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Reilly wrote a review of on October 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this pad after my 5 year old BA Oak Street finally bit the dust (awesome pad, I'll miss it). This model seems to be made with the same quality. It's lightweight, comfortable, and the new valve is leagues better than the old one. It works well with the pad system of my BA Lost Ranger bag, but I found a major disadvantage when using a different brand bag. Unlike my old oak street, the surface of the air core is really slippery (kinda like a pool float). This summer I used it with my lightweight marmot bag and pitched the tent on a very slight incline. Every time I would move, the bag would slide down the pad, thus, making for a restless night of readjustments. I've slept on greater inclines with my old pad and the same bag without incident problem. So if you plan on using a different brand bag (or one that does not have a sleeping pad system) be weary of the inclines.

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Reilly wrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Want to walk around wearing a space blanket shrouded in a torso length sleeping bag and not look like a crazy person? Look know further than the Voodoo Falls 590 Turbo Down Jacket.

First of all the omni-heat reflectively layer is straight up magical and may very well be crafted with the dark arts by Tom Cruise himself. It seems gimmicky at first glance, but you can actually feel your warmth being reflected back to you. Pretty sweet. Secondly, the Trubo Down/Synthetic hybrid insulation is incredibly warm for how thin the jacket is. And because part of the insulation is synthetic, the jacket will retain a portion of it's warmth even after getting soaked. Now that will be tough to do because the water resistant nylon shell (that actually works). Finally, it's super lightweight and will pack down smaller than a nalgene, though it does not have a packable pocket. Not a huge bummer.

Fit is similar to most Columbia products in that it seems to run just a little larger than normal. In fact, my small Voodoo Falls jacket is comparable in size to Patagonia's medium. This works well, however, if you'd like to add a layer underneath. I'm 5'5

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Reilly wrote a review of on September 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...seriously. The way GSI designed and packed this cookset together seems to defy the very laws of physics themselves. I'm not sure what kind of witchcraft went into this, but somehow two bowls, two cups, two utensils, a stove, a normal sized fuel canister (pictured), a pot and a wash basin all fit into this convenient, lightweight package. Its pretty unreal. And after two backpacking seasons of use, its still going strong, The only downfall are the stupid sporks! I understand that they needed something small and compact, but these delicate little utensils are not the answer. They have held up so far, but only because I treat them like I'm handling a butterfly. For that, I give the Duelist a 4 star rating and, unfortunately, is it's only downfall. But at almost half the cost of it's competitors, you really can't find a better cookset for the money.

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Reilly wrote a review of on April 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs

Let's be honest, if you can get this jacket cheap like I did, it's a steal. If you have to pay full price, or even $50+.....meh.

Don't get me wrong, it's a solid performer: Fully taped seams, adjustable hood/cuffs/waist, and it's packable. However, it lacks the pit vents that are so desperately needed during those the springs/fall ascents. Even though the jacket is breathable, no amount of selective permeability can substitute direct ventilation.

As for water resistance, I have only been able to use this shell in snow and sleet conditions. Water does seem to bead off of the jacket with ease, so I don't foresee water repellency to be an issue.

Sizing is akin to most Columbia products: Slightly larger and longer than my other shells, but I welcome this as it allows me to add a couple layers for those colder days. I could still wear this jacket with just a tee underneath, but it would probably start to look more like a medium on me.

Price vs cost makes the watertight II an excellent entry level shell. Thus, it would make a great backup or short ascent tech layer, but I wouldn't rely on it as my primary shell.

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Reilly wrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

What comes to mind when you think of Columbia? Maybe a step above retail store quality? Patagonia's ugly second cousin twice removed? Yeah me too. But my friends, we are wrong. I don't know how or when it happened, but Columbia has been quietly and progressively killing it. And, yeah, this this jacket is no exception.

Can we start with how impossibly comfortable this jacket is? It's loose but not baggy; flattering yet non-constrictive. The color stands out but isn't obnoxious. I would even venture to say that the heavenly microfiber fleece that lines this garment may indeed have been fabricated at Vesuvius by the Greek Gods themselves. Seriously though, the entire jacket (pockets and chin guard included) are lined with this ridiculously soft fleece.

