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Corbin

Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Combo review of the Cold Forged hooded Jacket and the Cold Forged Hooded Parka ( I believe as of 2018 is now the Stance Belay Parka) What haven’t I done in these jackets? I have been through a few down jackets over the last few years, but last year I picked up both the Cold Forged Hooded Parka and Cold Forged Hooded jacket. I run cold if I’m not pushing up something so dual mid weight downs are awesome sometimes on the rough days. I did a ton of research over a few weeks before I purchased these layers and it was well worth it. Both of these jackets have been through heck and back. I primarily use the Jacket around town or hiking or fishing, and the parka on the peaks and ice and both when it just sucks out. Main differences between the jacket and Parka are the Parka has 2 zippers to help when belaying for ice so you can unzip from the bottom and the Parka is longer and a slightly high fill. I geek out at how well these top layers are engineered. They do an excellent job through pull tabs of keeping every possible spot for warmth to be lost sealed up. The hood fits over climbing helmet or hat then can be pulled tight around the back of the head and around the neck. Even on the brutal cold winter assents on peaks here in Colorado these jackets perform beautifully to keep my head, face and upper body warm. Spent 6 weeks total this winter out of a tent backpacking or climbing and practically lived in these jackets 24/7 this season. I would wrap one jacket around my legs in the sleeping bag and wear the parka up top and get through some super cold nights that way. Wake up slide the jacket off my legs and put it over the parka and begin the dreaded crawl out of the warm bag into the freezing winter wonderland outside. I got the Parka in a medium and the jacket in a small and they fit together perfectly. I have full range of motion for climbing and rope work and never feel resistance or bind from the jackets while moving on the mountain or with a pack on. I have had a few days of drizzle and light rain and was stoked to see how well these performed in wet conditions and how fast they dry. I have also pushed these jackets through a lot more bush than I should and am stoked there is no holes or tears in the material, I wouldn’t wear this in the trees skiing without a shell over it but for hiking past bushes and trees they have done great. Overall the Jacket and the Parka are solid layers to add to the gear closet, and have gotten me through some horribly cold days on the peaks and have outperformed the last 3 puffies by miles. These puffies are designed to do work and they do it very well.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these pads for what you pay and get. It is not as comfortable as an inflatable sleeping pad, but it is very comfortable if you take the time and clear away any rocks or bumps before placing tent. I just purchased a new one after 3 years on the last one before a 3+ week backpacking trip this winter in Utah. The last one has been around to many camp fires, fishing holes, trailheads after stupid long days hiking, belay spots for ice and rock, frozen summits and hammocks to count. I almost always have it on me and throw it down everywhere rain, shine, rocky, or snow. I have camped many nights on snow with this pad and it does a good job, again not as well as an inflatable pad, but if that pops mid winter with no repair kit you are having a very rough long night. I took my old one and cut it in half and use that for the pup and day packing now. Carried both the half and the full on my last few trips and was well worth it. Great all all-round pad.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stove is epic! This is not your primus or pocket rocket type stove, if you need to boil water at 13,500 Ft on the side of a mountain in a snowstorm this is your stove. I have boiled well over 1000 liters on this stove over the last few years. If you are looking to simmer soup mid-summer car camping this is not your stove. You can cook on this stove but it is difficult. It wants to do one thing, boil water as efficiently as possible as fast as possible and in any weather conditions. I’ll grab a pocket rocket for summer camping, but this is my go to. In the dead of winter average elevation of 9k I can get 4-6 days off one medium canister. That’s boiling for coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and one more boil before bed. If I don’t do a good job of keeping gas container warmish in the winter I may only get 3-4 days. Mid-summer I can get almost 10 days or more straight off one medium canister, but I’m not boiling a liter before bed also. This stove has saved my team and my sanity a few times. Pushing onto winter summits with bad weather, can’t stop to rest on the summit because we are getting blasted by weather, so we drop 500 vert and huddle behind a boulder pop this guy out and boil water for everyone and sneak some cider or hot coco packets in there. Talk about a huge booster to help everyone get of the hill. I have been with buddies in these conditions and they used their jet boil, I’d almost have my second Nalgene boiled by the time they had the first one done. This stove has been tossed in and out of gear bags for years, hardly ever cleaned, used to start camp fires on wet days, and has got me through some super cold days and nights. Earned its keep time and time again.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These shoes rock! I have had them for the 9 months or so and they perform great! I can push 10 + mile days in the mountains on terrain up to class 3 and have very happy feet at the end of the day. They are not as stiff as the La sportiva ultra raptors, but they are lighter. All at the same time they have great rigidness to take very rocky trails with ease. These are not as light as the Bushido’s but they are stiffer and able to take rough trails longer before feet get upset. If you want a stiffer trail runner and want to hit class 4 and minor class 5 terrain with super long hiking approaches on super rocky trail the Ultra raptor is your shoe. If you want to stack super long mile days with class 3 and under with rocky trail the Mutant is your shoe. If you want a bomb super light trail runner and occasional peak the Bushido is your shoe. Hope this helps you find the difference in a few superb shoes. La Sportiva for life!

