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almortal

Rocky Mountains, baby!

almortal's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

almortal's Bio

Rocky Mountain baby.

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almortalwrote a review of on March 25, 2018

5 5

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

I bought these as a birthday present for myself right before a Grand Canyon trip last summer. The plan was for them to be the backups for my Chacos (on water) and approach shoes (on side hikes). I never once put on the Chacos or Scarpas.
To begin with I have tried every variety or river shoe, Teva, NRS, Chaco, Keen and nothing comes close.
1. The tread is amazing. Especially when wet. I notice no difference in traction when wet and they are far grippier than any of the others mentioned above.
2. They are light and soft but still have support. I am no ounce counting trail runner, but the footbed on these is amazing and if I were a trail runner I am sure these would be my daily runners. They felt broken in out of the box and I have never hiked so rigorously and technically on side canyon hikes without my feet hurting. They are just as good with out without socks, and there are no chaffing spots whatsoever.
3. As water shoes... they actually drain immediately AND dry quick. Every other river shoe I have had stays a little moist... and get stinky. These don't feel soggy to put on the morning after walking through a river. I have smelly feet and after 16 days in the August Arizona heat these shoes did not stink.
4. As river shoes... they do not collect sand. I don't know how. Every other river shoe I have had required removing to get sand out if going in and out of the water. I really don't know how but while hopping in and out of the boat in chocolate milk water all day I never had an issue with silt building up.

It was hard to justify the sticker price, but these are so multifunctional I will get another pair when these wear out (or I lose them to the river in the night).
Size wise, these are roomy so order down half a size. I am normally about an 11, the 10.5 have enough room for thick neoprene socks or drysuit feet.

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almortalwrote a review of on March 9, 2018

Perfect Tent for the Boat
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I inherited one of these (megamid) from my sister right before a Grand Canyon trip and it is the best piece of camping gear for long river trips. Setting up on a boat is the only time a non-freestanding test is easier. Carabiners on the corners all connect to d-rings and full setup takes less than a minute - perfectly pitched every time. This tent was the envy of every other rower on the trip. There is tons of room inside to hole up during a monsoon, and the pole does not have to be in the center for it to have a taught pitch so it fits a queen sheet making it very conducive to intimate nights on the river.

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almortalwrote a review of on December 10, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are like most other canvas sneakers (Vans, Converse etc.) only the soles have nice cushioning. The traction is great and they are very comfortable like a well broken in sneaker. They are not great water shoes because they are by no means quick drying; they are probably the slowest drying shoes I've had. Also like canvas sneakers they wear out really quickly. The soft grippy soles wear out if you wear them on the street a lot. I got these to be my river shoes, but they became my street shoes only. They get four stars as sneakers, but three stars for being "water shoes".

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almortalwrote a review of on September 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was part of the valentines day couples-camping shopping binge and it is great. It is very roomy but the drawstrings are well placed and there is a button in the middle at the neck to seal heat in between two people. We used to use a stack of wool blankets for car camping but this is really soft inside and just as easy to move around in.
It is advertised as a 20 degree sleeping bag and it actually is comfortable at 20 degrees. So it is heavy and bulky so not ideal for backpacking, but it does completely unzip so you could split the weight... but it would still be heavy. For the price and car camping there is no reason to get anything more expensive.

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almortalwrote a review of on August 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When mine dies I will replace it with another. I like it way more than the Astral green jacket, which I will return. As a rafter it is noticeably lower profile which I like and the pocket is well placed and adequately sized as is the beverage holder. I can fit my flip line, caribiner, and sunglasses and still have a little room for snacks or smokes without the pocket bulging. My only complaint is that the location of the knife holder is awkward if you use the beverage holder often and have a longer straight blade [the bear claw fits great at that spot]. Fortunately my NRS pilot knife fits perfectly on the shoulder strap and is out of the way; I actually like the placement better. If you're a rafter [I can't speak for kayakers] looking for a type V jacket and on the fence go with this one.

