EMS Reviews

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EMS Velocity 1 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent for when you have to sleep alone. I bought this tent to add to my backpacking arsenal because I was tired of carrying around a 2-person…
photo: EMS Velocity 1 Tent
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EMS Thunderhead Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars The Thunderhead Jacket is a lightweight, waterproof, and windproof jacket suitable for use in all seasons. The rollaway hood is easily accessible…
photo: EMS Men's Thunderhead Jacket
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EMS Impulse Hydration Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect companion for hiking, trekking, climbing, bicycling, skiing, mountaineering. I bought it a year ago and since then it became my partner…
photo: EMS Impulse Hydration Pack
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent - long life. My backpacking experience is limited to Mid-Atlantic USA (PA, NY, NJ, DE, WV), but I have camped year round and this…
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS Star 3 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars We all know that a choice in tents is a very personal experience. We all have prefferences that differ as much as our personalities. This is…
photo: EMS Star 3 Tent
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EMS Liner Hat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This liner hat can be used as a warm layer on its own down to chilly temps, and really works well when coupled with a heavier wind-blocking…
photo: EMS Liner Hat
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EMS Mountaineer Poles

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I wanted to love these, but I just don't have the trust in them that I need. These poles do everything I want. They telescope down to a very…
photo: EMS Mountaineer Poles
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EMS Atlas Fleece Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I don't know if this is the warmest or best value, all I know is that I live in this in everything but the coldest winter. Two years ago my…
photo: EMS Men's Atlas Fleece Jacket
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EMS Boreal 20

rated 4.5 of 5 stars She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. Good workhorse bag. This was one of my first serious pieces of real camping…
photo: EMS Men's Boreal 20
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EMS Trail 30

rated 4 of 5 stars This backpack is great for outdoor climbing, camping, hiking...it has a wire in the back of it that helps your back support the weight. My brother's…
photo: EMS Trail 30
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EMS Pampero

rated 5 of 5 stars It's a Bomber 4-season big vestibule tent! One other tent comes to mind when it comes to bigger vestibule, Quest Praying Mantis 4-S 4-season…
 
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EMS Profile Zip-off Pants

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A solid convertible pant. These are your straightforward convertible pants made from nylon and will take a beating and keep on kicking. I like…
photo: EMS Profile Zip-off Pants
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EMS Atlas Fleece Vest

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A solid fleece vest for those in-between times. I have owned this vest or a version thereof for decades and it has stood up to everything I…
photo: EMS Men's Atlas Fleece Vest
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EMS Deluge Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent jacket. Pit zips, waist cinch, helmet cinch and waterproof. Size large is 12.5 oz. Looks nice and can be custom layered with other…
photo: EMS Men's Deluge Jacket
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EMS Scout 4

rated 4 of 5 stars The EMS Scout 4 has been a great tent and very waterproof. We have used ours for a number of years and it has served us well. Our only complaint…
 
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EMS Velocity 1 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars At first I was skeptical of the room on this tent, but after two nights out spent in this tent, my doubts have been laid to rest. The way the…
photo: EMS Velocity 1 Tent
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EMS Mountain Light 20

rated 4 of 5 stars I'm a warm sleeper but this bag should not be overlooked by those needing some extra insulation. It packs up nicely and regains its fluff quickly…
photo: EMS Men's Mountain Light 20
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EMS Arctic Insulated Mitt

rated 3 of 5 stars Great warmth -- except the thumbs :( My hands feel cozy and warm, except for my thumbs. I end up pulling my thumbs into the main hand area,…
photo: EMS Arctic Insulated Mitt
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EMS Summit GTX Gaiters

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned two pairs of these for a few years now, a large for mountaineering boots and a medium for hiking boots. The quality, in my opinion,…
photo: EMS Summit GTX Gaiters
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've had this tent for 10+ years now. Backpacking, kayak camping, car camping, 3 month tour of Europe.....this tent has yet to fail me. From…
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS Sentinel Down Parka

rated 5 of 5 stars This is definitely the warmest and softest jacket I have ever owned. The inside is so soft and comfortable and will keep you warm in almost…
photo: EMS Sentinel Down Parka
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EMS Tristar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have owned a Tristar for over 5 years and for the money it is a excellent tent. I also own a Mnt. Hardwear Skyledge 2.1  and Hammerhead 2…
 
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EMS Boreal 0

rated 4 of 5 stars I'm male, 5'10 180#, very very poor circulation thus a very very cold sleeper yet with aspirations of winter camping. Bought this bag new on…
photo: EMS Women's Boreal 0
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This hand-me-down from my brother is a gem. Yes, it's a bit on the heavier side (hence -.5), but serves me right for carrying a two-man for…
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS Nova 4 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars I am a professional archaeologist and often live in a tent for 2 to 3 months, while on a project . The Nova 4 has proved to be one of the best,…
 
