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Gregory's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
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zen_greg wrote a review of on December 1, 2004

4 5

Sometimes you don't need a full on internal frame backpack but still need something more substantial than a book bag for your day hikes. The Big Shot definitely fills this niche. The large capacity, comfortable suspension, and hydration system compatibility are greatly appreciated. This will handle everything you need for a luxurious day hike and could even be pressed into service for a weekend jaunt if you were going the ultralight route.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on December 1, 2004

5 5

If you have to have a bag made out of plastic, you might as well be able to see through it. The Sealine See Dry Bags cut down on the Murphy's law problem of the flashlight (granola bar, first aid kit, etc.) being in the last place you look. My bag has withstood quite a bit of use (or rather misuse). The Sealine bags are tough and surprisingly affordable.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on November 2, 2004

4 5

The ProLite 4 Stuff Sack is not, in and of itself, a product-of-the-year piece of gear. The value of the ProLite 4 Stuff Sack is that it perfectly fits your ProLite 4 sleeping pad. Unless you plan on strapping your pad -- and I do not recommend strapping your pad -- what else are you going to use? The ProLite 4 Stuff Sack does exactly what it is designed to do in an efficient and adequately durable way. Bottom line is that you dropped the extra coin to have the nice sleeping pad. Shouldn't you do a little something to protect it?

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zen_greg wrote a review of on November 2, 2004

5 5

Some footprints are an afterthought, but the Lightning Footprint was fully integrated into the design of the award-winning Sierra Designs Lightning. The Lightning Footprint will give you that extra protection you are looking for when placed under the tent. When going lightweight is a priority, you can ditch the tent and go with a footprint/fly combo. Everything clips in nice and secure. This may sound like a commercial, but I am very impressed with this tent and its footprint. See my review of the Sierra Designs Lightning.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on November 2, 2004

5 5

The Capilene Silkweights can be too cold. The Capilene Midweights can be too warm. The Capilene Lightweight Bottoms are just right. I like to use the Lightweights for snowshoeing or even late Fall hiking. There is a reason the Patagonia Capilene products won an Editor's Choice Gold Award from Backpacker magazine. Comfortable, durable, and functional base layers are worth their weight in gold.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on November 2, 2004

4 5

I've used The North Face Class V Trunks while paddling the upper Iowa and really liked the fit. Not baggy at all but still plenty of room in the thighs. I like the belt better than a drawstring on a normal swimsuit. I have also used the Class V Trunks snorkeling in the Caribbean. I found the trunks to be quick drying and comfortable to swim in.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on November 2, 2004

4 5

but not in a bad way. I used the Guide Water Filter while hiking the Pictured Rocks along Lake Superior. It performed well with no clogging issues. Then again, what filter can't perform well when sucking water out of Lake Superior. I have yet to subject the Guide Water Filter to funkier challenges but I am confident in its ability to perform well. Given its modest price, the Guide Water Filter is worth a shot.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on October 27, 2004

5 5

I am very happy with my Sierra Designs Lightning. The very first time I used it, I was not very careful about where I set camp. I awoke after a decent night's rain to find my tent in what can only be described as a very large puddle or very small lake. There was not a drop of water in the tent and the floor was acting like a water bed. I expect a lot out of my gear, but minimizing the effects of my stupidity earns the Lightning high marks in my book.

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zen_greg wrote a review of on October 18, 2004

3 5

I have had these boots for quite some time now. I've used them from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boiling Lake in Dominica to the rainforests of Costa Rica. I love the stability to weight ratio of these boots. I hate, however, the fact that the boots squeek with every foot fall. The plastic support is articulated to another piece of plastic. The pivot creates a plastic on plastic squeek. If not for the noise, these would get 5 stars.

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