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Charles C.

Charles C.

Charles C.

Charles C.wrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

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

So first things first: I plan to come back and leave a more thorough review once I've had the chance to really put this thing through its paces, but since there are currently no reviews here and few elsewhere on the web, I thought it'd be worth leaving some initial thoughts now, just in case others are on the fence about it.

So far, I've found it to be really comfortable and it seems ridiculously bomber. Obviously, the trade-off for that is weight - this is emphatically not an ultralight pack - but it carries the weight I've put into it so far very comfortably.

I also really love the options it offers in terms of straps, extra pockets, removable top, etc. I haven't used it much yet - I bought it mostly because I'll need it for a mountaineering trip this June - but it seems really adaptable and customizable.

Really, the only negatives I can see so far are the weight and the price. But the weight isn't really a problem for me because the pack is so comfortable, and as for the price, well...I'd rather spend $350 once than $200 several times, and this pack *seems* like it's bomber enough that I'll probably still be using it a decade from now.

That said, I haven't put it though the wringer yet. I promise, Backcountry customers, that I'll return this summer after it's been out in the field on some real trips and leave a more thorough review.

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Charles C.

Charles C.wrote a review of on March 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've only had this jacket a short time, but I'm really pleased with how it performed. I wore it on a chilly morning hike in the White Mountains in early March, and it plus a base layer were perfect for keeping me warm but not sweaty while hiking.

More importantly though, it held up beautifully when our hike went a little off the rails. When the trail got icy we kept climbing higher than we probably should have even though we didn't have any spikes or crampons. That meant a bit of bushwhacking through branches, and several unintentional falls as well as a couple intentional slides. The jacket slid over rock and rough ice and pushed through thick branches and underbrush without any apparent signs of wear at all.

It's also nice and lightweight, so there's no real downside to taking it along. I think this will be with me even through the summer months when it's warm enough that I won't usually need it. We'll see how it holds up over prolonged use, but I put it through a lot more than I should have this past weekend and it held up wonderfully.

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