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Rob

Rob

Oxford Ohio

Rob's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing

Rob's Bio

Most of my experience with backpacking, camping, and climbing is from Red River Gorge; a part of Daniel Boone National Park in Kentucky.
Snowboarding experience from Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg Indiana.
Paddling from Whitewater River in Harrison Ohio. Canoes and kayaks.

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Robwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've shivered in it at 10deg, sweated in it at 70deg, packed it for miles and never regretted it. For someone too stubborn to buy a bag for every season, it's perfect. I glance at the lighter and easier to pack down bags, and the image of falling into a river or hiking through a storm stops me every time. I've been told by backpacking snobs that 3lbs is too heavy for a bag, but I'll hike happy knowing from experience that it keeps me warm when rained on.
Plus, there's a nifty stash pocket for condoms or medicine.

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Robwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

4 5

I purchased these on a whim when they came up on sale. The bowl compacts small and works equally well for water or food. The collar is a collar, simple enough. The leash is actually the star for me. The handle end clips to benches or poles for Petra, a 90 lb mastiff mix, when we eat outside or she needs to stay put for a second. She hasnt chewed through it or broke it yet. All items are surprisingly rugged for being plastic.

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Robwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 30/long

They're light, rugged, breathable, and rather stylish. I'd say the perfect pants for summer hiking if you're like me and don't like shorts, or to wear long underwear under for chiller weather. Just purchased another pair and wrote this review even though my first pair is still perfect after a year of use.

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Robwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the Osprey Porter 30 to use as a carry on bag for flights. It's the right size to be used as carry on worlwide, so if you like to travel light it's wonderful. Usually I can fit 2 spare changes of clothes along with typical necessities with plenty of room for souvenirs.
The compression straps work wonderfully, leaving the pack looking streamline and fashionable when packed light or heavy. The little pocket on the top is awesome for easy access of toiletries/liquids for flights or snacks for road trips and the front smaller organization compartment is perfect for documents or keeping odds and ends in order. There's even a soft pocket (for cellphones i think) that works wonderfully for sunglasses.
Did I mention it's transformer powers? Straps are a pain while getting on and off planes, so put those bad boys away while you wait and pull them back out when you land. Very few things are as embarrassing as snagging on someone's cane or luggage while making your way.
The only thing I have a problem with is the document pocket behind the right strap. It's big enough for passports or plane tickets, but it's really too tight to use along with being awkward to access while the pack is on.

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Robwrote a review of on March 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got one of these to go with my half dome. At first I figured it would stay on that helmet unless I needed to change the batteries. How little I understood what a tool this really is. I initially picked the cosmos because it's more stylish and rugged than headlamps double the price. Also, my brother has a recon and i didn't need that much friend-blinding power. It works seeing my way up rock faces, and has been proving a lighter/hands free replacement to my flashlight on camping trips.

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Robwrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I always wear beanies to keep my heat from flying away, but I never knew there was such a thing as a quality beanie until I ordered one of the wool yukons.
I wore one for two weeks, with two camping trips over the weekends. They stay warm when wet, look classy as hell when socializing, and are the most comfortable beanie ive ever worn. Alas, at the end of week two, I fell victim to beer and the whisperings of a blonde to barrow it for the night. I didnt see it again, and it took that loss for me to fully appreciate what I had.
Luckily, I found another and its currently shipping. No, you cant barrow it.

Its worth mentioning that I have a small to medium head and it fits perfect.

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Robwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put a lot of thought into my cookset when shopping, and decided on this one. I camp with buddies a lot, and they never bring their own cookware. The duelist seemed like a good idea.

Pros:
Light, small, does the job, has an amazing stack design, eat'n tool fits.

Cons: Only fits smaller fuel canisters, requires some grinder action to fit the pocket rocket, sporks require replacement immediately, not the best for cooking messy food.

When by myself, I leave a bowl set out and it makes everything easier to pack. If you're legitimately backpacking for two, get the slightly larger duelist. The larger size is compensated with fitting more better. If you're always going by yourself, get the soloist. The microduelist set seems to be a weird in-between.

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Robwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As far as climbing gear goes, Black Diamond is a trusted brand. Safety is key, and it does the job. I bought the AL when my last harness didn't seem snug enough. This one is, but it's a pain to tighten (why I knocked a few stars off). Once I spend the 20 minutes to get it just right, I leave it on until we're done for the day because of this. For Black Diamond gear, it's affordable and worth it, but I regret not spending a bit more for a more convenient harness.

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Robwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased 2 of these to replace my ridge rest sol. Is definitely an upgrade, but I couldn't say for everyone. I camp with my dog, so rugged came before weight for me. These pads are built to last, and so far I can't see how to damage it. There's other pads out there much lighter and much more packable though.
This pad goes exactly where my ridge rest went, only easier. Poles still get rolled up inside. Don't expect to fit this inside a pack.
If you're use to a foam pad, the time it takes to get this ready might be a disappointment.

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Robwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The regular size was my first sleeping pad ever, and serves me well still on occasion. I replaced it a few months ago with a self inflating pad, which is a little more comfortable and packs easier, but takes longer to utilize. In the year and half of abuse I put this pad through, there's scrapes and the reflective paint is worn away in spots. It's still just as comfortable as it ever was though. Great first pad and possibly even last pad, or until you get some experience in what you want out of a pad.
For whatever it may be lacking, it makes up for in price.

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Robwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this beast for almost two years now, mainly weekend trips with my dog. When backpacking in less windy areas, I keep the tie downs off and only stake the vestibule and back. This makes it much easier to pack, along with putting the poles in my sleep pad roll.
So far, it's been abused quite a bit with rough treatment, sparks, sloppy packing, and of course the dog. Only visible wear is the patched holes on the front mesh.
This tent is great for two cuddly people, or you and a dog (mine is 80lbs). I've done both before and wouldn't recommend it though.
Only complaint is that there's no easy way to determine which way the footprint sits until you have your tent on it (one side is slightly larger than the other, like the tent). Now I just remember that the tag on the footprint faces up and in the back.

Edit: I forgot to mention; I clip the rain cover to the footprint instead of the tent. The pressure keeps everything together without staking the corners.

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