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Erich Knaak

Erich Knaak

Pacific Northwest

Erich Knaak's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Erich Knaak's Bio

Flyfishing
Backpacking
Downhill/XC Skiing
Snowshoeing
Winter Camping
Alpine Scrambling
Beginning Climber
Mountaineering First Aid Instructor
Drinking wine by a lake...

Erich Knaak

Erich Knaak wrote a review of on July 30, 2010

5 5

I use one of these for my 15 degree Marmot Helium and 0 degree Mont Belle sleeping bags - not at the same time. There's plenty of room for an extra base layer and some dry socks along with the bag. I really like the eVent Dry Sacks for the ability to push all the air out and save space. If you're thinking about it you probably need it.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on July 30, 2010

4 5

I'm 6'1", about 195 lbs. with broad shoulders - I purchased the large version. The pack is very well made with quality materials. Took this pack on two trips so far. 2 nights and 4 nights. Both times I carried loads in the 30-34 lb. range and the pack was very comfortable. The pockets are on the waist strap are very convenient, all packs should have them, especially in this fast and light category. The compression hooks on the bottom along with the straps on the side make small loads stable for day trips from camp along with the hydration pouch. Going from a 70 liter 4+ lb. pack this thing is a dream. I would purchase this pack again.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on July 30, 2010

5 5

Took this bag on a 4 day trip in the Enchantments and have no complaints. It's light and packs very small. At temps in the low 50s in a Rab eVent Superlight bivy it was plenty warm. I'm looking forward to some cooler nights to see how low I can go with this thing. I'm 6'1" with broad shoulders and have enough room to move around in the long version. I'm very happy with the warmth to weight ratio.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on April 16, 2009

5 5

This is one of my best pieces of Winter gear. I camp in the snow quite a few times each Winter. I can handle being cold all day but if I'm cold at night it's a whole different story. This bag fits me well, I'm 6'0'' with a 44' chest. When I went to bed this weekend on Rainier my toes had been numb for several hours. Within 20 minutes only my nose was cold. It was < 20 and the winds were heinous. The bag is light, packs small and dries out quickly. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

I've used several liquid fuel stoves but this is the first I've owned. It's very solid, sturdy and well built. Works well below freezing and puts out plenty of heat to melt snow. It's much quieter than most of the MSRs I've used and it simmers well. This is a fairly new purchase so time will tell but I'm happy with it after two snow camping trips.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

I have a couple pairs of Asolo boots. I swear these guys broke into my room while I was asleep and took molds of my feet, all their size 11 boots are made on this model. For me, the the fit is perfect! I can't say enough about these boots. I've used them for long multi-day trips, short hikes, snowshoeing and scrambling. My feet always feel great when I get back to the rig at the end of the day. My feet have stayed dry and never get hot in these boots. I hope they're still making this model when these wear out!

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on December 16, 2008

3 5

This is a fantastic stove if you want to boil about 2 cups of water in the blink of an eye at above 20 or 30 degrees. Beyond that it's an OK cooker. I have the stabilizing feet, the pot stabilizing thing, the frying pan and the coffee press (don't bother). On the plus side: it's very packable, light, quiet, lots of accessories, gas is available at lots of local places. The negatives are, cooks slowly thus goes through lots of gas unless just boiling water.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on December 16, 2008

5 5

This is the first set like this I've owned. I bought these after a trip with someone who had them. I like the size and weight and they cook and clean up well. I use plastic utensils and usually eat straight from the pot to save on clean up. The non-stick surface has lasted well for the last 3 years. Get 'em.

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Erich Knaak wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

I'm sold. This pack has everything I need in a Winter day pack or light overnighter in the warm months. I pack heavy on day trips. I like to be prepared. Plus, a platypus of Merlot is a nice touch at lunch on a sunny peak.

The hydration pocket holds my 100 oz. CamelBak reservoir just fine and if I don't take that, the mesh pockets will fit a Nalgene bottle on each side.

I live in Seattle so the built in rain cover is worth the weight. The pockets on the hip belt rock! One for camera one for small binoculars or compass.

The trekking pole thing seems ridiculous -- until you use it. It looks a little funny but works very well.

I've used the big top mesh pocket to carry a snow shovel, and with a couple of straps was able to tie down my MSR snowshoes on top of that. Avalanche probe gets strapped on with the side compression straps. And there's room outside the main compartment for even more.

I keep my first aid equipment (I'm a mountaineering first aid instructor) in the bottom of the main compartment and I like the fact that I can access it easily through the lower zipper.

I haven't overnighted with the pack yet but I've packed it up to see that everything fits. I'm sure I could do a Spartan over-night with this pack.

As far as comfort goes, everyone is different. This pack works for me better than the half dozen or so I've used in this size range. I would buy this pack again in an instant! Osprey makes a quality product. I have the Argon 70 as well.

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