Daniel Oates

Reviewer of the Month: June 2014 , February 2016

2,885 reviewer rep
256 forum posts
joined Jul 9, 2013

Full Name: Daniel Oates
backpacker
Florida
Occupation: Air Force Officer
Email: private

Affiliations: I am a member of the Trailspace Review Corps. I have no professional or personal relationships with any other outdoor industry manufacturers or retailers.

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Arc'teryx Elaho Shirt LS

The Arc'teryx Elaho long-sleeve shirt is great for hiking on those hot and sticky summer days. Sleeves can be worn long or secured up to cool…
photo: Arc'teryx Elaho Shirt LS
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Therm-a-Rest Z-Shield

The Therm-a-Rest Z-Shield is a dense, accordion style, closed cell foam mat. I’d recommend not relying on this as your primary sleeping pad,…
photo: Therm-a-Rest Z-Shield
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Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoody

The Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoody is a lightly insulated, shoulder season jacket with hood to get you through those cooler fall or spring days. It…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Atom SL Hoody
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Toaks Titanium 850ml Pot

An off-brand version of the typical titanium pot, this version is slightly larger than comparable titanium pots and includes uniquely long handles…
photo: Toaks Titanium 850ml Pot
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Black Diamond Deployment Hoody

The mid-weight Deployment Hoody is not a layer that I would wear while I trail run, but I love to hike and bike in it during cooler temps. Made…
photo: Black Diamond Men's Deployment Hoody
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Terramar Helix Crew Tee

A lightweight, inexpensive shirt, the Helix works well for many outdoor activities as it has a comfortable fit and breathes extremely well.
photo: Terramar Men's Helix Crew Tee
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ProBar Bolt Energy Chews

Natural tasting chews filled with B vitamins and electrolytes, which are quite filling compared to other chews. I'd recommend these energy chews…
photo: ProBar Bolt Energy Chews
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Vargo Bedrock 1/4 Zip

A midweight, quarter zip long-sleeve shirt, the Bedrock is a durable option for any cooler time of the year. It’s a tight fit for slimmer…
photo: Vargo Bedrock 1/4 Zip
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Vargo Slag Short-Sleeve Shirt

The Vargo Slag is a lightweight, short-sleeve tee which works well as an all-purpose shirt, though it does have a trim fit design. The biggest…
photo: Vargo Slag Short-Sleeve Shirt
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Montane Super Terra Pants

These are rugged outdoor pants which can be used for many different activities. Durable, yet stretchy, Montane’s Super Terra Pants are comfortable…
photo: Montane Super Terra Pants
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Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist Rain Jacket

For under 6 ounces, this rain shell makes a lightweight addition to a pack. Used as an emergency layer, it breathes as well as a waterproof…
photo: Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist Rain Jacket
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Brooks PureGrit 3

These spring 2014 Brooks trail runners are tough, yet relatively lightweight. With great bite on rough terrain, be careful on smoother surfaces,…
photo: Brooks Men's PureGrit 3
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Perky Jerky Original Turkey

A sweet, soy sauce based turkey jerky, it’s all natural with no preservatives. Unfortunately, this Original flavor, while unique, does not…
photo: Perky Jerky Original Turkey
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Morakniv Companion

Can’t beat the price for what you get! Very sharp right from the start, it’s a great multi-purpose carbon steel knife, very functional drop…
photo: Morakniv Companion
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Kind Fruit & Nut Bar

The best way to think about this is as a trail mix in bar form. Nice amount of calories for the weight of the bar. A little sticky so watch…
photo: Kind Fruit & Nut Bar
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Trailspace Trail Runner Cap

Who doesn't want to look fly, feel cool, and represent Trailspace? It's a comfortable, lightweight, and well-fitting hat that drys quickly and…
photo: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap
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A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar

Small, three -bite, marshmallow soy crisp bar with a slight nutty undertone. The usual stickiness of marshmallow rice treats applies here! Don’t…
photo: A3 White Lightning Marshmallow Bar
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Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener

