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Kescrusader wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

4 5

Overall, the Talon is a phenomenal daypack. I use it for day hiking in the Adirondack high peaks area and Mountain Biking. It has plenty of room for 3 season equipment (I haven't tried it in winter yet, and compresses well to adjust to smaller loads. The side pockets are small, especially when the main compartment is full, so Nalgenes are a difficult (though not impossible) fit. My 3L Camelbak fits into the outer hydration area without much trouble. The hydration bladder does pull down on the top of the pack when attached to the loop provided, but it doesn't affect the fit of the pack. It may, however lead to a premature tear of the top fabric down the road. The harness and hipbelt pockets are huge plus, offering access to snacks, gps, camera, etc without having to stop. My only complaint is that there is an odd pressure point in the back panel as a result of using the pack (M/L model) adjusted to my longer torso (21.5"). I have to extend the adjustable back to its maximum position, and it results in a ridge that presses in horizontally on my upper back, where the fixed back panel ends, and the extended back panel begins. I have talked to another hiker with a long torso, and he solved this same issue by going up to the Talon 33, which apparently has a slightly longer back panel.

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Kescrusader wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

5 5

This has replaced my fleece in all but the wettest and abrasive conditions. Half the weight with comparable warmth of 200-weight fleece. I use it as an outer layer for base camp and summits in the Adirondacks during summer and fall. I do avoid using it if I know I will run into heavy rain or high-abrasion activities, like caving, slide climbing, or bushwacking. Obviously, it won't hold up to wear like fleece. Also, I tend to favor fleece as a midlayer for winter climbing and hiking, as the fleece seems to manage my excessive sweating better.

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Kescrusader wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

5 5

Solid technical jacket. Excellent breathability combined with very good waterproofness. I have a large frame, and the cut is roomy enough for a baselayer and mobility, without excess material. Seams are well made, with no signs of breakdown thus far. I would prefer a wider storm flap on front zipper, but otherwise a great jacket. Will be looking into a hooded version of the Conduit Softshell for next season, as the lack of a hood does limit it's versatility.

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Kescrusader wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

4 5

Highly breathable and flexible pants, even for softshells. They have shed light snow and rain without problems, though they haven't seen heavy precipitation yet. Fit is true to size, but be aware that they are fairly form-fitted in the seat and thighs, so heavy baselayering will be difficult (the only reason I didn't give them 5 stars). Ideal pants for mild winter conditions and shoulder seasons.

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