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MeoW

Long Beach, CA

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MeoWwrote a review of on August 27, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Initially purchased this tent because the packed size (that Backcountry listed erroneously and refused to make right by offering a long-time customer a discount or something) was listed as being 18x7 not 21x7. Had I know the Marmot was larger I would have gladly spent the extra money on the Nemo Galaxi 2P, but Backcountry.com screwed me over.

Anyway, this was a last minute purchase and I could not return the tent in time to get something smaller so ended up rolling with it. Overall the tent held up well. We were in southwest UT, doing fieldwork for 3 months, slept in tents every night for 3 months, experienced a few monsoons, lightning, hail, and 100 degree + daytime temperatures. Overall a fun/rewarding experience I hope to undertake next summer. The tent was great no issues with water getting in, setup is simple, when staked out it's solid, the double doors are nice, and I would recommend it to others. Only real downside are the cheap tent stakes, destroyed 2-3 of them before switching to some premium stakes (MSR carbon cores usually get the job done) but worthless trash stakes are typical of almost every tent. In conclusion I was happy with the Marmot and would recommend it to others if you're looking for packability the Nemo Galaxi 2P is a solid choice.

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MeoWwrote a review of on February 20, 2017

5 5

Admittedly the photo Sarah posted of her son made me skeptical that the bag would be useful for an adult sized human, but I decided to order one and LOVE it! I opted for the Big Sur Blue and as soon as I opened the packaging instantly my heart melted.

I am 5' 10" and around 175lbs and this bag works perfectly for my needs it carries a 13" Macbook Pro, and the has plenty of room for the rotating stack of random books that I am constantly transporting to and from the university library. There are some interior pockets and the exterior pocked useful for pens, wallet, and maybe a cellphone or external hard-drive.

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MeoWwrote a review of on August 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These take up some space but are light and easy to strap to any pack. For long distance hiking or multiple night expeditions, an inflatable pad would be great since you can roll these up very compact, but inflatable pads should technically be stored unrolled when not in use. Whereas these fantastic foam pads just fold up and can easily be stored anyplace - these are also virtually indestructible!

Anyway, I've owned one of these for 2yrs now taken it on many hiking trips, but purchased another recently for my mom who wanted to come camping with me! I have extra tents for when friends try to make excuses about not camping but no extra pads so buying another was a no brainer. Since my mom and I went "glamping" and had her car, she took along extra blankets for padding. Myself sleeping bag and this pad.

We get tents set-up, mom puts all her blankets in and notices the pad. I say you should put that under for extra cushion. She declines and later that night says hmmmm this is horrible where is that pad at??? After putting the pad under her sleeping bag and layer of blankets, she didn't complain at all said she slept great! So that's a victory in my book.

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MeoWwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The joys of camping, finding that perfect level spot and staking down all corners of the tent without incident. The only problem is that this rarely occurs. Usually, you will get three stakes in entirely, and the 4th stake will go in halfway before hitting rocks and refusing to budge. Naturally, this always seems to happen when there are no suitable rocks around to use for hammering.

Anyhow, after hammering four cheap metal stakes into oblivion (two snapped, two bent) I decided rather than break another cheap metal stake it was time to test out these MSR stakes I've had in my pack for backup. Well the MSR stake worked like a charm on a corner where four stakes met an untimely death =) And since my friend was setting up her tent we used the three remaining stakes one her tent and it was so easy to get these into the ground!!!!

Bottom line these stakes are excellent but pricey! Would I buy more? probably. Those Ruta Locura Sorex stakes, however, look legit at 1/3 of the cost! I was thinking about buying some more MSR stakes, but Ruta Locura is have a sale $10 for a 4pk = 12 stakes for the price of 4 MSR stakes - WIN!!

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MeoWwrote a review of on July 3, 2016

Great boots and extremely comfy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10

Purchased these boots for fieldwork this summer. After four weeks they are pretty trashed but have been thoroughly put through the wringer. While they are trashed a cheaper pair of boots would probably be destroyed by now so, I guess Merrell's pass the torture test. Also, if you are like me, most boots take some breaking in before they are comfy. These Merrell boots were perfect straight out of the box! I would definitely buy another pair and truthfully I might purchase a second pair if there's a 20% sale.

Anyhow here is a photo of my Merrell's near the Grand Canyon. They look brown, but I assure you they are black underneath all the dirt =)

Edit: Recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua (4 weeks) wore these boots everyday. Since the boots were fairly worn I decided to leave them behind upon returning to the U.S., but surprisingly they've held up extremely well - ended up taking them home and will keep wearing until they die. The boots are also waterproof. I crossed a fair amount of streams and so long as your foot is not completely submerged the water is kept out (my socks never got wet).

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MeoWwrote a review of on September 12, 2015

I love these pants!!
5 5

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

This past summer I spent 6 weeks doing archaeological survey work for the Bureau of Land Management in AZ/UT. We were working mostly in desert locations where temperatures reached 100-115F almost everyday! Work involved walk/hiking 6-8 miles everyday in an effort to record unknown archaeological sites on BLM land.

Anyway, I put these pants through the wringer quite literally! I guess its a dry heat but still these pants were remarkable cool! Plus they're still in great shape. I was expecting the fabric to tear since we were moving through some incredibly overgrown terrain at times but they've held up remarkably well. Right now I have 3 pairs of pants and 5-6 pairs of shorts all are fantastic. For long distance hiking these would be great they pack down to almost nothing. I've also worn the shorts while hiking some incredibly muddy trails in Hawaii! Surprisingly the mud washed right out! I have clothes that are completely ruined by Hawaii mud but these Patagonia pants/shorts are stain free.

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MeoWwrote a review of on September 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: L/XL

I've always worn boy scout belts they're cheap, durable, and functional. However, the large square edged metal buckle always irritated me. While I'm sure there are better options out there besides the Patagonia Friction Belt. This belt is lightweight and does the job of keeping my shorts up. Most of the time I hardly notice that I'm wearing a belt. In fact I've fallen asleep wearing this belt quite a few times after a long day on the trail. While I'm sure taking the belt off would be more comfortable. The Patagonia belt is lightweight enough to sleep in without waking up from a metal buckle stabbing into your skin. No complaints here other than being a bit pricey but it's Patagonia so you're paying for the label. Also I have a 32 waist and the L/XL seems perfect.

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MeoWwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've always somewhat hated button up shirts, simply because the buttons are annoying! The El Ray has snap buttons that make life so much better. Originally I ordered an XL but the shirt ended up being way too big. Then I purchased a size L through steep & cheap. Could have gone with a medium, but the large fits great and has a bit more room in the arms. Overall it's an amazing shirt, cool, lightweight, durable and stylish. My only complain is there are only two plaid color options. Hopefully next season there are some more colors to choose from.

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