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Jake posted an image about on June 1, 2014

Side Detail photos of Kelty pack

markji100022385, to answer your questions. I have attached a pic of the pack looking from the bottom up through the slit above the mesh side pockets. It can fit a 1.5 l water bottle without trouble could probably go just a bit wider but certainly taller if you could find such a shaped bottle. No, it will not reduce the room inside the main compartment of the pack but will reduce the room in the side running zippered pocket. I have found with a 1L bottle I can still stuff a lot in the side pocket with the big 1.5L bottles I am much more limited in what I can use the side pockets for. To access taller water bottles from the mesh you just push the bottle up towards the top of the pack and slide the mesh under the bottle and pull it out from underneath. It is very easy and can be done with one hand.
To answer your second question. I am 6'5" so the pack runs pretty high up there on my hips but the waste belt is decently robust considering the size of the pack and for a man of your height I do not think you will have an issue. If you want to measure it out the back panel of the pack is about 24" tall and the hip belt is at the very bottom. Measure yourself from where you would like to have the pack sit on your hips and then go up from there- that will tell you at least where the pack will sit on your back and help make the decision if it will fit for what you want to use it for.
Hope this helps.

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Jake wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The rope is very supple and works without issue with an ATC and ATC Guide. I have not tried it with a GriGri. It is certainly not a light rope but I have also carried thinner ropes which were heavier. To me the double dry extra thick rope that is only middle of the road in weight is pretty good! The rope bag is also a nice touch and is itself of decent quality. It has a small tarp- about 4'x4' not as big as many of the rope bags out there but it does the job and I have not needed to purchase a seperate rope bag for my sport climbing. If you are like me and appreciate the secure feeling of a big fat rope but do not want to deal with the handling charictaristics of said fat rope this is a good choice! I give it 4 stars only due to its weight but I am very happy with the purchase.

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Jake wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned two Kelty backpacks and used them for many years. I use this Redwing for day-hiking, work, and travel. The backpack size is good for day-to-day. I have used it as a carry-on with international airlines with no issue. It has many well placed pockets on the top and side and the zippers are very quality "jam-resistant" if that makes sense. I have had the pack fully loaded where the pouches were bulging at the seams and the zippers were still strong and smooth. Inside the main compartment there is an insulated bladder pouch for hydration and it is also the perfect size for a laptop and holds my old 15" dinosour of a laptop comfortably. The top flap zips all the way down so you can open the entire backpack and get to things at the bottom of the pack without unpacking everything. The side pockets also have slits between them and the main body. This allows you to put large water bottles or trekking poles into the mesh side pockets with no trouble and they will stick out the top of the pack. the outside front pocket is an "admin" pocket that really was the selling feature for me. It organizes your tablet, notbook, pens, compass, or anything else you want stashed properly. It has a fleece lined pouch for your cell phone/ipod and a key ring. My iPad with a large protective case fits perfectly. To top it off it has 4x compression straps to suck everything in close.
The shoulder straps are basic but comfotable. Kelty does not tend to break ground with crazy space age suspension systems but their tried and true designs is why I keep coming back to their packs. The hip belt is sufficient for the sized pack and tucks away into the lumbar padding when not wanted. There is a plastic sheet style frame that is removable if you want to roll the pack small. Kelty gives you a solid product at a reasonable price and you won't be dissapointed.

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Jake wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought Scarpa Kensis Pro GTX boots and on the booklet attached to the shoe it clearly recommends Nikwax Aqueous for the smooth leather and says you should treat the boots right out of the box. I did so and have used the boots multiple times, all in deep wet snow, with excellent results. The water beads up and doesn't soak the leather yet it did not seem to hamper the ability for the Gore-Tex and leather to breathe. I was skeptical at first that this would just put a rubber coating on the outside of my boots and be equivalent to me wearing trash bags but it came recommended and as performed admirably.

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Jake wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

4 5

The Marmot mid-weight is very light and very warm. I am 6'4" with long arms and a big neck. It is snug throughout the body but long enough to be tucked in without coming untucked every time I lean over to strap my bindings. The neck is a "normal" so if you rock an 18"neck it will be a little tight on you when zipped all the way up. If you have a regular sized neck (17-) this should not be a problem. The arms are long enough to reach my wrists and the shoulders have enough flex so when I raise my arms up everything stays in place. I liked it so much I bought the matching bottoms. I have only used them for downhill snowboarding where the got soaked but it was basically raining so cannot attest to their moisture wicking.

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Jake wrote a review of on February 24, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

As with everything Marmot makes this is a very quality feeling product but I returned mine before using it so the review is based on my impressions from playing with it at home.
I am 6"4" 230lbs and ordered an XL which was the right size but the vest has an interesting fit. It is as "form fitting" as a down puffy vest can be which is great. The shoulders have elastic banding around them to seal in heat which is a great idea and I am sure works well but makes for a fit that was kind of funny looking on me. I'm sure it works great but wasn't what I was looking for.
The exterior is thin but sturdy and the color is much more reflective and shiny than the website pictures make them look. The vest does not fold up into its own pocket but can compress down very small. The pockets and color are not fleece lined and there are mesh pockets for stashing gloves and such.
If you are looking for a mid-layer and you have a place to stuff the vest(like a pocket in your pack or a small stuff sack) this would be an excellent choice.
I returned mine and purchased the Marmot Guides Down Vest but not due to lack in quality on the vest's behalf.

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Jake wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

5 5

Vest is thick and probably the warmest of all down vests offered on backcountry when I searched. When I selected this vest I ordered a Patagonia Sweater Vest, the Marmot Zeus, and the North Face Aconcagua this one was by far the thickest/warmest but also the easiest to compact. The Patagonia Sweater Vest packs down smaller but is much less robust with a thinner outer material. The Zeus and Aconcagua do not come with the ability to pack them into one of their own pockets.
The Marmot Guides Down vest has a very sturdy exterior and it has a the ability to fold up into its own breast pocket for packing purposes. The pockets are fleece lined as well as the collar which is a nice touch. I found my vest to be very true to color from the website. I am 6"4" 230lbs and found the Large to fit just perfect.
This vest has one downside- it has a significant amount of extra material around the belly. It could definitely accommodate a very round gut. My recommendation would be to order one size lower than you usually do. I downsized to a LG versus my usual XL and am very happy with the result.

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Jake wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

purchased this to be a sweater for around town. Its fit is very slim/athletic with long arms as the elastic comes all the way down to the wrist. I am 6'4" with long arms and an XL is a good fit. It is very true to color of the website and thicker than it looks. Good for wear in the snow around town but still functional enough to be used as a mid-layer if the weather turns bad quick while traveling. Best use would be international travelers who need something warm but still looks presentable.

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