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Western Colorado/Eastern Utah

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Hiking & Camping
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sherry bunchwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


I know this is old news but it can apply to current Big Agnes Sleep System bags of other models too.
I put the pillow in the pocket sideways (the pillow pocket is flipped neither up nor down) so that the face of the pillow is actually on the crease which one would associate with the bottom of the pillow pocket. I also make sure not to overinflate the pillow. This seems to give me the correct position with the pillow under my head, not sticking out of the top of the hood or too low in the bag.
That being said, I am a restless sleeper and I am very happy with the pad retainer sleeve system. Because I am so restless, I sometimes leave the pillow out of the pocket and push it away and then pull it back repeatedly all night. One would wonder how I get any rest but I manage. The sleeve pad retainer has at least kept me from twisting the bag around me so tight that I can't get out of it!

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

I've used this 3 trips now for a total of 5 nights, all in western Colorado/eastern Utah. It took me a little time to work out the zippers and layers so the I could easily work the separate bug mesh and outer canopy in the dark. This bivy is very long and I think for most people, if you need to store gear or clothing at the foot inside there would be plenty of space. I only had a condensation issue in the one night when I slept through a storm. On a tyvek ground sheet it did not leak but I had sealed the seams already. As mentioned by others it is very toasty so I bought my first shoulder season ;45 deg bag to use with this. It almost works like a vapor barrier so my 3-season bag was killing me even in the shoulder seasons. The stakes that come with it do not hold well in sand (buy sand stakes) but if the head hoop was a tripod it would be free-standing. Overall, I am very happy with it and would recommend to a friend.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on August 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this to serve as a daypack for hikes away from camp on river trips. The duality of it serving as a dry bag while on the river makes it earn it's way with me saving a little space in a kayak. There have been times when unexpected canyon swims and river swims to get from point to point made me wish for a better solution than trying to hold my pack of perishables and valuables above my head while in the water. I even killed a phone on a river swim back to camp even though it was in a water resistant case and double bagged in a ziplock. No more! Problem solved.
At 30L it holds everything I need for a few hours away from camp. The quality is excellent, what you would expect from Patagonia. For my needs, I find the simple interior pocket and the water resistant exterior pocket adequate. It has extra lash points and D rings. The harness is comfortable and of lasting quality. Intended initially for the fishing crowd, I have found the rod tube holder to be an excellent point for a camera tripod which I was always reluctant to carry before.
With Patagonia's excellent warranty I have no worries about putting this through the ringer but so far have only used it once. I compare this to Seal Line's Boundary Pack and decided that the Patagonia was better for extended carries and has better features for such.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on August 3, 2015

1 5

I've had this almost 2 years now and it's only been on 1 car camping trip and 0 backpacking trips which was the original intent. It was finicky when I first got it and now even with brand new batteries it will not turn on. I think it may be a problem with the contacts. I also purchased the larger LED lantern which I absolutely love and is reliable, easy to use and bright. Why this smaller version is such dud is a mystery to me. Wish I had not purchased it.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on July 5, 2015

Worked perfectly on the Green River, UT
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was looking for an easy way to filter large amounts of water in the hot desert environment on a Green River kayak trip of 8 days. This was a winner for 2 people on this trip. We took 3 filter cartridges and only used one as our alum water treatment, pre-filter was very effective. Without settling the sediment first you will kill the cartridges very quickly. This is not a fault. No filter can handle the sediment.
The Green River is very silty and it is absolutely necessary to settle the silt in another container before trying to filter. We used an alum concentration in a 5 gallon collapsible bucket (raft people can carry a 5 gallon hard bucket) See below link.
https://youtu.be/G9BY69KnzoU
We would dip the settled water into the bag and hang it filtering into a large enough receptacle that we could walk away for short periods to do something else. The resulting water was clear and tasted great. If you are worried about viruses, which we were not, it is recommended to add the Micropur tablets afterward. I will probably use the tablets on trips involving standing water like reservoirs vs rivers.
One VERY IMPORTANT thing I learned: do not over tighten the lock ring. Doing so risks cracking the threads of the lip junction where the filter goes in. Tight is not better. Also, over tightening causes deformation of the threads resulting in leakage of unfiltered water down the tube on the outside. It really is only necessary to barely thread the lock ring on enough to prevent the filter from falling out. The O-ring on the filter can then do the job of sealing the opening. I almost returned the unit before I figured this out. Glad I kept it!
I also used it on a kayak trip to Flaming Gorge this spring which is where I figured out the above critical point. I was a little bewildered why it worked perfectly last fall and started leaking this spring. My bad. All good now. I did not purchase this from Backcountry, however I really wanted to share this info because water filtering in desert environments is difficult and I really like this product. It works.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on November 29, 2014

