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Kirsten Crear

Kirsten Crear's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing

Kirsten Crear

Kirsten Crearwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

Great functionality, super waterproof!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I got this a few weeks ago. I've taken it on some test tours and it's been great to layer with. The pitzips are easy to use with mittens on, so you can dump heat quickly, and the greatly oversized pockets are great to stash all the things from cameras to ski skins. My only qualm is that the inside phone pocket is on the right and not the left, which makes it a little awkward for right handed people like me to access my phone, but would be great for all you lefties out there. The arms are nice and long, as is the waist, which is so important when wearing over a down jacket so the down doesn't poke out. The hood fits great over a helmet, and was a major reason why I bought it. Yesterday, I took it out to Park City Mountain Resort where it was raining at the base, and snowing up top. I had to call it early when everything else had mostly soaked through, but this jacket was still mostly dry by the time I went in. The only spot rain was not beading up and sliding off was where my backpack chest straps hit the jacket, which is far better than expected. When I got in, I checked where my shoulder straps hit and even that was still dry. My helmet, goggles and neck buff were pretty dry too because I had my hood up over my helmet most of the day. My pants and gloves however, were completely soaked all the way through.

Attached photo for sizing. Also because it's probably one of my favorite photos. There was about a 6" of new snow on the ground, but conditions were so wet I barely broke through.

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Kirsten Crear

Kirsten Crearwrote a review of on October 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack almost daily. Whether it's mountain bike rides, to quick day hikes, this pack is incredibly rugged, and functional! I can fit 2L of water, a leash, a whole first aid kit, my dog's booties, snacks, sunscreen, extra lenses, wallet, phone, keys, and knee pads! I almost forgot all the tools I bring in the bottom pocket because I forget they're there. I can fit 2 CO2 cartridges, a multi-tool, tire levers, chain lube, and a tubeless repair kit. All stored in the removable tool pouch, super handy when swapping back and forth between biking and hiking so you can easily shed the extra weight, without forgetting an essential on your next ride! The hipbelt pockets are perfect for car keys, and doggie bags. The magnetic chest strap for the hose was such a good idea for biking too, I can leave the bite valve open without ending the ride with a wet hip. At the end of each outing, I take out my phone and wallet from the top pocket, and replace them with my workout sunglasses, and they've stayed safe and sound even while getting tossed around in the back of our car. The only upgrade I would suggest is getting the $7 quick connect system so you don't have to remove the hose every time you refill the bladder.

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Kirsten Crear

Kirsten Crearwrote a review of on April 4, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for summits, and brought it with me in my pack on a trip to Europe. The pack fell massively flat. It says "hydration compatible" BUT, and this is a big but, it doesn't have a slot out of the main compartment for the hose! It has a compartment in the bag, and a loop on the shoulder straps, but no where for the hose to get OUT of the bag. To add insult to injury, the zipper ends on the opposite side of the loop, AND it rolls down. Trying to thread the house out through the zipper just pulls on the zipper, unzipping it, and it rubs against your neck because it has to go across the back of your neck to get into the loop on the shoulder strap so it's not flying around whacking you in the arm. So it's basically impossible to close the pack and use it with a hydration bladder. I don't know how they missed that one. If it had a slot, it'd be great! I'm seriously considering taking it to a seamstress and having them add a slot. It packs down nicely. The shoulder straps dig in with a bladder in the pack, but to add padding would reduce it's packability.

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