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Wayne Harvey

Wayne Harvey

Pacific Northwest, Cascade Range

Wayne's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Mountain Biking

Wayne's Bio

My passion in life is enjoying the outdoors and exploring the mountains year round. I have been enjoying my first ski season outside the resorts and have not missed the chairlift once. It's amazing what happens when you start exploring backcountry ski terrain, the options are endless. I have logged in as many days this year as any season pass holder, but without the crowds and lift lines so common at the local hill. And I have all but forgot what mogul skiing is like :)

Summers are spent mountainbiking and backpacking, there is too much to do year round.

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Wayne Harvey

Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

5 5

even with all the new options out there (like jetboil etc.) I will always own one of these stoves as it is the most versital stove I have seen and put to use. I have had mine for over 10 years of regular use and have not even needed to rebuild the stove yet. It's a little finiky to get started to fires up every time and you need to adjust the control knob very slowly when you adjust the flame.
Even after years of use, I dont see a need to buy a new stove. The new jetboils are tempting, but I do not like the newer disposable fuel cells littering up my pack on multi day trips... plus you can never tell how much fuel is left in those things. 1 large MSR Fuel bottle is all you need for most 2-3 day trips with the wisperlite!

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Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

3 5

this is a good temt, but I find the vestibules are not quite roomy enough for the gear you want to store outside. Also, the vestibules are not quite adequate for cooking from if the weather is not ideal.
I think there are lighter weight options out there for this tents size, just barely enough room for 2 adults.

That said, the tent is easy to set up, comfortable to use and is holding up well. ...a good choice for an easy weekend pack trip in summer or fair conditions.

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Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

5 5

I have a 2005 model that I am still using today. It doesnt look like they changed the pack much at all, except for eliminating the diagonal ski carry which didnt work anyways. This pack is versital for powder touring, to technical climbing and functions well in all. The construction is bomber, I have had no malfunctions or repairs on my pack and have abused it well.

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Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

3 5

There are very few touring packs that make the grade but this one comes close. The design is excellent and it carries it's load perfectly and the construction is bomber. This is the first pack with a diagonal ski carry option that actually works except...

The only flaw this pack has is it's biggest demise. NONE of the straps are long enough! Especially the strap(s) that secures the diagonal ski! The rest of the straps are just barley useable with golves on in cold winter conditions, I could not imagine even attempting to use the strap features while on technical terrain in conditions that do not warrent removing your gloves. This is a completely in-excusable design flaw. I don't know what the reason is for this except for saving weight but that ideology of saving grams over functionality removes this pack as a contender for anything but powder touring below timberline. For a hardcore performing mountaineering pack I highly reccommend the BCA Stash Alps 40 (or 55), straps are long enough for gloved hands and it has an excellent webbing system to boot.

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Wayne Harvey wrote an answer about on April 12, 2009

it appears this item on Backcountry.com does not come with the accesories you mentioned. A quick search on google proves this stove does indeed come with said accesories, for the same price! i would buy elsewhere for this item considering this stove is useless without the wind/heat deflector.

this is an excellent choice for a stove...

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Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

1 5

had these boots for 2 months or so and they are a terrible fit. Way too narrow in the middle. It looks like there are other reviews with the same problem. I had them fit, tried inserting custome footbeds nothing worked, the blisters on the sides of my feet were the worst I have even seen and in fact ended one of my tours from just the ski up/approach.

other than the poor fit, they did ski great (if you could take the blister pain) they were a pretty responsive boot skiing.

I sold mine after that final trip. worthless becasue of the poor fit design.

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Wayne Harvey wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

Great skins that climb in most all conditions. Was suprised how well the skin worked with no tail clip but after a year of hard use I wound up installing a BD tail clip after the glue on the edges near the tail wore out a tiny bit. Was a pain to put on the tail clip, just get the STS or clipfix skins and save time in the long run.

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