4 5

The T4s went for a tour with the original footbeds. Ugh.
Being a little on the fence still between the 27.0 and the 27.5 ( I wear a women's 10 1/2) I picked the 27.5 as my demo hoping to send the 27.0 back unused. I think I got it right but it required a different footbed to correct forefoot volume, arch support and a tiny bit of heel lift. The length was dead on so there was no cramming my feet into the 27.0 and hoping the liner would pack out. They were painful to even get on anyway; first clue. I put a "blueprint" brand insole (cushy!) in there and the fit was much improved.
I suspected that I had a high instep and what I read was that an average instep would have the mondo point/length of foot AND the measurement around the instep (from on the floor, back of the heel and over the front of the ankle) generally match or be very close. My instep measurement was a 33.5 compared to my mondo point measurement of 27.5, therefore high. Those trying to decide on the shell size break might look into comparing these two measurements as trying to get my high instep past the throat of the 27.0 was almost unbearable.
The 102 mm last width was a little much too, but the boots are sold unisex vs mens/womens. The insole took care of that too as it is nearly twice thicker than the Scarpa footbed that comes with the boot.
Now my feet feel snug but not tight; very comfortable. I don't have to crank the buckles down to prevent slop. I have to say that the original footbed felt like running on concrete with bare feet, they felt so hard.
As far as how the boot performs, I really like the soft bellows and I especially like the articulated shell tongue. I am using them with Voile HD Mountaineer and Voile Hardwire bindings (both 3 pin) on old Karhu 10th Mountain (68) and Guide (78, underfoot width) skis.
I use this setup to do long distance touring in rolling, mountainous terrain mostly in powder and spring conditions.
I had Garmont Excursions before. Much too wide. Happy.

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sherry bunchwrote a question about on November 22, 2014

I wear a mondo 27.0 in every boot I've ever owned, any brand, tele or AT, to ski on the hill. Do you recommend going up 1/2 size for low angle 3-pin touring? The size chart didn't help. If I went by that I would be in a mondo 28.0 on the hill! Way too big!

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on March 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these looking for a touring ski I could ride hard in-area and still be versatile and light enough to tour; a different kind of one ski quiver. They were so different than anything else I've ever skied, it took me a few days to figure out what was going on. They ski a little shorter than their 182 length in feel, but they are a little (not a lot) stiff so don't go big if you want the maneuverability. Stay with your recommended size.
I will summarize my findings: stiff enough to hold on the firm, soft enough to cruise, floaty all over, quick! quick! quick! (3 turns in the time it took to say that), not chattery like a fully-rockered ski and FUN! Very playful, lots of pop, return to damp...the perfect ski for me. I ride them AT with Beast 16 bindings. No regrets, they made me a better skier this season. Because of their manners and stable predictability I started skiing much more complex terrain than I ever have. Tighter trees, steeper natural conditions, higher speeds, yay! That wasn't just "new ski pump" either. Some weeks after I got them, I was wondering what the heck I was waiting for. Yep, this is now my "goto" ski for just about everything but flat tours. They are gonna get so much use, better have a backup pair.
Love 'em so much, I'm thinking about a 2nd pair before Dynafit changes something. Please don't!
Update: couldn't resist, bought another pair, April 2013.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this piece of artwork to use in a 4P backpacking tent on car camping trips. Wanted something functional and adjustable and got a Japanese lantern to boot! It hangs from any corner of the gear loft or the ceiling peak and gives off a soft glow ( very calming and peaceful) all the way up to room bright. If you happen to crawl around and hit your head on it ( just a thought, that didn't happen to me) it won't gong you because the globe is a squishy rubber.
I used it for 3-4 hours every night of a 10 day Fruita, Colorado trip on the same set of batteries.
While I love this item, I also bought the mini one for a backpacking tent light. Although they look very similar, the mini one is difficult to use, fragile and I would like to send it back but I already discarded the packaging. Night and day between the design of the two. The bigger one rocks.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not a DHer but I find the capacity for this pack perfect for all day 4+ hour cross-country epics. My last riding pack didn't have room for a decent first aid kit, my SPOT, significant food and water, phone and clothing choices for shoulder season (spring/fall) riding. If you get too small of a pack, all that stuff is wadded up in a hard ball on your back. Ouch!
The intended cell phone pocket on the shoulder strap is too small for an iPhone, probably most of the Samsung models too, but there is a decent small pocket on the back which will also hold your keys in a protected pocket to avoid scratching the phone. Nice. My favorite feature on this pack is the bite valve. New design by Osprey that is really easy on/off, doesn't leak on me while riding and has a really sweet magnetic clip to keep it from swinging and dangling. A really strange thing about this bite valve...it's really comfortable to use. You gotta try it to know what I mean.
The counter pull waist belt is a signature Osprey pack feature and much easier to adjust on the fly than traditional waist buckle designs. I'm always trying to find the best pack for my specific needs in different sports and I'm almost embarrassed to say that this is my 6th Osprey among a collection of sport specific packs (skiing, backpacking, cycling, day hiking).
One thing that sort of turned me off when I first got it was that it seemed kind of stiff and unwilling to conform to me. After a 3 days riding with it though it softened up and gave in. Love it. I even used it for some long canyon hikes on the same trip as I got to like it so much.
The roll-up tool pouch in the bottom is trick but I haven't used it yet.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on September 10, 2013

