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suggswrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 194 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Yep, they are as good as everyone says they are. Bought 3 pair and love 'em. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and the mediums were perfect. Washed/dryed them inside out like recommended and they did not shrink. Go ahead and buy your last pair of socks!

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suggswrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Used this for the first time on a backpacking overnight and it rained throughout the evening but i stayed dry under the 9 footer and was able to chill and cook under it. Gives you a great dry spot to pack up your tent and gear when it starts to come down. Simply pick up your freestanding tent, run underneath the tarp and pack it up. Exactly what I bought it for. Now when rain is in the forecast it won't ruin your trip! (Note:***Have a garbage bag in your backpack to put the wet tarp and wet tent fly in!!!****

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suggswrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 194 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Yep, they are as good as everyone says they are. Bought 3 pair and love 'em. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and the mediums were perfect. Washed/dryed them inside out like recommended and they did not shrink. Go ahead and buy your last pair of socks!

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suggswrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is an incredible upgrade from the first orbit that I had. It was only 45 lumens! So to have this now in 105 lumens AND a flashlight added to it is just awesome. I am very happy with this purchase. Was debating whether or not to buy the Black Diamond Helix Backcountry. This was cheaper and had a little more burn time.

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suggswrote a review of on February 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I put this bag to the test on an overnight on the AT. Temps were to be in the high 20's but managed to dip down to 19. The bag performed great. I started out with too many layers on and eventually got so hot I "Winnie the Pooed" it (shirt only, no bottom)! About 2 a.m. I did put my socks back on and a Terramor base layer on bottom, a pair of Carhart pants over top and a long sleeve polyester top and short sleeve poly over that. I love the option to put my arms out the sides. This made it so quick and easy to move and adjust things inside the tent. That is the best part about this bag. The only thing i did not like was that when you have the zipper pulled all the way up it doesn't have a place to tuck in and hide. It's a cold metal zipper right there touching your face and in the way. I think I will try and cover it somehow. Maybe like with fabric or tape or something. Can't wait to get out again! Highly recommended down bag.

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suggswrote a review of on January 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these several times now and they do keep the snow out BUT I have experienced a lot of condensation. I have found that they don't breathe as well as they say they do. I have come to the conclusion in my 25 years of hiking and backpacking that fabric that is labeled as "breathable and waterproof" is still wishful thinking in the laboratories of these top gear manufacturers. Just my opinion. I think the fit runs large. I wear a size 9.5 boot and i ordered the large and the shoelace hook on the front won't hook on any of my 3 pairs of boots. Just too long. But it still fits tight enough to keep out the snow from slipping in. The buckle and strap that goes underneath performs very well. I will continue to use them but on long stretches of hikes I have to take breaks to undo them to let them air out and dry.

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suggswrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ok so I hit 45 years old and decided it was time to go ultralight! I thought I would have to give up some comfort and space. I have been lugging around my Kelty Red Cloud 90 for the last 5 years. It weighs just under 6 lbs empty! When I bought this Granite Gear V.C. 60 I shoved everything I normally take on a 3 day hike and couldn't believe how much space I had left! I love the light weight design of it. I'm 5'10", torso length of 21", 190 lbs. and jean size 34" waist and the regular size with the medium hip belt fit perfectly.
I filled it up and took it on a 6 mile test hike and was impressed by the comfort in the hip and shoulder belts. With all that said here are my cons: The little pocket on the shoulder belt is WAY too high on the shoulder. Almost lost my phone out of it (smaller flip phone). There is no air ventilation through the back area. When I hiked that 6 miler it was about 65 degrees out and the bag was very hot on my back. Lots of sweating.
Overall I really am glad I bought this at discounted price here on Backcountry.com.

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suggswrote a review of on February 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This pack is a work horse! Tons of room and the 2 side pockets and the sleeping bag compartment is why I chose this over the Coyote 80. Only 1 pro and 1 con. The pro outweighs the con though. This pack is so comfortable once you get it dialed in. Took it on a 7 miler packed with about 20 + lbs to try it out so I could decide if I was going to keep it. Super comfortable. The con is this:about every 200 yds the waist belt needed tightening and the shoulder straps also. Not sure if the 14 degree temps had anything to with the grippiness of the straps though. Love this pack and I'm keeping it!

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