Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont
Just posted a couple images showing the other side. It looks like the belt is attached through a sleeve at the base of the back of the pack... but not sure.
The review below "Great travel backpack!!!" specifically states that the hip belt is NOT removable, which of course contradicts the product description.
You might want to hop on live chat with BC so they can answer definitively AND fix the copy on the website if need be.
Grabbed this from Kelty.com
The most reliable method is to use your chest size and match it with the size chart (click "size?" above the add to cart button..)
I think you've answered your own question: this has no insulation, so it will only be as warm as what you're wearing underneath... but with some protection from the wind.
I ride New England single track which means it's nasty rocky roots boneyardy stuff and as much as you want to not dab, you do from time to time. Nothing is smooth, mud abounds. I ride in the winter too, with snow, mud, snowmud, and other unknown trail hazards.
These pedals are great. You get a very solid SPD-like oh-yeah-it's-clipped-in feel to them, but they clear nicely.
I find the tension "just right" (right out of the box) to keep me positively locked in while still having the option to dab when I need to.
Weight is pretty decent--though since I have a full squish bike I ain't exactly counting grams.
Price is great too. Have no fear: buy these pedals and don't bother looking back.
Lowest and highest settings, compared, from above.
Thought y'all might enjoy a comparison of the low vs. high setting on this light. Here's a view from the side.
Oh... and FWIW, Ridewithgps.com seems to have the best turn by turn track files for Garmin. Better than Strava and MapMyRide.
You should definitely take a look here:
I haven't bought a single map for my garmin. Downloading the free ones does require a little comfort on the computer ... but they work great and the price is right.
Not sure what you got with your stove (cuz mine didn't include a bag) but this bag is pretty highly reviewed. People report that it's sturdy, good zippers, etc. Only consistent negative I've heard is that the tank pocket is a bit shallow so the tank might fall out of it if you're tossing the bag about.
I will often "fold" my arc jackets into the hood first... not so much to deal with damage, but I just find it makes it easier to put it in the stuff sac that way.
Picked mine up on SAC and couldn't believe it. Sharing first impressions:
-- Really light, easy setup, and well made. (I set it up in my living room, myself, without poking a hole in my television, in under five minutes.
-- Wish the door didn't unzip onto the floor, but seems like the shape of the door is part of the structure of the tent.
-- LOTS of gear storage. Does not need a gear loft. Some of the storage is large enough to serve as a reasonable drying rack for clothes.
-- Big enough for three, light enough for one. This is a BIG DEAL. Now I can save myself some dough and use a single tent for most of my adventures. For me it's either me with two small kids, me with one of my bros, or me alone. This tent works for all three scenarios.
You're very welcome. I've been enjoying the Core quite a bit, though I'm not exactly exploring the Arctic with it. Biggest surprise is how often people say "wow... nice watch! what is that?"
Chest puts you in the XXXL, waist in the XL (but bordering on the the XXL). Depends how you want it to fit, but I'd think you might want the double since you're probably not going to layer up underneath if you live in Texas.
I'm 5' 10" --and a half!--and I don't feel like I'm topping out the bag. 6'0" seems quite safe.
With Alps prices--and the fact that they don't advertise their manufacturing location--the safe bet is China.
Alps stuff is excellent quality... particularly so when you consider the price.
Gotta say... I disagree with Kevin. The straps hold the rack onto the car (keeping it in static friction) but most of the weight is borne by the arms of the rack itself.
This is just the kind of rack I would look for for a car with an angled rear roofline. If the back of the car is perfectly vertical, then yes, I'd agree with Kevin, but if there's enough angle there to keep the rack from slipping, then the rack will bear most of the load.
These are my favorite tent lights when backpacking, but I often leave them behind because they use AAs and everything else uses AAA. I'd rather carry a single set of spare batteries... and it would be nice to know I could cannibalize these for my headlamp if need be.
Still, the light is really even over a large distance and it makes for a long lasting and efficient way to light a tent.
These are lightweight and pack small.
The light is dim enough that it preserves most of your night vision when used in a tent, and won't wake the neighbors.
My kids love them. Aside from in-tent use, I'll sometimes use them in a public area when car camping or with cub scouts. They are perfect for providing a light for the uncomfortable in the outdoors who might need a little guidance ... for the latrine, or to light a central area like a food preparation space, for example.
In the pitch black, they are really bright. If there are any other lights present, you will not even notice the glow.
Wish they were AAA. Otherwise, five stars.
18 x 12.5 x 6" [ 46 x 32 x 15cm ]
... according to http://www.dakine.com/p/womens/backpacks/fall-13-winter-14/capitol-23l?clr=STY
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