Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont
A few advantages:
-- lighter weight to hold a larger volume of water
-- The flat nature of the bladder is easier to pack and, when empty, takes up almost no volume in a pack (unlike a bottle)
-- most packs hold these bladders at the ideal location for heavy gear (mid/high, centered, close to the back)
-- the tube makes it easier to hydrate while moving. ("handsfree")
-- The larger volume makes it easier when filtering/purifying water
-- I like to hang mine up on a tree in camp, at which point it becomes a gravity-fed "faucet" for anything I need.
All that said, I usually carry a bladder AND a 16oz insulated bottle. That gives me the versatility I like for drinking like a normal human, hot liquids, sharing, and my bottle serves as a tiny bear canister to store a midnight snack.
The photos sure seem to show the handle detached, so I'd say yes!
I don't have this jacket, but I do have that lens. I can't imagine it fitting into the pocket of any jacket...
I prefer bibs, but it makes it very difficult to pee. Add winter layers and it's a big pain.
The most reliable sizing method for tops is chest size...
On this page I see a default stuff size for that bag of 21" x 10"
Generally speaking, you should buy a compression bag that matches the default stuff size of your sleeping bag. In this case, that would be a 22L sack.
All packs creak a little. There's nothing in particular about this pack that would make it creak any more or less than any other pack...
I'd say go for the long. Small weight/size penalty for the larger bag, but man if the hood isn't just right for you on the regular, when you're sleeping you'll be sleepless every time you use it.
Jared's comments are right on the mark. I would agree that a 70 liter pack is a bit big (assuming this isn't winter camping) and you'll end up filling it up just because you can.
However, if you have the discipline to NOT fill it up, I generally am happier with a slightly larger pack (like 65 liters) than Jared states. Part of this preference is that I like a tight pack with nothing hanging off of it (making noise, getting caught on stuff, etc) so I like to make sure I have the volume I need.
Jared is again right on the mark when he says to look at the weight of the pack. You can get some pretty huge numbers if you're not paying attention.
Not sure which loops/buckles you're talking about, but they might be Osprey's add-on system,?
Honestly I don't think I've ever bought a bike (anywhere, ever) and had the actual specified tires come on it....
There's nothing specific, but generally speaking if you have something 100oz or less it will fit in a pack like this.
The description says "guaranteed waterproof"...
Does not come with fuel.
It's not a laptop bag... just for tablets.
I bought green specifically because everyone else has grey and black. This way when I'm totally slaying it the hotties in the lodge will know its me for sure. Also, makes it easy so my kids can locate me and totally cramp my style.
I'd been rocking the 80s look--with some sweet Oakleys sunglasses paired with my awesome lime green helmet. That was until my young friend asked where I kept my time machine, were those Guess jeans I was wearing, and did I drive a four cylinder BMW convertible?
Message received, I bought these prophecy goggles. I picked them because they were on sale and I'm not picky about fashion (but you already knew that). Thing is they are comfy, fit over my rather chunky plastic glasses, and they have effectively eliminated my Rip Van Winklish style choices.
These are great goggles and they make me look great as I take some totally tubular runs while rocking Bon Jovi and David Lee Roth. Huey Lewis too!
The gills zip closed.
FWIW I don't own these pants, but ExOfficio pants do fit on the slim side. The few Marmot pants I've tried have also been slim.
That puts you exactly the right size for a "small."
You don't have to use Primus brand canisters.