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Amelia

Somewhere in the east coast

Amelia's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing

Amelia's Bio

Just a regular person with a huge appetite for adventure...

Likes: Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking, Horseback riding, and Canyoneering

Amelia

Ameliawrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Blinding 300 lumens delivered after a simple charge via micro USB. It comes with three BD rechargeable batteries and a charging cable.
The floodlight is phenomenal. Clear light with a super wide throw. It lights up a whole room and works well for camp tasks after dark.
The spotlight punches through the dark for distance viewing.
A single charge has lasted me two months, using the light approx. 4 nights per week for outdoor work.
(Tip: if the batteries won't charge while inside the headlamp, they probably drained from disuse. You can use one of those wall battery charging stations to jump start them. They're not dead!!)
It's a bit hefty on the head for everyday tasks, but if you need a bright, waterproof, rechargeable headlamp for outdoor pursuits, this is a great light.

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everything you want a headlamp to be: durable, bright, simple controls. Click once for on, once for off. Hold for dimming. Push button switch is glove friendly and much easier to use than the previous model. Both the red and white lights have dimming functions. Band is comfortable and easy to adjust. Great for emergencies or ultralight backpacking.

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Small

Great for canyoneering! These socks are very thin, just enough to protect your feet and ankles without holding in soaked water. After a full day of canyoneering in south Utah, I rinsed the mud and sand off and they're as good as new!
I've had my pair for about a year now and use them regularly. Not quite enough padding for use with hiking boots, but great in running or approach shoes. Aside from the ankle cuffs getting a bit fuzzy over time, there are no signs of wear on the socks.

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Ameliawrote a review of on April 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up this headlamp for no other reason than that I was stoked that Petzl updated a classic. One of my favorite lamps is the Petzl Tikka Plus 2, which is a great little light but just not bright enough for night hiking (and we all know the red light was weak sauce.) Enter the new updates...!

Brightness: I tested this against the Black Diamond Spot (2016) which has become known as the gold standard for the average backcountry adventurer. The Petzl Tikka produces a very clear light that is a mix of spot and flood. Compared to the Spot it has nearly equal throw but has better peripheral light (when both lights are compared on the highest setting). I love the bright white light it throws. It is bright enough to be my light for multiday backpacking trips. Compared to other lights, I would say the 200 lumen claim is accurate.
The Tikka does not offer a dimming function but has three intensities for the white light. The lowest setting (one click) is perfect for illuminating a tent, room, or wide trail at night. The middle and highest settings are plenty bright for trail hiking at night. I found myself even switching to the lowest setting at times because the thing was so bright. Score.

The red light provides a less intrusive light source for times when you need to preserve night vision or not wake up a travel buddy. It is just bright enough for indoor use and close up camping tasks. There is also a flashing red function.

Comfort: I've worn this for over an hour straight and the band didn't slip once. It feels less boxy than the Spot and the band is more secure (my friend and I both agree the Spot's band slips). It is super comfortable for hiking and at 3oz you almost forget it's there!

The whistle works and is actually pretty loud if you need it to be.

Meh: there is a glow in the dark ring around the main LED that stays bright after you turn the light off. I could do without this feature but I imagine some may like it for locating their light in the dark.

I took this light with me on a weekend backpacking trip to Mt. Rogers and it was great. Perfect for exploring around the trails at night; I never wished it was brighter!
I also carry it in my bag as my travel light.

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Ameliawrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9.5

Bought these boots in the Stone color 9.5. The boots come in narrow sizes, which is perfect for me since I have a very narrow heel and supple arch. My heels always slip in boots, but the Renegade's secure fit locks down my heels well, and without having to lace them uncomfortably tight! The lacing provides a snug but comfortable fit. I wanted a boot that would be supportive and able to handle anything I could throw at it: I have used these boots for hiking, scrambling, fishing (loving the gortex), and horseback riding.

The full grain leather is very durable. I use them frequently to scramble up boulders and rocky trails and they don't show a scratch! I have put at least 50 miles on the boots so far, and aside from a healthy coating of dirt, they look new. The gortex works great; I've waded in water several times and not had a single drop come through.

The Vibram sole is super sticky on rock, which is great for securing footing when scrambling or hiking on slick rock. Even descending wet rock is easy in these boots! I am so confident in their traction that they were my boot of choice for tackling the famously exposed trail of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. And they were perfect; I watched those in lesser shoes lose their footing frequently throughout the day. I have yet to find a surface these boots will slip on!

The boots are very comfortable, and just seem to get better with every mile!

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 6, 2016

Dual Threat to the Weather
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

What I expected: a stylish, weather resistant jacket that is both comfortable and functional. I purchased this as a do-all cool weather midlayer, and mild temp outer layer. I also wanted it as a layer for occasional strenuous outdoor activity.

I've had the Dual Aspect for a few weeks now, and I like it a lot!
My first thought after feeling the soft Polartec was "How is this thing going to be able to repel water?" I decided to test it out in a light drizzle. The result was water beading neatly over the surface of the membrane! The non-membrane covered parts of the jacket just absorb the water, however, so I imagine it would wet out eventually in moderate to heavy rain (you can see the difference of the fabrics in the picture). BUT this jacket is advertised as weather resistant, not weather proof. If you are expecting serious rain, bring a true waterproof shell. If you want a midlayer/outer layer that will repel the unexpected drizzle/snow, the Dual Aspect has got you covered (literally.)

