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Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.wrote a review of on March 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was brought up using this stove, and I've only ever used this and the Dragonfly. I know this works. I've had mine for 18 years and, as far as I can remember, never had to repair it. I've used it in most of the New England mountains, above 10,000 ft in the Rockies, and the same in China, used it in all seasons but winter, although I've used it with snow on the ground in Spring. True, it has a tendency to be super-hot, but you just have to hold the pot a bit in the air if you're frying something. And when lighting it, don't put your head directly above the stove, and beware of lighting it inside a tent vestibule. The flames sometimes shoot up. Easy to use, inexpensive, and dependable.

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Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.wrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

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

I've only set this tent up in my backyard to test it, but I've used enough tents in the backcountry to be confident in recommending it. It is extremely easy to set up, even solo. Took less than ten minutes. The doors are well-designed. The fly works; it's raining right now and totally dry inside. The first time I set it up was in fair weather, and without the fly the ample screened portions allowed for a full view of the moon and great ventilation. As usual with 3-person tents, perfect for two people, perhaps with a small child, or three teenagers. High ceiling and large amount of screens makes it my favorite tent so far.

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Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.wrote a review of on March 7, 2015

2 5

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

I bought this with high hopes. I tested it in my backyard before going hiking with it a couple times. The first time was in fair weather, and it was fine with the screen mesh closed. However, if it's raining and you need to close the rain flap, you may run into issues. I quickly ran out of oxygen. Seems like pretty poor design to me. I can't think of many situations where I will use this in the future, unless there is a perfect forecast and I need to pack really light. Overall, unless you really don't feel like carrying only an extra 3-4 pounds, I would go with a tent, even for solo hiking.

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