Sean Van Cleve

8,752 reviewer rep
425 forum posts
joined Jan 28, 2013

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male backpacker
Baltimore, MD
Email: private

Affiliations: Wilderness Medicine Institute WFR; Leave No Trace Trainer. I have a sponsorship with Baffin, and have been working with Julbo and Hennessey Hammocks.

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Sawyer Select S2

The Sawyer Select series is a new line of purifiers/filters that offers a variety of contaminant removal, depending on one’s needs. All three…
photo: Sawyer Select S2
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Sawyer Select S1

The Sawyer Select series is a new line of purifiers/filters that offers a variety of contaminant removal, depending on one’s needs. All three…
photo: Sawyer Select S1
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Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trouser

Fjällräven’s Vidda Pro Trousers are a functional and durable pair of pants that hit the mark in virtually every category. Robust yet svelte,…
photo: Fjallraven Men's Vidda Pro Trouser
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My Trail Down Light Hooded Jacket

My Trail has got a winner with this affordable, warm, down jacket. Perfect balance is achieved, using quality materials at a "WOW" price point.
photo: My Trail Down Light Hooded Jacket
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My Trail Backpack Light 50L

My Trail Co. has redesigned the Jam series backpack from the GoLite days, with improvements to its lightweight and frameless design. This water-resistant…
photo: My Trail Backpack Light 50L
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Fenix HL60R

This powerful and rechargeable headlamp both packs a punch, and has efficient settings for the outdoors-person that wants a rechargeable device.
photo: Fenix HL60R
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Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit

The Adventure Medical Kits Hiker is a 2-person/2-day first aid kit that is designed to be lightweight, water resistant, and streamlined for…
photo: Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit
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Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Day Tripper Lite Medical Kit

The Day Tripper Lite is a well designed, user-friendly first aid kit that is organized in a lightweight water resistant bag. This kit is recommended…
photo: Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Day Tripper Lite Medical Kit
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Gregory Paragon 58

This newly released lightweight backpack is equipped with user-friendly features without adding unnecessary weight. Supreme comfort meets a…
photo: Gregory Paragon 58
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Ridge Merino Heist 1/2 Zip Hoody

The Heist 1/2 Zip Hoodie is an ideal mid-to-heavy weight hoodie that does an admirable job in warm as well as cold weather. This sleek top is…
photo: Ridge Merino Heist 1/2 Zip Hoody
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Ridge Merino Inversion Midweight Bottoms

These high quality, high performance mid-weight base layer bottoms perform without adding unnecessary bulk! Unrestrictive and warm, Ridge’s…
photo: Ridge Merino Inversion Midweight Bottoms
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Jetboil MightyMo

The MightyMo is a compact canister stove that will not disappoint! With features like a piezo-style ignition and a simmer control that idles…
photo: Jetboil MightyMo
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SlingFin CrossBow 2 Footprint

This factory footprint is functional and lightweight, helping protect the valuable bathtub floor of the CrossBow 2 tent. Simplicity of design…
photo: SlingFin CrossBow 2 Footprint
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SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh Drop-In

This accessory is designed for the CrossBow 2 StormPak, allowing the user to be well protected from insects, while minimizing weight with the…
photo: SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh Drop-In
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SlingFin CrossBow 2 R/S

The SlingFin CrossBow 2 R/S is the solid bodied, ripstop four-season tent in the CrossBow 2 family. Two backpackers and ALL OF THEIR GEAR can…
photo: SlingFin CrossBow 2 R/S
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SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh

The CrossBow 2 Mesh is the workhorse configuration of the SlingFin CrossBow 2 family. This tent will stand up to virtually any weather and conditions…
photo: SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh
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SlingFin CrossBow 2 StormPak

The StormPak is the bare bones configuration of the CrossBow 2 series tent that minimizes weight, yet still has the strength to stand up to…
photo: SlingFin CrossBow 2 StormPak
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Backpacker's Pantry Charros Beans & Rice

This VERY FILLING dinner will stuff the most hungry appetite whether on a quick overnight trip, thru-hike, or even at a long, busy day at work.
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Charros Beans & Rice
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Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Milk and Blueberries

This single serving breakfast is a scrumptious powerhouse! Balancing loads of sugars, carbohydrates, and proteins make this an ideal meal for…
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Milk and Blueberries
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Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk

Loaded with calories, this Backpacker’s Pantry breakfast is an excellent product for one VERY hungry hiker, or two people with normal appetites.
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk
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Outdoor Research Ensenada Sun Hoody

This comfortable pullover is a great sun protection alternative for anyone who is outside enjoying summertime, whether in the bay or just out…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's Ensenada Sun Hoody
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Patagonia Alpine Houdini Pants

The Alpine Houdini is a compact, lightweight all-season pant that is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and lives up to the Patagonia name.
photo: Patagonia Men's Alpine Houdini Pants
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Montane Hi-Q Luxe Jacket

