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Dario Dwrote a review of on December 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a considerably longer review on Trailspace.com, but here's the quick version.

This is a very well constructed tent, with all of the features you need, and none of those that you don't. It is relatively light, and I would definitely place it in the ultralight category. The features work well, and the materials chosen by Kelty perform excellently.
Condensation is a non-issue, as there is fantastic ventilation and a smart vent in the rainfly as well. I have definitely put this feature to the test, with plenty of warm nights spent in humid areas.
The vestibule is great, and serves as a good shelter for at least 2 backpacking packs, along with some shoes and whatnot.
I'm rather tall, and even though this is a fairly small tent, I am in no way restricted or uncomfortable due to the size.

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Dario Dwrote a review of on December 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

CAPACITY:

This holds 64 oz. of water or whatever beverage you decide to carry with it. Judge based on your own experiences how long that will last you, as it differs person-to-person. That said, this holds a serious amount of fluid.

EASE OF USE:

The hinged opening on top is perfectly done. It's easy to open and close, and the seal is excellent.

FEATURES:

The vacuum insulated bottle is very good at maintaining both temperature and carbonation (if you're carrying something bubbly). The top is what you might expect from something that is aiming to look stylish, but the practicality of it is also notable.

CONSTRUCTION & DURABILITY:

This is a very well made product. I see no flaws whatsoever, and the design is so simple, I can't imagine that any of the components will break with use. The all-steel construction is somewhat heavy, but absolutely bombproof.

CONDITIONS:

I use this daily to carry either water or kombucha, and it rarely leaves my side. I can confidently stuff it into a backpack without worry of spillage, and the fact that it doesn't sweat is a huge bonus. I have had this for roughly one month now, but I have experienced a variety of situations with it, including a couple drops, and it definitely stands up to the test.

BOTTOM LINE:

If you need a growler (mind you that's different than a huge water bottle), then get a Miir. They are a cut above without a doubt, and after experiencing the simplicity and quality of this product, I'm convinced that all others are simply gimmicks.

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Dario Dwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Mega Jul consistently for a few months now, and at no point has it failed to impress me. It serves essentially every purpose one could have for a belay/rappel device, and without any of the issues that plague other devices.
I've been keeping my ATC with me for a while as a backup, but at this point I've encountered basically every situation I could when climbing, and it has not fallen short in any way. The only thing I would recommend is to keep an extra keynose biner with you when rappelling, so that you can release the auto-lock (which works like a charm) more smoothly and easily.
Bottom Line: Get one. This is the best individual piece of climbing gear I have purchased since my rope.

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Dario Dwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is the best jacket. Of all jackets.
I've had mine for years (it's the older version than the one sold here), and not once have I been disappointed by it. It performs when wet, it breathes surprisingly well - given the fact that it's a polyester puffer - and it has an amazing temperature range.

I have worn this on breezy days in the 70s, and on long snow days where temperatures were in the 0 to 5 range. That is not an exaggeration, and I'm always surprised by how comfortable it is no matter the situation.

I'm an avid rock climber, and the Nano Puff has endured many scrapes against sharp edges. It's even survived a few blackberry bramble incidents.

I have slept in this jacket on multiple occasions, that's how comfortable it is.

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Dario Dwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Of all the shoes I have climbed in, these are by far the best. They are as comfortable as the 5.10 Rogues (very relaxed fit), but just as effective and powerful as the Evolv Nexxos (ridiculously aggressive). I've used them on small, sharp edges of Sierra granite, and on long, slabby sections, and so far they have held up excellently. They fit like a slipper, but the straps allow you to really crank them down if you want a tighter fit. I could see myself wearing these for a long day of multipitch just as easily as they could be used for an intense bouldering session.

Overall, if you're on the fence, I would go for it and purchase them. (If funds allow for it.) They're refreshingly free of gimmicky crap, they seem to be very durable, and the comfort is unbeatable.

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