Pliny

Pliny

Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains

Pliny's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Pliny's Bio

I like variety. Last week I hiked around Mt. Rainier on the Wonderland Trail (Well, 60 miles of it anyway) and next week I'm headed for City of Rocks, Idaho for some rock climbing. I've been out 53 days so far this year.

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Pliny wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a summer bag and a winter bag, now I use this one for everything. I am a warm sleeper, so you my differ, but at the rated 27 degrees I was fine in just light underwear. I'm 5'-8 and 179 pounds and this bag seems to have plenty of room for my elbows and to roll over in. The regular length might be a bit long for me, but I have always put my clothing in the foot and a shorter bag wouldn't save much weigh. The zipper works well all the time if I take the necessary care with it. The zipper tab glows in the dark more brightly than I would have ever guessed. I like the features of extra water resistance on the ends and the synthetic pads. Before purchasing it I thought those might just be gimmicks, but now I think they add a real value to the bag. Most of all I like the weight. It does come in at just an ounce or so over two pounds in the stuff sack. Comes with a storage sack. The stuff sack could be smaller, but I just compress it in the bottom of my pack with all the other junk I carry. I have been backpacking and climbing for more decades than I care to remember and this is certainly the highest quality bag I have ever used. I did quite a bit of research before I purchased it using the weight vs rating vs price vs fill power vs ranking in reviews and this is what I choose and I'm a happy camper.

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Pliny wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used lots of gasoline stoves including Whisperlite and primus. I have used a couple of canister stoves that sit on top of the can. I like canister stoves, but until now they don't work worth a damn in cold weather. This stove is low (and more stable) so it is easy to make an Al foil wind screen. You can turn the canister upside down a minute or so after starting it and it runs on fluid heated in the heat exchanger so it works in cold conditions. I have used it in the snow (32 deg. F?) with good results. It is lighter than many other stoves and that is a plus. It is well made and has been fool proof for me. At least one of my friends was impressed and went out and purchased one. My other friends like the convenience of the Jet-Boil, but they pay the price in weight and my meals cook just as fast and taste just as good. Seems a little pricy, but you will be happy with it for years if you are like me.

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Pliny wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The positive reviews here cover much of what I would say.
Number one: It is light. 2 pounds for a 2 person tent is marvelous. Two: It is roomy inside for two people and gear.
Three: It is well made. The reinforcement of the critical areas appears bomb proof and there are extra guys if you expect a storm. I use a half mil painters tarp for a ground cloth and it only adds an ounce or two. I leave the front door wide open all night in good weather, but it buttons down tight if you need it. Two wall tents are definitely better because of condensation, but at the cost of quite a few pounds. I dealt with condensation one night, but other than that it hasn't been an issue.

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Pliny wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The weight was critical to me and the pack weighed exactly 30 ounces on my scale as advertised. you give up a little with a lighter pack, like some padding, but this pack still has all the features I need. It is slim (clean we sometimes say) and yet it has a surprising amount of volume. I did the pi R squared x the length thing and it certainly holds more than 40L. I figured 49 if you really stuff it. It will be my winter day pack . The front stash pocket isn't large enough for snow shoes, but I should be able to figure out a way to strap on snow shoes using the tool loops, compression straps or daisy chain. There are two side zipper pockets not mentioned that will be really really handy in addition to the top lid pocket. That sort of eliminates the drawback to a top loading pack. They mention best use "overnight, travel" but I disagree. Overnight if you travel light and bivy maybe. I think the best use is swing season or winter day hikes when the volume of extra essential gear out grows your little day pack.
The jury is out on how much load is the maximum for this pack, but like I said, I wouldn't recommend it for an overnight pack unless you are an ultralight backpacker. Looks cool, seems well built, and the price was right. I love everything about it. If you find the waist straps excessive you can always cut off half of the excess and heat seal the ends so they don't fray.

