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Bob Kocher

Bob Kocher

Colorado Springs, CO

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Bob Kocher wrote an answer about on January 12, 2012

Dave, thanks for your response.

I asked Dakine customer service the same question and this was their response: "The reservoir pocket is going to be inside the main compartment opposite of the back panel. It has Velcro closure. We moved away from the older version [that you have, Dave] because of the back panel access."

My opinion: this isn't even a good idea on paper. The pocket is too open for my 3 liter reservoir (meaning it will sag as I drink it or if the main compartment isn't full to keep it in place) and there's no hook or strap to hag it on. The hose lays across your gear, so if you use the top access you have to work around it. And the exit point for the hose (if the hose is even long enough) was way too difficult to feed the bit value through (granted it was a Camelbak big mouth value or whatever it's called), so I returned the pack.

I like the rest of the pack, but hydration is something that needs to be easy to use and I don't think Dakine got it right. Too many other packs to choose from.

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Bob Kocher wrote a question about on January 4, 2012

Just bought this pack and I'm inspecting it before I decide to keep it. There's an insulated hydro sleeve, but I don't see a dedicated sleeve or loop to hang the reservoir inside the pack. I realize the back panel entry probably complicates this, but am I missing something or does the reservoir just get tossed in with everything else?

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Bob Kocher wrote a question about on July 22, 2009

I've looked at the "dark gray/red rock" color option on a couple sites and I'm not sure which site has the accurate image for this color. Zappos shows this color option as much darker. See http://zapp.me/7209709 and "dark gray/red rock" is the 5th color swatch. Anyone know what the correct image is (I like the darker color on Zappos, but want to buy from BC)?

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Bob Kocher wrote a question about on July 22, 2009

I was comparing this product, Tent and Gear Proof, to another Nikwax product called Tent and Gear Solarproof Waterproofing Spray and was wondering if anyone has experience with both? What would make me choose one over the other? Thanks.

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Bob Kocher wrote a question about on May 15, 2009

How well do Grivel G12 crampons fit in this bag? (I read a couple reviews of the BD Crampon Bag by people who own G12s and said it wasn't the idea bag.) Also, this has velcro and Fastex closures... how secure is that compared to a zippered bag? Thanks.

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Bob Kocher wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

4 5

I've been looking for a windstopper fleece for a while and was excited to find this one from Marmot. I'm 5'8, 160 lb with 32/33" sleeve length and I've had to pass on the Mountain Hardware WindStopper Tech Jacket because it was too short in the sleeves (I've found most of Mt Hardwear's jackets run shorter in overall length). The Heat Shield is a slightly heavier weight jacket than the Mt Hardwear, which I liked. I really like the pitzips and the 4 exterior pockets, unfortunately the sleeves were too long for me on the Heat Shield (I bought a medium), so I chose to return it. I might be nitpicking, but when the jacket is zipped all the way up the collar wasn't very close around my neck, so I while it is a windstopper jacket, I could see it being drafty around the neck, however I would have kept it if the sleeves were the right length. There's not many quality fleece windstopper jackets on the market, but I'll keep looking.

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Bob Kocher wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

3 5

I have a Marmot beenie from a couple of seasons ago and I love it, so I thought I'd add another one to my collection. Unfortunately, this one was noticeably bigger and when I put it on it comes down over the top of my eyes... too big to keep. Had it fit I would have kept, but this hat was thinner than the Marmot beanie I own.

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Bob Kocher wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

3 5

I returned this pack b/c I'm 5'9", 160 lb and my torso is 16.5 - 17" and I couldn't get the pack adjusted small enough (too much space b/t the shoulder straps and my shoulders even though I adjusted the torso as small as it would go). I did like the pack though and it wasn't too heavy, even I wish it had a more traditional opening to the sleeping bag compartment. I liked the slanted mesh pockets on the side for a water bottle, although my Nalgene bottle seemed like it could pop out fairly easily.

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Bob Kocher wrote a review of on November 30, 2007

4 5

After research a bunch of down jackets I decided on the Patagonia. It was a little small so I returned it, so I can only comment on how it fit. The sleeves, as well as the overall fit, were short (I ordered a Medium and I'm 5'9, 160 lb). I can say I really liked the full fleece lining on the inside of the collar and the hand warmer pockets. I have since tried on a Large and was swimming in it.

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