Outdoors muirwoods30

Published on November 30th, 2013 | by Greg


Boreas Muir Woods 30: An Ideal California Daypack

Planning a hiking trip in the near future? Want to be able to carry more just a few items with you, and do so comfortably? It seems like it should be a simple request, but it’s actually fairly complicated- there are a ton of factors, such as your height and hip size, not to mention just how much you actually intend to bring. Some people want to bring a single change of clothing and a water bottle while others insist on hauling solar panels, a satellite phone, and the manuals for it all. Still, an average person bringing a reasonable amount- that’s about 30 liters.

The Muir Woods 30 from Boreas is part of their adventure travel line, a fairly light two pound-three ounce bag with an internal suspension that trades a bit of extra weight for a lot of extra comfort and a solid design. It’s not the best for airplanes- it doesn’t condense under your seat, and it isn’t the best for laptop users or photographers. Nope, this is an outdoor-friendly daypack through and through, with hip pockets for trail mix or maps and a sleeve for hydration (sold separately), along with expanding side pockets for your water bottles or other necessities.

The pride of the piece- our favorite part- is what they call a zig-zag EVA foam backpanel. You can see it in the pictures, and we really liked how the looks were mirrored in the incredibly comfortable shoulder straps as well. The mesh lining might seem like just an aesthetic detail, but it’s more- it helps with breathability. We always end up with a sweaty back mere minutes after lifting the pack and starting a walk, but this one kept air flowing around. The bends and folds were a bit odd at first, and unless the bag is fairly well-adjusted, movements tend to be irritating. But once settled and tightened, the ridges made life quite a bit more cozy. We also loved the zippers on the Muir Woods, large and easy to pull. The bag itself opens completely, to allow easy packing, but the trade-off is a bit less organization inside (pockets and such take up space and break it up as well).

Quality felt durable, if a little light on padding around the bottom (420D nylon ensures it will hold against wet puddles though). Light rains slid right off. The bag did was a bit unbalanced on the ground though, the curved bottom tilting the contents and requiring some adjustment or leaning against something else to keep the Muir Woods steady when we were stopped. Compression straps and a sternum one are pretty traditional features, daisy chains that tuck away are rarer, and appreciated. Available now, choose from four different colors- blue, black, or red- and expect to spend around $140 online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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