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Alexander Manfred

Alexander Manfred

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Utah: Land o' Radness

Alexander Manfred's Passions

Snowshoeing

Alexander Manfred's Bio

Stoked to be aGearhead at Backcountry! I have over 3500 miles of backpacking experience and am an avid cyclist, climber, skier, mountaineer, and canyoneer. I moved to Salt Lake from North Carolina and am so excited for my first winter here!

Alexander Manfred

Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on May 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has become my go-to headlamp for 90% of my activities. First it weighs 1oz. I have no excuse to not throw it in my daypack, bike, or touring pack. It is the size of an emergency light but performs at a comparable level to a modern full-sized headlamp, all be it for a shorter duration. The light is bright enough for trail running, is comfortable and does not move on the head, is rechargeable and waterproof. I would bring this light on a thru-hike, and I use it for all of my overnight trips. Polite red mode is a nice touch on such a small light, for use in the tent. Unless you are out at night for a prolonged period of time, or engaging in active route finding this light is more than adequate for the job. I've had mine for four months now of frequent use and it has held up great, still holds a charge as if it were new, and has even survived a couple of downpours. I ran it out of battery once on a long night hike, but was still able to make it down using the emergency mode. The only downside is it is hard to find because it is so small!

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This hands down the best insulated vessel I have ever used. The bottle is serious, it is heavy and well built. Everything in this bottle is about maximizing thermal retention--the neck narrows at the top to minimize surface area, the cap is thick and insulated and the bottle itself uses a lot of stainless so they can draw and extremely strong vacuum on it. The results are coffee that is still piping hot 12 hours later. I left a full bottle of coffee in my car for 24 hours while on an overnight winter camping trip and still came back to luke-warm coffee the next day. Impressive for only holding 22oz.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is simply awesome. I pair it with a Hydrapak Shape-Shift reservoir, to keep the sloshing to a minimum. The vest ventilates really well and the suspension system keeps it comfortable and in place, even when the pack it on the heavy end. I use it for mountain biking, long day hikes and some jogging as well. It is the most comfortable pack I have worn, and I love the versatility it brings with the stretchy stuff pockets, and amble pockets for food, phone, hat, gloves etc. This pack has a lot of bells and whistles and it ships with one chest water bottle. The only complaint is that the chest bottle pockets can be a bit tricky to get the soft bottle in and out. It would be best to pair the front water pockets with a bottle w/ a strawor one of the semi-rigid soft bottles.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome pack, with well thought out pockets and sleeve. It feels a bit larger than 20L, which is great to bring a large lunch, plus a change of clothes with me to work. There are two large zippered internal pockets, two front pockets, all well constructed elastic laptop sleeve, and the main compartment. I have used it daily for the last 6 months and it still looks new and gets a lot of compliments. It is easy to pack with the simple lid design, and the button at the top of the bag allows for a little extra room if you need to put a bike helmet in the pack.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on April 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing-- Holds a charge long for an evening of comfortable lighting around camp, even when it is quite cold outside. The white light is bright enough to use as a lantern in smaller spaces and "party mode" is awesome for setting the ambiance at camp. It can take the place of a fire, everybody sits and stares at it , just like a camp fire.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I actually used this to wrap my car steering wheel, as it was disintegrating. Going on 3 months now and it still looks like it did when I put it on. I'm impressed--this will be the next tape going on my handlebars.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think I've tried just about all ultralight dry bags at this point (SeaLine, Sea-to-Summit, OR) . This one is a bit more burly than the competition and I imagine is lest prone to blowing-out over the life of the product. Over all very happy with it. It has a slicker coating than other bags, so it is really nice for stuffing sleeping bags. This is a keeper.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put a set of these on my gravel bike to replace 40mm gravel tires that were on it. The bike is used on pavement 85% of the time and the other 15% on rough washboarded gravel. I really struggled to get the tires mounted on my wide rims (25mm wide 21mm internal), but once on they have been great. I have been running around 55psi in the front and 65psi in the back for my multi-surface rides.
No punctures after a full season of riding and they don't look overly worn. The fat rubber is also a blast on descents allowing a really progressive feel with loads of grip both braking and in the corners. Overall these tires are great for the price and I would happily buy them again.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on August 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first purchased this I was unimpressed by how rough the cooking surface was, but I gave it a change and seasoned it. Boy was I mistaken. This thing is as non-stick in the first month of use as a 100 year old cast Iron. I love it--it performs better than my 14" camp chef in non-stick. Very impressed--might have to buy another for deserts

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on August 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Impressed so far. I've only used it a few times, but it is really fast and I love its compatibility with the Hydrapak Seeker. Only drawback is that flow rate can be quickly diminished requiring a quick back-flush. As someone who hates all water filters--I'm a happy camper with this one.

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