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Lee E.

Lee E.

Pure Michigan

Lee E.'s Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Lee E.'s Bio

I am a Scoutmaster for a local troop and have four boys so I camp out quite a bit. Love my gear and am always searching for the best quality items at the best prices.

Lee E.

Lee E.wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

Warm and Wonderfully Light Weight
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I ordered a pair of balaclava's for my son and I for an upcoming section hike of the Appalachian Trail in TN. We hit some driving sleet for an hour an a half on top of a high mountain pass and the SmartWoold balaclava's did their part in keeping us warm and protected. After the balaclava's were delivered I wondered if I made the wrong decision - how can this superlight weight wool keep us warm. I was almost embarrassed to show my son when they arrived. That all changed once we put them to use. They also came in handy as head and neck wear when bunking down for the night in sub 30 degree weather. My only gripe is the material stretches a bit - once you wear the opening under your chin it's hard to keep above your nose. Including a shot of my son wearing his balaclava. Two thumbs up!

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Lee E.

Lee E.wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my son for an upcoming High Adventure trip to section hike the AT. It kept him warm down below 20 degrees, but it was damp on the inside most mornings. Perhaps he wrapped the hood cinch too tight and he breathed in the bag or he just got too hot and sweat at night. Either way, I passed the bag to son #2 and no problems - even down to 0-degrees (he was wearing two base layers). Great bag and awesome construction - love the baffling and loft. Appreciate Marmot's consistent quality and high standards.

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Lee E.wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a Marmot Atom 40 degree down sleeping bag to mate up to an Exped DownMat 7 LW inflatable sleeping pad for my sleep system . The Atom has continuous baffles, so I can move all the down up top and use it more like a quilt for cold weather. My 20-inch wide foam Ridgerest wasn't keeping me warm enough and I was waking up at around 3 or 4 in the morning. The combo worked great on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokey Mountains. The Atom is rather wide in the shoulders and spilled over the sides of the Ridgerest. The long/wide version of the DownMat fixed that problem. I love the silky smooth material and the drawstring hood works and fits like a charm.

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Lee E.wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

Great for Boy Scouts!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love everything about this tent! As a new Scoutmaster for Troop 192 of Davisburg Michigan - I was given the task of tracking down the perfect tent for Summer Camp and Backpacking. Summer Camp rules state boys should each have at least 30 sq ft of space - this tent qualifies if two boys tent with their gear. It also serves as a backpacking tent for three (just over 2.5 lbs for each boy). The dual vestibules and entrances are great. Much better than the one entrance of our Coleman tents. The zippers are high quality. Love aluminum poles vs fiberglass and the overhead brow pole adds some extra room. Nice touch. Hoping the included footprint adds some life to these tents. We bought five tents and weathered some storms with no sign of water or leakage. Looking to purchase 10 more for the troop.

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