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Snowman from Boulder

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Snowman from Boulder

Snowman from Boulder wrote an answer about on August 25, 2011

Hi Patty,

I travel all over both domestically and internationally and have had no problems putting this bag under the seat on any jet. MD80, 717, 737, A319, A320 ... including the big boys on long hauls - no problem. I have had a few challenges on some small commuter turboprop's (ATR's, etc) for short trips but these are the planes that barely fit your feet under the seat.

Anything under nearly all normal travel conditions will work fine.

It's a great bag for biz travel.

Enjoy,
Snowman

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Snowman from Boulder

Snowman from Boulder wrote a question about on July 8, 2011

Are these real and does anybody have one?

I've never seen the black one anywhere and the "dark dusk" appears few and far between. Arc Teryx's website indicates "New" so maybe it's just a supply issue? It has been there for months already so perhaps it's just late to the game?

Looks cool and would love to try it but darn near impossible to find. And the black appears nowhere to be found.

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Snowman from Boulder

Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on July 28, 2010

5 5

This is the second one of these bad boys I have worn. First one was / still is great; however, my girlfriend commandeered it during a recent train trip through Vietnam so I came back to backcountry for another. Only difference this time was that I sized up one notch (seems to run a bit small) and changed colors (bummer that the original colors of dark khaki top and light khaki bottom is no longer available). The bigger size fits me better and any extra room is adjustable via the cord lock so it works out well.

This is great for any type of outdoor use where sun protection is required. It also does a great job in light to moderate rain. The snaps on the side keep it out of the way when the additional coverage is not needed and the entire package folds up to stuff in a pack or water bottle pocket.

Great quality tops it off. Go for it! However, if you have a girlfriend save yourself the shipping cost and buy two from day one :)

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on April 5, 2010

5 5

This is a very durable bag! I've taken on numerous trips where it has been checked on planes, dragged through train stations, thrown out of trucks and tossed into and out of various buses for travel; it has withstood them all and always wheels away. I travel a lot for business and adventures. While I usually travel very light with carry-on items there are jaunts which require a bit more gear and these are the ones I have come to rely on the Juggernaut for. I liked it so much I picked up a Juggernaut 115 for larger excursions but I haven't tried it out yet. It appears just as durable as the 85 so I have high hopes.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a rugged duffel for gear-hauling but are tired of carrying it around this guy fits the bill and the wheel system makes it much easier to move around when you have 70 or 80 pounds of gear in it.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a question about on November 30, 2009

Does it seal out the elements?



I just received this guy and it looks sweet. However, how does this material do against a day of wet stuff? Seems like the heavier material would hold up but most of the middle DWR seems slightly questionable. Fortunately where I live we have lots of amazing blue sky days but I travel, unfortunately to the northeast, where damp, grey, wet snow--basically miserable--days come often and I'm wondering how it holds up, in terms of keeping you dry, under those conditions. Obviously, I'm not looking to use it as a rain shell with a day of a downpour but would be in winter wet conditions where it's wintry mix, wet stuff.

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Snowman from Boulder

Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

5 5

The bag layout consists of a large top-loading main compartment, a rear side-loading laptop compartment separate from the main compartment, a front pocket & a top pocket on the actual top-loading part cover. The main compartment has a divider towards the back for a portfolio / folders and a clear thin pocket for some papers / map, etc. Additionally, the far right and left of the interior main compartment have long pockets on the sides that run the entire length of the pack. There are also two exterior water bottle pockets and an interior pocket on the top of the top-loading cover (it has a keyring clip in it as well) with a few small padded pockets that have little velcro flaps for a cell phone, pens, etc.

I find it to be a very useful bag because it is somewhat long and slender as opposed to some other bags this size that are short and fat. Because of this I find it not only carries well but also fits beautifully under the seat for airplane travel. It swallows a lot. I just returned from a long weekend trip and carried the following:
- laptop in laptop pocket;
- main pocket: three small bags with cables, camera battery charger, computer USB cards, PC cards, GPS unit, GPS unit bracket, GPS unit power cords and PC cables, large headphones in case with MP3 player, portfolio, magazines, glasses case, computer network cables, spare flashlight batteries ... and still had extra room;
- front pocket: gum, clif bars, laptop power cord, cough drops, pocket digicam;
- top fleece-lined pocket: PDA phone sync cable, bluetooth headset, corded headset, flashlight;
- top of inside pocket: keys, spare change, travel wallet.

I find this to be a great bag for traveling and around town use. The material is very rugged and holds up to rain without any issue. It also handles weight well and the top-loading (I prefer) seems to eliminate the issue of zippers being a PIA when it's loaded up.

