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kevinlnwrote a review of on May 10, 2016

1 5

I have 2 hydration packs: the Osprey Manta 36 and a CamelBak Rim Runner. I originally only had the Camelbak but decided to get another hydration pack a a couple of years ago because my girlfriend kept wanting to use my CamelBak. I love my other Osprey packs so I really wanted to love this hydration pack. The magnetic clip and back frame were all appealing to me. I didn't even mind that the back frame limited the amount of storage space in the bag. I decided to pull the trigger and ordered this pack.

I immediately regretted it. The pack itself is perfectly fine, but the hydration bladder makes this pack absolutely useless. The bladder has to be closed a very specific way or else it will leak. I learned that the hard way after taking my pack out of the trunk only to find out that half of the 3 liters of water had leaked out. Since then, I have to hold the bladder upside down to find out if I have it sealed correctly or not. Do a quick google search and you'll see that plenty of people have this problem.

I had spent too much money on this pack to just throw it away or buy another one so I just kept using it. That is until the cap on the hydration bladder stopped turning. I don't know what happened, but the the blue ring around the cap started rubbing up against the cap in a certain way that causes too much friction. This makes it impossible to open or close the cap without significant effort. After this happened, I had had enough with the pack and just threw it in the garage.

I'm only writing this review now because while cleaning out the garage, I came across this pack again. I decided to clean it up and give it another go, only to get so frustrated with the non-turning cap and be reminded about why I threw it in the garage in the first place.

I've loved all Osprey packs I've owned throughout the years, but the hydration bladder makes this pack absolutely useless. Needless to say, I'm sticking with Camelbak.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on December 12, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The positives: very lightweight and the material is really stretchy. Would probably work really well for water sports and rock climbing.

The negatives: these just didn't fit me at all. I'm a 32/33 waist and the large was too loose and medium was too tight. They're also longer than pretty much all other shorts. The pockets are absolutely useless. They're way too shallow to be any good and are placed right in the front, not the side so you would have your belongings rubbing against your front upper thigh all day on hikes. Also, the leg openings are really wide. Someone else mentioned they could fit both legs in them. I tried it and I could too.

A few minor changes and these shorts would be awesome, but I'll be returning them.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on December 3, 2012

5 5

I've used this about 5 times and love it. Its really light so you barely even notice you have it on. Went camping in Yosemite during the summer and we had unexpected showers for a day. Luckily I had this in my pack and it kept me completely dry. I heat up and sweat A LOT and the pit zips really helped when we went hiking. My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that it doesn't pack into its own pocket.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on November 7, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this shirt. Looks and fits great. The only reason I give it 4 stars (4.5 if I could) instead of 5 is because of the tag. They have it on the seam of the upper trap (seam running from the collar to the shoulder). It can get really itchy and annoying. I decided to just cut it off. Other than that though, its a great shirt.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on October 6, 2012

1 5

This is the first Stoic item I've ever bought and will definitely be the last. The shirt looks good and fits well, but the quality of the shirt is either incredibly low or quality control is sub par. Just came back from the gym wearing this shirt and I noticed loose threading in the back. Its my first time wearing it and I can't imagine what it could snag on at the gym. I can't even imagine how this would hold up on a hike. I got it for $24.50 and that price is already too much for a shirt of this quality. Full price at $49 is highway robbery. Will definitely return this.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on September 26, 2012

4 5

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

Shirt fits great and has a nice athletic fit. It wicks well and keeps you nice and cool. Mu only complaint and the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the brick color isn't as dark as it looks in the picture. It looks a lot more like that "team red" picture.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on January 18, 2012

3 5

I bought this shirt as a stand alone tee to climb in and go out in afterwards. BC has it as a regular fit, but its more slim/athletic than regular. I love the way it fits. Not too baggy, not too tight. Its also very soft. For the price though, I expected something thicker. This is a very thin shirt.

This is my first experience with merino wool other than with socks and I'm not a big fan. Its very soft, but feels itchy on my skin. I've only worn it around the house, but I find myself scratching my back and sides a lot. I was excited about this shirt hearing all the great things about merino wool, but maybe its just not for me. Looks like I'll be going back to polyester for my climbing shirts.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on July 14, 2011

1 5

I have the Fuel 3 from S&C, not the Fuel4. I used the device on the strap to open the door in order to put the batteries in. I've heard about how flimsy the doors are so I tried to be gentle. Gentle didn't work because you have to apply a decent amount of force to open it. Tried a little harder and it opened! Too bad the door broke. I had just taken out the headlamp out of the packaging 5 minutes ago! I'd return it, but shipping it back alone would cost about half the price of the headlamp itself. Guess I'll just continually replace the door every time it breaks.

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kevinlnwrote a review of on April 18, 2011

3 5

Upgraded from the Evolv Optimus Primes. These shoes are super aggressive with great rubber. Sole is stiff and edging is great in these shoes. Why the 3 stars? The shoes were different sizes. Both were tagged 40 (I wear size 8.5-9 in street shoes for a sizing reference), but the left shoe was a tad bigger. Not sure why this is the case, but I didn't notice until about 2 weeks in. I had always felt that my left foot wasn't as secure on certain foot chips as my right foot, but I always just assumed it was because of the specific foot chip. I decided to compare the shoes and the left shoes was about a quarter inch or less longer. Might not seem like much, but it was for me. Will return mine with BC's great return policy. Will probably reorder in a 39.5 and hope for the best.

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