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Dave Drulard wrote an answer about on April 28, 2010

Bombo - The Mountain Manor is the replacement for the Trailhead series, and there are a number of improvements. The new hub pole system cuts down the number of pole sections needed making the tent significantly lighter - and the clip system (as opposed to sleeves on the Trailhead), make for a much easier set up. Some really nice upgrades.
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Dave Drulard wrote an answer about on April 7, 2010

I think a 15 degree bag is the most versatile range for 3 season outdoor use. I think it would do well if you are spending time camping outdoors, but if you are going to be hitting hostels and using it more as an indoor bag, I think something in the 30-40 degree range would be more comfortable and also save you space and weight.
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Dave Drulard wrote an answer about on March 11, 2010

Hi Don - I have never been hit with oversized charges with the XL when flying. The issue that I normally run into is that it is hard to keep the weight of a fully loaded XL below weight restrictions (50-70 pounds depending on carrier). I have been finding going with 2 smaller duffels (like larges), keeps me below weight on a single duffel instead of trying to get it all in 1. If you aren't loading the XL with super heavy gear, I think you will be fine.
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Dave Drulard wrote an answer about on March 11, 2010

The windwall 2 is going to be the warmer of the two, as it similar in weight to something like a 200 weight fleece, where the Bionic is softshell that has a farily light fleece lining (backer). The main advantage to the Bionic is going to be weather resistance - it is going to perform better if you run into wet weather as it has a DWR exterior treatment as well as a laminate behind the softshell that will also contribute to it being a better outerwear piece if it gets stormy.
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Dave Drulard wrote an answer about on March 11, 2010

Hi Michael - this wouldn't be my first choice for the type of trip that you describe. The Mantel is a pretty specific lightweight climbing pack. Here are a couple of suggestions for you that I think will have better organization, and also be more rugged for travel:
-North Face Overhaul 40 (one the best travel packs, and also good if you are going to carry a laptop)
-North Face Heckler Backpack (34 liter daypack)
-North Face Terra 40 (good if you like top-loading style packs - also the largest of the bunch at 40 liters)
All three of these are bigger than the Mantel, which at 26 liters sounds really small for a 5 day trip.
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