Philmont Scout Ranch, Adirondack Mountains, Vermont
I go on some pretty long (100 miles +) backpacking treks, and these socks do a great job of providing cushioning on day 14, when your feet would really rather not go anywhere. Smartwool makes the long days shorter
Mud caused dirt build up inside the mesh on these after they dried
I got these boots and used them on a few treks, probably a total of 150 miles or so. They're quite comfy at first, no blisters to speak of initially, and they held together well. However, I found that if they got wet or muddy at all, dirt would build up inside the mesh, deforming the inside of the boot and making it uncomfortable to walk around, causing rubbing. I had several friends with the same experience. The Breeze is a decent boot, but with so many out there to choose from that don't give me this problem, I go elsewhere.
I wasn't at all sure what the difference was between phd and regular smart wool socks, except that a coworker recommended and liked the phd. So I gave them a try and was thoroughly impressed. They're wonderfully comfortable, even after wearing them for a week straight. Whereas other socks have a tendency to stiffen up and become uncomfortable after being worn for more than two days, I never experienced any issues with these. Every day felt like they were almost new. Definitely using these on all future backpacking trips
I'd say so. I've only ever had wonderful experiences with Osprey packs. This one certainly won't let you down, so if the size is right I'd go for it
No real complaints about this, it's light, not very bulky, and warm enough for my needs. The standard issue stuff sack breaks pretty quick, but those are easy to acquire. It's gotten damp and still done the job fine. I generally camp in ~30 degree weather and have rarely been cold
I'd say they're pretty comparable. I've found the capilene to be a bit looser and more breathable than the underarmour, but both do the job as a base layer.
especially with the external frame...
sounds like just a peculiarity of how the two work together. Doubt there's any way around it
don't believe so
yup, should work fine
yup, sure are
Can't say enough good things about these pants. I use them all summer long, both for building trail and backpacking in (I do a lot of bushwhacking). I've put pairs of these through amazing amounts of abuse, and they just take it. When you first get a new pair, they do feel a little bit like stepping into a canvas tent, but after you break them in they get super comfy. The reinforced crotch and knees are a life saver. I prefer the tan to the blue, I've found they seem to hold up better for some reason.
Should be. I've gotten away with far larger on an airplane, just do your best to squish it together, and make sure you get to those overhead bins first!!
Agreed. For some reason, I've found that the tan seem to hold up better than the blue, although that could just be me
From what I've been able to gather, I do not believe that Oakley makes prescription sunglasses
I lead backpacking treks all summer long in New Mexico, and we always use micropur tablets. Granted we get them for free, so I've never had any inclination to use anything else, but I've gone an entire summer using these on some pretty sketchy water, and I've never gotten sick. Tablets don't break like pumps, they're quick, light, and low maintenance. just fill up your bottle, throw in a tablet, then enjoy 30 minutes later.
provided the fly is set up properly, it shouldn't get any water in it