BexOnHoodposted an image about Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Kayak on July 1, 2016
Loving this kayak so far - review to follow when I beat on it a little more!
I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can! Shred, paddle, camp, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.
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Loving this kayak so far - review to follow when I beat on it a little more!
Fits like a glove and stays put without the chest-tourniquet action!
In the item photo on the website (might be my monitor) the pack looks more like a pink and purple, but in person it's a deep purple and a really rich bright cherry red. Super pretty!
Cooper D. was totally right, packrafts can be expeeensive and a big commitment if you're not sure you're going to be into it. That's exactly why I got the LWD as well. I've owned it for a year now and have used it in several different states on everything from glacial lagoons to rivers and I have to say that it is absolutely the best thing I've added to my backpack since they invented hydration bladders!
First off let's talk about the weight, or really the lack thereof. This thing weighs in at just a hair over 2lbs and packs down to about the size of a couple of nalgene bottles (less if you really roll it up tight). It takes up such little room that you can ever chuck it into a daypack and not feel a difference.
The superfuntime-to-weight ratio is off the freakin' charts. The LWD has added a whole new dimension to hiking and backpacking. One of my favorite things to do is hike/backpack to lakes and rivers because I loooove water. And that in itself is fun, but being able to actually go out and play IN the lakes and rivers is exponentially more rad!
The inflation system is so cool. You use the bag that it comes it, which doubles as a handy drybag when you're paddling, to inflate it. You just connect the male valve at the bottom of the drybag to the female valve on the LWD and shake a bunch of air into the bag then smoosh it into the raft - super easy and I can get the whole thing inflated in about three minutes. The deflate valve is just a big dump valve so it deflates in less than a minute.
I was a little worried about durability since it's so light, but I have been really pleasantly surprised! I was a little precious with it at first, but now I whomp on it like all the rest of my gear and it's held up like a champ! I've gone over quite a few rocks while holding my breath and crossing my fingers and she still looks brand new!
All in all, I cannot sing the praises of the LWD highly enough... I would recommend it to anyone who likes to play on the water and wants to add a whole lot of fun to hiking and backpacking!
I've only used this backpack on one trip so far but I'm really impressed by it! For a not super high-end price point, it's a really bomber constructed bag and it's pretty feature-rich.
I was concerned it wouldn't fit me because I'm 5'9" which is usually out of the "one size fits all women" range and the Deuter SL packs only come in one size, but the torso fits perfect with still a few more bars to go if I need to extend it more! The adjuster for the torso couldn't be ANY easier - it literally takes about 30 seconds to change to torso length.
This pack feels really light to me. It's a pound lighter than a couple of other ones I was looking at, which is a pretty substantial difference to me. I think the weight-to-features ratio is awesome.... it has everything I need, but isn't overbuilt at all. I'm not a fan of packs that have SO many straps, zippers and pockets that you end up getting lost in it. This has all the straps and pockets that I need and better than too many more straps (IMO), it has tie-down points to lash stuff to it only if you need to.
The back is super comfy. I haven't worn it in hot weather yet, but imagine it's going to be a lot less swampy than others, and the support feels really nice.
The most important thing, and what I really love, is that it carries a burly load REALLY well. I had it stuffed to the gills and the suspension was spectacular. I like that Deuter doesn't sacrifice that for a lighter pack. I was really stoked on how close it carried to my body and how well-suspended a heavy load felt. My shoulders were singing for joy!
Other things I really like:
- deep stretchy side pockets
- cavernous sleeping bag compartment... big enough to fit my bag, pillow and down clothes so all the really light stuff can cram into the bottom
- the stretchy front pocket: good for wet stuff or little things you want asap
- expandable from 60L to 70L with a floating lid. This is awesome for a multi-day when you'll start out with way more food and need to compress down
Little things I would like to see done differently:
- a whistle on the sternum clip
- bigger hipbelt pockets (my beast phone doesn't fit)
- drawstring for the top load could be smoother - you have to help it some to cinch it up
First off, the only reason that I give them four stars instead of five is that for the price I wish they lasted a little longer.
That said, these socks are AMAZING. Warm yet breathable, supportive, comfy and if you're backpacking and can't wash them all the time, they don't start to smell quickly at all.
