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marli_jd1838378 wrote a question about on December 1, 2010

I am tossing up between the Covert and the Revelation Avalung Packs. I would like a pack that can do full day bc trips, with a bit of gear (I often carry a larger camera and a few other non-essentials), but will also double as a general-use backpack for international ski trips - something that I can load up with my laptop, books and other travel bits and pieces when flying. I am concerned the Covert may be a little small for my general-purpose needs, but then I'm also concerned the Revelation may be a little too 'streamlined' for general purpose. Anyone used either of these packs for travelling as well as skiing? I love BD gear and really want the Avalung without the hassles of having to 'convert' some other brand of pack to hold the standalone Avalung. All feedback appreciated.

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marli_jd1838378 wrote a review of on August 25, 2008

3 5

I was both happy and a little disappointed by this jacket. Good points: Well styled, true fit/sizing, looks nice on, good length, hand warmer pockets are cozy, fleecy colar lining is cozy, little belt looks cute. Bad points: The marino panels are only on the inner sleeve and side of body, all other panels are a very thin softshell fabric with no lining - the whole back panel is really thin and very cold if you're in the wind or really chilly conditions. Seems strange when our backs are one of the most vunerable parts in cold conditions...I ended up sewing in an extra layer of micro-fleece fabric to the inside of the back panel to give it some extra warmth and now it's wearable - so unless you are looking for a jacket with a thin back panel (maybe for cycling or walking with a pack on so you dont get a hot back??) or you are happy to do some sewing then don't bother with this one. Also - the hand cuffs are REALLY tight, I've got skinny little wrists and small hands and they leave red marks on my wrists after a while! Advice to Ibex - continue the thick marino fabric over the whole back panel and make the wrists a little wider, and then this jacket would be a real Starr!

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marli_jd1838378 wrote a review of on June 2, 2008

5 5

Warm, stylish, comfortable. I wore this jacket for 4 weeks straight while on a ski trip in Japan recently and loved it! The outer fabric is tough and it still looks like new after off-piste tree skiing, down town Tokyo shopping, busy train stations. Pockets are excellent and accommodated all my bits and pieces - lip balm, money, lift and train tickets, phrasebook, MP3 etc etc. I had heaps of compliments. If you're after an excellent quality down ski jacket you must consider this one by North Face - just perfect!

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