This jacket screams PERFORMANCE!!! The Hi-Q Luxe Jacket is a highly water resistant/windproof mid-weight synthetic jacket that continues to…
photo: Montane Men's Hi-Q Luxe Jacket
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Potable Aqua Pure

This rechargeable water purifier is an innovative, extremely low maintenance device that almost anyone can use to treat drinking water. Through…
photo: Potable Aqua Pure
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Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves

OR ActiveIce Sun Sleeves work well protecting the wearer from harmful UV rays, while keeping cool with ActiveIce technology. This product works…
photo: Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves
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Osprey Atmos AG 65

Combined with Osprey’s modern features like the removable lid, the “Stow-On-The-Go” trekking pole system, and the “Fit-On-The-Fly”…
photo: Osprey Atmos AG 65
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Hennessy Hammock SnakeSkins

A must-have accessory for hammock users, both recreationally or for campers! SnakeSkins store a hammock in a way that makes setup and breakdown…
photo: Hennessy Hammock SnakeSkins
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Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Assym Zip

A three-season hammock that can easily be modified for winter use. Great construction, excellent design, and superior customer service! If you’re…
photo: Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Assym Zip
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Baffin Revelstoke

This high quality winter boot successfully unites warmth, style, and function in a lightweight package. This boot will not cause you to overheat…
photo: Baffin Revelstoke
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Icebreaker Flexi Chute Neckwarmer

This neck gaiter is a winter companion that will keep you warm (and happy) for years! Made of soft/non-itch Merino wool, this accessory is an…
photo: Icebreaker Flexi Chute Neckwarmer
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Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar

A new flavor from Clif, the Berry Pomegranate Chia bar is an exciting addition to the Clif bar line. The flavor and consistency is very much…
photo: Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar
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Climb On Bar

Not just for climbers!!! This all natural, chemical free product helps repair sore fingers and knuckles. "If you can't eat it, don't put it…
photo: Climb On Bar
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Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion

Socks that are comfortable, durable, and odor resistant. ’Guaranteed For Life’ is quite a statement from a sock manufacturer. No strings.
photo: Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion
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BaroCook BC-003 (850ml)

A reliable alternative cooking system without a flame, BaroCook uses a common and relatively safe chemical reaction using Calcium oxide (quicklime)…
photo: BaroCook BC-003 (850ml)
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The North Face Verto Storm Jacket

Silent Orange Is The New Black! This is a high quality waterproof, breathable storm jacket that is very useful for (dare I say) fast and light…
photo: The North Face Men's Verto Storm Jacket
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Osprey DigiStow

A decent case, but I won't be buying another. Cannot be opened/closed with one hand, inner pocket elastic has already stretched out. It took…
photo: Osprey DigiStow
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Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO/Base Camp Replacement Element

REVIEW/REPLACEMENT WALKTHROUGH: A simple, easy to replace cartridge. With replacement, this will upgrade your Hiker model to the Hiker Pro!
photo: Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO/Base Camp Replacement Element
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Efferdent Cleanser

Efferdent is the simplest, easiest way to clean hydration bladders, water bottles, and other hard to clean items that don't easily fit into…
photo:   Efferdent Cleanser
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3M Cavit Temporary Filling

In short, this is the best industry standard for a temporary filling if a tooth breaks when out and about. This may not be ideal for many (I'm…
photo: 3M Cavit Temporary Filling
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Lowa Ticam GTX

THE BEST. EVER. For a tough boot, these make every other heavy duty boot I've owned look truly wimpy! What a fantastic boot for backpacking!!!
photo: Lowa Ticam GTX
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Outdoor Research PL 400 Gloves

Ignoring OR's description, these gloves are great for cool weather. They ARE NOT 'Toasty warm in the bitter cold' as a liner. This glove seems…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's PL 400 Gloves
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Seirus Thermax Deluxe Glove Liner

Glove liners with no holes after two winters? Not all stretched out? Form fitting liners that you don't have to wrestle with getting other gloves…
photo: Seirus Thermax Deluxe Glove Liner
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Clif Maple Nut Bar

I saw a new Clif Bar at the grocery store, IMO it's meh. I typically like Clif bars all the way around, but this is so very so-so. Still just…
 
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Helle Symfoni

A razor-sharp blade that is easy to maintain! Helle is a world-class knife manufacturer from Norway that makes their knives by hand in many…
photo: Helle Symfoni
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Sierra Designs Mojo 2

THIS IS AN INTIAL REPORT!!! Great freestanding 3-season tent that fights condensation, and is very light! Handles substantial wind, heavy rain,…
photo: Sierra Designs Mojo 2
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Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT

This Victorinox watch is a stylish, no frills watch of excellent craftsmanship! A great intermediate level product for those who don't want…
photo: Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
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Silva Explorer Pro HV

A high quality baseplate compass with many functions at a low price point! Declination adjustment, clinometer, and magnifier all for under $35.
photo: Silva Explorer Pro HV
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Terramar Thermawool Beanie

