When I was lucky enough to get a call from Howler Brothers asking if I’d like to test a new pack from their latest collaboration with the Colardo-based Topo Designs, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a big fan of Howler Bros. products for awhile now, and I’d been hearing a lot of good things about Topo Designs. Here are my biggest takeaways from several days in the field and the office with this durable and versatile pack.Durability and SizeThese are usually the first two things I look for when selecting a good pack, and the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack delivers on both counts. Large enough to hold a pair of waders, a fly rod and reel, and a few fly boxes, the pack also features a “water-resistant truck tarp base” which keeps its contents safe and dry no matter where you happen to set it down. It’s just as handy on the fly fishing stream as it is on a lengthy day hike, and they’re hand made in Colorado. #MericaAestheticsUnlike some of the major pack companies which tend to sacrifice style in the name of technical performance, Howler Bros. and Topo Designs sought to implement both form and function into the design of the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack. Topo based the design for the pack on their tried and true Mountain Pack, already a popular item in its own right. Whether you’re pedaling your commuter bike to the office or summiting a southern Appalachian bald, you’ll look sharp while doing it. VersatilityThis could be my favorite aspect of this pack because I don’t like having multiple items that essentially perform the same function. Less stuff equals more freedom right? I’ve already used this pack out on rivers during fly fishing excursions, hauled it around on hikes, and toted my laptop to the office and coffee shops almost daily.ComfortIn addition to all its other attributes, the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack is light and sits comfortably on your back. When it comes to work, it blows the satchel I was previously using out of the water, and the sternum and waist straps make long treks make it the perfect companion on long, uphill treks.MSRP: $198.00Learn more here.Related Content:
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThis weekend’s men’s hockey series between Wisconsin andMinnesota is a tale of two teams. The Badgers (14-12-6, 10-10-4 WCHA) continueto exhibit strong play down the late stretch of the season, having lost justtwice in their last 11 games. The Gophers (12-13-7, 6-11-5), on the other hand,have continued to slide in the rankings and have struggled to find a rhythm.They haven’t won in their last six games and have been victorious just once intheir last 10 tries.But this is WCHA hockey. Throw all that out the window.?You can never underestimate a Gopher team,? said UW forwardAaron Bendickson, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn. ?They’re going to cometo play, and we’re going to come to play no matter what.?The two rivals faced off once already this year, withWisconsin earning three points on the weekend. In Game 2 of the series, theBadgers fell down 2-0 after the first period but battled back as they have donemany times before to earn a tie and, more importantly, a point in thestandings.?Every point is crucial. The WCHA is so tight,? saiddefenseman Ryan McDonagh, another Minnesota native. ?Whether it’s working hardto come back and get a tie and scramble for a point or obviously win, we justwant to get as many points as possible at this point.?Indeed, every point counts from this point on for Wisconsin,as they sit deadlocked with Minnesota State at fourth in the WCHA. The Badgersfaced the Mavericks last weekend at home but were unable to create separationin the standings, making the team’s last two series ? road trips to Minnesotaand St. Cloud State ? that much more important. ?Any time you go into a rivalry game like this, the teamwho’s going to outwork each other is going to win the series,? Wisconsingoaltender Shane Connelly said. ?We beat [Minnesota] up a little bit here, sothey’re going to come out ready to charge us out of their building. The mainthing is we need to outwork them as hard as we can every shift, every play ofthe game.?If Wisconsin can remain in the top five teams in theconference standings, it will earn the right to host the first round of theWCHA playoffs at the Kohl Center. In the grander scheme of things, however,NCAA playoff implications are also on the line. The top 16 teams make it to thepostseason tournament; the Badgers are currently 12th in the Pairwise Rankings.?We’re fighting for home ice and fighting for the NCAAtournament,? Bendickson said. ?It’s the biggest time of the season. We want tobe playing the best hockey right now.?Minnesota has seen its share of lows this season; injurieshave plagued the Gophers ? namely the loss of junior forward Ryan Stoa for theseason ? and the NHL took away perhaps their best player when Kyle Okposo left schoolearly to go pro.The Gophers’ biggest playmaker since the departure of Okposothis season has been Blake Wheeler, a junior forward who has 13 goals and 13assists on the year. Wheeler scored the team’s only goal in Minnesota’s 3-1 lossin the first game of the series against Wisconsin.?They’ve struggled a little bit this year, but they’re goingto make plays,? Connelly said. ?Their ice is huge; they’ve got a lot of spaceout there. So I expect them to make a lot of plays (and) get a lot of pucks atnet.??They play hard. They know their systems. They givethemselves a chance to be successful because of the way they do play hard,? UWhead coach Mike Eaves said. ?Right now, they’re missing a little magic, and Ithink every team in our league would like to say they could go out and find alittle bit more magic.?Instead of looking over its shoulder, all Wisconsin can donow is play its own game. It controls its own destiny from here on out andcan’t be worrying about what the rest of the WCHA is doing down the stretch.?Right now we know we just have to do our part to win, andthat’s all we can really control,? Bendickson said. ?And that’s just coming outand winning the last four games of the season.?
