Even when I pack light I throw this in. I also pack shallots and garlic, a little goes a long way, and usually mix a little cayenne in with the pepper so it lasts longer.
Like the previous review says,not much to say, BUT: you're really treating yourself with something like this...I get SO stoked when I'm cooking with this on the trail.
Perfect for making a couple cups of coffee,tea, broth, oatmeal... you name it.
Spout pours nice and clean. I wouldn't put anything but water in it as it'd be hard for me to fit my hand in to clean it. Not everyone would have a problem with that.
Everyone has one, opaque natural or clear bright orange.
It all stacks together neatly, which is cool, but the main thing is how amazingly fast it boils water or melts snow. It's incredible. MSR also makes a separate piezo igniter that's pretty neat.
I usually figure 1 large fuel canister for 2 people for 2 days.
The downsides are that fuel is less flexible than other stoves such as my msr dragonfly which I've run on various gasoline in foreign countries.. You have to have the canisters. But this stove is way better for backpacking in the cold.
If its very cold though you'll need to keep a canister in your jacket/sleeping bag for it to flow correctly. My last "gripe" is that there's no way to recycle the spent canisters. It'd be great if MSR had collections at various retail stores for the used canisters.
Overall the best stove I've seen for everything except places where you can't buy or carry enough fuel.
Nearly indestructible, I've used mine during the hottest summers and had it freeze solid in the dead of winter, deforming slightly from the expansion without losing functionality. There are great holster options that can be added to a belt or pack. Fish out water with paracord and a ski/trek pole when getting water is tough, fill it with hot water to warm your bag in the cold, use the measurements for cooking... so many excellent reasons to get this classic.
Drying bags on a clear morning after sleeping in the EV3
I use it for my Marmot Couloir long 0 degree (800 fill) down bag.
The large was the best size, and I tried it in medium through XL. When picking your size I'd recommend going up a size if you have any question. The larger circumference will make it easier to stuff and since its a compression sack it'll just be a little shorter to achieve the same volume. I would choose by circumference/width, not so much by volume, as any extra volume will be compressed. Also, being a roll top you need some extra length... The large says its 20", mine measures 23" unrolled but if I were to only have 3" on top to roll closed it would be nearly impossible. I have about 7" extra when I stuff my bag in and it makes it easy to close. Once it's compressed the extra length is irrelevant.
Having said all that, this is a fantastic piece of gear for anybody taking a down bag or anything else they'd rather not get wet into the backcountry. Under the right circumstances this bag could save your life, or at least save you some serious discomfort! It also breathes much better than any dry bag I've previously used.
I use it backpacking, usually in winter mountaineering situations.
I'd go with the medium actually. The mouth of the sack seems slightly smaller than the width of the rest, unlike my regular stuff sack where the mouth is at least as wide as the rest of it, if not the widest part of the sack. Going up an inch in width will make it easier to stuff and any extra volume will just be compressed.
Slept in it on nights ranging from 10 to 17 degrees. We did not encounter particularly high winds but it snowed for around 72 hours with a maximum of around 10 inches during any one sleep period.
I did not find the condensation issues to be any different from a tent/fly setup.
There is no getting around the humid air freezing to the tent walls but with all the vents open it was as good as I've experienced in any tent. If we closed the mesh on the vents it was significantly worse.
We did not cook in the tent. The snow sweeping opening in the floor is a nice touch for getting rid of snow tracked in or frost knocked off the inside tent walls.
The "vestibule" is very small, there was room for one of our packs and my boots.
There were 2 of us in it and I can't imagine having to share it with 3. There was just enough room for our 20" wide sleeping pads and to wedge a few things between us and the tent walls.
Overall, a good winter tent for two but I wouldn't try and sleep 3 unless you're using it in comfortable weather.
A good fitter can help you build the heel pocket in the Intuition liners by letting them cool while you stand on an incline, pushing your heels slightly back. They can also remove a small amount of material from inside the boot itself, this is more difficult in Scarpas because the plastic they use melts at a lower temp than many other boots so the fitter needs to use caution. They can also use a "punch" to widen specific sections of the boot, you may need to re-punch it after a season or two and you can't warm the boots by a fire or heater or they may revert to their pre-punched shape.
