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drifterman wrote a question about on November 28, 2010

Wondering if I can nest a 32 oz Nalgene inside and put the lid on the bottom? Pretty much wondering what Titanium pots will work for that matter and this purpose of nesting with a naglene. I have a Vargo Triad Xe stove. So saving space this might do it if I can fit them together nicely. I always keep my nalgene in my aether side pocket with a GSI Cup around it, they fit perfect. But the GSI cup is only 18oz (Too small and no lid)...most of these are pots are 24oz...perfect for a 16oz mountain meal and more...I believe it could handle a cup of joe as well. I might be going at this wrong but using space well is a big difference. let me know what you guys think...I will post this question at the other Titanium pots.

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drifterman wrote a question about on November 28, 2010

Wondering if I can nest a 32 oz Nalgene inside and put the lid on the bottom? Pretty much wondering what Titanium pots will work for that matter and this purpose of nesting with a naglene. I have a Vargo Triad Xe stove. So saving space this might do it if I can fit them together nicely. I always keep my nalgene in my aether side pocket with a GSI Cup around it, they fit perfect. But the GSI cup is only 18oz (Too small and no lid)...most of these are pots are 24oz...perfect for a 16oz mountain meal and more...I believe it could handle a cup of joe as well. I might be going at this wrong but using space well is a big difference. let me know what you guys think...I will post this question at the other Titanium pots.

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drifterman wrote a review of on June 26, 2010

3 5

Once again I posted the review below on the OR Seattle Sombrero and the Marmot Precip Hat pages. Hope this helps you guys in your search.

When I set out to buy a hat I was looking for something dual purpose...sun and rain. I ordered 3 hats before I found the one that fits the bill as a Sun and rain hat. The 3 hats were The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero, Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat, and the Marmot Precip Safari Hat. All these hats are waterproof so they all should perform in the rain well. Water repellent hats were not considered at all for they are not fully waterproof and would not do well in a long down pour. Here's my brief review of each.

The OR is the most expensive of the bunch might be because it was the only one that uses Gore-Tex. It has the strongest rim but is also the heaviest weight hat of the group. It has a great amount of adjust ability so fit can be really adjusted. Even the head band can be finely adjusted to fit your head a little better. The velcro side flaps are ok and I notice when the side rims are attached they pull on the top sides of the hat...not really a problem just makes the hat on my head look funny! It just tugs then and makes them stick out. It is very good as a rain hat probably the best for the rim is the strongest so in a heavy down pour it will hold up better than the others. However because if its weight and Gore-Tex the same cannot be said as a sun hat. It gets far too hot!! Which is too bad because OR used a darker color on the underside of the rim to cut down on reflection and glare. Because of its weight and being too hot in the sun I gave it a 3. If you just want it as a rain hat...I give it a 5 all day! The Rim will make it the best of the group

Next was the Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat. Lightest of the bunch but very close in weight to the Marmot. The rim is the weakest so in a heavy down put it might not do so well. No one plans on being in a heavy down pour but they happen. And if you are in one with this hat the rim might not hold off the heavy rain very well. The fit was as good as the others...it does not have a head band adjustment. The color is a stainless/silver like. It is great for heat reflection but the underside of the rim is the same color so it will add glare in the sun. The rim also velcros to the side of the hat just like the OR but doesnt deform as much because the rim isnt nearly as heavy as the OR. There isnt nearly as much adjustment as the OR or the Marmot. This is probably the coolest of the hats in the sun, both from the weight and the color. I didnt care for the fit as much but the one I got was pretty deformed from shipping. It went back. I felt this was my least favorite of the bunch.

The Marmot Precip Safari Hat was my pick. It isnt the heaviest but isnt the lightest either. It has the same amount of adjustments as the OR and is more than a 1/3 the cost. The sides fold up and attach via a magnet. I didnt think I would like this but I really do!! I found this hat to be the perfect fit for rain and sun. It wont handle the heavy rain like the OR but will do better than the Mountain Hardware. It is cool and the color I got keeps the reflection and glare down in the sun. It fits me well and looks really nice. Overall this one fit nearly all my requirements. The quality is also excellent, pretty much all the hats were manufactured well.

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drifterman wrote a review of on June 26, 2010

5 5

I posted this on the OR Seattle Sombrero page as well. For I tested 3 different hats in order to find the one I like the most.

When I set out to buy a hat I was looking for something dual purpose...sun and rain. I ordered 3 hats before I found the one that fits the bill as a Sun and rain hat. The 3 hats were The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero, Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat, and the Marmot Precip Safari Hat. All these hats are waterproof so they all should perform in the rain well. Water repellent hats were not considered at all for they are not fully waterproof and would not do well in a long down pour. Here's my brief review of each.

