BSA Jamboree Bound
It is super small and light. I purchased a black diamond biner to use on this and would suggest a biner with a round spine such as the petzl am'd. The flat spine is hard to twist with the rope in place. Somewhat difficult to manage one handed but for the price and weight it a great little device.
Nice light low profile socks. Seem to have the typical smartwool feel. I will be interested in how they hold up for long wear...
The Jake is a light aluminum biner with good capacity and a wide gate. The gate opens easily with one hand even with gloves. There is a mention that the gate came open in another users review. I use this only for attaching a prussic to a trolley system for locking off in rescues so there is no real load involved. For that it is great. I have no question when looking at it that the gate is closed and locked. The gate does have an offset which you can see in this picture. I used them on a climbing tower training and we thought the biner had been compromised due to the twist... really spooky to see the first time but does add clearance.
Does this have a zipper and how far down does it go? What would be the proposed degree rating if used alone for a light summer weight bag?
Does this have a zipper and if so how far down does it zip?
This has a great fit. The lack of a single adjustment wheel was a bit of a let down but it fits right and feels solid. Easy enough to adjust. I wore it in 100 degree heat for 3 hours and it was not that bad so must vent well.
Just got this in today. I am not sure how I like the head adjustment. It will not be a one handed adjustment (that is probably not a deal breaker as I do my adjustment usually once and on the ground. If you adjust a bunch I would look at the black diamond half dome... cheaper and a wheel adjustment. This does have vents that open and close... I guess if your head gets cold?
It is CE certified and GS stamped... one is the European Certification (climbing safety) and one is a German Safety certification. It is intended for use in climbing. The ANSI and NFPA requirements may or may not exist in these helmets as they are not designed for workplace/fire rescue use. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.
I have had this helmet a bit over a year and it has already developed a crack right at one of the rivets where the chin strap connects. I do not climb and have used this mostly on high ropes course in belay situations. No accidents, no falls and no impacts... may have been a defect? It is a comfortable helmet and very inexpensive but did not last.
I have used my Aether in downpours for 3 years and it is still bombproof. It never was water proof... buy a good silicone nylon pack cover and keep it handy and you will not have any problems.
5 day provisions + 10 days of gear. Room to spare...
I was apprehensive as I waited for delivery. I ordered one from another three letter company that will remain nameless. I had a gift card... so sue me. Anyway, I do not always carry a water bottle but when I do I don't want it in my pack. This pack was purchased to keep my climbing gear and light pack stuff in. My old method was a stuff sack w/ cold water bottle inside and it always sweated on my gear. I don't like bladder systems much but this has a cool exterior pocket for that too. I was not sure this had side bottle holders... it does! Yay!!! The hiking pole holders and other inventions are beautiful design and well received. I saw one review where someone was blasting Osprey for the inability to put your cell phone in the little pocket on the shoulder strap. Why do you take a cell phone on a hike? Leave that electric leash at home. Gum fits. Snack bars fit. My E-trex Vista Garmin fits. Just saying. This pack rocks as a mid size and is bigger than you think. I would 3-4 day hike with this easy. Plenty roomy and I am 6'1 and 235
Can loose it due to color. Current temps in NC hovering in the 93 degree range. I hope this proves to be as warm as it looks with a bit less weight. Nice fill. No apparent loose or full spots. Zips seem to be well designed. Not sure about draft collar or any other features yet. Guess I could go sleep in the freezer at the Grocery
I have an older adventure. The good. Clean fresh tasting chem free water. Immediate results. No pumping, no cleaning, no wet pump and filter bag in your pack. Light easy and really cool. With the new flashlight feature (although I use a headlamp) multi-purpose is always good. Great for out of country trips.
The not so good: (batteries and no sun means no clean water so a redundant system is almost always necessary) I camp with Boy Scouts... who always want to use my steripen. It really does not do well when needing 30 liters of water at one time. Has problems some times with not so clean water and cold water.
I for one love not tasting chemicals in my water after 4-5 days on the trail. It goes with me.
Only two problems I have with these socks. One is I got a pair for Christmas and now I am hooked and the other is that the price is pretty high. Good news is that I always pick these first if they are clean and sometimes when they are not. My favorite summer weight socks bar none. Fit like a dream and never smells.
This bag took me down to 20 easily in the back of a pick up bed without cover. The head draw strings were a bit unusual. Only major problem is the zipper set up on this. The double zippers zips only halfway and that was not working for me. I guess if you spend time sitting up in the bag this may be for you. When I am up I am out. The half zip made midnight necessity trips near impossible. This one is going back. Also the stuff sack failed. Be careful as it is sil-nylon and is not really rugged. If you need a warm inexpensive bag to sit up in this is it.
I wrote another review on here about my first one that leaked after a while. I did get a replacement from REI but still go to BackCountry first (if I am not in a rush). The new pad is leak free so far. I have logged at least 30 trail days and several hundred miles with this pad and would not trade it. Light and thick. Just too dang expensive. Come on therma rest... give us a break :)
Cant adequately rate yet. It is much smaller, lighter than the 0 degree bag from Northface. I am not sure what I am loosing in thermal tolerances. Seems well put together. The stuff sack is a bit strange but seems to work ok. There is a small pocket for ear plugs and other sleep related things. I have not pulled it on so I cant comment yet about size, fit or function.
Seems to last longer than a typical snack. The first bite has a slightly rancid taste like peanuts beginning to turn... very very slight but then by bite two or three it is gone. Perhaps I got some old stock that needed to be rotated. It would not stop me from eating these or buying again.
Great color in high vis yellow. I used it skiing and was very easy to spot on the slopes. Has just want you need with no extra weight or useless stuff. Fits snug and has loads of face protection. Have not been in rain yet but it does a great jub slicing through cold winter wind with a polar fleece layer.
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