BigHornBound wrote a question about Lowe Alpine TFX Appalachian 65 Backpack - 4000cu in on July 6, 2011
What is the Torso length of this pack?
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What is the Torso length of this pack?
This is a very nice day/summit pack.
The material seems way more rigid then I was expecting for a pack this size that can be packed into itself. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the waist strap seems fine and don't ride way up on your stomach like some packs. The specs I've seen say that this pack is Not hydration compatible but there IS a hook on the inside and a port for a hose, however, there is not a pouch for a bladder.
It is fairly easy to stuff this pack into itself. Just take out the foam pad (turn the pack inside out to do this) and stuff away into the "security" pocket. It does break down to a nice size. The foam pad isn't much so you could easily fold or roll it up to stash while hiking to base camp.
The main compartment is large and can hold a (lot) of gear, and compression straps are just about perfect on this pack which is good because the stuff pocket on the outside to which they are attached isn't so perfect. I was hoping for some sort of stretchy material that would optimize stuffing but that is not the case with this pack. Not useless but could have been better. My last gripe is that the mesh pockets could be a little bigger but that seems to be the case on a lot of daypacks i've looked at.
All together when I first ordered this pack I wasn't 100% sure about it. Now that I do have it I am totally happy with this pack. You should buy one if you are thinking about it!
Finally had the chance to take this bivy out for a good field test and it performed very well. Had to deal with light showers and the bivy stayed nice and dry, (note: the water does beed up on the out side so be carefull when opening the door so water doesn't drip into the inside, this happened to me in the morning and got a few drops down the shirt. Good wakeup call i guess, no big deal)
The vents seem to work well with a slight breeze. Had a little condensation but nothing that a little air out wouldn't fix. Not enough to cause a problem.
I can't find anything wrong with this tent. It's light, Stylish, and roomy for what it is. I would buy it all over again. Sweeeeeeeet!
This is a good working headlamp. Tilts to fit your needs. Three settings: bright, dimmer, and flashing. Nicely priced and light weight. No problems keeping it on your head either. I would buy it a second time.
Just bought this bivy about a month ago and have not yet had the opportunity to field test it but have set it up a number of times to get a better feel for it. First off I would not say that this is Freestanding, you are going to want at least two stakes for this bivy to work right. Setup is a breeze, one pole at the feet and the other two up by your head, takes about 2 minutes to setup.
From the inside this bivy seems very comfortable, with plenty of space at the head of the tent. There are two vents, one at your head that can be zipped closed (could be a little bigger) and one down by your feet that can't be closed. The door opens up enough that you don't have any problems getting in or out. The zipper pulls have glow in the dark tips so you can find them in the dark.
Room to move around a little but not much extra to stow any gear. Took the hose to it one day and had no leaks or water in the inside. The sides of the Bivy/Tent do sag a bit in the middle and rests on your sleeping bag, could cause some condinsation. Completely staking it out may help this issue a little.
Packs up nice and small, about the size of my forearm from elbow to fingers.
I will right another review after a proper field test and this Bivy/Tent might get a 5 star rating.
If you like a little extra comfort after a long day of hiking, your back (or backside) will appreciate this self-inflating seat cushion. rolls up nice and tight when not in use and inflates to a really nice size. Using this for extra padding while carrying your pack or as an extra head support while sleeping as others have said are also great ways to get extra use out of this item. Simple yet great!
Just picked up this set to replace the original as it was looking a little shabby. Definately makes a difference in heating time even if you don't have a lot of wind to deal with. Just good accessories to make your stove burn better.
I had been using the MSR filter for the last 10 years and had a chance to try this unit last year in the field and i was very impressed. At first glance I thought it looked cheap and was worried I would break it but that was far from the truth. It out pumped my MSR no problem and had not backup like my MSR has had at times. The quick release hoses are nice and the pump action is smooth. Wish I had known about this filter years ago but will be carrying it from this point on. Great Water, Great Filter.
Had read alot about the Mountain House products and actually found these at a local supermarket and gave the Chili Mac w/ Beef a try. For a meal that you just add boiling water to these are awesome. The chili flavor was bold and the mac and beef cooked up nicely. I did use less water then advised (maybe 1 3/4 cup for the 2 serving size) and it came out perfect, no crunchies! I will most def be ordering a few from Backcountry for my next trip.