Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont
Picked mine up on SAC and couldn't believe it. Sharing first impressions:
-- Really light, easy setup, and well made. (I set it up in my living room, myself, without poking a hole in my television, in under five minutes.
-- Wish the door didn't unzip onto the floor, but seems like the shape of the door is part of the structure of the tent.
-- LOTS of gear storage. Does not need a gear loft. Some of the storage is large enough to serve as a reasonable drying rack for clothes.
-- Big enough for three, light enough for one. This is a BIG DEAL. Now I can save myself some dough and use a single tent for most of my adventures. For me it's either me with two small kids, me with one of my bros, or me alone. This tent works for all three scenarios.
You're very welcome. I've been enjoying the Core quite a bit, though I'm not exactly exploring the Arctic with it. Biggest surprise is how often people say "wow... nice watch! what is that?"
Chest puts you in the XXXL, waist in the XL (but bordering on the the XXL). Depends how you want it to fit, but I'd think you might want the double since you're probably not going to layer up underneath if you live in Texas.
I'm 5' 10" --and a half!--and I don't feel like I'm topping out the bag. 6'0" seems quite safe.
With Alps prices--and the fact that they don't advertise their manufacturing location--the safe bet is China.
Alps stuff is excellent quality... particularly so when you consider the price.
Gotta say... I disagree with Kevin. The straps hold the rack onto the car (keeping it in static friction) but most of the weight is borne by the arms of the rack itself.
This is just the kind of rack I would look for for a car with an angled rear roofline. If the back of the car is perfectly vertical, then yes, I'd agree with Kevin, but if there's enough angle there to keep the rack from slipping, then the rack will bear most of the load.
These are my favorite tent lights when backpacking, but I often leave them behind because they use AAs and everything else uses AAA. I'd rather carry a single set of spare batteries... and it would be nice to know I could cannibalize these for my headlamp if need be.
Still, the light is really even over a large distance and it makes for a long lasting and efficient way to light a tent.
These are lightweight and pack small.
The light is dim enough that it preserves most of your night vision when used in a tent, and won't wake the neighbors.
My kids love them. Aside from in-tent use, I'll sometimes use them in a public area when car camping or with cub scouts. They are perfect for providing a light for the uncomfortable in the outdoors who might need a little guidance ... for the latrine, or to light a central area like a food preparation space, for example.
In the pitch black, they are really bright. If there are any other lights present, you will not even notice the glow.
Wish they were AAA. Otherwise, five stars.
18 x 12.5 x 6" [ 46 x 32 x 15cm ]
... according to http://www.dakine.com/p/womens/backpacks/fall-13-winter-14/capitol-23l?clr=STY
Description says "drawcord hem" so I would say yes to winching!
I have the Core and YES, it does have a sweeping seconds "hand" in one of the views.... I bought it for the same purpose after getting my WFA cert.
There's also an uber-useful countdown timer that's great for setting intervals for when you need to go back and record vitals...
I'm a huge fan of this jersey for winter mountain biking. Warm, but super breathable. Perfect for the vagaries of winter single track.
For winter mountain biking, I really recommend something like this instead:
I wear this over a base layer and sometimes another jersey layer and it is warm but super breathable. (Was out in in last night at 27 F and felt perfect the whole time.)
I keep a shell in my camel bak as an extra/windstopping layer should the temperature drop or the weather get nasty... and that combination gives me a great deal of versatility rather than having a single soft-shell layer.
I do a lot of winter riding... and I'd really recommend you get something with a drop tail to cover your lower back. Not only can that area make you extra cold (thin skin, little fat) but also a drop tail will protect you from the wet spray of the rear wheel.
Go to "Order Status" (upper right corner) and then find the order you want to return. Click the blue "Return This Item" link (it's just to the left of your order date/time)... and then just follow the directions on screen...
Thanks James! This -- to my amazement -- just popped up on Steep and Cheap (in my size and color too!). So I picked it up. I'll load it up and post some photos!
This IS an odd one though. Stuff size is usually given in "diameter" and "length" -- just two measurements. Here there are three! I guess assume it's a cubic object or rectangular stuff sack.
Generally speaking you want a compression bag that is sized to match the original "stuff size" of your sleeping bag. If you look up your sleeping bag online, they usually list "stuff size" ... or you could just stuff it in its sack and then measure.
Pulled this from here:
? Demi Torque Wrench
? Pro Torque Wrench
? Hex Bit Set
? Y Wrenches-2, 2.5, 3mm; 4, 5, 6mm; 4, 5, 6mm w/ball; T10, T25, T30
? 5-piece Screwdriver Set
? 8-piece Ratcheting Wrench Set
? 7-piece T/L Torx Set
? 9-piece T/L Hex w/Torx T25
? Equalizer Pro Pedal Wrench
? Vise Whip
? Pro Socket Handle 2.0
? Splined Bottom Bracket Socket
? External Bottom Bracket Socket
? BB Socket Holder
? Campy BB and Cassette Socket
? Cassette Lockring Socket
? Cassette Lockring Socket w/ Pin
? Freewheel Socket
? Bottom Bracket Wrench, Shimano 6-notch
? Bottom Bracket Wrench, Shimano 8-notch
? Bottom Bracket Wrench, Campagnolo 6-notch
? Bottom Bracket Wrench
? Crank Puller (square taper)
? Crank Puller (splined axle)
? 32, 36, 40mm Headset Wrench (2 pieces each)
? Star Nut Setter
? Cable Cutter
? Cable Puller
? Downhill Tire Lever
? 13, 14, 15, 16mm Cone Wrenches (2 pieces each)
? 17, 18, 19mm Cone Wrench
? 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm Hex Drivers
? Pro Chain Tool 2.0
? Magnetic Parts Tray
? Spoke Wrench Set (4 pieces)
? 2 Tire Levers
? Tape Measure
? Beverage Wrench
What Laura said... Also, the advantages to using the tent-specific footprint instead of just a tarp are...
1) Because it's sized specifically to the tent, there's no chance of it being too big and acting as a sink to trap water under the tent.
2) Many tents include "fast pitch" or similarly named options where you can pitch the tentFLY and the footprint--without using the tent itself. This saves on weight if you don't need the tent itself and just want rain protection.
3) In some cases, the "fast pitch" option allows you to create a quick shelter under which to erect your tent if it's raining when you are setting up camp (...because you are setting up your tent UNDER an already pitched rainfly, over a mostly dry footprint.)
Item 1, above, can be addressed by simply being careful with how big you size a sheet of plastic placed under your tent... but items 2 and 3 really required the "official" footprint for the tent so that it has the right loops and tie-ins for the pole structure.
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