Mike Antilla

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Mike Antilla

Mike Antilla wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

2 5

i wish i could say i had the same experience that the other reviewers had with this pack, but it completely let me down . i had started the pct with a brand new one, loaded with 35-just under 40 lbs with water, and within a week, the zipper tore on the inside that keeps tension on the back panel, and the wire frame stay bent, which allowed the frame to shift and the load was never positioned correctly on my shoulders. i managed to fix the frame problem, but the corners were rubbing on my hips so badly (mind you i tried everything body glide, moleskin, duct tape, more clothes, less clothes etc) that i literally bled through my shirt, and have scars. on top of all that, the hip belt pockets i found basically useless, i'm not sure how it made it past R&D, but the corners of the frame as well as the shoulder straps overlap the rear part of the zippers, as well as the pockets, so using the whole pocket is basically impossible.

after all that there were some positive things about the pack, like the layout and the weight, but i think that it needed a lot more work before recommending it for a thru-hike.

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Mike Antilla

Mike Antilla wrote a review of on December 10, 2011

4 5

this pack is great, enough room to go for as many days as i want, comfortable and sleek design without all the straps and loose crap to snag on things as your hiking. with that being said, my only complaint is that they dont offer a panel zip like the osprey or gregory. if you can deal with that its a great pack.

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Mike Antilla

Mike Antilla wrote a review of on December 10, 2011

2 5

got this jacket as an early x-mas gift and love it, its so light i wonder why im so warm sometimes then remember im wearing it. However, it is getting returned because it simply wont stop leaking down, just when i thought it had stopped a whole bunch more feathers sticking out. quite disappointed. i got a mont bell instead and so far so good.

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Mike Antilla wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

this tent is great! so easy to set up its almost idiot proof, sturdy, and roomy, length wise. its a little on the narrow side with to people but certainly not uncomfortable. kept me and all my gear dry through a number of storms, and is my tent of choice for my PCT hike next year.

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