sixstringsteve

sixstringsteve

Utah, CA, Colorado

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sixstringsteve

sixstringsteve wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this tent. I've had issues with too much condensation on some nights, and it's not extremely big, so I get condensation on my bag. Other than that I love the tent. My review is too long to fit in this comment box, so check it out here:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/process#forumtop

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had high hopes for this bivy, but it ended up being clammy with lots of condensation inside. Granted, it was very cold that night, and we were camping in the snow, but the entire inside of the bivy was covered in ice.

I like the idea of a bivvy, but there are quite a few tents out there that are lighter than this, and store just as small.

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on January 23, 2014

5 5

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

I was skeptical that this would be as good as the reviews, but it really is. This is one of those top 5 pieces of gear I can't live without. I love the form-fitted hood. I love the underarm panels that are breathable. It stays warm but doesn't get sweaty. I also like how long the shirt comes down, no plumber's crack here.

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I bought these after falling in love with a pair of Craghopper Nosilife Stretch Pants. Those pants also ran extremely small, but by sizing up, I found a good fit. I was hoping these pants would be sized similarly but they are not.

I normally wear a size 33" waist, which requires a size 36 in these pants. The crotch is very short, much like a woman's pant, and the legs are really wide and baggy. I don't mind slightly baggy pants, but these are silly. I'll be returning these and ordering some more stretch pants from craghopper.

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on January 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I agree with hegaveitall. I was really dissappointed to find that this only covers half my ears.

Based off the image, I was hoping it would cover my ears all the way to keep me warm, but it wasn't close. I'll be returning this one.

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my tubbs. I was deciding between these and the MSR Lightning Ascents (another fine snowshoe), but I'm glad I ended up with the Tubbs. My wife liked mine so much she ordered the same pair (in women's) and loves hers too. Exceptional traction in all terrain. I'm 5'6 170 lbs and the large is just the right size. They are a lot easier to walk in than other snowshoes I have tried. The flexible base plate really allows it to contour to the terrain, and the teeth underneath are massive. In other shoes, where I would slip on ice and hardpack, these gripped extremely well.

I'm not crazy about the bindings, but they work. My boots are a bit small for them, but they get the job done.

If you were going to be snowshoeing in waist-deep powder all the time, I might recommend some MSR's with long tails for floating. In every other condition, I couldn't imagine anything being better than these FlexAlps. Super lightweight, and they don't make you walk like a duck. I don't end up banging my snowshoes into each other all the time, and my gait is very similar to my hiking gait. Love 'em.

If you're worried about the price, I haven't tried them, but the cheaper version of these snowshoes look fantastic as well for the price (with slightly less spikey traction underneath).

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sixstringsteve wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using this bag for over a year, I've fallen in love. I've put at least 40 nights in this bag. I sleep really cold, and I actually use it for all my trips all season long. In spring/summer I leave it unzipped and use it as a blanket. In winter, I cinch it around my face and I sleep like a baby at night. I camp a lot here in Utah, and it has never failed me. I just got back from a trip last week where it hit -8* F temps and I was still toasty warm. This is one of those zero degree bags that's actually still toasty warm at zero. Very well built, I couldn't be happier. In fact, I like this bag so much that I bought my wife the same exact one for christmas.

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