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Andrew H.

Andrew H.

San Diego, CA

Andrew H.'s Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Surfing
Snowboarding

Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on March 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this two nights in some unexpectedly colder weather than forcasted and I was able to stay comfortable with baselayers and my down jacket on. I'm not a fan of the strapping system, it could use some work frankly. I ended up modifying it myself with some flat clips added to the loops. Love the collar, love the weight, the fill feels substantial. Great product, could use some refining.

Update:
I've been using this all through this spring and summer now and have yet to have any issues with it. With about 20 nights on it, the temperature rating is perfect for the warmer months. The collar is so surprisingly useful for locking in a bit of extra warmth when needed. The closure system could use some love but at the temps its intended for it doesn't matter if it gets a perfect seal, I just lay it on top of me mostly anyways.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on March 4, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs

Very little child stabilization. My little girl was flopping all over the place in this thing! I wouldn't trust this to do any more than walking around a farmer's market.

Ended up with a different brand that knows a thing or two about backpacking.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up a Summerlite after having a couple too many cold and drafty nights with quilts. Quilts are fantastic for dropping weight in warmer seasons but finicky and untrustworthy (in my opinion) in the colder months. I just couldn't get a fully sealed, draftless nights sleep without waking every few hours to readjust straps.
Enter the Summerlite. This thing weighs less than the same temp rated premium quality quilt I own and its toasty! Super happy with the feel and craftsmanship of this bag. Haven't had any down loss. Differential cut and continuous baffles mean this is a warmth machine for being a summer bag.
A trick to increase the warmth of it is to grab bottom of it at the zipper and shake/pet the down towards the other side or top of the bag. This will leave a cold spot at your back but that can be mitigated by using a decently rated inflatable pad - R3 or higher.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After nearly a year of everyday carry and countless openings this thing is unstoppable. Still springs open with same fluidity as it did when I first opened it. Solid craftsmanship, it'll perform when you need it to without fail. Has two methods of locking for extra assurance it won't close. I wouldn't carry anything else.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I picked this up as an assurance against bad weather on my backpacking trips and its earned a permanent place in my forever-optimizing ultralight kit.
The material is light enough that it pulls double duty as a wind jacket as well. The inner liner of the three layer material is soft and doesn't have that sticky feeling to it when on wet or sweaty skin. Breathability is adequate, it will wet-out eventually as will every other rain shell ever made. This piece does allow more airflow than my other jackets except perhaps the Gore-Tex Pro.
The size Large weighs 5.19oz and the fit is enough around my 5'10 175lb frame to add a fleece and down jacket, its tight but manageable. Without any layers and used as a wind jacket its fit is clean and without excessive material.
The hood is ok, it does its job keeping rain from pouring into and down my neck but the brim could use more stiffening to help keep rain out of my face. I use a hat underneath it generally anyways. It has an elastic band on the back to help with wind billowing and to keep the hood tight on the head.
Quality wise, impeccable. Taped seams, elastic hem and cuffs, longer tail to cover the butt, waterproofed zippers, a decent sized chest pocket and overall cut all add to this well thought out and executed shell.
I have zero concerns with durability at this point having worn, stuffed and re-stuffed it into my pack with no signs of wear.... UL gear in general requires a gentle touch anyways.
The price is ridiculous honestly, however, so is most quality UL technical gear and it does exactly what it is designed to do. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on October 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I was looking for a replacement for my 5+ year old polartec fleece hoody. I wanted something full featured, very warm and not sloppy or baggy. That pretty much describes the Compound perfectly.
Its made with climbers in mind so it has longer sleeves and a slim cut.
Thumbs up!

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on September 20, 2016

Hands-down the best quality around
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its a tarp, but its probably the most well made tarp on the planet.

The cuben fiber (named Dyneema now due to new owners of the company that produces it) material its made of was invented and used originally for racing boat sails. So its extremely durable and won't tear or even stretch under high winds or wet conditions. There have been cases of extreme hail storms making holes in the lighter material cuben tents but the actual chances of that are so slim that the weight savings wins out for me.

I use my Echo II for tarp and bivy camping and its perfect for that, I don't have the beak or insert net-tent. There's ample room for a single person and could accommodate 2 comfortably. It has a couple d-rings on the underside for attaching a guyline to the bivy keeping the netting elevated off my face, a requirement for comfortable tarp/bivy use in my book.

I've had it in several wet and stormy situations and with some experience in different tarp set-ups its possible to keep thoroughly dry, just takes some practice.

Cuben is notorious for being susceptible to abrasion so I'd suggest being careful with setting it up and to use a nylon or silnylon stuff sack, re-purpose the included cuben sack for clothes or something.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on September 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I picked up a pair of these somewhat recently and am really liking them.

I have a pair of the Lone Peak 2.5 without the waterproof Neoshell and in a side by side comparison it seems that these fit a bit smaller, even though my 2.5s are 10.5 sized. The previous version have a super large toe box which is great for groomed trail running and long treks as they are pretty much guaranteed to never blister up your toes. I have wide feet so they're great for me.

This current version seems to have reduced the size of that toe box - streamlined them even, not a bad thing, just different.. the 2.5s were borderline floppy. I haven't had them in a wet scenario yet but plan on using them this winter for a trek around Torres Del Paine.

Thumbs up to Altra for consistently producing quality products.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on August 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I use these for weight training, cardio and gym climbing. They're amazing for those. The fabric is lightweight and will snag if you're doing any backcountry rambling but for a simple workout shirt it can't be beat.
They're light, airy, and wick sweat off my body to dry quick. I tried a medium and while it fit, the large gave me more mobility. The fabric is a bit 'shiny' so it looks like exercise gear, not great for wearing around town... well, if you're into that I guess its fine.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I'm my wife's mosquito repellent, they just go straight for me everytime. Great shirt, I wore this for a week straight in mainland/jungle Mexico and didn't get one skeeter bite. Its nice and cool, dry's well and doesn't retain body odor too much.

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Andrew H.wrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10.5

Superb quality/craftmanship . These are my go to shoes these days. I bought them to use for light trail hikes and everyday use and they excel at both. They fit so completely perfectly around my feet that I'd feel confident in bouldering in them.
They are Italian made and so if your feet are on the wider side like mine they'll fit pretty snug but not uncomfortably.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These have quickly become my favorite shirts around town and out rambling in backcountry. I bought one, used it on a 11 miler and immediately bought two more.
The combo nylons are incredibly breathable and cool to the skin on hot days. It dries fast and doesn't hold odor from what I've seen so far. The fit is not quite slim but not a dumpy relaxed either, just right. There's an extra flap on the collar than can be brought up for extra sun protection. Speaking of that I believe its 50 SPF but there seems to be conflicting info on that online, some sources saying 30 SPF.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H.wrote a review of on July 30, 2016

3 5

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

I wore these everyday for 2 years. Wore them at work, play and everything in between. The lenses clarity and polarization is top notch. Styling is a updated classic look. All of that is great.
I took a couple stars off for craftsmanship and durability. After 6 months or so the film that give the lenses their pop started to wear away at the upper edges, my guess is from my caterpillar eyebrows filling with sweat and rubbing on them. It just got worse and worse until about a good quarter inch of the stuff had rubbed off.
Then one of connecting points on the arm de-glued and slipped out of the connection. I could slip the arm back on for awhile but the glue eventually rubbed completely off.
First of all, pretty bummed that its just a film on the lenses, and secondly, for the price they should have held up longer.
I contacted Kaenon about sending them in for repairs and never got a response back. Ok, Electric it is.

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