Cities and outdoors from England to Australia
Can anyone comment on kenp519392's evaluation on this boots having such bad grip ? That would be a fatal defect in my book .
I originally bought this as a midlayer but after my first trial run using it in winter it is now my outer layer of choice replacing my trusty Karimoor polartec fleece jacket.
+ Its WARM. The warmth to weight ratio of the Atom is amazing. It was 3°C and I had a T-shirt and a light merino sweater and my Atom. My hands were cold but they warmed up after I stuck them into the blessedly warm side pockets. (I had to buy gloves later in the day)
+ Its WINDPROOF The wind was blindingly strong but I didnt feel it under the Atom.
+ Inner chest pocket for iPod and other stuff ( I put my camera, cigarretes and the iPhone in )
The main reason this is now my cold weather jacket of choice was
1. It is ridiculously light
2. It is very packable ( it compressed into something smaller than a beanie )
+ They feel great. Even after a long hike my feet were cool n dry.
+ They had good padding for a long long hike so I wasnt footsore at all
+ They kept my feet warm when it was cold out and my feet cool when it was warm out
+ They suppress the dreaded Stinky Foot smell
I couldn't find any cons. I liked them so much I now only wear these Icebreaker Merino Socks for hikes.
I have a few pairs of them. They are not side specific.
This one of my favourite essential pieces of kit. Be it when you go on a shopping trip or a 7 day trip.
+ Amazingly small packed size.
Its small packed size makes it convenient to carry around and you can open it up quickly for use.
+ Very strong load strength
I didnt measure the exact load but I did fill it with 10 huge cans of soup and the straps carried it easily (though I personally did not appreciate the weight)
+ Fairly tough material
The material was suprisingly tough and did not tear when I accidently dragged it on a tarmac road.
- The adjustable straps can slide when you are moving about aggresively. I solved this by tying a knot at the desired lengths.
- Not condensation proof. Its ultrasil (Siliconised Cordura) so some condensation can occur. I wrapped the laptop/iPad in the sweater so it was fine.
There is no padding to the straps nor the back of the backpack. So if you are going to be carrying something that might hurt (like the edges of the aforementioned cans) it might be wise to put a bit of padding on the back part of the backpack.
I have used this backpack for my laptop as well as its assorted odds and ends. (mouse, chargers etc) and a fleece scarf or a sweater laid at the bottom was sufficient padding for me to not worry about damaging the electronics.
But I think its best used for those unexpected shopping moments when you dont want to carry several shopping bags. You can save a few plastic bags by just loading your shopping directly into this.
This is a great travel accessory or daybag. Go for it =D