The second phase of the NHL’s draft lottery took place on Monday night, with the Rangers ping-ponging their way to the No. 1 overall pick.The lottery was already considered controversial as the Rangers — who played in the qualifying round of the NHL playoffs — likely nabbed phenom Alexis Lafreniere with the top overall pick. The conspiracy theories were ramped up when the Original Six squad’s ball got selected. MORE: Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draftFirst off, the guy dropping the balls into the machine did the Rangers’ a little too quickly before commissioner Gary Bettman could verify the logo. He had to pull it back out.Seems legit… 🙄 #nhldraftlottery pic.twitter.com/JcR6w782mz— 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁 (@realmikeystew) August 10, 2020Twitter then of course weighed in on the weight of the ball, the paint — everything, really — regarding the Rangers getting the franchise’s first-ever No. 1 overall spot since the universal draft was adopted in 1969. Here’s a strong sampling, including a tweet from the one and only Roberto Luongo:New York Rangers ball looks a little heavy 🤔— Strombone (@strombone1) August 10, 2020I don’t like how that guy dropped the rangers ball in there. Rigged??— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) August 10, 2020OK, we had some fun today. I hope none of you actually believe the NHL rigged the lottery for the Rangers. Here, allow me to present the most compelling evidence available that the NHL has no idea how to fix a lottery drawing: pic.twitter.com/qWSm9H02dI— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020listening to the sound of the ping pong balls clacking together to determine that the rangers ball made a slightly lower pitched clack, therefore was heavier, proving the nhl draft lottery was in fact rigged pic.twitter.com/ymlqe9G7SA— James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) August 10, 2020Penguins didn’t win the lottery.. shits rigged @ThatsHockeyTalk— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 10, 2020Was the Rangers ping pong ball weighted differently? They “happen” to win the lottery after this?!? Only one he “dropped”. Wow! 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/yLQozqYjQl— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 10, 2020Jokes aside, this is now NHL lore. Like, the Crosby thing was always innuendo, because it happened behind closed doors. This was on live TV. I both love and hate this, but mostly love it. https://t.co/AyaiUzYatg— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020 They may not have hit the levels of Sidney Crosby-to-Pittsburgh from back in 2005, nor the New York Knicks’ “frozen envelope” fiasco of 1985, but they were quality.
Dear Editor,About three weeks ago, I wrote about a leaking Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) water main in North-eastern Georgetown. The problem has since been rectified.As a citizen of this country, I challenge others to make their contribution, however fractional, to its development and progress in word or deed. Most persons do not go beyond word, which is for the most part complaining. I believe that even after complaining, one should be prepared to propose feasible solutions. I also believe that we must be honest when there is meaningful change or resolutions and the appropriate credit or praise be given. It is in this good spirit that I must publicly recognise the remedial action of GWI by ending the leak and loss of hundreds of gallons of water.GWI, under the good stewardship of a former Health Minister, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, has made several interventions since 2015 to improve water distribution nationally. However, the quality of potable water to households appears to be an ongoing challenge for that entity. There is just too much discolouration, high iron and sedimentation content in the water entering most of our homes.The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers iron in well water as a secondary contaminant. There are no proven results of its direct impact to health based on the secondary maximum contaminant level set at 0.3 milligrams per litre. Nevertheless, the high iron content is known to cause other forms of damage. Some of the most notable effects are stains, clogs, odors and unpleasant taste.GWI’s management team is encouraged to further address the concerns of its water quality, and in so doing fulfill the CEO’s commitment when he was appointed in October 2015.Yours faithfully,Orette Cutting