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chris2323445wrote a review of on August 28, 2015

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5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pack. I was looking for a couple things in a pack that I was unable to find elsewhere.

Size: At ~50 liters this is just right for traveling light for up to a week or so, but small enough that its not overkill for the standard "overnite bagging a long approach peak". The narrow width of this pack, combined with a rather large top, allows it to grow and shrink better than other packs I've used.

Large side pockets - I like to use water bottles, and grab them from my side pockets without taking the pack off. So many packs these days (Osprey - I'm looking at you) have side pockets that are barely big enough for a small bottle, and even thats a tight fit if you have a sleeping bag or something pushing out the bottom of the pack. This pack's side pockets are plenty big for a plastic water bottle + map, my standard setup.

Good suspension - you are going to pay a weight penalty for this but in my opinion its worth it. My previous pack (an REI flash-50) was lighter but had flimsy suspension. Net-net, this pack feels better at the end of the day despite being a bit heavier.

Under-the-bottom straps to hold a small tent. Many packs in this size range seem to be forgoing this anymore, but I think they work great. In an early morning when your tent is wet I don't like to shove it in the pack with the rest of my stuff, outside the pack is ideal.

The shovel pouch is a nice place to put other wet stuff. It's not huge but plenty big for stakes and an extra layer if you wanted.

The fabric is a little beefier than I think I need, but its nice that its waterproof. I suspect that the higher weight of the fabric is pretty much offset by not carrying a pack cover.

The brain top comes off easily, and the pack actually functions well without it.

All in all this is a really great pack if you are looking for a similar set of features.

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chris2323445wrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This headlamp is great. I love getting out in the dawn/dusk light and this lamp has made it very easy. Non-recharging headlamps make it trickier because a) I never wanted to use up my batteries and b) you want to stretch the battery life as much as possible. Given the light/voltage curve on pretty much all headlamps (where the light output is substantially more with fresh batteries) the result is either scurrying back before dark or running out the batteries with a "50 meter" headlamp throwing a beam barely to your feet. Re-Volt solves this problem for me as its easy to just plug it in next to my phone at home, so its always fresh and I never feel bad about using the batteries. Result: dramatically more time spent in the hills at the times of day I love.

Yes, you could do the same thing by popping the cover, pulling your own rechargeable batteries out and charging them, but for whatever reason I never could follow through with that.

It's also worth noting that you can use normal AAA's, so if you are doing a long trip and want backups its easy.

The light itself is pretty standard with all the features I expected - a good lock, nice red, good light etc.

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chris2323445wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've owned several pairs of these socks and they fit nicely and keep my feed dry and warm, but they always wear out under the balls of my feet. I guess its saying something good that they dont fall apart and the stitching keeps together, but it seems like they should last longer then they do.

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chris2323445wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great stove for heating water. It boils quickly, and uses fuel very efficiently. I have cooked ramen in it once and it was a bit of a disaster, its really best for heating water and dumping into your freezer-bag or dehydrated meal etc. On Colorado trail last year (so decent elevations) I was using one of the normal size gas cans every 10 days or so, with ~3x big mugs of hot beverage, and ~4 cups of hot water daily for rehydrating meals. Also the normal size cans fit nicely into the canister, add a small dishrag to the top so things dont shift and its a great little setup.

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chris2323445wrote a review of on October 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my goto top layer, its amazing. Did the colorado trail this summer with light-poly + this + rainshell. Use it almost every day this fall on top of bike shirt for warmth. Im quite sure this winter it will replace my older expedition-weight capilene as a mid layer. Breathes great, nice fit, I'm buying a 2nd one. The tail is a little long, so it works nice for riding. (I'm 5-10 190 in a large). The little pocket on the arm is kindof weird, its really just for a key or something, but I can pack in a 1/2 bar for a snack.

Really a great layer.

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