I cannot get moisture out of my cartridge; I have tried everything (so it seems).
I have tried gravity, solar, air pressure, time (and combinations and other methods), but there is still considerable condensation on the plastic tube around the filter, and if I give it a good flick of the wrist, water beads come out. Thankfully no mold has grown that I am aware of or can taste, but moisture 2 months after my last use is getting ridiculous.
At first I was hesitant about the shirt. Have not been the biggest fan of TNF, but they have a few products out there that fit my needs and find their way on some trips. While trying this on at a local store, I first noticed the fabric was much thicker than the women's version that I had bought my girlfriend. The sleeves were also longer than every other shirt I tried on.
My first hike with this was on a 6.5 mile round trip with 2000ft elevation gain in 70+ degree weather. At the summit, my shirt was much drier than I had anticipated. I normally put on dry clothes at my destination, and left this on my pack to soak in some sun and dry; which it did in a short amount of time. I normally sweat a lot, and this shirt does an amazing job at wicking moisture from your body and evaporating it quickly. I have used many Nike, Adidas, Helly Hansen, Kappa, Patagonia synthetic fabrics, but this one blows them away in performance. I will see how this handles repeated abuse/rub from my backpack.
With my pack on, I truly noticed the length of the shirt. It is longer than I am used to, but after my third trip, I appreciate the long cut. I'm 6'1" and have now found a shirt that does not find its way above the hip belt while hiking. I consistently have 3" of shirt below my hip belt, and it stays there. The cut could be a little slimmer, and the sleeves shorter, but these are just personal nitpicks.
This shirt is now my primary hiking shirt due to its superior wicking capabilities.
Only put this through one trip, but this is one piece of gear that will be on every trip from here on out; when temps are above freezing and I know there are water sources.
Let me start with wow, the ability to squat by a stream and fill up my bottle is amazing. I no longer have to lug up extra water for "just in case" nor do I have to unpack my pack to get to the filter and then spend time pumping. FOR ON-THE-GO QUICK SIPS THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE WITH YOU.
This essentially works like a large straw that has a filter built in. I have read many complaints on how hard it is to get water out of the bottle, but to all of those who complain: Have you ever thought how much force you are using to hand pump water through a filter? Yes I found this to be like a little difficult to get large gulps (which I sometimes wanted) but that is a negligible con for all the pros this provides. Keep the bottle upright, give a light-hard squeeze, and suck refreshing water into your mouth.
For day hikes this fits extremely well. As you hike, fill it up. Take many sips along the way and you will never be thirsty or dehydrated. I often find myself hiking for 20 minutes while sipping water, then 20 minutes with the bottle in the pack. With the Katadyn MyBottle Microfilter Bottle I now am able to carry less weight but not sacrifice the safety of the water I am drinking. My friend has the old version which caught my attention a few years ago. With Katadyn manufacturing this version, and a purifier option, this is a top notch product. If you try to use this for supplying water while camping you will be disappointed and give a crappy review because this isn't intended for that use. If you want to reduce pack weight and have an endless supply of tasty, clean water while day hiking, I strongly recommend getting this. Yes it might be difficult to gulp water through this, but as a kid, the "crazy straws" with lots of loops/designs weren't meant for speed contests. Think of this as a "crazy straw" but one for adults that filters out all the nasties!
Anybody 6'1" using this?
Something I now always carry into the wilderness, doesn't take up much space or weight. I have never used it and hope to never have to. It also provides those at home relief, especially if hiking solo.
How does the zipper do in the chaffing department when unzipped
Thanks for the responses guys!
For my current backcountry nights I have a Big Agnes Insulated Mummy Air Core and when I want to spoil myself I carry up the matching mummy cut Memory Foam(I am not as impressed with this and is why I am buying the Dream Time for car camping). I will be trying to push my brother on trying a NeoTrekker/NeoAir(so I can snag it!)
I will let you guys know if this does make it into the woods! Having laid on this at a local store, I know there are a couple over-nighters in which I will try to take this up. I'm thinking luxury base camp 3 miles from the car....
Thoughts on bringing this in to the backcountry? There are a few campsites I thoroughly enjoy that are ~2-3 miles in and would have no problems making two pack loads in. Just want to make it a comfy night sleep for my lady when out in the wilderness and two L's fit perfectly in my tent.
