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isabeld1044852 wrote a review of on May 25, 2010

5 5

A french press, in my opinion, makes the best cup of coffee. A french press in the backcountry at sunrise makes the BEST CUP OF COFFEE OF YOUR LIFE.

The heat sleeve is a nice addition--you can drink right out of the press if you like it black.

This is one of two luxury items i bring backpacking (the other's a hammock) and they make the trip.

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isabeld1044852 wrote a review of on May 25, 2010

5 5

This pack was a major upgrade from my enormous top-loading Lowe pack. Its the right size for a long weekend, but I've used it for trips up to a week. It's a super-light pack, straps in all the right places, and the usual features you want in a basic pack: side pockets, hydration compatible, bottom compartment for dirty shoes, etc. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles you'd want for traveling (in particular a detachable daypack--why all bags don't have this is beyond me.)

All in all, it's a great deal and I like it better than the Osprey and Lowe packs I've used in the past.

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isabeld1044852 wrote a review of on May 25, 2010

3 5

I got a screaming deal on this bag over at Steep & Cheap a couple years back. It's number one feature is that it's eminently packable, stuffs down to about the size of a loaf of bread with the included stuff sack. So it goes in the pack rather than on it, which is a nice upgrade from my last bag.

That said, it's really a 45-degree bag--I've woken up trembling in the Sierra in the summer a few times. I'm too cheap to spring for a bag liner, but that would probably do the trick. So if you need a summer bag and see this on sale, go for it. Otherwise, try something rated a little lower--a bag that can't handle California summer nights isn't necessarily worth the investment.

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