The North Face Patrol 34 is so far the best pack I've owned. It can do so many activities for almost all 4 seasons. The face material is awesome, durable, despite my first impressions of it being so thin. The pack fits excellent, better than any other I've had, having many adjustments for a customized fit. The goggle pocket is an excellent addition, along with the hinch 2.0. The pack can hold enough for an over-night excursion, and the aluminum frame allows me to carry up to 30 lbs comfortably. The crampon pocket is also nice. The pack can do so many sports, whether it be hiking, climbing, skiing, and the list just goes on and on. I personally think the Patrol 34 is the best pack in it's class.
I bought the Black Diamond Revelation Pack and was first pleasantly surprised by it. I thought it was extremely durable and functional. However, I started noticing how Black Diamond did not do a good job on the details. So far, I've had a broken zipper, failing buckles, etc. and although I have repaired them, I have not even taken them outside for anything wet. The bag was failing when I was PACKING it. I did not even pack it half way. Although the bag's design looks excellent, I am sticking to my The North Face Patrol 34 for most of my tasks.
I have a Smith Phenom with a ignitor mirror lens. However, I seem to have a headache after wearing the goggle, even for short periods of time. I am used to cylindrical lenses, and this is a spherical lensed goggle. In addition, I am also used to non-tinted lenses, except for brown. Is the problem due to the lens type, or due to the tint I chose?
How would this compare to the Smith Phenom?
How durable is the frame compared to the Oakley crowbar?
Why does the official site say that the face size is medium, but backcountry says it is medium/large.
How does it compare to the Oakley Crowbar with size?
Does it have a carbonic x lens?
This one has a significantly higher warmth to weight ratio. 900 fill to 800 on the Patagonia.
Is it insulated?
Is it insulated?
You would not need them. The Kahtoola Microspikes would do the job better.
This has a 30,00 mmh2o rating, whereas Gore-Tex has about 28,000 mmh2o, even though Gore-Tex is more expensive. How is this possible.
Check out The North Face Blue Ridge Paclite which also has core vents, which would enhance breathablity. Also, the articulated sleeves on this jacket would not make significant differences, if any as they are both extremely light. Some Arc'teryx jackets are also very good choices.
Some Gore Tex Pro Shell jackets are both extremely waterproof and breathable, as well as being durable.
This will be a lot better, as it has both a higher waterproof and breathability rating. It has a 28K Waterproof rating, and about a 20K Breathability rating. You can find this at http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/waterproof-guide/
In addition to eVent and Pro Shell, Dryqelite is also highly waterproof and breathable.
Gore-Tex Pro Shell and Dryqelite are more breathable than event.
Is it waterproof?