yellowlab03

yellowlab03

Yelm WA. Cascades and Sierra's

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yellowlab03

yellowlab03 wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

This bag is very nice, light and very warm...on the top half.I have slept 13 nights in it, and if you do not have an insulated pad you will literally freeze your butt off! The foot box on this bag is wider than most bags which is nice if you don't like your feet tied up and trapped. The zipper is nice, it will snag, but I haven't found a single no snag zipper sleeping bag that doesn't. As far as warmth goes, I have slept in 9 degrees in a BD Firstlight and ended up having to unzip because I was too hot. Great bag, BUY AN INSULATED PAD WITH IT!!

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

Light!
4 5

I really like this tent, it is roomy for one person, cozy for two people and light weight. I am 5'11, by myself I sleep diagonal and am fine with room. With two people my head touches one side and my feet touch the other. My buddy is 6'4 and his feet hang out the door, which is fine because I have the vestibule. Condensation is a pretty big issue, so I will open up the vent, leave the door open and just zip up the vestibule, no problems after that. I have only used the tent above treeline, and never in rain so I can't comment on how it would do in rain, though I would say that I wouldn't want to. On snow, the bottom will wet out a little bit at pressure points where you lay down. It seems to hold up pretty well in the wind, I dead man the tent tie outs and the vestibule tie outs and have never had any worries. The only thing I do not like about this tent is that it just feels flimsy to me as far as the fabric. I am very cautious with it setting it up and breaking it down and where and what I place it on or around. I guess that is the price you pay for the incredible lightness of this tent though. After all was said and done, I would most definitely buy this tent again and would also recommend it to others who are looking for a seriously light tent.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

5 5

I bought the micro as a back up stove for mountaineering, not even planning on using it. On a recent trip up Rainier while sitting at Muir melting snow with my Dragonfly stove I decided to try out the Micro.DANG this thing is awesome! I filled up a Backcountry 750ml Ti pot with snow and opened the micro up all the way. It took the Micro no time at all at 10,200ft to melt the snow and bring it to a rolling boil. I was amazed! This will be my go to stove for soloing and fast and light adventures.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

5 5

I can't move in these gloves unless it is well bellow freezing, which is why I bought them. They are incredibly warm on me and usually get put on if I am going to be static for a long time. If I have to do any strenous work in these, I take them off and stow them. I really can't complain about them, I knew what they did and I bought them for that reason.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

5 5

I have the mission 75 and it is an awesome pack, but too big for my needs at times. I bought this pack to make myself pack less crap that I don't need. The Speed 30 is supper light, moves with you and is very comfortable loaded. The only thing I don't like about the pack is the roll top closure. That is a very minor thing for me though. Highly recommend this pack.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

I have worn these since October of 2010 as my cold weather running gloves and also as my hiking gloves. I get sweaty hands pretty easily so I needed something that was going to be warm enough to keep my hands from freezing on a long run, but also not over heat them. These do an excellent job of doing both. They conform to my hand great so there is no baggyness flopping around, they also fit well under a shell but will stay put on your hand if you go to take your outer glove off (which could be a good thing, I like it.) I have worn them hiking in the snow a few times and they kept my hands pretty warm even when I had an ice axe in my hand or was using trekking poles. When they got wet, all I did was wring them out and put them in my pocket to dry out or at least warm up a bit. When I pulled them out I was surprised that they were almost dry. The gloves wash well which is nice especially after wiping snot off of my face after running or hiking all day! I haven't dried them yet though, usually just set them on top of the dryer. I will be buying two more pairs as back ups!

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

5 5

I love my dragonfly! It is a bit noisy at full open, but I wouldn't say that you can't carry on a conversation over it. Getting it started is simple, just make sure you practice with it at home before taking it out. The flame adjust ability is super nice, gives you the ability to open her up and melt a ton of snow or turn it down and cook some eggs. The flame is nice and evenly dispersed, to melt snow I use a 4 liter aluminum pot when my wife and I go out or a backcountry.com 1650ml Ti cookset for when I am by myself. To cook bacon and such, I have used a 10" lodge cast iron skillet (Still looking for a nice light weight skillet). The stove had no issue holding the weight of the cast iron. I highly recommend this stove and will probably pick up another soon.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

Great solo piece! I use mine with an MSR dragonfly and love it. I might remove the handle on the lid, it is a PITA to get to snap back once you fold it out. I liked the one I got off of SAC so much that I bought a second one. The bottom will discolor a bit and also warp a little, but nothing major. I also picked up two of the BC.com Ti sporks which fit nicely inside the pots and are insanely light.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

I went up Mt Adams with an Army issue ALICE pack... I will NEVER DO THAT AGAIN! As soon as I got home I went online and ordered the Mission 75. It is super light which is a strong point and also a weak point. The lightweightness of it comes at a price. Some of the seams on mine are starting to stretch a bit. There is a cinch cord that closes off the top that has a metal grommet to protect the hole that the cinch cord comes out of. I guess I man handled it because tightening the cord down, I almost pulled the grommet out. Other than that, the ice tool attachment is pretty slick and the welded crampon patch is very nice. It will easily carry 50+ lbs and the shoulder straps are super comfortable.

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yellowlab03 wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

Great Summer boot
5 5

Great boot. I have a wide foot, the La Sportiva Trango's smashed my toes together but these give me plenty of room for my toes. They are a good boot for me in the summer as my feet sweat a lot! I went up Mt Adams in July and never had a problem with my feet overheating even after a long day of kicking steps. I also went up to Camp Muir on Rainier in October and though I wouldn't recommend taking them to the summit, I just wore some quality wool socks to keep my feet warm and was okay for a day hike.

I wore Black Diamond Contact Strap on crampons on them and the fit was good but after trying on the Sabertooth clip's, I'll be upgrading.

The only complaint I have about the boot is the insole, you'd think a boot that costs as much as they do would have a better insole in them!

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