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Gerald E.

Anywhere in the mountains

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I've been backpacking since I was a teenager, when I lived near the Washington Cascades, and now my own kids are teenagers or beyond, and the mountains have never lost their allure. I recently moved to Utah, and I'm excited about the opportunity to get to know some more mountain ranges.

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Gerald E.

Gerald E.wrote a review of on June 28, 2019

5 5

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

I bought this pack for upcoming international travel because I wanted something for walking around cities, and it looks like I'll enjoy using it. It's not a particularly large pack (if I were a woman I might think of it as a purse replacement), but it's big enough to carry a light jacket, sunscreen, water bottle and the other things that come in handy when away from the hotel.

I'm not sure the description explained the pockets well, so I'll give it a shot. The zipper to the main compartment is a bit over 11 inches. Within the main compartment is a sleeve or divider good for holding a small tablet (the electronic kind) or notebook (the 5"x7" paper kind). The zipper on the secondary compartment is about 6.5 inches -- my phone is 6.3 inches long with the case and it fits fine. That compartment is also the perfect size for a passport.

In addition, there's a third tiny zippered pocket on the strap. It seems to be designed for holding a debit/credit card, a hotel key card and/or currency. It's not big enough for a smartphone, although you could put earbuds in there. The tiny pocket can be accessed easily when wearing the backpack on the back. The entire backpack can be swung easily to the front to access everything else (the zippers are then on top) or to hold onto in areas with a chance of theft. This pack is designed to be worn on the right shoulder, but it's comfortable enough on the left shoulder even though the pack hangs at a strange angle that way.

I'm looking forward to using this! It seems to be built to last, just like my regular Patagonia day pack, which has lasted forever

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Gerald E.wrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these as a surprise for my wife because she used to wear them a long time ago. She was so excited and loves them. She said they're comfortable and go with everything. Now I'm getting my daughter a pair for her birthday. They do run a tad small.

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Gerald E.wrote a review of on March 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've learned I can never go wrong when I buy my millennial son a pair of Vans shoes for his birthday or other occasion. He loved these ones (no surprise). They're especially practical, because they're as suitable for office wear as they are for active use.

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Gerald E.wrote a review of on February 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hydro Flask's claims that its bottles will keep cold drink cold for 24 hours aren't an exaggeration. If often put a drink with ice cubes in the bottle, and by the next morning some of the ice is still there. I've used several sizes of these bottles, and the 21-ounce size is my favorite. It is big enough to hold more than two cups, even with ice added, and the bottle is still an easy fit in my hands. And it's stable enough on my task that I have yet to knock it over. It's a great bottle!






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