Bottom line, an experienced fitter is crucial. Mine were done at Granite Chief in Truckee CA (Tahoe).
The pad my shins well where they rest against my Scarpa Mobe boots, I'd give them a try.
I'm a big fan of Darn Tough socks, and these ski socks are no exception. The seamless toe design is a nice touch and the padded shin is also comfy in my Scarpa Mobe boots. The real selling point on these is the merino though. I'm no fabric expert but I'm probably more picky about socks than any other piece of gear and Darn Tough has convinced me that not all merino is created equal. They never make me itchy and they are very long wearing socks. Between the BC return policy and Darn Toughs guarantee you have nothing to lose by trying them... except maybe all your other socks when the DT's spoil you.
I also dig that they're made in Vermont!
I'm an 11.5 or 12 and The XL fits perfectly.
I had to take these to Granite Chief in Truckee CA to get the fit totally dialed ($30) and it was worth every penny, they are ridiculously comfortable.
I've done several days inbounds where they performed well and I had a chance to break them in and get the fit dialed, then I took them on a week long backcountry ski trip where they exceeded my expectations!
I brought some light hiking boots, anticipating sparse snow cover for a half day on the way out and when the time came my Mobe's were so comfy I just hiked out in them. They kept my feet warm down to 17 degrees and it was easy to dry the liners in my bag each night. They worked great up the steepest climbs, on long flats and on descents they were fantastic. I was the only one out of five with no foot discomfort after 7 days and over 50 miles. I'm typically a 11.5 or 12 U S shoe size or a 46 euro, with medium width feet and I fit in the 29 perfectly AFTER the fit at Granite Chief. It took their expertise and a couple days before they were just right. Below is a pic during a lunchtime sock change... it's the best boot pic I had.
I couldn't stop laughing bout Vincent's comment "The mother of all wedgies" below, but thankfully my experience was a bit better.
I tried these after hating a pair of Ex Officios. I wore them on a week long winter ski packing trip and was blown away, they never felt or smelled dirty, chafed or bunched up. I'm 170 lbs with a 32" waist and I was happy with the mediums.
Now I want to wear them all the time and need more pairs.
Cons: they're merino so I hang dry them... don't know what would happen if I forgot and put them in a hot dryer.
As with many things, made in China.
Skiing in the DAS.
Great cold weather piece. I'm 5'11" 170 lbs and the medium is great. The fit IS roomy, but it makes sense when you are throwing it over all your other layers.
I put it on when ski mountaineering to conserve warmth when I stop for lunch/anytime, or when belaying a partner in cold weather. Will keep you warm even when wet, as advertised... so clutch! The inner pockets are great to dry out gear or allow your food to rehydrate in the cold, and it makes a nice pillow at night.
Once you've relied on it you'll kick yourself for not getting one sooner!
Used it for 7 days straight on a backcountry ski trip. I wore it under my hardshell bibs during the day and in my bag at night and it performed perfectly keeping me warm and dry from 60 down to 10 degrees.
I'm 5'11" 170 with a 42" chest and the medium fit better than the large.
Makes a great base layer or mid. Sometimes I boulder in this and some shorts when the weather is good and its super comfy.
I also wore this over an Ibex merino T for a week on a backcountry ski packing trip and it never smelled or felt dirty.
The only negative I've seen is that it started pilling right away, even though I laundered it according to the label. Don't let that scare you though, I love it and just bought the heavier weight one too.
I wore it for 7 days straight on a ski trip, under a patagonia L/S merino and it was perfect. No chafing, stickiness or smell. Kept me warm and dry. I couldn't ask for more, I'll probably get another!
It's a slim fit, I'm 5'11" 170lbs with a 41"chest and 32" waist and the large fit me well without being too tight. I could've gone down a size for a more form fitted piece but I preferred the large, it wasn't baggy but wasn't tight either.
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