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Tony Munden

Tony Munden

Anchorage, AK

Tony Munden's Passions

Climbing
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running

Tony Munden's Bio

Hiker, climber, skier, lover of all things mountain related.

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Tony Munden

Tony Mundenwrote a review of on June 9, 2017

5 5

These pulleys have a super smooth action, and it's really noticeable when setting up a hauling system. I use these for glacier travel set ups primarily, and they work great. The getting a prussik minding pulley is definitely worth it. While there are plenty of similar options for pulleys out there, I think the Tethys Pro Small is an excellent value.

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Tony Mundenwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
Warm
Comfortable
Great baffle
Great hood

Cons:
Bulky (Needs XL Sea-to-Summit eVac Dry Sack)
Heavy
Zipper

Recommended Uses:
Winter Camping
Expedition

Awesome bag. I used this bag for plenty of winter backpacking trips in Alaska, and I couldn't be happier. It has always kept me warm and comfortable. It's easy enough to vent if it's not too cold outside (I usually partially unzip at around 0 degrees). The baffles and collar work great, and I even found the hood worked well. The bag typically collects a decent amount of frost during the night when I use it, but it has never felt damp when I unpack it for the next night. I've used this bag down to -20, and I slept great in a base layer and a balaclava. My only real complaint with this bag is that the zipper has a tendency to catch the fabric, so it can be annoying to fully zip when you're tired and freezing. Still, definitely a great bag for anyone going somewhere seriously cold.

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Tony Munden

Tony Mundenwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Pros:
Breathable
Warm

Cons:
Durability
Packability
Weather resistance
Regular Fit

Recommended Uses:
Skiing Mid Layer
Hiking Mid Layer
Cool (Not Cold) Weather Belay Jacket
Casual Use

It seems like this jacket is on sale all the time. I don't think it is worth the full price, and if I were paying full price for a synthetic mid layer, I would probably go with the Atom LT. That being said, when you can get it for under $150, it's a great jacket. I find that it's comfortable in a fairly wide temperature range, and I don't have to take it off immediately when I start moving. The breathability is good, but be aware that this means your phone will get soaked in your chest pocket (at least in my experience). This jacket has a regular fit, so it's not super slimming, and doesn't fit very well under athletic cut shells (which can be annoying when trying to climb with this layer), but excels as a mid layer under other regular cut shells. I will use this jacket as an outer layer when it's not too cold, but agree that it doesn't block wind very well, and definitely doesn't block rain. I'm not super impressed with the durability, as I have noticed some pilling around the neck and lower back. Also, the hooded version has two chest pockets, while the non-hooded only has one. Not sure what the reasoning was behind that, but I find myself reaching for the hooded version more often.

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Tony Munden

Tony Mundenwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
Large capacity
Easy to compress
Comfortable foam padding
Durable
External Hydration Pouch
Large, removable lid
Adjustable fit
Huge zippered hip belt pockets

Cons:
No small size option
Poorly designed water bottle pouches
HEAVY
Lid doesn't work well as a hip pack

I'm a huge fan of this pack for winter excursions. I use this pack primarily for multi-day trips in the winter and extended backcountry trips. I've found that this pack is the most comfortable that I've used for heavy loads. Compared to the Osprey Aether 85, Gregory Denali 100, and MH BMG 105, I found it much more comfortable. I think Osprey did a great job with the hip belts and shoulder straps. They have a comfortable, form-fitting foam and are wide enough to prevent pressure points on the shoulders and hips (something I had issues with on the Denali 100). I've read some complaints about this pack being uncomfortable with heavy loads, but I generally use this pack with around 50-60 pounds and haven't had issues. I've found that as long as I take the time to really dial in the straps for a snug fit, I don't have any issues. Osprey packs do seem to fit me better than most brands though, so it might be a body shape issue for some. I've found this pack to be durable. I've even used it as a practice "victim" for crevasse rescue, and it has held up very well to being dragged against rock and ice when attached to a rope. I've only experienced some minor scratch marks on the lid of the pack. I find the outside hydration sleeve pouch a huge help in the summer for easy access and quick refilling. That being said, the water bottle sleeves on the side can be annoying to get at with the pack on (even trying to use the side hole), so I've resorted to hanging the water bottles from my hip belt inside of an insulating sleeve. That seems to work pretty well in the winter when a hydration sleeve wouldn't be feasible. All in all, I think this is a great expedition size pack with only a few minor flaws. Osprey did a great job with this one.

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