KP

KP

Seattle area

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Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

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KPwrote a review of on September 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So the chair kit basically acts as an extra protective layer/cover for the mat, and gives you sitting or lounging function. I keep the mat inside the chair kit and fold it in thirds then roll and put in stuff sac. Perfect for car camping, 5 stars for all that...BUT the carry case is not ripstop, and not well built and both mine and my partner's stuff sacs tore on first day of use, just from pulling the cinch cord tight. By day 2, half of the "collar" where the cinch cord resides is detached from the sac. I generally take great care with my gear and will not force it, etc, so this was not a case of being a brute with the gear; we are talking normal use. Will be contacting Exped to see if they can replace. Stuff sac aside, this is a great piece of gear that I would strongly recommend.

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KPwrote a review of on October 28, 2003

5 5

I bought this pack so I could shave a pound or so off my current pack. This meant dropping some volume (down from 4500). Amazingly I find this pack to hold pretty much all the usual climbing gear with ease. Ice axe, crampons, rope, etc. There is room for the tent and the rest of it too. I credit that to the well designed cinch straps on the outside of the pack and the generous extension collar at the top of the pack. You can overstuff this pack easily and still maintain a stable load.

The fit: I'm 5'1" and the regular size pack fits me very well. Carrying 32 pounds was a breeze and felt light. The pack shipped without any options on the shoulder and waist straps, but a quick phone call to Granite gear took care of that. They shipped me the correct sizes UPS second day air so I could go on my trip. That is customer service!

Ease of use: Easy. Top loading so harder to get to stuff but that is a given for the lightweight design. I have to gripe that they don't allow for a hydration bladder. To keep it lightweight they probably nixed the hydration sleeve since not everyone uses a bladder. However it would have been nice to have a grommet or something to allow the hydration tubing to exit. Plus a lightweight clip or something on the inside of the pack frame to hang a bladder from would be nice too.

That said I love this pack and would recommend it highly. I would buy it again, epsecially if they made slight changes to accomodate hydration bladder.

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