FlipNC

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joined Aug 17, 2014

Full Name: private
male backpacker
Lewisville , NC
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Website: https://hikingshtick.smugmug.com/
Email: private

Affiliations: I am a member of the Trailspace Review Corps, but have no ties to any outdoor manufacturers or retailers.

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Big Agnes Third Degree

This is a nice lightweight sleeping pad that packs down relatively well (compared to similar foam pads) and provides excellent insulation. I…
photo: Big Agnes Third Degree
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Keen Targhee EXP Waterproof Mid

A well-constructed boot that is comfortable with a little break in, and supportive with good traction. The waterproof claim seems good for normal…
photo: Keen Men's Targhee EXP Waterproof Mid
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Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Pant

An excellent base layer choice from a company that understands cold and wet weather. The HH LIFA Merino 2-layer construction keeps you warm…
photo: Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Pant
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Helly Hansen LIFA Merino 1/2 Zip

An excellent base layer choice from a company that understands cold and wet weather. The HH LIFA Merino 2-layer construction keeps you warm…
photo: Helly Hansen LIFA Merino 1/2 Zip
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MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

The MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit is a versatile water treatment device with easy pump and gravity flow setups built in. It could conceivably…
photo: MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit
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Tarptent StratoSpire 1

The Stratospire 1 is lightweight, able to withstand severe weather, roomy, and well-constructed. An ingenious design brings together many of…
photo: Tarptent StratoSpire 1
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Proster Anemometer

A great lightweight gadget for folks who like to carry thermometers and are interested in wind speed as well—it has almost permanently replaced…
photo:   Proster Anemometer
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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid

Moab Ventilator Mids are very comfortable, relatively wear resistant, provide decent foot support, and traction, and dry out quickly. These…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid
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Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove

The 2017 Vargo Triad is a very sturdy and functional alcohol/solid fuel stove that I will continue to use due to its bomb proof design and consistent…
photo: Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove
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humangear GoBites Duo

A convenient item if you use both a spoon and a fork, and prefer longer tines than a spork. Sturdy construction, length, and versatility make…
photo: humangear GoBites Duo
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Vargo Titanium Folding Spork

Unbreakable construction, light weight, and ease of packing make this a reliable choice for any back country adventure. A little care is needed…
photo: Vargo Titanium Folding Spork
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Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili

This is a staple in my pack now for over a year—hydrates well, tastes almost as good as home cooked chili, and fills the corners without leaving…
photo: Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili
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Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s, but Permethrin treated clothes are much more effective in tick prevention based on…
photo: Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents
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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s as mosquito and tick prevention for work and play, but now am a full convert to Sawyer…
photo: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent
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Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket

The Marmot Ether Driclime Wind Jacket is just about the only piece of my outdoor clothes closet that always gets packed—year round. It’s…
photo: Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket
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GSI Outdoors 10 Oz. Flask

If you are like me and enjoy a daily dram or shot of your favorite beverage in the back country, I highly recommend looking into this GSI flask.
photo: GSI Outdoors 10 Oz. Flask
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ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0

This is now my favorite pack after a year of solid testing in all range of temperatures and trail conditions. A lightweight pack with a suspension…
photo: ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0
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UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter

An interesting eco-friendly product that is excellent for lazy lighting of campfires and wood stoves in good conditions. It is extremely easy…
photo: UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter
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Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter

The Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter is a good idea and handy gadget that functions as a spark lighter with ferrocerium (ferro) rod and bellows.
photo: Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter
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Good To-Go Thai Curry

Excellent flavor and easy instructions offset the long wait time. This was my personal favorite of the two Good To-Go samples I tried, but had…
photo: Good To-Go Thai Curry
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Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili

Coming from someone who is not a fan of packaged dinners—this was good! Easy instructions and good flavor, with only a few less hydrated/crunchy…
photo: Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili
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Bushnell PowerView 12x 25mm Folding Binoculars

