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Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review

By Eric Miller - October 8th, 2012 - No Comments
Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review
All it takes is one look to know that Osprey poured a ton of thought and development into the the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack.  My experiences with the Variant 37 this summer were great and I’m looking forward to a full winter of using it.  Oh yeah, Osprey sent it to me to test and review a some Oregon summer ski mountaineering trips. Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Features Material: Matrix (420D nylon), Cordura (315D) Support/Suspension: HDPE frame sheet Removeable waist belt Hydration Compatible Ski Carry Climbing Gear Loops: 2 Ice Axe Loops: 2 Adjustable tool bungees Crampon compression pocket Glove friendly buckles Three-point haul system Underlid Pocket Wand Pocket Weight: (small) 3 lb 4 oz, (medium) 3 lb 6 oz, (large) 3 lb 9 oz Volume: (small) 2075 cu in, (medium) 2258 cu in, (large) 2441 cu in Price:  $178.95 Osprey Variant 37 Backpack Review Out of the box I was stoked when I put the Osprey Variant 37 Backpack on for the first time and it fit me perfectly.  I’m not that tall but I’ve had problems in the past with finding packs that fit. The Variant is jam packed with the features you want and a none of stuff you don’t care about.  The main compartment is big and open.  The hydration sleeve is easy to access when empty and an easily fit a 100 oz resevoir.  The top compression strap doubles as a rope strap.  The extendable lid moves as your loads expands or shrinks.  A spindrift collar rolls up under the lid but can unrolled to keep snow o...Read more...


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The All Occasion Cook Kit from Snow Peak

The All Occasion Cook Kit from Snow Peak

By Eric Miller - Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 - No Comments

Looking for a lightweight cooking system? The Snow Peak Trekker Kit is a great option for someone starting out backpacking but is also a great upgrade kit for the seasoned backpacker as well. I've h...

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Columbia Compounder Shell Jacket Review

Columbia Compounder Shell Jacket Review

By Eric Miller - Monday, July 30th, 2012 - No Comments

What exactly is a "Compounder"? Adhesive substances?  Nope.  Fractions?  Nope.  An awesome jacket meant for whatever you can throw at it?  Yep. Columbia continues to step up their game.  Th...

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My Mt Hood Gear List

My Mt Hood Gear List

By Eric Miller - Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 - 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I made my first climbing attempt of Mt Hood in northern Oregon. The weather conspired against us with snowstorms and 45 mph winds. It was planned to be a ski mountaineering tri...

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Outdoor Research Drycomp Ridge Sack

Outdoor Research Drycomp Ridge Sack

By Claire - Thursday, August 18th, 2011 - No Comments

A surfing backpack, a lightweight dry bag that doubles as a backpack on summit bid morning, or just a daypack on the rainy days, the Outdoor Research Drycomp Ridge Sack is a versatile, well constructe...

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G3 SpadeTECH Elle Shovel

G3 SpadeTECH Elle Shovel

By Claire - Friday, March 25th, 2011 - No Comments

Beacon- check. Probe- check. Shovel- check. Compact and lightweight, the G3 SpadeTECH Elle Shovel is the one for you if you're a sidecountry skier who makes sure to take all the correct equipment with...

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