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May 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm #3536671
As far as I know it’s possible to install .gmap files / OSM-maps on Android-phones, but not on iPhones.
That was two years ago though, but I’m sure Apple hasn’t changed it’s policy on the matter.
On the printing matter: yes, Basecamp is awful at it but once again, I’m not aware of other software that supports these kind of maps on a desktop.
Basecamp has it’s pro’s but to be honest it has a lot more potential. Garmin just doesn’t invest enough resources in it.Feb 26, 2018 at 6:58 am #3520787
I have two, actually: a full suspension Long Haul 50 bought in may 2017 and a frameless Superiour 35, bought november 2017.
The LH50 is made out of VX07, VX21 for the bottom and I chose Dyneema X for shoulder straps, side pockets and hipbelt (& it’s pockets).
I’ve used it on several trips, including the Tour du Mont Blanc where I carried personal gear + that of my GF. I also took it for a section of the GR54 and a big amount of overnighters.
The Superiour 35 (same materials for the build) has only seen daywalks, but I’m planning on using it late april for a truhike of the Eifelsteig.
I’ve used an MLD Exodus in the past and I can say for sure that the build quality is excellent. Not a seam out of place and everything is well thought out.
In particular, I quite like the shoulder straps; they’re quite wide and thick without being too wide & thick.
The Long Haul carries really well: the most I carried was around 15 kg (33 lbs) and the pack was still comfortable since most of the weight was transferred to my hips. I wouldn’t go much heavier then that, to be honest.
Some dislikes to the Long Haul: the frame tends to pop out of it’s velcro-closed sleeves. I fixed that permanently by just sewing them shut; I can never see myself not using the frame when using 50 liters of internal volume.
And this one is personal: I prefer a non-waterproof material for the bottom. On the TMB, there was one extremely rainy day in particular and water got into my pack. The materials are very definitely waterproof, but the seams aren’t sealed. Due to the waterproof bottom, the water stayed in the pack and had nowhere to go. I think 500/1000D cordura would be a better choice for a bottom, but that’s another debate.
I didn’t get enough use with the Superiour 35, but so far so good. Build quality is very good as well. IMO the webbing for the shoulder straps should have been a bit wider for easier adjustment, but it’s workable.
I can understand Dan’s thoughts about the logo. My LH50 has a big logo on the lower back on the pack, but my Sup35 has a small one on the lower back and ‘SWD’ on the shoulder straps. They’re easy enough to remove though.
Another thing which I like is their communication & customization. They are willing to change every single thing on a pack if you have a great idea. Plus, they’re just very nice people to deal with. Very fast in responding to emails.
You can’t really go wrong with a SWD-pack. If you have any other questions, I’d be glad to help out.Jan 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm #3513129
Not a problem. There isn’t a lot of info about SWD out there, so glad to help out!
I was planning to write a full review last year but decided to wait another year, as I’m sure the Cape Wrath Trail will teach me a thing or two about the Long Haul.
If you want durability btw you could also opt for VX21 for the body and VX42 for the bottom. I think the weight difference will be fairly minimal.Jan 18, 2018 at 8:08 pm #3513107
– Personally I’ve never used it at 40 lbs. I think 33-35 lbs was the most I put in there and it felt comfortable. Didn’t have to pay too much attention to it and my body didn’t feel sore at the end of the day.
– Durability is still out there off course but so far so good. I chose VX07 for the main pack, VX21 for the bottom and Dyneema X for shoulder straps, hipbelt (& pockets) & side-pockets. So far not a single sign of wear. The only annoying thing I’ve found is that the stays tend to pop out of their sleeves on the inside of the pack due to the velcro not being strong enough, but that was easily solved.
FWIW, I mostly follow trails but I’m not the most careful guy with gear, especially my pack.
– IMO 4-way stretch isn’t as durable as regular strong mesh (I have strong mesh on my Long Haul).
– My Long Haul was pretty standard but I asked for an external sit pad holder out of 3D-mesh & a draw-string closure. Two options that aren’t listed on their site but you can ask them pretty much anything.
I also went for the dual hip belt, it works very well for a perfect hipbelt-fit.
I have lycra shoulder mesh pouches on my other SWD-pack but don’t really miss them on my Long Haul. Hipbelt-pockets are big enough for my camera and/or phone and it’s the first pack I own where I can easily grab a water bottle.
If I recall correctly load lifters & hipbelt-pockets are standard on the Long Haul and are included in the price.
I actually own two SWD packs: a Long Haul 50 for long hikes in remote and/or high areas and a frameless Superiour 35 for short & light trips, overnighters or dayhikes.
Workmanship is pretty stellar on both of them and they’re a delight to work with. They’re really nice people and they will do everything to help out.
I’m taking my Long Haul again on a (to be planned) summer trip in the French Alps and on the (in)famous Scottish Cape Wrath Trail late september.
Other trips I’ll be fine with my Superiour 35.
I’m a pretty big pack geek (have used too much packs in too few years) but since using the SWD’s I haven’t noticed anything that’s more interesting. Probably has everything to do with the fact that everything can be customized.