Spacious Car Camping, Option to Carry
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this tent because I was tired of car camping in a cramped backpacking solo shelter. I also wanted Multi-functionality so I bought this tent vs a car camping specific tent in the event a couple friends and I could split the load for a backcountry trip. Normally, I exhaustively review my options but the reviews for this tent seemed unanimous on the quality and it had features I was looking for in addition to the ground sheet and gear hammock included with initial purchase. I am pleased to say that this tent met and exceeded my expectations.
My first use was a 10 day trip to Crested Butte, Colorado where I established a base camp from which I did bike rides and hikes. The tent was so roomy inside(of course, it's a 4P) that I had my fat car camping pad on one side (it will accommodate a low cot), clothes and some gear organized on the other with plenty of room for a Crazy Creek camp chair for reading. Plenty of head room for chair sitting, kneeling, crawling around, wardrobe changes and it rained almost every evening but I peacefully kept my Kindle company while the thunderstorms (on some days) raged outside without the least bit of cabin fever. I had no condensation issues but its a big space for one person. The gear loft is a tight fit but you won't be banging your head on it while you move around inside. It did not sag.
The tent was very easy to set up alone. I didn't even read the instructions but went on what previous reviewers said about color-coded poles and tabs. If you have some experience with tents you could do it too. The only thing I missed at first were 2 pop out vents near both vestibule doors that I noticed on the 2nd day of camping.
It has a tight pitch that did not sag after getting wet which does wonders to preserve ventilation. My tent came with guy lines. I read that this was not the case for everyone. I was short 1 stake and I am sure I did not lose it.
The alpenglow colored one is very bright and cheery inside.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on January 31, 2010

5 5

I'm using these with Fischer Nordic Cruisers. I don't think are the greatest boot for anything over 60mm in the waist but they are light and fast for kicking around in the woods and on logging roads. If you encounter something you can't handle terrain-wise, just take off your skis and walk down. The soles are super grippy. Of note: I think no matter what skis you put them on, you can't really ski in set nordic tracks. The lugs on the soles scrape on the sides and stop you. NOT made for set tracks.
I have quite a few pairs of Salomon boots for different purposes: snowshoeing, hiking, street wear. If Salomon footwear tends to work for you, so will these. Of note: I went down 1 whole size for these boots, even though all my other Salomon footwear is the same size.

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on January 8, 2010

5 5

Just got these to use on Fischer Explorers. I plan on using them out of tracks at local nordic area that is very hilly and on another pair of skinnys for knocking around in the woods.I was concerned that they would be too stiff for light nordic gear or not enough stiffness for narrow backcountry touring skis. Both concerns are void. I feel there is plenty of support and ski control for my intended uses. Lateral control and support is very good and they still have the "walkability" that I was looking for. I am able to skate and diagonal stride in these boots and if the terrain is over your head or inappropriate for the ski your on, they hike very comfortably.I have a fairly narrow and low volume foot and I am pleased with the fit. I had no problem wrenching them tight enough and they stayed tight my whole ski day. I love the built on gaiter. Two thumbs up, and big toes up, too!

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sherry bunchwrote a review of on January 8, 2010

5 5

2009-10 is my 3rd season on these skis. They are my absolute favorite for touring the mountains and forests in Colorado, putting some distance on my legs for the day and looking for turns along the way. Paired them with Voile 3-pin hardwires and Garmont Excursion boots. They are also my preferred ski for Mountain Rescue missions most of them time. If you gotta carry a load, it might as well not be on your feet!
This ski is light, responsive and sturdy.

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