I love the compression band around the middle - I have super high arches and the support feels awesome. Nice and cushioned where they should be, but not so much that your feet feel stuffy.
It's great that they come in sizes because I'm always at the far end of the "fits size 4-10!" spectrum. I wear a size 10 shoe and the large usually fits perfect.
I do find that they wear a little quickly, but I love them so much that it won't deter me from buying them over and over... I just get them when they're on sale so it's not such an investment. I'd like to get enough pairs that I never have to wear anything else again!
Are you guys getting in any more 154's or is that it for the season?
I knew it would be awesome in the water, but this pack is surprisingly comfortable and light for land-bound adventures, too!
Great for canyon adventures... comfortable, secure and all my junk stayed bone dry!
First, agree with the other reviewer on the loose-ish fit. I usually get a large if I want a good fit and an XL if I want something with a lot of room. The large in this fits a little on the loose side but not in a boxy way - still has a tailored fit, but just a relaxed tailored fit. And it doesn't stretch a ton so the loose fit is nice.
I've been searching for ages for the perfect ladies' spring shred jacket and this seems to fit the bill! I have a lot of the water-resistant hoodies, but none of them have zippered pockets and to me, a pocket that doesn't close tight is pretty much useless. The other deal-breaker on a lot of hoodies/jackets designed for women is that there are teeny pockets that are designed more for fashion than function. Not so in this case.... the hoodie has a big kangaroo pocket with a zipper on either side and a zip pocket on the sleeve. Super stoked on that.... I can fit my phone, chapstick and a pair of gloves in the front pocket no problem.
The hoodie is nice and long, which is great, and the nylon material in the lower back is AWESOME because snow doesn't stick to it. The sleeve length is great for my long arms, so I'm stoked on that. The half zip is deep enough to make getting it on and off easy, and the hood is super roomy. I like the big floopy neck, too.
The material and the stitching give it a bit of a "wetsuit" look - but I think that's kinda cool. I do wish it came in other colors besides black, but if that's all there is I'll take it because for me it's my holy grail of spring shred hoodies!
Can one of you rad gear peeps tell me what the sleeve length is on the large in this hoodie? Looks like the perfect spring shred jacket!
Been wearing this jacket all season and it's holding up beautifully!!
It's a backpack with actual back support, but it rolls up into a nice tight little package once you deflate it!
I haven't tried this out since I just got it, but I think it's gonna be a game-changer for me. Hiking wet canyons and packrafting, I've found that your typical drybag-backpack is generally lacking support and/or pretty heavy. The Splash 25 is both supportive AND lightweight and it packs down super small for stowing it away. I've never seen anything like it, but it's pretty rad. The back panel has chambers that you inflate using a pump on the shoulder strap (the hose kind of loops over your shoulder the same way the hose for a hydration pack would)... when it's inflated, it creates a firm back support that makes it way more stable to carry around. The coolest part is that when it's inflated, you'll never have to worry about losing it in the water since it's basically its own floatie. When you deflate it, you can just roll it up and stow it away, so I think it'll be awesome for traveling with. Full report to come after I take this thing for a test drive!
UPDATE: I put this thing through the paces this weekend and I love it! I did a canyon trip where I walked up a gorge through ankle to neck-deep water for a couple of hours and it was super comfortable and kept all my stuff dry. Having the chest strap and the waist strap is a nice touch because it keeps the pack nice and snug to your body. The air frame was super cool because it helped me float through a couple of really deep spots.
I took it on a pretty gnarly day hike as well and that's where this pack really surprised me. It was a five-mile round trip hike with 1800ft of gain over the last mile with a lot of crazy scrambling and this pack was SO comfy to hike with. Because of the air frame it felt really light on my back. I don't know if it was because of all the little channels in the inflatable frame, but I didn't end up with the swampy chafe-y back that I was expecting at all! Again being able to cinch it down tight was really helpful, especially in the scrambl-y bits.
All in all I am a HUGE fan of this pack. My only wish is that it had some sort of pocket (maybe a little stretchy mesh one?) on the outside so I could keep my GoPro handy while hiking through the water!