EDIT: LTR Kelty Binto Bar - Pam
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> Long Term Report - January 27, 2009
> Photo -Riding on top of my Jeep
> Caption - The Binto Bar on top of my Jeep
> Field Conditions:
> In mid-December I used the Binto Bar to pack clothing and some car
> camping gear for a weekend trip to the Wolf Gap/Big Schloss area
> along the border of Virginia and West Virginia. My plan was to spend
> Friday night in a motel and leave Saturday morning for an overnight
> backpacking trip, but not having made motel reservations ahead of
> time I was not sure I could find a decent motel at a decent price, so
> I threw the car camping gear in 'just in case'.
> I did end up getting a decent motel room which was much appreciated
> in the 20 F (-7 C) weather, so I just grabbed a couple of the Bintos
> out of the Binto Bar and my small overnight clothing bag, and had
> everything I needed for a cozy night in my room, including snacks and
> the ingredients for a hot breakfast the next morning.
> The funny part of this story concerns the backpacking trip. I was
> the first to arrive at the designated meeting place and when the trip
> leader showed up next, we shuttled my Jeep to the trailhead where we
> planned to end the hike. On Sunday morning six of us came out of the
> cold woods to my Jeep, which only seats five and was partially filled
> in the back with a couple of file totes I keep in there all the time
> with emergency supplies, extra jackets and blankets, and a few odds
> and ends, plus the Binto Bar and an overnight bag. Not wanting to
> leave anyone waiting in the cold, I got inventive, and removed the
> Binto Bar and strapped it to the luggage rack. I was able to secure
> the Binto Bar for the short trip easily by just unsnapping one end of
> the shoulder strap and wrapping it around the cross bar near the
> center of the rack, and then just snapping it in place. I would not
> want to do this on longer trips, but it worked fine for a short
> distance at load speed.
> The trip leader, pictured below, graciously consented to ride
> scrunched in the back and we got everyone back to their vehicles in
> one trip.
> Photo - A very full Jeep
> Caption - A very full vehicle for the return trip. The Binto Bar can
> barely be seen through the hatchback glass.
> The holidays, a bout with the flu, and some nasty weather conditions
> in January conspired against me and I did not get another chance to
> use the whole Binto Bar, although I have used an individual Binto to
> carry snacks with me on a couple of long work days and to carry
> hiking clothing and trail shoes when I interrupted a work trip for a
> moderate day hike in mid-January.
> I've really enjoyed the large capacity of the Binto Bar, and have
> been amazed at just how much it will hold. I also like how I can
> just leave it filled with all the gear between trips and pack a small
> bag of clothing and one of food and be ready to camp in nearly a
> moment's notice.
> As I've used the Bintos and changed items around to suit my needs for
> a particular trip, I've appreciated the ease of using the zippered
> tops. I can just start the zipper in the front and then pull up on
> the lid to finish unzipping the Binto on both sides at once. It's
> also been convenient to make sure the zipper pulls are at the front
> of the Bintos so if I want to peek into them when they are in the bar
> it's easy to do so. One area I could see for improvement would be to
> add a small window for content ID labels on one end of the Bintos
> near the handles, similar to the one on the top, which would allow
> for easier content identification while the Bintos are packed.
> One I found to the Binto Bar is that when I wanted to change items
> around for various uses I had to remove the camping gear that I liked
> to keep stored in the Bintos in order to load clothing or snacks. I
> found an easy fix to this problem - I just found a Kelty Picnic Binto
> set on sale and now have another nice organizer, a regular Binto, and
> a cooler Binto!
> The Kelty Binto Bar has been a great organizational piece for camping
> and travel, and the individual Bintos have been useful for shorter
> days trips. Although I did not get to use it as much as I would have
> liked for picnicking and camping due to colder weather having set in,
> it rapidly has become one of my favorite gear totes.
> The food prep surface was the only disappointment in that I did not
> find it very stable, however I may still yet find it suitable for
> making a sandwich or laying out a quick snack. I plan to use the
> Binto Bar extensively as the weather warms up and I travel more, for
> camping, picnicking, and general purpose storage.
> This concludes the test series.
> Thanks to Kelty and BackpackGearTest for the opportunity to test the
> Binto Bar.