12/25/15

Osprey Viva 50 L Womens Backpack

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Written By Cinimin

INTRO

The Osprey Viva is a women’s lightweight backpacking pack that will store 50 liters for a comfortable overnight or week long trip. This pack allows for a wide range of adjustability

Dimensions: 33’’ x 13’’ x 11’’

Gear Capacity: 50 Liter

Weight: 3lbs 8oz

Fits Torso: 14-19 inches

Fits Waist/hips: 26-42 inches

Materials: Ripstop nylon, polyester, mesh

 

Notable Features:

  • Hipbelt Pockets
  • Adjustable Hipbelt and Hipbelt Padding
  • Adjustable Torso
  • Hydration Pocket
  • Ice Axe Loops
  • Side Compression Straps
  • Sleeping Bag Compartment
  • Sleeping Pad Straps
  • Trekking Pole Storage
  • Stretch Mesh front and Side Pockets
  • Top Pocket

 

Personal Experience

I recently took this pack on a forty mile trek through Paria Canyon outside of Kanab, UT. I’ve been traveling with a Camp Trails pack I took from my parent’s 90’s gear shed for the past ten years of my life and found this pack to be absolutely glorious! I didn’t know a pack could fit so comfortably. Although this pack is only a 50 liter, I felt that I was able to pack all that I wanted and the group weight was distributed evenly throughout my crew. Below is an image of all our packs lined up in a row, mine is the one furthest to the left and although it may not look it, it is the smallest pack by 15 liters.

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Likes

I like the hydration sleeve that is found on the outside of the pack that allows for quick and easy access, and the separate compartment and gromit hole found in the bottom of the compartment keeps your gear dry if your hydration pack were to have a small leak or to sweat. I also appreciate how comfortable and easy this pack is to fit, with plenty of gear loops, pockets and compression straps.

 

Dislikes

The mesh is really nice to be able to access gear on the outside of your pack but with only one or two trips out of my pack, I can already see the wear that’s occurring. If you brushed against trees or rock the fabric would be trashed in one outing. I’d really prefer more durable side and front pockets, even if it means adding more weight. Along with more durable pockets, what I really wish this pack had was a detachable top pocket that you can wear as a fanny pack for day trips. If I were to purchase another backpack I would look for something a little larger with the top pocket feature, pockets that will withstand time, and one that comes with it’s own raincover. 

Overall this is great pack on their entry level equipment that they’ve been adding.

12/6/15

Patagonia Prow Jacket

 


This is not your typical down jacket; the Patagonia Prow has spunk. The Prow is stylish, but this chic number hasn’t compromised style for warmth. With V-shaped stitching, insulated with 600-fill down it will keep you warm over the next winter seasons. This jacket has a metal side zipper with a full 4’’ of overlay to make it look even when opened.

Cinimin wearing the Patagonia Prowler

Cinimin wearing the Patagonia Prowler


When fully zipped and buttoned up this jacket has a great thick two-button neck that will sure keep you cozy. This is an awesome article of clothing that has the quality of Patagonia gear. When making a purchase I try to buy sustainably so owning something made by Patagonia is a no brainer. I appreciate the quality and effort that Patagonia has, ethically harvesting their down and reducing the use of natural resources (REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!). If this is also a personal priority of yours, this may be the jacket for you!

Features

  • Shell: 100% nylon plain weave shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Insulation: 600-fill-power premium European ethically harvested goose down
  • Motorcycle-style jacket with chevron quilt lines and asymmetrical zipper
  • Versatile, tall, snapped collar stands up or lies flat
  • Zippered side pockets
  • Hip length
  • 371 g (13.1 oz)
  • Made in China
  • Comes in colors:  Black, Raw Linen, Teal, Fatigue Green, and Dark Currant
  • Offered in sleeveless vest version.

I was immediately drawn to this unique jacket at the Patagonia outlet and have loved wearing it in this chilly fall weather. I have hardly taken it off and love cruising along the streets and backwoods in it. It’s been to Moab, Capitol Reef, and plenty of times up Provo canyon on outdoor excursions. I can speak first hand that the DWR on this jacket works; I was caught in the snow for an hour and stayed perfectly dry and the jacket looked great except a small seepage appearing at a seam. Although I’ve taken this jacket on a few trips to the backcountry (and it’s fared wonderfully!) I feel more likely to flash this beaute on the back of a motorcycle or around the city. I love this jacket because it’s warm, stylish and has the high quality of Patagonia gear.

There are a few features that I think I need to mention. This jacket is lacking a hood so I would recommend bringing along a nice warm hat on any outing. The sleeves are missing elastic at the wrists which you may or may not have a preference for; personally I don’t mind it at all, but you do have a higher potential for heat loss this way. Although it’s lacking this trait, I found that the arms are a comfortable length keeping heat in and it’s great for slipping on a pair of mittens underneath.

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Pros: Cozy hand warmer pockets. I’m so used to the slick insides of my previous down jackets that finding the soft pocket of the Prow was an extreme delight! Stylish, warm, comfortable and durable! Made with ethically harvested down and a layer of DWR to keep you dry in light rain or snow.

Cons: No hood. This can be seen as a pro or a con, I suppose it’s just preference or whether you’re looking to add a wool hat or depend solely on your puffy. No elastic around the wrists or waist. Purchase this jacket right from Patagonia, Rockcreek, Backcountry, REI

Overall, I love this jacket; it’s great! I don’t know if this is the article of clothing that I want to take into the backcountry but I love using it for cruising around town.