Jonathan Eyestone

Jonathan Eyestone

Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jewel Basin (GNP but rarely)

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Jonathan's Bio

I am married with two kids, currently going to nursing school, and am just getting into backpacking. Currently living in Billings, MT where the mountains i am used to are a long drive away

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Jonathan Eyestone

Jonathan Eyestone wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

Works for what it was made for
3 5

I have tried each of the different FC 1-3 forms of this years model and the previous. Settled for the FC1 because it had he least pockets and i noted no difference in padding or comfort for me or my child by paying more. (I have not tried other carriers because Kelty is the only brand i can continently try at the small store in town.)
It carries children and not much else.
I do have two main complaints; the major one is the minimal padding for the adult’s comfort. I am an average man, 5’ 11" 156lbs and after 4 miles with my 25 pound son, my clavicles and iliacs hate me. When I put on a pack, I have come to expect the level of comfort offered me by an Osprey Argon 70 (or what ever you see as the grail of pack); this pack falls far short.
The second complaint is more of a note. The cargo pocket configurations will move the weight away from the core different from a traditional pack (out or down). Kid carries are not meant to carry much mass in the pockets. My balance was off for the first few times I had a water bottle and lunch back there. In addition, hydration compatibility would have been nice too, but a little work rigged a bladder in the mix fine.
Altogether is carries the kids great and they love it; bottom line, not for hours of fun just short trips

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Jonathan Eyestone wrote a review of on March 26, 2011

I want another one
5 5

I was gifted this shirt of Christmas and wore it all last summer. It very breathable and keeps me dry while I am backpacking in the heat. I have used it as a towel in a pinch and it dries super-fast. Picture is at the look out on Cliff Lake in the Jewel Basin. It was 93F in the shade with a light southwest breeze and i was feeling great.

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Jonathan Eyestone

Jonathan Eyestone wrote a review of on March 26, 2011

Great multi season jacket
4 5

I have owned and used this jacket for 4 years now and have used it in all seasons (thermal layer in the winter). I use a winter coat rarely and do have to fall back to it if the temp gets too deep below 0 F.
I have to say I am not as happy as I have been in the past with TNF jackets the zipper is starting to go. If I sit down while the jacket is zipped, the bottom of the zipper will pop open. I still gave it four stars because for 90% of the time I can unzip the coat to sit down (because i am in side) and it has not impeded my use of the coat too much. The wind projection is awesome. I live in the prairie in MT and the regular 10-20 mph wind we get with cold (ave 40s to -20s with wind chill) fall and winter weather can't touch me. Picture is me about to showel otu my car

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Jonathan Eyestone wrote a question about on March 23, 2011

Just bought the pack and I want to know if I can (or need to) treat it to prevent dirt from grinding into the clean open pours of the new fabric. I have the Nikwax UV proof but the only other protectors they have are for waterproofing. I am not after waterproofing unless it will help protect the fabric. What product can you recommend to protect the new fabric?

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Jonathan Eyestone wrote an answer about on March 21, 2011

If the belt has not seen the outdoors Osprey will do a component swap with you. It cost about 5 dollar and some change to send the large belt in and they send you a medium one free. (just to be sure you get the best one I would check the sizing at the local dealer and make sure they also can heat mold it too.) I took about two weeks for them to ship me a new one.

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Jonathan Eyestone wrote a question about on October 18, 2010

Can i use the unit without having to buy a subscription. i don't care if it 5 bucks a message or something not to crazy. i only go deep into the wilderness once a year for two weeks and don't like the idea of shelling out 100 a year to fire off messages home for two weeks. I have a PLB but i like the idea of sending updates to the worried wifes.

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