Inexpensive, small knife sharpener. From pocket knives to serrated edges to gut hooks, it comes in handy for many uses. Has brought two pocket…
photo: Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener
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Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern

Fun, little lantern that would make a great addition to a family trip. I wouldn’t recommend this for someone getting ready to head out on…
photo: Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern
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MSR Mini Groundhog Stake

For their smaller size (6”), these stakes are deceptively strong and lightweight. While a dollar more expensive than other aluminum stakes,…
photo: MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
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MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P

Bigger on the inside, than it appears from the outside, it’s a well-constructed 3-season tent for those looking for an ultralight option.
photo: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P
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Osprey Exos 58

Comfortable, full featured, lightweight pack under 2.5 lbs. With an internal frame, this ultralight pack does not sacrifice comfort for weight.
photo: Osprey Exos 58
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Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash

Dirty face? Dirty Pots? Dirty clothes? “Backpacking-greasy” hair? A little bit goes a long way with this biodegradable wash. Works well…
photo: Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash
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Columbia Bug Me Not Cachalot

Provides perfect protection from the sun without being obtrusive. Its folding bill and lightweight material make it easy to stow away. Flap…
photo: Columbia Bug Me Not Cachalot
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Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack

Small and lightweight, it has all the key knots that an average backpacker, Boy Scout, or outdoors person may need. What is it and when to use…
photo: Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
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Trailspace Innate Motus Top Reviewer Water Bottle

Fantastic prize awarded from Trailspace. Didn't have to do it, but they did. Great company, sleek bottle, proud reviewer! No way G00SE can be…
photo: Trailspace Innate Motus Top Reviewer Water Bottle
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Chaco Z/1 Unaweep

While heavier than expected, the comfortable footbed makes for a great fit. Recommend for daily use, water activities, but may be too much for…
photo: Chaco Men's Z/1 Unaweep
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Eagles Nest Outfitters Twilights

While not a replacement for any flashlight, this makes a great atmosphere piece for your tent or hammock in the backyard or backcountry. I received…
photo: Eagles Nest Outfitters Twilights
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Platypus plusBottle

Handled, collapsible 1L bottle that's great for on-the-go trips. Want to eliminate the bulky Nalgene to use for backcountry trips, day hikes,…
photo: Platypus plusBottle
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MSR Alpine StowAway Pots

Top non-titanium pot for the hiking, car camping, youth scout! Great two-person pot for backpacking trips and the locking lid is a great feature!
photo: MSR Alpine StowAway Pots
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Nikwax Down Wash

Have a down filled jacket or sleeping bag? A bit dirty or has it lost it loft? Look no further! If you want to take care and make your expensive…
photo: Nikwax Down Wash
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Granite Gear Kahiltna 29

Multi-use bag for outdoors or indoors. Use as a laptop bag or throw some water and snacks for a comfortable daypack. Hip belt and pockets may…
photo: Granite Gear Kahiltna 29
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Gander Mountain Guide Series Thundercloud II Rain Jacket

For those who don't want to "shell" out $80 or $100 for a hard shell waterproof jacket, this'll be for you. While the sizing may be off, this…
photo: Gander Mountain Guide Series Thundercloud II Rain Jacket
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Snow Peak GigaPower Auto

Won't go back! Portable and consistent, this stove is a must have for backpackers and campers alike. If you hike deep into the backcountry or…
photo: Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
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Terramar Helix Half-Zip Shirt

Works well when worn in conjunction with other layers. This is a base layer and when combined with short sleeved shirt underneath and rain shell…
photo: Terramar Men's Helix Half-Zip Shirt
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REI Flash 62

Great weekend or multi-day pack. Well made with easy access and just the right amount of pockets. Choice of backpackers and those looking for…
photo: REI Flash 62
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REI Half Dome 2

Great for use in the backcountry or frontcountry as three-season tent. Classic design that is freestanding and has ultralight option with fly,…
photo: REI Half Dome 2
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Klymit Static V

