was always dry by morning and did not smell, although other things did (-;
I'm 5 8" and the Large was a good fit. I look forward to using it again.

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shank wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used while travelling in Africa for a little over a month and I am Very glad I had the Cover. You can imagine how bad the sanitary conditions were in most places.
Both while hiking and just throwing the backpack in the back of our jeep, the cover kept the mouthpiece clean and protected from scratches. My friends wished they had it.

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shank wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

5 5

At first, it was a little itchy against the skin, but after the first wash I did not want to take it off. If you hang it to dry over night, it will be dry in the morning (under normal humidity conditions). The thumb holes fit really and the zipper although deep, allows you to control your temp a little better. If its and you are debating about several other options, grab it. I replaced this with a Patagonia Cap2 (same price) and could not be happier.

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shank wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used it several times. It is a great 3-season tent. Easy and quick to put together. I also spent a night in non-stop rain and the tent kept me dry. A few things to think about:
1. The tent might be too small for a very tall person.
2. No footprint - which is usually needed.

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shank wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Once you start to appreciate performance gear like this baselayer, it is hard to go back to regular shirts. However, I decided to downgrade my review. The shirt smells really bad. For the price, you can get better baselayers. I usually love Patagonia, but decided to replace this one with a merino-wool Stoic shirt (for the same price) and could not be happier.

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shank wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like others wrote, I also waited a long time to buy this kit and finally broke down when it went on sale. However, the kit is a must in order to keep the gear clean. One recommendation is to put the hydration pack in the freezer until the next use. This will ensure that everything stays free of fungi/bacteria until the next use.

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shank wrote a review of on July 14, 2009

5 5

You cannot go wrong with camelbak, they really do make the best hydration systems. Extremely durable, will not burst or leak even under a lot of pressure. The tube is long enough to reach your mouth even when using big backpacks. I recommend getting the cap to protect the valve. It gets dirty, it's kinda of annoying to buy extra stuff that should come with the bladder, but is is worth it. There is no after taste and it keeps fungi free for quite a long time. However, proper cleaning especially of the tube is recommended. I do not recommend using it in alpine hiking (cold temperature), more insulation is needed. The whole thing froze on me while climbing a glacier in Ecuador. I reached the summit without drinking any water!

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shank wrote a review of on July 14, 2009

5 5

This is my second pair from Backcountry. My Dad stole the first pair and won't give it back to me. I think it says it all. Great for hiking and general work. The pants are very durable and dry very fast. The only downside is that they do not keep you warm and do not block wind very well, but it is expected from convertibles. If you are hiking in high altitudes and cold weather conditions then I recommend something different. All in all - great buy. Oh, I forgot to mention that I wore them for more than 4 straight months in a backpacking trip in South America.

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