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Ian Miller

Ian Miller

Ian Miller's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Ian Miller's Bio

I am a college student and avid outdoorsman. I love hiking and mountaineering as well as kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, and just being outdoors in general. I like to pack ultra light and go for speed and a minimalist approach to camping.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on May 15, 2012

3 5

I use this pack mostly for school and it's not a terrible pack. Does a great job at equalizing the weight so it does not hurt the lower back or sit unevenly on the shoulders. I especially like the plastic back that adds additional protection for he stuff inside as well as keeps books from stabbing me in the back. However, it isn't as durable as I would have hoped and after only a year of use it has a hole by one of the zippers from just everyday use.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on March 26, 2012

5 5

I have a number of gloves in my arsenal and have worn more. Out of all the gloves I have worn, however, this is my go to. They are remarkably warm while still giving tremendous dexterity. Lightweight and anything but bulky, these gloves won't disappoint. The only "downside" to these gloves is that they are not wind or water proof, but they were not designed to be. However I have noticed that even when they do get a little wet, often it is only the outer layer while the inner, 100 weight fleece stays nice and dry.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on July 20, 2011

5 5

They're Chaco's, nuff said. The are designed at water sport sandals with very wide tread on the sole but can be worn around anywhere. They take a little getting used to, especially if you dont usually have something looped around your toe, but they are durable and great for recreational activities. I even play Ultimate in them.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on July 17, 2011

5 5

Pretty durable and very comfortable. Though I did wear a pair of these out in 2 months, considering the strain I put on them, they held up very well. Breaths well so your feet dont sit in a pool of sweat, and not so tough they give your feet blisters. The Vibram sole if of course a must. Overall a a great shoe that will keep you happy no matter where your going.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on May 22, 2011

5 5

The reviews before mine say most of it and it deserves all the praise, but there are some things to be aware of before buying this hammock. As with all hammocks you will probably need a pad if you are going to sleep overnight in it below about 50 degrees. Also, this is the DoubleNest and one would assume 2 people could sleep in it but be aware that this is not a very comfortable thing to do. Aside from not having enough room on a pad for two people, if two people are in the hammock, they will both slide to the lowest point and be rather snug against each other. It does not leave a lot of room for moving around at night as well if you have two people in it and you will find yourselves in a very uncomfortable position when lying down. Other than the negatives listed above it is a great hammock. I dont feel that i need to go in to detail for all the great things as they are listed below.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on May 21, 2011

5 5

I love my eno hammock. Used it 2 months straight in the mountains. Really comfortable but hammocks do take some getting used to if you want to sleep in them overnight. I've used mine down to 20 degrees but it wasn't a fun experience at all. Definitely need a pad if you are going below 50 degrees and even then you may have some cold spots. But as far as hammocks go this is great. Its held up to some abuse and if your packing ultralight its the way to go. It does NOT come with a set of straps but i recommend buying some tubular webbing and just tying an overhand on a bite at the length you want. This will give you more strength, less weight, and greater flexibility on the placement of the hammock (I like the most tension possible when i am sleeping overnight in it). Overall a great by and extremely comfortable for just hanging out in, pun intended.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on April 1, 2011

3 5

I love my Oakley's....as long as i don't have to do anything particularly active with them on. While they do a decent job not fogging up, i do find that it does fog consistently by my nose piece. The optics are top notch and I can't really settle for less anymore. However, this is my 2nd pair of half jackets and my 4th set of frames....they just dont take any punishment. Sure its fine if you drop the on the ground but anything more than the force of gravity and the frame snaps. My most recent pair broke in a snowball fight this winter...and yes it was snow not ice. Overall they are great for everyday wear or use in minimally active situations.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on February 12, 2011

5 5

I've been using these pants for about 2 years now and love them. The looser fit is really comfortable but the waist still fits perfectly. They are tough as nails too. When I was going across a boulder field my foot slipped and i gashed my leg on a rock jutting out. While my leg was cut, the pants were fine. Very breathable as well. Im pretty thin with a 30" waist and the small fits like a glove.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on January 13, 2011

Stellar jacket
5 5

So this jacket arrived today and I put it through some rigorous testing to see if it held up to everything that has been said in the reviews. Starting off I loved the way the material felt and the way the athletic fit kept the jacket from getting in my way during activity. I then tested the waterproofness. The jacket performed spectacularly, shedding water with no problems at all. I even had water standing in it for several seconds before dumping it out and the material showed no signs of water absorption. Seeing how well it stood up to my first examination and test I was exited to see how well it performed in cold, windy conditions. I through on a T-shirt and headed out the door with this jacket on. The wind chill was 3 degree's and other than my arms being slightly cool, I was fine walking around outside for sometime with jacket on. With a 100 weight fleece under it this jacket was a little too warm at 12 degrees later in the day. This jacket is comparable to similar, more costly Arc'teryx jackets and maybe better.

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Ian Millerwrote a review of on January 10, 2011

5 5

A great ultra-light pack. Good for short trips if you are not packing ultra-light equipment, but if you are packing ultra-light the space just makes sense. This pack is very form fitting and allows excellent air flow with the air speed system, allowing you to keep a consistent temperature over you entire upper body so you can layer properly without fear of overheating your back. The bladder pouch is just larger enough for water bladder and keeps it from sliding around in your pack. It also does not have a lot of padding on the shoulder straps or the belt but this is to cut back on weight and allow for better breathability.

It is missing a lot of the bells and whistles many packs have, such as two pockets on the top pouch or an extra pocket on the bottom, but this is to cut back on weight which it does wonderfully. It is also very durable for an ultra-light pack. I am pretty brutal on my gear but this has held up for over two years of use in everything from high altitude mountains in the snow to hot humid days in swamps. Bottom line, this pack is an excellent ultra-light with great durability.

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Ian Millerwrote a question about on January 5, 2011

I have just gotten this jacket and have not had to use it in the rain yet. It dosnt say it's water proof but many of the reviews have described people wearing this jacket in heavy rains with no issues. Do I need to put a water proofing agent on or will this jacket hold up by itself. Also I plan on using this for everyday wear in fairly cold wintery environments as well as taking it to Mt. Elbert. Will this jacket be able to hold up on Elbert in the winter with some good mid and base layers?

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