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Isabelle

Seattle, WA

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Isabelle

Isabelle wrote a review of on June 9, 2019

5 5

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

We just got back from our first camping trip with this thing. It was well used at the camp site and everyone thought it was such a great piece of camp gear at our site. I could nut figure it out at first, and what I was missing was how to pressurize the thing. Here is what you do: fill it up all the way. It will be heavy to lug back to your site, but trust me, this is the best way. Screw the top on. Undo the tab on the foot pedal. Then step on it to pressurize the bag. You'll see the water bubble up and the bag gets blown up. Once the bag is taught, you press the tab back in to close it. Now your water hose is pressurized! It was great to have at our site to have for fresh water. We washed dishes with it, and it was awesome. Really convenient. I highly recommend it!

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Isabelle wrote a review of on August 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I really like this best. It fits well-I am 5’5”, 127 lbs, and the Small is perfect. Not snug, not big-just right. The fleece is soft and cozy. Kept me warm in 50-60 degree weather, with just a long sleeve underneath. I like the pockets, and the front pocket did not bother me.

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Isabelle wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Tried this one 2nd, so happy I did
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the Rainier 2 and changed my mind. I figured I’d be much happier with the two high-output burners, and I was right. My gearhead Emily made the exchange supper easy, and I had my new stove in time for our first camping trip.

I’m a beginner camper, and this stove was super easy to set up. I thought it was relatively compact for car camping, and it feels durable. We brought two propane cannisters for two nights, and we ran out on the 3rd morning. I would bring 3 next time for that amount of time, just in case.

The stove heats up fast, and we got boiling water for coffee in no time. We cooked fajitas, scrambled eggs, and made pancakes easily. It is definitely a luxury stove, for sure.

I highly recommend it! Thanks, Emily and Backcountry!

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Isabelle

Isabelle wrote a review of on July 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I went with the Camp Chef Rainier 2 under the recommendation of my previous Gearhead. I thought having a griddle would be convenient, so I went for it. When I received it, the griddle had a scratch on it, which concerned me. The paperwork that it came with noted that this is regular for these stoves and not a design flaw, but I still didn't like that it was scratched up. I did like that it felt and looked like a quality stove, and was a good size for car camping. I was concerned about the space next to the griddle, and how large of a skillet or pot would I be able to fit next to it. It's still a pretty cool stove, if you want the convenience of not having to bring a pan or skillet.

I ultimately went with the Camp Chef Everest, and I LOVE my new stove. Backcountry was great to work with on the exchange. My new Gearhead, Emily, was really accommodating to take back the unused stove, sent me the return label, and I received the new stove the following Tuesday.

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Isabelle wrote a review of on March 29, 2018

Looked promising, and it totally was
5 5

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

I just got this today. It came packed and I opened it up to let it air and fluff. It's™ been about 3 hours now, and I can’t tell if it will fluff more. It is equivalent to a soft pillow, and I like mine with a more firm support. Overall, I think it will work. I wanted something light, compact and comfy, so I wouldn’t need to pack our pillows. It says for better lifting to throw in the wash and tumble dry-that true? I will try that out. I’ll follow up my review once I’ve used it in the wild.

UPDATE:
We used these in an Air BNB over the weekend and they were great. They fluff up amazingly, and were very comfy. I love that they are compact and provide a good support. There are 3 of us, so I didn’t want to bring 3 pillows from home when camping. These are perfect. We got the Large and although smaller than our reg pillows, they are a good size for camping. I highly recommend this pillow.

UPDATE 2:
We finally took these camping and they were AWESOME. I love that they compress down so well. We took 4 with us, and they were about the size of one regular pillow. They were so comfy and very soft and cushy. It was chilly out, so these were cozy (as opposed to blow-up pillows). I'm really happy with this purchase, and totally recommend these pillows for your comfy car camp set up. Totally worth it.

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Isabelle wrote a review of on March 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I’ve had this jacket all winter long, and it has kept me dry in cold downpours. The fit is either fitted if you go with your usual size. I chose to go up a size to have some room. It was a little too fitted and I wanted room to layer if needed. The coat has a nice hood, and keeps you completely dry. I’ve worn this commuting by bus and have not had the need to bring an umbrella all winter. Does well in temps in the 30s, and constant downpours. I highly recommend it!

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