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David Thiel

David Thiel

Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont

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David's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

David's Bio

Outdoor pursuits include mountain biking, backpacking, road cycling, and wintersports like snowshoeing and skiing.

I travel a fair amount and am lucky to go to some interesting places.

I do quite a lot of photography and video work (semi professional) and I have the great fortune to work with most of the very best Canon gear.

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 26, 2014

Big Agnes (I think) pioneered the use of non-insulated sleeping bag bottoms, and (i know) they sell their "system bags" specifically for putting a pad inside.

Go here and choose "system bags" from the options at left:
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/ProductFinder/Bag/

All that said, I've never used one of these, instead opting for a traditional bag because I tend to move around a bit when I sleep.

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 25, 2014

Dan... thanks for the feedback. I placed an order for the pack and will give it a try. What I'm REALLY looking for in this case is a pack appropriate for international travel--with a camera. So needs to be good for planes, inconspicuous, and still allow me to occasionally hike a few miles with a tripod strapped to the outside. I'm particularly interested in the side entry of this pack--and whether I can get my camera in and out while still wearing it. I suspect the ski straps will hold a tripod just fine.

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 13, 2014

The reviews of this product on the Patagonia website suggest that if you're not 34" or slimmer in the waist, it will probably not fit. One reviewer reported a 38" waist was too big to thread the belt at all.

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

It's all about your chest measurement. This jacket as a trim fit, but the L has a 43 inch chest and the XL has a 46 inch chest... which is a pretty big jump between sizes.

FWIW... I wear a 44 sport coat and find that Arc's large is a nice fit if I want something that's close to me.

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Here's the text from the Big Agnes site:

"Note: We list several weights for our tents to aid your product research. Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. "

... so the packed weight DOES include packaging, but the trail weight does NOT include stakes.

I think you'll find that most backpackers use/carry fewer guy lines and stakes than the manual recommends... almost none carry the repair kit... and zero carry the instructions. Ounces add up.

Regardless, this is a very light tent if having a tent is your thing.... and if you're not counting ounces then honestly my guess is that it's the wrong tent for you!

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on August 10, 2014

Dan, a lot of people would say that ANY stakes are extra (not just the extra ones) since stakes can be fashioned on-site or other items from your pack (and the pack itself) can be used to stake out a tent. BC doesn't take this approach though, instead giving you a trail weight that's appropriate for someone who wants to do a textbook setup.

Also, a lot of people would leave the extra stuff sacks behind... particularly on a tent like this that has only a single layer. And most new tents come with plastic wrap/bags and rubber bands that can also be discarded.

I usually tear the tent instructions out of the bag first thing--not that I've ever actually read any....

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David Thiel wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

These are?essentially?thin, light, waterproof, attractive running Crocs. So that basically makes them perfect for:

-- water shoes
-- camp shoes (only 4 oz!) for backpacking
-- a "spare" set of shoes during travel

Long story short they are very light and very comfortable, so any situation where you need those elements in a shoe make these a good choice..

(Make sure to size down. I dropped two euro sizes from 43 to 41 and they are perfect. The reason why is that this company sells this shoe in another version that has an insert, which takes up some room, but these "pure" versions lack the insert.)

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David Thiel wrote an answer about on July 23, 2014

Depending on what you're doing, you might really want to consider just using an iPhone in a waterproof case. I'm a photographer and while I don't do that many watersports, I know that when I do I really struggle with handling anything too big.

I find that underwater in particular you're going to suffer for light--and unless you've bought a much better lens for your t4i than the stock one, then the iPhone is going to give you better low-light performance. Also, you're probably carrying your phone anyway, need to waterproof it... etc.

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