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joshspice1251941 wrote a review of on August 18, 2012

3 5

I like what Osprey has done with this backpack, but like so many mainstream pieces of gear that try to emulate what cottage companies have designed, this pack comes up a little short of satisfactory. It has a good design, but can't really compete with equivalent small manufacturer packs like HMG, MLD, SMD, etc.
The die-cut shoulder straps stretch under weight and cut into my shoulders, making this pack good for really light, higher volume loads.
Pockets on the shoulder straps aren't useful, except for energy gels - too small for bars, phones, cameras, etc
Side compression straps could be better in all regards. Good idea, but needs improvement.
Back panel sleeve is too narrow for a folded Z-Lite pad to be used as the frame. I used a TAR ProLite torso pad & it was uber comfy.
Hipbelt pockets are good, tho.

All in all, there are better 45L packs out there that are lighter, can carry more weight, and are better designed.

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joshspice1251941 wrote a review of on August 18, 2012

5 5

I've camped numerous times from 0 degrees down to -40F on this mat and I can literally feel my body heat being reflected back up to me. It's so warm (compared to so many other pads I've used in the past), I've started bringing a lighter weight sleeping bag. I now sleep in my down jacket & insulated pants in a 0 degree quilt at 30 below zero and never wake up cold. It's super comfortable, too.
Awesome pad, but why not get the lighter & warmer XTherm? That's what I switched to.

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joshspice1251941 wrote a review of on August 18, 2012

5 5

I live in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have used the original WindPro at -30F with no problems. Lit right up and boiled water without any pressure or cold-weather canister related issues. This is THE lightweight cold weather stove. Full flame control, too!

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joshspice1251941 wrote a review of on July 29, 2012

4 5

No matter what anyone says, look at this jacket as a fleece jacket with a smooth outer face that doesn't let snow, leaves, dirt, etc stick to it, doesn't pill like fleece, and glides nicely without binding under another layer.
It's an intelligent fleece jacket, combining a light fleece layer with a breathable soft-shell outer face.
Trim fit.
NOT worth $375, but worth any sale price if you explore the world in winter or in coastal environments.

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