If you're always having difficulty keeping your ears covered, this hat is for you! Soft, stretchy merino wool keeps your head warm... and cool!
photo: Terramar Thermawool Beanie
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Sea to Summit eVAC Dry Sack

Two of the best dry-bags I have owned! Very durable one-way vacuum dry bag... 2+ seasons of use without any kind of failure. The Sea to Summit…
photo: Sea to Summit eVAC Dry Sack
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Celestron TrekGuide

Inexpensive curiosity, excellent gadget on the field! Reliable readings make this device an excellent option at a bargain. Altimeter w/forecast,…
photo: Celestron TrekGuide
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LifeProof iPhone 4/4S Case

This case is backed by a warranty that stands behind the superior quality of the product. A perfect way to protect your communications when…
photo: LifeProof iPhone 4/4S Case
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Platypus Big Zip SL

Worth the switch! After long time dedication to a competitor, no regrets; Nice construction, long tube, and a well engineered sure close system.
photo: Platypus Big Zip SL
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Saucony ProGrid Outlaw

A very comfortable shoe, but not my favorite Sauconys. A sufficient trail runner with ankle support, but I question Backpacker Magazine's reviewer…
photo: Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw
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SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

A good solution when water filtration isn't necessary. Doesn't add/remove odor! Doesn't affect flavor! I have waited for these UV purifiers…
photo: SteriPEN Adventurer Opti
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Mountain Hardwear Piero Pant

Toughest pants ever owned! Super abrasion resistant, still look great after several years of serious abuse!!! 32 Long fits great for 5'10"/160lbs.
photo: Mountain Hardwear Piero Pant
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Suncloud King

A high quality pair of sunglasses that doesn't break the bank. Polarized, with a couple of nice features, rubberized nosepiece, rubberized behind…
photo: Suncloud King
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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

A great, compact cooking system that has continued to perform well many times over several years. The Flash is ideal for solo backcountry use,…
photo: Jetboil Flash Cooking System
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McMurdo Fast Find 210

Being difficult to rate something I've never actually had to use, an excellent product for one that needs a long term insurance product that…
photo: McMurdo Fast Find 210
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Terramar SmartSilk Crew

I received this as a review giveaway, THANK YOU, Trailspace!!! This a very nice base layer. Very thin and stretchy, great for multiple layering.
photo: Terramar SmartSilk Crew
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Terramar SmartSilk Tights

Initial Review: These base layer bottoms are a very good skin tight fit, without the feel of compression. Waistline is a little weird, the inner…
photo: Terramar Men's SmartSilk Tights
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Asolo Sasslong GV

Don't buy Asolo just because of the name... try them on for a while! I really l thought I had a winner with these, and gave up after trying…
photo: Asolo Sasslong GV
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Leatherman Micra

Pound for pound the best multi-tool to date! Sufficient for repairs on the trail, and as a first aid-aid! I've owned this Micra for over fifteen…
photo: Leatherman Micra
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Saucony ProGrid Razor 2.0

Great for stream crossing/off trail recovery! Better than any slippers when you're over 25 miles from any car!!! I'm never having any problem…
 
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Sof Sole Fit High Arch Insoles

This is someone's great product, but NOT MINE. Painful in arch area (please read review). These insoles felt really great when I tried them…
 
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Superfeet Green

The best insole I've found so far... Great fit for a narrow foot with a high arch. I've been very satisfied with the high arch SuperFeet. I…
photo: Superfeet Green
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Icebreaker 260 Midweight LS Crewe

Great winter weight shirt! Nice heavy weight, but not too hot when worn in warm weather! Men's M fits great (slim fit) for 5'10"/160lbs. This…
photo: Icebreaker Men's 260 Midweight LS Crewe
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MontBell Crushable Lantern Shade

This featherweight is the coolest new piece of gear I've come across in years! It attaches to your headlamp... INCREDIBLE!!! This little cylinder…
photo: MontBell Crushable Lantern Shade
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66°North Surtsey Hat

Nice hat, but not as tough as the vikings that designed it. Internal wind barrier is a nice plus. I initially liked this hat when I first got…
photo: 66°North Surtsey Hat
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Arc'teryx Epsilon AR Jacket

Excellent, highly breathable mid-layer, or cool weather outer! Very water resistant, very abrasion resistant. Comfortable fit Men's M fits great,…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Epsilon AR Jacket
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Kayland Vertigo

Very tough, extremely well made boot! Grippy aggressive tread, excellent ankle support. Warm enough for cold weather, will not overheat in summer!
photo: Kayland Vertigo
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GoLite Demaree Canyon 800 Fill Down Jacket

This is a great 800 fill down jacket! Not too puffy, not too flat for high quality goose down. The Men's M/M is a perfect fit for 5'10"/160lbs.
photo: GoLite Men's Demaree Canyon 800 Fill Down Jacket
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Rab Latok Jacket

Durable shell, great breathability! This product is made for people who USE their products, although stylish in town! Lots of adjustments, great…
photo: Rab Latok Jacket