N. California, Germany, Southeast Asia
I bought 2 pairs of these in 2010. After 2 years of daily use on farms, the only thing that cut the fabric was when I got myself in the knee with a bill hook!
They dry really fast, have just the right amount of pockets, and are thin enough to be comfortable in fairly warm weather. Sadly, I'm going to have to retire these for the summer in Thailand, but I'm hoping that the Mesa pant can more or less replace them....Time will tell!
This thing is a beast. Traveled around with it for 2 years and it exceeded my expectations in every way! Well, except for the sternum strap connectors.
Maybe I put them on wrong, but they always seem to come off over time. Which of course is super stressful if you realize that it fell off only after you left the train/bus and it's about leave! Definitely going to call Osprey and get a backup. The bag would be ruined if I couldn't hook up the sternum straps...
Overall, an awesome pack!
5 starts to the 2010 model for sure. Backpacked in it, and it came back looking like new.
I picked up a pair of the current model since I loved the older one so much, and the fit is a bit off (for me, at least). I'm pretty average size, but the shirt was cut noticeably tighter than before. Other than that, not a big fan at all of the button/zipper-less chest pocket. It hangs open even when there is nothing in there. Don't even want to see how it looks when I decide to use it. Looks sloppy.
Overall, still a good shirt. Esp. if it fits you well. On the plus side, I didn't even realize on the old model that the button on the upper part of the sleeve was to keep it from falling when rolled up. The new one came with a sleeve already rolled and buttoned as a demonstration. Nice surprise! haha
Pulled this out whenever it started to get super cold, and together with my other layers, it made a big difference.
Light and super-packable, and it stands up to a surprising amount of abuse considering how light it is.
I don't really want to wax on about briefs too long, but these are pretty much a staple for me now. Yes, they are great for travel, but aside from price there is no reason to switch to these for everyday wear.
They cost more, but they last MUCH longer than their cotton counterparts.
I've got a 2010 non-top loader 35L model (not made anymore), so this may not be very applicable to whats being produced now. The one thing I definitely can comment on is durability!
After 2 months of backpacking in SE Asia, and 2 years of working on farms, this pack is still perfect. I mean, it's showing its age , but the stitching and everything is in top condition I'm about to jump over to SEA again, and love the fact that I can bring a pack that has passed all the tests many times over with me . Love it!
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