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CampingKirk wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

2 5

I bought this Pack Towel with an awesome $20 gift card Backcountry sent me, probably for spending so much on here. haha Anyway, I bought this to replace the Shamwow I usually pack to use as a towel. The Shamwow works amazingly and can be bought for $1 at various dollar stores, but it is somewhat bulky in size, although I cut the one I bought in half to use. This towel works, but it takes a lot of effort to dry, wring out, and try drying again. It doesn't seem to absorb much at all honestly which leads to having to redry the same area multiple times. With the Shamwow I can pass over an area once and be done with it. In retrospect I should have bought the Packtowel Original which supposedly can absorb 10X its weight in water, while this towel can only absorb 2X, but I would highly question that spec and would put it much lower than that. I would return, but it's not worth the cost to return. If you are looking for a pack towel I'd try going with the original version although I have no experience with it, but I can't see how it would be worse.

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CampingKirk wrote an answer about on September 15, 2012

1. I ended up buying the S/M and it fit perfectly.

2. The 22L of the S/M seems about right. I have a 19L and I can tell there is a little size difference, but it isn't much. The capacity is a little odd due to the frame bending into the main body of the pack. It is a convex shape internally so you have a wide space at the bottom, narrow in the middle, and wide again at the top in the main body.

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CampingKirk wrote a question about on August 30, 2012

I have two questions.

1) I'm 5'11" with an 18" torso and ~33" waist. It seems I'm kind of on the border for sizing between the s/m and the m/l. Should I go with the s/m or m/l even though the m/l is for 19+" torso? I'd like to have the full 25L capacity if possible, but of course I want it to fit properly as well.

2) Is the 25L capacity legit? Some are say it is much smaller than that. Just wondering what you guys think.

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CampingKirk

CampingKirk wrote a review of on April 27, 2012

All around good backpack
4 5

First off this backpack is very solid and well constructed. It's a little heavier than some backpacks of similar size, but with the weight you get more durability. I definitely don't have to baby this pack. The size is pretty nice for overnights or weekend trips and if you pack on the lighter side you can put a few days worth of gear inside it. It compresses down very well for smaller loads and the lid is removable if you want to drop a little more weight. The padding is also very nice and comfortable for wearing on long hikes. There are only a few things I don't like about this pack:

1) Unable to reach water in side pockets with pack on. You either have to stop and remove the pack or just use a camelbak.
2) Few pockets. There are only 3 main pockets in this bag, which doesn't leave much room for organization. There is the main, lid pocket (fairly large, can put a rain jacket inside), and front pocket (also fairly large).
3) Hip pockets would have been nice.

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CampingKirk

CampingKirk wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

Don't want to carry heavy filters around? This is the solution. These weigh next to nothing and you can have clean drinking water within 15 minutes and it kills anything possible after 4 hours. To me the 4 hours isn't a big deal, even if it was really questionable water I also carry multiple water containers so while one processes I can just drink out of the other. Great way to save +10oz off your pack weight.

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CampingKirk wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

Does exactly what I want it to, protects my bite valve from getting dust, sand, mud, or whatever else you mind run into in the backcountry. It was a little difficult getting on, but I would assume that's a good thing since you don't want it to be able to fall off with your bite value. I recommend it for your CamelBak.

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CampingKirk wrote a review of on March 20, 2011

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles: The Perfect Poles?
5 5

These poles rock!

I was in a long debate with myself on whether to go with foam or cork, but these are awesome. I've hiked about 12 miles with them so far and no a single blister. The grips are also super comfortable. I've read a few reviews saying that the loops on the poles fall apart, but I haven't seen anything like that on mine and they are in tip top shape. The extended grips are great for going up ascents without having to change the length of the poles. If you do have to change their length it only takes a flip, push/pull, and flip. Perfect for cold weather if you want to change your pole lengths while wearing gloves. They are also super lightweight at just over a pound and collapse down small for transport.

I used these poles for some creek crossing and then tossed them across the creek to help the members in my group that were without poles once they crossed they said they were nice and wanted the name of the poles I had. :D

Definitely a great buy.

Also, mucho kudos to Backcountry for matching prices for me. You CAN NOT beat Backcountry when it comes to products and amazing customer service.

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