Chico, Redding, Tahoe, Bay Area, San Diego
I owned this bag for a brief period of time before returning it. While it IS a decent bag, there are better options available.
-It has multiple carry options, between shoulder strap, a couple grabhandles, and backpack straps
-It is actually sized to be a LEGAL carry-on, not one of those ridiculous bags that a-hole travelers try to pass off as a carry-on and then can't fit in an overhead compartment (or carry it for that matter)
-It does not waste space with wheels
-I'm certain the longevity of this bag would be great- Patagonia makes wonderful gear
-There are a couple compartments for dividing clothes if wanted
-The shoulder strap are uncomfortable above 25 lbs not because of the weight necessarily, but because the way the straps are sewn in, they don't fit well.
-I worried that the clips would break off of the shoulder strap. They're not overbuilt.
-I personally hated the split-level design of the bag. It reduced the flexibility of the bag tremendously. One open compartment would have served my needs FAR better.
-This is NOT the maximum legal carry-on for a bag. It is under that measurement by a bit. Max is 45 cumulative inches. H+W+L=45. This is less than that.
If you want a bag that's a better design for slightly less cash, get the Timbuk2 wingman- http://www.backcountry.com/timbuk2-wingman-pack
I have another review there...
I disagree. It barely fit a pair of my workboots in it because of the split-tier system they have going. I have big feet (15), but my boots are skiboots are 13.5, and they absolutely, undoubtedly, would NOT fit. and don't even think about throwing a helmet in there. Not a chance for my gear...
I disliked the bag enough that I returned it and got a Timbuk2 wingman. Go that route- there's one large pocket in it and it seems to work FAR better than this did. Good luck.
I demo'ed a pair of these skis at Jackson Hole, right after demoing a pair of Gotamas. I got on the 193 Cochises (compared to the 194 Gotamas), then grabbed a tramride to Rendezvous bowl. after a traverse to the far side of Rendezvous bowl I grabbed some turns. Immediately I was surprised!- not by how good they felt, but how they felt like 2x4's attached to my feet. They didn't like to cut and float through the gnar I was on, but I thought maybe I just wasn't used to them. I ran out towards the bowl off Sublette and jumped through some bumps (who does bumps in 194's?), and under a cliff band in search of some fresher untracked stuff. The whole time I was thinking "man these skis don't like to initiate, and have NO feel to them at all. It was like they didn't want to do anything. They had a shorter turn radius than the Goats, but if you turn them over they just kind of wallow... when I got to the groomed runout, I put them on edge, thinking the stiffer, flat tail would help and the earlier rise tip could be fun. I was wrong. These skis don't like to be pushed. You push a Volkl and the skis grin back at you and rip harder. You push these Cochises and the tips wander like record player with a bent needle. (DISCLAIMER: I'm 6'5", 280lbs. I'm not a fatty, and push my skis, my equipment, and myself hard. These skis squirmed under the pressure.) For the rest of my afternoon on the Coshise, I bemoaned switching from the Gotamas to the Cochises- the Gotama is easily twice the ski that the Coshise is. The best part- we spied a TRULY rippin' teleskier bombing down the mountain after the lifts had closed. He stopped to chat with my brother, who is looking to pick up tele'ing in addition to his alpine activities, and asked me about the Cochises when he saw I was on them. Apparently tons of people like the cochise at JacksonHoleMR. I let loose-"they feel like 2x4's, they're stiff longitudinally, but noodles torsionally, they don't like to be pushed hard and don't like an aggressive skier, they hate holding edges, they wander, they don't like to initiate in the deeper stuff, they hate cutting through crud, etc". I did tell him that maybe it was just me and his mileage may vary (of course- everyone's different). He was shocked and said he'd try them out before he bought them, especially after hearing my discourse.
Now here's the best part of it all. On the LAST slope of the LAST run of the LAST day of skiing, I hit some bumps on the left side of the trail before a long runout, and all of the sudden eat shit. I couldn't tell why, it was like I just lost all control and fell over in transition to another bump. And my ski took off down the hill. I said "why isn't the ski stopping?", to which my friend Dave said "the brakes aren't on". I replied "yeah no kidding, why aren't they stopping the ski!?!". To which he replied "the brakes aren't on the ski!", and pushed the back half of the binding over to me in the snow. They had ripped clean out of the ski. My ski rocketed down the hill and barreled into a small tree glade, and I spent the rest of the run limping my way down the hill.
I thoroughly disliked that pair of Cochises...
the velcro is on the liner facing out. it matches up so well with the gauntlet that it wont snag anything. trust me.
These pants are great. I used them this past Saturday on a day that I thought was going to be pretty hot but ended up being quite windy. I was able to use the sidevents to stay the perfect temperature all day long.
1. I got the longs- I'm 6'4" or so and they are long enough for me
2. the sidevents have mesh inside
3. I got XXL- the waist is far too big but I wear a belt with suspenders attached and the room in the leg is awesome. (I'm not a parkrat, but do have large thighs-room matters).
4. For the price I think these will do nicely for a couple of seasons skiing and teaching
5. I run hot, and the soft liner in the uninsulated pant is soft when I'm just rocking boxerbriefs underneath
1. no suspenders, but does have belt loops.
2. sometimes the liner may grab polar fleece and be "catchy", but no big deal overall
3. the bottoms are VERY wide in opening diameter so they will drag when you're wearing normal shoes. but not with ski boots.
these are great, I'd buy them again given the chance.
humangear capCAP. this thing is awesome, I have two...
This consists of: 4 boxer briefs, 3 boxers, 3 t-shirts, 3 v-necks, 1 polo, 2 short socks, 2 long wool socks, 1 pair of cargo shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 2 books, 1 pair of size 15 nike runners, workout shorts, toiletries, iphone charger, travel documents, etc. I could have packed more if needed, and easily...
if that helps you with the sizing of the bag...
You can see the way that the hitch draws in with the threads. You basically thread the pin into the insert of the bike rack after you place it in your receiver.
Depends on the crossbars that you have. If you DO have cross bars, the jaws on the Yakima FatCat should go around them just fine- they're designed to fit round and oval shape bars just fine... I believe they will go over square ones too (if you happen to be a thule fan...).
this shows how much it sticks out (roughly)