On the outside, you'll find tough, tear resistant material that is somehow unimaginably....soft....How!? It defies physics. It also has a solid DWR coating, kills wind, is crazy adjustable ( hood, cuffs, waist), and looks dapper from the trails to the city.

Runs a tad bit large as do most Columbia garments, but this allows you to layer underneath if need be.

It's patagonia quailty without the price tag. Hands down one of my favorite technical layers.

Get it.

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Reilly wrote a review of on December 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a great jacket, but it's not quite what I had in mind. I wanted a jacket that was loose fitting, something to wear as a softshell over a midweight layer. Unfortunately I've found the fit to be more formfitting and anything but the lightest weight base layer lends it's self to Chris Farely's fat guy in a little coat routine. Perhaps it's my fault for assuming the pictures looked like more of a relaxed fit, but usually smalls in TNF offer a little more room. Otherwise it's a solid fleece: The material is soft and lightweight, the color is really vivid and stands out (in a good way), and it has features like a hood and fleece lined pockets that are seen in jackets of a higher price point.

Good effort minus the fit. Either that or I need to stop drinking beer...

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Reilly wrote a review of on November 29, 2015

Love at first wear
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I picked this jacket up as a "why not?" during BC's 30% off sale a few weeks ago. When I first pulled it out of the goat box, I was some what disappointed. It's VERY thin and lightweight, how could something like this keep me warm? Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on. Holy warmth! In 40 degree weather with just a T-shirt under it, I was burning up. Lately, here in Colorado, we've been having 15-20F degree highs with some light snow. A good base underneath and maybe a light shell over the top is all you need for a snowy mid day hike. I went with a small and it fits me rather snug. I can get a skin tight base and a light fleece underneath it, but just barely. However, I didn't intend on buying it solely for layering purposes, so fit is great! I also own the down sweater jacket from Patagonia, and I can say that this one fits me far better and is much more practical in a backpacking/skiing setting. Speaking of fit, the cut of the jacket is very flattering for athletic builds while still allowing for excellent range of motion. I honestly love this jacket so much I don't think I've taken it off for the past 2 weeks... (Have I really not taken this jacket off??) Don't judge me. Its like walking around wearing a sleeping bag, you'd do it too.

Bottom line: Awesome down puffy warmth and weight at softshell thickness. Primaloft for the win! You can wear it from the slopes to the breweries and still look you belong on a Canadian glacier.

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Reilly wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

Good not great
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to love this pack. And to be honest there are features like the internal compression tightener, waist belt, and great organization pockets that redeem the pack. Unfortunately, the fit is rather frustrating and the adjustability is just not there. The pack feels small, not in volume, but rather in regards to where it sits on my back. The suspension and strapping design is such that I can only have resting awkwardly on the upper portion of my back, higher than where I would normally wear my day pack. If I do lengthen the straps, I am unable to use the adjustable chest strap without being choked by it, even on its lowest setting. Being 5'5" I can imagine that this pack would be almost unwearable for someone larger than myself.

Even with the excellent features, i.e. the hydration compatibility, mouth piece anchor, sunglasses pocket, suspension system; it's just too awkward for wearing over long distances. The only way I can bear to wear it is with the straps at their longest setting and without the chest strap. It's a bummer.

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Reilly wrote a review of on November 16, 2015

Sold effort from Marmot
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is my second precip jacket from Marmot and they seemed to have worked out a few kinks. The First precip I owned held up alright for the first 4 months or so, but slowely began to lose it's waterproofing ability. Towards the 6 month mark, it was pretty much worthless in everything except a light drizzle. Needless to say I was hesitant to give the precip another try but all the positive reviews on BC dissuaded my prejudices. All I can say is WOW! Night and day difference! Driving rain seems to be no problem for this jacket and has yet to let me down, even after 6+ months of heavy rains and wet snows. I'm not sure if the earlier model I had was defective or what, but it seems to have been rectified. Awesome, rain coat.

Also the ladies love it (see pic).