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These shoes are ridiculously awesome! I have had 2 pairs of them, one I still have and use as a river/water shoe. First pair (2014) I had I punished over a year straight in the rainforest and mountains of Hawaii. Honestly one of the roughest environments as far as tearing apart shoes and clothes I have ever been in. In and out of water and mud and miles stack on top of each other several time a week. Brought them out to Colorado and staked a quick 200 miles on them in a couple months which finished them off. Second pair I picked up early 2016 over a Spring/Summer/Fall I stacked well over a 100 summits on peaks over 13000 ft. These shoes made love to my feet every mile. The ability to stack back to back days of peak bagging and have your feet happy after weeks is unbelievable! To many days out not in these shoes hating life at mile 15 in the day. Not these bad boys! I’m currently in another couple pairs of La Sportiva trail runners and love them also but the stiffness of this sole is perfect. I can land on a sharper point of granite mid foot were most shoes will buckle and fold over till your foot takes to much weight in one spot and the Raptors take it and spread that impact over a wider area causing your foot to work less and take a less of a beating. These are just a touch heavier due to the stiff sole but still a light runner/hiker. These Raptors are straight Beasts! I’ll be picking up a 3rd pair for this summer.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

The first 2 months I had these boots I was beyond stoked on them. I’m a diehard La Sportiva fan. Have had many pairs of running shoes and one other boot I put through the wringer and they have far exceeded exspectations. These boots crushed it on terrain well into class 4 and 5 on hard peaks. The foot bed that was in there was pretty bad, quickly put a surefoot insert in the boot. Any trips over 6 miles and it felt like I had been walking on concrete all day, but once a good insert was added I was back in love with the boot. Stayed waterproof ish for a few months then winter came. Would use the boots in 15 to 20 degrees out on cold days in the woods and mountains, they would do ok with that, little chilly but not terrible. Any colder and these boots wouldn’t cut it even when pushing hard. Had the boot for 4 months by this point, covered a handful of peaks and backpacking trips and backcountry fishing trips with great performance. Then the seam between the rubber toe cap and the tongue of the boot began to leak. I cleaned and applied waterproofing and left for a 3+ week backpacking trip in Utah in Feb and March. Boots don’t dry fast in the winter, the waterproofing did very little. The fine dirt of Utah continued to eat its way through the waterproofing, after a few days every step I took in water over an inch and my foot was soaked. Hiking in the bottom of cold canyons with trickling water in the winter with wet boots day after day started to really take its toll on my feet and mental health haha. Some areas we were in a fire was not allowed so drying was impossible. Spent way to much energy trying to find ways to get boots dry and how to avoid even the smallest of puddles in the middle of slick rock side walls with a pack on. Made for a rough couple weeks when you can’t get your feet dry more than a few hours then back into frozen ice boots that would melt back into water logged boots for another 8 to 10 miles having to avoid any build up in the stream. Spent a lot of money on a boot that only got 3-4 months of solid performance and now I can’t take out on spring snow hikes or near water. Not sure ill take them out this summer much just because they hold the water in the boot so bad. Once its wet its logged, at least in a non-waterproof boot the water can escape the boot. They started to good to be true, trail crushing beasts to expensive work around the house/ shop boots and basic summer trails that a $20 pair of pumas or sketchers from Walmart can handle just fine.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Gear shed attachment for the Elixir is awesome! I was little worried before purchase after reading other reviews about how easy it would be to attach. After a few nights backpacking and camping with the gear shed, I’m stoked on it! First time setting it up was semi tricky, but 2nd and 3rd time I set it up super smooth and taught. It saw some light rain and snow with medium 20 mph winds the other weekend and preformed great! I had 3 other peeps, dog and my gear hanging out cooking and chilling all evening in my 2 man tent with the attachment on while winds roared and rain drizzled outside, we hung out all warm and comfy out of the elements. I am looking forward to having this as a basecamp for the group when weather is less than ideal but you still want to hang out and eat. I was super impressed when the Gear shed is all sealed up how little breeze gets under the edges. It’s great to listen to the winds roar outside and feel very little air movement in the tent on cold winter nights. Then in the morning when the sun hits the tent and warms up you can open the vestibule on one side of the Elixir and the Gear Shed on the other side and get a great breeze through the tent as the openings face opposite directions and force air flow though tent to wick away any condensation that had built up through the night. Very well engineered shelter attachment that was worth the pickup.