Likes
-Initial impression is that it is warm (further testing needed).
-Water resistance
-Decent wind resistance
-Sleeves are nice and long
-Slim fit is stylish!
-Hood is AWESOME. Zipper can zip all the way up over the mouth, and the zipper head is covered in fabric so the cold metal isn't exposed. Someone thought this one through! The hood itself is soft and thin, made to fit under a helmet. It fits the head snugly.
-Underwater blue color is striking and beautiful
-Pockets are deep and hold items close to the body (so if you are skiing/ice climbing/backpacking etc. in sub freezing temps your phone has a toasty home).

Dislikes
-Not super packable. I don't own a R1, but I have heard they pack down very small. The fabric on the Dual Aspect is not as flexible, so it doesn't pack down super well (about 7x5in, think cantaloupe).
-Parts that are covered in the weather resistant membrane are less flexible fabric, so the jacket bunches when sitting down (my advice, unzip).

Eh?
-Looks technical. And by technical, I mean it looks like its made for a backpack, crampons, a belt flashlight, and a sweet adventure! This is a plus for me but may be a drawback for some.

Ultimately, if you want a versatile midlayer that is warm, weather resistant, and can hold its own as a softshell outerlayer, then give this jacket a shot.

UPDATE:
I have now taken this jacket in the rain several times. In a light drizzle, it repels water nicely and keeps you dry and warm.
There was flash flooding in my area so I took the Dual Aspect for a stroll in the downpour. The membrane works decently well. After 10 mins of moderate rain, I was almost dry. I say "almost" because the nape of the neck (where the membrane of the backpanel changes to the stretchy fabric of the hood) is the Achilles heel of this jacket. That area on a jacket always catches a lot of water, and on the dual aspect it was the first part to get damp due to the change in hood fabric. The hood itself is not waterproof. Overall I would say that the rain resistance is decent, and acceptable if you happen to get caught in a short shower or the weather changes unexpectedly. However, if you are expecting moderate/ hard or sustained rain, this would wet out eventually. The dual aspect has become the jacket I grab if I need some warmth and the weather is going to be unpredictable.

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I loved this beanie since the first time I pulled it on! The material (merino and nylon blend) is soft and comfortable, yet warm and durable. I wore this beanie all winter and it still looks brand new! It fits snugly and is thin enough to fit under another hat/hood. I imagine the fit may be too small for some, but for me it's perfect. It covers the tops of my ears, and does not have extra material in the back like some beanies do.

From around town to the tops of icy mountains, this beanie has never let me down! The material is great, it stays very warm even when damp from sweat. If you want a warm and snug beanie that is great both in style AND function, this is the one for you.

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

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

Borrowed this pack from a friend for a 4 day backpacking trip in NY.

Pack is roomy and feels spacious when packing. I was able to fit all my gear in for 4 days easily. The compression straps work well to compress smaller loads. I liked the top compartment ("brain") for organizing, as the pack itself does not have any internal organization pockets. I did find myself wishing there were at least one or two external zippered pockets like on the Atmos/Aura. However, the pack is meant to be light, and for short trips (or light packers). I think it accomplishes this!

The pack itself feels very light and has good suspension, carrying a 15-18lb load for 4 days was no problem for it. It doesn't have much padding, but was still comfortable due to the effective transfer of weight to my hips.

There are multiple attachment points on the outside of the pack to attach ice axes, trekking poles, etc. The straps at the bottom were plenty long enough to strap on my tent's footprint.

The external hydration compartment worked like a charm; having the bladder behind the back panel made it easy to fill up at streams and didn't take away any internal space from gear.

One thing I would have liked is access to the middle of the pack. Since there is only top and bottom access, it is sometimes difficult to get gear from the middle without taking other things out. This backpack is designed for small loads and efficient packing.

Overall a good, light pack for short trips/loads under 20lbs!

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this pad for backpacking and camping. I have used it on several trips, and it really shines on warm nights. I found it to be very comfortable: my hip did not touch the ground even though I am a side sleeper!

This pad is great if you use it for what it is intended for: warm nights. If you are expecting cool weather, it is a better to get pad with some insulation. This pad has a R value of 1.3, which means that anything below 45 may be a cold night. I spent several comfortable nights on this pad in temps around 50-60, but was uncomfortably cold on a night that dipped to around 35 (bag rated EN 32).

Likes:
-Decently light (18 ounces)
-It takes me only a few minutes to blow it up, and the comfort is well worth it.
-I think the green color is pretty and less of a stand-out than other sleeping pads (bright yellows, oranges).
- Packs very small (about the size of a Nalgene).
- Edge does not collapse like some pads.

Dislikes:
-The pad is noisy when moving around on it. This may be an annoyance to some.

Overall a good pad for the money. Happy hiking!

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Ameliawrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Bought this merino wool buff for backpacking, camping, traveling, outdoor sports practices, and basically any time I find myself outside in cooler weather. I like the merino for cooler weather because it is warmer than the original microfiber buff. It keeps my neck warm when worn doubled/tripled over, and is light and airy enough for mild temps when worn as a bandana. I used it on a dayhike of a strenuous part of the AT in the winter, and it kept my face and neck warm and protected from the harsh cold air. I didn't even get sweaty underneath it! It's so light that I forget to take it off after I get back from a day out. It packs super small (fist size). Great thing to throw into your backpack or purse. Super functional, highly recommend!

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