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Olaf wrote an answer about on June 16, 2014

I top load wash my Lithium all the time with GAIN powder detergent and occasionally Nikwax. I have the bright yellow colour so it always gets dirty. The fabric is super light and washes easily. There are also no hard parts (like stays) to get damaged. I also have been washing my backpacks except the extra large 7000+cui Dana Design Astralplane since the 1990s this way with no noticeable damage from the machine. Do not use liquid detergents or fabric softners. Also be wary of what type of water your county uses. Hard mineral well or ground water may do damage. I live in a big city so I don't worry about.

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Olaf wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

�The Dry Peak feels like someone took a light waterproof rain shell cut it up and restitched the panels with taped seams into a daypack. I needed a daypack for an weeklong kayaking/water caving trip.
PROS:
-When rolled up tightly no water gets in the lid nor soaks thru the fabric. It is a nylon/polyester blend coated on both the inside and outside with a durable pu treatment. ONLY use powdered detergents and/or Nikwax. Anything else deletes the waterproofing.
-Price! At $50 on sale this 9oz bag is a bargain. The closest competitor, the $160 25oz SeaToSummit 24L Carve, carries less but weighs & cost almost 3x more.
-When not underwater the Dry Peak makes a great daypack.
The hypalon loops are useful for holding items on the outside of the bag with a bungee cord .
-The roll top anchor straps that run up the sides CAN also serve as a compression strap OR waist belt
-Can be closed to seal in air for use as a floatation device. Sounds funny but it actually works.
CONS
-Fabric is very thin and light so it is not a pack for carrying anything sharp and heavy. It also looks like a potato when stuffed and wear comfort and swag is completely lost. With a large stiff lightweight padded Fed Ex envelope inserted inside along the back wall the pack now keeps shape and I have a compartment for an ipad.
-No hydration pocket or internal pockets.
-Shoulder straps and back wall are not padded.
-There is a large zippered outer pocket that if not zipped all the way water WILL get into that compartment. The waterproof zip is stiff and stops before closing so you have to remember to tug it an extra bit to get it to close.
-There is a front tunnel pocket for an ice axe or ski poles. I haven't figured out what to do with it in regards to water and day hiking activities. I would have wanted a mesh pocket instead.

BOTTOM LINE: If you leave the kitchen sink home and want the most out of one daypack for all your 3 season endeavors whether on water or land I highly recommend this pack.

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Olaf wrote an answer about on December 24, 2013

800 Fill is the measure of quality of the feathers not the weight. You are looking for an answer in grams and not Fill. For example the lighter Rab Neutrino Endurance is a 625 gram jacket that has 225 grams of feathers while the heavier bulkier Rab Neutrino Plus is a 760 gram jacket that has 275 grams of feathers. Because this Eigerjoch is a 710 gram total weight jacket with the same 800 fill quality feathers as the Rab jackets it should have a fill weight of around 250 grams or somewhere between 225 and 275. So it would be comparable to the Rab Endurance Plus for warmth but feels lighter on your back.

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Olaf wrote a review of on December 25, 2012

The Sticky Icky On These Boots!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 30+ miles on the Appalachian Trail these are my favorite boots of all time. I was worried about the blister situation and packed extra insoles just in case and found that the supplied peel away split insole that these come with either made the boots fit snug or too loose. So in the end I just used my old stillflex insoles (from an old Dolomite boot) and had no issues with blisters. I also use liner socks and pre-applied my own homemade anti-blister balm just to be safe and had no issues with blisters. The break in time for these boots took just the morning on the first day.
My favorite feature is that the rand and under-soles stick to everything. We were hiking late December and there were wet leaves, wet rocks and ice everywhere and I had no issues climbing over anything.
My one gripe is these are not the most cushioned boots I ever worn and downhills you tend to feel it more especially on worn down trails. But this can easily be fixed by inserting beefier cushioned insoles.
In closing I will sum up the awesomeness of these boots: In the last 10 years of hiking the first thing I always want to do when getting back to the car is throwing off my boots and getting into some dry cotton socks and sneakers or flip flops for the drive home. Last night was the first time in 10 years that I kept my boots on during the two plus hour drive back home. That is how comfortable these Salewa are!

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Olaf wrote an answer about on December 9, 2012

Cal-Hiker;
Thanks for clearing that up. So it is a waterproof softshell. However does the outer softshell layer repell water or does it soak on the softshell and keep it there? I mean waterproofed and dry on the inside is one thing, but wearing a wet cold soggy jacket that is now 5x the weight with water soaked thru it is not cool.
Asking because I recall in the late 1990s The North Face brand put out a line of pricey waterproof fleece jackets that consisted of a single layer of goretex membrane buried beneath spongy layers of nylon/polyester/cordura weavings. The result was the wearer was dry but could'nt do anything whiles wearing a wet soggy jacket that now has no breathability, wieghs a ton, and take days to dry on the trail. Needless to say that line was short lived, forgotten and buried deep in the history of failed and forgotten gear.

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