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David

David

Southern Arizona

David's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

David

David wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

5 5

The only snowshoes I have ever owned - I feel this was a fine purchase! I'm 5'11" at 180 lbs and these worked out very well, keeping me afloat, with easy maneuverability, on sun-crusted snow, better than a foot deep, with ease. I can't be sure of fresh powder yet but I can't wait to give them a try. They have been worn with both Solomon trail runners and Kayland hiking boots, both incompatible for cramp-ons, both worked out very well. The ease of steep ascension is particularly noted and more fun than I expected. Wish I was in deep powder at this moment!

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David wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

3 5

I've had this pack on my wish list for over 2 years! So, when I finally bought it I expected much more...
To begin, the hydration pouch is on the side of the pack and, it's too small. Living in the desert, I need to carry ample amount of H2O at all times, typically greater than 3 liters. I haven't tried but I bet you'd have a difficult time getting just 2 liters in there, certainly no more and, there is no loop to hang the hydration bladder from. It is designed to suspend your bladder and that's it. Carrying my H2O bladder the other day, I had to rest my 4 liters of H20 on the bottom of the pack. As a result, my hydration tube could have been a few centimeters longer. I was also on a day hike, ended up being 17 miles overall, with plenty of gear including extra clothing, stove, fuel, food and my snow shoes, all of which fit in the pack - pack is very spacious. However, the snowshoes, awkwardly bulky as you can imagine, sat in the bottom of the pack, along with my hydration bladder and everything else, with a level of discomfort that extended below my butt. Yes, below, making it quite uncomfortable (I actually strapped the snowshoes to the outside of the pack for the ascent and reverted to squeezing them inside for the descent - I really couldn't tell you which was more uncomfortable). Possibly, you're thinking, "this is a summer pack, how do snowshoes fit into this equation?". Well, I live in the desert and needed a 50L pack and, love Arcteryx. Now, with all adjustments attempted, I could not find comfort with this pack. The back panel was very slightly uncomfortable, I could not keep the pack off my shoulders (I enjoy a fully-weighted pack riding on my hips only), cinching the shoulder straps tightly on my body was actually the most comfortable position (although certainly not my favorite) and, I could not get the hip belt tight enough. Also, with all gear as balanced as possible inside the pack, again considering the bulkiness of the snowshoes, I could not get the pack to ride balanced on my back. As I stated earlier, I really unpacked, packed and, made every adjustment possible. I wanted this pack to work for me! It didn't! On the brighter side, it's fairly lightweight, durable, spacious, with plenty of zipper access to gear inside the main stuff sack. Just couldn't make this one work for me.

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David wrote a review of on January 26, 2010

2 5

The Canyon Shirt is a fabulous shirt, great looks, great fit, breathable, light weight and comfortable, I recommend it for ALMOST everyone. However, if you're in the desert, this shirt is marketed as a "desert shirt", brushing up against thorns, the Superlight Desert Cloth doesn't stand a chance!!!! The strong weave didn't stand a chance against every thorn I brushed against. A single off-trail hike up a canyon wash would have shredded it if I didn't take it off after many thread pulls damaging the shirt. I'm very disappointed!!! Too bad, otherwise, it's a great looking shirt.

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David wrote a review of on November 29, 2009

5 5

Here's a preliminary review. More to come as the this season surges on. I've owned this pack now since about 02/2009. I love this pack for one simple reason, it has a "load transfer disk" between the hip belt and the pack that swivels the hip belt on your hips as you hike that essentially alleviates most of the load from your back. I've loaded gear into this back each trip with a total weight greater than 50 lbs. and have felt like I can get a trail run in immediately after removing the pack after a good days hike. I have never felt so relieved of weight on my back from any other pack! Prior to the Naos 85 purchased I purchased and returned an Osprey Argon 110 as this load transfer disc of the Arcteryx rivals over the suspension system offered on the Osprey, in my opinion.
With that said, the Naos is a stuff sack. Pack wisely or everything is coming out to get a wanted/needed item from the bottom. It does have the side access zipper, however, it seems to me as if my gear would burst from the opening if I opened it, I pack tight. As far as the element of being waterproof, I have no experience with any of my gear getting wet although my excursions, thus far, have been relatively dry (review pending). I do have a bit of an issue with the hydration storage capability. You will not be able to remove your hydration bladder and get it back in unless you remove most of the contents of your pack first. Consider pumping water directly through the hydration tube and into the bladder without removing it from the pack if you're thinking about owning a Naos, this is actually a good suggestion for most packs.
Otherwise, the 420 ACT material seems bombproof and, thus far, I'm a very satisfied Naos 85 owner.

