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bakwoodjwrote a review of on December 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought this for my wife. She said she needed a large and this fits like she expected. So far she likes it. I'd didn't realize that it didn't have zippered arm pits. Otherwise, we love it. The color is accurate to the web picture. She likes the fact that it shows into the left hand pocket.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I got these to replace my Mizuno trail runners. I got fitted with brooks running shoes at my local running store and decided to give these a try. I primarily use them for backpacking. I walk through streams, over rocky trails and they dry well and protect my feet from the rocks very well. I'd buy another pair when the time comes.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on January 1, 2018

5 5

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

I'm 5'6" and 200lbs. My hiking buddy was 6'5" and 175lbs. We shared this tent and had plenty of room to change clothes, put away our sleeping bags and our sleeping pads. He was able to sit up. We had plenty of room and only touched while we were both lying on our backs. There was almost no condensation in the tent. There is plenty of ventilation but kept some of our heat in to help stave off the 35 degree outside temperature!. Very impressed with the setup, weight, two vestibules and overall look and feel.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on December 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I carry one or two 1 liter sized bladders in my pack so I can have extra capacity with very little added weight. They usually travel rolled up with a rubber band keeping then tight. They weigh in at 0.2 oz, if memory serves. I carry a 32 oz plastic bottle for use throughout the day so these give me the capacity to carry up to a gallon of water if needed without weighing down my pack. Water is heavy enough so I keep the containers as light as possible.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on December 16, 2015

4 5

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

Bought this lamp to use on hikes where night hiking will be likely. It is heavier than I'd like at 3.3 oz but the brightness of it makes the weight worth it. This is my first petzl lamp so I have no basis of comparison. However, compared to my little one ounce black diamond, the petzl seems more delicate. The battery box only clicks closed in a way that doesn't seem like it will last. If I were going on a long trail like the AT or PCT, I'd look for one with a better closing system. I don't think it would last the whole trip.
Overall, for a weekend warrior and using around the house, I love the brightness and ease of use. I found the controls easy to use with just a little practice. I like that one you switch the light to red, it will stay red going off and on until you purposely change it back to white.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on May 1, 2012

4 5

I put many miles on my Wave Nirvana 4's. Mizuno has been a great shoe for me. These shoes added 1/2 a mile to my runs when I got them. They were my first running shoes and they made a huge diference. I did all my training for a 10K and a 1/2 in 2 pairs. I have only just retired mine loved them. Can't wait until I need a new pair!

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on April 17, 2012

4 5

I am a runner and Mizuno is my brand so I was really pumped to see these. I ordered the men's version a 1/2 size up from my normal shoe and it's a good thing because they fit just like my smaller runner shoes. I wore these on a 26.7 mile trail that has at least 20 wet river crossings. They drained really well. I wore spandex/polyester socks and the combination kept my feet feeling good the whole trail. The trail I took has plenty of rocks and 7 hills of 500 to 700 ft elevation gain. The shoes took the water and the rocks and gave me an excellent ride. I did this trail a few weeks ago with a pair of hiking shoes and the Mizuno's have my feet feeling better and gave me a better feel for the trail than the hikers.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on April 17, 2012

4 5

I am a runner and Mizuno is my brand so I was really pumped to see these. I ordered a 1/2 size up from my normal shoe and it's a good thing because they fit just like my smaller runner shoes. I wore these on a 26.7 mile trail that has at least 20 wet river crossings. They drained really well. I wore spandex/polyester socks and the combination kept my feet feeling good the whole trail. The trail I took has plenty of rocks and 7 hills of 500 to 700 ft elevation gain. The shoes took the water and the rocks and gave me an excellent ride. I did this trail a few weeks ago with a pair of hiking shoes and the Mizuno's have my feet feeling better and gave me a better feel for the trail than the hikers.

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bakwoodjwrote a review of on March 12, 2012

4 5

This jacket works great! Used it for the first time and it performed perfectly. It is a little large but that will help with layering. I had trouble operating some of the zippers and the cap adjustment with one hand but I had never practiced and it is brand new so I expect that improve greatly. The requiring of two hands is the only reason I did not give it 5 star. I read most of the other reviews and agree with all the good qualities listed. I walked through a bush that had 1 inch thorns and didn't even realize it until my buddy told me about it later (he walked around it) and I didn't tear or damage the jacket at all. I would think the plant was a little tougher than snow but I'll let you decide.

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