I've already decided that I will be buying this for any camping that is within 100 yards of my car.
I bought this for the purpose of clipping gear to my pack. Much better looking than a cheapo non-load bearing carabiner(at least it makes me look like I know something). I have used it to hold water bottles, hats, gloves, as a lash point for snowshoes, to tow sleds two miles into a secluded hill, and much more.
It is so light!
If you are spending more time going vertical, you might want a different harness. For non-vertical glacial travel this rocks. Light and simple, the way BD markets it. Fits well over layers.
I use a 5L(slightly smaller than a loaf of bread) to hold my "Emergency Supplies"; basically the 10 Essentials plus some(extra fire supplies as well). This is a bag that gets tossed in the bottom of every pack I take hiking. It has survived some wet encounters and kept the contents much drier than I expected. Durability is superb and reflective OR logo on the orange fabric makes night time spotting easy. It's the perfect size for what I intended it to do, and there is a little bit more room for extra gear to be stashed in it. As with every OR item I own, superb quality and function.
Been using these for six years to know where the snacks, bedtime, and other gear is at in my pack. Ultralight, fairly translucent to see contents inside, and just the right size to organize gear. Keep extra batteries with you headlamp? The small grey one has been my headlamp storage bag for six years straight.
I own two. One almost large enough to line the interior of my multi-day pack and a much smaller and more practical one to hold just a sleeping bag. Compression straps and a waterproof design, enough said.
I have a small for my 15 degree 800 fill down bag, glad I didn't go with the medium.
I got the Scrambler for free with a MH down jacket(which was already on sale). I have used it on day hikes, as a summit bag, taken books to class in it, but mainly use it to haul extra gear/clothes that might be needed but will most likely stay in the car. The straps are flimsy, the bag becomes more of a cylinder when full(even with the backplate in), and the lid is difficult to get into if you have a "heavy" object in it. For getting it for free, and for being one of the first in this type of category, I have found uses for the bag. I prefer not to hike with it as I have become fond of ventilated backs on packs, but this will be hauling clothes for after hikes for years to come. Again, this is for the older style of the pack. The new style looks to have improved on many features but keep the same weight.
With the straps not being meant for heavy loads, its best to keep it light(~10lbs), otherwise the straps dig in to the shoulders. If you are carrying a water bottle and a jacket with some snacks, this would fit the bill. But $70+ is asking a little too much for what this pack can do. OR has a waterproof version.
Possibly one of OR's best products? Have owned these for five years, besides some color wear and minor abrasion these look as good as they did of the shelf. Fit well on all of my boots and have never failed to keep my feet debris and water free. With over 10 years of awards behind it, need I say more?
Only complaint is when I wish I had tied a boot tighter AFTER I have put these on.
After owning OR Croc's for five years, I was able to use my brother's Verglas gaiters last weekend. All in all, not much of a different between the two while hiking. So the Verglas doesn't use Gore-Tex, but for hiking, light mountaineering, snowshoeing and backcountry sledding these will do the job they intend to do. The strap that secures under the boot seems "flimsy" when compared to the croc's, but OR makes top notch gear and it has shown no wear or tear. Only caveat, the strap would not stay tucked away, and stuck out to the side as I hiked. Minor annoyance, but did not alter performance. Priced lower than the croc's, you are not sacrificing much.
As I have come to experience, OR has made another quality product.
This knife is easier for me to open with gloves than my Flash I and II. Great utility/around the home knife. Without the spring assist it is difficult to open(broke the spring after many uses that should have been the job of another tool). Having the local tool truck carry these got me a replacement instantly though!
After owning a Flash I for a year and seeing this marked at forty dollars at a local retail store I had to pounce on it. This knife is now my utility knife while hiking performing every duty I need a knife for. The blade assist is not as fast as its smaller brother, but I actually prefer the slower speed. My handle is a composite, not aluminum(which is why I got it so cheap) but the blade quality is the same. Blade lock(when closed) is nice as I am able to pass this knife around at xmas time and not have to worry about little cousins cutting themselves.
After having a Flash I, this was much bigger than expected!
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