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David wrote a review of on October 14, 2009

Spork Spork Spork Spork
5 5

The space (anybody know what the space between the spork blades are called?) between the spork blades, particularly the Snow Peak sporks as not all brands are created equal, makes a fantastic clamp for your gourmet backpacking food package while in the process of re-hydrating. See pic. Once you've completed the re-hydration process you can even use it to shovel the food into your face, amazing! Makes a nice poo poo shovel too, ewww, well maybe not. I've even tried hiking with it attached to my nose, you know, when you expire hot breath onto the spork and hang it from your nose, that didn't work either, the wildlife just looked at me funny.

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David wrote a question about on October 7, 2009

Would Tom Hanks, in the movie "Cast Away", had better luck getting into one of these things then the coconuts he was throwing at the volcanic wall? Because, from the reviews, it sounds as if these things are a bit difficult to get into. Are shards of volcanic rock necessary for the job?

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David wrote a review of on October 3, 2009

5 5

It's just 2.5 ounces, fits inside your pot along with the fuel canister (I use the MSR iso fuel) and it boils as much water as you'll need to boil in 4 mins or less (let's face it if you're packing this stove your not boiling water for more than 2 persons at once). Worth every penny for the weight savings! I also have the Brunton Talon and the MSR Pocket Rocket. I feel the the Brunton boils water faster than all three but weighs more than the the other two. The Pocket Rocket is similar to the Primus Micron Ti in all respects except it may boil slightly faster and weighs just a bit more. The Micron Ti is my favorite after many outings and I've never had an issue with it (save elevation and wind which is an issue for any of these micro stoves). Admittedly, I'm a Ti junkie. Every 1/10 ounce weight savings actually means something to me.

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David wrote a review of on March 26, 2009

3 5

Frustrated with the amount of time spent attempting to inflate my down mat deluxe 9 I reverted back to the combo stuff bag/pump which inflated the pad in just a few minutes. It may work well for the smaller pads, absolutely not recommended for the larger ones.

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David wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

4 5

Nice hammock. Plenty of room for 1, very comfortable, east to set up, stuff sack/pocket came in handy, paracord looks cheap but held me up well enough to keep me off the ground. Replaced the heavy S-hooks with light-weight aluminum carabiners and purchased heavy-duty nylon climbing daisy chains to wrap around the tree just in case the paracord didn't work. I'm 170 and almost 6' tall and simply had no problems, I fell asleep fast. Well worth the price to get you off the ground. Don't wear anything with sharp edges such as jeans with rivets or anything with zippers or this baby will rip! That's probably why they instruct you to set-up no more than 18" off the ground.

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David wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

5 5

Needed a little ditty bag to hang off my Arc'teryx Naos 85 and Naos 55, yes I have two of these baby's, hip belt's enabling me to keep a few items close by without having to remove it from my back for things such as my camera, chap stick, pepper spray and food bar.

It's also great for holding a water bottle while I'm out walking in the canyon's.

I hope someday I'll manage to use it as a chalk bag. That review is pending my initial climb which I hope comes sooner than later.

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David wrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

I own both the 6 & 10 Liter bags and I can't rave enough about the construction, packability (space savings), functionality and the interchangeable accessories of this MSR series. I found myself using these bags over my previously loved hard-sided water bottles and camelback for carrying H2O which will all now be set out for the yard sale. Because I love to cook on the trail, and because I left my hard-sided H2O bottles at home, my camelbacks wide-mouth cap wouldn't allow me to pick up my pack, remove the cap, and accurately pour water from the camelback without pouring too much and/or spilling the precious commodity.
MSR solved this for me! I now carry the attachment drinking hose along with the 3-in-1 cap and I can swap the two when ready to pour water for cooking without removing the dromedary bag from my pack. I have more pack space available and carry a lighter pack.
I now carry MSR's Dromedary bags exclusively and found nothing else on the market that compares equally.

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