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ianforkes

Berkeley, CA

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Get outside and slow down, except when going fast.

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ianforkeswrote a review of on April 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Halfway through this Sierra winter season and this pack has ticked (nearly) all the boxes in what I could need hauling my junk through the backcountry. I'll just bullet point a few key bonus points from my backcountry snowboarder POV.

Organization: huge open back panel means easy access to a puffy, water, extra gloves on the climb. When I take my helmet out and put my jacket on up top the whole thing clamps down to a nice, rideable pack. The dedicated shovel/probe (and maybe crampons if you pack it right) pocket means quick access to the safety stuff without soaking your dry goods.

Lid: I keep it on for big days and take it off for quick laps. The rope carry feature works well for attaching a jacket on the hike.

Outer carry: I can pop on telescoping poles and an axe on the back loops and latches easy and still ride no problem.

Ski carry:(Bummer alert) Is just that, ski carry. I like carrying my board split up in an A frame style most of the time. The beefed up side loops are built for skis and barely just take in the board and the clips. In a pinch when I don't want to fuss with it I'll just use the two compression straps on each side and a ski strap up top for quick board carry. In a real pickle when you need to hike back up and are unable to split the board a rear board carry would be prime time. So it goes.

Carry: I've loaded up to the (over the) max for a long hut trip. Not planning on doing that again, but my legs gave out before my shoulders did.

Looking forward to stripping it down and seeing what it does for climbing season this summer and fall.

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ianforkeswrote a review of on December 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't worn a helmet since my old RED helmet ten years ago, and for good reason? that one was heavy and lame. This one is great! There may be a better helmet out there, but this one is light, comfortable, vents well with one easy swipe, and I barely noticed it the first day I got it. Works well with ANON goggles, FYI.

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ianforkeswrote a review of on August 15, 2010

5 5

This pack works well for most things I like to do. Climbing approaches most days, backpacking and travel the rest of the time. For the two years I've had it's seen a bit of abuse but is still going strong. It would be nice to have an easier way to carry a bottle (has a hydration pack sleeve) besides the stretchy kangaroo pouch, which I'm a little fearful of stretching out too much. Loved it so much I got one for my brother. He's been really beating it up in Asia for the last year.

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