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Ocoee, Green River Narrows, Tsali, FATS

Chris's Passions

Hiking & Camping


Chriswrote a review of on November 4, 2011

3 5

Material on these is great, palms are fantastically grippy. They also have great dexterity. They are warm and well constructed. I have two big complaints, first no pre-curved fingers. Come one they are meant for climbing, where you are holding tools or grabbing things, why aren't they pre-curved!. Second is the sizing different for the gloves. Normally large Marmot gloves fit me wonderfully, but not these. It is like Marmot overly shrunk them in an effort to make a tight fitting glove out of material that does not really stretch. It is hard to make a full fist in my large pair and I am worried I am going to blow out a seem on the thumb sometime when I tighten my hand to fast.




Chriswrote a review of on October 3, 2011

5 5

I searched for a pack for 3 weeks before settling on this pack. It is by far the largest/most intelligently designed pack in the 20-25L range I have ever had. There are not a ton of extra useless pockets and the access into the pockets makes it easy to get bigger items in and out (important for camera gear). The suspension system makes it wonderful as a technical pack when you need to scramble, while still able to easily carry 25lbs comfortably when you just want to cruze on an easy trail. The side and front pockets are still very usable, can get shoes and nalgenes into them when the pack is fully stuffed.

The things that BD can work on. The side mesh pockets, the material isn't the most durable mesh material, It doesn't hold up to being dragged across rough rocks very well, then again what does. Second, the L hip belt is big. It barely gets small enough to fit me. Finally, there isn't really a way to compress the pack down on the bottom when it isn't empty, not a deal breaker, but would have been nice to make it tighter for scrambling.