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knop25303 wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

Wonderful!
5 5

After 4 years in a Jade, I got a Diva for my birthday. The hip belt is wonderful with support and cushion. The lid can also double as a fanny pack for short excursions away from camp. My Nalgene bottles fit comfortably in the bottle compartments and don't get pushed out when the pack is full. On long, hot backpacking trips where I need to refill my water often but I want to use a camelback, I just fit my 2l in the outside middle compartment and run the tube to my shoulder strap so I don't have to mess with items in the inner pack. The shoulder straps are comfortable and don't dig. I would buy this again and again. Don't let the price talk you into a cheeper bag. You will end up upgrading if you stick with backpacking.

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knop25303 wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

5 5

After 4 years in a Jade, I got a Diva for my birthday. The hip belt is wonderful with support and cushion. The lid can also double as a fanny pack for short excursions away from camp. My Nalgene bottles fit comfortably in the bottle compartments and don't get pushed out when the pack is full. On long, hot backpacking trips where I need to refill my water often but I want to use a camelback, I just fit my 2l in the outside middle compartment and run the tube to my shoulder strap so I don't have to mess with items in the inner pack. The shoulder straps are comfortable and don't dig. I would buy this again and again. Don't let the price talk you into a cheeper bag. You will end up upgrading if you stick with backpacking.

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knop25303 wrote a review of on September 14, 2012

2 5

After wanting this bag for years, I finally got it last Christmas to much anticipation. Unfortunately, I returned it due to several factors. First, the elastic spiral baffles did not cinch to the degree that was shown in the pictures. Mine looked overstretched. Because of this, the bag as very loose leaving many cold areas. Even using a hot Nalgene bottle to help warm me in my bag wasn't sufficient. The last straw was the customer support at MontBell. Although their call center was in the USA, the company was very impersonal and not very helpful. This is not what I have found with stateside gear companies. I do have to say that Backcountry has been WONDERFUL though this whole experience! They now have a lifetime customer!

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knop25303 wrote a review of on September 14, 2012

COZY!
5 5

I chose this bag after returning another down bag that was quite disappointing. Why Western Mountaineering? Well, my husband has a 5 degree Antelope, to which I have "stolen" on a couple of cold nights and the reputation for great products that WM holds. Plus, after dealing with a foreign gear company (to MUCH frustration), I decided to bring it back home, going for "Made in the USA." Now, I am a TERRIBLY cold sleeper. I tend to bring clothes for the Arctic when it's just 30 degrees outside. I always cold camp in my tent as well. With these two components in mind, I decided to go with the Versilite for cost as well as weight. The first trip was a 6 day in the Yellowstone backcountry. While it was unseasonably warm, it did get to the low 30's to 40's at night. I was warm, starting the nights with the bag unzipped and bringing the zipper up as the temp dropped. My neck was warm with the nice collar. The loft was wonderful (and I made sure not to over-cinch my compression bag). Although WM tends to be more money, it's well worth it!

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knop25303 wrote a review of on September 14, 2012

Great Tent
5 5

My husband and I are going on our 4th year in our Hubba Hubba. It is easy to put up and take down for multi-day trips. Split between us, this system is lighter then when we use our hammock systems separately. We regularly camp in the Smokies and surrounding parks so rain is pretty much a constant. After two years of use we retreated the rain fly and reapplied seam sealer as a precaution. We have never had a problem with leaks in the rainfly and only just recently, on our trip to Yellowstone, did we have water seep through the tent floor. It was a torrential downpour and edge of our tent was in a puddle. Turned out to not be much of a problem. We used Tyvek housing wrap for a couple of years for a footprint until we broke down and got the footprint with a giftcard. LOVE the footprint. We not only use it for the Hubba hubba but we also stake it under our hammock systems for a nice "landing pad." As for MSR, the have wonderful customer support. They are very helpful and patient, especially when they are trying to teach you how to replace a section of your pole over the phone. I would buy this tent again in a heartbeat!

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