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almortalwrote a review of on May 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are remarkably comfortable both on the river and off. The traction is amazing for scrambling on wet rocks and standing in the river pushing the boat my co-pilot got stuck on shoals. They feel somewhat wide which is good for feeling comfortable with a drysuit or hydroskin socks. Perhaps I don't know what "quick drying" means, but I can't wear them to the bars at night if I went boating that day. They look good and the material seems durable, time will tell.
UPDATE regarding durability:
All descriptions above still valid. These are canvas sneakers with soft soles and have held up as such. If you wear these everyday (I don't) they will not last more than 6 months

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almortalwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These headphones are a great alternative to the fancy ones twice as expensive. The turncable is really convenient and the cable seems pretty solid. They are well constructed and the design is good. The remote button on the cable is kind of finicky, but the microphone is good. The sound quality is good with solid bass, but not quite as nice as those 200 dollar headphones. They are generally pretty comfortable, but if you have a big head they might cause some discomfort after prolonged wearing. They do sort of fold up, but not very compactly or practically. Time will tell how long they hold up.
Overall good bang for the buck.

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almortalwrote a review of on September 15, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Believe the hype. MSR doesn't disappoint. For gear abusers and guides these are the official gear (NOLS, OARS, etc). I am unfortunate to be picky about the taste of my water. I use as steripen because I love the taste of unadultured mountain stream water, and these definitely give a wicked plastic taste. The stuff they laminate the cordura with gives off a bad fast. The 4 litre weighs less than a nalgene. I have to carry a nalgene for the steripen, so I only fill this partially if I know I won't have a water source nearby or if I'm going to do cooking or dishes. For dishes the nozzle is amazing, and there is hydration kit I hear is great. For luxury campers, this works great as a shower. This is durable and lives up to the hype, but because of my water snobbery I would not get it again. If you have a taste like mine you should just get the nalgene bladders, much cheaper, and replace them as they break.

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almortalwrote a review of on January 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these because I wanted a street shoe that wouldn't make my feet hurt on those short spontaneous hikes. The most suprising thing when I took them out of the box was how comfortable they felt. They feel like a soft well broken in shoe the instant you put them on. On top of that they have held up rather well (though I don't suspect the softish sole will last more than 3 years). The cushioning and tread of the sole is great on rocky steep terrain. These are trail sneakers, so don't expect a substitute for light trekking boot- after 8-10 mountain miles you will notice you are wearing sneakers, not boots. Being soft they will not provide the support needed if carrying a large pack distances. Size wise, they seem to be cut rather wide, which make them comfy around town shoes, so if you have narrow feet these will not give you the support. If you are the type of mountain bum that keeps boots in the back of your car just in case then these are the perfect shoes for you. Worth the Patagucci price tag.

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almortalwrote a review of on January 26, 2013

The best backpacking hammock ever
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was my graduation present to myself. I have used every variety of hammock of every material, from just about every brand. I have recently gone through two Hammock Bliss hammocks, a Grand Trunk ultralight, and this as my backpacking hammocks. This is far and beyond the most supreme. It packs easy, it sets up easy, there is no tangling, and above all it is more abrasion resistant than any other. I spent most of the summer in this, and tonight the weather is only going to get down to 30 so I'm taking this out. The doublewide is nice because the extra width allows for a variety of sleeping positions that are uncomfortable in most other hammocks. And on days of backyard barbecues and picnics in the park this is great to share, comfy with two in it and handles a lot of weight sturdily. My Grand Trunk is my loaner hammock, but if I need to convert someone to hammock camping I let them use this. It's only a few bucks more than the other brands, but is way more comfortable and way more durable. Get it

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almortalwrote a review of on January 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Writing a review of this stove is a bit redundant since every knows it is the go to for any serious outdoors-person. It is bombproof. I have dropped it on so many rocks, bent it, banged it, crammed it into bag etc. and ten years later I have no reservations about its reliability. The priming is somewhat inconvenient and I won't do it indoors, and it has two settings: high and off (don't plan to lightly simmer with this), but thats a compromise you make for a stove that works reliably at 14,000 feet and is indestructible. The shaker makes its effortless to keep it clean, and the simplicity of it mechanisms makes the five year overhaul remarkably easy. 80 bucks for a stove that you will never have to replace, how can there be any doubt.

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almortalwrote a review of on January 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am very weary of backpacking with anything battery dependent, but this thing has converted me. It is nearly weightless yet the casing is really sturdy. It is so easy to use. Super easy. There is a single button, and the light on it lets you know when its done, if it was successful (occasionally it will flash red if you pull it out too early), if the battery is running low, and many other things. And it doubles as a flashlight for rifling through your bag. The only downside is that you have to use a widemouth 1 litre bottle.
The real reason I dropped the money on it is because it doesn't alter the taste and treats everything. I love that I can now drink the amazingly delicious mountain water and know it is safe. Nonetheless, on long backcountry trips I still keep a few iodine tablets in my first aid kit, just in case.

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