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To answer your question more specifically, yes, there is a little divot with a bar across where you can attach a small clip, or some paracord in order to hang the lantern. The lantern has this both on the top and the bottom. It's a very handy feature to be able to hang the lantern upside down over a table area. If you take the top diffuser off the lantern it provides a relatively broad swath of bright light for eating or working on a table sized area. Hope you find this helpful. :)
A nice way to dry out a bladder is to buy a handful of those lightweight practice golf balls, the ones that are full of holes. Just drop a few inside the reservoir and they will hold the side apart and allow it to dry out.
This little lantern is sold by various companies under various names. I own three of these with all different company names on them but they are all exactly the same except for color. And they all work really, really well. They are bright and compact, and great for a moderately lightweight table or tent lantern for boat/canoe camping, car camping, or short hikes. I prefer to go ultralight when going longer distances so this stays behind and I just use my headlamp. But, for the purpose for which it was built this lantern is one of the best. It is definitely better than the Black Diamond Apollo as it puts out a more even and brighter light.
One feature that hasn't been mentioned is the ability for this lantern to function as a really good broad beam flashlight. Just unscrew the top cap and it will project a very bright wide beam. It's very useful for walking at night. With the cap off you can also hang it upside down as there is another hook in the base. This gives a nice wide and bright downward pointing beam for a table or whatever. I've used this by hanging the lantern upside down from a branch that was over the camp table.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: There is one little trick with this model as well as other brands/models of LED lanterns. There is a dimly flashing LED on the base near the switch that is probably designed to make the lantern easy to find in the dark. The problem is that the batteries will die after about a month if you leave this thing on. Here's the trick: loosen the base until the batteries lose connection, then tighten the base back down. The flashing LED is only activated after the lantern is switched on, so if you loosen the batteries and break contact with the circuitry, then don't turn the lantern back on, the LED will not flash and the batteries won't slowly discharge.
I hope this helps someone out. I had to learn it the hard way, but this is still my favorite of all the lanterns that I've tried. I just don't understand why they keep putting a flash setting on these LED lights. I have no use for it, but they all do it.
This light makes a great light to hang up in your tent for night time potty breaks. Use the red version so that you can get up in the middle of the night without ruining your night vision. It's a low light, but it's enough to get out of the tent and find your way back if it is pitch black from overcast skies and/or no moon.
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I bought this for my wife as an early Christmas gift. She loves it! It is about 24 oz heavier than the little pack that she had been using, but the extra weight is from the heavier material and padding and the extra pockets and organizers that this pack has built into it. It is designed to carry moderately heavy loads if needed, but she packs light so her typical pack weight is about 25 lbs for a 3 day trip, and that includes her new Deva 70 pack. Once it was adjusted properly to her body she stated that this pack actually felt lighter than her old Gregory Jade 60 that she was using before, even though it was filled with the same items and the same weight. Not only that, but she has room left over to pack winter clothing if needed.
So far she has only hiked about 20 miles with it during that one 3 day trip, so we can't speak to it's long term durability, but we have no reason to believe that this pack won't prove to be very durable. So far she still loves it and has no complaints at all.
The bottom line is that she is able to carry the same amount of gear with greater comfort and greater organization than her previous pack, despite the extra weight of the pack itself.
For reference, she is 5'3" and weighs about 108 lbs with a 16" torso length. The extra small fits her very well.
The best advice that I have received on something like that is to use the dimensions of the stuff sack as a good starting point. If the stuff sack is 7x16 and the bag fits in there well then you know that the small size of the eVent compression sack will fit without a problem.
It does the job, but the water valve is counterintuitive. In other words, when the valve is lined up and flush with the marker it is turned on. When the valve isn't lined up and the tab is turned to the side and susceptible to being bumped that is the off position. I would have designed it so that the valve is easier to be visually noted as in the off position and less able to be bumped and accidentally turned on. Also, the construction is very cheap for a $6 item. I have doubts about it's long term service life. I guess you are still paying for the Camelbak name, even with this little valve.
I have tried lots of different options from little spring alligator clips, to fancy plastic clips, to magnets. So far this one is the simplest solution and it works the best. It fits the 3/4 inch straps found on the shoulder and sternum straps of just about every brand of modern backpack available, it's cheap, solid, and it is very easy to unclip and reclip the tube. Nothing bad to say. Sometimes the simplest devices are the best.