If you any other questions I’ll be very glad to help out but I can also advice you to drop them a mail. Just do them my regards ;)Jan 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm #3513103
I own a SWD Long Haul 50 since may last year and have used it on 2 long-distance hikes in the European Alps and other trips.
I’m very pleased with it, would be glad to help out with questions if you have them.Dec 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm #3510170
There was a thread on the Ultralight subreddit on this.
John Zahorian (jawnzee) said the following:
“O hey ya no need for a thread or anything,.. Im just doing some back-end stuff and redirected to the IG for the time being since the domain and hosting and transfers and stuff all wasn’t completely immediate. Working on a lil video series talking about our new pack and the design process and we’ll have a pre-order within the next month so actual news soon. But ya in some ways it’s the same and in some ways it’s completely different. Stoked to share”
Full discussion here:Dec 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm #3507672
You could ask the nice people of Superiour Wilderness Designs to make you a custom Long Haul.
Standard they are 50L (internal capacity only) but they can make them smaller on request.
They’re very open to custom work in general and have a lot of great fabrics to pick from.
I have the Long Haul 50 and for heavier loads it’s a very great pack. For smaller loads and faster ‘n shorter trips I use a frameless Superiour 35 by the same company.Dec 7, 2017 at 6:29 am #3506029
yes … but it should look like this :
your corners are stretched out too far, but if you like it like that it’s OK with me.
Hi Franco, thanks for that.
I might be pulling the corners too tight when staking it out. I’ve always done it that way for the past two years, never thought about staking it out slightly looser. Will try that on my next trip!Dec 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm #3505903
Locus Gear. The attention to detail & the level of craftmanship is art.
Look at those cat curves!
My Khufu in the Cairngorms:Nov 19, 2017 at 9:37 am #3502877
I like an external sit pad holder made out of 3D mesh. I use an old piece of a Ridgerest and I like having it close for easy access; it gets a lot of use.
Adding it was no problem for them, it replaced the standard foam inside the pack.
I also wanted a roll-top closure, because that’s just a lot more convenient to me.
They made the hipbelt-pockets slightly larger for me but IMO I got a little bit too carried away there, I replaced them with hipbelt-pockets from Tread Lite Gear.
I also asked to exclude the hydration port and hook since I never carry a Camelbak anyway.
My pack is made out of white VX07 and the shoulder straps, hip belt (& pockets) & side pockets are made out of Dyneema X. The bottom is made out of VX21 but next time I would have picked something non-waterproof like 500D cordura. The materials are waterproof but the seams aren’t sealed. During an extended storm in the Alps I noticed some water pooling on the inside of the pack because it had nowhere to go. Nothing a towel couldn’t fix but still noteworthy.
Some pictures maybe:Nov 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm #3502779
For what it’s worth; I own an SWD Long Haul 50 and it’s a great pack.
I love the shoulder straps and the hipbelt on it but the quality of the whole pack is very good.
They’re also really nice people to work with; I had a bunch of ideas for my pack and they were very cooperative.
I have a frameless/hipbeltless Superiour 35 on order for shorter, lighter & faster trips.
If you have any questions regarding SWD I’d be glad to help out.Oct 23, 2017 at 6:21 am #3497972
I did something similar with an older Dyneema MLD Exodus some time ago.
I sewed an elastic loop to keep a foam pad in place and two velcro loops at the top, so I could easily remove the frame if needed.
Then I sewed 4 (two on each side) loops made out of heavy duty elastic to keep the frame in place. The bottom loop was sewn shut so the stays didn’t pop out & that way it kind a connected to the hip belt.
There was ample grosgrain on my pack to sew extra stuff onto it. It added 25 grams in total, and it carried up to 13kg in relative comfort. The pack was obviously far more stable.Sep 20, 2017 at 12:03 am #3492011
Arne, I have been comfortable down to around 15°F (-9.4°C) with the Cumulus, but it is a bit heavier (12 oz/340g on my scale) than the EE Torrid. However I am a huge fan of the Pertex Quantum shell, and I got mine in size Large so that it fits over all other layers.
Hi Bob, thanks for the answer!
I assume the mentioned temps are whilst active? Otherwise that’s pretty great.Sep 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm #3491940
Bob, I’m eyeing that Cumulus jacket. I know it’s a tough question, but: to what temps can you use the Cumulus Apex-jacket? I always pair my insulated jacked with a fleece, and if necessary, thermal weight baselayer.Sep 19, 2017 at 8:08 am #3491871
I use Strava a lot, mostly for running but enjoy the data for hiking as well.
I record my hikes with my GarminFenix 3. It has an method to extend battery life called UltraTrac (if I understand correctly, it takes a GPS-signal for 15 seconds every 75 seconds) but in my experience it’s way off; it hugely overestimates daily distances. So now I record my hikes like I record my runs: a datapoint every second.
Battery life is approx 16 tot 18 hours, so roughly two days. I carry a small lipstick-sized Anker just for the Fenix (I really like data, hah).
