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jbaysurfer872480 wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

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This is absolutely the best bag I've ever owned. I still have a 0 degree bag that I bought at REI 2 years ago but have not used it once since I bought this. I've slept in this bag down to 10 degrees and with a hat on my head and a baselayer on I slept like a baby. I'm a cold sleeper too! When push comes to shove I'm sure it wouldn't be comfortable, but in a snow trench and a bivy with all my insulating layers on I'm sure I could handle 0 degree temps in this bag, and all at a pound and a half (regular)!!!!!

I've also slept in 50degree temps using this bag loosely draped like a comforter. It breathes really well and if you're willing to lug an extra half pound you can save yourself 400 bucks for a lightweight down summer bag too!

I can't say enough good things about this bag. Worth every penny and making the bomber reputation of WM even better.

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jbaysurfer872480 wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

Good pants for all around usage. I wear them mountain biking on cool days, cragging, hiking (again on cool days), and skiing. My only suggestion to Patagonia would be some sort of ventilation preferably on the sides, but inner thigh ala mt. hardwear. would work too. The DWR coating is amazingly h20 repellent, on my last tour I sloshed a little water out of my water bottle and watched the droplets literally BOUNCE off of the fabric.Water repellent and breathable, they fit great too. Mine have been fairly durable as well since I once gouged my quad with a whippet pick but it didn't pierce the fabric of the pant.

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jbaysurfer872480 wrote a review of on April 8, 2009

5 5

I'm a snowboarder and own this pack. It works just fine for snowboard carrying, but like all other packs that I know of use the compression mechanism for snowboard carry as well. If you're spending much time in the BC with your snowboard, you should be riding a splitboard anyway (IMHO), and carrying your splitty in ski mode a-frame style eliminates all other snowboard carry isssues.

I easily carry my probe, shovel, handle and skins in the "Wet" section, and my MH Phantom Down jacket, Gore outer Shell, extra gloves, 2 1 liter Nalgenes, snacks, ski(splitboard) crampons, and oh sh#t bag (small first aid, rescue bivy, knife etc...) in the dry compartment. Boot crampons, ice axes (two if you need 'em) strap easily to the outside of the pack, and the belt pouches hold your gps, small camera, compass, headlamp, and a bag of peanut M&Ms.

If you're carrying more than this you're not using the pack as designed. It's a wintertime backcountry ski/board pack, not an overnighter (though I think you COULD use it as such in a pinch).

My only warning is this: if you're skinny (I'm 5'9" and about 155) you might consider the small vs. the medium. The length of the Medium fits me perfectly, but I've got the sternum strap and the waist belt straps tightened to the maximum on this pack if it's a light load.

If you need more than this pack has to offer, you're either carrying too much crap for a day trip, or using it as an overnight pack, for which it's NOT designed. I recommend the Exposure 50 for a light O/N pack that has similar features to this one.

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