I'm really not seeing what these other reviewers see as an issue with this item. This loft attaches to the head end of the Copper Spur UL2 and stretches fully from side to side. The other reviewers main complaint seemed to be that they felt the loft was too small. After looking at the pictures and figuring out that there is no way it could be as small as they stated, I decided to take a chance and buy this.
The actual measurements are as follows: Across the bottom seam 24 inches. Across the top seam 14 inches. From top to bottom is 10 inches. The two center pockets are 8 inches across. They are large enough to hold a magazine, a Kindle, or any size of paperback book along with headlamps and whatever other pocket junk you might need. The four side pockets (two on each side) are irregularly shaped but still plenty large to put anything in them that you might bring into a tent such as stuffsacks, etc.
So anyway, this loft is well made, the seams are tight and it fits the Copper Spur UL2 perfectly. I really don't know what the other reviewers are seeing. What do they want to put in the loft? Cooking gear? A pair of boots? It's actually big enough to put my wife's camping sandals in, but that's kinda silly. If this was made any bigger then it wouldn't fit the wall it was designed to clip on to. My wife and I really like it and would recommend it for anyone who wants to add a little organization to the random chaos that is normally found on the floor of a tent.
The pic shows it compared to the obligatory Nalgene bottle along with my Kindle in one of the center pockets.
It might be 800 fill, but it's not 1.5 lbs. It's pretty documented in the reviews here that it actually weighs 2 lbs 1 oz.
The strap in question is meant to hold the loose end of the top stabilizer strap, not the water tube. There is a plastic clip on the sternum strap that holds the water tube.
Yes, you need a new battery. But as to the other part of your question, it's not a requirement to go through the flashing mode to shut this down. Two rapid clicks make it flash. If you wait a few seconds before the second click then the second click will shut the light off and will not activate the flash mode. If you do this correctly then you never have to see the flash mode.
I use the red one as a very lightweight tent light when I am out on a hike. It just clips onto one of the little loops on the ceiling of my little tent. It weighs about half an ounce, if that, so it sure beats my 8 oz battery powered LED lamp. It's not as bright, but I don't need it to be. The batteries have lasted me through several outings, probably 20 hours so far. If I need brighter light then I put on my headlamp.
I wouldn't trust this to be waterproof, but it has survived a few rain showers with no problems. I would call it weatherproof, but maybe only dunk resistant. The electronics are so basic that if it does get wet just pop it open and let it dry.
Since I really prefer to have a tent light, this little gadget has saved me a significant amount of pack weight. So far it's been reliable and easy to use. I recommend it.
Mine work well. I have four of these and they all work the same. Don't press and hold though. Just click it once and it turns on. Click it twice and it starts blinking. On the third click it turns off. Hope this helps! :)
I've used this reservoir a few times now. The best thing about it is that the entire top will open up for filling and cleaning/drying. It's a decent bag. The plastic is taste free and tough enough to handle any reasonable amount of use. The clip design is definitely water proof and the mouth piece is completely leak free. It comes with a mouth piece cover also.
The only downside to it is when you are attempting to get water out of it for cooking. It will only give you a slight trickle of water. It takes a few minutes to get a few cups of water out. It would be nice to have that aspect of it changed. Aside from that I have no problem.
If it didn't have the wide access and the mouth piece cover I would have rated it with 3 stars (adequate for the job.)
I'm going to add to what Phil said here. Just cover the basics. Don't be a perfectionist about this stuff. You don't have to have the best of everything and you don't have to worry about too much. Just make sure of where you are going and when you will be back. Make sure that you have adequate food/shelter/warmth/water and just do it. Everyone has their own style and way of doing things. There is no wrong way of doing the right thing. You will develop your own style also, but you have to get out in the woods and start enjoying it to learn it. After you've been out a few times then you can start upgrading your gear.
Nevermind, I just saw in the description that a stuff sack is included! :)
This pack is very comfortable and is one of the best of the Gregory line. If your question is related to the pack's durability I am confident that it will hold up for the 4-5 months on the AT. It's a very well built backpack.
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