It’s nice having the data on Strava, and on Garmin Connect. And whilst hiking it’s nice knowing the distance hiked, how much vertical you’ve already gained, the altitude you’re on, when the sun goes down…
For example, my first day along the GR54 in the French Alps a couple of days ago:Aug 31, 2017 at 12:54 pm #3488122
I can grab a water bottle out of my Long Haul 50 (and put it back) pretty easy.
Worth noting it’s my first pack where my water bottles are easy to reach.
Very great and well made backpack, great quality and nice people.Jun 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm #3471894
An interesting thread / first impressions / review about this shelter over at TrekLite.May 16, 2017 at 12:11 am #3468118
I own a Locus Gear Khufu (CF) and it’s my favourite shelter by far. I don’t camp that high often, but when I do, it really holds up well.
I chose it over the Duomid because you can pitch it with a 130 cm pole, and it was slightly lighter and cheaper. However, they didn’t offer the bonded version when I bought it, so I taped all the seams.
Used it in Scotland few weeks ago; basically everywhere you camp in Scotland is above timberline, since there’s a serious lack of trees over there. I was comfortable, even in high(ish) winds. I always try to look for a more or less sheltered spot, though.
I like the versatility of a mid. You can use with or without an inner of water-resistant bivy. You can pitch it high or low. You can completely close it, convenient when you camp on a designated campingsite surrounded by campers and huge family tents.
If you’re a tall guy however the Khufu will be too small, although they make it larger on request. See here: http://www.trek-lite.com/index.php?threads/locus-gear-introduction-review-blah-blah-blah-thread.2850/May 16, 2017 at 12:03 am #3468117
Good stuff as always.May 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm #3466631
Take a look at Superiour Wilderness Designs. Good customer service and the packs looks really good.
Just ordered one, I’ll probably write some first impressions once it arrives.May 7, 2017 at 11:45 am #3466612
I will second what Aaron said regarding superior wilderness designs. I just had a custom 25 liter pack made, and it is the nicest and most comfortable frameless pack ive owned, mine is heavier than most would choose due to heavier fabric choices i chose to make it from, but build quality, attention to detail, willingness to fully customize, exellect customer service, all make this company a winner in my book. This is Americas next great UL pack maker imho.
Nice to hear, I ordered a custom Long Haul 50 yesterday.
Their customer service is indeed very good. I got a clear answer to all my questions pretty fast and everything I proposed was no problem.
XPac is great stuff IMO.Apr 2, 2017 at 12:17 am #3461076
I own both the Locus Gear CP3 & the Black Diamond Carbon Cork.
I’ve used the LG’s on some quite sketchy alpine terrain and they never left me down. Mind you, I’m not the heaviest (65 kg/143lbs). The durability of the poles do not worry me, but the locking mechanisms however are made out of plastic (like the Cascade Mountain Tech-poles) and they starting to show some hairline fractures, so that kind of worries me. However, Andrew Skurka wrote a solution for that here: http://andrewskurka.com/2015/long-term-review-cascade-mountain-tech-quick-lock-poles/
I believe I’ve used the LG’s for roughly 500K/310 miles. Those were largely trails. Sometimes scree, sometimes snowfields, but: trails. The tips still like look new.
There has been some talk about an infamous rattle, but that has never really bothered me. And I’m a sucker for noises I can’t control.
The CP3’s (or at least one of them) have been the poles for my Khufu-mid in some pretty hefty winds and they never gave away.
I love the CP3’s, but…
I use the BD’s if large sections of my hike will be off-trail-ish. At least, that was my intention. I’ve used them now pretty regularly, even on well maintained trails. I love that you can grab them lower when climbing uphill without needing to adjust the poles height.
They’re considerably heavier then the CP3’s, but that also does not really bother me. They feel a lot beefier then the CP3’s, obviously. That’s maybe why I prefer them nowadays.
I leave for Scotland in a few weeks, most hiking will be off-trail. So the BD’s are going with me, but I’m sure the CP3’s could handle it as well.
Summarizing: if you mostly hike on well maintained trails, go for the CP3’s. They’re fantastic poles, beautifully crafted and very durable for the weight.
If your hikes are really demanding and/or mostly off-trail, opt for the Carbon Cork (or, the Cascade Mountain Tech Poles?). Those will probably last forever.Mar 11, 2017 at 12:44 am #3455814
KS Ultralight KS50. I’ve tried a bunch of packs over the years but this is (at least, for me), the very best one.
The fact that it has a basic but decent frame and a lot of customization has a lot to do with it, off course.Feb 4, 2017 at 3:18 am #3448685
Yeah, Oookworks is right. In my head it’s one of a kind, but that’s not right. I read a post on here that said he’d stopped making them? They’re spendy, but look incredibly well made, and look perfect for my needs.
As far as I know, Sean is still making them.
He’s had some really bad problems in the past, but currently he’s doing a much better job at finishing his orders.
If you want more information on the current state of Oookworks, ask around at TrekLite, a British lightweight-backpacking forum.
A lot of members there have experience dealing with Sean/Oookworks, some know him personally.Jan 16, 2017 at 12:09 am #3445375
The safest thing to do is contact Locus Gear. They reply fast and are very helpful.