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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 16, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great size bag. Has two water bottle pockets that can fit 32 oz Nalgene bottles, a bunch of organizational pockets, and a cool/clean look. Durability is a problem tho. The stitching is coming undone from the padded straps, and the black color is fading to a grey on the straps as well. I haven’t really been using it all that much. Just going to the gym, and work. Also, it’s not water resistant like advertised. Got caught in a light rain and the bag was drenched. For the price, I expected a better bag.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

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

Bought this to mount on my bike helmet using zip ties. I own the Black Diamond Spot as well. The Astro is a dumbed down version of the Spot. Features a strobe effective, and dimmer. If you’re looking for a simple, reliable, bright, and durable headlamp look no further.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you are familiar with Arc’teryx clothing you know they are typically slim fitting. The Nodin is more of a regular trim fit especially compared to the Atom SL hooded insulated jacket. My chest is 39”, waist 30” with a short torso, and arms are 13” at its thickest regular length. I typically wear size medium in most of my clothing as long as it’s regular fitting. The Nodin is perfectly shaped to my body. A true Medium jacket. The cuffs are elastic but not tight. The hood does store into the collar with an elastic face similar to the cuffs. This jacket does wrinkle easily. Upon receiving my jacket, the fold marks were apparent. After a quick wash and line dry the wrinkles went away. This is a thin shell jacket that would best apply to windy conditions over a soft fleece layer for added warmth. The zippers are nice and tough. This is a quality jacket, but I feel the price is much too high. I do like it’s versatility tho as it can be worn in the outdoors or casually with jeans. I would only recommend if you can justify the cost by wearing it frequently.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works as advertised. The pressure gauge is super accurate. The connection is simple to put on my presta valve. Sleek looking pump with the wooded handle. This is much better that portable pumps. I can effortlessly get to 100psi. Price is also outstanding for the value. Highly recommend.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great balaclava. Previous one was fleece and wind cut through that like a knife. This North Face wool balaclava is a huge upgrade. Paired with a wool beanie and you’ll stay toasty warm in the 20’s no doubt. Since it’s so thin, the lower part around your chin kinda hangs instead of flush against your skin. Bought a s/m size. Head baseball cap size is 6 7/8. Sizing was perfect. Color is also pretty cool. If you’re looking for a wool balaclava, definitely consider this one.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love it. Skeptical at first because it was so thin. Wore this with a thin balaclava and kept me warm in 30 degree weather. Almost too warm. Can’t attest to its wind blocking ability, but my guess is you’d want to invest in a better material for that. This beanie is also quite stylish. I’m really digging this brand. Seems like not a whole lot of love for them, but definitely give them a try. I have a small head so I feel it was a bit large. Baseball cap size is 6 7/8.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super bright headlamp. Feels like a lot more than 300 lumens especially navigating trails in the pitch black of night. Has a lot of features that, frankly, I don’t use like strobe and red light. It’s nice to have those added features, but it does make this headlamp more complicated. The touch side is kinda gimmicky. Not a fan. I’d rather just have more buttons to be honest. The headband also comes loose very frequently. I had to mark down my preferred measurement with a sharpie to quickly readjust whenever putting it back on. Thinking of sewing it so it stays put. The batteries also don’t last very long. Much less than advertised, or perhaps that’s because it goes to the red low battery warning way too quickly. I considered buying the rechargeable version Revolt headlamp, but for the price, this headlamp is pretty solid. Super lightweight and compact which is what I was after in the first place. If you don’t need all that functionality, look at the cheaper versions of Black Diamond headlamps like the Astro.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been using this pack as an overnight weekend pack and I’m pleased with the performance. The 28L size is perfect for ultralight backpacking but does have a few drawbacks. First of all, the hydration reservoir is a big upgrade from my camelback. The reservoir is easy to fill, clean, and drink from without any leaking. I did buy a cap for the mouth piece as it can be difficult to lock. The pack itself is comfortable. I’m able to stuff my down bag, rain shell, sleeping air pad, and Slater UL2 tent in the main compartment. I like how the main compartment doesn’t expand that far into the front zipper pocket as it’s able to expand further out for more items. The side water bottle pockets can also fit Nalgenes size bottles with the main compartment stuffed, but is better with 1L Platypus bottles as they are flatter and lighter. There are many small pockets inside the compartments for smaller items. I don’t like how the dedicated reservoir pocket has a lot of dead space when placing the full water reservoir inside. I would’ve also liked seeing some sleeping pad straps on the outside of the pack for foam pads. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the pack, despite using it beyond its intended use. The more weight you carry, the more uncomfortable the pack gets. Keep it under 25-30lbs and you’ll be good. I feel the price is a bit high for this pack, but the water reservoir is worth every penny.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

