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mgood3502228171

The Earth is my playground.

mgood3502228171's Bio

I'm a whitewater kayaker/skier/backpacker/climber who enjoys travelling to new locations to do one of the above activities.

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mgood3502228171 wrote a review of on September 1, 2008

4 5

This backpack is one of the most comfortable packs that I've ever used. Its weight to volume ratio is great: 3 pounds for 50 litres (its pretty hard to beat that). The only concern I had with buying this pack initially was the fact it was so light I thought it might not be durable enough (don't worry, its very durable). This pack has held up great to all sorts of trouble that I've put it through.
The only grip I have about it is the way the frame is built to create the ventilation chamber. It makes retrieving bulky things from the bottom of the pack difficult. It also makes carrying things like bear cans nearly impossible. Note: these grips wouldn't stop me from buying this pack again but this is the reason it didn't get a 5 star rating.
The things I like: The hip belt pockets are great to keep snacks, maps and other little things necessary for quick access. The hip belt itself is very comfortable and distributes the pack weight evenly. This thing weighs simply nothing by itself (love that). The ventilation chamber is great for hot days (and can be packed with gear). There is also a cool pouch for a hydration bladder and two outside pockets for water bottles (nalgenes fit great in these).
All in all this is a great backpack. I've had my pack seriously overloaded with winter gear and it still handled the load great!

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mgood3502228171

mgood3502228171 wrote a review of on September 1, 2008

5 5

These boots are awesome! I've had them on a number of trips including a 15 day backpacking trip in Alaska and they performed great!
Comfort: The footbed feels great and provides awesome arch support. The toe bed is roomy enough so allow for thicker socks without cramping your toes together. The laces provide a great amount of support to your mid-foot to keep your feet from sliding forward in the boot when going downhill. We did a number of stream crossing in Alaska that were knee deep with rushing current and that was the only reason these boots got wet on the inside. Even when they were soaking wet they never lost any support, rubbed my feet, or had any weird pressure points to cause blisters. I've had these boots on a number of trips now and never had a single blister. The only negative thing I have to say is about the insole. Its a little thin and if you are planning on doing multi-week trips or have sensitive feet you might want to think about replacing it with a thicker insole. If you are a weekend warrior then it should work fine.
Traction: Great! I've hiked through scree, shale, snow, bush, tundra, swamps, streams, wet rocks, dry rocks and maintained trails and these boots grip it all very well.
Durability: Built to last. These boots have a number of miles on them now and they still look and feel great! The waterproofing still works great as well.
Ankle Support: I look for boots with the most ankle support I can find and these things are great! I never have sore ankles after a long day of backpacking.
In summary: These boots are really comfy, have great traction, are built to last and provide you with great ankle support.

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