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Nathan Webster

Nathan Webster

Nathan Webster

Nathan Websterwrote a review of on June 26, 2009

4 5

The cloudwalker is a great pack for day hikes, around town use, even ultralight overnighters. The quality of the materials and stitching is top notch. Just what I have come to expect from camelbak. The zippered pocket in the front has a nice little organizer and the main pocket is surprisingly roomy for such a small pack. It has a flexible back panel that offer a little support, but if you stuff it the pack will deform and will no longer sit flat on your back. The 'frame sheet' is flexible enough that you can actually fold the pack in half to pack it. It is comfortable for me at a weight of around 15 lbs total. This pack has been dropped, thrown, folded and smashed, dragged, filled to the brim with geodes, and submerged, and is still no worse for wear other than a little tear on the mesh bottle pocket.
I really only have one complaint about the cloudwalker. The new generation (pictured here in black. The blue one in the detail view is a different generation) doesn't have a waistbelt. If it had one, I would give it 5 stars for versatility and value because at $60 you are buying a $25 bladder and a nice pack for $35.

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Nathan Webster

Nathan Websterwrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

This is hands down the best 9 speed chain you can buy for your bike. Install it properly (read the directions carefully and use the installation pin) and you will get strength superior to all other 9 speed chains on the market. Yes the SRAM pc-991 hollowpin may be a little lighter, but it has nowhere near the strength, durability, or smooth shifting of the 7701. I would get 4 months tops out of a 991 (with several broken powerlinks during those months) while I get almost a full year out of the 7701 with no broken links. I will never run anything else.

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Nathan Websterwrote a review of on February 27, 2009

5 5

Yes they cost a lot. Yes they are trendy. Yes they dent. Most important they are good quality. I have had juice and tea in it and have no residual taste. My nalgene cannot do that. A lot of people hate them for being trendy, but contrary to what some of them say they are lighter than a nalgene (not that it matters). Also aluminum DOES NOT rust when it is dented. Don't know where that one came from. I have also heard concerns about how aluminum can leech dangerous chemicals into water. That is why sigg coats the inside of the bottles with a completely inert polymer.
Anyway, one of my favorite things about it is now that I spent that money on a nice bottle, I want to use it. All the time. I drink more water, less soft drinks, and waste far less bottles and cans. Dare I say this bottle has saved me money. Whether or not they are in vougue in the future, I hope sigg keeps making the best quality bottles money can buy.

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