Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lost Creek Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest, Never Summer Wilderness
That would be my guess, GSI does make small light weight grinders that you could take backpacking and from what I have experienced with them they give you a fairly coarse grind.
It does have an adjustable torso, but I would highly recommend you find a store that carries this pack and try it on. I am boarder line medium and large and I went with the medium and with the adjustable torso I have no issues with it.
Those two open buckles are for the two compression straps on the front of the pack. If you are taking a lighter load you can run the straps all the way over to the one side to really snug down your load. The Aether series is add-on compatible, underneath the flaps of those two compression straps are 4 loops where you could attach a daylite daypack. If you are going to be doing base camping it is a good thing to have.
I have an Aether 85 and Large is the right size for it. You will still have extra room if you have to attach stuff to the outside of your pack.
Thanks, I thought they looked a little thicker than other hybrid jackets. I know one TNF jacket I had looked at had no insulation in the sleeves what so ever.
Is there any insulation on the sleeves? I know other TNF hybrid jackets seem to be more like an insulated vest with light sleeves for weather resistance.
There are no hood adjustments and it will likely not fit over your helmet. The hood is designed more like an attached hat and fits over your head very closely. I found the ThermoBall hood was a little looser than the DNP's (which you had to put the hood on before fully zipping up). But it was still tight enough that my baseball hat and sunglasses were about the only thing I think I could get in under there.
These books are great for carrying a heavy load. They are very comfortable and will give you a lot of support. I have taken these boots on trips where I have carried more than I usually will and my feet were not the first things to start hurting. In fact at the end of the hike my feet were fine. The lacing system is great. It keeps the boot as tight as you want it and it won't loosen throughout the day.
This pad is nice and lightweight and pretty comfortable for a closed-cell foam pad. The folding design is nice to quickly pack it up. It is fairly warm for a pad of this type. If you put it on a cold surface and then get on it you can feel the difference. This pad is also versitile, you can fold it part way out and use it as a seat or use it to pack gear on. This pad is fairly water resistant so if you are caught is a sudden downpour you can use it to cover some stuff or if it is on your pack you don't have to worry about it getting wet.
If you sleep on your side a lot or don't do good with foam pads there are a few other light weight options, but they cost twice as much.
The cons of this pad are the comfort and the bulk. This pad gets the job done but is far from the most comfortable pad on the market. If comfort is more what you are looking for you should look elsewhere. The bulkiness of this pad is also a drawback. You pretty much have to strap it to the outside of your pad. This isn't a horrible drawback but it does give your pack something to snag on. NEMO makes a pad the same weight but being inflatable it takes up only a fraction of the space. The upside to this pad it is can't spring a leak and leave you sleeping on the ground in the morning.
So 4 stars for the weight and comfort of a foam pad but it loses one star for the bulk and total comfort.
Download the Gear Aid app on your smartphone. It has two columns, one for the piece of gear and one for what you want to do to it(clean, repair ect.) They recommend taking it to a laundromat as home machines can damage down products. Give it a look it has a lot of great information for caring for all of your gear.
I have tried this out at home and am extremely doubtful it will hold up to trail use. Luckily I got this with one of my GSI cook sets so I didn't spend much on it. It is rather flimsy and I was being really careful as I was using it. I would rather have a spoon and a fork that I didn't have to be careful of than a cheap spork that could break if you sneezed.
I don't think you are going to get 100% efficiency when doubling pads but you should at least see an increase. REI always recommends using 2 pads for winter camping usually a foam and an air pad. This is partially for insurance in case the air pad springs a leak, but I think the foam pad will also help the air pad be a little warmer.
R-value refers to a pads ability to resist heat flow. So the higher the value the better the pad will insulate you from the cold ground.
Yeah I was looking at GSI and I couldn't find anything mentioning the inside surface. How easy is it to clean?
Does this set have a non stick surface? Backcountry says yes but REI says no.
I would have to agree, I put a 3L in there and it takes up all the room in the hydration compartment
Generally Osprey puts a little tab around the frame with the size but I just checked My Aether and couldn't find one so you might just have to run into an REI or some other store and see if you can compare them. Unless you can actually find a tag that says the size it is going to be hard to guess without comparing it to another
These pints are awesome, they are very sturdy. They do a decent job keeping your drink cold. They would be perfect for camping since they will hold up quite well in the outdoors. I am actually considering getting more of these to replace the plastic cups we use for camping. I have a feeling I will have this thing for some time to come.
It does come with 4 AA and an adapter for AAA but if you need AAA you have to buy them seperately