SW Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma
I like the BRIGHT colors, (got mine in purple) so I won't mix up whose is whose or lose the spork in the depths of my pack. Easy to see and find. The hole in the handle is handy for hanging or threading a small piece of cord for an extra handle! It will not taint the taste of your food and the NON-paint coloring uses Electric Ionization Process to chemically bond pigment to the titanium for a safe vibrant color. Over time the color may break in and fade with use as you scratch and wear down the titanium, but it won't rust! I highly recommend it!!!
I was looking for a down bag that was warm and be light enough to pack. I currently have a Marmot Hydrogen that is used during early archery elk hunts with great success, but needed something for late season. The Lithium is part of the Ultralight Series family from Marmot so I thought it would be a natural. So far, I've not been disappointed! It is certainly one of the warmest bags I've ever used.
One well-designed part of this bag is the hood pull cord, which remains comfortable even fully cinched. Most other sleeping bags place the cord on the outside edge of the hood (it's easier and cheaper), but this is uncomfortable when the hood is fully cinched because the tight cord smashes up against your face. Marmot does a great job addressing this problem.
If you are looking for the warmest 0 degree bag with a comfortable hood, stuffed with 28 ounces of top quality 850+ fill down, light weight and stuff-able, this is THE bag! I highly recommend it!
Comparing Marmot Hydrogen to Western Mountaineering Summerlite
Tamara, check out the Yakima website and select Fit My Car link. This will walk you through each component and accessory for your particular vehicle.
Jordan, yes it should. However, keep in mind you will need to visit the Yakima website and start with Fit My Car link. This will select the type of clips, towers and accessories designed to fit your vehicle with or without factory mounted roof rack. The only issue you might have is having to remove your roof antennae. You also might have an issue with the hatch touching when fully raised, but only when you have accessories attached.
Debbie,you might take a look at the previous answer I left for Jordan. It should also apply to your Chevy Traverse.
Mike, check out the Yakima website and select Fit My Car link. This will walk you through each component and accessory for your particular vehicle.
Towers appear well built and designed. Make sure to order specific clips for your particular vehicle. As Chad stated, check out the Yakima website. Also, order a package of SKS lock cores for each block. Order more than you need as you will add accessories later and will want the same key for all.
Repairing Your Therm-a-Rest Mattress
Just received in mail from BC. I have a narrow foot and high arch and so far these shoes feel good. I will post updates after extensive testing and running.
Haven't mounted yet, but rack seems well built. No brittle welds or excess slag. Smooth and taut. Will post update with pics later. Best bang for buck!
I actually prefer the original NeoAir to the XLite that replaced it. Yes, the Xlite is 2 oz lighter, (regular size) and has a higher R-value of 3.2 to 2.5, but the edges of the XLite pad collapse under load and make the pad feel narrower than it is. The original does this as well, but the straight corners make up the difference. I'll stick with the original!
I actually prefer the original NeoAir to the XLite that replaced it. Yes, the Xlite is 2 oz lighter, (regular size) and has a higher R-value of 3.2 to 2.5, but the edges of the XLite pad collapse under load and make the pad feel narrower than it is. The orginal does this as well, but the straight corners make up the difference. I'll stick with the original!
Does the Yakima Q Towers come with Roof Rack Feet for your Naked Roof?
I've used these as an "inbetweener" when chasing elk in the mountains. Good combo of protein and carbs in the PB'nH flav. Also use them along with a recovery drink immediately after an ultra. Good stuff!
I've used bottles with run straps for training and running Ultra's and still do. However, I felt compelled to try this vest as I've seen many runners wearing various types of vests and packs during races.
I will try to be fair and objective as possible when comparing the Nathan HPL#020 vs. standard hand held hydration systems with run straps. I will hit key points.
Pros: Nathan vest.
-Leaves hands free
-Able to stow a few items such as gels, batteries, headlamp, gloves, Wool/fleece hat and other essentials as well as strap light jacket under cord..
-Holds almost 68% more "go-juice" than standard hand held bottle.
-bounce free suspension system
-Energy efficient (less weight)
-Faster refill time
-No tube to come loose
Cons: Nathan vest
-Not as efficient as handheld. One caveat would be the longer distances between aid stations. Advantage, vest.
-Longer time to refill
-Must wear with a top that is either compression or long in back. It will cause shirt to ride up in back if not.
-Cannot wear without a top as it will rub over longer distances.
-Clip that holds bladder is not well made.
-Tube has no quick disconnect for easy cleaning and removal.
-Bite valve is angled which does not allow running a brush all the way through.
-Obviously not totally hands free.
-More frequent stops at aid stations.
-Not good for runs that have unmanned or longer distances between aid stations.
-More prone to leaking.
In summation, the vest is definitely worth it for the longer runs as described. The real issues exist with the tube and bladder itself. Improve these and I see 5 stars!
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