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- Nov 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm #1802219
My guess is the 55 would be better for weekend type trips. I just got my wife a Jade 50 (Extra Small, so listed at 46L) and she fit a down bag (10L stuffsack), thermarest prolite plus, extra clothes bag, hard shell jacket, weekend food bag, small stove, and personal odds and ends. We definitely filled it up. If she had to carry everything on her own (basically what she had plus the tent) she could have done it–I think.
Good luck!Oct 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm #1796229
Trombone. Started in 7th grade, played through high school, played in the University of Florida Marching Band and Basketball Band from 2002-2006.
Still pick it up from time to time.Oct 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm #1796044
When I took my wife to REI to try on packs, the women-specific packs had noticeably more contoured, thinner shoulder straps. Especially the Deuter women's packs. I've also heard that GoLite's women's packs have good not-so-wide straps.
Good luck.Oct 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm #1793844
My wife was exactly the person you are talking about in your review. Just getting into backpacking, using my brother's old old synthetic sleeping bag and external frame pack.
I was able to get her a Short size for $70 on sunnysports.com. Newer version with the olive dots on lime green. She loves it. Haven't been in any nights colder than about 40 degrees yet, but the loft looks pretty good and it compresses easily into the 10L stuffsack. Best part is that getting a down bag for $70 allowed me to more or less ignore price when it came to finding her a new pack and sleeping pad and still feel like I came out way ahead.
Highly recommended for anyone starting to acquire gear or looking for a bargain bag.
EDIT: FYI, specs say 2lb 3oz, scale says 2lb 5.3oz. Pretty darn good I say.Oct 21, 2011 at 11:25 am #1793465
Not sure if they're actually out there yet–but if not they will be soon.Oct 21, 2011 at 10:10 am #1793435
My dad is an electrical engineer. He does some UL stuff, including some pretty cool MYOG.
I try to go lightweight, but I'm not quite as into UL yet… I'm a lawyer. Speculate about our relative intelligence as you will. ;)Oct 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #1791997
One of the "pros" in the one review on their website: "plenty of lube." That's just fantastic.Oct 18, 2011 at 6:59 am #1791927
Thanks Konrad for the GoLite info. That Lite-Speed deal is amazingly tempting.
Other than the lite-speed, which I might take a flyer on, we pretty much settled on the Gregory Jade 50.
I have a question about the redesign, however, if anyone has any info to share. The "old" Gregory Jade 50 has specs that list the XS as 2750 cubic inches and 2lb 15 oz while the redesigned Jade 50 lists at 2807 cubic inches and 3lb 12oz. Is… is that right? Can anyone with experience with these tell me where the extra 13 ounces came from? Or what the thing actually weighed in at once they purchased it? I don't think my wife really needs the extra volume of the Jade 60, but its specs list it as 3lb, 11oz–lighter than the 50!Oct 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm #1790521
My wife and I just spent a couple days at Cuivre River State Park in Troy and really enjoyed it. We were limited to car-camping, but we day hiked the Big Sugar Creek trail, which has a backpacking campsite on it. It's a nice hike, with some good fall colors coming in, but it's pretty dry right now–I don't recall seeing any water, actually. It shares a trailhead with the Cuivre River trail, which has two loops, a couple backpacking campsites, and a few cut-offs so you can customize your distance. The Cuivre River trail is also an equestrian trail, I think. Overall it's a nice area, though if I were backpacking it I'd make sure to bring in as much water as possible.Oct 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm #1790519
When I was last in Glacier NP, it was annoying that trails kept shutting down due to bear activity. It would have been far more upsetting, however, if the rangers knew about specific bear activity on the trails and there was no warning. It seems like a very interesting case–certainly not clear cut "why should the state have to warn you that bears exist."Oct 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm #1789643
Thanks for the advice. I am almost convinced to stop looking at the Deuter ACT Lite 45 SL–the more I look at it the more I think it would take some seriously creative physics to pack it comfortably for my wife.
The employee at REI who helped us was really big on adjustable packs. I made the "rides really high on short people" point to him and he kind of brushed it off. I can't really blame him–he was a 6'0 guy, so I'm sure that has just never been an issue for him. An employee at Backwoods in Kansas City was equally fond of adjustable packs–I really think these guys just didn't have experience fitting shorter women to packs.
Thanks for the advice about GoLite. I had dismissed them before, because their smallest women's size–a "medium"–lists the torso length as 15.5 – 17.5, which is larger than the listed size of the REI Flash 65 Small that was too tall for my wife. I only wish I knew somewhere local that carried them. So far the torso size has been the toughest part to get right–no women's pack so far has had shoulder straps that are too wide or not contoured enough.Oct 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm #1789372
My wife and I moved to the KC area within the past year, and the easiest way to find camping has been the MO State Parks–which have a great website.
We actually enjoy the state park car camping well enough–and Weston Bend State Park has a relatively small campground.
Also, I've had my eye on Wallace State Park. http://mostateparks.com/campground/wallace-state-park-campgrounds-1-4 Haven't been there yet, but the website shows that it has some walk-in sites within the main campground. Might be a good way to do some car camping at a state park without having a parking space in your campsite. About an hour north of KC.Oct 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm #1789250
and noticed that T2 was on a big clearance toward the front of the store, but I didn't see any tents in the bin under the sign. Certainly gave the appearance of a closeout sale.
I got a T3 as a wedding gift earlier this year. Very nice tent. If you can find one on closeout clearance, it's highly recommended.Sep 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm #1778855
Now that I'm locked in on dates I'm trying to narrow down exactly what route we want to take. We're looking to spend three nights on the trail, with the fourth day as short as possible to get back to the car early. Right now the major candidates are (1) Cherry Bend to Lick Branch and (2) going east-to-west, Hare Mtn. Trailhead to White Rock. Some of this will depend on what shuttle options are available, but I'd appreciate any comments anyone may have regarding these two possible trips.
I'd like to see as few people as possible, but I understand these are relatively popular sections. Other than that, my main concern is to hike as scenic an area as possible, and of course to pass enough water to keep us from having to load up too bad.
As for the difficulty, my wife and I did the Standing Indian loop along the AT a couple years ago and she passed with flying colors, although her feet got a bit torn up (breaking in new boots). So I'm not concerned too much about elevation, as long as it's nothing too crazy.