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Alpinelightwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack without a whole lot of expectations. Turns out to be the closest thing I've ever found to the old-school do-everything mountain rucksack. The roll-top keeps out rain and snow, as well as the occasional sand-storm. It also has the unexpected benefit of letting it scrunch down into a great day pack, and then expand all the way up to a decent backpacking pack. It's the truest do-anything pack that I've used in a very long time.
You definitely lose convenience from being a top-loader, but for me the simplicity and water resistance make up for it. The external mesh pockets hold more than you'd think, and aren't as delicate as I'd feared. They've put up with some pretty rough treatment and so far so good.
It's not 100% waterproof, since there are two tiny drain holes in the bottom, but I've used it in the rain and things stayed bone dry. Dropped it in the Shaksgam River and nothing got in during that brief dunk. Have used it in the Sierras, Trinity Alps, and most recently a full month in the Chinese Karakoram. So far, so good. I'm totally satisfied.

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Alpinelightwrote a review of on March 8, 2012

5 5

I have 100+ days on my Rubicon pants - about 75% resort and 25% backcountry.

Close to half of those days are storm / powder days. Somebody asked if these are waterproof. Yes, they are fully waterproof in wet Tahoe conditions.

They're just roomy enough to not make me look like an adventure racing weirdo when I hit the park, but no problems when skinning in the backcountry on a splitboard.

Definitely heavier than typical backcountry gear, but they vent very well and I tend to prefer burly over superlight. Adventure racers will hate them.

I routinely fall on rails, bushwhack through thorn bushes, scratching my way through narrow gaps between trees, throw the pants in a bag where they rub up on sharp board edges. Nothing seems to have damaged them. I expect them to be indestructible for another 100 days at least.

Only issue is that the Patagonia label eventually fell off.

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Alpinelightwrote a review of on December 28, 2006

5 5

I love this jacket because it's:
1. light
2. compressible
3. warm when damp
4. cut to layer under a shell

Even though it insulates when wet, I'd advise wearing something weather resistant over it if there's precipitation.

100% satisfied.

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Alpinelightwrote a review of on December 28, 2006

5 5

1. super light
2. comfortable
3. vent system works great (both for keeping warm, and for cooling off)
4. audio earphones available

What more could you want? I love this helmet. Put it on and never notice it until I take it off at the end of the day.

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