Black Hills of South Dakota
I bought this with high hopes but the neck proved a tighter fit relative to the how chest fit. At 5'10",182 lbs, I would normally wear a large in most and the chest for a large fit well with a long underwear tight underneath but the neck was uncomfortably tight and restricting. Basically, the neck seemed for me to be out of proportion with the body. Otherwise, the material was awesome and the piece very functional. At this price, however, things need to fit very well.
This product has an excellent design with its folding handle. one downsize is that it can bend under weight of chilli or stew but that is due to its plastic construction due to weight saving. the measuring cup is innovated to say the least. worth buying considering the price and how much you could use it.
This product does an excellent job cleaning but you end up needing to use more than I would think to create suds in your soapy tub. It is a concentrate but is not as concentrated as other household products. with that said, it does clean and rinse wonderfully well. just plan to buy several bottles if you camp a lot.
plate appears tough to break and doesn't bend under weight. right sized for typical portions. stacks well. a little shallow for soup and runny stew.
this board is flexible but doesn't fold as some would have you believe. From a use standpoint, it cleans quickly because the plastic does not have those micro sized grooves that holds particles like boards found in kitchens. Overall an excellent cutting surface for camping. Cost is not much more than one would find at a local Salvation Army store. Has a groove that will contain quite a bit of juice from your cuttings.
I have used this pan a few times frying up sausage or bacon for morning breakfast. The nonstick is top notch and weight is on the low side. Surprisenly, this pan is of such low weight as most nonstick pans tend to heat (or burn) quickly unless they are thick in nature. This pan does not do that. The handle folds quite conveniently inside the pan and locks solid.
One potential critique, and always subject to critism, is how long the nonstick will remain. I was able to give the pan a minor scratch to the nonstick but in fairness I was using a stainless steel utensil. This does not warrant a downgrade in my rating due to using a steel utensil.
This is one of those items that is crucial to have in your med kit but be careful as those less prepared will need to use it. this kit is an all in one kit. Add small alcohol wipes and plain cleansing wipes for a complete kit.
Not only is this incredibly expensive but it weights nothing. the double wall of the cup prevents hot coffee from burning your lips while sipping my favorite morning beverage. Appears to be able to take a beating.
As someone with a nine year old and one younger, I am faced with the same question every summer. I did compare this pack for my boy and felt that one could get three to five years out of it; however the price is much more for a school pack than the cheap packs at megastores like Walmart. And face it, most kids want a different one each year. Another question to ask is will my children be able to overload it and slowly hurt his back.
Excellent design for a Compact shovel. No reason to not carry one in your car due to its handle design. In fact, the first weekend that we had it was one where two feet of overnight wet snow got us stuck pulling out of the driveway. This was tested immediately and has a solid scoop that does not flex much.
My ten yr old wants his own pack. The concern is that he would outgrow this pack. What size of boy would this fit and how long would this tend to fit a boy or teenager. It's one thing for a $40 pack but another for an expensive pack. I realize growth rate plays a major part.
I have own this for about three summers now and have used it extensively. No wear is present.
Two pockets. One can hold a small medical kit while the larger can hold a variety of things.
Two zippered lumber straps pockets hold small item such as a compass, phone, keys, etc....
The hang is good and can be adjusted for very snug. As a word of caution. Lumbar packs such as these are not very small packs like in the past as they can hold a lot due to the inventiveness of Osprey, so be prepared to hold all of your kids (and wife's) stuff
I have had this pack for over a year and used it for a variety of trips - camping to hiking to trips via car and plane. One can pack an enormous volume of travel or outdoor necessities if using compression sacks.
As a disclosure, I bought this pack from a local outdoors dealer in order to try many different packs.
I found the fit to be solid and form fitting to your body. With osprey, you are able to adjust the location of the main body of the pack by sliding it up or down to suit your body frame. This adjustment is possible through a velcro system holding the body of the pack to the "frame" straps. An additional adjustment moves the pack higher onto your shoulders.
The result is one of the best fits possible in mid-size packs such as the Talon 44. Take your time with it to suit your body and the pack will reward you.
The next benefit is the enormous number of options relating to external straps and hooks available on a pack this size. I can't conceive ever being able to use them all at the same time but it does give you versatility.
No wear after numerous trips and uses. I think that will be reduced on this pack due to how the fabric typically hangs on packs of this type plus Osprey uses a solid exterior material.
Overall, if you are seeking a multiple day or weekend pack for a variety of adventures than this is your pack.
This light provides you with all of the light that you need in a compact light weight unit. in a campground, you will have one of the brightest lights amongst all of the other lights. if you need more then use a large flashlight.
batteries tend to run quite long in the unit due to its efficiency. so long in fact that one should replace every so often or run the risk of the battery case cracking out the acid and ruining the light's electronics.
One package makes three large burritos using large size tortillas. flavor is bland so one should add some of your favorite spice. peppers come off as mushy and not like those prepared in a wok at home.
careful to add less water as it won't absorb all of the water so you will have to pour much out if you follow the recipe.
Overall, great taste and smells even better. would buy again for campsite meal. Definitely very filling.
I purchased this in addition to the copper ul4 2011 version. I find the fly to be quite expensive and very flimsy. This, of course, is to save weight; however, the fly appears to possibly not perform under really wet conditions that I have seem yet in this dry year.
That said, the BA system requires the use of a footprint in order to lock into the rain fly. It also is part of the system that makes this tent so strong when fully assembled.
I plan to use a poly tarp under it during times of potential rain and during winter. Redundant but the floor serves a purpose beyond being simply a footprint.
This tent has a claimed trail weight of 5 lbs 4 oz. I would look at the Fly Creek UL4 at 4 lbs 1 oz for trail weight. I suspect that you will not find a sub 3 lb 4 person tent.
I wear these as a base layer with a very old Patagonia R1 fleece pants and my Triolet shells when skiing. I have never been cold in this setup no matter what the temperature is or amount of wind. These are not snug fitting but that helps with containing the warmth. I have the large in black. height is 5'10".
These breathe very well so I don't get that clammy built up heat sensation after a day of skiing that I do with Capilene or other synthetic underwear.
The elastic has held up thus far but I worry about it long-term. I have a 20 year old pair of Capilene that looks brand new despite nearly1,000 days of use. The fabric on the wool version feels equally as tough as my early Patagonia.
concern for the elastic waistband causes me to drop the rating to four stars.
Merino wool is the way to go now. I have both the zip top and bottoms from 2011. As a layer, their fit is not snug against your skin; however, that does create some extra warmth plus the fabric breathes better than any other pair of long underwear that I have - Patagonia or not.
The thumb loop works perfect in keeping the sleeves down and doesn't feel as if it is pulling down the sleeve like other name brand tops with loops feels.
How thick is the material used in this jacket (489N Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L) compare with the Patagonia Triolet jacket? Basically, i am looking for a solid jacket that can handle scrapes and bruising but don't need something with tank-like construction.