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cay3106765 wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

4 5

okay, i get it... patagonia wants to show off by giving the houdini the smallest stuffed dimensions of any wind shirt. but in the process of boasting just how compact it stuffs, the ruined the zippered pocket. it has almost no usefulness. it could hold a key. maybe a drivers license? protein bar? that's it. good luck folding a map small enough to fit in there. and in the process of making such a small pocket, it is not too easy to fit the jacket into it. i have a hard time stuffing the last few square inches in and zipping it closed. had they given the pocket a bit more depth they could still brag, it might be of some use, and it would be easier to stuff. also, an angled pocket makes more sense. despite all this, it's a great jacket!

oh, i'm 5'9, 150, and a medium is as small as i could go. good thing i live in hawaii, if i had to wear many layers - like a fleece - i'd get a large.

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cay3106765 wrote a question about on February 6, 2012

could someone please comment and/or attach photos of the interiors? there are two zippered compartments, no? within these, are there paneled pockets for sorting and holding smaller items?

i'm looking for an all-purpose bag, i don't have much to bring with me. stuff for my 1-year-old daughter, few items. both for city and for hiking. most importantly, i like to have some organization with where and how my belongings are kept within the bag. mesh outer pockets are a huge plus.

i'm torn between this and osprey's daylite attachment. thoughts?

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cay3106765 wrote a question about on February 6, 2012

hi all, could someone please comment on the inside arrangement? so there's the main compartment. is there any mesh paneling in the main compartment? any smaller pockets? and then there's the front zippered pocket? is it deep - running down the entire length of the bag? and does it have any smaller, paneled pockets?

while i don't have a lot to carry, i like keeping the various small things organized. lastly, does this bag keeps its shape when not filled?

thanks!

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cay3106765 wrote a review of on October 28, 2010

4 5

hi all, just want to let others know that this bag will fit within the dimensions of carry-on size requirements. i know it may not seem like it at first glance, but as long as you do not have the bag stuffed to the seams, the contents should fit within the outline of the bag's wire frame, which is just within carry-on specs.

also, given the bag's material, i have been skeptical of using it as a checked bag - unless placed in a protected bag/duffle, etc.

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cay3106765 wrote an answer about on October 27, 2010

must admit that i cannot recall exact diameters, but you will not be able to fit a typical nalgene into the side pocket - unless the main compartment is mostly empty. for the last extensive trip i did with my pack, i kept a 1 liter platypus (less than full) in one of the pockets. i think playtpus-like bottles will work better than rigid-construction bottles - unless your bottle is of a small diameter.

also, the mesh pockets (with their side access) are fantastic for small things like cameras, maps, etc. i am able to reach around and pull out contents via the side access. very nice...

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cay3106765 wrote a question about on August 28, 2009

i know it's a lot to ask, but could some folks send some pics in of this bivy??? i ask because the massive corporation that black diamond is doesn't bother to give us any insightful pictures of this bivy on their website. i'm aware of the dimensions, but i would like to see an image of the bivy fully unzipped and a shot looking into the hooded area. black diamond never gives us those angles in the product description. cheers!!!

ayres

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cay3106765 wrote a question about on August 28, 2009

someone please clarify this for me... when the bag is entirely unzipped/opened, is there a layer of mesh that spans rough the opened area? am i making sense? basically, if it is really warm out, can you leave the waterproof layer opened and still be covered by the mesh?

if not, what is the area of mesh that one is allowed? cheers,

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