A good choice for a lightweight compact pair of binoculars. They are durable, easily adjustable, and have relatively good optics for the price.
photo: Bushnell PowerView 12x 25mm Folding Binoculars
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Packit Gourmet Santa Fe Breakfast Corn Pudding

This is the best pre-packaged breakfast that I have eaten on the trail. I have sampled many other dehydrated and freeze dried breakfast items…
photo: Packit Gourmet Santa Fe Breakfast Corn Pudding
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Coghlan's Fire Paste

An easy quick starter for your stove or fire when you don’t feel like going through the old-fashioned way. However, it doesn’t perform as…
photo: Coghlan's Fire Paste
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Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light

A featherweight backup for when your lamp/light fails, and a handy gadget to keep in your pocket for days you get to camp late and haven't unpacked…
photo: Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light
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REI Trail Chair

An REI version of the Crazy Creek original chair, the Trail Chair is relatively lightweight and rugged. It supports my aging lower back, fits…
photo: REI Trail Chair
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Old Town Pack

This is a great all-around recreational solo canoe. It maneuvers on a dime, weighs just over 30 lbs, and can take a beating. If you can still…
photo: Old Town Pack
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Smartwater Bottles

I switched from Nalgene to disposable water bottles for most (3+ season) trips. If you go that route, the Smartwater bottles are the sturdiest…
photo:   Smartwater Bottles
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Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M

I have been using these memo books for years for work and as a trail journal. The book is bomb-proof as far as weather and wear/tear are concerned,…
photo: Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M
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Vargo 1.3 Liter Titanium Pot

This is an excellent lightweight pot that has been very durable over the last two years. Heats relatively evenly, and has several thoughtful…
photo: Vargo 1.3 Liter Titanium Pot
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Trail Designs Ultralight Glasses

These extremely lightweight "nose specs" are great to keep in a pocket for use checking maps or other small writing for those "experienced"…
photo: Trail Designs Ultralight Glasses
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Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof

The Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof upholds the manufacturer's good reputation, except for one major issue. They are very comfortable, relatively…
photo: Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof
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Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug

While I like some of the features, a couple of significant flaws keep this from being my go-to coffee mug. Excellent heat retention and hand…
photo: Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug
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Marmot Tungsten 3P

This is a solid tent for camping and short backpacking trips when comfort is king and weight a minor issue. It is spacious, thoughtfully designed,…
photo: Marmot Tungsten 3P
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NEMO Astro Insulated Lite

This is the best night's sleep I have had while backpacking. A full length pad just under 20 ounces, with no issues with noise or sliding off…
photo: NEMO Astro Insulated Lite
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Princeton Tec Sync

For the low price, this is an excellent basic headlamp, with several lighting options including red. Not as powerful as some other options,…
photo: Princeton Tec Sync
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REI AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad

A decent idea that in practice didn't work for me. The Air Rails only help to keep you on the mat if you have it at close to full inflation,…
photo: REI AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad
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REI Campware Cup

This is a lightweight, functional, and cheap cup that surprisingly has become my favorite one. It is a simple cup that meets all my needs, except…
photo: REI Campware Cup
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Feathered Friends Osprey UL 30

I highly recommend the FF Osprey for three-season use. This bag weighs less than 2 lbs for the long version, and I have been completely comfortable…
photo: Feathered Friends Osprey UL 30
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LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

Great lightweight tent. Sets up quickly and dry in the rain. Headroom and floorspace are more than enough for this 6 footer. The awning option…
photo: LightHeart Gear SoLong 6
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Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri

After more than three years of constant use, I can confidently say this is still my favorite stove and piece of gear that I own! The light weight,…
photo: Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri
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Marmot Sawtooth 15

Kept me warm in the teens. This bag lives up to its warmth rating. Updated my rating primarily due to weight. This bag is rated for 15 degrees…
photo: Marmot Sawtooth 15
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Gregory Z 55

I have used this pack for the last four years in the Southeast primarily. Great comfort, load carrying, and ventilation at a relatively low…
photo: Gregory Z 55