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Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Trad Climbing
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Road Cycling
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Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

I got the 150L size and it is massive. I was able to pack my entire life into this bag to move to New Zealand for a year. Had to pay excess baggage of course since there was loads of climbing gear, a winter wardrobe, shoes, etc. I think the only way you could fill it and avoid the excess charge for weight would be if you only put clothes in it. That said, the bag has been awesome for throwing everything into for a week away climbing or skiing. It swallows up everything and I still have room left over. It is very durable after a year of use it still looks almost new, and is pretty weather resistant as well. Only complaint is that it is so long that when it is nearly full and up around 23kg it sags when you use the backpack straps and it whacks you in the calf just below the knee with it on your back, making it difficult to walk. Usually there is someone else to help carry it, the handles on the ends make it easy with two people. Other than that, awesome bag.

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Martin Schneider wrote an answer about on March 2, 2009

I would say they are about equal. I have one of each, the BD weighs a bit less than TNF bag, but isn't as weather resistant. They are both very durable bags, the BD bag stays a little more pliable in really cold weather, so that might be a plus. I do find the velcro a little annoying when I am getting into and out of the BD bag a lot, TNF Base Camp wins in that regard. Hope that helps.

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Martin Schneider wrote an answer about on December 7, 2008

In China, where everything else is made. If you are asking where it is designed, that would be Switzerland. Outdoor Research is just the distributor of Exped stuff for the US.Hope that helps, the poles are DAC and those are made in Korea, but DAC literally makes the best anodized aluminum tent poles on the market, that is why so many manufactures use them for their poles.

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Martin Schneider wrote a review of on August 12, 2004

5 5

Just got back from a week in the boundary waters with this water pack. It worked great inside of my Dakine shuttle pack. 3 litre capacity was great; I only had to pump water once a day opposed to the rest of my crew who were constantly refilling their canteens and Nalgenes. Bite valve is great because you never have to open a top to get to your water it is always right there on your shoulder.

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Martin Schneider wrote a review of on July 20, 2004

4 5

I have used this lamp on three weekend camping trips so far and it is still going strong. The outside LEDs provide great proximity lighting for campsite tasks, but the center hyperbright LED could be a bit stronger. The bulb does throw off more light than the two outside bulbs but it is a narrow focused beam and doesn't go as far as I would like. However it is still handy lamp to have for campsite tasks and hiking and you can't beat the weight.

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Martin Schneider wrote a review of on July 12, 2004

4 5

This tool is great to have around. Now that I have it, I use it for many things. I can't imagine having to go back to my old way of finding seperate tools for each job. Only problem was a slightly bent blade at the hinge that prevented the pliers from sliding out. Bent it back with a light push and it has been fine ever since.

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Martin Schneider wrote a review of on May 20, 2004

5 5

These are some really good sunglasses. Very light weight. Sometimes I forget they are on. I really like the interchangable lenses for biking. I can switch to clear for night and rose gray polarized for sunny days on pavement to cut glare. The rose is great for flat light conditions and brightens up rides through the woods on overcast days. Very versatile glasses.

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