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Gailwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The bottle itself is well made and strong. I have 2, .6 L, that are older and haven't had any issues. They even went through a 300 foot fall and though a bit dented, are still perfect. I bought 2, .3 L, a few days ago and while the bottle is just as good, the cap isn't. I'm not happy with Backcountry and this is why. I saw lots of reviews on here about the cap. I called in advance and asked about the cap. I wanted the old one that you see in the picture. They assured me that it was the same. When I received it, it was the heavy (very heavy) childproof caps. I called and spoke with them and that time they told me it was all they have. I asked why they haven't changed their picture. They said it's because Optimus hasn't sent them a new picture. Bull-cocky! They can capture a picture from off the Optimus website. I called Optimus this morning and they are sending me, free, 2 new (old style) caps for free. She told me the government made them change about 8 years ago and everything they send out is with the childproof caps. Why can't Backcountry change a picture in 8 years? I guess all fuel bottle now have to be childproof. I guess we have lots of toddlers out there on the trail! At home, such things should be put out of reach of children and it's the parent's responsibility! Since all companie's fuel bottle must have this cap now, then I'd give this a 5, but for the problems with the cap that is being sent out, it's only a 3. The cap itself is heavy, 34 grams or 1-1/4 oz. The bottle alone is 84 grams or 2-5/8 oz. The cap weighs nearly half of the entire unit!

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Gailwrote a review of on July 29, 2012

5 5

I purchased the ramble to transport my backpack and related supplies across the country. I wanted protection for my gear that most backpack covers don't supply. I like that it is the largest bag you can use and still not pay oversize fees on the airlines, but it does have some drawbacks. It's easy to put too much weight in it, as it holds a lot. If airlines aren't an issue, it's great for just car travel. I like that it opens flat, but I wish the dividers weren't solidly attached so it could be reconfigured as the need arises. Now that I have it, I have used it for several trips overseas. It allows my husband and I to pack everything into one bag so we don't have to pay for 2 bags. I've had to stuff it with bubble wrap just to take up the extra room, but I wanted a large bag for bringing things home. Too bad it's been discontinued.

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Gailwrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

I am so happy Sea to Summit made a cup smaller than the x-mug. I use the mug as a bowl, but it's a bit large for my small hands. I also wanted something smaller, just to use as a cup for brushing my teeth when I travel. When I heard this was coming, I couldn't wait. I love the compactness. I do a lot of backpacking and packing with my horses, so the smaller and more compact the better. I'd love it with a cover for keeping things hot, but I guess that will come in time.

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Gailwrote a review of on January 10, 2010

4 5

This was much larger than I thought it was from the picture. I guess I wasn't paying attention to the capacity. I wanted something about half this size, but it's such a nice thermos that I decided to give it away for Christmas. I hope the recipient appreciates it for what it is...better than anything out there on the market!

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Gailwrote a review of on September 23, 2009

3 5

I haven't actually had this out on a trip yet, but I plan to next week. I've been eyeing this shovel for a long time, both for it's light weight and compactness. I'm a very neat and organized person and I thrive on efficiency. The idea is good, but the buttons both on the extension handle and the compartment cover are extremely difficult to open. I wasn't even aware it came with a bag, and I love that feature. We'll see how it works in the real world over the next few weeks and I'll update this comment.

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