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Matthew R.

Matthew R.

Matthew R.

Matthew R.wrote a review of on August 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First time using poles on the trail and couldn't be happier with the performance and versatility of these bad boys! Immediately felt like the these cork grips were custom fitted just for me, super comfortable and the angled orientation just feels natural. Starting my trek it was a noticeable gain in pace, like being propelled by the poles. On the first steep climb it seriously felt like putting it into 4wheel drive(extended EVA grips were great for short inclines). Likewise, the downhill was sooo much more controlled and virtually eliminated the shock on knees and hips. Rounded tops are very comfortable as well. The flex tips worked perfectly crossing creeks with small bowling ball size rocks. Got bound between rocks a couple times but no breaks. The flicklocks held great and only slipped 3/4in on one after catching myself from a nasty spill (another big+). With that, the only negative I have is not with the poles themselves but in the tech specs they show baskets included were trekking and powder. No powder baskets included with these. Backcountry was awesome enough to send me a second set right away but still missing. Not a deal breaker they're only 8 bucks but something to note and hopefully correct on the description. Super happy and definitely recommend these to anyone considering.

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Matthew R.wrote a review of on July 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought this shirt for fishing and hiking. Very soft feel and very free movement of the arms. Thumb loops inside wrist of sleeve keep them in place while casting a fly rod and putting on your rain jacket. The insect repellent coated fabric seemingly worked. Had a couple mosquito bites but none through the shirt itself. Ran a little large (depending on preference). I'm 5'7" 165lbs 43" chest and the L fits loose and a bit long in the torso. I think a M would probably be more of a fitted/sporty look but not breath or move as freely. Protects from UVs, keeps you cool and dry, repels insects, looks good and feels great. Thumbs up for this pruchase!

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Matthew R.wrote a review of on March 21, 2019

4 5

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

Im new to backpacking and wanted to test run some new gear on a car camp trip before being stuck miles out in a bad situation. Bishop, CA in Feb with temps down to 17°f seemed like a good test.. So my gear to test: Kelty Horizon 2 tent, Nemo Cosmo sleep pad, OutdoorVitals Storm loft 30° syn mummy pod, Sea to Summit Reactor Xtreme liner. Sleeping in my base layer and smartwool socks the first night with my morning clothes tucked in my bag as well, I was not cold. Not warm either just comfortable enough to sleep well. Considering I used the same bag without the liner in 27° prior and was a long cold night, proved the liner was helping. So the second night I added a hot nalgene bottle to my footbox (inside the liner) and was toasty as could be throughout the night. Does the liner add 25°? No it doesn't, but does add considerable warmth to your bag when used properly. The drawstring around the opening is key. Left loose it's pretty much just another bag liner but cinched either around your chest or neck to trap your body heat it really does make a noticeable difference. I wouldn't rely on this setup as a dedicated winter sleep system but having this liner would expand your temperature comfort range in unpredictable weather. Worth the weight in my opinion.

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Matthew R.

Matthew R.wrote a review of on March 13, 2019

5 5

Purchased this pad for some winter trips and was not disappointed. Easy to use and inflates quick. The foot pump is awesome and is nice knowing you're not filling your pad with condensation from your lungs. Slept my first weekend in 15-18° nights and had zero issues with warmth. I would feel confident taking this pad down to 10! It's not an ultralight but the extra ounces are well worth the tradeoff for the comfort. Definitely recommend this one.

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