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Tags: asides, backpacking, supergaiter
Another way of insulating your hiking boots is to use supergaiters, gaiters that completely cover your boot from the sole.
Tags: asides, backpacking, mountain climbing
Tags: asides, backpacking, expedition, mountain climbing
Tags: Alpha SV, Arc'teryx, backpacking, fitness, hardshell, mountain climbing
I bought an Alpha Arc’Teryx LT last January in Taipei. At the time, I was a lot heavier than I am now. It was an XL and initially, I bought it one size larger, thinking that I would put on loads of layers underneath. This was even after the salesperson told me that these types of coats are meant to fit very snuggly, and that’s how they work best. Naturally, I didn’t know what I was doing. 10 months later, I noticed how loose that coat was on my frame. I decided to try and sell it and purchase an Alpha SV (Severe Weather) instead.This time, it was size M and it came in the color I wanted, Miro Blue.
Tags: backpack, backpacking, Kitchen Sink, Oakley, travel
As promised, some photos I took of the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack that I got last week second hand. It’s a pretty cool back. A 17″ widescreen laptop fits in the laptop compartment. That’s pretty slick.
Tags: backpack, backpacking, hydration, Kitchen Sink, Oakley, travel
A 17″ widescreen laptop fits easily in the Oakley Kitchen Sink. That’s pretty cool. That’s also rare. Photos are taken, they will be uploaded later in the week.
Tags: Arc'teryx, backpack, backpacking, camelbak, hydration, Kitchen Sink, Oakley, tealit, travel
I found an ad on tealit which mentioned an Oakley backpack for sale. It didn’t mention the model, but I called the guy. He didn’t know which model, but after a few questions I knew that it was the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, Oakley’s top of the line model which I have had my eye on for a few years.
I spotted it when it came out and almost bought it in 2006. However, I decided that I would get more backpacker gear, from companies such as Arc’Teryx. I did get an Arc’Teryx Acrux 40. Oakley makes some nice stuff, but it’s in-between true outdoors gear and urban gear. It’s actually a lot more urban gear, when it comes to their packs, which is why I could never justify the cost of the Kitchen Sink. For the price, you can get a full on backpack from a reputable outdoor brand. Some of the Arc’Teryx packs, like the small Bora 35 and others, are available for about 150-250$. The Kitchen Sink isn’t really worth that much money in my book.
However, this was an ad for a used Kitchen Sink. It hadn’t been used much and was about a year old. I met the guy and inspected the bag. It seemed almost pristine. I bought it for 70$. That was a pretty good deal.
My wife told me that the Kitchen Sink looks like an expensive pack. It looks very sturdy. It has an expandable bottom, which is handy. It comes with a shaped top lid, where you can store glasses, shades, or multimedia gear.
There is a nifty pocket in the front which can easily house my Nikon D200. It doesn’t have any dedicated water bottle holsters per se, but it does have two large pockets on the side which are perfect for water bottles. I had no trouble fitting in 1L Camelbak bottles. I guess if you aren’t using the laptop sleeve, you could fit in a hydration bladder. I will have to try it out.
Tags: Acrux, Arc'teryx, backpacking, initial impressions, packs, photos, review
Tags: Acrux, Arc'teryx, Atmos, backpacking, Osprey, packs
I finally got the Arc’Teryx Acrux 40. They didn’t have the Acrux 50. They did have the Naos 45, 55 and 70. Both packs use similar construction. The Naos has a nifty kangaroo pocket, that is also weatherproof in front of the back. Also, the complete Naos line has an advanced molded hipbelt, which is absent from the Acrux. I’ve read that it can make the Naos pack swing side to side in an uncomfortable manner.
The Acrux 40 can be compression strapped down to almost nothing, which is really cool. It’s actually smaller strapped down than the Osprey Atmos 25 that I have. I’ve decided not to use it while I’m in Taiwan.
Why do you ask?
Well, I’ve compared my Atmos 25 and my Atmos 35. The Atmos 25 is the pack that I have on my back every day. I take it with me on the scooter and go all over the place. It’s a very comfortable pack and I no longer notice the weight. Surprisingly people always comment on how heavy it is, even though I only have a hardcover book, a moleskine notebook, pencil case, Nikon D200 and 18-200VR lens and some water bottles.
But I digress.
I’ve never used the Atmos 35 while I was on the scooter. I always used the 25. And it shows. I basically got these packs almost brand new from a guy who was getting rid of them. I paid 100$ for the Atmos 25, 35 and the GoLite Jam. That was a great deal. The colors of the 25 were pristine when it started out on my back last year. It has become extremely dirty. I’m thinking about scrubbing it down this weekend. I’m also thinking about giving my French bulldog Spike a bath, even though I finally gave him a little scrub shower last weekend.
It’s simply amazing the difference in color. I’ll take some pics and post them over the weekend before I clean it.
Scooter + Arc’Teryx Acrux 40 = No-no.
What do I love about the Acrux 40?
It’s basically a stripped down no-nonsense version of the Naos. It’s completely waterproof. It’s rugged construction and lifetime warranty.
Oh, and I decided to get the Titanium grey color. The Gold Rush goldenrod was just too much for me. I was lucky that they did have both colors to choose from.