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Matt K wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall: Highly recommend for car camping

Pros: Light, inexpensive, sharp, blade guard
Cons: not the best construction quality

I'm always debating whether to bring a nice kitchen knife on camping trips. Sure it'd be nice to have, but do I want to haul it around, plus how do I protect it and keep it from cutting up my gear when packed?

Well, thought I'd give this knife a try for a recent car camping road trip and was not disappointed.

For $10 bucks this knife is sharp, decently constructed, and the blade guard is a great little bonus.

No more using the grimey multi-tool on food.

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Matt K wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: roomy, inexpensive, seems durable, dual zippers,
Cons: bulky, no mummy-style hood, not good for below 30F

I bought this bag for the lady and myself for a car camping road trip during the winter holidays. This bag saw action at 3 different National Parks and weather down to 30F. The bag performed very well for our needs, but I definitely wouldn't suggest using this bag in sub-freezing weather. Even at 30F, paired with thick air pads, and a comforter inside a 2 man tent, made for chilly nights. Thankfully this bag is pretty wide so we were able to throw both the dogs inside, which helped keep us nice and warm.

Overall, I would highly recommend this bag for couples that want a little bit of luxury at the expense of weight and bulk during car camping adventures. For the price this is much cheaper than 2 equivalent bags.

Note: I'm 6'4" so I got the long version and it was perfect for my height.

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Matt K wrote a review of on March 11, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this duffel for a rafting/camping science excursion to Alaska. I wouldn't say that this is the most durable product and would definitely recommend any SealLine pack or duffel over this. This pack got several holes during the flight up to AK, before even getting out into the field. Might chalk it up to the airlines, but I also had two smaller SealLine Packs and they did better in transit. It survived the trip, but it has seen little use since. I have used it several times for car camping and similar activities, but I mainly use it to store all my other outdoor/camping gear in when not in use.

The pack is pretty darn weather resistant, but definitely not waterproof. I have another Stoic duffel which the zipper stopped working after less than a year, so I am doubtful about how long this pack will last.

Overall, I WOULD NOT recommend this pack.

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Matt K wrote a review of on August 27, 2011

4 5

I bought two of these day for a recent river trip in Alaska (the 35L and the 70L) and they worked great. The 35L pack is good if you want to bring a pack out on a day adventure of rafting or boating. For extended trips the 70L and 115L are probably the way to go.

Having the back pack straps on these bags is a really nice touch, but I would never hike an extended distance with these unless the load was pretty minimal.

Side note, these bags took a beating by airport baggage handling. They survived intact but I don't know how many repeated trips like this they would be able to handle.

Overall, great product, kept my stuff dry and easy to haul. Highly recommend.

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