James Howard

James Howard

Wherever the wind takes me.. which as of now is simply Red River Gorge, but most recently, the Pacific Crest Trail. I'll be back.

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James Howard

James Howard wrote an answer about on July 5, 2014

According to the REI website (http://www...

According to the REI website (http://www.rei.com/product/864138/mountain-hardwear-optic-25-tent#specsTab), it's packed size is 7 x 23 inches; I don't know how much smaller than that you can get it when it isn't sacked up in it's factory stuff sack, but I've included a picture of a Medium-sized one of these, with a regular size Nalgene bottle for a scale reference, since nearly everyone has one of those. As you can see from the pic, the medium is pretty freaking large, so depending on how closely you can get it packed to Nalgene size, I would go with the size closest to that.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

Typically, airlines restrict carry-on baggage to maximum linear measurement of 45 total inches. This one, according to the listed specs, tallies up to 47.5, but honestly, I think they would harangue you for a couple extra inches. The 90L, though, would probably be required to check, as that is substantially larger than this model.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

The volume of the larger cookpot (5.5" x 2 1/4") is 26 oz; for the smaller cookpot (5" x 2 1/8"), the volume is listed as 18 oz; unfortunately, I cannot locate any total volume measurement for the frying pan (however, the diameter of the pan itself is 5 3/4" by likely something like 1/2" - 3/4", going off an educated guess), but don't look at the pictures and think you'll be able to Wolfgang Puck out of it. Depending on your heat source, it might be good for heating up pre-hydrated food or cooking an egg or two, something along those lines.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

It depends on the size.. If you are referring to the 12 cup model, the weight is listed as 2 lbs, 1 oz; if you are referring to the 14 cup model, the weight is listed as 2 lbs, 2 oz; and if you are referring to the 8 cup model, the weight is listed as 30.4 oz (~ 1.9 lbs) but that model doesn't seem to have the siliconized handle like the 12 and 14 cup models.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

Given that the dimensions of the bag in question are 28 x 13 x 13 inches, and most airlines have a restriction of 45 linear inches for carry-on baggage, I would say they would probably oppose you taking this on to try and stuff into an overhead compartment. While I would have to guess the dimensions of overhead compartment bins vary slightly from airline to airline, I would assume that they would be pretty stringent about sticking to their listing allowance for bag dimensions involving carry-ons.
Regarding the 60L model, I would check the measurement specs; if they are, linearly, 45 - 46 inches, I would say you're fine to take in aboard.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

This is definitely a tough call, considering you're right at the edge of being in between the Small and Medium size ranges listed for Patagonia. However, if you're only going to wear this with a t-shirt base, I would probably lean towards a size Small. My measurements are 38.5 chest, 30 waist, 33 sleeve, and a 15 neck (if we're talking dress shirt status on that particular measurement but it says the neck range is a 15 - 15.5in so I think you should be good on that account), and I would probably lean towards the small myself just because I like my stuff to actually fit my form instead of hanging off my body like a dress.
Do you need this soon, or will you have time to return for an alternative size should you order and come to find you wanted something different? If there's no time crunch, I would order one size, try it, and if you don't like it return for an exchange.
I know that is kind of the argument you're probably having in your head, but I think you'll be happy with a Small.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on June 24, 2014

Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find an actual quantitative measurement for specific lengths; the only thing that seems to pop-up is the equivocal "hip-length" statement, and even then, I'm only finding info pertaining to the mens' and womens' versions of this jacket.
However, I would say that if the cut is like that of the larger, adult versions of the jacket, it would likely be the same for smaller versions, such as the kids'.
Regarding temperature range, I would think you would be safe to say that with a thin layer or two on underneath, you could comfortably ensure your young lass would be fine down to the lower 30s (Fahrenheit, that is).
Hope this helps, but perhaps someone will follow behind and provide a bit more info concerning the actual measurement of the length.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on June 24, 2014

Between those two, I'm clueless to the fact of whether or not they are better than the Marmot Thor 2P, but I did find a review on Outdoor Gear Lab (http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/4-Season-Tent-Reviews/North-Face-Mountain-25) that enumerates several reasons why the Trango 2 by Mountain Hardwear is preferable to the NF Mountain 25. If you're torn between those two, I would check out the review and see if the pros they hit on for the MH are characteristics you are looking for in your expeditionary/alpine-class tent.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on June 24, 2014

It unzips far enough that if a couple had two of these bags, or even bags with the same size zipper as this one (i.e. 70" YKK #8 zipper), it would be possible to mate them together. With that possibility in mind, it would stand to reason that you should be able to unzip it far enough to convert into a blanket if you had only one of these instead of two.
Obviously it wouldn't be perfectly symmetrical due to the slightly rounded edges on the bag, but it would be darn close.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on June 24, 2014

I think that as long as the length is sufficient for you to be able to provide enough torque to fasten the assembly onto the roof rails, you should be fine. Same goes with the allen key size; you should be able to just find one that is the same size, as I don't believe there are any proprietary allen key sizes, I think the one Yakima provides is merely a convenience and courtesy for the purchaser.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on May 31, 2014

First off, have you removed the tags or cleaned the jacket since you received it? Or did you merely purchase it, try it on and realize that it's too small?
If you removed all the tags and/or washed it, it is no longer in its original condition, so BC probably wouldn't be able to reimburse you via the original form of payment. What they may be willing to do is accept it as a return, and give you store credit in the amount that you paid when you bought the first jacket.
Hit up a BC gear rep on their chat system, and work out the kinks with one of them, or alternatively, give them a ring. Their customer service department rocks.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on May 28, 2014

For the large, the measurements are 132 in x 156 in x 76 in (or 11 ft x 13 ft x 6.3333 ft) so I would say you would have ample room to pop this over a large picnic table and still have room to move around the table without worry of whamming your shins against the bench seats among other things.
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James Howard wrote an answer about on May 28, 2014

Depending on how you have it packed, I would think that it would be too large for sitting underneath the seat, but that it would fit fine in an overhead compartment. The typical measurement you want to keep in mind for airline carry-on baggage travel is 45 linear inches, meaning the addition of the length, width, and height. In this instance, the linear inch measurement would be 49 linear inches, so I believe you should be able to squeeze by. However, every airline is different, so check that measurement before flying to see if you'll be in egregious violation; some of them have allowances as low as 40 linear inches!
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