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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 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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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

So Rad!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the privilege of using this tent for the first time last weekend. I was excited to get my hands on it, given its unique features , and let's be honest great aesthetics. I was not disappointed. It sets up incredibly fast and is a taught free stander. Once I figured out the guy system (actually super simple when you know what to do) this tent is rock-solid. This tent is very storm-worthy-lab tested up to 55mph winds I would not hesitate to take this tent into the high alpine and depend on it. I definitely falls into a 3 season convertible tent--pushing 4 season weather resistance at an incredibly light weight.

So the tent can shine as an extreme weather shelter, but I think its greatest strength is its versatility. The entire interior can be removed by unclipping about 20 micro-buckles, leaving you with an extremely fast, light, and strong shelter. I opted to take the tent in this mode to save the 1.5lbs of interior and use a Tyvek ground sheet. The tent is low enough to the ground that we did not have bug problems and slept with the rear vent open and door cracked---no condensation issues.
The tent is also extremely spacious for a 2-person shelter (which is what you want in the alpine). We were both able to sit fully upright in the tent and deflate/roll-up our sleeping pads at the same time, due to the steep walls and generous footprint. Also the front door can double as a floor mat, or mess station. My only complaint is that the pockets of the tent are located on the fly inside the vestibule--this was actually really nice using it without the interior, but I could imagine it could leave something to be desired when trying to organize two people personal items while using the interior of the tent.

Salewa hit it out of the park with this tent. I don't think there is a tent on the market that offers the same levels of innovation, security, low-weight and flexibility.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on June 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like how handy this cooler is. It is by far the best insulated collapsible cooler I have used. Adding the extra air in between the insulated layers makes a big difference in efficiency--it is noticeable. I find I use a portable cooler much more than I would a bulky rigid one. It's great for giving a few beers an ice bath or taking a few things with you quickly in the car. I'm really happy with it. The roll top has been leak free.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs

My 6 year old pair of these finally gave out, so I replaced them with the new model. The fit is the same as my old ones and they seem just as high-quality. It seems like the Velcro closures have been improved and some reflective material added. They are cool enough to ride on hot days mountain biking, and I like them in the fall on my road bike. Really happy with these.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've moved away from sea-to-summit ultra sil bags in favor of OR's sil nilon bags and these. These are really smooth and you can stuff things into them really easily. They come with a great warranty and seem more durable than the others on the market.

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I had Thetas before like Forbes did as well and this has fixed all of the complains I had with those--mostly pockets and tight fit around stomach. His reveiw below is spot on. These are a fantastic all around shell. Extremely high quality. Love them!

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Alexander Manfredwrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this to pair with my Katadyn BeFree. I would not use it as a water bottle to drink from...not really its purpose. Its threads are compatible with the BeFree so you can filter right next to the stream into water bottles or bladders very quickly or store a few extra Liters for camp and then filter when you get there. I've only used it once so far, but it should fit my needs just fine.

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