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dou4072424 wrote an answer about on October 3, 2013

The Arc'teryx Naos 85 Backpack represents the obvious choice for carrying big loads in extremely wet environments. This heavy-duty hauler features durable, weather-resistant fabric, fully taped seams, and a roll-top closure to ensure you gear stays as dry as possible no matter the weather. With more than 5,000 cubic inches of cargo capacity, the Naos 85 Backpack easily holds enough gear to keep you going for a week or more. BUT IT'S $700. Get a 30L dry bag to line the interior.

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dou4072424 wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is IMO the best pack on the market. well, there could be a better one out now but I'm not looking for a new one. This pack has enough room for more than you could possible use. The zips allow easy access to the main compartment and the strap system keeps everything stable. The "Brain" is removable and converts into a fanny pack for quick bonus hikes. It is not waterproof at all and I have found that placing a 30L Sea to Summit roll top bag in the main compartment helps keep everything dry. Access to the water bottle pocket is easy and a nalgene bottle slides in or out effortlessly. My only dig is it can get a little warm on hot days when compared to the Z series or packs with trampoline backs.

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dou4072424 wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stove can really pump out the heat and boil water. Thats about it. If you are considering the "international" stove but have no plans to ever camp in other countries, then stay with this old standby. I have tried both examples on multiple occasions simultaneously and the normal version works head over heals better. It primes faster, uses less fuel and heats faster. The international version has a bulkier fuel line and a mesh screen in the priming bowl. It is worth spending 25 bucks to get the MSR Trillium Stove Base. It is much sturdier than the standard aluminum foil. Do not discard the aluminum foil wind screen. It increases efficiency and reduces boil time.

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dou4072424 wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

What can I say. This thing is bombproof. A little TLC after every backpacking trip and it will take care of you when you need it. Works well even in pouring rain. High altitudes are no problem. COLD weather has no ill effects. My only gripe is it gets a little black soot from priming, but that can easily be cleaned off. I wish the pump was not plastic but it works after five years of abuse.

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dou4072424 wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

3 5

I feel the straps are inadequate. They are a single use item. I have used them and they have slipped more than once and I have ended up with my backside on the ground - not a crash and burn, just slipped down the tree. Now I use two 8 foot sections of climbing rope and simple boy scout knots to get the job done.

I guess if you are counting ounces then you'll be happy with them, they are light weight and compact and they hold the weight but if I had it to do again, I would not purchase them.

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dou4072424 wrote an answer about on January 13, 2011

I use a pad with a hammock for the insulation because your bodyweight will compress the insulation of your bag. If you chose to leave the pad at home you will be cold. I use the 3" BA insulated rectangular pad in an ENO hammock and it is very comfy, the pad has never folded around me. You ask about rigidity... none at all. I have found that an under inflated pad is easier to get adjusted into the hammock shape.

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