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Northern Rockies, Colorado Plateau

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eveinmontanawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Awesome for Glamping...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent isn't my normal style, which is lightweight backpacking, but I needed a new car-camping tent to use as a base station in a campground when I was on a work detail most of the summer back in 2013. It's gigantic! Almost embarrassingly so, but it was great for long periods away from home since I could comfortably fit all my gear plus a table and chair and have a refuge to hang out in during inclement weather. And while the description says a 6' person can stand in it, that's an understatement, because my 6'5" husband can stand in it with plenty of headroom. We've been using it both as a base station for work trips to some property we own in Northwestern Montana, and also as a backyard 'guest room' for overflow sleeping space in the summer. It's so large and comfy that guests actually enjoy it. It's also sturdy in a storm, and very stable even in high winds. Have stayed it in a couple of downpours with wind-driven rain and stayed perfectly dry. My only complaint is the webbing on two of the corners where the stakes poke through the grommet is starting to show some wear around the edges of the grommet. I think the grommet is a long way from pulling out of the webbing, but even if it does, I'm not really worried as Marmot is typically great about standing behind their products. Also, a person buying it should be aware that this tent is 10'x10' with two 4' vestibules, and it may not handily fit in some regular tent sites in National and State park campgrounds.

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eveinmontanawrote a review of on April 26, 2016

Cascade designs is the best!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag from Backcountry.com in August of 2015, after I got cold while on a pack trip for work. I've slept well most nights in it, although I'm still not sure the Thermarest-tie in works super-well if you're a restless sleeper. You can still easily roll or shift to the point that cold air comes in the much thinner back (contains reduced fill to save weight). I noticed cold wind seeping in the seams bordering the back when I was camped just below Mount Koszciusko (the highest point in Australia) in very windy, chilly weather after I rolled most of the way off my sleeping mat. However, my main concern here is the durability. I have used this bag probably 30 nights since I got it, and the threads on the baffles on the inside of the bag where my heels rest is disintegrating. I stitched up a seam that came undone, but there is nothing I can do about the stitching of the baffles I compared the wear to the wear on an REI and a Marmot bag I have owned for probably a dozen years, and have a lot more nights in, and they show no such wear. I have never worn anything to bed outside of socks, and the obvious failure of the thread on the baffles in the area of my feet lead me to believe the materials and construction of this bag are sub-standard.

Update: I contacted Cascade Designs and they replaced this bag, no questions asked. They used a different thread, the fabric has been updated and I anticipate no problems with this bag. I recommend buying Cascade designs products because of their excellent customer service.

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eveinmontanawrote a question about on April 26, 2016

Hi There, I'm a super-cold sleeper and I just bought Western Mountaineering Antelope MF, which seems like an awesome bag, as far as loft, temp rating, construction, non-stick zippers, but the one thing I'm hesitant about is that the inside fabric has a very plastic-y appearance and feel. It seems more like sil-nylon than anything else, and I can't help but think I'll stick to it, and it'll make me sweat. Does anyone have any insight into whether the Versalite has a different fabric on the inside? Maybe I'm totally wrong about the way the fabric on the Antelope will behave, but it just has a sort of cold, plastic feeling I am not sure I am okay with. Thanks!

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eveinmontanawrote a review of on April 30, 2010

Most comfortable daypack I've owned
5 5

I bought this pack to replace a beloved old Marmot pack that seemed irreplaceable in terms of fit and comfort. I've bought many day packs in many price ranges over the past few years, and always end up abandoning them. I bought the Osprey Kestrel 38 around Christmas for two week-long winter trips in Yellowstone, but really put it through it's paces during 2 weeks of wilderness day hiking in the San Rafael Swell in central Utah.

The s/m pack is a great size for my 5'8" height. It is capable of carrying all my gear for an extended day hike at high elevation with unstable weather, but would also work great for fast and light overnights, or touring in Europe. It is easy to load and easy to adjust. The pocket for the hydration bladder is very easy to access, and will accommodate a variety of sizes. The outside pockets and straps are in handy locations. The built-in rain-fly is a great feature, but I also appreciated that it could be removed to reduce weight.

I mostly wore very light clothing while in Utah, but since I was doing long hikes in unstable weather, I always carried plenty of gear including a minimum of 3L of water, food, rain gear, wading sandals and never developed any sore spots, even on my bony hips.

Fantastic pack!

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