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Sam Kelly

Sam Kellywrote a review of on August 18, 2011

5 5

Like Joni,in the review above..I too, have been a fan of the JanSport D2..owning 2 over the last 30 years. The wrap around aluminum hip frame was a stroke of genius design that helped with hip belt adjustments, load balancing and also kept the whole pack and frame upright on the ground when in camp....Unfortunately, the pack itself delaminated 10 years ago and I ended up purchasing a very cool looking big name internal frame pack...big mistake...Hot,sweaty back..no back ventilation..no zipper access to the main compartment and the loads were not nearly as balanced,needed a chiropractic adjustment after my trips...so I went back to an external frame.... since the D2 was not available anymore, I ended up with the JanSport Carson 80...Not a bad pack just not the D2..the sleeping bag compartment is not quite big enough as well as some other shortcomings...Good to see the D2 being offered again...Now, if Jansport could get away from that 70's orange color and give us some red,dark blue or dark grey..I might get one

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Sam Kelly

Sam Kellywrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

After using a Sierra Design Stretch Dome 4 season for the last 25 years the fly delaminated and they didn't have one to fit a tent that old.With the great design and quality of the Sierra Design tents, I was not even looking at another brand.The Antares 3 gave me close to the size and headroom I had enjoyed with the Stretch Dome and its 2 lbs lighter.The double doors and double vestibule on the Antares make entry and exit a breeze..so I'm not climbing over anyone else to get out.It has lots of pockets and a suspended "attic" at the top for holding stuff.This tent is still a little heavier than a 2 person tent but I will trade the slight weight penalty for the extra room.The SD clip system attachment makes the fly extremely taut and well fitting..Its a very easy setup...and this my sound weird but I've always liked the blue color of SD..easy to see in the snow...Hope to enjoy this tent for years to come.If you can catch this one on sale it is an unbelievable value.

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Sam Kelly

Sam Kellywrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

After Backpacking for over 40 years...Ive come back to the external frame backpack...The Jansport external frame is still is one of the lightest most balanced frame/packs I've used and I have used most of the different designs..The Carson is an updated pack like one(a Jansport) I used in the 80's..In fact I still have it...frame has not changed much but the pack sure has...The pack and frame is a good 2 to 3 pounds lighter than the Jansport Internal frame I have and hauling about 45lbs, I found it to be quite roomy and rugged on a barely used trail in the North Georgia Mountains. The pack retains the cool look of the internal as well as being a front and top loader,you just won't believe how it feels on your back..Check it out!!!!!!

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