I'm 5'11" 175lbs with broad shoulders should I go with the medium or large??? It always seems like I'm right on the cusp of these two sizes!
This pad, let me first say, insulates from the cold ground VERY well. I cut mine down to about 2/3rd's of this original length and just prop my head on some clothes (my standard makeshift pillow)and throw my feet up on my pack. I was literally cooking in 40 degree weather at night. You can feel it radiate heat back up to you! Had to actually totally unzip my mummy bag a couple of nights. I went on a volunteer backpacking expedition to Isle Royale National Park, for the 52 year running Wolf and Moose Study. We did a lot of bushwacking and were hardly on the trails. The Island is very dense with thickets and spruce forests, and those very thickets SHREDDED the edges of the pad. I simply prefer foam pads for durability and life saving ability! If I was in an emergency I wouldn't trust an inflatable, one little rip and you're done for! If I had an inflatable straped to the outside of my pack for this expedition it would have been over before it started. Isle Royale chewed up my pad, but all things considered it withstood the damage well, but another 3 weeks of that and I'd be worried.
Let me start by saying I've owned a Kelty Red Cloud 5500 and a Osprey Atmos 50. I just took this pack on an 8 day backpacking expedition to Isle Royale National Park, as a volunteer in the Wolf-Moose study. We traveled mostly off trail, bushwacking. All in all, we went about 35 miles, give or take, and this pack exceeded my expectations! As far as comfort goes, it blew both of those packs out of the water. No pain in the shoulders and it effectively transferred the weight to my hips. We went up and over the 1000 ft. high Greenstone ridge 4 times in full packs, through dense thickets and spruce forests, and crossed swamps. This pack held up to all the torture I could throw at it and kept asking for more! Not a tear or thread on it. (can't say that for my thermarest, straped to the outside) My balance was pretty good on the ridges and through the swamps, trying to aviod soaking my feet. I am a minimualst and brought the very little gear I needed so I had plenty of room (until the end.) So I ended up carrying both stoves, half the fuel, half the lunches (for 6 of us) and the water filters. By the end I had a partial Moose Skeleton inside the pack as well and a full skull strapped on the outside of the sleeping bag compartment. All in all around 50 pounds of gear and it carried like a dream! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was the lack of outside gear attachments, as I was really struggling to find ways to attach Moose near the end, and the lack of access to the main compartment with only the top access (kind of a pain with dead Moose everywhere.) Although that is why I purchased it, its simplicity, this expedition was just unique. If you want a simple pack that carries enough gear (weeks worth for me) and carries it well you can't go wrong with Deuter! Very well made packs. I'm a new loyal customer!!
Anyone know the difference between then insect shield and the classic version besides the $2?
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