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EMS Glacier Down Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value, but this isn't the best option for a down jacket in this warmth region. One it is 600 fill down so it's not as lofty as the high…
photo: EMS Men's Glacier Down Jacket
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EMS Packable Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars Have you ever been backpacking and needed a smaller, stowable pack for exploring the area or bagging a nearby peak? Or travelling and just needed…
photo: EMS Packable Pack
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EMS Boreal 20

rated 5 of 5 stars A very warm sleeping bag, very packable. Filled with Primaloft Infinity, which is very packable and waterproof (actually waterproof when rain…
photo: EMS Men's Boreal 20
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EMS Trail 30

rated 5 of 5 stars This backpack is excellent. The EQ mirage suspension system is awesome. It keeps it off your back.
photo: EMS Trail 30
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EMS Sugar Shack 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars We took the Sugar Shack 2 camping in the desert (Nampa Valley, ID). During the night, there was a wind, rain, and dust storm the likes of which…
photo: EMS Sugar Shack 2
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars This is THE best tent ever. I think I've had mine for 10 years, and it's still in almost perfect condition through all kinds of camping conditions,…
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS Alpin 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars I bought this tent about two years ago from EMS in Arlington, VA. I've always used The North Face (plus a few "off" brands I've thrown away)…
photo: EMS Alpin 2
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EMS Escape 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This tent is great for my purposes. I primarily use this tent for weekend car camping but it is pretty light and plan to use it on more backpacking…
photo: EMS Escape 2
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EMS Summit GTX II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love these boots. Very comfortable, durable, sturdy and an all around good boot. Not to take away from the rating but I found the sizing a…
 
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EMS Waterslide

rated 2 of 5 stars I used the pack about 10 times last winter. This year, at the top of the Alps in France I got a nasty surprise. The hydration pack leaked all…
 
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EMS Ascent Sector Down Sweater

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Designed to be part of an insulation/shell combination system from EMS called "Ascent", the EMS Ascent Down Sweater holds its own in some very…
photo: EMS Ascent Sector Down Sweater
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EMS Windpro Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars Thin but very wind resistant, not terribly warm. They are thin enough to be useful as a liner for a shell mitten in frigid temperatures. They…
photo: EMS Men's Windpro Glove
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EMS Star 3 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome tent - I have used it on hot summer canoe trips and frigid winter mountain trips. The fly is bomber against wind and water, and the…
photo: EMS Star 3 Tent
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EMS Divergence Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I absolutely love my Divergence, for both hiking in the mountains and around town. At 5'10" and ~200 lbs I wear a medium. It moves well with…
photo: EMS Men's Divergence Jacket
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EMS Circa Windshear Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars The EMS Circa Windshear jacket is light, yet very warm and comfy. The fabric is soft and quiet. Perfect for early morning walks/trail runs.
 
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EMS Glacier Down Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars i bought this jacket as the warm, sitting-still layer for winter mountaineering. as a basic warm garment, the price is tremendous. is it the…
photo: EMS Men's Glacier Down Jacket
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EMS Boreal 20

rated 4.5 of 5 stars When deciding on a new bag my main criterion were temp rating based on actual reviews, compressed size, and weight. The Primaloft Infinity allows…
photo: EMS Men's Boreal 20
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EMS Mountain Light -20

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Haven't used in winter yet but thought I would say that I don't like the way the zipper gets stuck on the material when you zipper it up or…
photo: EMS Mountain Light -20
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EMS Heater SYNC Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Let me start out by saying that my philosophy to gear buying is that good gear is expensive, but spending the extra amount up front saves money…
photo: EMS Men's Heater SYNC Jacket
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EMS Super Nova 6 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars As backpackers and kayakers, I never thought we'd buy this type of tent! But when my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he still wanted…
 
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EMS ENDOTherm Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars The jacket is very nice look, if very basic. I got a black one for use as an everyday fall jacket that looked nice enough to go for dinner.
photo: EMS ENDOTherm Jacket
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EMS Eclipse Tent w/DAC Poles

rated 4 of 5 stars I realize they don't make this tent anymore, but i've seen them for sale on ebay and such, and I have never come across any reviews of this…
 
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EMS Velocity Cap

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This hat is nice to have in the wilderness. It is light, packable, breathable, drys quickly, wicks moisture away from your head, low profile…
photo: EMS Velocity Cap
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EMS V Stake

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These stake do the job. They don't pull out, bend or crack & split. They have a recess about half way up the stake for tent straps or large…
 
