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I really like to do stuff. I do as much stuff as I can. Also, I have a dog. She likes to do stuff, too.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm pretty annoyed with myself that I spent almost $100 on a faux leather lululemon bag that isn't as functional as this. The cross body strap is comfortable with decent padding, and I really like the internal water bottle/coffee mug holder, which keeps my drippy travel mug from ruining all my stuff. Plus it's big enough for me to bring home mountains of paperwork and my gym clothes.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my absolute favorite luxury backpacking item. It's tiny, weighs only a few ounces, and is super comfortable. The dual valve is awesome for packing up and quick inflating. The spandexy material makes it so much more comfortable than other inflatable pack pillows I've tried, which were less comfortable than just sleeping on my jacket. Can't recommend this enough, it's totally worth the cash.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on September 6, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag because I was really stoked about the zipperless design and light weight. I took it to Mongolia and it was a fantastic bag for ger sleeping and wild camping, but it has a few drawbacks. I personally sleep on my side and tend to toss around. So if I curl up in the bag as it's designed, it's SO warm and cozy. BUT if I want to roll the other way, it's hard to get snuggled in. Also as someone who tosses and turns, I found the foot box sort of got tangled while the pad retainer stayed in place, meaning I'd eventually have to get out of the bag to untangle myself. So I fixed that by taking my pad out of the pad sleeve, but then my back was cold. All these issues wouldn't affect you IF you don't toss around and sleep either on one side or your back.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on September 6, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like everyone else has said, the metal is too soft. They're definitely an upgrade from the tiny, useless "stakes" that came with my Big Agnes, but I've bent one just pushing it into hard ground (no rocks/roots). The good thing was, it bent right back. I'll use them because they're what I've got, but I'll always carry one or two backups, and I wouldn't buy them again.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on September 6, 2018

3 5

I’ve had my jetboil for over 2 years now and it’s been pretty great; hot chocolate after skiing, coffee while backpacking. I’ve used it at least 100 times. The igniter finally bit it, which means I have to light it with a lighter, which isn’t a huge deal, but it is a failure (and out of the warranty window). Strangely, it works in my kitchen (at 4500ft) but not on the trail (10k+). Also, the lid no longer seats on to the water vessel, and replacement lids aren’t available. I’m not sure I’d buy one again, even though I don’t have any real complaints. I do like the orange boil indicator, and the speed.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on July 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't get this from backcountry, it was a gift. And a good gift!
Pros: Lightweight, easy to deflate. I've used it at least 30 times and no leaks, even after my dog has stepped on it with her claws. (Also, it's easy to clean off muddy paw prints) I'm a side sleeper with shoulder and back injuries and this has, by far, been the most comfortable sleep I've found while backpacking. It's a tight fit into the stuff sack, so I ditched that and just use the compression strap.
Cons: LOUD. I rolled over once and heard a friend in a nearby tent ask "was that thunder?" Rolling over has woken me up more than once. Also, it takes 40-50 breaths to inflate, so slightly annoying but not a dealbreaker.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a question about on January 23, 2018

I'm thinking I want to try this out on my rock skis before I commit to my expensive powder boards. So that said, if I core shot through this stuff, what does DPS recommend? Full stone grind and reapply, or is there some way to spot re-wax?

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Blister Free Guarantee my Blistered Foot
3 5

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

I purchased these boots two or three months before hiking the West Coast Trail in British Colombia. I hiked at least 30 miles in them (with and without pack) before embarking on my trip and had no issues with blisters or fit. I've bought other Salewa shoes before so I had high hopes for these boots.
Unfortunately, they didn't meet my expectations. As the terrain became more difficult (cambered sand, deep mud, tricky climbs) my feet became more blistered. By the end I had blisters on blisters (balls of both feet, most toes) and was doing minor surgery on my feet at night and spending a lot of time taping up in the morning. I got blisters through moleskin. I wore the same socks I've always worn with my hiking shoes (Wrightsocks).
That said, the Gore-Tex held up wonderfully, they are very lightweight, and I can imagine boots which would give significantly worse blisters in the same wet and unsteady conditions. The soles were nice and grippy in super wet and muddy conditions and I never slipped.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on June 15, 2017

3 5

This is my second pair of Salewas. The first I traveled all over Iceland and Ireland with and have hiked all over the Central Wasatch in Utah, without any trouble. I bought these boots for the West Coast Trail in British Colombia, and put at least 40 miles in th before my trip (about half carrying a pack). During the 6 days of mud, beach, and boardwalk, I was having to stop 2-3 times per day to do hotspot maintenance, and that still didn't prevent me from getting blisters on the balls of both feet and 5 toes. Granted, it's pretty extreme terrain, but I was disappointed, as I expected more from Salewa. That said, I was very happy with the waterproof aspect, and

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

3 5

I bought these for a 6-day trek on the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland. They were light and functional for keeping rocks out, but the elastic cord at the ankle is a little weird. Also, the sizer on the red cord broke immediately and I had to tie knots in it. They served their purpose but I wouldn't recommend them. (Also, if you're vain, and you're wearing standard fit pants, they look kind of weird in pictures... they'd be fine with tights/spandex or skinny fit)

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Fit: Runs small

I kept an eye on this until Backcountry had a 20% off coupon, and it was worth the wait. I teach at a school where students aren't allowed to wear hoodies so I obey those rules as well. This is as close as you can get! It looks nice, the moonrock color is awesome, it's soft as heck and I love it. I sized up because I wanted something less fitted and I'm really happy with that... my usual size might have been a little short at the waist.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love my Osprey pack but the hose turned yellow and gross in about a year (even with regular cleaning). $9 and it's good as new! I wish Osprey had picked another material that didn't look as unclean, but this hose was easy to replace. One tip; get the part of the reservoir that inserts into the hose wet before trying to jam it in, the fit is very tight.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on October 29, 2016

5 5

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

I had double knee surgery a year ago, and these shoes saved my bacon. I love the zero drop as it's made center-foot striking a lot more natural, and they're cushy enough that my knees don't feel like throbbing shredded meat after a run. They're not the most attractive shoes out there, but who cares? I tell everyone they need these shoes if they're dealing with an injury. Torin FTW!

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these pants to wear to work... they're casual but better than what I usually wear. I agree that they run long, but the elastic at the bottom cinches them in nicely and they don't look bad like that. The elastic waistband is super comfy and the addition of the draw string keeps them from creeping somewhere.... crack tastic. I can definitely imagine climbing in these, but they also work for a day teaching.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these boots while living in Montreal (before I could use the glory of backcountry.com). For the first time I made it through the winter with dry socks and feeling in my toes. These boots are waterproof up to the ankle and neoprene beyond; the only time my feet got wet was when I stepped in a puddle that was actually a pothole and the water spilled in over the top. I've now had these boots for about 6 years and they're still my go to. The tread has scrubbed off a bit so I have taken a few falls in the snow, but that's to be expected. I walk the dog in them, do yard work in them, and wear them to and from skiing. My only complaint is the shaft circumference. I have abnormally large calves (16" around at the widest) so they fit quite tight; no room to stuff jeans inside for sure. Normal people will not have this problem. I cannot recommend these boots enough.

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bikeclimbsailwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Finally ponied up for a Nano Puff when they were on sale through Backcountry (thanks for the huge discount!). So far I love it. It's warmer than other light insulating layers I've worn (I've walked the dog in it at 20F and been fine). Fits perfectly... more relaxed than a lot of women's fits. Even on sale it was a bit spendy, but I'm stoked! Can't wait to drag it up and down mountains all over the Wasatch!

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