The OR is the most expensive of the bunch might be because it was the only one that uses Gore-Tex. It has the strongest rim but is also the heaviest weight hat of the group. It has a great amount of adjust ability so fit can be really adjusted. Even the head band can be finely adjusted to fit your head a little better. The velcro side flaps are ok and I notice when the side rims are attached they pull on the top sides of the hat...not really a problem just makes the hat on my head look funny! It just tugs then and makes them stick out. It is very good as a rain hat probably the best for the rim is the strongest so in a heavy down pour it will hold up better than the others. However because if its weight and Gore-Tex the same cannot be said as a sun hat. It gets far too hot!! Which is too bad because OR used a darker color on the underside of the rim to cut down on reflection and glare. Because of its weight and being too hot in the sun I gave it a 3. If you just want it as a rain hat...I give it a 5 all day! The Rim will make it the best of the group

Next was the Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat. Lightest of the bunch but very close in weight to the Marmot. The rim is the weakest so in a heavy down put it might not do so well. No one plans on being in a heavy down pour but they happen. And if you are in one with this hat the rim might not hold off the heavy rain very well. The fit was as good as the others...it does not have a head band adjustment. The color is a stainless/silver like. It is great for heat reflection but the underside of the rim is the same color so it will add glare in the sun. The rim also velcros to the side of the hat just like the OR but doesnt deform as much because the rim isnt nearly as heavy as the OR. There isnt nearly as much adjustment as the OR or the Marmot. This is probably the coolest of the hats in the sun, both from the weight and the color. I didnt care for the fit as much but the one I got was pretty deformed from shipping. It went back. I felt this was my least favorite of the bunch.

The Marmot Precip Safari Hat was my pick. It isnt the heaviest but isnt the lightest either. It has the same amount of adjustments as the OR and is more than a 1/3 the cost. The sides fold up and attach via a magnet. I didnt think I would like this but I really do!! I found this hat to be the perfect fit for rain and sun. It wont handle the heavy rain like the OR but will do better than the Mountain Hardware. It is cool and the color I got keeps the reflection and glare down in the sun. It fits me well and looks really nice. Overall this one fit nearly all my requirements. The quality is also excellent, pretty much all the hats were manufactured well.

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drifterman wrote a review of on June 26, 2010

3 5

When I set out to buy a hat I was looking for something dual purpose...sun and rain. I ordered 3 hats before I found the one that fits the bill as a Sun and rain hat. The 3 hats were The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero, Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat, and the Marmot Precip Safari Hat. All these hats are waterproof so they all should perform in the rain well. Water repellent hats were not considered at all for they are not fully waterproof and would not do well in a long down pour. Here's my brief review of each.

The OR is the most expensive of the bunch might be because it was the only one that uses Gore-Tex. It has the strongest rim but is also the heaviest weight hat of the group. It has a great amount of adjust ability so fit can be really adjusted. Even the head band can be finely adjusted to fit your head a little better. The velcro side flaps are ok and I notice when the side rims are attached they pull on the top sides of the hat...not really a problem just makes the hat on my head look funny! It just tugs then and makes them stick out. It is very good as a rain hat probably the best for the rim is the strongest so in a heavy down pour it will hold up better than the others. However because if its weight and Gore-Tex the same cannot be said as a sun hat. It gets far too hot!! Which is too bad because OR used a darker color on the underside of the rim to cut down on reflection and glare. Because of its weight and being too hot in the sun I gave it a 3. If you just want it as a rain hat...I give it a 5 all day! The Rim will make it the best of the group

Next was the Mountain Hardware Stimulus Rain Hat. Lightest of the bunch but very close in weight to the Marmot. The rim is the weakest so in a heavy down put it might not do so well. No one plans on being in a heavy down pour but they happen. And if you are in one with this hat the rim might not hold off the heavy rain very well. The fit was not as good as the others...it does not have a head band adjustment. The color is a stainless/silver like. It is great for heat reflection but the underside of the rim is the same color so it will add glare in the sun. The rim also velcros to the side of the hat just like the OR but doesnt deform as much because the rim isnt nearly as heavy as the OR. There isnt nearly as much adjustment as the OR or the Marmot. This is probably the coolest of the hats in the sun, both from the weight and the color. I didnt care for the fit as much but the one I got was pretty deformed from shipping. It went back. I felt this was my least favorite of the bunch.

The Marmot Precip Safari Hat was my pick. It isnt the heaviest but isnt the lightest either. It has the same amount of adjustments as the OR and is more than a 1/3 the cost. The sides fold up and attach via a magnets. I didnt think I would like this but I really do!! I found this hat to be the perfect fit for rain and sun. It wont handle the real heavy rain like the OR but will do better than the Mountain Hardware. It is cool might be as cool in the sun as the Mountain Hardware and the color I got keeps the reflection and glare down in the sun for the underside of the rim in the color I got is a dark one. It fits me well and looks really nice. Overall this one fit nearly all my requirements. The quality is also excellent, pretty much all the hats were manufactured well so really no complaints in that category.

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drifterman wrote a review of on June 13, 2010

4 5

Nice backpack certainly for the money. The space is great, tons of useful as well as though out compartments and extremely comfortable shoulder straps. The AirCore straps are absolutely amazing! It does state that it has a laptop compartment however the padding could be better for a laptop. I feel it doesn't offer adequate protections. It is extremely thin but there is at least some padding in the floor however only in the floor, nothing on any of the sides at all! I believe the laptop compartment doubles as the hydration storage as well. Gear loops are nice and this pack could easily work as a school bag, causal/urban work bag, bug out bag (BOB), as well as a daypack. The nylon is 600D so it is a lighter weight daypack that will probably withstand enough for a day trip but I dont believe in the rain or more rugged situations it would be a good choice. I like the water bottle pockets, the waist belt and the compression straps. It is light and built well. However if you are looking for this to store your laptop be aware that the padding could and should be a little better. I dont trust keeping my macbook pro in there...especially considering the price tag on a new macbook pro. With a few short comings this bag is still absolutely excellent!!! I love it, just wish the laptop compartment was better.

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