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EMS Isolation 80

rated 4 of 5 stars Great bag, You can fit your entire life and more in it. The strong construction of the outer shell is great for back country due to its unbeatable…
photo: EMS Men's Isolation 80
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EMS 2500

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of the best quality backpacks I have ever owned. I have owned this backpack almost 10 years. The only thing that broke was the zipper…
 
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EMS Starlight II Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Purchased this tent for solo backpacking on the AT. At around 4 pounds it's good for backpacking. Being over 6 foot tall, this tent is a perfect…
 
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EMS Boreal -20

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great bag if ur just starting to cold weather camp. It is very big and it doesn't fit in my pack compressed. I have a big pack, EMS…
 
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EMS Boreal 25

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great bag for the price. I hiked all day through an unseasonably cold and rainy September day in the Adirondacks. The inside of my tent got…
photo: EMS Men's Boreal 25
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EMS Down Under 25

rated 4 of 5 stars I have had this sleeping bag for about 3 years now and it has served many purposes but saying it's a 0-32 degree bag is a stretch. Wearing thick…
 
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EMS Moon Shadow Tent

rated 1.5 of 5 stars carried the three pounds with footprint 1900 miles on the appalachian trail. would not recommend. ventilation poor. susceptible to leakage.
 
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EMS Ascent 3200

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It gets the job done. If you're just getting into the hobby, then this is a great way to start. Even if you do not use it ever again, it's a…
 
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EMS Glacier Vest

rated 4 of 5 stars I bought this vest at the end of last season on sale for $19.99. The vest usually retails for $79.99. I used it as an extra insulation layer…
photo: EMS Men's Glacier Vest
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EMS Tundra Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It's awesome. Really light and strong and of course waterproof. I strongly recommend it!
photo: EMS Tundra Dome Tent
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EMS Ascent WB400 Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars The gladiator of the EMS line. This is the big brother to the Ascent Dryskin Jacket. WB400 fabric makes it totally bomber in any condition.
 
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EMS All-Mountain Sweater

rated 5 of 5 stars I wear this sweater all winter long cross country skiing. It is loose enough not to be too hot during vigorous activity, but warm enough to…
 
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EMS Alpin 2

rated 4 of 5 stars I have used the Alpin 2 in a variety of conditions ranging from -20 deg snowy nights in the Adirondacks to a rare warm 80 deg in April and I…
photo: EMS Alpin 2
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EMS Mountain Light 20

rated 5 of 5 stars Like sleeping within a cloud. I was faithful to my old bag for way too long (a 30 degree synthetic). I am a warm sleeper, but allow me to say…
photo: EMS Men's Mountain Light 20
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EMS Ascent 4700

rated 3 of 5 stars I have a small torso and this pack really leaves my shoulders and hips sore, but I have to say that it is very durable and heavy when empty.
 
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EMS Ascent 4700

rated 4 of 5 stars Awesome bag! The good: Lots of space (4700 but expands to 5100), GREAT VALUE, DURABLE, separate sleeping bag compartment, good size front pocket…
 
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EMS Peakbagger 40

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome pack. Had it on a trip in the Adirondacks first week in January. Went down to -16 degrees F and none of the clips or straps broke on…
 
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EMS Velocity 35

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great 3-season bag. I decided to buy it mainly because of the small size and weight; it barely takes up any space on the trail. It…
photo: EMS Men's Velocity 35
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EMS Summit 5500

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great pack. Some of the frills are missing but this pack has great trail integrity and has all of the good needed features. I have…
 
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EMS Ascent Dryskin Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I have nothing to say, but great things about EMS. I have several reviews for their products and the Ascent is the new model that takes the…
 
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EMS Star 2+ Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This tent has a few good thing about it but unfortunately you can easily get all of those things and more with a different design. To start…
 
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EMS Star 3 Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a well built tent that can probably take quite a beating and stand up to lots of rain, however it's kind of an awkward design. It's…
photo: EMS Star 3 Tent
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EMS Eclipse Tent

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This tent is great if you wanna be an ounce shaver and need to keep to a budget. For the price I'd give this tent more like a 4 but you can…
 
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EMS Peakbagger 25

rated 3 of 5 stars I have been happy with the Peakbagger. It rides well, and I can get everything I need into it for day hikes up along the continental divide.
 
