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five.fifteen plus wrote a review of on November 4, 2014

Pretty decent but pricey for sure
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really high quality bed, it is definitely durable. More than once my overactive BCD grabbed it and shook it like a toy but the nylon is strong so there wasn't even a frayed thread.

It does pack small enough to fit into his s/m pack, but it pretty much takes up that whole side of the pannier. It would definitely be able to pack smaller with a compression bag.

It stays clean very easily, a quick shake is usually enough to get all the dirt off. It probably does get wet, but you shouldn't be placing your dogs bed in a puddle anyways, so I have no trouble keeping it dry.

My only complaint other than the lack of compression sack, is that it definitely is not that warm. I think this bed would be amazing if it had more fill, and used down instead. He will always lay on it because it does help, but if he beats me to the tent he will always go into my sleeping bag first. So I usually cover him up with a sweater to help keep him warm.

Otherwise, you know it's a decent bed because as soon as you put it on the ground your dog will walk three circles and lay on it!

Pic of him sleeping next to the campfire snuggled up to a deer antler, absolute heaven.

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five.fifteen plus wrote a review of on November 4, 2014

Because why not...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of the people buff to protect that small area on the back of my neck from the south Florida sun.

This dog version has a lot its own uses. I have used it wrapped around his collar to keep the noise from his tags down; pulled up over his ears to keep junk and ticks out (he has open mostly upright ears); soaked in cool water or ice cubes, if available, wrapped inside on hot days (this works great on the people buff too); and the reflectiveness is great, or you can get the orange to really prevent hunters from thinking your hiking buddy is game.

Overall it's really useful, durable so far, really easy to keep clean, and too light to not want to carry it out. You'd be surprised at how useful a simple tube of fabric can be. Note in case anybody is wondering, it's really thin fabric, something like a really comfortable yoga tshirt but synthetic fast drying material, so it probably does nothing for warmth.

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five.fifteen plus wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

4 5

They are light, strong, keeps your stuff dry and organized.

I have so many to hold clothes, wet jackets, climbing gear, slack lines... you get the idea.

For a size reference: the small holds 80 feet of 1" webbing, two 10 foot sections of 1" webbing, 4 carabiners and 2 rap rings. And there's still a little room to spare.

A little more expensive than others but worth it in my opinion. I only wish we could choose the color.

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five.fifteen plus wrote a review of on April 12, 2013

5 5

Great fetching toy, especially for heavy chewers. My BC mix can chew his way out of a bank vault, but the gourd part of this toy is definitely the most indestructible toy I've come across. The rope won't last if your dog drags this toy around by the rope (like mine). But that's no biggie, a buck fifty will get you a three foot long rope at HD. And adding a longer rope allows me to really hurl this thing far, further than a chuckit can toss a ball. Or when I'm in a crowded dog park I'll tie the rope in a loop for shorter throws. Just be careful, this toy started a dog fight yesterday at my local dog park! Also my dog seems to go crazy over the irregular bounce pattern.

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five.fifteen plus wrote a review of on March 3, 2010

4 5

I bought this pack because of the sale, I needed to replace my trusty old Cato's which was pushing close to 10 years old I think. This pack seemed among the most spacious of all the north face daypacks. Plus I prefer to have one cavernous pocket as opposed to so many divided sections, and this one delivers in that aspect to.

I agree with the sizing issue that many have commented on. But the sad truth is that I tried on a lot of north face daypacks at a store and every single one was like that. However I'll say that I'm 5'10" 220lbs and I'm able to work with this one. It's not ideal as the shoulder straps are essentially all the way lax.

I have been a fan of TNF gear for a real long time now, unfortunately now it seems that they are moving towards the masses because it seems most of their packs have laptop sleeves and other non essential outdoor accessories. But this Solaris 35 holds to the ol TNF philosophy that I love which made pure outdoor gear and not bookbags.

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