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 wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Possibly, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Not only would you risk getting a bit wet (or sopping) if you took a spill, or even just accumulated powder from shredding the mountain gnar, but I would seriously worry about ripping this puppy open in some form or fashion just from a nasty fall, or going through brush, or hitting a tough tree limb...
Short answer: it's totally possible, but it's not a route I would advise.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Are you comparing products from BC versus Icebreaker's actual website? I notice that there isn't anything on BC labeled with the prim "Oasis" alone, whereas on IB's official site, there is. However, I'm pretty certain you answered your own question: as far as I can tell, the only different is the labeling of the actual product itself.
As far as construction and performance, I think it's the same stuff. By the way, having purchased and used IB myself, I would jump at it if you get the opportunity. They do base layers splendidly.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

This bag does not have a sleeping pad sleeve, unfortunately; however, it does have a "stash pocket" located on the chest region on the interior section (see second picture of partially unzipped bag http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Marmot-Trestles-15F-Sleeping-Bag_10184995_10208_10000001_-1_) of the bag.
Hope this helps.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

I believe BC simply listed it improperly; on REI, they are a bit more concise about what the pot specifications are. For instance, they list the liquid capacity as being 1.4 L ( or 48 fluid ounces), but the dimensions they list as the same. However, one thing that they clarify on REI is that what this set comes with is a 2-liter pot, titanium lid, and a plastic sealing lid. Basically, I think technically it is a 2-liter pot, but it's only meant to hold up to 1.4 L of food/liquid at a given time. If you check out this link (http://www.rei.com/product/831568/snow-peak-titanium-cook-n-save-pot#specsTab), scroll over the picture they provide and it will auto-magnify; whilst doing that, observe the measurement indicators pressed into the metal sidewall of the pot; you will notice that the measurements end well below the rim of the pot, which is why both specs are technically right, but to definitively answer, the pot is only meant to cook up to 1.4 L of anything at a given time.
Hope that helps!

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

From that description, it sounds as though the wiring connections are probably loose or, more likely, disconnected. You are correct in assuming that the lamp SHOULD be on once you've made it switch on the indicator light from a flashing blue (Lock) to solid green (On, with high battery level). As you stated before, and as I know from experience, BC has a fantastic return policy, so I would just send it back their way and request an exchange.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

Honestly, it sounds as though you got a lemon. So you're saying that it won't come out of "Lock" mode? For instance, you operated it and it worked, you put it in Lock mode, and then when you held down the "On" button for a number of seconds to bring it out of Lock mode to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on? The flashing blue should be there for five or six seconds before it comes out of Lock mode to turn on, but if all it is doing is flashing blue even when you're holding it down for over ten or fifteen seconds, maybe you got at a lemon. Very bizarre.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

Unless I'm mistaken, I think that's exactly what it is. If you're looking for something primarily for summer use, I would imagine this would be suitable, but make sure to check the fabric. According to Airhole's website, they offer their Airhole models in a number of different fabrics (i.e. Polar Fleece; Merino Wool; Featherlight; Bamboo blend), but DryTech doesn't seem to be one of them. Moreover, I also notice that their Camo version (see: http://airholefacemasks.com/portfolio/camo-3/) is different than the one listed here on BC, so I don't know if this is a variation made solely for distribution by BC or what. It lists the recommended use as being for snowboarding / skiing activities, but others before you have said they have used it in the summer with no problems, so I think you should be good.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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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.
Hope this helps.

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