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09/10/2017 01:16PM
Spent 11 days, covered 96+ paddling and portaging miles. Weather from 70's and sunshine to low 40's sleet/rain, wind.

Big Agnes FlyCreek Platinum 2. 2pounds 2 ounces (with 8 stakes and polycro innie), small pack size except for 17 inch hubed pole set. Kept me dry throughout the various weather conditions, set up/take down fast. Single front entry I find uncomfortable for my age, all mesh interior was chilly to sit in in wind below 50 degrees, spacious for 1 person cramped if 2.

Alocs canister stove (remote tank style). Packs small easy to assemble, can run with inverted canister due to fuel line preheat loop, very low simmer to medium high flame Flat 1 inch burner causes a hot spot in cook pots/pans.

MSR Trailshot filter. One new gear item that will see a lot of my use. Easy to filter on the water, pumps with single hand delivering good flow. Used last 6 days as gravity with very good results. Filter itself cleans easily by shaking vigorusly, never had to backflush which can be done easily. Only trouble is the small prefilter clogged fast but flushed clean easily.

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fraxinus
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09/11/2017 04:41PM
Interesting stuff, like you I don't really care for front entry tents I think age has something to do with it. But at 2lbs 2 oz, you might be able to overlook the door thing. I find that weight amazing for a double wall tent, must pack down pretty small. The Trailshot filter looks like a winner too, how do you set it up as a gravity filter if you need to physically squeeze it to force water thru the filter, or do I have that part wrong. Pretty cool, at 5 oz it looks like a good thing to have in an emergency ditch kit. Thanks for the review.
09/11/2017 06:07PM
Thanks, Ken; always appreciate your attention to detail.
09/11/2017 07:22PM
quote fraxinus: The Trailshot filter looks like a winner too, how do you set it up as a gravity filter if you need to physically squeeze it to force water thru the filter, or do I have that part wrong. Pretty cool, at 5 oz it looks like a good thing to have in an emergency ditch kit. Thanks for the review. "

I just remove the pre filter and connect to a bag with a bulkhead adapter, it flows real well not needing any pumping. A squeze or 2 will get the air out and start faster, but half the time I didn't need to pump at all. I fitted a short piece of the same diameter tube to a cap for folding Nalgeen canteens and do not worry about over flow, it just stops filling when full. The pre filter does plug fast in gravity use, but not in Trailsot regular use. The red and grey piece is the pre filter removed.



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pswith5
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09/14/2017 06:52AM
Hey Ken, does nalgene cap connector come with the unit?
09/14/2017 07:54AM
quote pswith5: "Hey Ken, does nalgene cap connector come with the unit?"

The MSR Trailshot

Bag, hose, valve, adapters/fittings, cap, were pieces I had and fitted to assemble a gravity system.
Nalgeen bottle/bag cap is a spare, drilled out, a hose barb fitted, and epoxied in place.

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QueticoMike
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09/18/2017 02:31PM
Thanks for sharing your insights!
09/18/2017 06:36PM
Ken's clown car......(inside joke)
BWPaddler
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09/24/2017 02:35PM
Fun to read about - is there a trip report I can find?
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09/25/2017 01:16PM
Always read buttheads gear stuff. I'm getting better. Thanks
09/25/2017 01:36PM
quote BWPaddler: "Fun to read about - is there a trip report I can find? "

Trip report in a single file link is about all I'll do. It's a .kmz track best opened with Google Earth. 2017 Q/BWCA Canoe Trip


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PS: Ken's Clown Car short version. I pack small, 45 pounds total for 2 packs, one pack at 2000 ci, other at 3200 ci. But seem to have more stuff than anyone else. bh
 
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