April Weekly Review Winners!
Hiking the majestic Thorsborne Trail on Hichinbrook Island not long after the end of one of the wettest wet seasons in years, meant there was an abundance of fresh water along most of the trail. Indeed, the much of the water was so abundant there would have been little risk of problems drinking it untreated. But I'm not a risk taker, especially while hiking in relatively remote locations, and have long used a Steripen to treat my water. On this occasion I had several travelling companions who I knew would appreciate my assistance in treating water for them as well. The SteriPEN Quantum Rapid Water Purification System was perfect for treating reasonable amounts of water (up to four liters at a time) in less than a few minutes. We used the system continuously for four days to sterilize enough water for six people, with no problems and without having to change batteries. The whole system is very simple to use, and the Steripen itself can be used in isolation of the fold-able collection/holding tank if required. At under $150 from Wild Earth, this is an extremely affordable, reliable, and convenient water treatment system. Highly recommended." Bright light, great value, long battery life and rechargeable - just what we have been chasing and performs exactly as it promises to. Used hiking and trail running at night without fault. The vertical position of the battery feels a little odd to start with, but is soon forgotten. Great versatility with being able to separate the battery and place in pocket or pack (using provided extension cord) while still wearing the light either on your head or with the chest mount. Only concern is waterproofness around the charging point on the battery, but so far so good. Recommended product!" I have only used this backpack for a weekend but am already impressed with it's extremely intuitive design and versatility. It is a champion for it's price range and there is no surprise that it has won the Outdoor Gear Lab climbing pack of the year two years running. I bought it on the recommendation on someone who has used it for over 60 nights of long distance walking in Tasmania, Kakadu, multi-day scrub bashing in the Budawangs, and mixed mountaineering in the Darrens in NZ, and it is still in great nick. For my purposes I'm very impressed by both it's ability to shoulder and distribute heavy loads and the ability to strip out the frame, padding and the lid to drop it down to around 800g which puts it in the ultralight range. THe flapjacket second lid serves to highlight how well thought out the design is throughout. For trips when you aren't utilising the ice axe gear clips you should find the internal hole in the base cavity of the pack and remove them as they can create a slight rub zone and then you can easily put them back on when needed. Overall I'm extremely impressed and Ospreys great record for quality customer service and strong gear guarantees is a nice bonus."