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Jillian U.

Jillian U.

Missoula, MT

Jillian U.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

Jillian U.'s Bio

From Wisconsin, but moved to Missoula in 2009 and never looked back. It's amazing out here! Mountains, good people, slower pace... I'm a huge fan of cross country skiing, hot springs, floating, taking my duckie and dog down the river on island camping trips, and backpacking around the many wilderness areas Montana has to offer. For me, this is heaven.

Jillian U.

Jillian U.wrote a review of on May 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the second Osprey pack I've owned, and they make great products! The first was the Viva, and it would have been fantastic, but I have scoliosis, and decided I should spring for the "cadillac" to relieve any unnecessary stress on my crooked back...

This thing is simply amazing.

I love love the mesh. It is super soft and durable, and I get away with wearing tank tops with very little rubbing or discomfort. The straps, pockets, loops, etc. are all exactly as you'd want them, and I couldn't be happier. I also agree with Brooke's assessment that it packs up or down well, and is versatile. I love the sleek design Osprey has, with little to snag on branches and whatnot.

There are two very minor things:
The hip strap pockets are small. My iPhone 5 can't even fit in there alone all the way. I had it sideways with one end sticking out and just made sure to pay attention that it didn't get tossed. You could probably make use of them with a lip balm and map, but that's about it. My Viva had significantly larger hip pockets, and I could put a whole pack of cigarettes in one if I wanted, or 3 oz hand salve jar, for instance.

Secondly, I chopped off the trekking pole loop and toggle from the arm strap, and it was the best decision I could make. I do not use trekking poles. I do not like them, and I HATED the loop and toggle position! It was right where my arm swung, and rubbed the inside of my arm raw with no sleeves. It needed to go, and this was also a problem on the Viva. My boyfriend has the Atmos, and it also bothers him.

So with that all said, I am still impressed and even thrilled with this pack! No rubbing, no pressure points, no sad crooked spine! Absolutely recommend you try one out!

Side note: I went into REI and had them size me. According to the measuring tool they used, I was a small (which surprised me, because I'm 5'8 and 142 solid pounds, with a long torso) but I tried it on, and was a definite medium. So I also recommend you make sure you know what you need before you spring for a pack that doesn't fit right.



Jillian U.

Jillian U.wrote a review of on March 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So I just got these and wanted to put a review up before anyone else makes my same mistake!
I am a woman with size 9 shoes (7.5 mens). I ordered, as advised, the size 8s in these because they're pretty much men's sizing. They fit me like women's 8s. I have to exchange them.
They do seem extremely quality and comfortable, however! I am very excited to get on the river with these and update this as to how warm, etc. they are! I also have stupidly large ankles, so the bootie versions of neoprene shoes I already have cut off the circulation to my feet (not fat ankles, just like... large bones? They're strange but I have to cut anything I get with elastic at the ankle because of this ...abnormality...). ANYWAY! Even in the 8s this does NOT seem like it will be a problem! The cinch at the top of the calves also will be great, and it can be cinched down quite a bit because the strap goes all the way around the circumference of the calf inside the boot, like pajama pants or something.
All in all, these seem great. Can't wait to get a size that fits!



Jillian U.

Jillian U.wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are amazing. I'm a pansy when it comes to lighting anything, so I really appreciate the button start. The Java Kit is a great alternative to an extra $25 french press mug. I know people like to moan about how you can't simmer or slow cook anything, but honestly, I've boiled/simmered raw meats to fully cooked, and then added Jambalaya rice that needs to simmer for a good while and it turned out great. You have to babysit it to make sure it doesn't boil over, but that doesn't bother me at all. After cooking old fashioned oatmeal in it, however, I think that on longer trips you'd definitely want instant, just-add-boiling-water meals, to cut down on mess, fuss, and clean up! All in all, though, I'm very happy with this! In my opinion, it definitely beats a clogging, strangely dirty all the time, less compact Whisperlite!