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Oliver wrote a review of on May 25, 2004

3 5

I'd just like to say that I've been impressed with this shovel but I have a couple of important quibbles with it. Cutting snow out for avalanche tests, a very important function of a back country shovel, would be made much easier by the cutting area and base of the scoop being flat. The concavity of this shovel and the trough running along most of its base made cutting the snow flat very awkward, and compression tests difficult and painful enough to be unreliable. This is a big design flaw but not insurmountable. I hope to see a redesign on the market soon as it is potentially a very good product.

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Oliver

Oliver wrote a review of on May 25, 2004

3 5

This is a very sophisticated pack design. For a snowboarder like me the back panel access is a godsend, as is the ripstop nylon. I fall on it a lot! However, being 'sophisticated' doesn't necessarily mean it wins me over. Socrates would dismiss the poor arguments of some of his contemporaries as 'sophistry' - a term meaning merely being clever with words. I'd argue that this pack is a little too heavy, weighed down by its many clever features. I sense the pack would lose a lot of weight and only a little functionality by Dakine adopting a more minimal bag design. Smaller componentry could be used for weight shavings too. An Occam’s razor for Pack design is needed!

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Oliver

Oliver wrote a review of on May 24, 2004

5 5

This is a top product. I've had a similar positive experience to other users whose comments have been pasted here. What really made me appreciate the purifier was trekking in Nepal's Khumbu region where food was of limited merit!! It was a blessing to be able to wash those unavoidably drab, but vital meals down with the freshest tasting water.

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