Highly recommended.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote an answer about on May 13, 2008

The bag layout consists of a large top-loading main compartment, a rear side-loading laptop compartment separate from the main compartment, a front pocket & a top pocket on the actual top-loading part cover. The main compartment has a divider towards the back for a portfolio / folders and a clear thin pocket for some papers / map, etc. Additionally, the far right and left of the interior main compartment have long pockets on the sides that run the entire length of the pack. There are also two exterior water bottle pockets and an interior pocket on the top of the top-loading cover (it has a keyring clip in it as well) with a few small padded pockets that have little velcro flaps for a cell phone, pens, etc.I find it to be a very useful bag because it is somewhat long and slender as opposed to some other bags this size that are short and fat. Because of this I find it not only carries well but also fits beautifully under the seat for airplane travel. It swallows a lot. I just returned from a long weekend trip and carried the following:- laptop in laptop pocket;- main pocket: three small bags with cables, camera battery charger, computer USB cards, PC cards, GPS unit, GPS unit bracket, GPS unit power cords and PC cables, large headphones in case with MP3 player, portfolio, magazines, glasses case, computer network cables, spare flashlight batteries ... and still had extra room;- front pocket: gum, clif bars, laptop power cord, cough drops, pocket digicam;- top fleece-lined pocket: PDA phone sync cable, bluetooth headset, corded headset, flashlight;- top of inside pocket: keys, spare change, travel wallet.I find this to be a great bag for traveling and around town use. The material is very rugged and holds up to rain without any issue. It also handles weight well and the top-loading (I prefer) seems to eliminate the issue of zippers being a PIA when it's loaded up.Highly recommended.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on January 10, 2007

5 5

This softshell is simply awesome. The material is very durable yet softer and more pliable than any hard shell. It seems harder than the WindStopper Softshell that is used on the Alchemy Jacket but is still softer than any traditional hard shell I've seen. The jacket works great for skiing on days over about 15 degrees. It does a nice job blocking the wind and fits on the more snug side. It has a very light fleece lining inside it which, for me, is a nice addition as I use this jacket in weather from about 15 degrees to about 45 degrees so the extra little bit of fleece is a nice touch. I don't have a problem with the arm length as some other reviewers did. Overall a great fit and great quality jacket; for most days here in Colorado it's awesome.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on January 10, 2007

5 5

This is a great jacket for going downtown (aaahhh--name) or anywhere that it's cold and bright. It is very warm and has a much more fitted fit than the SubZero Jacket does. It also is a bit longer meaning that it covers most sweaters that hang down just below your waist. It also looks very nice and adds a bit more style than most down jackets. I wear this a lot with only a short sleeve shirt or one layer on in 10 degree temperature at night with very little activity (walking around outside, light hikes) and it is still incredibly warm. Does a good job taking care of light moisture (not as good as the Conduit SL on the SubZero SL but still better than the regular SubZero).

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on January 10, 2007

4 5

I use this as an insulation layer on more mild days. The material is very soft and comfortable. I have the grey / black color and it even works as a casual layer. I like the fact that it is not very thin but not very thick making its' medium density perfect as a mid layer over a base layer and under a shell on most days between 20 and 45 degrees. It even blocks a light wind. Although I've mainly used it skiing it also works nicely for out on the trail over a t-shirt as a light fleece.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on January 3, 2007

5 5

I've used these pants for skiing in various conditions and they are very nice. The softshell provides really nice wind protection and is very comfortable. The front pockets are really nice; I've had my cell phone as well as cash and other small things in there. The fit is snug but not tight. I normally wear a size large and these fit comfortably over a pair of heavyweight long underwear. Adding a 2nd base layer also will fit but it is snug at that point.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on December 11, 2006

4 5

I love the look of this casual sweater pullover. It is lighter in density and thickness than appears in the photos but the wool outer layer coupled with the fleecy interior make for a warm and comfortable top shirt that works great for a casual work environment or heading out on the town. The quality is standard Mountain Hardwear. To me, it seems a bit misleading to call it "Burly" because it is so thin; however, maybe it's just me...when I think of "burly" I think thick and super toasty warm. This definitely isn't that, but it is a great thin and moderately warm pullover.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on December 11, 2006

5 5

This is a great base layer for active fall and moderately cool winter days. It does a great job wicking moisture and is fairly comfortable for a synthetic shirt. I've used for a skiing base layer and as the only layer running and it works well. The eXtend mid-weight is a little heavier, and that works very well for the colder days.

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Snowman from Boulder wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I purchased this lumbar hydration pack for active pursuits on the trail and have not been disappointed. I've used it on both trail hikes and during trail runs and have found it to be very stable and even during fast-paced runs it only moves a little bit. The clip on the belt holds the tube and valve nicely and the small pockets hold small extras well. Nicely done, Camelbak.

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