This pack is hands down my favorite women's bag. My wife's sister uses this and I prefer it over the Jade (which my wife has). The main difference (besides the size) is the separate compartment for your sleeping bag and pad in the bottom. I like being able to keep the gear separate (I pack both my wife's and sisters bags) and having easy access to the bulky gear that you usually remove first (sleeping items) is handy. We regularly do 3-4 nights in the Sierra Nevada's and my wife's sister brings ALL her own stuff including tent, sleeping items, clothes, all her own food and way too much other stuff she doesn't need. She wouldn't be able to do this with other bags. My wife's Jade couldn't get that job done. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
It's a full horseshoe zipper which allows access to the main compartment. You can get to anything in the pack through there. Works great!
This backpack is pretty good, but my one complaint is that it does not have a separate compartment or zipper for a sleeping bag/pad. I usually pack my wife's bag (as well as her sisters) and while you can fit a fair amount of gear in here, it could really use easy access to the bulky stuff you want to remove first when setting up camp (such as your sleeping items). It gets the job done, but I prefer the Gregory Deva (which her sister uses).
Yes, the tongue comes up slightly above the top lace.
I've used these in granite, snow, mud, you name it and they are very durable and offer solid footing in any condition. I've very confident scrambling in these on granite cliffs in the Sierra's, almost as much as my Vibram 5-fingers. You won't be disappointed.
In my opinion this is the best tasting MH dinner product. It actually tastes like Lasagna and not something freeze dried out of a bag. My wife and I always grab one of these and share it. It's super cheesy (which makes it delicious), but it can be a pain to clean up. We usually eat right out of the bag so that really only means getting your spork gunked up, but well worth it :-) HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I've got an REI Halo 25 degree down and it fits in the bottom compartment with a sleeping pad and pillow. You could honestly fit any down bag in there.
This thing is awesome. The attachments for Nalgene bottles and quick release hoses make this a snap to set up and I believe it's actually faster than it's rated 1L/min flow rate. I can usually fill a 1L Nalgene bottle in 30-45 seconds. The pump is awesome and way less awkward than comparable MSR models with the standard pump design. This feels much more durable. UPDATE: I've used this filter for about 3 years now and had no problems with very minimal maintenance. Highly recommend.
I love this sleeve, great for avoiding the sun burnt neck. It fits very comfortably around they neck, but can also be worn as a headband, baklava, handkerchief, etc. I wear this on every hike and have yet to get sunburned on the neck. I also love the fact that you can simply pull it up over your nose and mouth when the trail gets dusty. Highly recommend.
These are a bit narrow in the foot. Not incredibly so, but very snug with what I would call "average width feet." These would definitely work well for slippery mossie rocks and mud with a heavy pack, but they are by no means a "wide" boot. Definitely worth ordering and trying on. You can always send em back.
I picked these up on sale and they were about half a size too big (Tip: Size down a half size). I decided to give the larger size a try because the sale ended and I would have to pay another $100 to exchange them (new color). Even a half size too big, they were still the best hiking boots I've worn. I put 14 miles on them right out of the box and didn't get a blister, hot spots or the infamous "black toe." Very comfortable, no break in period and incredibly durable. The ankle support is amazing and the traction is great. In the end, I decided to bite the bullet and exchange for half a size smaller and pay full price. In my opinion, they're worth every penny.
This is probably my favorite dinner item (when it comes to freeze dried foods). It's very cheesy and tastes great. Easy to make, just add two cups boiling water and voila! you've got some Stouffers. It's not like mom used to make, but it's damn good for freeze dried food.
I was surprised to find that you don't add water to this, but after trying it, I was pleasantly surprised. It tastes like a real ice cream sandwich, albeit in a chalky non-ice cream kind of way. The taste is spot on, but the ice cream is more like a vanilla flavored lucky charm. Have some water nearby or just let it melt in your mouth. Descent to satisfy a sweet tooth, but way too expensive and bulky to take again.
There's a reason this one is always sold out. It's soooo good. I bring some tortillas and hot sauce (or taco bell packets). This is by far the best freeze dried breakfast. I mostly take it hiking, but I've even brought it car camping (when I can cook a real skillet). Tastes damn near as good and the cleanup is a breeze - just throw out the bag! DELICIOUS!
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