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lazypetewrote a review of on March 4, 2011

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Hi all. I've got a small Kode 30 (so actually 27L) which I've been using this winter, and it's great.

Actually having the correct back length makes a huge difference (so many companies don't make one quite short enough for me at 5"6") and the back system itself is really comfy.

I can just comfortably fit in all the kit I need for a day tour. I couldn't fit in a rope or technical kit if I wanted to up the ante. Packs easily and carries well. Have my avalung retrofitted to the left shoulder strap.

My only gripes are -

I had to put a bit of padding in the base of the avy tools pocket to stop my shovel tip trying to cut through when I put it down on rocks, and it's only just long enough to close with a bit of zip strain over my BD deploy 3, ortovox probe and bd saw.
The diagonal carry causes a fair bit of scuffing over the rear panel from edges against a shovel blade inside.
If you use the centre positioned axe loop you can't use diagonal carry - will rig up a corner loop or just use the compression straps
The ski carry straps are long enough for my 10r waist helixes, but I worry that the clips take a fair bit of strain as they usually need to be position over the edge of the skis, and the length adjustment clips sometimes come loose.
The stitching on the rear access panel zip seems to take quite a bit of strain when closing up with a reasonably full load - I hope it lasts the distance.

All that said, it's the most comfortable and practical day-pack I could find for me. Now if only they'd make an ABS type version!

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lazypetewrote a question about on December 8, 2010

Anyone got any comparison of this and other insulated jackets eg Montane Flux Jacket or TNF Redpoint Optimus Insulated Jacket (both of which are available in Scotland)? I've managed to get hold of a thermawrap parka here, and find it hard to believe it'll be as warm as it's competition which is twice the weight, though it is surprisingly warm.

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lazypetewrote a question about on September 27, 2010

Hi there. I've seen a few posts mentioning transplanting an Avalung II into / onto a non avalung pack. I was wondering if the same thing could be done with the avalung in an avalung pack? I've seen bandit avalung packs cheaper than an avalung II. As I'd like it in an Osprey Kode anyway it would make sense to by the cheaper bandit avalung pack, transplant the avalung component and still have the bandit pack to use for something else.

Has anyone tried this, or even know if it would work?

Cheers

Pete

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lazypetewrote a question about on August 1, 2010

Hi. I've had my whisperlite for quite a while and it's been great. When the burner snapped off the swing-arm weld MSR put me in touch with the UK importer who swapped it for an improved bit within days.

My question is about pot compatibility. I noticed somebody asked about sizes before, but I was wondering if any of you have a titanium pot set you manage to nest the stove inside for transporting? I'm looking for something 1.3 to 1.5l I think, with a pan style lid in Titanium. If anyone has a tried and tested setup I'd be keen to hear about it.

Cheers,

Pete

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lazypetewrote a question about on April 18, 2010

Hi there. I'm interested in a set of 176 Helixes as a do it all ski. Is there any noticeable difference between the 08/09 and 09/10 ski ? I've found some 08/09 ones reduced to nearly half RRP, but am unsure if the older ones have the slight tip and tail rocker the current ones are supposed to have. Rocker seems to be appearing on a lot of back/side country skis. Is it worth having?

Cheers,

Pete

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lazypetewrote a question about on February 1, 2010

Hi. I'm looking for a boot to use for scottish winter use. I don't do any climbing at present but would like to have the option of doing a bit at some point.

My question pertains to crampon use with these boots - the Mammut site states they are compatible with strap on crampons. Given the obvious abscence of a toe welt full step ins are a no go, but I can't tell from the pics if the heel / sole unit would accept hybrid types such as Grivel new-matic bindings.

These boots look like an attractive alround mountain usage option, especially as my current B1 raichle boots fit well and the price point is appealing (and they're stocked by a shop I can wrangle a discount out of), however I'd rather avoid full strap-on crampons. Any experience / comments gratefully received.

Cheers,

Pete

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