Pack Cover worked great. It fit snug and never came off like many of my covers in the past. The Velcro strap really helps with securing the cover. It was dropped down on ice, snow, mud, and sharp rocks and the cover looks good as new
The MICROspikes worked great on this winter decent into the Grand Canyon. I would not have made it to the north rim in January without them.
Looks good, works like it should, and very light weight
I would not put that much weight on my back with these boots. They are not the most comfortable, but they get the job done. To be honest I was disappointed when I first got them, so I just use them to wear around town.
I was using this water pump on a trip this past weekend. It was about 19 degrees at time of use and the pump froze solid. The water froze totally in the microfilter area. This made the pump totally useless till it warmed up and melted a few hours later. This could have been a serious issue if you are out for a long period of time in very cold weather. I used the other filter we had, different style and make, but it had no problems at all pumping several bottles in the same temp. Not recommended for winter use.
The top is not bad. Some of the down sides are that it will pick up any and all lint or hair that it can find. If I were a pet owner this top would not be an option. The chest pocket is cool, but a bit small to be practical. It's a good midweight layer, but I think that The North Face priced it a little high for what it is.