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Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on September 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had a Jetboil Flash for a few years and it worked wonderfully for boiling water drinks/dehydrated or freeze dried meals, etc. But the big issue had always been turning down the flame to simmer. Well this MiniMo stove will turn way down to simmer. It adds a ton of versatility to your cooking in the backcountry. I have used it to simmer homecooked meals and just keep a meal warm until we are ready to eat. Much better stove. Also the pot is not as tall and thus much easier to eat out of. And the piezo starter has worked flawlessly for me.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on September 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have both the BV500 and BV450. I really like the transparency of the main container as it makes it alot easier to see when searching for items. Both because you can look through from the outside to locate and item and because it is not like looking down into a black hole from the top. Makes it much more useful. I have had some challenges with releasing the locking mechanism, especially at colder temperatures. Basically you have to depress the side of the black plastic lid in about 1/8" to allow the latch to clear the stop (twice because there are 2 locks). And in the cold, the plastic is just that much stiffer to depress. It is easy at 70 deg F, manageable at 50 deg F and downright challenging at 30 deg F. HOWEVER, I have a wonderful solution to not ever have to deal with depressing these locks...use an old hotel room key card or credit card. You simply place the card vertically in the locking mechanism such that the card is inside the outer catch on the main container and outside the triangular latch on the lid. Then you can rotate the lid and the card creates a little ramp where the latch just slides past the catch. It works wonderfully at all temps. And I took this a step further by mounting one of those adhesive silicone card holders for phone backs onto the top of the lid so the card is always easily accessible.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

I have used this tent for a couple of camping trips with my son. We are upgrading from a 25 year old 2 person tent. The Marmot Tungsten is so much nicer (as could be expected after 25 years). We live in So California and really love the venting in this tent with the top half being mesh. Even with all that mesh, we have not been cold in it, even when our last night dipped into the 30's overnight. I also appreciate how the poles pull the bottom 1 foot of the walls nearly vertical as this creates a lot of foot and head room in the sleeping room. My toes don't touch the sloping walls. Also the side walls are fairly vertical also. All that means the tent is very roomy inside. It has all the features of the more expensive tents at a much lower price. 2 doors, 2 vestibules, reasonable weight. It comes with 6 tent stakes, which are actually very nice stakes, however you will need 6 more if you want to use all the guylines. It also seems very well built and I expect we will be able to use this for a long time.

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