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Dave Drulard

Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 18, 2009

5 5

Great fit, perfect size - nice organization. One of the few packs that I wouldn't change much on. Not sure if I agree with the review below - both avalungs and airbags have their advantages and disadvantages. The problem with airbags is that they are VERY expensive, and won't protect you in the event of a secondary slide.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 18, 2009

5 5

Perfect for anything other than the lightest weight trips, this thing is a key piece of gear. No real need to deal with gas lanterns anymore unless we are going for the full car camping deal. Really nice to have an alternative to using a headlamp while on camping trips. Nice to have around the house as well for power outs etc.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 14, 2009

5 5

Nicely designed rock climbing pack. The front pocket doesn't look big enough for a rope that it is designed for, but my 10 mm has no problem fitting in there. Super burly pack material, and I really like the way this packs opens up - it is a top loader, but is opens toward you instead of away like traditional top loaders. Very comfortable suspension, and seems tough enough to handle be hauled up a pitch or two...

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 14, 2009

5 5

I've have used the original version of the Skareb for 3 or 4 years, and have always liked the suspension and feel of the pack. I was not a huge fan of the roll top, and in general the exterior of the pack was a bit busy. North Face seems to have solved all of this issues with the current Skareb. I usually have to spend quite a bit of time and 2 or 3 trips to really get the suspension dialed in, but on a recent trip to the Tetons, this pack felt just about perfect with very little adjustment. I also liked the larger size moving up to 65 liters. I really like the approach of building a lighter weight pack, but not sacrificing all of the durability, and still having a legitimate suspension. Very nicely done- still the great feel of the last generation, with nice updates to the back pannel and much cleaner pack body. They took my favorite pack and made it better.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 5, 2009

5 5

There is a reason why this geometry has lasted for so long.... maybe not the most epic car camping tent you will ever use, but it really is hard to beat for a lightweight backpacking tent. The big vestibule seems to make up for the lack of space in the tent body, although the body is pretty ergonomic - the space is up by your head, and not where you don't need it down by your feet. I am 6-4 and it works well. Probably the strongest geometry you will run into for a 3 pole.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 5, 2009

4 5

I think most people are aware of what they are getting themselves into when it comes to single wall tents. That being said, I think the Vario has the best ventilation of any single wall I have used. Set-up is crazy easy, at it still a pretty sturdy package for 3 poles. Condensation is always going to be an issue, but I will say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount - not too bad.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

Used this pack in the Tetons 2 weekends ago and was very impressed. I was unsure how the expandable foam back panel was going to feel, but after 20 miles it felt great. This is probably the first large capacity pack that I have ever worn that did not create any hot spots while dialing in the suspension. The welded seams on the top and bottom of the pack are a nice touch and really eliminate the need for a rain cover. Carried very nicely with a medium load of about 40 pounds.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on July 29, 2009

5 5

How can you have enough of these? I use them for everything - organization in the back of the truck to travel. Never have gotten into the wheeled variety, these things save weight, and I figure I can always use the exercise right? They last forever, and all sizes see frequent use. Never blown out a zipper in 12 years.

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Dave Drulard wrote a review of on July 29, 2009

5 5

I've got quite a few tents, but this is hands down my new 3 season favorite. The interior is key - each person has their own spot for gear, and their are plenty of stash pockets. The vestibules aren't huge, but they are big enough (some of the vestibule space is taken up by those sweet gear areas in the tent). The pole interface (check out ball and socket type deal) is very functional - they won't accidentally come out if setting up solo. This system also creates more of a gap between the tent body and fly which improves ventilation. Bomber for a three pole 3 person.

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