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West Kootenays, British Columbia, Canada

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Andrea's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Andrea's Bio

I live in the mountains. I play in the mountains. I travel to different mountains to play some more. Weekends, evenings, vacation...OUTSIDE!

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ALM wrote a review of on November 6, 2010

4 5

These pants are great for cross-country skiing at moderate temperatures, as well as for cycling, hiking, and sitting around backcountry cabins. I find that for skiing I have to add long-underwear below about -5 C (23 F). This is not really due to the warmth of the pant, but rather the lack of wind resistance. Super comfy though, and I like the "loose fitting tight" idea, as well as the tapered zippered leg (so I can get them on and off in a hurry, and so they don't catch in my chain).

See my full review here: http://tinyurl.com/34hfqwk

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ALM wrote an answer about on October 17, 2010

The pink one? Good question. I'm going to guess it's a colour that's no longer available, since there isn't a colour that's light pink on the Marmot website either. It might be the Rose Red, but that looks darker to me.
Sorry...that wasn't much help, was it?

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ALM wrote an answer about on August 11, 2010

Hi Amy,

We're about the same size, though torso length has a lot more to do with backpack fit than absolute height.

Osprey is known for making great packs that fit well, and a lot of people swear by them. Personally, they don't fit me at all. A lot of other companies make good packs as well: Lowe alpine, Marmot, Deuter, North Face, etc.

The most important thing with a big pack is how comfortable it is to carry, and the best way to find that out is to go try some on! Load a pack up so that it's got some weight and bulk in it, and walk around in it for half an hour. That'll give you an indication of whether you can stand to carry it. Women's packs may be more comfortable for you, or they might not. It's very personal.

Features are also a big factor - what pockets do you want or need? Do you want top-only access? Side/front access?

I will say this: 85 L is BIG. If you have the space, you'll fill it. You may be planning on using the pack for other gear-intensive adventures that require lots of carry space, or you might be travelling with some bulky gear that needs the space, but for a 5-week tour in Europe 85 L should be more than enough space (I travelled for 4.5 months with a 65 L pack including camping gear like a sleeping pad, bag, pots, fuel, stove, etc.).

Not sure that really answered your question...my best suggestion is to go try on all the packs you can find.

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ALM wrote an answer about on August 6, 2010

I asked myself the same thing when I bought my Precip. What I ended up buying was a Precip jacket and the Venture pants. The jackets have pretty much the exact same features (pit zips, etc.). The fit is also pretty close to the same. I will say that my Precip jacket leaked on occasion when I was abusing it, but my Venture pants didn't. Having said that, the pants didn't get used anywhere near as often or abused as hard, and they did get a tear in one spot where I sat on a rock.

So...
Fit: about the same
Features: about the same
Waterproofness: both good
Durability: both good
Price: about the same

Nope, no opinion from me. I've been happy with the pieces I have from both lines.

Sorry I wasn't able to be much help for making a decision...

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ALM wrote an answer about on July 27, 2010

Hi Jake,

You fill the bottle, screw on the cap with the purification cartridge on it, and then sip through the mouthpiece as you squeeze the bottle. No need to transfer between bottles.

Here's the manual if you're interested: http://katadynch.vs31.snowflakehosting.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/katadyn_products/Downloads/Manual_Katadyn_MyBottlePurifier_CAN.pdf

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ALM wrote an answer about on July 23, 2010

Hi,

This is windproof, yes. I have the Narvik Gore-Tex Soft Shell pants that I use in the backcountry and I've never had a whiff of wind go through them unless I have the vents open. The fabric itself will keep you dry and wind-free.

As to whether these would be better than the Falketind, it depends on whether you're looking for a soft shell or a hard shell. My experience with the pants is that the fabric is almost half-way between a typical soft shell and a hard shell. For general winter wear with layers underneath, this should work out just fine.

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ALM wrote an answer about on July 15, 2010

Hi,

There are a few sites that sell the footprint, but they all appear to be out of stock at the moment, including the manufacturer's site.

Another (cheaper) option is to make your own footprint. Get a piece of whatever you want to use for a footprint (a tarp works but is heavy. painters plastic is waaay lighter and works really well), set up your tent on top of it, trace the outline of the tent, and then cut inside that line (so that none of the footprint sticks out from the edge of the tent. Voila, instant tent footprint.

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ALM wrote an answer about on July 14, 2010

Edward,

I think I already answered this, but can't find the question or answer on this page, just on my profile. Here's the answer I had written before:

The footprint for the Mica 12 will be considerably smaller than the floor of the Tephra 22. You're going to do better looking at 2-person tent footprints.

The easiest option is probably to make your own footprint. Get a piece of whatever you want to use for a footprint (a tarp works but is heavy. painters plastic is waaay lighter and works really well), set up your tent on top of it, trace the outline of the tent, and then cut inside that line (so that none of the footprint sticks out from the edge of the tent. Voila, instant tent footprint.

Good luck!
Andrea

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ALM wrote an answer about on July 9, 2010

Yes, I've noticed the same thing with my Hubba Hubba, and other tents that I've slept in. I suspect it's the same thing as when they get in the car and can't find their way out...they're just trapped. They come looking for the nice smelly human and then get stuck. Keeping one side of the fly unzipped and rolled back seems to make it easier for a few to escape, but they still collect at the top. Not sure I have a solution for you...I've never really considered it a problem, since they're on one side of the mesh and I'm on the other.

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