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bobp337449 wrote an answer about on July 3, 2014

I can vouch for Wayne's comment above--When I got my XL I carried my smallish 9 year-old, and later my largish 11 year-old in it. Not very far, but they each fit individually in kind of a fetal position with room to spare.
My sons' camp requires a hard-sided trunk because they live in tents/tipis and critters (mice presumably) would chew through fabric, even TNF duffels. The XL is actually smaller than the standard camp trunks you can find online, but my older two go for a month and the youngest had plenty of spare space in his trunk for his two week stay. The sagginess of a duffel makes it tough to carry, and the sheer size of the XL makes it tough for a small one to haul even in backpack mode. Even the trunks they don't carry (alone). The XL is 32 inches long, which in backpack mode would reach from my 9 year-old's shoulders to his ankles.

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bobp337449 wrote a review of on February 5, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am surprised to be submitting a disappointed review for a BD product. I really like my Contact crampons and they have served me well. But last year I had a sunny Cascade snow climb where snow balled under my feet all the time. Talking to people and reading stuff online led me to believe that an anti-balling system would help that. So I bought these for the Contact crampons, only to discover that this is a replacement plastic base for what my crampons already have. 100% same thing. In my mind, it's not a special add-on anti-balling product, but a replacement part for the same thing the crampons came with when I bought them in Sept 2012.
And it's not great for anti-balling either, which is why I was trying to upgrade. I've only had that problem with warm/moist Cascade snow, so they might work in other areas just fine. And they're great for glacier walking. And really, whacking your feet with every step isn't the worst thing in the world, but still.... I wish the marketing materials had explicitly pointed out that these are replacement parts for what the crampons come with already.
Just the text from above causes problems. "The Black Diamond Contact Anti-Balling System (ABS) bolts to your crampons to reduce snow accumulation whether you?re traveling across glaciers or aerating a polar bear?s front lawn." NO, it does not bolt anywhere and it doesn't further reduce the snow-balling any more than your crampons already do off the rack from the store because they have this piece already.
"The easy-on"...yes, true... "injection-molded design offers a lightweight alternative to lugging around massive snowballs on your feet." Again, an *alternative* to the exact same thing on my feet? It's not an *alternative," it's an exact replacement. "Compatible with Spring 2010 and newer versions of the Contact and Neve crampons." Well, that's clear and true, at least.
The product is fine for what it is; the way it's being sold is not.

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bobp337449 wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go-to pack for day-hikes/climbs and overnights where I don't bring too much gear. A removable lid might be a good touch, and the extra zipper for the bottom of the bag seems like a waste--it's not so huge that you need two access points to the bottom. But I really don't have any complaints. Very sturdy, light enough, with good features. I love that I could adjust it down to fit my ten year-old son for a few days in the Olympic Nat Park last spring. Have not used it for ski mountaineering (yet) but will take it to Everest Base Camp on a trek next fall (where yaks will carry most of our gear in 150 liter duffels, so it's just day stuff in the pack). Can't wait.

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bobp337449 wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

I cannot say enough about this pack. I felt trapped between a big 85L pack (8 lbs, bought in 1984, summited Mt Rainier a couple times, but ugh) and my tiny 25L day pack (really only good for shorter fair weather hikes), but needed something for day scrambles of 5-10 hours and summit pushes on multi-day climbs that could hold more gear, ropes, maybe a bivy, food etc. Enter the Deuter Guide 45+.

Great price, super solid construction, waterproof, and what really thrilled me was last week when I sized it down for my 10 year-old on a three-day backpacking trip. It was only slightly too big for him at its smallest (and we didn't load it full, of course). (Even most kids packs don't go small enough in the waist for my son whose waist is 24".) I was kind of grumpy because he had my favorite and my 12 year-old had my 70L Osprey while I was stuck humping along in the family truckster pack once more.... But now, when looking for a pack for my kids, I'll consider this (or the Guide 30) which will still be usable by them when they're grown!

Back to me: I really love this pack for me as well, though it might be too heavy to tack onto the outside of my bigger packs for use on summit day only for overnight climbs. On the few climbs I have made with it (all in snow this winter), I love the fit, strength, capacity, features, etc. Can't wait to bring my skis up on a climb with this baby. My ONLY gripe so far: the color is a bit blah. I'm not an ultra-light kind of guy, but will probably try to make due on an overnight or two in good weather with this....

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bobp337449 wrote a review of on February 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Aside from the giraffey leg length (which is indicated in the size chart, so I knew what to expect--getting them hemmed is no big deal), these fit great and feel great. Just got them today and wearing them at the moment. Material very stretchy and seems quite tough--looking forward to giving it some breathability and water resistance workouts in the Cascades in the coming months. Will update then.

Size note: I am 5-7/170 and with a waist of about 35 and an inseam about 30. I ordered the large at first, but the waist on that was way too big (the size chart indicates a waist size of about 33-35, but this felt like 37-38 to me) and the seat/legs too baggy, so I returned it (very easy, thanks Backcountry) and got the mediums, which fit quite well but will have to be shortened by a couple inches--a process I am well acquainted with as almost al my pants have to be shortened. Should do fine with a light layer underneath as well.

Lining is described as poly fleece, but that's misleading--it is not fluffy/nappy at all (which I prefer because I overheat easily). It's a thin, smooth, soft poly lining--works great for me, but I would not call it "fleece."

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