Todd Harloswrote a question about Sea To Summit Xtl Sleeping Bag: 19 Degree Down on December 27, 2012
Where are these bags manufactured?
Hunted and camped as a kid. Joined the Army, few years in infantry and several more in SF, learned how to hike heavy under the mantra "travel light, freeze at night." Out for a few years and started hiking to get my woods and camraderie fix. I now travel light without freezing and love it. Currently all season section hiking the AT and fit in a hike when I travel or I travel to hike. I am an Outlet Junkie for gear but have my kit (mostly) nailed down. I am a father to a pack of girls but we are raising them to like walking in the woods, etc. I love my wife, I like black coffee, single barrel bourbon and gear that's made in the USA.
Where are these bags manufactured?
These are great for running, hiking or daily wear here in the sub-tropics, even in the summer. My feet are wide, square, and high volumne. Another great hiking sock from smartwool.
Sadly I had to send these back...too small. That being said, these are beautiful, well constructed shoes. They are very light. I have wide feet and hoped that I could make them work based on their shape in the lookdown pics and the fact that they are leather, might be able to break them in. Unfortunatly not the case, just not wide enough. I would recommend not ordering these any smaller than your "average" size.
First impressions: Holy smokes this thing is light! My XL weighed in at 9oz. They material is very supple. This is replacing a very worn Marmot Precip which I loved. Storm flap is just a stiff piece of material, no velcro tabs. Has good length (Im almost 6-3) in the arms and overall length. My first piece of technical MH gear, looking fwd to seeing how it works. I am a minimalist hiker and the rainshell is often used for warmth over a long sleeve midwt top for onthemove clothing. Will bump to 5star if it performs well. The color is my only complaint and pushes my "function over form" belief to the edge of the envelope, I look like a european hitman LOL.
I liked my 3/4 length so much that I got the full. No super crazy about "limon" but in the realm of dual purposing it would make a decent signalling panel. I have been comfortable down to upper singel digits (degF) without additional insulation. Usually deep it strapped to the topof my pack so it is easy to pull off and sit on if I need it. A solid piece of gear.
The sz large fits 9.5 to 12.5. I was wearing Merrell Moab XCR sz 12wide. The running shoes picd are 9.5 and 10.5s. All stayed secure.
Very happy with these. They slip on fairly easy and seem fairly durable. They work great on level ice and also very mild incline (less than 10%). They seemed to be fairly self cleaning. I wore them for several miles of snow and ice on the AT in TN last week and they did not seem to accumulate anything. These are WAY better than the sorry yaktrax I have tried before. They did seem to add a little traction walking on snowy trail as well.
After procrastinating getting these I received them about 2wks prior to a 75mile AT hike the beginning of December. I live where it is FLAT, so no proper break-in. Worn over smartwool adrenaline lows and at times smartwool heavy hiker (old model) with a 30lb pack did not generate any blisters.
They are somewhat heavier than my other trail shoes but I attribute that to the vibram soles, which I love for hiking shoes. Also has gtx. This considered, I'll take the trade.
Hiked in rain/mist and up to 4in of snow in temps from 55 down to 12degF. Feet stayed very comfortable. The shoes always appeared "wet" but didnt seem any heavier. Occasionally used Kako Icetrekkers (sz LG over sz 12W moabs).
Hope to get many miles out of these, will update if anything changes.
I live in the deep south and this shirt is just the ticket. Not sure about the vents etc but I have found the material to breath real well and feels nice on the skin. Don't know if I can bring my self to hike in it but I think it would perform as advertised. I usually fall between a L and XL for shirts and definately needed to go with the XL (Im 6-2plus, 215 lbs).
Great looking and easily the toughest button shirt I own. The hand is sort of stiff. Like most Carhartt stuff Ive owned these run a little large. Im 6-2plus medium build 215lbs and wear L to XL. The L in this fits perfectly. If you are into CCW you can about fit a gat in your belt due to the fabric stiffness (just kidding). I expect this one to last for years.
2 hours of steady rain, followed by another 2hrs of water falling off of the trees. Nice and dry.
Wind was steady 20kts with gusts. About 50degF, perfect layered over a T.
Got a good deal on this when I replaced a previous suunto that wore out after over a decade of service. The global needle is nice. It was larger than I imagined but I didnt look at the specs. Very easy to get very precise readings. Used it on the Colorado trail to shoot back azimuths from known peaks to pin point my location. Very happy with this compass.
No complaints about the consturction of these boots, except that I could not get them broken in to save my life. Short hikes, long day hikes, flat, hilly, wet or dry. I just could not make them work. I have 4E, high arched/volume feet, so I dont blame LaSportiva. Wish it was different.
Bought a soft shell a few yrs ago to try, ended up taking it back bcause I just didn't like it. Received this as a gift. Fit is great (XL, Im 6-3, 215pounds). Zippers are the smoothest BY FAR that I have ever seen. I have worn it in light rain, seems to shed water well. I wonder how bad my back/shoulders would be wetted if wearing a pack. I will update with a comment.
The description says no venting but the front pockets are high and are fairly meshlike. The collar is spacious. The sleeves are snug but not tight. The waist has an elastic draw.
I will bump this to a 5star if it does what I think it is capable of. Thanks.
Great concept here. No more stuffing my sleeping bag in and rolling the top loose to squish out the excess air. Stuff it, roll it, pack it and forget about it.
Single Barrel hanging with the baltoro in Holy Cross Wilderness
Also picd Icebreaker Altitude and Native Eyewear Dash XP
I dont own this but my hiking buddy does. He is a cold sleeper and even at a windy low single digits he said he was plenty warm, no extra layers needed. Draft tube and collar gave him no grief.