Author: Sharon Bader

Sharon Bader is an avid skier and mountain biker who gets out for many days on skis and bikes in her backyard of North Vancouver and Whistler, BC. Check out more reviews and adventures from her and her husband Lee Lau at www.LeeLau.net/links.htm

Deuter has long enjoyed favorable reviews from many of us here at FeedTheHabit.com. This time, the dynamic duo of Lee and Sharon have done their best to beat up the Deuter Compact EXP 12L hydration pack. After two years of abuse, Sharon shares her thoughts. Deuter Compact EXP 12 Features: Expandable main storage compartment Back panel features Deuter Airstripes System Bike Breathable mesh shoulder straps and waist belt Deployable rain cover Side mesh pockets for extra water bottle carry Helmet holder MSRP: $125 My Long-term Experience The Deuter Compact EXP 12 is a mid sized hydration pack able to hold…

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The Platypus Origin 9 is a mid-sized hydration pack with 3 liter bladder in back compartment, 9 liter main storage compartment, with internal accessory pocket and an outer open pocket. Two smaller easy to access pockets on hip belt. Exterior welded light loop/lash points and reflective detailing. Platypus has 5 different sizes of Hydration Packs. The Origin 9 is their light full day epic pack. All their packs come in three colours – Blue, Green and Black. The pack weighs in at a respectable 1 lbs 8 oz or 662 g. It is constructed of tough waterproof 10,000mm-coated fabric, welded…

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When winter approaches and thoughts start going to cold weather exploits one must also remember to keep warm! There are many Down options on the market. One of them is the Mountain Equipment Coop Reflex Down Jacket. Weighing in at 616 grams it can stuff down with room to spare in the 8 litre OR compression sack. The inner pocket can also be used as a stuffsack but will not compress as much as in the OR compression sack. I stored this jacket open, and would only carry it compressed during outings. Features of the MEC Reflex Down Jacket Shell…

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Guest authors, and husband-and-wife backcountry ski duo, Sharon Bader and Lee Lau offer an interesting dynamic when it comes to testing gear. They are both very aggro when it comes to mountain biking and backcountry skiing and they are both highly-particular about the gear they choose to use. This time, Sharon and Lee sound off on the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Fusion Softshell Hoodie and Pants. If you live South of the Canadian border, you may not be aware of MEC, but they are essentially the equivalent of REI for our Canadian brethren. The review follows a “he said, she…

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Osprey is a pack company headquartered in Cortez, Colorado and has been around since 1974. The packs are made in Vietnam where the company founder now lives. The Osprey Switch 36 is the biggest of the Osprey Snow Series. This pack does not look or feel like a 36 liter pack when it is on your back. The hatchback style lid accesses the main compartment from the back of the pack. The Snow Shed back panel keeps snow off the pack. It is designed to hold a water bladder with the tube and nozzle shielded from the weather by the…

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