Missoula, Montana, USA
I use a 12 series in 25in and weight 190lbs. It works fine in every snow condition but powder. In the sidebar it says the 30in is for 150-250lbs and the 35in is for 180-300lbs. If you are going to use it in deep powder I'd go with a 35in.
Really depends on exactly how you are using them and the snow conditions. Based on weight and height the 190's are the ones to go with, but that's assuming using them how the manufacture intended in average conditions.
If you break trail or want to go faster with less effort(more glide) go with 190's.
If you go off into the trees or down hills over 15 degrees where you need to make turns and need the extra maneuverability. Or if you want the kick section to grip better in packed conditions go with the 180's.
This thing works great. Big enough for any meal and the high sides mean you can squirm around to get comfortable when sitting on the ground without spilling. It nests with my GSI frypan nicely too. Works as a lid for the frypan as well, though the bottom of the plate says its rated to only 220F so I only used it while it was heating up, not once it was close to up to temp. A higher temp rating and this would get a full five stars.
I've been using Camelbak reservoirs for years. I have the 100oz in my H.A.W.G. pack and have a 70oz that I used in my old day pack. I only use water in mine, as I'm not good about cleaning them after a long ride or hike. Never had a problem with funkyness. Mine always seem to stay together good, but I've had a friend accidentally disconnect the hose on a full one while on the ski hill, didn't make for a very fun day for him. So check your connections often. I don't like the bite valves without the Hydrolock accessory as mine always seem to leak when in a packed bag, biking with a full pack puts alot of pressure on the reservoir and it squeezes the water out at a trickle. Haven't used other types of bite valves on other brands so I'm not sure if they are any better. Otherwise this is a great product.
They work, I've got hundreds of road miles and hundreds of trail miles on a pair and they are still going strong.
I typically ride Mallets for the extra support, but use these on my Scott Sub 20 and my SS 29er when I'm not standing on the pedals for hours. They've held up well so far.
Crank Brothers service was excellent when I needed a set of Mallets repaired.
This thing boils water fast. It came down to this, the Jetboil Group system and the MSR Reactor . But for the price, size, and the all in one pot/cup/storage this was it for me. I usually just use it to boil water. But I've also thawed 2 cups of frozen chili up to eating temp in just a few minutes, this thing is fast, almost too fast, have to watch out that you don't scorch your cooking on the bottom. I use the 100g fuel when hiking with it and the 250g when car camping, since they are only $1 more.
I bought the long version. Its big, bigger than I need (I'm only 6ft). But quite comfortable. Rolls up quickly and easily(not sure about the review that said it takes 15 minutes to get the air out, it squeezes right out when you roll it up). I have a Therm-a-rest Ridge Rest for lightweight camping, but this is great for car camping, canoeing, short hikes to camping, etc... If the regular size was available I would have gotten that. Make sure this will fit in your tent, it doesn't fit in my 2 man tent(74x74) but two fit quite well in my 3 man tent(90x60).
I've used this down to 35 degrees and its works pretty good. Drys out fairly quickly when wet. I've used it for everything from 35 degrees to 65 degrees and its held up pretty well over 30 nights or so of use. I always store it hanging or in its oversized loose nylon mesh bag. Insulation has held up well so far.
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