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Jason Francis

Jason Francis

Eastern High Sierra

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Backpacking
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Jason Francis

Jason Francis wrote an answer about on April 4, 2010

Ariel 75 was the winner. Just enough space--including the camera gear --for my long weekend trips. The 67 might work with a smaller cooking system or tent than I have though; strapping the canister to the outside would also work but I decided against that because of steep scrambling situations I find myself in 50% of the time! Good luck longhiker.

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Jason Francis

Jason Francis wrote an answer about on April 4, 2010

I ended up going with the Ariel 75, the 72L IS PERFECT if packed correctly. For full winter gear though 4nights out, you might be hard pressed to fit all you need for a mountaineering trip; with skis lashed outside they will limit your stuffability in the main compartment I would think. I have a 1.5 man light winter tent, a Marmot Pinnacle bag (15 deg. 800fil) plus the puffy clothing and big cooking system for the cold, shovel, two pads etc. That load fits just right for 2 nights, but beyond that it might get dicey. If you can make it work though, more power to ya. The versatility and comfort of this pack line is simply awesome!

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Jason Francis

Jason Francis wrote a question about on March 25, 2010

Eos v. MSR Hubba




So I am in the market for a fairly light 1p tent and have narrowed my choices down. I realize from the comments that the Eos has less headroom, but at 5'5" and 120lbs, I don't think space will be an issue. I'm more concerned with: 1) stability in windy conditions, particularly the High Sierra; 2) Ease of setup, especially in adverse conditions. Thoughts?

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Jason Francis wrote an answer about on February 18, 2010

This is more on the slim side by design. It was meant to be worn under a technical shell for alpine conditions, and it really does insulate, breathe and stretch well. I would go with a medium given your height. I am 5'5" 120lbs with a 35-36ish chest and the small fits me just about right with very little go below the waistline. With your extra 5 inches I am pretty sure the small would leave your belly bare and cold!

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Jason Francis

Jason Francis wrote an answer about on February 15, 2010

It's been a long time since I tried on an R4 but if memory serves me right, it was a tight throat fit under the chin, but I have a large neck relative to my size (s) ).

I own the Scythe and love it, but the collar is....interesting. It is high, just about below my lips in the front, but it extends out with a big gap between the zipper/collar and your chin (unless you are Jay Leno ;). It tends to fold/flop down and not really cover unless an outer shell is propping it up in my experience. Hope that helps.

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Jason Francis wrote a question about on February 1, 2010

Simmering Ability vs. Pocket Rocket or Brunton Raptor and Flex

How precise is the flame control? I'm looking to get one of these for ultralight outings this summer but was hoping to pick up one with more than just pure boiling capability if possible.

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Jason Francis wrote a question about on January 25, 2010

I know it probably would be a bit big (given the size chart) but at 5'5--long arms but a short torso-- and 120 lbs , would a small be baggy given the famous Arc'terx fit? I have the Marmot Exum for reference, and it fits well lengthwise but has a bit of excess around my chest and arms which isn't bad but I am always looking for a better fit and I am tempted by the burlier fabric on the Beta AR. Anybody?

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Jason Francis

Jason Francis wrote a question about on October 26, 2009

So I'm looking for a deep pow, backcountry oriented ski that is fairly manageable for my skinny ass frame: 5'5, 120 lbs. I'm pretty aggressive on groomers but I've only been hitting heavy pow with narrow equipment thus far (2002 160cm 1080's) and it isn't cutting it. Would the 167 be a manageable size for me since this is a fairly light ski? Any other suggestions?

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