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Filip D.

Filip D.

Filip D.wrote a review of on February 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted something that was super light, but that also had some structure and could withstand storms, rain, and crazy wind. This tent is just awesome. It's super light, but at the same time, insanely structurally sound. The material doesn't stretch so you get a bomb proof structure, without needing to re-adjust guy lines during the wind.

Another thing is that it's really versatile. This is my go-to tent for everything. I bought the mesh + floor insert as well. I use the exterior alone with a Tyvek footprint for the snow, and have used the exterior for alpine climbing with snow anchors. And I plan to use the exterior with insert for summer camping and an upcoming trek in Patagonia. I plan on using the exterior, set up higher up off the ground for some nice open air summer or beach camping in the future as well. Very stoked about the many uses for this tent and how modular it is. The double vents up top are great, for when you plant the tent all the way down to the ground in the wind, and there are loops on the upper inside for hanging a line, or clipping on a light.

Furthermore, for the weight, it's the most roomy two person tent I have owned. It's larger than other 2 person pyramid tents, on the market, but comparable in weight. There is enough room inside for two people and gear. There is a pole in the middle, but you can offset it to any side once the tent is up. It's a small inconvenience but you don't have to carry any extra tent poles. I use the hyperlite pole straps to lash two trekking poles together to support the pyramid. Or if you are camping near trees, there is a loop on the outside top you can use to suspend the tent from a tree. Again, so versatile.

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Filip D.

Filip D.wrote a review of on January 10, 2018

4 5

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

The warmth and fit on this jacket is awesome. It's very light weight, and for a synthetic fill, it provides a lot of warmth. The hood is a really nice functional size, and the internal pocket is a nice addition.

My only problem is that the stitching on the outside of the jacket snags on everything, and I am constantly getting pulls in the threading, and having to cut them off with my pocket knife

One thing I like is that it's light weight but feels more resilient (wont lose loft after a lot of use etc.) than the mountain hardware ghost whisperer. I have both and use this more so as a daily jacket, and limit the use of my ghost whispered as my backpacking/mountaineering jacket to keep it from wearing out too fast.

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Filip D.

Filip D.wrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 31

The mix of stretch panels with abrasion resistant panelling is what makes these pants awesome. They are on the pricey side, but It's hard to find other pants that have this level of functionality, fit and resilience. I have two pairs and use them for backpacking and mountaineering. I love that I can sit, climb, kneel, do whatever without worry about tearing a hole in "light" hiking pants, while still have the lightness and articulation of stretchy hiking pants.

The stretch panels do a nice job of adding breathability to the pants, which is great on high intensity mountaineering. I did notice that they stretch out a bit after wearing them a few times, but it's not a concern for me.

The pockets on the front are very functional. I often keep chocolate or energy chews in them as I climb. The vents are awesome as well, you can quickly unzip them to let some air in when you start heating up. They do not have any mesh, but who cares. Mesh would just add unnecessary fabric and thickness. They vents are like 5 inches long, so you don't show much skin.

The bottom of the pants have a really nice adjustable internal, stretchy strap, and a shoelace hook, so you get a really nice, dynamic gaiter effect from the pants themselves. Really nice. With some greenland wax, you can go without gaiters on less extreme adventures.

Overall, they are my favorite pants I own. Very practical and useful for many applications.

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Filip D.

Filip D.wrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 31

I love these pants. I have both the vidda pro trousers and the keb trousers. If you are deciding between the two, here are the differences I noticed. These are more rugged and made of more resilient material. Both pants are relatively fitted. They look really good, and fit really well with the angled knee joint. The thing I like about the vidda pro are the doubled materials on the knees and seat, and the number of pockets. I use these pants for general adventuring, camping, hiking, exploring, etc. While I use the keb trousers for mountaineering and trekking as they are lighter and the stretch panels make it more comfortable to walk, climb, and extend my legs.

Overall, they are extremely functional, comfortable, and while not being overly baggy. They look awesome, and are designed well and made of resilient materials.

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Filip D.wrote a review of on January 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 43.5

I've been on a few hikes in these boots, averaging 8 miles each. With every other boot I have owned in the past I experience a bit of discomfort, pressure points, or blistering during break-in. This is the first time I was throughly impressed with how comfortable and confidence inspiring a boot can be. I had zero issues or discomfort hiking in these. I needed a new pair for trekking through Patagonia but also generally wanted a boot that was built tough, would break in wonderfully, and last me for a long time. They are a bit heavier than other backpacking boots, but I think the comfort and construction are worth the extra weight. I think I found the perfect boot.

They are very stiff out of the box, but once you start to break them in the sole softens up and flexes in the right spots while remaining stiff in the right spots. The heel has a very firm compressive layer which is great for carrying a pack. The lugs on the bottom are awesome. Hiking over rocky, slippery, loose, or jagged terrain, these things grip like nothing else. You can plant your foot and not worry about slipping. The high ankle of the boots does an awesome job of stabilizing your ankle, and the grey leather ankle material is really soft, but much more resilient than a textile material. One of my favorite things are the pulley lace loops combined with the locking lace loops. You can really dial in a great fit and give your toes space after a day of hiking, while keeping your heel locked in. The pulley laces make it really easy to take the boots off quickly. Its great being able to just pop the boots off after setting up a tent without having to yank and pull at the laces frantically while on the verge of passing out.

Overall, I'm very impressed and can't wait to hit the traill in these things again.

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