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Pliny wrote an answer about on January 12, 2013

Mine has the European standard range of temps on it. 41/32/3.2 F. But temp ratings are relative because of individual differences and differences in conditions (wind, humidity, tent size, clothing worn, and may physiological as well as psychological factors. It is all very confusing, but remember this. If a bag has same weight of down fill of the same quality (loft) then any average designed mummy will give you the same warmth. 2 lbs 2 oz of 600 down is adequate in my opinion for three seasons. I have no condensation problems and mine sheds water better than I would expect (and I don't plan on it). I think you are steering in the right direction looking at this down bag and ones of comparable weight.

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Pliny wrote a review of on May 1, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially wrote a review saying I didn't like these because they leaked water. I solved that problem by using (several applications) waterproofing on the cloth gusset along side the tongue. I have put many miles on these boots since then and they are working well. They are tough and well constructed. I have a hard time finding boots that fit my feet and Lowa seems to be a good fit for me if I order a half size larger than my usual and wear wool socks. So I changed from adequate (3 stars) to above average (4 stars) based on longevity and comfort. And I removed my uncomplimentary picture of them soaking wet.

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Pliny wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

2 5

If you are experienced and know what you want go for it. But if you are not please consider this advice. External frame packs have not been popular for some time. 4.8 pounds is a heavy pack. This pack has some very nice features and would probably last your lifetime, but my guess is that as you gain experience you will understand how critical weight is and will shed this one for one that weighs closer to 3 lbs. rather than close to 5. My JanSport is not identical to this, but the weight is and I will probably never use it again because I now own much lighter packs that are more than adequate for the job.

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Pliny wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

1. they are light weight when you are carrying them to higher elevations.
2. They climb well when you get up high above the tree line.
3. They are simple in design and work well in all conditions, but I especially find then useful in winter alpine climbing. The buckling system is excellent.
4. Sometimes, rarely, they don't provide adequate flotation, but I don't have the extenders for the tails,(I'm unwilling to carry the weight and besides everyone I climb with is in the same boat) and I suppose that would solve that problem. I am 180 lbs (200 dressed with pack) And they work for me.

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Pliny wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

5 5

I have used this device for about a year. It is better than a figure-eight device because it doesn't twist the rope. The high friction mode slows the rappel to make it safer, and when used to belay I fell it stops the fall faster. The price seems okay and it is light and easy to use. Durable. I found the workmanship somewhat wanting: Not polished. But the function is superior.

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Pliny wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

4 5

I have both the 48 inch and the 72 inch Ridge Rest by Therm-a-rest. I use the 72 inch for winter camping. It provides just enough insulation for camping on snow, no extra. The 48 inch I use for summer backpacking and it is, in my opinion, the most comfortable thing you can carry at 9 ounces. It provides minimal comfort, but I am used to it and wouldn't carry anything heavier. It will not puncture or deflate in the middle of the night. It is not expensive. It is bulky, but I just tie it on to the back of my pack and that has never been a problem. Comfort is the only drawback. If you can afford the weight and cost of an expensive self-inflating Therm-a-Rest pad go for it. Otherwise this is a very good choice. Head and shoulders above a flat blue foam pad.

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Pliny wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

5 5

I was given this head lamp as a gift a few years ago. It is very light weight and provides adequate illumination for walking on a trail at night. It works well on the head or even better on your wrist. Batteries seem to last for ever. It does not turn on accidentally in the backpack. I have nothing bad to day about this little treasure. I take it on day hikes, overnights and week long trips. I have found it durable and it has worked flawlessly hundreds of times. I have replaced the batteries a couple of times long before they wore out. I have never had to use my spare batteries I carry around.

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Pliny wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

5 5

I didn't know much about ropes when I purchased this rope as a second rope. It turned out to be a very good rope in many respects. It has a good feel and seems to take use without getting abraded. When I looked up the specifications I found out it is very dynamic and strong. It comes with a three year guarantee. I ordered the 50 meter version of this model and it turned out not to be bi-color. I have used it for Trad climbing.

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