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Kate Williamson

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Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson wrote a review of on June 13, 2013

5 5

Used this pack on a 3 day trip recently and was BLOWN AWAY with how well this one sizer carried 40lbs of gear! It was comfy, the foam never padded out so I didn't have to keep retightening the belt or shoulder straps, and the backpanel could adjust down to my smaller torso. Absolutely amazing.

Another different feature is the hipbelt. Usually, I have a hard time finding a hipbelt that can cinch down small enough for me. This hipbelt has a built in extender that can unvelcro and elongate the hipbelt for wider waists. Because of that, the existing hipbelt is smaller and fit my waist with room to cinch!

Hands down, this has to be one of the best carrying one-size-fits-most packs on the market. Amazing!!!

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Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Demoed this pack on several trails in SW Utah--lovely slot canyons and desert hikes. This pack carries well--but it only gets four stars because the adjustability range isn't quite small enough for my torso (which I guess you could make the argument that I should get the 4 stars and not the pack, but whatever). Though the shoulder harness can move up and down, giving you a bit of adjustability within the S/M and M/L, the S/M did not go down quite small enough for me. Also, the waist almost didn't cinch down small enough either.

Aside for it being a little long and therefore rubbing my sacrum and my shoulders a little too much, it fit a great deal of stuff comfortably and in a well-organized manor, was bomb-proof rubbing against rock in the slot canyons, and has external slot for hydration (so no slipping a hose though an annoying tiny slot in the pack and no struggle to load a full reservoir into the inside of a full pack).

There are many other delightful things about this pack (large hipbelt pockets and included rain fly that I almost had to use while hiking in the desert) but those listed above are the top three for me.

But again, this may not be the greatest if you are of petite stature as it didn't work well for my 15" torso, 26" waisted self.

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Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

Go To Day Hiking
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this pack on a whim as I was more inclined to like something like a bomb-proof Kestrel 32. After demo'ing both, I love the Exos 34 as my go to day pack. Ultra light with a frame to make any weight carry awesome. I can fit a barrage of gear in this pack AND have brought it on some very rocky trails with no rock abrasion holes yet!

As far as fit, I am pretty petite--15" torso and a 26" waist. The Small fits super nicely, which is not common in a "unisex" style pack.

It also carries a tired 3.5mo puppy well.

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Kate Williamson posted a video about on September 17, 2012

Outdoor Research backcountry skiing and sidecountry skiing ambassador Molly Baker talks about the warm, waterproof Point 'n Chute skiing and snowboarding mitts. Freeride and Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders looking for extra warmth and weather protection in a stylie undercuff design turn to the Point n' Chute.

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Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson posted a video about on September 17, 2012

Outdoor Research Athlete Manager Christian Folk talks about the warm, waterproof Point 'n Chute skiing and snowboarding three-finger gloves. Freeride and Sidecountry skiers and riders looking for extra warmth and weather protection in a stylie undercuff design turn to the Point n' Chute.

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