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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on July 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think this stove is best in it's class. I also own and have used extensively an older MSR XGKII, Dragonfly, Whisperlite, etc. It is a great mix between the full on power of the XGK line with the fine-tune simmer ability of the Dragonfly. It weighs less than either and packs smaller. PLUS it lets you use gas canisters or liquid or both on a trip. Very versitile. It is fast to boil, but not THE fastest I have used. Primus built this stove to maximize fuel efficiency, and in my garage tests, it really does use less fuel to get the pot to a boil. I prefer this over a 30 second faster boil time! Great constuction and quality!!

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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

I was looking for a wilderness canoe tripping pant. Not really for backpacking or climbing, but for extended backcountry canoe trips. That meant they have to be tough for long portages and comfortable and wind and water resistant. After a couple weeks with these, I can say the materials chosen by Marmot are fantastic. In addition to the great fabric and features, I love the pocket layout. The zip pockets at the front of the leg up high as perfect for canoeing. When you are kneeling, you still can get to something in your pocket. I also like the hand pockets in that they are more horizontal than vertical in some softshell pants. I think this makes them much more functional - I ALWAYS have a spyderco pocket knife in my front pocket clipped on the edge, and this pocket allows that. A lot of softshells do not. The other half of the equation is FIT. I'm picky, not too baggy, not too tight. Have tried many options and these hit the sweet spot for me. They are not too tight (I have pretty thin legs) and allow plenty of movement. On the other hand, they are not too baggy that they are annoying or catch wind. The only improvement I might suggest would be to taper the bottom of the leg a little more, they are pretty much a straight cut, but this might help if you want to wear then over very bulky plastics or ski boots. Overall, the best pants I have tried yet!!!

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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Compared to my Snowpeak 600 mug, it's a little taller and has a great lid. The gage actually is thinner Ti and is only marginally heavier, but that's because it has a little more volume. Lid fits well, but not perfect, and comes with a nice 'padded' mesh bag. OUTSTANDING deal. I bought two of them, you should too. Going to make a coupel Reflextix coozies for them. Only things that could use improvement would be a few more drain holes (drains a little too slowly) and I like the little lid handle, but I don't think it will survive for too long before bending badly.

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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

5 5

Bought this Frost Smoke along with the Alpine Light Parka. While they are similar, Montbell shows a couple different philosophies with these parkas. First the Alpine Light: 30 denier inside and out is lightweight while not fragile. Has the perfect amount of down in my opinion for 75% of my outdoor pursuits. Elastic cuffs, cut slightly short in length and functional hood. Nice details like a little microfleece around the neck and in the pockets. Also has deep 'drop in' pockets inside. Pretty much a perfect jacket to stash in your pack and live in on cool mornings and evenings. Lightweight but not without the little luxuries.

The Frost Line takes a little bit of a different aproach. A little less down, but cut slightly more roomy, a couple inches longer. Dual fabrics and uses mostly ultralight 15 denier which I REALLY like that fabric. Maybe slightly less durable in the body than the Alpine Light. Also has velcro instead of elastic cuffs, no internal pockets. It's a little lighter in weight than the Alpine Light but has less down.

Both jackets are awesome and I recommend them both. If you don't own a lightweight/midweight down jacket and can have only one, I might recommend the Alpine Light. I feel it's a little more versitle and would cover a little more of a temperature range. If you already own a midweight down jacket, I might say try the Frost Smoke, especially if you are taller and want a little more length and a slightly more roomy cut.

I'm 5'10'', 150 pounds and a Med in both fit me perfect, although like I said there is a little more room in the frost smoke and it's a little less athletic of a cut. You won't be dissapointed in either one. I don't see any other company making down jackets of this quality... and I mean NONE.

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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on August 2, 2012

4 5

I have a 31'' waist and thought the 32''ers would work. But they were too loose. In fact they measured closer to a 33'' waist. So I returned them. The rest of the pant (fit, material construction was right on!). What a shame. Also the pockets should have a slant instead of being a more 'straight across' harder to access cut. Next year you can get it perfect OR!

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tjb4857288 wrote a review of on November 20, 2011

5 5

This is a great jacket that is well thought out. I went with the Slate color, it is more 'grey' and more shiny than the photo on Backcountry. It weights in on my scale at 1 lb 3 oz for size Med. I'm 5'9'' and 155 lbs. It is a little bigger than I thought it would be. It is roomy like a belay parka on me, but not so big that I can't wear just a single layer underneath and seal it up. It is built of lightweight fabric, that doesn't seem very durable to might have to keep it out of the brush and away from the granite. The pockets are great, the hood is great. The hood is large enough for a helmet, but it has the usual adjustment bungies on the bottom, and one in the back that really allows it to hug the sides of your head when you want it to. Very effective! It really has all the basic features of most down jackets, while choosing a lightweight shell material, high loft down, and no frills to keep the weight as low as possible and to keep it versatile. I feel it is better than the patagonia fitz roy (which I own) in terms of versatility and design (although not as warm). I highly recommend!

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