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SPECIFICATIONS of the Marmot Trestles 15F Sleeping Bag
Temperature Rating: 15? F / -9? C
EN Tested: Comfort: 23.7? F / -4.6? C
EN Tested: Lower Limit: 11.8? F / -11.2? C
EN Tested: Extreme: -22.5? F / -30.3? C
Stuff Sack: 9.5 x 19" / 24 x 48 cm
Zip Option: LZ, RZ
Insulation: SpiraFil 120
Materials: 100% Polyester DWR 2.2 oz/yd
100% Polyester embossed DWR 2.2 oz/yd
Lining: 100% Polyester tafffeta DWR 2.2 oz/yd
Fill: SpiraFil 120
SPECIFICATIONS for Regular
Bag Weight: 3 lbs 14.25 oz / 1765 g
Fill Weight: 35 oz / 992 g
Interior Weight: 85" / 216 cm
Shoulder: 62" / 157.5 cm
Hip: 58" / 147.3 cm
Foot: 40" / 101.6 cm
SPECIFICATIONS for Long
Bag Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz / 1871 g
Fill Weight: 36 oz / 966 g
Interior Weight: 91" / 231 cm
Shoulder: 64" / 162.6 cm
Hip: 60" / 152.4 cm
Foot: 42" / 106.7 cm
SPECIFICATIONS for X-Wide
Bag Weight: 4 lbs 5.4 oz / 1967 g
Fill Weight: 38 oz / 1021 g
Interior Weight: 91" / 231 cm
Shoulder: 70" / 177.8 cm
Hip: 66" / 167.6 cm
Foot: 44" / 112 cm
Dimensionally speaking these skis are really similar. They both have a powder rocker profile and similar measurements in tip, waist, and tail. The advantage to the Salomon over the K2 in my opinion is the honeycomb tip and tail in the Rocker 2 122. This lowers the overall weight of the ski as well as the swing weight. At 170cm you would want to pick a ski somewhere around 157-177cm.
This pack should hold a climbing helmet just fine. Designed to hold a snow sport helmet which are generally bulkier than climbing helmets.
I have never put hot liquid in here so I can't speak to how well it keeps stuff warm but it sure keeps my beer cold! Great for keg parties.
These function just how they should, slide them onto your cup and they allow you to clip it to your pack or whatever else you may need. Good accessory to have if you have stainless steel pint glasses.
You definitely don't need these to set up your hammock but you should. They are super light, don't take up any room, and make setting up your hammock a breeze. They will prolong the life of the rope that runs through your hammock as well as the trees that you are hanging from. At the price I really see no reason not to pick up a pair of these if you have a hammock.
This is definitely one of my favorite BP meals. Tastes better with a little hot sauce in there... but what doesn't. The Indian flavors really lend themselves to excellent backpacking meals.
Waistbelt goes up to 40in and the volume is roughly 2.2L.
This is the best headlamp I have every owned, I've had the Spot and the Gizmo also by Black Diamond as well as the Petzl Tikka Plus 2. Very well made and durable. The spot light on this headlamp is extremely bright and reaches a hell of a long ways. Probably farther than you need to see. It is nice to have to spot pairs of eyes flanking you on the trail. The LED lights on the sides of the spotlight get more use, good for digging through your backpack looking for your bottle opener and whatnot. It also has a strobe effect for emergency situations or impromptu dance parties.
My two favorite features are the red LED lights for reading and whatnot and the lock feature. You can depress the button for 6 seconds and lock the headlamp so that it doesn't accidentally get turned on in your pack and drain your battery. Another great feature is the mechanism to open the battery compartment. It is a little thumb screw that you undo instead of dealing with the frustrating friction buttons that so many headlamps have.
I've dropped this in the river a few times and it has definitely taken a beating from sand and rocks but it is still working like new.
Should be on par with the Approach short in the waist seeing as they are both made by Marmot.
Picked this up in 5 and 6x for use with my Tenkara rod. Just like the name says, this stuff is supple. Makes delicate presentation of little tiny dries easy. I was skeptical at first that this would really make a difference but I was pleasantly surprised.
I have a wide foot and generally wear an 11.5 shoe. I have these in a 12 and that seems to be just about right.
This tool comes with everything you would need (and no filler extras) to fix just about anything on your whip when you're out and about. Well designed, easy to use and durable. Small enough you could put it in your pocket if you really needed to.
I am a really big fan of this cook system. Used the Jetboil for a lot of years until I picked this up.
Boils water very fast, at 5,000 ft I had 500ml of water boiling in about 1 minute. At 10,000 ft 500ml boiled in just under 2 minutes. Flux ring on the pot helps evenly distribute the heat. Haven't used the pot yet. I think the stove runs to hot to try and simmer or cook something but I haven't actually given it a go yet.
User friendly, easy to light. Green means go! It's ok to touch anything that is green. Don't touch anything else though or you'll get burned.
The stove itself is really small and folds down wicked tiny. It fits into a neoprene pouch that comes with the cook system that then wraps around a 230g fuel canister. The stove fits in the concave bottom of the canister and then you slide it into the pot, put the pan (lid) on the top, put it in the mesh storage bag and you're good to go.
I have been wanting to pick a pair of these up for a long time. I am not a fan of regular flip flops (not enough support) and I absolutely love my Chaco Z2's, these bridge the gap perfectly. Stout enough to handle some technical maneuvers without being quite as big (heavy) as some of the other Chaco sandals which I don't really mind the weight but I know that is definitely a concern for some people.
This product runs small for me. My Z2's are an 11 wide and I went with size 12 in the Hipthong. Fits great.
I gave this to my brother for Christmas, I should have got one for me too. This pack is extremely well thought out with tons of internal organization. The pack is big enough to fit everything you need in there but not so big that you end up lugging around a heavy pack all day and not using anything in there. I especially like the hip pockets and dual water bottle holders. Has a good fit and feels sturdy with or with out the shoulder strap.