maddscot

maddscot

So Cal and wherever I may roam...

maddscot's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

maddscot's Bio

Local area naturalist, docent, Scout Leader and outdoor/hike/nature guy. Getting the little ones into the great outdoors and away from the video games (though playing em' can be a blast). Giving back, what I got growing up to the next gen.

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maddscot wrote a review of on November 23, 2011

5 5

I gave it 5 stars as I love this pack. As a naturalist and docent, I need a pack that is comfortable for a variety of hikes and outings. Scout hikes, nature interpretive hikes, or just a hour or two walk on the trails by the house. It needed to not only perform well, but hold a bit more that I would alone (extra first aid, food and water for others). It does that and more.

Love the mag feature to hold the hose, mouthpiece is holding up well and the bladder system works very well. More pockets than I know what to do with... Materials seem top notch and the Osprey guarantee hopefully will never be tested.

The only gripe I have, and it is minor is the ability to fill the bladder. Due to the stiff back of the system, getting it under the fridges water outlet is impossible so I need to fill a container or pitcher and fill the bladder. This is not an issue anywhere else (sink, pump, etc) and only on my fridge, Camelback bladder is flexible so it works there.

I go between this pack and my Camelback Fourteener that has less pockets, but the bladder system, mesh back panel (cooler) and straps that seem to breathe a bit better (Camelbacks are thicker/more foam). In addition I had to sew in a tag to "hang" the Camelback bladder from as it collapses in the pack if not fully loaded. However I do prefer the Camelbak strap around the waist (wider) as well as the cinch system.

Cant go wrong with either so I have them both... the Osprey however wins most of the outings.

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maddscot wrote a review of on November 23, 2011

4 5

Great tent that was purchased at a great price. Used primarily for Scout camping trips with my son (not too big, not too small) with enough room to stow our weekend gear. Large vestibule was the selling point for me as we can leave packs/gear outside if needed. Packs okay, but unless I was with another adult on a pack in/out, I would look to a lighter tent. Set up was easy, but as with all tents a "dry run" at home is recommended.

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maddscot wrote a question about on November 23, 2011

Just purchased this jacket as I was looking for a light fleece for foggy, or chilly early morning / evening hikes and am planning to wear my Patagonia Houdini as a light shell (light rain) if needed.

I am 6' on the nose, and weigh in at 210lbs with a 45" chest. As always smack dab in the middle of everything when it comes to size charts. I ordered the XL as I prefer a slightly looser fit, but had heard Marmot runs a bit big (not so with my Precip jacket I purchased 6 years ago). I know I can exchange, but wanted to know if XL is the right size.

Thanks

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