Western

Western

AT, California, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire

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Stomping Grounds's full list: East Sierras, Pacific Coast, Adirondacks, Yosemite, King Canyon, Seqouia Canyon, Presidential Traverse, White & Green Mountains, Appalachian Trail, Daley's Ranch (Escondido, CA), and all over the USA!

Just a fanatic about hiking and got really hooked to it while hiking the AT, GA to NY (1,400 miles) before had to pull off due to the Tendonitis from pushing myself too hard.

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Western wrote an answer about on September 17, 2010

I'm a minimalist.

While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, this bag have gotten too hot during the summer even though I don't really use anything on myself and slept atop of the pad and sleeping bag. So the temperature is a big factor.

For warmer yet wet season, I'll recommend a tarp tent system with some netting to prevent bugs from biting you. If it's a dry season, just cowboy camping will do if the dew isn't that bad via West versus East (PCT & AT)

It's a great bivy sack if the condition requires it. I've hiked for 800 miles or more with it on the Appalachian. For not too warm weather, I like to use light/bottomless sleeping bag with half-pad left in the Bivy sack & roll it up then stuffing it in long sack bag to save some time for the set-up/packing.

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Western wrote an answer about on June 22, 2009

Yes, the small stuff sack that it comes with it has two cords on it as to be able to store the 'extra amount' but I've always managed to put it back to it's original size by closing the first cord & pushing it hardest I can into the second section of the sack & zips it up.

I do not roll it up or anything like that, I just stuff it in.

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Western wrote a review of on June 12, 2009

1 5

Well, this is not a trekking socks as you would expect it to be.

My mid-weight Smartwool socks actually lasts longer than those x-socks. The x-sock's biggest weakness is where the thin part of it attaches to the cushion in ankle/heel area. You'll have to watch those spot & stitch it up in order to prevent the hole getting bigger & being gonerso fast! I'll say it's good for only 200 to 300 miles. I like the cushion but again the thin fabric on the bottom of feet at arches gets worn out fast as well. The thin part of it is sock's BIGGEST weakness.

It is not blister proof when breaking in a shoes so you'll have to take care of your hot spots just like if you would have in your silk liner & smartwool (my now preferred method on AT as Thru-hiker- one pairs of each lasts me more than 600 miles)

The silver ions just doesn't work when it's raining constantly and ranks just like any other socks. The best way to prevent the odors is to wash em often to get the bacteria & dirt out!

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Western wrote a review of on June 12, 2009

4 5

Very useful but had trouble with it couple of time but had it replaced under warranty with no question asked... But now as I look back, I think it was due to the extreme cold weather (Aquamira tablets would work best for this situation).

Love this as AT hiker in decent temperature when I've treated my water frequently but I have mailed it back to home as I've stopped treating my water with an exception for when it rains (I do uses Aquamira for that).

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Western wrote a review of on June 12, 2009

5 5

As Poncho, I love it since when it's too hot yet raining...

I can just roll up the front & attach the back part to the front's first top button to get the back secured & not flapping on my legs. In that mode, it acts like pack cover

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I could roll it up all way over to back of my neck & insert it in my pack's loop to hold it in a place when it's too hot to put it as "normal mode" or the mode that I've mentioned first. It might be little bit confusing as in the writing but once you have the poncho/tarp... you probably will have the same idea or better idea than me.

As Tarp Tent, I still have to experiment with it but I do use it with another tarp covering the ground then I'm all set...

You will just need to have a stakes & ropes to hold them in place. I would recommend you to experiment with it beforehand & have few various methods since sometime one method isn't best in certain scenario.

Overall, I'll say it rocks!!! Especially when it saves me a weight of tent & rain gear (jacket, pant, pack cover). I love it as ultralight hiker!

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Western wrote a review of on March 10, 2009

4 5

Can handle the trekking poles pretty well but will see how it performs after the Appalachian Trail. The stitches/materials appears to be a good quality. The look appears to be cool as well.

It's handy in other purposes as well such as driving in winter time since the steering wheels tends to be cold and keeps my hand pretty warm in around 20's without a wind chill.

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Western wrote a review of on February 13, 2009

5 5

Awesome backpack, it fits just perfect and it is even more awesome when you're doing ultralight backpacking. I'm going to use it for the AT thru-hike.

From my experience, it packs well for up to two weeks (summer) with Bear Cache canister: totaly at around 50 pounds!

The backpack's fullest ability to hold everything is all depending on your packing skill and what you're bringing.

Also, I've used it for 4 day hike during the winter. It works really well and it kept all of my stuffs dry when I had to set up my tent as for emergency shelter and left my backpack outside with the snowstorm covering it up. I'm 5' 9", 165 pounds and I have Medium. It does really depends on your Torso size! It's not that flexible with the size so get the right one!

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