Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ.

Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ. wrote a review of on July 6, 2011

Very Comfortable/Awesome Fit!
5 5

I was initially hesitant to purchase this pack due the price and how much I thought I would use it. I love this pack and would definitely recommend it. I have used this pack almost daily for over a year. My kid loves it and looks forward to getting in it. I believe he likes the view of the world from being up that high. He is secure and comfortable. I use the pack to carry my kid while I walk the dogs. I also use it instead of a stroller around town or for a family walk to the park. I have taken my son up to the Pinnacle along the App. Trail in PA. I use it year round and bundle my son up in the pack down to about 20 degrees for an approximate 20 minute walk (You need to dress your child warmer than yourself for obvious reasons – he/she is sitting still and not getting the exercise of carrying the pack).

For me, the load is very comfortable and stable when you tighten down the load stabilizers. I have tried both the Kelty and the Deuter. The Kelty is okay but the Deuter is much more comfortable and stable/secure. When I first started backpacking, I hiked the Presidentials with a heavy load and a very uncomfortable pack that I returned. I know what a bad pack feels like and this is not one of them. It has a similar feel to a Gregory if you have tried one of those (I have the Baltoro 70).

When I purchased this over a year ago, Backcountry did not have the sun roof/rain cover in stock. My intent was to purchase it later but I have never needed it and do not intend to purchase one. I have not taken my child above tree line. I try to stay in the woods or to limit our sun exposure when out in the open. We also use sun screen and a hat. The only thing I would do different is apply Nikwax Solar Proof when the product is brand new. After over a year of use, I have noticed some fading on the exposed straps and material in the area where my child sits and have recently applied solar proof. My son is now able to walk on his own and his little sister will most likely displace him in about 6 months.

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Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ.

Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ. wrote a review of on July 6, 2011

5 5

I use a lot of Nikwax products and overall, I am pleased with their performance. This one does what it is supposed to. It strips off the the dirt without damaging my boots. I've noticed the difference between the boots on which I've used this product verses the boots I've used antibacterial dishsoap (a big NO NO!)

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Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ.

Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ. wrote a review of on December 7, 2010

1 5

After approximately 75 miles of hiking with a 35 to 40LB pack, the soles delaminated in the front/toe area. They were just under a year old so they were under warranty. Kayland repaired them but at my expense to ship them to their repair facility.

In Summary.

Pros - comfortable but not on rock terrain with a loaded pack, good traction, good fit if you buy a half size bigger.

Cons - not meant for backpacking. The manufacture does not market this as a "backpacking" boot but as a day hiker. Poor sole quality - see numerous complaints about sole delamination on Backpacker Magazine's website. Too expensive for what you get.

Backpacker Magazine should serious consider recalling the the award. It such a shame that these boots are continuous sold with the award logo next to them for such a premium price. It should cause you to question the value of their award.

In the end, I went with a Scarpa SL M3 full leather backpacking boot. If you get these on sale, you wont spend much more than the Zephyr retail but you'll get a much better boot.

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Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ.

Ray - Lawrenceville, NJ. wrote a question about on March 26, 2010

I just got my Baltoro 70 and noticed that there is no loop in the hydration sleeve to hang my Camelbak and no loop on the shoulder strap through which to run the hydration tube. Am I missing something? There was so much thought put into the fine details of this pack, how could this have been overlooked? Any suggestions on how to keep my Camelbak from sagging so the water flows properly?

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