Stacks up against the big boys at a fraction of the price! Durable, small pack size and lightweight. Back or stomach sleepers welcome, side…
photo: Klymit Static V
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Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala

If you enjoy a lot of rice (given this is a vegetarian option), then this is for you. I was hoping for more protein from other sources listed…
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala
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GoLite Jam 50L

Adequate pack for those who want to hike ultralight. The material is thinner than expected, but very durable. Side pocket storage for water…
photo: GoLite Jam 50L
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Teva Toachi 2

Comfortable sport sandals with unique strap access, buckle and three velcro straps. Less of flip flops but more hiking or boating shoes. Does…
photo: Teva Men's Toachi 2
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Spyder Dolomite Jacket

Snug fit and packable down jacket. 700 fill power, yet still smaller and not intrusive. Water resistant but enough room to have hard shell on…
photo: Spyder Dolomite Jacket
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Columbia Cool Creek Stretch Pant

Very durable hiking pants, can also be used for the business casual work environment. Slender fit pants that are stain and water resistant.
photo: Columbia Cool Creek Stretch Pant
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Kenyon Grizzly Kenyon Quick Dry Shirt - Long Sleeve

Well made hiking shirt. It has a number of chest pockets as well as a velcro strap for additional convenience. Durable and useful for that one…
photo: Kenyon Grizzly Kenyon Quick Dry Shirt - Long Sleeve
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OllyDog Dog Pack

Great pack to keep your dog as part of the team. Well made with reasonable storage space that is compatible with your dog's size. Can be used…
photo: OllyDog Dog Pack
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Adidas adizero Hagio

Lightweight shoe great for those who have minimalist purposes in mind. Also can be used for trail running, though only recommended for flat…
photo: Adidas adizero Hagio
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Mountainsmith Spirit

Great 12L day pack with unique breezeway through a trampoline back. Reduces sweat and increases air circulation. Actually has type of shell…
photo: Mountainsmith Spirit
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New Balance MT610

Great trail running shoe. Lightweight, flexible, and breathable. Highly recommended for trail runners or just those who want athletic shoes…
photo: New Balance MT610
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Native Eyewear Lynx

Well-made sunglasses with interchangeable lenses. Good for outdoor use if you are physically active. More on the expensive side ~$150. For those…
photo: Native Eyewear Lynx
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Merrell Moab Waterproof

Comfortable and waterproof...but for how long? Used for hiking and geocaching, all terrains. Medium use did its toll on my pair, sole began…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof
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Nike Daybreak Hat

Athletic hat which can be used for camping, playing sports, or just mowing the lawn. Highly recommended for activities where you want the shade,…
photo: Nike Men's Daybreak Hat
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Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan

Great cardigan for fall hikes or everyday wear. Keeps the warmth in and the cold out. I've had this cardigan for about 4 years now, received…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Covert Cardigan
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Energizer 6 LED HeadLight

Reasonably priced headlamp for light to medium work. Not recommended for backcountry outings at night/rough weather. Can be used for dawn/dusk…
photo: Energizer 6 LED HeadLight
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Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon Jacket

USED JACKET REVIEW: Waterproof jacket that can be packed tightly and feels good on bare skin. Little breathability (as with most waterproof…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Men's Stretch Typhoon Jacket
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Vibram FiveFingers Sprint

Eye-catching minimalist shoes which can be used for free running, pose running, as sail shoes or even for yoga. Not recommended for daily use…
photo: Vibram Men's FiveFingers Sprint
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Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef

Chili Mac with Beef on a backpacking trip, it's great and fits well with meals around the fire. I'd recommend this (higher than the Beef Stroganoff...though…
photo: Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef
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Salomon Quest 4D GTX

Quality, waterproof hiking boot with short break-in period. Unique Salomon locking lace system. Best for backpacking and those needing a boot…
photo: Salomon Men's Quest 4D GTX