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Reilly wrote a review of on November 16, 2015

Great pant for all occasions
5 5

Fit: Runs small

Contrary to other reviews on the V.2 pant, I found the sizing to fit me perfectly (30x30). It should be taken into account, however, that I am 5'5" with an athletic build. Those with larger waist lines should anticipate sizing up, as a 30 fits snug about my waist. The convertible feature makes these the most practical pants I own and really saved me while hiking around in Croatia's bipolar climate. The DWR works wonders and seems to shed light rain with ease.

Would I recommend the V.2s? Absolutely, but be aware that the sizing tends to run small.

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Reilly wrote a review of on September 12, 2014

Dapper Trekker
5 5

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

There are dual purpose jackets, and then there is the Android by Mountain Hardwear. I can honestly say that this jacket is at home on the slopes or at a night on the town. I get compliments on it wherever I go! The greenscape color, which is more of a light grey, looks great with slacks and a shirt but still serves as an awesome softshell. Plus, this thing KILLS wind. Last year my girlfriend and I took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park where the temps were in the mid twenties with windchills in the teens. I didn't feel a thing with this jacket and a base. Used by itself, it has some pretty good water resistance. I wouldn't rely on it in a torrential downpour, but a fall drizzle is nothing for this jacket.

Features I love: Fleece lined interior (including the pockets), Athletic cut that is super flattering, all around versatility. I'm 5'5" with an athletic build and the small fits me perfectly, however, if I was any taller I would size up. Seriously can't get over how great this jacket is. No complaints. Get it!

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Reilly wrote a review of on September 4, 2014

4 5

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

If you're looking for a jacket that is lightweight,good-looking, and cost-effective, then look no further than the Plasmic. If you're looking for one with plush comfort, techy features, and stowability - look elsewhere.

I've used this jacket for the better half of a year; from light snow dustings to torrential rain and hail storms. Each time it has kept me relatively comfortable. Unfortunately, I have a few gripes:
Notorious of most un-lined rain gear, this jacket sticks to your skin. Any moderate exertion makes you question the jacket's waterproofing or it's breathability. I am betting on the latter of the two as this particular jacket does not have pit zips. Additionally, I'm a huge fan of stuffable jackets that pack into their own pocket. I'd like to see that here considering it is a common feature of many other garments at this pricepoint.

That being said, the plasmic does have some redeeming qualities. It's incredibly lightweight, almost to the point that I forget I have it on. The storm hood is a nice feature and can be tailored to your liking with some sinches. The color (almost a florescent green) is quite bright and I get compliments on it all the time and the cut of the jacket fits me well ( Size small, 5'5" Athletic). Finally, for walking around town and light exercise, the breathability won't hinder you here - you'll stay dry. But I'd say anything past that and you can probably expect to get a little steamed up. All in all, its no overpriced goretex jacket but for the money, its a good value.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Another quality product from ALPS
5 5

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

I have had noting but good experiences with ALPS Mountaineering, and this tent is no exception. I recently bought this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend as she had always admired my Chaos 3 (also by ALPS - Great tent). We just took it out last weekend on an 8 miler backpacking trip through Lost Creek in Colorado. I did not intend on testing it in the rain...but it happened. There was a steady downpour for about an hour and a good 15 minutes of hard rain and we stayed dry the entire time. I also got the footprint and I think that definitely helped. Additionally,the vestibules on either side are HUGE! We were able to store all of our gear under one and use the other solely as an entrance.

Set up and take down are a breeze and the construction is great. It's a little on the small side, but it is as to be expected for a lightweight backpacking tent. My girlfriend and I are both around the 5'5" mark, so it was cozy but not cramped.

My favorite feature, the plastic window integrated into the rain fly, is not included in the product description, but it should be. It really helped me see where we were in the storm and what was to come.

