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Beer and Gear

Beer and gear seem to correlate with outdoor adventure in the Northwest somehow, and I’ve noticed the movement hitting the rest of the country lately too.  As a sucker for versatility, I am reviewing a multi-purpose, do everything pack—the Deuter Speed Lite 30—along with the equally handy and lightweight Oskar Blues Momma’s Lil Yella Pils.


The Speed Lite 30, weighing in at only 2 lbs is great for Spring tours after the melt/thaw of Spring has locked most everything in place.  Its 30L of load handling suspension takes 30lbs easily and has been a comforting cragging and alpine rock pack for me as well.  The pack’s compression straps cinch down to provide extra stability for those heavier loads.  Hydration compatible, several sneaky zipper features and with an ergonomic hip belt, this pack is comfortable and utilitarian.  During winter travel, it has even been my wife’s pack of choice, adding comfort and breathability with its 3D air-mesh fabric lining and contoured, padded shoulder straps. 

…and the beer.  Momma’s Lil Yella Pils, at 12 oz, is similarly light when you’re working hard, comforting when under duress, on point when needed, and generally liked by both men and women.  A perfect pairing for a great day on the mountain!