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Muddrock wrote an answer about on August 24, 2012

I would recommend the Montbell over the Marmot. Marmot makes very high quality bags(I own an older marmot) but the Montbell Spiral is one of the best on the market. I like the flex of the bag, performance and craftsmanship. At 5 foot 6 inches the regular should be adequate. If you have dead space at your feet then you can put your clothes down there to keep them
warm and avoid a cold spot. Best of luck to you.

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Muddrock wrote an answer about on July 11, 2011

The best thing to do if you have not tried it already is go into a store and try both packs, loaded up with the same weight and see how they feel. I have the Aether 85 and its the best pack I've ever had. My next pack will be the 70.
Here are the reasons that the Aether is superior to the Atmos:
1) Comfort due to proper load transfer. The reason for this is because the Aether has a superior hipbelt and frame. Also on the Aether you have two straps on each side of the hipbelt to secure the pack load to the belt(the atmos does not have this), which secures the load to your body, making it more stable, thus giving better load tranfer to the lower parts of your body, thus feeling like a lighter load than the Atmos.
2) You have a removeable lid for a day pack, or shave almost a pound and leave it behind. I personally like a lid for the organization.
3) Aether has better load carrying ability.
4) Aether has the ability to ajust the torso, and or swap harness and belt for a different size. I have a large pack but swapped my brother in law for a medium hip belt, and it fits perfect.
As far as I am concerned the Aether is the best pack on the market right now, but you have to find out what works for you.
Peace 2Tim3:15

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Muddrock wrote a review of on September 3, 2010

5 5

I have the 100 oz version of this and it works great. The new material that camelback uses doesn't have the plastic taste like the old school bladders do. The insulation keeps your water cool all day, but if your shedding weight for the backcountry then just slide the bladder out of the sleeve(very simple). The outer sleeve can be hooked up to the outside of your pack in several different ways depending on the features and compression straps. I also used one of my ENO hammock straps and a beaner and made a field expedient day/bladder pack for dayhikes. I also use this when running/walking/working out, just slide it in my old (camelback)cloudwalker pack. Get this!

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Muddrock wrote an answer about on July 31, 2010

Please do spend the extra $$$ it takes to get the osprey. You wont regret it. I recently purchased an Aether after wasting $$$ on cheaper packs. Buy the good one first time out and it will be cheaper in the long run. Plus you will enjoy your time in the backcountry and you can focus on nature, not your aching shoulders/back/neck!! Enjoy:)

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Muddrock wrote a review of on July 27, 2010

5 5

Simply put this thing is bad to the bone. Crank this thing up and it sounds like a rocket motor on steriods! Boils water FAST!! I wanted a lighterwieght stove with better efficiency and a wind screen. This met all the criteria i was looking for and after reading the "guru" reviews it was a no brainer, plus backcountry had it on sale. Works 3 times as fast as my coleman max. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is serious about spending time on the trail. Also my GSI infinity coffee cup fits right inside this neat little package. See you out there!

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Muddrock wrote a review of on July 20, 2010

5 5

Got one of these for a weeklong trip to shining rock wilderness. This functions well, is easy to open and also doubles as a seat. can store a max of 4 days worth of food if you repackage. did not come across any bears that we know of, but it is nice to have the peace of mind that your food will be intact after a dayhike. I would recommend this product to a friend.

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