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tva3461440wrote a review of on March 7, 2011

Room for 3? Yep!
5 5

Got the BA Em Mtn 3SL on SAC, exceptional deal. Finally had it out for it's 3rd time - and this time put 3 people in it for a trail night. I was really happy that we weren't overlapping / on top of each other. This is what a 3 person tent should be! As others have noted, the doors are low, but smaller zippers help keep the overall weight down. It's a compromise I'm happy to take. I use a min. of 8 stakes on basic set up (4 corners, 2 vestibules + 2 end walls) even in good weather to make sure the fly doesn't touch the tent. Tent is pulled taught with that. Add the additional 4 guy line stakes and it easily withstood moderate winds. We were warm on a 32 degree snowy desert night, and did not see the 15-20 mph gusts affecting the tent structure.

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tva3461440wrote a review of on June 23, 2010

4 5

I've had the K75 out on 2 trips, an overnighter in cold temps and a 4 night desert backpack in Grand Canyon. Cold weather trip: the pack easily held all my gear, including my Big Agnes synthetic sleeping bag, an extra fleece bag liner, air core pad, food, drink, cooking gear, extra layers, 10 essentials, and my half of a North Face 4 season tent. I had about 42 pounds in the pack for this hike. One change to my review below - when you load the bag up really full, the side bottle pockets are not as roomy as they originally appeared. One of my water bottles fell out while scrambling under a tree branch through the snow. Thankfully, we found it on the way out the next day. Jansport could definitely make some improvements to the pockets. Plus, they are tight enough that you really need your hiking partners to put your bottle back in. My sister's Kelty pack had much more spacious bottle pockets.

On the Grand Canyon trip I was the unofficial guide for 5 others, and carried just over 50 pounds, including group first aid and extra water (7 liters on our longest day). The pack held up great to the weight. Note about the grid fit system: first day in, I started to feel shoulder pressure - about 2 miles into the hike, I changed the settings on the grid fit sheet, and it completely eliminated the problem. I was initially worried about the durability of the snap together grid fit, but so far, it has held up perfectly.

A couple of minor issues, but I'm still pleased with the pack's capacity and functionality. Thumbs still up.

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tva3461440wrote a review of on May 12, 2010

4 5

Klamath 75 just arrived from the UPS man. Construction looks & feels solid, this could be just what I was looking for in a larger volume pack. The "waterproof pocket" the other reviewer is talking about is for your hydration bladder, and there is a port on the pack for the hydration tube to exit just above the framesheet.

Additionally, the photo makes the water bottle pockets appear rather small - they are not. The upper portion of the side pockets are mesh, the bottom third are nylon. I have a 48 oz. "tallboy" Nalgene bottle, and it fits in there just fine and will not fall out. ;)

The "Gridfit / Foamex" framesheet allows for VERY easy torso adjustments for both length and shoulder width. The system is so simple, yet feels very secure. Regarding the fit: I am a 5'8" female paddler - not a skinny minny - I have broader shoulders than most women, and plenty of "stern flotation" if you know what I mean. Most women's packs would not fit my shoulders, but I could see the adjustability of this pack accomodating a tall, thinner female easily.

Aluminum stays appear very durable and of good quality. The top lid / cover is detachable, but lacks a strap that could easily turn it into a lumbar pack.

The pack comes with the JanSport Lifetime Guarantee - so for the awesome SAC price, this feels like a winner all the way. I'll update the review after a few trips...

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