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pbergwrote a review of on May 9, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had a 65L Osprey Atmos for 5yr that I absolutely love. It's taken me on 8day Summer trips across the Sierra and on 2-3day winter mountaineering trips, and it's performed awesomely. But as I progress to longer, higher-altitude winter mountaineering expeditions, a 65L pack just doesn't cut it anymore.

Enter the Osprey Xenith 105. It has an excellent function:weight ratio. Buckles felt cheap, but I was willing to give it a chance... until I loaded it with 55lb and did a test haul up a local peak. The bag felt incredibly uncomfortable on the lower back.

I've heard complaints from other climbers/hikers about the metal bar that runs horizontally along the bottom of Osprey packs. When loaded, the suspension of the pack causes the metal bar to get pushed into the person's lower back/tailbone and even causes bruising in a few hours time. At first I thought those people just had weird backbones, but I tried it on my Atmos, and I found I can easily replicate this phenomenon in my 65L Osprey pack--if I exceed its maximum 45lb load range. In my mind, though, it makes sense that a 65L pack becomes uncomfortable with a 55lb load because the load is technically outside what the pack is designed to carry. I was okay with that.

On the other hand, the maximum load on this Xenith 105 is 70lb. A 55lb load is 20% under the maximum rating, so I would expect it to carry 55lb comfortably. Unfortunately, no amount of adjusting or packing configuration could make it comfortable for me. I'm not okay with that. A 105L pack shouldn't feel uncomfortable with 55lb. Very disappointed with this pack--I promptly returned it.

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pbergwrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once tried, always used. Lightweight, durable, plenty of capacity. At 37g (1.3oz) and a volume capacity of 2.3L (78 fl oz) if filled to the brim, it's unmatched. I own two of these, and you'll never catch me on an overnight trip without one.

They're perfect for storing filtered water at basecamp or for some extra capacity between stops without water.

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pbergwrote a review of on August 17, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really wanted to like these mitts. The build quality is excellent. They are great in terms of functionality. I just couldn't get them to fit me well, and they left me a little disappointed in terms of warmth.

Fit: Ordered both the Medium and Large sizes of the mitts. Spent a long weekend with the Large, decided the 1-3" of extra space at the ends of the fingers made it impossible to do anything with my hands. The next weekend, I took the Medium pair. The excess length at the end of my fingers was reduced. But in the medium, I found the cut of the fabric at the joint between my thumb and pointer finger was too short. My thumb couldn't all the way into the glove (tried both the inner and outer glove separately...same story).

Warmth: On both weekends the temps went down to 25F/-4C. On both weekends, my hands were a little chilly around camp.

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pbergwrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

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

I'm 6'1" (184cm) tall and weigh 178lb (81kg). Athletic, lean build. Ordered both the medium and large of this jacket. Returned the medium and kept the large. The medium felt a tiny bit constricted around my chest; additionally, the medium jacket length was a little too short for my torso because it barely reached my waistline and wrists. On the other hand, the large fit perfectly, both in length and girth. It also leaves just enough room to layer a down sweater beneath the jacket.

Weighed them both at home:
Medium jacket - 480g (17oz)
Large jacket - 504g (17.8oz)

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pbergwrote a question about on May 5, 2012

I have some microspikes, which work really well with these boots. Now I'm looking to do Whitney next month and need actual crampons. Can you recommend any crampons suitable for this boot and for Whitney conditions? I'd prefer to use this boot rather than spending half a grand on a pair of bona fide mountaineering boots. Thanks!

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