4 5

Bought the Medium size. I’m 5-11” 155lbs with a 39” chest and 29” waist. Returned because this jacket was a little too tight for me especially when layering. Also, the torso is pretty short. Definitely recommend sizing up, but the sleeve length was perfect so may run longer if you do size up. Wasn’t a fan of the cuffs. The elastic was loose which would allow could air to enter.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Bought the medium. I’m 5-11” 155lbs 39” chest and 29” waist. The fit is pretty slim fitting especially in the torso. The torso is also short. I wouldn’t recommend sizing up because the sleeves are very long and no way to cinch them. I use this as a base layer under my fleece since it’s pretty wind resistant but tight fitting.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This a good bear bag. A lighter and smaller option to bear canisters, and a water proof option compared to most other dedicated bear bags. It is very easy to clip this bag to your rope and hang from a tree. It is lined with a trash bag that can be replaced. I hung my food out in 25 degree weather where frost accumulated on the outside but the inside remained dry. If you need a water proof bear bag for any climate, buy this bag. Pair it with reflective 3mm rope and you have a perfect ultralight set up.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 30

After buying and returning the straight fit jeans, I purchased the regular fit thinking they would fit better. Not the case. These were very baggy as the straight fit jeans were skin tight. Then waist sizing is at least true to size unlike the straight jeans. If you want baggy jeans the these will work. If you want skinny jeans buy the straight fit. If you want slim fitting jeans look else where.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 31

These were way too skinny. Not slim, skin tight. Think Levi's 510 or 511 with tapered ankles. The waist sizing is off. I'm a 30 and ordered a 31 which was still pretty tight. I ordered the grey color which was really nice and had a hint of blue. The denim is very soft. Not very water repellent. I wouldn't recommend these unless you have crazy skinny legs. And I'm a pretty skinny guy.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This brand makes quality products. Their sizing is tailored for more of a slim-athletic build which seems universal for all their clothing lines. These pants are no different. The legs are a straight slim fit with no tapering in the ankles. They do have a larger waist size. I'm 5'11" 150 lbs with a 30in waist. I purchased the small but the waist on the small is at least a 31-32in. They do have a built in buckle to help alleviate the larger size waist. The elastic belt is perfect. It's easy to hook and unhook even in the dark. It's easy to tighten and loosen as well. The ankles can be cinched while the length of the size Small is near a 31. The thin soft shell material feels nice against the skin. It is very water repellent. I dumped a glass of water to test the DWR and the water completely beaded off. In a heavy long downpour the water will definitely seep through, but a nice pair to wear in light rain. The material is also very wind resistant considering how light it feels. Great stretch too. The side pockets have zippers that aren't noisy, but the leg zipper can be a little noisy at times. The side pockets can fit my iPhone 6s no problem. If you are looking for a pair of slim hiking pants with a built in belt, then definitely give these a try.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on May 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

