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Just point me towards the mountains so I can go backpacking.
Greatest Scenic Journey to date....
Started John Muir Trail July 8, 2015. Summited Mt. Whitney July 23, 2015.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir, Our National Parks
Kept my head warm at night sitting around hoping the Northern Lights would come out.
Tech description says weight is 7oz. I weigh everything that enters my packs. It's 1lb 1oz. Other than that they warm. Prob gonna wind up using them as house shoes. To heavy for weight conscious backpackers.
Hiking JMT July 2015. Evolution Lake. This tent was great in the rain. It rained on me 5 times and snowed once during my 16 day hike. I was able to keep all my gear dry while setting up my tent. I just unrolled my tent and threw in my gear. Then I finished setting up my tent. It was great. I was the only one that could sit in their tent in the doorway when it was raining. Everyone else had to zip up their vestibule and sit and talk thru their tent. I was able to cook instead of waiting for the rain to quit. It seems bigger than a 2 person was the comment I kept getting. Everyone complimented me on the tent. It packs up bigger than my Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 but it's well worth it.
This sleeping bag is my go to bag. It is absolutely perfect for when I go hammock camping. Getting out of your tent or hammock at night to use the bathroom is easier since you don't actually have to get out of the sleeping bag (at least for a male). I am also a side and stomach sleeper and the bag moves with you if you flip and flop around. I have the Sierra Designs Backcountry bed too, and I thought that was the bag for me since I sleep on my stomach. I found something just as good if not better. I usually have a hard time getting up in the mornings because I don't like to get out of my sleeping bag, but with this bag, I don't hesitate to get up and get moving around. This bag is perfect for a person like me, whos life revolves around being as efficient as possible. It seems like I break camp quicker in the mornings and get back on the trails. If efficiency is your deal than this is def the sleeping bag for you.
Most comfortable Osprey pack I have.
These are the best socks I own. I love the toe socks. I don't think I have ever had a blister on my toes with these socks. They make my feet feel energized. I have not had to deal with wet socks yet (I use Gold Bond religiously anyways). I have not had an issue with the socks slipping down or becoming loose in general. I carry flip flops for camp shoes, so at the end of the day, I can put on my flip flops and never have take off my socks and my feet stay warm around camp on the cool nights. I recommend these bad boys to everyone.
I bought this jacket for my late fall hikes. I have not had a chance to use it yet. I can tell you that it fits good. True to size for me. I bought a large and I am 5'8" 165 lbs. I will try to update my review in the next month when I put the jacket to the test.
So far these are great shoes. I like the toe cap. I stubbed my toes a couple times on rocks that would of been a little painful but the toe cap saved me the discomfort. I also like the arch support/protection from intruding rocks from underneath. From past experiences, I have had to get rid of some hiking shoes that you could feel every rock you stepped on (you get what you pay for). These shoes are light and good against the morning dew and mudd. I like they are Gortex and give you that peace of mind when rock hopping across streams. They seem to grip good. I really like how the laces stay tight when tied. I have always been the guy that likes to wear waterproof backpacking boots (I wear Salomon Comet 3D GTX Backpacking Boot). I liked having the support for my ankles. I have not had these shoes long enough to give a complete review, but so far so good. Fits true to size in my case. I just have to see how they hold up over the next year. Fingers crossed.......
UPDATE. Bought these in september and it is now november. I took these on an easy 3 day 30 mile hike and some of the tread on the bottom of one of the shoes is peeling away in spots. Smaller rocks would get lodged in between the tread and bottom of the shoe. Bugged the hell out of me. I still like the comfort of the shoe but am not impressed with the durability. It only took one hike for the shoes to start breaking down.
This is by far the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. I sleep on my stomach, so it seems like this was made just for me. I like being able to stick your feet out the bottom if you get to warm. Cools me off quick.
Be sure you have a pad because there is no insulation at the bottom of the sleeping bag for your back. They did this to save on weight. Not a good sleepng bag for a hammock. I used it on a chilly night, in my hammock, in the mountains and had to add layers. Everything was warm except for my back. Also, it might be harder for a larger person to move around in the sleeping bag. I'm 5'8" 170 lbs.
The weight is great and it packs down fairly small. I don't use a compression sack. I stuff my sleeping bag in my pack to take up the space between items. It helps keep things from moving around. This is a great sleeping bag and I would recommend it.
This is a great bowl. It holds my food. haha. I am able to hold a hot bowl of noodles in my hand while hot. I have had some hard plastic plates/bowls/cups in the past and the heat made it hard to hold. These are perfect and allows you to keep warm hands. Not as easy to clean as hard plastic. There are lighter options out there but not by much. The durability makes up for the weight. Great product. I would recommend.
This is an great cup. You can actually hold it with hot coffee/tea. I like that it is not hard plastic. It might be harder to clean than plastic but not hard enough to not use again. I was afraid of being able to taste the silicone, but that worry was laid to rest the first time I drank my morning java. I would recommend this cup to anyone.
This is the perfect pack for me on a 3 day 2 night trip when I'm going hammock style. I like the sleeping bag compartment. My Sierra designs backcountry bag stuffs in nicely. the only thing that I strapped to the outside of my pack was my chair (luxary item). I was able to pack my hammock, tarp, pillow, hammock hanging kit, sleeping bag, 3 days worth of food, the usual personal items and a pullover. The pack felt great on my back and the shoulder harness did not dig in to my shoulders. I recommend this pack to anyone that knows how to pack light.
This tent held up in a hail and rain storm. It kept me dry and all my gear. The vestibule will fit a medium sized pack but it wi still get wet around the edge at the bottom. I use the 2man tent even tho it's only me. I like to keep my gear inside with me. It would def be snug for 2 people. I like that it's light weight. I have not had a problem with condensation on the tent but the fly has had condensation. I also have the footprint which I recommend you get. The material seems thin but is tough. I like having the extra protection and if I'm gonna spend that much money on a tent, then I want it to last. Hands down it's the best tent I have owned.
This is a great tarp. Plenty of coverage for your hammock and gear. It's easy to set up. First time I used it, it hailed and rained that first night. It held up strong. It's not to heavy (574 grams)and packs down slightly smaller than my hammock.
This is a great luxury item I use on some of my backpacking trips. I can get tired of some of those meals. It cooks quick so be careful and watch your flame. I cook pancakes for breakfast. Lightweight and only have to add water. Instead of syrup, I like to use my peanut butter. Be sure you do bring a little cooking oil or you will have caked on mess.
I always keep these in my pack. They are great to start a fire under damp/wet conditions. They are light weight and don't take up any space. Must have for any outdoors activities that a fire might be needed.
This rain cover has kept my pack dry in a down pour. I have been caught in the rain quite a few times. It has always done the job. I keep it on my pack at night so the condensation does not build up on my pack. Good product.
I used it once and only once. It snapped in half on the first attempt to dig. Prob my bad for not finding softer ground, but it still shouldn't be that easy to break.
These work great. They kept the bugs off me and they actually smell good too. After a few days in the backcountry, a nice scent is always refreshing. I was able to use 1 wipe for my arms and neck and 1 on my legs. They are lighter than carrying a bottle of liquid if you worry about weight and they are much smaller to pack. I give them 2 thumbs up.