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Jill's Passions

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wing wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the 2 liter reservoir for a couple of years now, and it's holding up really well. I mostly use it for backpacking, with a Sawyer in-line filter clipped on, so the quick release hose attachment is fantastic. I also really love that it opens completely at one end, this makes filling it from lakes and creeks easy, and it also makes it fairly easy to clean and dry completely when I get home. I love this combo - being able to just fill it up at a water source and drink, not having to pump or treat water. I was a bit concerned about the bar closure being secure, but so far so good. The thing I didn't like was the bite valve and giant cover - they didn't work great and were difficult to manage with the pack ports, etc., plus annoying to pull off the cover every time I wanted to drink. So, I just cut it off and stuck on a plain Camelbak bite valve, which works great.

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wing wrote a review of on April 17, 2012

5 5

This is a fantastic sleeping bag. It's incredibly light, quite warm, and very well made. It's slightly roomier than the WM Ultralite (though still slim-fit), and noticeably warmer.

I sleep cold, and found this bag very comfy well down into the 30's. For the night when it got down into the high teens, I needed 2 layers, but was comfortable.

Keep in mind that it is an ultralight bag, and as such, the fabric is thinner and lighter, and should be handled with care.

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wing wrote a review of on April 12, 2011

Great all-around tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A fairly simple, well-designed tent at a great price. It's pretty easy to set up, nice space inside for a backpacking tent, and it's very sturdy and waterproof. Definitely 3+ seasons. It's really well-made, and a good value, comes with footprint and gear loft (most brands make you buy those separately.)

My friend and I lived in it for 9 days while exploring Yellowstone and backpacking the Grand Teton Crest trail. We found it very comfy for 2 people. Having 2 doors is worth the extra couple of ounces, and the vestibules are fabulous - easy to get in and out even with all your gear under there. The tent breathes well, had minimal condensation, though in cold weather that little window does fog up. I've been through several storms in this tent, and very happy with it.

I've been guiding wilderness trips for more than a decade, and I highly recommend this tent for beginners through very experienced folks. It's not the lightest thing on the market, but when I want to go light I take a tarp instead. This is great for trips when the weather will be nasty, or I'm taking a less experienced friend and not going far, or for car camping.

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