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Andrew McManama

Andrew McManama

Southern California and Sierra Nevada

Andrew McManama's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Andrew McManama's Bio

I am an avid backpacker and hiker. I am not a technical climber, but I love to get to the peaks you can hike or scramble to without gear.

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Andrew McManama

Andrew McManama wrote a review of on March 13, 2013

5 5

Let me start by saying that this is my first tarp. I like the hex shape and the vestibule it provides in the A-frame pitch. I have heard complaints about the lack of setups this tarp provides, but in reality it provides the setups that you need. I have also pitched it in a few other setups that I really like. I plan on posting a video with my full line of pitches eventually. I took this tarp out right after a snowstorm in Ventura County's mountains. I was pleased with its performance. Haven't rain tested it yet, but snow was melting from the trees as I cooked dinner and thanks to this baby I stayed dry. I wish there were tie outs along the long side at least, if not at the center of each side as well. This tarp is awesome, highly recommended.

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on April 3, 2012

5 5

Just Like the jacket, water just bounces off of these pants. I went into this purchase blind because I love the jacket so much. As it turns out these were a great buy! They seem like they might run a tad bigger than the jacket, I got a Medium, and am wondering if the Small will do. But they are made to be worn over something, so not a huge deal.

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on April 3, 2012

5 5

I do a lot of review reading before I buy any gear. That's how I ended up with this awesome jacket. It's everything you need in a rain jacket for hiking. It's light, compressible, waterproof, and had drawstrings and straps in all the right places. I like the fact that you can stuff it into the left pocket as well. Also, won Backpacker Magazine 2011 Editors Choice for Green product (environmentally sound, not color!). They use a natural oil, not petroleum product to seal it. i would get this again!

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on March 12, 2012

4 5

When I use this in my osprey daypack (Osprey Daylite), it gives the whole pack more structure. I rally like the magnet clipping system and the bite valve. I am a bit leery about the stitching though. It seems that the stitching is just a place for possible failure. I have had mine out a dozen times or more and have had no issues. It also hold more than it looks like it can. i remember thinking that there was no way it would fit 3L of water. To my surprise, it does!

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

4 5

I was very impressed with this unit. It boils water very fast, and packs up very small. I use homemade meals on the trail for the most part and they would be a pain in the butt to clean out of this. If all you do is boil water and pour it into a bag, this is perfect. If you do ,ore complicated cooking, you might want a regular pot and stove. I find this works best when a friend carries it and I carry my Pocket Rocket and Snow Peak Pots. This way We use the pots for cooking and the Jetboil for boiling.

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on February 25, 2012

5 5

The Airspeed vent system is second to none. It doesn't even feel like it's there! The pack carries the load very well, the straps are comfortable and they really form to your body. I would definitely encourage a friend to get this pack. It is versatile and well built. Plenty of pockets for organization of your gear. And Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee can't be beat.

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Andrew McManama wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

5 5

The kestrel is a great series. I really like the way they fit and distribute the weight of the load. I dry camped with mine, so I was carrying 14 pounds of water alone and it held the extra weight great. My total pack weight was 45 pounds including water and food, and I had no issues at all.
There are plenty of compartments for very easy access to your gear with tons of space inside the main section as well. The side pockets stuff to the inside, so they are a bit of a pain to pack once the main compartment is full, but not too bad. I really like the hydration sleeve being on the outside. You really don't notice that the bladder is even there (I use the Osprey Hydraform). It is a bit of a pain to pull in and out with a full pack though.
Lot's of places to clip on gear if you need to, including a very convenient place for your trekking poles. This pack really has everything I would need in a backpack. And you have got to love the integrated rain cover! All in all this is a great pack that will do well on an extended trip.

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