Andrew McManamaposted an image about MSR E-Wing Tarp on July 4, 2013
An elevated a-frame
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I am an avid backpacker and hiker. I am not a technical climber, but I love to get to the peaks you can hike or scramble to without gear.
An elevated a-frame
A low storm pitch
Another angle on the lean to
Another a frame
A nice wind breaking pitch.
Let me start by saying that this is my first tarp. I like the hex shape and the vestibule it provides in the A-frame pitch. I have heard complaints about the lack of setups this tarp provides, but in reality it provides the setups that you need. I have also pitched it in a few other setups that I really like. I plan on posting a video with my full line of pitches eventually. I took this tarp out right after a snowstorm in Ventura County's mountains. I was pleased with its performance. Haven't rain tested it yet, but snow was melting from the trees as I cooked dinner and thanks to this baby I stayed dry. I wish there were tie outs along the long side at least, if not at the center of each side as well. This tarp is awesome, highly recommended.
I know the old version needed to be seam sealed but this one appears to have taped seams. What upgrades did this one receive from the old version and do I need to seal it?
Just Like the jacket, water just bounces off of these pants. I went into this purchase blind because I love the jacket so much. As it turns out these were a great buy! They seem like they might run a tad bigger than the jacket, I got a Medium, and am wondering if the Small will do. But they are made to be worn over something, so not a huge deal.
I do a lot of review reading before I buy any gear. That's how I ended up with this awesome jacket. It's everything you need in a rain jacket for hiking. It's light, compressible, waterproof, and had drawstrings and straps in all the right places. I like the fact that you can stuff it into the left pocket as well. Also, won Backpacker Magazine 2011 Editors Choice for Green product (environmentally sound, not color!). They use a natural oil, not petroleum product to seal it. i would get this again!
When I use this in my osprey daypack (Osprey Daylite), it gives the whole pack more structure. I rally like the magnet clipping system and the bite valve. I am a bit leery about the stitching though. It seems that the stitching is just a place for possible failure. I have had mine out a dozen times or more and have had no issues. It also hold more than it looks like it can. i remember thinking that there was no way it would fit 3L of water. To my surprise, it does!
I bought this primarily for the hanging system because I was tired of fussing with the drying process. after an hour my hydraform was dry as a bone! I have plenty of brushes and the ones that come with this kit are as good as any. Definitely a must if you have the Osprey Hydraform bladder..
These are very lightweight gloves. They fit just fine and have a very soft lining. I could feel how warm they were instantly. My fingers remain usable as well! Good glove for moderate cold conditions. I have not had the chance to test them in the wind or rain yet, but It seems that they would do just fine.
This tent is very easy to set up. It is light weight and packs down quite nicely. On dry nights you can omit the rain fly and look up at the stars. Very breathable, no condensation issues to speak of. Plenty of room to move around inside as well. The poles are a tiny bit awkward, but not bad at all.
I was just looking for a simple pair of trail running shoes. I saw this deal on BC and couldn't pass it up. I happen to be a size 9.5 and the only size left was 10. The previous reviews say to buy a half size up because these run small, which is true. The 10's fit me perfectly! They are nothing too fancy, but they are comfortable and light. i like the drawstring laces, they hold the shoes on just right. I took these on a short run and they felt great instantly. Can't wait to use these some more! I may even try some day hiking in them to preserve my mid weight boots that I use for backpacking.
What is the difference between this item and the MemBrain version?
The kestrel is a great series. I really like the way they fit and distribute the weight of the load. I dry camped with mine, so I was carrying 14 pounds of water alone and it held the extra weight great. My total pack weight was 45 pounds including water and food, and I had no issues at all.
There are plenty of compartments for very easy access to your gear with tons of space inside the main section as well. The side pockets stuff to the inside, so they are a bit of a pain to pack once the main compartment is full, but not too bad. I really like the hydration sleeve being on the outside. You really don't notice that the bladder is even there (I use the Osprey Hydraform). It is a bit of a pain to pull in and out with a full pack though.
Lot's of places to clip on gear if you need to, including a very convenient place for your trekking poles. This pack really has everything I would need in a backpack. And you have got to love the integrated rain cover! All in all this is a great pack that will do well on an extended trip.