I like this mug. It's compact and nests with the bowl. There is a plastic taste to the semi rigid ring around the lip of the mug. And the silicone is thin, so hot drinks have to be held by the ring around the lip or with a rag. But overall I like this mug.
Overall it's a nice bowl. It's compact, nests with the X line of cups, bowls and plates. The silicone is too thin to insulate it, when using it for hot soup. So it has to be held by the bottom nylon part or it's too hot to hold. And it retains food odors. Try eating a small can of pork and beans out of it and wash it within an hour. Mine still smells like pork and beans even after multiple washes and soaks in hot soapy water. It's no biggie, because I can't smell the pork and beans, when I eat other food out of it. But overall it's a winner.
This plate is HEAVY at 5 oz. A 9" aluminum plate is 3 oz and about $4. A titanium plate is 2 oz and about $16. This plate is heavier and more expensive but it does nest with the X cup and bowl. Seems better suited for camping than backpacking. I returned mine to REI and got their 9" aluminum plate instead and use it as both a plate and lid for the MSR Flex Skillet.
This is the best stuff sack I've ever had. It's heavier duty than most but weighs only a little more. The heavier nylon gives the daisy chain attachment points a rock solid feel. It's also waterproof except for the opening, which is still pretty water resistent, unless dunked. I got the 10L to hold a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight tent. The footprint, poles and stakes I still keep in the pack. But I just wanted to free up some extra space in the main compartment. This is one great sack. A little more expensive and weighs more but worth it.
These seem to be the standard titanium cutlery set for the price. A few things I didn't care for: The eating surfaces are unpolished. I have a titanium spork I don't care for for the same reason. Rather than send it back, I buffed it out. Half an hour on a buffer and I got a decent smooth surface. It's not a mirror finish but reasonable. It's now silver looking like in the product picture and not that dull titanium brown finish that holds finger prints and smudges all over. But to get a mirror finish, I'd have to take down the rough surface with varnish sand paper first and then buff it. Too much work. And second, the handles are too narrow and don't seem the most comfortable. I have small hands but think they should be wider. But this is only for backpacking and not for everyday use. I think the Primus set is probably better with polished eating surfaces and wider handles but no case.
Hey thanks James! I tried stuffing it in without rolling it up and it still won't fit. You're right, the dry bag is too small and doesn't have the volume to hold the bag. So it looks like I'll have to get the 20L now. I don't care for most compression sacks, because they try to squish the sleeping bag into more of a round shape. I like the traditional "roll" shape (long and narrow width), which fits better into my pack. Thanks again for your help!
What size bag will fit a Sierra Designs Pyro 15 degree 600 down bag in long? Sierra Designs says stuff size is 18" x 8" so I got the 8L 17" x 8" x 5" bag which doesn't fit. I roll up the sleeping bag as usual but I can't get it through the opening of the dry bag, which measures about 10.5" (when flat) or about 8" in diameter if you hold the opening open in circle. So it's supposed to fit by Sierra Designs specs. So does anybody know what bag size will fit? Space is at a premium, so smaller is better, but without having to spend a lot of time trying to get the sleeping bag in. Thanks!