Product Review VLOG

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Review


Weighing in at 14.9 ounces, the Zpacks Hexamid Solo is an impressive piece of gear. A think (but strong) layer of Cuben Fiber is sewn to a bug net that even the smallest critters cant get through. Everything is sold separately, so after spending money on the tent, you then need to venture into purchasing a bathtub liner, tent stake, and collapsable tent pole. Out the door with tax I paid just under $600 but I didn't have one ounce of buyers remorse. This shelter is a home away from home and is very comfortable as an all season tent. When its freezing, it can be pitched lower and stuffed with pine needles for insulation, in the summer tree branches can be used to prop up all of the guy lines to allow even more ventilation to flow through. The rain doors are very effective and do a great job keeping you dry even in the worst storms. There are no compartments but a stick on pocket is sold separately along with numerous other accessories. The bathtub liner is a steep $95 but it dries quick and doubles as a ground sheet outside of the tent. Separating the Tub from the tent makes for a very efficient drying process. Aside from the lightweight, it is also very packable and compresses into a small kit. All of these tents are custom hand made and it may take up to 4 weeks to get certain times of the year. The good news is if you do damage it they will repair it (for a price of course). I'm a true Floridian, to the point where I've never seen snowfall, and it brings me great joy to support a Local Florida Company out of Melbourne. Their craftsmanship, customer service, and shipping times exceeded my expectations and I have now become a repeat customer. I highly recommend this to anyone doing any kind of Ultra Lightweight touring. 


Kokopelli Rogue Lite Packraft Review

This Packraft was worth every dollar, I have yet to mount a bike to it but I'm confident that the Warbird or the Cutty will make an excellent companion to this raft. An important thing I wanted to mention is that this is a SINGLE chamber raft, meaning that if you hit a puncture, your raft just turned into a flying carpet down river. The materials that were used seam pretty tough however sharp objects and fresh downed trees made me a little nervous. Im sure it would hold up great but do you really want to find out what happens? A patch kit is included and I always carry that along with my inflator tube. On my first two trips I lost a significant amount of air an thought that I had a small leak. After doing some research I learned that debris in the valve can cause leaking (even the slightest thing). I took some Q-tips and cleaned the valve and seal the best I could and it seemed to resolve the issue. I haven't decided how I would go about mounting this to my bike and then inevitably mounting the bike to the raft. My next VLOG will have a detailed report on how a bike payload worked out. This makes me so excited! I was just informed that there will be a Packrafting version for the Kim Murrell's Mountain 420 in the fall, I cannot even begin to tell you how stoked I am to give that a shot. Thanks for watching and stay tuned, I will be releasing a new episode each week.