Apr 13, 2011 at 11:23 am #1272167
eVent Packa, size small, excellent condition. $100 includes shipping CONUS, but does NOT include paypal fees ($103.30 with fees).
I originally put it up here for sale over a year ago, then withdrew it after answering some questions about it and realizing I really liked it. But I haven't used it since then, so it's time to let someone else get use of it, if anyone is interested.
.Apr 13, 2011 at 11:37 am #1724045
Just curious why you are selling it.
Did it not meet some expectation?
Other?Apr 13, 2011 at 11:47 am #1724048
It actually did meet my expectations quite well. I'm not quite sure if I ever wore this one — I had a medium and traded it to another BPL member for a small, since the small was too small for him (but not for me!).
I wore either this one or my previous one when I did the Susquehannock Trail last year. It was chilly and rained on and off throughout the first two days. The Packa kept me warm and mostly dry both days (mostly because I sweat a lot, and no jacket has ever breathed well enough, even with pit zips open, to counter that). I do like the deep pit zips on this. If you have your shelter packed in one of the side pockets of your pack, then you can open the Packa pit zip, reach in and get your shelter, and set your shelter up without having to take the Packa off. Very handy.
So why am I selling? I also have a Montbell Peak shell, and always find myself reaching for it instead of the Packa. I've found the Peak, paired with a pair of RAB Bergen pants, are about the perfect combination for cold, wet weather backpacking for me. And I just ordered a RAB Demand smock to try it out, so the poor Packa probably won't be getting any love!
That, and I simply have too much gear!Apr 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm #1724075
and what does it weigh?
Also, Packa website says they are big and the small fits Cedar Tree who is 6' and 195lbs. Your thoughts on the sizing?Apr 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm #1724080
Weighs right around a pound. I'm 5'8" and currently right around 185. When I put it on I've got plenty of room in it, could layer a down piece under it easily, the sleeves come down to my knuckles if I let them, and the jacket comes down to about 3" above my knee in front (longer in back). It's got one of the best hoods I've ever used, because it's not oversized to fit a helmet, so it fits an actual head very well. Unless, of course, your head is as big as a helmet….Apr 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm #1724082
Another nice thing I remember about the Packa is when I was hiking the Susquehannock, it rained on and off. You can put the sil pack cover on, and tuck the jacket part into it. When it starts raining, you can 'put the jacket on' without stopping or retrieving it from your pack or taking off your pack. When it stops raining you can simply tuck the jacket part back into the pack cover part, again without stopping.
In fact, the more I write about it, the more I wonder why I'm selling it! Okay Nick, you've convinced me to keep it!Apr 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm #1724086
It was tempting. I don't get much rain. I usually bring a tarp and a Marmott Essence; or a MLD poncho/tarp plus bivy to cover my rain and shelter needs.
The poncho/tarp and bivy combo is right around 16 oz, so not much benefit to get the Packa other than it is probably bigger as a poncho and breathes better. But for those who live in areas with a lot more rain, it might be a good option.Apr 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm #1724101
Hi Doug, since this thread is all shot to pieces as a Gearswap thread anyway, how about some photos of it on, preferably with a big pack, (Pinnacle size?) if you have one. Yours are the best pics I've seen of it, esp of the inside seams, which I always think give a good indication of quality.
How does it function when you have no pack on?Apr 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm #1724112
Hmmm. I live alone, and the last time I let my puppy fool around with the camera she took some rather racy pics of her and the german shepherd down the street, and THEN posted them to my facebook page! I was not amused.
I'll try to remember to bring my camera/pack/Packa with me to my girlfriend's this weekend. Don't know the Pinnacle. I've got a Starlite, I'll fluff that up with a couple of pillows and put it on with that.
Functions fine without any pack on, but it looks awful funny with the all the excess sil just hanging off the back, kinda what my gut would look like without a shirt on, if my gut was on my back, without the hair and lint-filled navel….Apr 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm #1724143
Joe GeibBPL Member
@joegeibLocale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Where did you get this?Apr 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm #1724148
Bought it from Cedar Tree (Eddie Hinnant). Bought both of them from Cedar Tree, actually.Apr 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm #1724151
John NausiedaBPL Member
Here is the original prototype .Apr 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm #1724162
"Here is the original prototype"
Ah, back before I got fat. I still have my wall painted like that…..Apr 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm #1724188
Here is a must see video…Apr 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm #1724200
"Here is a must see video…"
Those guys are nuts! What a hoot!Apr 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #1728442
Okay Rod, here's a few photos of me wearing the Packa with a full SMD Starlite (a pic of just me with the Starlite included as well).
.Apr 24, 2011 at 5:07 am #1728681
That is a really nice functional piece. I can see why you decided to keep it.
I really like the option to use the pack cover, and then pull the jacket on if you need it. I can't see from the pics, and I'm far too lazy to look it up, but does it have any pockets?
Also, have you ever used that belly button lint as a fire starter?Apr 24, 2011 at 7:12 am #1728701
It has one pocket in front, rather large, whose main purpose is to act as the stuff sack for the Packa. You could certainly put things in there though.
Tried using the naval lint as a fire starter once, but the smoke was terrible…..Apr 25, 2011 at 6:23 am #1729097
Yeah Doug, that's what I found too the first time I tried it. I found it was much less smelly if I took the lint out of my belly button before lighting it. Never to old to learn a new skill, I say.Aug 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm #1903651
Packa back up for sale. Start at the top of the thread for pics and such, plus discussion of the Packa.Jun 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm #1996971
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