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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

The perfect emergency wind pant. A great option to throw into your bag for backpacking in the mountains. For those cold windy summit days, to lounging around in the cool evening, these pants are a no brainier add to any backpackers bag. They do shed light moisture for those quick afternoon storms, but I would be wary of trusting them in a full down pour for more than a half hour.

That being said, I would have loved a drawstring. I constantly have to pull my pants up a little bit or tuck in a layer to help them from sliding down. There already is an elastic band, so I don't imagine it would add too much of a weight penalty to have a solid cord that can be adjusted.

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Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for use in RMNP - a place I frequently travel in the summer months. Bear canisters are required for the warmer months, and this was a great option. I did a ton of research before, and had tried some of the alternatives. Options like the Bearikade are lighter, but the BV provides a good price to weight ratio. Counter Assults/Garcia's are super burly, but don't provide a good seat and are harder to pack due to their unique shape.

Speaking of packing, I like the volume of this one as it provides enough room for 1-2 days worth of food for a group of 4. Obviously, the type of food you are bringing is a large factor, and learning to pack smart allows you to maximize space. Start with the last meal at the bottom and work your way up to the first meal on top with snacks in between. Remember to leave enough room on top for your toiletries and other smelly items at night.

Opening this lid can be difficult, but I use a spork to keep my fingers from struggling to move the latches. The other canisters I mentioned earlier are a little easier to take off - given you have a tool or quarter handy.

Even with the difficulty opening at times, this canister is a good value due to it's moderate weight, large volume, easy packing, and ability to use as a camp chair. I would also note, I carry this internally in a larger 65L pack. Might be difficult to strap to a smaller pack.

Overall, 5 stars and would recommend to any friend who needs this type of product.

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Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this light because it's "lite". For minimal extra weight it's a light I keep tucked into my sleeping bag for backpacking trips. I love knowing I have this as a backup. For a tiny tiny wight penalty, I have the peace of mind in case anything happens to my main light.

Also nice for those alpine starts when you just need enough light to see the trail by. Probably will be adding one for my car and another to attach to my key ring (yes, it's that small).

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Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This was part of a gift for my girlfriend's first backpacking trip last summer. I have the men's AG version, and both of us love this pack. It's not an UL pack, but the way the suspension carries weight - it feels like a lighter pack. With the large sizing, it's tempting to pack too much gear in, but the suspension does a great job of distributing the load. The green color is super nice in person, and I now have about four or five female friends who have purchased and loved this pack based on my recommendation. Can be a little hard to get on with the hip-belts staying closed, but once it is on, it gives the perfect hug around the waist. Overall, a great pack for some one new to the outdoors, or someone who wants to experience how far pack suspensions have come in the past few years.

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Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my girlfriend's first backpacking trip last year, and have gotten nothing but praise. It's not the lightest pad out there, but it's comfortable and super bomber. Packs up decently well, and for the price I feel provides a good value. Compared to the Neo-Air it's going to be a little quieter, heavier, but also a decent chunk of change less expensive. If you aren't counting ounces - this is a great do it all pad. GF is 5'2 and loved the regular.

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Andrew M.

Andrew M.wrote a review of on January 18, 2016

4 5

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

A great watch that truly is a workhorse of a product. It's not the flashy watch, but it's the one I reach for when I head into the back country. Alarm is a perfect volume for those alpine starts, and I haven't had any issues with getting it set. One downside is the contrast is a little weak. Even making adjustments, I feel it can be hard to read in less than ideal lighting conditions. Overall, a great watch for those headed to play that just need a product to work while still looking pretty awesome.

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