These are great backpacking shoes. I will usually carry 40lbs and these shoes offer a lot of stabilization. The insoles that come with the shoes are removable. If you have any foot pain then you should just toss them and buy a better pair of insoles. I use Sof Sol Air insoles bc of plantar pain and the paring makes these shoes really comfortable. The sizing is pretty accurate. I am a 10.5 mens in Nike Free shoes and the 10.5 are the same with these Salomons (I think the 4D Salomons are larger). I tried the 10's on in store and they were slightly too tight. I like really tight ankle support like basketball shoes but these boots are really difficult to get them tight. The ankle support is nicely padded but can't be tied down tight enough so there is a lot of free range movement in the ankles. You get used to it. The traction is good. Not Vibram but close enough. The waterproof Goretex just beads the water completely off. Really nice. There is a major durability concern with these shoes. Where your toes flex in the toe box appears to have a significant crease that could eventually crack allowing water in. I don't think any hiking shoes are durable enough to last. These will maybe last you 2 years at most. These boots are among the lightest boots I have ever worn. If you're into fast packing or want a trail runner/hiking boot crossover these are it.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

I'm a side sleeper. Most inflatable pillows don't have any give when your head rests on them. This results in really sore painful ears the following morning. I wanted the small packability of an inflatable pillow with the padding of a stuffed pillow. That's what you get with this pillow. Perfect combination. It packs surprisingly small for having foam in it. Takes a few breaths to inflate. I love how the foam can be removed from the cover so you can just throw the cover in the washer. This is the basic version of the Nemo Fillo pillow without the straps on the back like the Luxury Nemo Fillo. It still has a built in stuff sack

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dubayaBwrote a review of on May 7, 2016

5 5

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

I have tried several types of pads over the years (Thermarest Basecamp, REI Stratus, cheap foam roll up pads, Thermarest Z Lite). The Sea to Summit Comfort Light is by far the best sleep I've ever had. It pack up very small. I bought the Large and even that is incredibly small. Packs up to the size of my Nalgene. The biggest advantage for this pad is the amount of breaths it takes to fully inflate. My REI Stratus pad (size Large) took 50 breaths to inflate. That's a lot. The Sea to Summit takes 30 breaths to fully inflate PLUS it has a one way valve which makes it a little easier. I am a side and stomach sleeper the Comfort Light is a perfect mat for side sleepers. Probably better than the Ultra Light bc the Comfort Light is .5" thicker. I did not buy the insulated version bc I think R-values are kind of a gimmick. I've slept with and without R-value pads on snow and never felt the difference. The pad closely resembles a real mattress unlike the REI Stratus and other pads that have long vertical tubes of air running the length of their pads. It does make a little noise but not as bad. The deflate tab is almost instantaneous. Rolling it back up is a little tricky. When you unroll it out of its package for the first time, notice how it was rolled.

I am very pleased with this pad and huge shout out to my Gearhead Ian for making it happen! Backcountry has the best customer service hands down.

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dubayaBwrote a review of on May 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned my Camelbak Antidote 3 liter bladder for 5 years now and have never once had a problem with leaks. I have used my bladder so many times that all the logos and text have completely worn off. Still holds strong and I will continue to use it until it completely fails. It does have its issues: 1) The mouth is wide, but is difficult to completely fill it. The best way is to lay it flat in order to "top it off" to maximum its liquid capacity. 2) The quick attachment is no longer is functional. It takes a lot of work to disconnect and reconnect it. I just leave it connected all the time now. 3) Has a few areas where water collects during drying. You can try to get all the water out as much as possible but it will still hang out along the bottom or top lip. 4) The lid is tricky to close. Mine has a sweet spot that I have to be exact in order to completely get the full quarter turn in to close it. Takes me a few tries every time, but once I get it closed fully, I can squeeze the bladder as hard as I can and it holds up very strong . 5) Its large and heavy but thats the price you pay for durability. It barely fits into Osprey external hydration sleeves like on the Kestral, but not in internal sleeves like the North Face Banchee, or Osprey Stratos. Something to take into consideration before buying.

The bite valve is great. The shut off valve is essential and works great. I finally had to replace my bite valve after 5 years. They are delicate so you must be careful setting down your pack. Just recently noticed that the water started tasting weird. I bought the Camelbak cleaning tablets and that did the trick.

If you want a durable, reliable hydration bladder look no further. It is more pricey than some others on the market, but I feel it is the best deal. It will last you a very long time like it has for me.

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