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Shaun M.

Shaun M.wrote a review of on August 26, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just returned from a backpacking trip around Europe with this as my only bag. The detachable day pack is wonderful and I found it very useful. I wouldn't recommend keeping anything inside it when it's attached to the main bag because it makes it difficult to attach (I initially viewed the day pack as an extra storage space, but it loses over half its space when it's [slightly] folded and zipped to the main pack).

As for the main pack - entirely too heavy. I understand the support system adds some weight, but I didn't have a lot packed and it was literally weighing me down. As an example, during my laundry day, I shoved the majority of my clothes into the day pack. Remaining in the main pack was only one day worth of (light) clothing, my toiletry bag (mini bottles of everything and an electric razor), a sleeping bag and a pair of light sandals. The day pack was light as a feather (even packed full with all the dirty clothes). The main pack was still heavy.

It was overly bulky for the amount I could carry inside it. This made it very difficult when jumping onto a cramped subway or fitting it into a storage compartment on the train.

I served in the military years ago and was given a basic, standard issue MOLLE ruck sack. I would have traded this Deuter on the spot to have that ruck sack back.

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Shaun M.

Shaun M.wrote a review of on August 26, 2019

2 5

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

The windbreaker looks and fits great. I never found myself using the fanny pack feature and honestly found the straps inside a little annoying. The worst part, and reason for only 2 stars is that it's advertised as having a water-resistant finish that protects you from scattered showers. This was not the case, however. A light shower and I was soaking wet. There's hardly any sort of water repellent. Made my European backpacking trip very long and very wet.

At least I received a compliment from a stranger for how nice it looked. Too bad it was a dry day though and he didn't actually see the "functionality".

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Shaun M.

Shaun M.wrote a review of on November 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This speaker is truly worth every penny! I bought it to have music while snowboarding, and it's better than I expected. Small enough to fit in my jacket pocket (Burton Covert), and loud enough so the others on the hill wonder why they don't have one.
My favorite feature, however, is the durability. I constantly catch an edge and end up tumbling down the hill, and it was clearly built to last. This little guy can take a beating!
Fast forward to the summer months, and it sits perfectly in the front compartment of my kayak. Whether it's a relaxing 10 mile trip down the Clarion River in Cook Forest, an exhausting paddle through the choppy waters of Presque Isle Bay, or any random lagoon I've found, the BRV-1 has sat in a puddle of water for the entirety of the time I've used it. It's still going strong.
It will charge fairly quickly, but more importantly, that charge lasts for a long time! It's honestly never run out on me.
Side note: a chef at the restaurant I work at has the same exact model. She's had hers for about three years now, with regular use at work. It's been dropped countless times, and has had its fair share of being submerged in random liquids (soups, heavy cream, etc.) Hers won't play quite as loud as mine, but it's still surprisingly effective, even after all the abuse.
If you're looking for a quality, well built water-resistant speaker, look no further. The Braven BRV-1 has made me a believer in finding electronics that are created to last.

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