Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico
I love this backpack. In the outdoors I use it primarily for dayhikes and overnighters, though I have managed a 2 night trip with it without problem. Its quite large capacity for a daypack but the pack is so light its not an issue. If I had to rate it purely for its backpacking ability I wouldn't give it 5 stars, probably 4. What makes this pack so outstanding though is its versatility.I also use it as luggage when traveling. It's totally replaced my carry-on bag and now when I fly I just use this backpack as my carry on and a small laptop case as my personal item. I never realized how much of a pain it was to have to take everything out of your backpack to get at something at the bottom. This backpack has eliminated that. I pretty much use this backpack for everything, except 3+ day backpacking trips (which I rarely do).
Ridiculously light, cheap, and sharp. It's a pretty basic knife but works well and I can't see why I'd need anything bigger or more expensive.
The shirt fits well, but the fabric wasn't nearly as breathable as I expected. I liked the stretchiness and feel of it, just not how sweaty it made me.
I got two of these to replace the carabiners that came with my Eno singlenest hammock (the included carabiners are horrible). They are less than half the weight of the other carabiners, they do not have any sharp edges that can tear up rope/webbing (or skin...), and they are just overall easier and quicker to use. A+ would buy again.
Extremely well made and rugged. Its hard to say anything that all the other reviewers haven't already said. The included carabiners suck, they are very heavy and have sharp edges which can tear your rope/webbing. I would replace them ASAP. My only other complaint is that the gentle rocking of a hammock can be very nauseating when you are trying to sleep after having a few beers. Hehe.
Decent for what its meant for. I used it on my hammock outside in equatorial/tropical climates. The fabric is very comfortable and after using a mummy bag for so long, the rectangular shape is a welcome and roomy change. Unless the temps are down below mid 60's F, I find myself sleeping with this bag mostly unzipped. I'm 6' and the long version has more than enough room. That said, after about a month of semi-regular use, I started to notice tons of loose threads / seams. For this reason I will be returning it, as it doesn't seem like it will stand the test of time.
This thing is perfect for warm, humid nights. I bought it for camping in tropical, mosquito-infested areas and it does the job beautifully. I never feel hot or stuffy in it, but its just enough cover that you don't get a chill when a slight breeze rolls by. I use it by itself more often than I use it as a sleeping bag liner, though I have used it as a liner on backpacking trips in colder and drier climates and it still works well to add a bit of warmth and comfort. Oh, and I haven't gotten malaria or japanese encephalitis yet. Woo!
If you really want a liner for drier and colder climates, use the STS Thermolite Reactor.
This shirt quickly became my favorite shirt. The fit / shape is perfect and the seams are perfectly placed and do not ever rub uncomfortably no matter the activity. And of course, its merino wool which has so many well-known benefits I will not be redundant in repeating them here. I own three.
Comfy and rugged. Great for the price, i bought 4 pairs. They are not so thick that they make your feet extremely warm. I wear these in both hot and cold climates.
I've found this thing invaluable while traveling/backpacking. It absorbs an absurd amount of water and dries very quickly (can go from soaking wet to usably dry in about an hour if you hang it up). I use the L size and its more than enough to completely dry me off after a shower or an impromptu dip in a river. I've never noticed it holding a smell, but I usually wash it after every few uses. The included storage sack seems pointless, I'm not sure why you wouldn't just ball it up or fold it and stick it in your pack.
These are my favorite pair of shorts, ever. However, I mainly wanted to write a review to comment on the sizing. I've seen other reviewers mention they have a 34 waist and the medium size of these was way too snug. I have not found that to be the case. I am a 34 waist and I ordered the medium, and they fit *perfectly*. Not uncomfortably tight, but snug enough that you don't need a belt to hold them up.
Unlike many similar strap-type belts, this one does not loosen, ever. Its extremely sturdy and secure. I wear it nearly every day.
I used to use my Thermarest Z-lite for nearly all my backpacking trips. I used it probably 30+ nights and every single time I would wake up extremely sore. Although I was hesitant to add the weight of a thicker inflatable pad, I figured it would be worth it for a decent nights sleep. I decided on this one. Its the best camping purchase I've ever made, hands down. I got the small size, since I don't really care if my legs are on a pad or not. The small size packs down *alot* smaller than my z-lite, and it even weighs less. Its about 10X more comfortable to sleep on than the crappy z-lite foam. I've gotten plenty of good nights of sleep on this thing. I've never really had any experience with other self-inflating type pads, but this one self inflates as advertised. I usually just let it sit in my tent for 10-20 minutes, come back, give it one, maybe 2 puffs of air, and its good to go.
I got this the other day off SAC for 30 bucks. An amazing price for a wool base layer, and had I known how awesome this shirt was I would have bought 2! The fabric is ridiculously soft and the fit is great, slim but not skin tight just like it should be. There were no loose threads or messed up stitches when I received it in the mail (which is surprisingly common when I order clothing off the internet). Its pretty thin, so you can still wear it even in non-cold temperatures (that said, if the temp is below 50 or so you're probably gonna want another layer). It breathes extremely well and the best part: It doesn't smell at all even after being almost completely drenched in sweat.
The thermarest website lists all 3 sizes as having an R-value of 4. I think backcountry has made an error with the R-value for the Reg. size.
These are great. My pack is not waterproof, so I make sure everything I put in it is in some kind of waterproof bag. These work great for all the random items or clothing that you might want to put in your pack and keep dry. I have 2 XXS's and a XS. I use one XXS for my first aid kit and the other XXS for all my random camping items that don't have another place to go. The XS I usually put my food in. I've not actually gotten to test them in rainy conditions yet, but I filled one with a bunch of stuff and ran the sink over it for a while and it was totally dry, so I trust the waterproofing. I love how the the cinch cord is contained within a sleeve so its not hanging out loose. Quality construction on these things.
This thing does what it says, and does it well, but it seems ridiculously overpriced for what is basically a stuff sack with handles instead of a drawcord. An ultra-sil stuff sack of comparable size is just over 10 dollars, and this thing is 30 bucks. This thing probably even uses less material than the stuff sack. Its invaluable for smothering fires with dirt, snow, and/or water. Unless you absolutely need a bucket to carry water, I'd just use some other bag if you need to transport snow or dirt for fire smothering. I often use my eVent compression dry sack for my sleeping bag to transport dirt and snow to bury fires with and they work fine (Although i can understand if people don't want to fill their sleeping bag storage container with dirt!). The included storage container thing or "stuff sack" is pretty pointless. I don't see why you wouldn't just stuff the bucket somewhere into your pack, it would probably not use up any more space than it would by putting it in the included stuff sack (which weighs more than the bucket itself). I ended up returning it because for what it is I just couldn't justify spending 30 bucks.
I used to own that bag, and it fit very tightly inside the S size. I'd go with a medium if you don't want to fight it every time you're trying to pack it in.
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