Thanks Ryan, I'll probably grab up a 16cm and see what I think. (I've moved to AZ so I don't have the same amount of access)
Anyone know if you can get the lid separately? I lost mine and while cheap would prefer to just get exactly what I need rather than build my collection lol.
Also is this the same dimensions as the old Backcountry 700ml?
I've come to accept using most anything with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating in rain provided 2 things: it's not pouring and the exposure is brief, such as running from the car to the mall entrance etc. Given this is down you'll want to be extra careful though, and even i draw the line with DWR coatings when I know I'll be outside for a while (such as skiing in the pacific northwest where it constantly rains). Lastly, remember to refresh the DWR coatings, doing so really helps!
This was for my wife and she loves it. I wanted to get her a puffy sweater/jacket so that she could have some true warmth should i ever trick her into some colder camping than originally expected lol. I knew exactly what to expect given the 900fill down's compressibility and weight, and pertex shell, however i was still concerned with what my wife would think of the shell being so thin. She wouldn't want an expensive piece of gear if she was afraid it would shred to pieces. Thankfully she likes the concept that it is either worn on the outside when we're strictly in the pow good, or under a more durable shell, or lounging around far from sharp thorns and branches. So it turned out perfectly! She loves the piece, and is consistently cold so this is used frequently. She's 5'7" 130lbs, with slightly long arms- purchased the medium and it fits great!
A concern I have with larger packs is the ability to look up while wearing a helmet- does this pack have a little "scooped" out section to help create space when you tip your head back? (or similar solution). For example the Gregory Palisade 80 is shaped slightly to allow this but not quite enough in my opinion. Any help appreciated, thanks!
My wife's 5'7" 130lbs and had to go with a medium for sleeve length, therefore i wouldn't recommend an XS for you.
My wife really loves this- soft, warm, and cute. That's her evaluating criteria. I have to add that the hi-loft fleece exterior looks as though it's as warm as it is supposed to be, and it does make it soft. My wife loves the excessive elastic cuff portion on the sleeves, and the longer collar for helping to seal in the heat. The non-fleece fabric (pocket and under collar) appears to be Polartec's Powerstretch which is also soft and very comfortable due to it's stretch. My wife prefers this less as a technical piece as she does for a replacement for a go to sweat shirt like item; plus this has a full length zipper. She uses it both on cooler nights in the warmer seasons and then all the time in the cold season. The only gripe was that given her longer arms she had to size up to a medium rather than use the small due to her preferring that the sleeves are long enough vs preferring the torso was snug. She's 5'7" thin, athletic build, so that's common.
I bought these off a buddy because he said they didn't provide enough ankle support. Anyone who tries them on would understand that they're not for the weak ankles, heavy pack crushing treks (I mean they're shoes not boots). They're perfect for everything else though. I wear them all the time: river crossing, dry hikes, sloppy treks through the woods when hunting or doing photography and even into town if I'm dressed according to the shoes lol. The reviewer below unlocked the secret- in the top of the tongue is a mesh pocket-like holder for the laces! It took me about 5 months of wear to figure this out lol. I personally love the quick pull laces. I can make crazy fast adjustments on the trail if I need a little extra wiggle room or need to get a pesky pebble out. What really wins me over though is how lightweight and well-fitting they are. These are incredibly light-weight and that's with a green super-feet insert replacing the original insole. Very comfortable, very functional. I will miss these when the sole wears through!
shaped for paddlers, check!
zippered front, check!
That's all i really wanted. The foam is that gooeyer kind rather than some super cheap styrofoam, so that makes it a little more comfortable. I'm sure there are a lot of other features I'm missing, but they weren't as important to me as the one's listed above. (This did not come with a whistle by the way)
Lid replacement? Does anyone know if backcountry.com sells just the lids? I lost mine somehow and really want the lid back. If not- anyone have recommendations (my biggest concern regarding the lid is cold weather water boiling). Thanks!
In a 4 season tent on Mt. Rainier (Camp Muir, July 2011), getting ready for sleep. This jacket exceeded my expectations given there wasn't as much loft I as I expected. Superbly warm inside the tent and out, without activity either. Temperature probably in the lower 20s at night, little wind. Very pleased
fully fluffed waiting to be enjoyed lol
meltin snow resting atop the Brunton Bantom liquid fuel stove
my go-to baselayer for almost everything
Used on Rainier (Muir Snowfield July 2011)
I wanted to rate this a 3 star but I think that's probably too harsh given that my biggest gripes are only when I use the helmet for what it's not designed for. For example, for mountaineering it's slightly heavy and doesn't have an adequate means of securing a headlamp. It has an effective strap holder on the back of the helmet but nothing in the front to keep it in place. The only real gripe that I feel is valid is the fact that the snap buttons that keep the "knit" ear pieces in place constantly unsnap even when I make certain that they're properly snapped. Adequate ventilation and ventilation cover though. Suspension system/chin strap is actually comfortable too.
used as a mountaineering helmet on Rainier (Disappointment Cleaver 2011)
Grabbed a pair of these on sale at an REI garage sale for about $20. One pole was slightly bent but only enough to prevent a rapid slide when collapsing, not enough to worry about it bending more under a tipsy step. They're still solid, locking mechanisms are great even with gloves. I'm guessing they're a tad heavy for the gram counters but I like the durability over the few grams. Comfortable straps after hours of continuous use as well (and while wet). Very pleased!
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