Jordan B

Jordan B

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Jordan B

Jordan B wrote a review of on April 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Yeah you heard me... er... read that! Osprey is awesome--Awesprey. I have been mulling over travel packs for literally a year or so, reading countless reviews and watching countless video walk through's. With the cost upwards of $150 for any week long pack I felt I had to be well informed before a purchase. Let me begin with my initial impressions.

Sleeping bag compartment is spacious, there is a fabric divider that isn't sewn into the inside of the pack 100% (however that doesn't mean it's fragile). I have a Columbia reactor 35 and it fits fine in it's compression sack with lots of space, so when I pack it out of the sack when I travel I know it will fit.
The interior is approximately the size of a 5 gallon water jug, 2 of them. That would be the best explanation I can think of for a newby like me.
the top strap on (ha) pocket is surprisingly large, I would say you could fit like.... 2 pairs of folded jeans in it. Like.... 20 bags of doritos in it. like.... a jet boil, pillow, rain shell, tool kit, and whole bunches of stuff in it. Seriously though it's large.
2 daisy chains and water bottle pockets adorn each side in a symmetry that rivals a perfect square.
Water bottle pouches could easily swallow a 32 ounce nalgene.
Attachments for crampons or the daylight pack.
Compression straps are EVERYWHERE on this thing, I'm not worried about that at all.
Suspension system is comfortable, hip belt and every other strap cinches down smoothly to pull the pack as close as possible.

Bottom line--I'd buy it again (but I don't have to with my life time warranty), and you should buy it too.
My plans are for the Fjallraven classic next year, Denali this summer, and Canada this fall. I'm confident it will work perfectly.

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Jordan B

Jordan B wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

With no reviews on these and no knowledge of the fit I feel confident in saying I took a gamble on them. I was pleasantly surprised. I tend to wear between a 10.5 and 11. An 11 with socks on and a 10.5 without, luckily these fit ok but not perfect with socks on, however felt miraculous without.

I used them to hike Arches, Zion, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and as an every day driving shoe. All of this was done in the same week without any break in period.

Bottom line: I thoroughly enjoyed the quality and fit/comfort of these shoes. If you can find them, buy them. I would say they feel like they run a little small, however I wouldn't buy a size larger, just be mindful of your sock thickness.

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Jordan B wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned several camel backs before this one and personally like the brand, so I was rather biased to purchase another. I recently undertook a trip over spring break from Missouri to Utah and back. Enjoy my results.

This bladder has now been through 2985.13 miles, a blown clutch on the way back in Kansas, hikes in Arches, Zion and the Grand Canyon. Road days where it was full of water in my pack and jammed in the back of my car to Ship Rock, Four Corners, Mesa Verde, through Vail Pass (14,000 elevation difference from Missouri and snow covered roads at Vail Pass--which we got stuck at for 6 hours due to weather--the roads were closed and chain laws were enforced. In a rwd 5 speed 4 cylinder SUV with highway tread tires... that's bad news).

Look, before I get carried away at how awesome the trip was. Just buy this. It's quality made, backed by a warranty, insulates regardless of the weather gradient, seams stayed together in the pack, not ONE leak happened. And most of all, my water was cold. And after all that's it's entire purpose right? To hold water for you and keep it cold (or hot?). And it did that very well.

Bottom line: Yes I would buy it again, yes I would recommend it to a friend, and yes it held up to some beatings.

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Jordan B wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The Black Hole is awesome and I would highly recommend it. The thought of stitching failure or tears never crossed my mind. I wouldn't say water proof because I feel nothing is waterPROOF. However, I'd put $100 in it and toss it in the dishwasher with full expectations of retrieving the dry money afterwards.

I ended up returning this because I felt it didn't suit what I originally had planned for it. Product-wise though I would recommend it for sure.

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Jordan B wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

4 5

I use it for weekend trips between parents' houses, friends houses, and in 2 weeks It'll be taken all over the Colorado Plateau for 2 weeks on a college field trip. I've broken it in with some slobber already on the weekends and it works pretty well for the price. Can't beat it. Just fold it into 3rds and tuck it away in it's bag and you're ready to go. It's a good little travel pillow.

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Jordan B wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

4 5

They aren't fantastic, but they haven't broken yet either.
I wear them every day and they fit my big ol' head perfectly fine. Typically I bend sunglasses because of my big head but these fit good. Again, they aren't Raybans, but if you're looking for disposable sunglasses that you'll get good use out of for a year or so look no further.

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Jordan B wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

4 5

If you are looking at this for an everyday wear around campus, look more towards the North Face Resolve jacket (or something like that). This is a technical shell and is well used for rain/wind proofing and that's it. You can't zip in a liner, it's got no insulation built in, and feels rather flimsy. Don't get me wrong, I've had this jacket in torrential downpour the other day and it was phenomenal. I wasn't wet at all (at least where the jacket covered). However there are some cons to this jacket.
Hood is constantly up, doesn't have a roll away pocket.
Very thin=no insulation
Wrist velcro will catch on jacket closure velcro with daily walking. It's kind of annoying

But the Pro's outweigh the cons for sure if you want to stay dry. Because you WILL stay dry.

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