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Stephen Judd

Stephen Judd

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on March 22, 2013

1 5

It's small, light, easy to pack and feels like a pool toy.
I've been looking for a perfect summer sleeping mat, and so far this is the worst I've tried. The welded through baffles and the general stretch of the thin materials make it impossible to get the mat comfortable. Either you can inflate it 100%, and sleep uncomfortably on a hard mat - or you can fill it up 70-90% which leaves your hips on the ground and the skinny baffles poking your side/belly/back.

Notice compared to the Synmat UL 7, this only has 6 baffles (compared to 8) which are welded completely through. Which means basically, don't get this pad unless you're planning on sleeping on your back and not moving. Otherwise your hips and shoulders will hit the ground. I am 5'11" 170 pounds.

Just carry the extra 6 ounces and get the synmat UL 7, which is heads and shoulders above this piece of garbage.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on April 13, 2010

5 5

Good streamlined day pack. Could be used overnight in summer with the right gear(See my upload). Bladder system is amazing, slides in easy even when full. Bite valve seems pretty loose and I think it will leak, hopefully not bad. Light pack with a bunch of pockets on the outside and even an integrated rain cover that comes out of the bottom. Pretty expensive but considering it has a top notch hydration system and rain cover, I don't mind paying that much for osprey. Very happy with the purchase, I have no doubts that the manta will be my go to day pack.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Not sure about the 3 star review, this is a great pack. Built with Osprey quality, numerous pockets and dividers in those pockets. Very waterproof, back panel seems to conform to my back while wearing gear, making it unbelievably comfortable. Looks cool, zipper on the right strap for hydration packs works great. Other reviewer said "The hip belt pockets are small, and don't have great ergonomics." Completely disagree, pockets are obviously going to be small to avoid looking dumb, I mean they're hip belt pockets... I can still fit a digital camera+ in them, so I would actually say they are big considering what they are. Ergonomics are GREAT on the hip belt, just like all the other new osprey packs.

Complaints: Back panel zipper would be nice, but only the 30+ have that. Same with the stretchy helmet holder. Straps for holding a board/skis get in the way of the zippers and have to be worked around to get the zipper down, pretty annoying. Overall I would say I wasn't THRILLED with the pack, but very happy I bought it, my #1 snow pack now.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on October 21, 2009

5 5

Man I love this thing. Light, cheap, fits together like a dream, a lot of good usage. I dig how the carrying bag can double as a sort of wash bag or whatever. Super durable and just a top notch cooking set. Spork seems like it will break within the next few uses, but whatever, no biggie. Only complaint I have is my stove is supposed to fit inside, well it's not happening. I have the pocket rocket, and the set easily has enough room for a fuel canister and a shorter stove when put together, but the MSR pocket rocket is just to long to fit inside the bowl. I've tried multiple different ways to get that thing to fit inside, but it just won't happen. Certainly an annoying downside to the set considering I have a lot of room left for storage then the set is integrated, but I still have to find a case for my stove. Perfect set if pocket rockets could better fit inside, but close to perfect nonetheless.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on October 21, 2009

3 5

Ok jacket but really not worth the price IMO. Waterproofing is adequate, very light jacket that is warm with the right layers. Burton AK clothing seems to be going downhill as of late, with the price doing the opposite. Had an AK jacket just about every year for the past 5-6 seasons, 2 of them had stitching problems(including last years cyclic), and after trying arc'teryx and oakley jackets I can say with confidence this will be the last AK I every buy. The Velcro cuffs Burton AK jackets have at the moments are garbage, don't count on the velcro sticking after 2+ days on the mountain. I would give this jacket 4-4.5 stars if it was priced around $200, but $300+ is a joke. MUCH better jackets out there.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on October 13, 2009

5 5

Holy balls this thing is baggy. I usually wear a Medium in burton AK clothing at 5'11" 165 pounds, I ordered a small and it still might be to big for my taste. The arm and torso length are surprisingly good at my size with the small. **Just a notice to anyone buying this, Mystic small = Burton AK Medium, roughly.** Amazing jacket I must say though. I think the material is a little thick for me, but I'm just complaining, it's really no big deal. Magnets are a great idea in my opinion, especially the magnet holding down the hood. I have yet to use the jacket for snowboarding, but I have absolutely no doubts that it would be the perfect terrible(Or good...?) weather jacket. If you can find this thing on steepandcheap like I did, you better buy it, at $150 this is about the best deal you can come across.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on October 11, 2009

1 5

Osprey packs are amazing but this pack is a POS. The model isn't bad, the new atmos packs are very good, but this years model is a bust. Large aluminum frame(I'm 6ft tall) dug into my shoulder blades regardless of the adjustment, some crazy uncomfortable straps that also dug into me neck. I've had 5 different osprey packs and I would give them all 10/10, this one deserves about a 3/10. Really no idea how this got through ospreys design team because it's just awful. Go out and buy the osprey talon instead, best...pack...ever.EDIT: I forgot, the back mesh panel basically traps all the heat inside like a small greenhouse because when the backpack is against your back, there is not a single place for the warm air to escape unlike the newer models. Ya, I'm not exaggerating on that. I am convinced that anyone who thinks this is a good pack has never tried on anything better than a school backpack. Oh, and good luck fitting 2300 CU IN in this thing...even if you somehow did, with the lightest equipment you could find, it would still be to much weight for the straps and frame.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on July 24, 2009

5 5

Nice pack, pretty cheap, almost completely waterproof, good looking. Really nice minimalist pack. Even packs down to the size of the naglene so I can put it in my backpacking pack, get camp established, then go out and use this thing as a daypack. Straps are of much higher quality than a $50 pack should have. The cierzo comes across as an extremely simple pack, but it is much more functional than expected.. I am still amazed at how comfortable it is. I have taken this pack swimming for about 120 seconds and I received about a half inch of water at the bottom of the pack. A little dissapointing considering it seems like everything but the top would be completely waterproof, but hey, still better than having my entire pack filled with water like everyone else did.
I would say the only downside is no compression straps. I realize it would add to the weight and make the pack much more difficult to roll up, but still. If the pack is only half full or so stuff will just fly around, and the pack becomes fairly uncomfortable. Still more than I would expect from a $50 pack. The one complaint I have is EASILY outweighed by all the features. Great buy.

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Stephen Juddwrote a review of on July 22, 2009

5 5

I use this pack all the time. Used in southern utah/northern arizona. Back is pretty breathable, much more so than my 08 atmos(sucked). VERY light, VERY comforable, holds more than you would think a pack of this size would. Used it on a few 5-7 day backpacking trips, although a little low on space for the 7 days, it performed like a champ. I really could not recommend this pack enough. Easy 5 stars. I am actually making an hour drive tomorrow just so I can go and buy the smaller version of this pack, the talon 22. Blast backcountry! Get more in stock!

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