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    Senior Member Raul Perez's Avatar
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    Day Hike (Long Island) and Gear Test

    Went on a day hike to do some winter gear testing. It snowed about 2 feet on the East Coast Blizzard on Saturday and I've been dying to test out some of my winter gear. Had the day off today and jumped at the opportunity. Plus today was a cold and clear day.

    Here are the videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Qrq1PYRPk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgZLM1UUALM

    Here's the list of the gear I packed (weights in ounces):

    Back Pack:
    REI Flash 65 50

    Sleep System:
    WB Blackbird 35.2
    Superfly w/Doors 28.6
    JRB Mt Wash 4 33
    M. Hardwear Lyell bag -15* 56
    Stakes (all) 6.8

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    Krazy Cooking Kit 7.8
    Bongo w/case 2.9

    Hydration System:
    Klean Kanteen 10
    Sigg 5.4
    Canteen Cozies (DIY) 4.8
    Aquamira Drops 3.3

    Clothing (Winter):
    Down Jacket 17.2
    Montbell Therma Wraps 9.9
    Smart wool top 7.9
    Smart wool bottom 5.8
    1 Wigwam Winter Socks 3.2

    Misc Gear
    Headlamp 1.5
    Paracord 2.4
    Bandana 1.3
    Extra shock cord 1.1
    RAT 3 Knife 7.6
    Camera 6.5
    Med Kit 4.9
    Duct Tape 1.4
    Compass 1
    Fire Kit 4
    Saw 4.7
    Bathroom Kit 3
    Consumables:
    4oz Fuel 4.9
    Food Bag 2.4
    Food 22
    2 Liter of Water 64

    Total Pack (Ounces) 420.3
    Total Pack (Pounds) 26.26lbs

    not all the gear was tested that was listed. Wanted to pack it out a bit to test how the pack would handle a decent amount of weight for a 2-3 day trip.

    Got to say the REI Flash 65 is awesome.

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    Senior Member G.L.P.'s Avatar
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    Looks like a good test run to me
    the REI flash 65 is looking good...i think i might have to get one
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Awesome Christmas Eve Eve experience. Thanks for sharing.
    The gene pool needs a life guard.

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    Nice! That looks like a beautiful place for a getaway! So pretty with all the snow.

    Thanks for your report and videos. It's really good to see gear in use!

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    Good report and nice looking gear. Seeing the deer is the best, ocean looks good, no matter what time of year.

    Thanks
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Senior Member Raul Perez's Avatar
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    Thanks for the positive feedback.

    Wildwood is a very beautiful park I camped there most of my life. However the park rangers during camping season are jerks so I dont do overnights there anymore.

    One thing I wanted to mention in the video but forgot are my trekking poles (REI Traverse). They stink for the simple reason the poles wont expand or retract after the 3rd camping trip I had this season. Dirt must have gotten in the section and prevents them from opening up any more. The first REI brand name product that I didnt like.

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    Senior Member Perkolady's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raul Perez View Post
    One thing I wanted to mention in the video but forgot are my trekking poles (REI Traverse). They stink for the simple reason the poles wont expand or retract after the 3rd camping trip I had this season. Dirt must have gotten in the section and prevents them from opening up any more. The first REI brand name product that I didnt like.
    Raul, you could try bringing them back to REI. They're pretty good about 'no questions asked' returns.

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    Great videos!

    Quote Originally Posted by Perkolady View Post
    Raul, you could try bringing them back to REI. They're pretty good about 'no questions asked' returns.
    Tis true, I have never had any issues returning or exchanging items with REI.

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    and how will they know you are having probs with the mechanism/manufacturing if you don't clue them in? Future customers will benefit! KM

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    Senior Member Raul Perez's Avatar
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    even if I bought them in April 2009? I'll give them a call after the holidays.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

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