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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on September 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own an older raptor 6 and this reboot addresses all of the old issues with the pack. First and foremost, hip pockets now have zippers so you can actually use them without fear of losing whatever you put in there. Second, the older pack had a fussy zipper and fastex buckle access to the bladder pocket while this has the newer single zipper which goes all the way down the shoulder strap. MUCH faster, MUCH more secure, and eliminates the older elastic bands (that lost their elasticity over time) which secured the hose to the strap. A+. New tool pocket has also been relocated to the proper place and there's a zipper in a zipper for the small stowage pocket to fully secure valuables. All in all the best hydro pack ever, and the 6 seems the perfect size for anything from epic all day trail rides to short stints. if you own a Raptor 6 this is worth the upgrade due to the vast number of well thought out changes.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

As a person with psychotic hand temperature regulation, they always start out ridiculously cold and end up sweating, liners are a staple of my glove system. Liners make real sense for most alpine pursuits like BC skiing, Ice climbing, etc.., since they allow you to remove outer gloves when dexterity calls for it but still give you a modicum of protection in the process. ALL outdoor enthusiasts use a base layer when suiting up, why do less for your hands? I always carry a spare dry pair in my pack; weigh almost nothing, and I am sure whoever is leading the next pitch will appreciate that you can actually feel the rope you are paying out.... Buy a bunch of differing weights, again, just like your base layers, and watch your enjoyment of winter pursuits improve exponentially.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on March 16, 2013

4 5

Basically a rechargeable version of the BD Spot, one of my fave all time lights. Modes easy to cycle through, though I find the button harder to find and press than the Spot. Run time seems good, and having the ability to go to backup alkalines is clutch. It's a little bouncy for running, my primary use, but that doesn't bother me so much.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on March 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think I have 3 of these now...really simple and perfect for countless uses. Awesome running/xc skiing beanie, you never feel like your head's cooking even with temps to the upper 30s, yet perfectly warm all the way into the -10s. Slim profile fits neatly under climbing and skiing helmets, and the two way color scheme coddles your inner fashionista.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

5 5

Great all around sunglasses that look good for casual wear, but can easily do double duty for biking/running provided it's fairly sunny. (Too dark for trail riding.running in the woods) Lens color is great, with awesome clarity. My fav Smith trait is that they seem exceptionally scratch resistant, which is good for those like me that treat expensive shades like crap.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

4 5

After buying the larger Osprey Manta 20 and absolutely loving it, I just had to replace my standard size bike unit with this one. First off, the bladder is just awesome; holds it shape, easy to fill, and the semi rigid back panel makes getting it in and out a breeze. The magnetic bite valve holder on these packs is great, as it keeps the valve within easy reach at all times. Only a couple quibbles keep it off the 5 star hall of fame, neither of which are present in the Manta. First, the magnet for the bite valve does not hold as well as the Manta, and it will occasionally fall off. Second, as some others have pointed out there is no closure for the hip belt pockets. Fine for energy gel and snacks, but I would never put camera, phone, or keys in them which I often do in the Manta. A curious omission but certainly not a deal breaker. Working on high quality homemade solution........

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on July 7, 2011

5 5

Bought this as my "long/high altitude ride" hydration pack, with additional duties for fourteeners and day hikes. Has exceeded my expectations on all fronts: super stable over technical terrain, best bladder in the business, and the magnetic bite valve holder is simple genius. I really don't think it's quite 20L, which is actually fine since it limits my tendency to carry more stuff than I need. In fact, I liked this pack so much that immediately upon my return from Colorado I purchased a Raptor 6 as my everyday riding pack.

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wbigall2253043 wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

5 5

If you've got old style tip loops with a tab of skin folded over into itself to secure the loop - buy this product immediately!! Installs in 5 minutes, eliminates the bulky fold-over, and allows the tip section of skin to sit closer to the base and mitigate snow buildup between skin and base. Adjustment of the loop itself is also easy and nice, especially when swapping skins between two sets of skis with different tip profiles as I do.

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