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Doug V.

Doug V.

Doug V.

Doug V.wrote a review of on March 21, 2019

5 5

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

Compass it has luminous markings which is nice a lot of compasses don't have that. I also like that it has a slope needle helps to judge grade. The lanyard. Is graduated so you can lay it on a map to calculate the length of a curvy trails also comes with a screwdriver in the lanyard so you can adjust for true North. Magnifying glass is handy for reading small topographical markings impossible way to help start a fire.

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Doug V.

Doug V.wrote a review of on March 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

These boots are warm and keep your feet dry. Well made and gives you a firm sturdy traction on slippery snowy weather conditions. I wanted a pair of actual sores for 30 years.

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Doug V.wrote a review of on October 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So let me start by saying the one half liter doesn't have that plastic taste that my 2 1/2 later has had. I had to work really hard to get the plastic taste out of the 2 1/2 liter Hydration system, that being said I love the hydration pack., So I never really finished 2 1/2 Liters of water on my hikes because I actually cared another water bottle. What I really like about this hydration Bladder is that I save weight the new smaller lighter blader. I took 3 pounds out of my pack with this new bladder

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Doug V.

Doug V.wrote a review of on October 14, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was looking for lightweight camp shoe that I could use for forging rivers and wading in rivers, These are really heavy,I thought about keeping them for kayaking but they are very heavy. Also wanted to use them for fishing and wading in streams and rivers. Because of the low height I worry about sand and gravel getting in. I thought that this might be an issue when I purchased it but they look lightweight online no wait given In online specs. I have not ever use these shoes because I wanted a lightweight shoe for backpacking. Due to the heavyweight over 2 pounds they were not conducive to backpack

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Doug V.wrote a review of on September 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 42

Great shorts lots of pockets, the back pockets Velcro close with small gab tabs to help open also there's an extra seem to provide a little pucker giving the pocket a little more room. They put a lot in the two cargo pockets. First the pockets are not overly billowing and each has a smaller pockets inside, The one on the left has a zipper close I like to keep my wallet in there keeps it nice and secure I can then put snacks in the outer Pocket. The right has a smaller pocket inside perfect for cell phones or small cameras helps them from getting scratched up and flopping all around and then you still have the outer pocket. The only thing missing is two small drainage holes grommets on the bottom. The front pockets have a nice slope. The fit of the shorts is right on not to baggy not or tight and the slightly stretchy fabric is great. The belt loop in the middle of the back nice and wide very secure. No button on the fly just an inside out snap the same for the cargo pockets we will see if these holds up

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Doug V.

Doug V.wrote a review of on June 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I recently upgraded my sleeping bags. For winter camping a 0° marmot Lithium and summer the 40° marmot atom both are longs. It's important to me to be absolutely sure my sleeping bags will always be dry, which led me to replace the stuff sacks that came with the bags. I have a spare 20 L dry bag this was impossible to use, I couldn't control the compression, roll the top up and bleed the air, in the end the whole thing just ended up to big. After talking with my gearhead he recommended these compression sacks. The E-vent works great let's air out not in so you can roll the top-down then cinch those straps down for a very small package. Use the 10 L small sack for your summer and the 14 L M for your winter bag. No I'm not a big fan of adding weight to my pack So ditch Your pillows stuff sack and stuff pillow into the bag, It belongs there anyway to help keep the pillow dry. Since I bought these bags I also realize there is a lighter weight version of this bag. I gave these two bags to my son and I ordered two lightweight ones for myself .

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Doug V.wrote a review of on March 10, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really wanted love this hatchet for making kindling pounding stakes in frozen ground . This is not something I would take on a weeklong hike, I probably wouldn't take any hatchet on a long hike. It is very light and I was hoping to use it are on overnight or two day hike or car camping. This hatchet is terribly out of balance, the head is too light for the handle. Hatchet or axes have to stick in the wood with minimal force applied. You have to apply your own momentum to force the ax head in causes the Inability for accuracy. The head of the ax has no wedge advantage other than the grind on the tip. Why are there hex head holes for loosening and tightening bolts I'm not going to be doing auto repair with my hatchet, I try to avoid carry large heavy bolts or any object that uses large heavy bolts while backpacking and If I was car camping I probably have the tools more appropriate as well I really don't have any use for prying nails in the woods this would not be my go to nail puller at the house or cabin. As far as opening bottles I can do that with a BIC lighter if for some reason they're not twist off. The plastic blade protector or lack of one was this slim tiny quarter-inch piece of soft plastic that seemed more like part of the packaging than something that's would stay on in my pack or that wouldn't be lost immediately which by the way I did.

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Doug V.wrote a review of on February 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a fabulous piece of gear, so much for 2 pounds. 50 inches wide 85 inches long. Ample room for two folks best to sleep Head to toe. Quick and easy set up I think the trick to fast setup is just take out the four corners first set up your pole Connect the tent to the pole and you're done! Neat little headlight pocket in the top of the tent that has opaque material that diffuses the light, very nice nice touch. Use it a couple nights down to 38 degrees is very comfortable. I don't know if it was designed intentionally but on the ends of the tent if you push Down and out on the edge of the bathtub bottom you can peek out underneath the high part of the rain fly another nice touch. Yellow color is alright, part of me always likes to blend into the forest more, most tents has have a bright color, but being able to blend in is nice on those nights when your stealth camping.

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Doug V.wrote a review of on February 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I want to get this knife for a long time. It seemed expensive so when I saw it on sale I had a jump on it. Sweet little size, great fix Blade, made in USA. The knife came very sharp, but of course I had try to push that edge a little bit. I hit it with a stone then sropped the knife on leather and it is now razor-sharp.

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Doug V.wrote a review of on February 2, 2017

5 5

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

This bag is so well made and designed, warm and one of the lightest 0° bags I could find, coming in at 2 lb 10 oz. You can see the attention to details in every aspect of this bag. The main zipper operates smoothly with a generous zipper tab and no snags. There's a small short zipper on the opposite side of the main zipper, this allows me to sleep with my arms outside the bag give me more room inside. I'm a big guy at 5' 11" 240lb and I wear a size 48 jacket so it's a little snug when all zipped up inside in my shoulder area, other than that it's very roomy for mummy bag. They even thought of putting little pockets at the end of the zipper run to tuck the zipper into keep the zipper off of any skin and
creating less drafts. There's a nifty little storage pocket on the inside of the bag perfect for keeping your phone or wallet in. You can snug the hood right down to a little tiny slot. Even the stitching seems to have quality everywhere you look, special little reinforcing tacks at stress points. Had this bag out in -1° weather I was warm and slept like a baby. Last I'd like to say inside this bag is really soft! This is a nice bag I like this bag. ��

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