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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Field Notes: The Latest Word from Our Testers

True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.

by: The Backpacker Editors

PAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Merino Base Layer | Handsanz Germ Gel | Lowepro Camera Case | Lafuma Daypack | Sanuk Camp Shoes | Sherpa Adventure Rain Shell | Shockles Tie-Down Straps | Eagle Creek Duffel

Eagle Creek Take 2 ORV Trunk 28

A week's worth of gear, food, travel clothes, camera equipment, and other supplies stuffed into a heavy duffel can easily exceed 50 pounds, the weight limit for a single piece of baggage at most airlines. But that doesn't mean you need to schlep two bags around to avoid getting dinged with overweight baggage charges. The Take 2's twin main compartments instantly zip apart to create two separate bags. Bingo! You're under the weight limit. At your destination, zip them together for one-wheelie convenience. In other respects the Take 2 is a standard duffel, with a divider for dirt-laden boots and tough, foam-backed Cordura fabric. "I've never been a wheelie bag guy," said one editor, "but now I'm a convert. On a recent gear-intensive sea-kayaking and backpacking trip to Channel Island National Park, I got from the airport to the trails and back with smooth-rolling ease." Its rugged wheels survived a fully-loaded pounding down two flights of stone steps. Bummer: At 12 pounds, the rig is already a little heavy, which will haunt you if your airline is one of the few that now allows only one bag. $320; 6,050 cubic inches. (800) 874-1048; Merino Base Layer | Handsanz Germ Gel | Lowepro Camera Case | Lafuma Daypack | Sanuk Camp Shoes | Sherpa Adventure Rain Shell | Shockles Tie-Down Straps | Eagle Creek Duffel

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Dave S
Aug 29, 2008

I've worn Merino for years and it doesn't get smelly either when wet or from perspiration. Legendary around the world sailor Peter Blake wote if for 40 days/nights without it getting itchy. It does take a bit longer to dry than synthetics, but it's warmer, comfier and isn't made with chemicals. I have a light weight one that's great for summer wear also.

Aug 15, 2008

just came back from a wet hike in the adirondacks and find that all rain protective equiptment leaves me sticky or wet,hence i stay in tent or wear fast drying nylon shell of small cost...

Honora Renwick
Aug 01, 2008

I've not tested out an 18 micron merino garment. The one I did wear, left a rash under the hip belt, after wearing it for three hours in the rain. Wool takes longer to dry as well. It's right for some people but not me as I would get too hot in it.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

In my personal experience Eagle Creek's duffles are among the very best in design and quality.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

At that price I'd rather get an Integral Designs "Thru Hiker" parka of eVent.

Eric Blumensaadt
Jul 30, 2008

Any wool gets HEAVY with water when soaked. (Not to mention smelly).

Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick with synthetics.

Dave Waldrop
Jul 12, 2008

Recently bought this shell while visiting my son in Seattle WA. We went out on hike into mountains and experienced some significant rain on a three to four hour outing, I did get bleed through moisture. I really don't know if that would be considered normal for that kind of shell or not. I really like it and would still buy it. But did have the wetness as I mentioned. This was a long period of significant rain.


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