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up the MSR Elixir 2 at the beginning of 2018. Spent 3+ weeks backpacking through Utah for a photography expedition this winter and another 3 weeks backpacking around Colorado for the remainder of the winter and start of spring. It has been a very windy, cold last few months while out backpacking, and the tent has performed beautifully. Very easy/ quick to set up and tear down. Very easy to shake clean during tear down, with poles and ground tarp attached to the body. Has put up with nights of rain and ice to snow with no leak problems yet. (Still have not been through a summer thunderstorm in it yet) Feels strong enough to take some decent top weight in a snow storm. Vents well with both gear vestibule half open on warmer days. Not the tent to hang out in on a hot day, but it is a 3 season. I love the different tie options for the gear vestibules, you can half open vestibule doors and tie it up, open up all the way and eliminate the vestibule and tie it up also, half open vestibules and pull half of the rain fly over to the other side and look at the stars all while everything is tied down and out of the wind and still anchoring tent. Awesome stuff!! Stays anchored in high winds VERY VERY well. While exploring canyons one day away from camp the winds began to roar through the canyons, immediately turned around and bolted back to camp. Gusts in the upper 50s to 60s, tents were anchored on super fine sand, I thought there was no way our camp would be intact. When we got back Buddies REI half dome 2 was hanging on by the last thread, gear bunched in one spot on the side wall and one stake left in the ground with half the tent in a bush. All of his gear was in the tent (30 Lbs.) In the MSR Elixir 2, my bag and gear were in the gear vestibule (no weight added to the tent), with only sleeping pad and bag in the tent. It hadn’t budged an inch. Both vestibules, and all guide lines were all still taught and holding perfectly. Great piece of mind as for the next 3 days we were stuck in our tents as the winds raged and sand blasted everything. I was comfy other than the non-stop flow of fine dust flowing through the mesh parts of the tent. Would wake up to clear the dust out of my nose and the entire inside of the tent was a reddish orange color of fine dust. This is my only complaint so far, I wish the mesh at the head and foot of the tent was 9 inches to a foot higher. Starting at the same height as the window mesh. This would help keep the interior of the tent warmer and less dust on those crazy nights. Buddies REI half dome was just as covered on the inside as mine and realistically only a 4 season can button up tight enough to stop that kind of fine dust. I recently purchased the MSR Gear shed for this tent and have had a couple nights with it and I’m so stoked to add that to this tent. It was awesome to cook and chill the other day with my group of 4 inside my 2 man tent while it windy and raining little all night. Makes a great base camp attachment. Overall MSR engineered a great tent, I have been through a few tents over the last few years and for a three season tent this is one of the best I have used.

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Corbinwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great camp light. I picked one up a few years ago and lost it this past summer. Picked up another one before a 3+ week backpacking trip this winter in Utah. A few areas we were backpacking did not allow fires so having this light to put up in a tent or basecamp or tree was awesome! Super bright for the size and battery life. The top half rings make clipping to inside of the tent or tree super easy. With the sun going down so early in the winter it was great to still have a light other than headlamps to hang out and cook dinner around or read in the tent. During the winter I was able to get 25 hours or so out of a set of batteries. When it is warmer ill get a few more hours out of the batteries, im not the best about dimming the light when I can, so I could probably get a few more hours out of it if I was. Little light can take a good beating going in and out of gear bags, back packs and climbing packs. Never really that careful with it. Has fallen out of a tree a time or 2 and never have any issues with it. Keep chugging away.

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