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Renee Corbin

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the L to fit my 65L Women's Osprey Aura pack and it fits great! Really impressed with how lightweight and small the cover is. It folds up into itself so you don't have to worry about losing a stuff sack. Perfect size to throw into the top of your pack! Easy to quickly cover your pack and keep out the rain.

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Will this make you look slightly ridiculous? Yes. Will everybody who passes you on trail be insanely jealous? Also yes. My husband and I brought these on the JMT in August of this year. It was a high snow year and the mosquitoes were swarming like clouds. I thought this headnet was a luxury item but honestly I think it might be necessary to maintain your sanity on trail. We wore this both hiking and just hanging out around camp. I did not get a single bite on my face, the rest of my body got destroyed by mosquito bites. This definitely works better with a wide brimmed hat. 10/10 would recommend!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I honestly don't know if you can beat this bag in terms of warmth for weight. I bought this to take on the John Muir Trail in August 2019 (high snow year) and was seriously impressed with it! The bag comes with a stuff sack (not a compression sack) and the storage sack. The packdown size is incredibly small and I was able to fit my sleeping bag, Big Agnes AXL pad and my Nemo Fillo into the bottom portion of my pack that was normally be completely taken over by my previous sleeping bags.

To cut down on weight the bag has no draft tubes or any other frills, but I did not have a night where I felt cold on trail. I don't know exact temps but we slept above 10,000 ft every night and the nights were cold enough for frost to form. I would definitely recommend this for any summer backpacking adventures or some warmer shoulder season adventures.

As mentioned in the description this bag is cut on the narrow side. If you're broad in the chest/shoulders check out the Caribou!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally caved and bought a pair of these boots after several recommendations from coworkers. I really love these boots so far! The thermal sheepskin insole keeps my feet nice and toasty which will be great for the long winter ahead. They took me a couple of days to break in, I haven't gotten blisters but the backs of the boots come up quite high on me and are a bit stiff. They definitely soften up with time! Every shoe in my closet is a 7.5. However, I took a look at the sizing info for Blundstone and decided to go up a half size. According to their website their half sizes do not get any longer, only wider. Keep that in mind when you decide which pair to buy and I'd definitely recommend measuring the length of your foot to compare to their size chart to be sure. The 8 is comfortable for me with a thin pair of socks or a thicker pair for when the temps drop even lower.

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was the best last minute luxury purchase I made before hiking the JMT and it was worth every penny, ounce and inch it took up in my pack. 10/10 would carry around for 100 miles again. If getting good night of sleep on trail is important to you then you NEED this pillow.

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on October 1, 2019

Great Lightweight backpacking tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the OG Fly Creek UL 2 tent in 2013 and got the new HV version before we left for the John Muir Trail this year. This tent has no frills but gets the job done. It's tight for two people but definitely manageable, adding in a 80 pound dog is asking a little too much. Husband and I both have Big Agnes sleeping pads and they take up the entire floor space of this tent laying side by side. We've experienced quite a few chilly nights above 10K feet in this tent which can bring up condensation issues. We only had issues one night when we hadn't taken the time to set up the guylines properly. Setup and teardown is fast and simple. This is a great ultralight backpacking tent and we're looking forward to using this for many years to come. If you're looking for something a little more spacious, luxurious and heavier definitely check out the Copper Spur!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was excited to try this but decided to swap it for another meal as this one requires cooking. Make sure you read the instructions and decide if you're up for the task/it's right for your trip. It requires soaking in the bag for 10 minutes and then cooking on a stove top. Since I was going to be taking this on the JMT for 16 days and want to be super lazy about cleaning out my pot I decided this meal isn't right for this trip. Will definitely try in the future!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I bought one of these for myself and one for a friend. We both had fit issues in the armpit area. It's way too big. The rest of the tank fits well and true to size. Although both of us feel like the fit is off, the material is great and it's not enough of an issue to deter us from wearing them completely.

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Really cute suit! The straps look like they'll be hard to work out, but I did not end up getting tied up in it so that was a plus. The material is nice and comfortable, I ended up returning because I just didn't like the way it looked on me but I do think that it's true to size

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I LOVE this pad. I waited a while to pull the trigger because of the price point, but it's the best thing I've ever done for myself for camping. It's lightweight, it packs down incredibly small and the thickness of the pad when it's blown up is great for those of us who are side sleepers. My hips never hit the ground now!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I stole this pad from my husband and then had to purchase a Big agnes pad for myself! He's been using this pad for a couple of years and it has held up great. It packs down small, it's lightweight and the insulation is nice for cold nights. It does take me a while to blow up, so I got the Pump House to speed things up. However, packing this one up is faster then my AXL air because of the two valve system.

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

5 5

I wish I had purchased this sooner! It's so nice to run with my hands free. There are enough pockets to store all of the necessities. My iPhone 8 with an otterbox on fits snuggly into the back pocket. There are a couple of surprises with this vest including a small whistle that tucks into one of the bottle pockets and there's even an emergency hair tie clipped into the back pocket. The fit is really nice, make sure you measure your chestand go off of the size chart to get the best fit!

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

4 5

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

Fortunately I haven't had any bears try to get into this yet, but I got this for hiking John Muir Trail where it's required to have a bear canister. It's definitely heavy and takes up a lot of space. It is also a bit hard to open...even once you get the hang of it. I've been able to flat pack about 16 freeze dried meals into it

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Renee Corbinwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I got this for my husband before we went backpacking through SE Asia for several weeks and he kept coming back to this shirt. It breathes well in humid climate and the fabric doesn't stick to you. It also doesn't get super smelly which is a plus when you've maybe gone a couple days past when you should have washed it. His only complaint is that the buttons are a smidge too small so they sometimes pop out of the loops. Runs true to size

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