Awesome lightweight tent that won't break the bank. Everything I buy from ALPS impresses me more and more. My girlfriend loves it, and when she's happy, I'm happy...you get it.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Decent all around camp/backpacking light. Brightness is good enough for me although I wouldn't try to do any serious cave spelunking or anything like that. Battery life is awesome and really saves this lamp from a lower rating. The main flaw is, of course, the dreaded battery door. It broke on me during a camping trip through Utah a couple months ago and really frustrated me. However, princeton tec has amazing customer service (another redeeming feature) and sent me out not one but 10 replacement battery doors! I'll definitely be set for life, but it is a bit of an inconvenience that I now have to carry around a spare battery door in case the inevitable happens.

I think its worth the price (especially if you can pick it up off SAC) but be prepared because the battery door will most likely break on you sometime in the future.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Across two countries and 14 states, this little filter has seen its fair share of use. I have probably purified around 400 Liters of water through this and it still performs like the day I got it. The nalgene and camelbak adapters are a nice touch. I especially like the prefilter at the end of the inlet hose. I had an older pump that did not have this feature and it was much more prone to clogging and premature filter replacement.

As a con, its definitely not the lightest or smallest filter but, the filter life and the very reasonable price help to offset it's drawbacks.

Bottom line, for the price, you can't beat this pump. With a little routine maintenance and proper storage, it will last you a lifetime.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Decent pack for the right price
4 5

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

I have used this pack twice: once as a day pack on a 5 hour hike and once as an overnighter on a 10 mile loop. I'm a small, athletic guy (5'5") and the S/M fit me pretty well. However, if I were any taller, I probably would go with the M/L as the adjustable chest strap was almost at my neck on its lowest setting.

Pros: Very light! Lots of usable storage space, Hyrdration compatible (very easy to thread the hose through the port), largely compressible, sleeping bag compartment, seems to be well made, included detachable rain-fly, multiple points for external attachments.

Cons: The padding on the back lumbar support is just too hard and uncomfortable. No matter how I adjusted it, I still encountered pressure points that prompted me to take my pack off every half hour or so (and I'm not normally one to complain). Additionally, the sleeping bag compartment Could be larger.

All in all, I really wanted to give this pack 5 stars, but the padding issue is just too large of a problem for me to look over. However I am impressed at how adjustable this pack is and how much gear I can cram in this pack. I will update my review at the
end of the season - perhaps I just need to break it in a little better.

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Reilly wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Essential Back Country Gear!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this hammock! I've used it on several backpacking excursions as well as countless camping trips and each time it has performed flawlessly. I'd say its comparable to eno products but without the price tag. The materials seem to be super durable while still delivering a soft comfy feel. I loved it so much i bought my girlfriend an Ultralight and my parents a double. Word of advice: if your hammock doesn't come with the hanging kit - get it! It makes set up a breeze and is worth the extra weight.

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Reilly wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

Rad Pad
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first crash pad, so I must admit I'm not the most knowledgeable in this department, however, it has served me quite well. No broken ankles or rough bail-outs. Really dig the chair feature, as its super comfy once it's broken in. Best part is the backpack straps for those long approaches. I would have liked to have seen a pocket for snacks and gear, but its not a big deal. Great, affordable first pad- I'd highly recommend it!

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Reilly wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

My Go-To Tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 4 tents and this is by far my favorite. Sure its not the lightest, biggest, etc. but it can handle anything I've thrown at it so far (and I'm not easy on my gear). My favorite part has to be the single pole system which makes setup and take down an absolute breeze. Each time I have used this tent, it has rained and I am happy to report that we stayed dry, without question, even in torrential downpours. For a 3 man, its pretty roomy, then again I'm only 5'5" so I suppose its all relative. The gearloft is another neat feature to keep items handy like flashlights and keys, plus there are a bunch of pockets placed around the tent and large vestibule space for packs. Weight is average (I also own the footprint which I would recommend getting), but not terrible. Honestly I don't even notice the extra pound or so in difference from this and my 2-man. Bottom line, awesome tent.

Update (July): Over the summer, I brought this tent on a camping roadtrip to South Dakota where we encountered the worst hail storm I have ever been in. In one hour it dropped almost 2 inches of rain and an inch of hail. The Chaos 3 not only stayed standing, but remained dry inside(I attribute a good majority of its dryness due to the footprint). Still can't believe how awesome this tent is!

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