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Ashley M.

Ashley M.

Ashley M.

Ashley M.wrote a review of on October 2, 2017

Perfect for couples cuddling.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a big fan of the original, but unforeseen circumstances sent that tent to a friend and I was out to buy my own. The upgraded HV is fantastic. Much easier to "exit" than the original, which was my biggest issue previously. I bought this to use with a duo sleep system like the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed Duo or the Nemo Tango Duo and both fit nicely inside the tent. I was also looking to keep the tent weight and size to a minimum so I could take it bike or back packing. I did invest in a footprint, which I'd say is mandatory if you want to extend the life of the tent floor, plus it helps with a fast-fly setup. It's been in 20-30 degree temps (no snow) without a hitch (assuming my guy lines are on target...).

Agree with other reviewers that with the weight savings, you have to be gentle with the tent and treat it with care. Zippers are fragile. It's not fully stable in high wind (but I did put it up on a granite cliff in Yosemite in high-ish winds and it was a champ through the night). But I do believe if I continue to use it carefully, I'll have continued joy of a nice, lightweight tent that I can use solo or pair with someone to cuddle when the right moments allow!

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Ashley M.

Ashley M.wrote a review of on October 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this system. It was exactly what I wanted. I aimed to pair it with two Big Agnes Q-core SLX pads, which fit perfectly into the pad sheet. However, it was a bit too short for a tall partner. Our goal: get a duo sleep system where we could cuddle and comfortably share the tent in the backcountry for less weight than two sleeping bags zipped together. My normal bag is a 15 deg Mountain Hardwear Phantom (older 2014/2105 model) which is amazing, but they don't sell a compatible zipper option for marrying an additional bag. Alas, I looked to duo sleep systems. Nemo seemed the most promising warmth to weight for everyday bike and backpacking after some compelling reviews. Only trick: it's only 6'-0" with no overlap of material around the shoulders or neck to wrap around your body to keep out drafts. My partner is 6'-2" and he would have had to either side sleep with legs curled to cover his shoulders or have a 2"-3" gap of shoulders sticking out between the main quilt and the "hood". Gaps were totally a no-go if we were going to push it to the limits of 30-35 degrees. If Nemo makes a "tall" version of this, or a strategy of better quilt/hood material overlap, we'd totally be game for revisiting this option. We loved that it had at least a 700 -fill and came in at 3 lbs. 6 oz. with a Sea to Summit E-vent Dry Sack.

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Ashley M.

Ashley M.wrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

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

I'd been wary of adding extra bulk to my pack / panniers with these bags, but bought two to help with organization. They are incredible. Haven't yet tested the waterproof nature of these, but I've used the 13L as a sleeping bag stuff sack and my down has kept nice and dry.

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Ashley M.

Ashley M.wrote a review of on January 8, 2013

5 5

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

First technical pant shell purchase. Debated between this and the Gamma LT. These ultimately won based on technical details and color. The fit is stunning. I'm 5'7, 125 and a 4 fit like a glove with room for a expedition weight baselayer. Superbly flattering, kept me dry on extensive snow play and skiing. Should note, however, that without ankle zippers, these don't quite slip over ski boots. However, a great investment piece. Planning to bring on a 6 day alpine trek in the Andes.

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Ashley M.

Ashley M.wrote a review of on January 8, 2013

5 5

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

Am a novice to warm baselayers and selected these after extensive hunting. They are superbly comfortable (no digging waistband) and breathe well. I'd argue they're a bit see-through to sip a hot toddie in public. I wore these with a lightweight yoga pant over top and a pure shell pant layer and was toasty in 20 deg F skiing and under jeans in 5 deg F walking the river for hours. Perfect. Next test will be the Andes. More reporting back after that.

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