April182012
Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket
- I may not be a famous mountaineer or well known outdoor athlete, but I can tell you a few things about this jacket that may persuade you to purchase one anyway.  First things first, as a college student, money is always tight.  We all know as outdoor enthusiasts, quality equipment and gear can get expensive and you more than often times get what you pay for.  With the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket, you get more than what you pay for.  I have used the jacket now in numerous types of weather from light rain and snow to complete downpours accompanied by howling winds.  I have not one complaint about the jacket.  It may not be coated with the top of the line GORE-TEX brand waterproofing spray, but it can definitely hold its own.  The Velcro cuffs and dual hem drawstrings do wonders in extremely wet and windy conditions.  Even when it gets a bit warmer, the pit zips and breathable Dry Q membrane keep you cool.  If I had to pack a lightweight and very packable waterproof shell, the first one I would grab, would surely be the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket.

- Michael Jaworski

Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket

- I may not be a famous mountaineer or well known outdoor athlete, but I can tell you a few things about this jacket that may persuade you to purchase one anyway.  First things first, as a college student, money is always tight.  We all know as outdoor enthusiasts, quality equipment and gear can get expensive and you more than often times get what you pay for.  With the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket, you get more than what you pay for.  I have used the jacket now in numerous types of weather from light rain and snow to complete downpours accompanied by howling winds.  I have not one complaint about the jacket.  It may not be coated with the top of the line GORE-TEX brand waterproofing spray, but it can definitely hold its own.  The Velcro cuffs and dual hem drawstrings do wonders in extremely wet and windy conditions.  Even when it gets a bit warmer, the pit zips and breathable Dry Q membrane keep you cool.  If I had to pack a lightweight and very packable waterproof shell, the first one I would grab, would surely be the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket.


- Michael Jaworski

April52012
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North Mirror Lake

North Mirror Lake

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Lake of The Clouds - Porcupine Mountains

Lake of The Clouds - Porcupine Mountains

February112012
New solo tent?  I think so!

New solo tent?  I think so!

February92012

Big Agnes - Customer Service

During our trip to Echo Lake, the Big Agnes Lynx Pass 2 tent, passed the test.  However, the same could not be said for the tent stakes.  Some of the stakes became bent while trying to put them into somewhat soft ground. 

So, I called Big Agnes to see if they would do anything about this issue.  The woman who answered the phone was very nice.  Instead of telling me what they would do, she asked me what I would like them to do.  After hearing my issue, I was allowed to choose from any style stake I would like.  I chose the J-Stake (a light, yet heavier duty stake).

I was surprised to encounter such great customer service.  Most companies have poor customer service, and are only worried solely on how much money they can save when dealing with warranty issues.  Any other company wouldn’t think twice about what the customer actually wanted or needed.  Thankfully, Big Agnes is not like every other company.  I can’t wait to get the new stakes and get back out on the trail.

Thanks Big Agnes.

- Mike

February72012
Beautiful morning after a day full of storms.

Beautiful morning after a day full of storms.

February62012
Dual Survival?  Even better, Lee and Mike.

Dual Survival?  Even better, Lee and Mike.

2PM
This is it? 

This is it? 

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