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markkwrote a review of on May 15, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The price point of this bivy is nice, and in most conditions does the job.

Pros: Packs very small and light. Price.

Cons: The zipper on mine lost some teeth after only a few uses. Spent an hour in light rain and my bag started getting water after about 15 minutes. I would expect at least an hour of rain resistance. I also wish the opening was an inch or two wider, getting in and out was a yoga workout.

If you are looking to try a bivy get this and see if you like it. If you bivy a few times a year on a regular basis consider something else...

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markkwrote a review of on October 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I still have a Stoic Wraith which I really love. 1/2 the weight and size of this Houdini. But after 10 minutes of rain or drizzle, the Wraith is done, whereas the Houdini can stand being exposed much longer. I think for long Alpine adventures and/or long bike commutes, the Houdini will be my go-to.

The sizing is actually pretty good, I'm bummed that Patagonia is steering away from the Athletic cut (I think this cut is more for a desk-job person), but the medium fits pretty good with a little room to spare for a micro fleece.

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markkwrote a review of on August 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the packs volume and features, however, after wearing the pack on a couple of hikes the the straps are very uncomfortable!

I'm 5'11", 170lbs, but based on how narrow the shoulder straps are, I'm much too big for this pack. Even with the adjustable torso and shoulder straps, I could not get this pack to feel comfortable! The straps were constantly either digging into my neck or just in the way.

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markkwrote a review of on January 8, 2011

4 5

Very good poles, extremely light and compact. The locking mechanism is adequate, I think BD can improve a little there. My major complaint is with the basket. Upon installing, I felt like the plastic wore away a little when I screwed them in. That must have played a factor since the first day I used them one of the baskets came off as I was skiing back (luckily it held on the ascent).

Credit BD support however, I wrote them and got a replacement right away in the mail. I would probable give these poles 3 stars, but with support like that I had to give them extra credit!

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