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EMS Mountain Light 0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars When EMS was closing Michigan stores I bought this bag on final clearance. Glad I did. Strengths - Pertex shell - The shell is light weight,…
photo: EMS Men's Mountain Light 0
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars I own this tent. I want another. Can anyone help me find this tent?
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS North Star Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars North Star has performed brilliantly for me the last 6 yrs through avid backcountry camping; the superior ventilation has kept condensation…
photo: EMS North Star Tent
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EMS Trucker Hat

rated 1 of 5 stars This hat might be a big hit at a truck stop, but what's it doing at EMS? Outdoors gone truckin'? Do truckers know who EMS is? 10-4 big buddy,…
photo: EMS Trucker Hat
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EMS Expedition WindStopper Hat

rated 5 of 5 stars Hat styles come and go. But, this hat is a keeper with plenty of imitators (Mtn Hdwre, Marmot, etc.). It's warm and dry with great ear flaps…
 
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EMS Aluminum Candle Lantern

rated 5 of 5 stars The Candle Lantern is still the best lantern around. I've tried butane and propane backpacking lanterns and they are all to heavy and too cumbersome.
photo: EMS Aluminum Candle Lantern
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EMS Mountain Light 20

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great bag at a reasonable price. I've used it in weather down to 5 degrees F and been toasty. It packs small and puffs up quickly.
photo: EMS Men's Mountain Light 20
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EMS Star 2+ Tent

rated 3 of 5 stars This tent is a roomy 2-person freestanding tent. The pole setup provides real headroom for both tenters. The doors in the rainfly (new since…
 
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EMS Super Nova 6 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars There are fair weather 6-person tents and then there are 6-person bomber tents. The EMS Super Nova 6 is a bomber tent! This tent is designed…
 
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EMS S3 Switch Shelter System

rated 1 of 5 stars This structure tries to be too much to too many and falls short to all. It is the most complicated tent/hammock/hammock tent to set up. Because…
photo: EMS S3 Switch Shelter System
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EMS Climbing Suit

rated 5 of 5 stars This piece is from back when EMS made hard-driving performance clothing for the outdoors. It's a great mountaineering suit, waterproof, super…
 
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EMS Heater SYNC Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars A great insulating piece. The Prima-loft one is ideal. It's just like down but without the faults. This one you can get wet and be kept warm,…
photo: EMS Men's Heater SYNC Jacket
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EMS Myth Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of the greatest layering pieces ever. Just the right amount of insulation for active outdoor sports. Bring it back!
 
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EMS Expedition Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Bring back this jacket!
 
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EMS Core Fleece SYNC Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars Cons: No stretch, no breath, no style and SYNCH. Not impressed with this fleece.
photo: EMS Men's Core Fleece SYNC Jacket
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EMS Thunderhead SYNC Rain Jacket

rated 3 of 5 stars This seems to be a city jacket made by an outdoor company. Its features are not too good in the outdoors; core vents let in water in moderate…
photo: EMS Men's Thunderhead SYNC Rain Jacket
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EMS Mountaineer Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars I have some knee problems (patellar tendinitis and a touch of degenerative arthritis) and picked these up to help. They are marketed by EMS,…
photo: EMS Mountaineer Poles
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EMS Arete 4000

rated 4 of 5 stars Overall, this is a great winter pack for 1 - 2 days of climbing with enough room to handle much more gear/days for hiking. My only observation…
 
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EMS Dry Hiker GTX

rated 3 of 5 stars For the price of $2 they are some of the best boots I've ever had. They are a bit heavy but they are rugged, waterproof gore-tex and flexible.
 
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EMS Long Trail 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent, although poles bend super easy.
 
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EMS Summit GTX II

rated 4 of 5 stars Great boots right out of the box. A little heavy/clunky for trail/path walking/hiking. Def. better suited for rougher terrain with a pack etc.
 
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EMS Boreal 0

rated 5 of 5 stars The first night I slept in this bag the temp dipped to 6 degrees and I woke up hot at 1:00 AM. I sleep hot but the temp rating has got to be…
photo: EMS Men's Boreal 0
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EMS Mountain Light -40

rated 5 of 5 stars I used this bag on a winter mountaineering trip in February 2006. The weather was -10 degrees Farenheight, 60 MPH wind gusts, and blowing snow.
photo: EMS Mountain Light -40
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EMS Summit TL

rated 4 of 5 stars This is the first pack I have ever owned. I got it based on some positive reviews I read and could not be happier. I used this pack for a 5…
 
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EMS Eclipse Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought this test on clearance because I wanted something easier to set up, and because where I live, heat is a lot bigger problem than rain.
 
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EMS Trail Crash Pad

rated 3 of 5 stars Pros: Comfortable, fairly thick, cheap Cons: Heavy, cheap I had kind of a fun time ruining this thing. I was setting up camp, and took my pad…
photo: EMS Men's Trail Crash Pad
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EMS Long Trail II

rated 4 of 5 stars I purchased this pack in a package that included a sleeping bag and trail pad (for a total of under $200 if my memory serves me well). It was…
photo: EMS Long Trail II
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