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The ATC Guide is an essential piece for every body's rack. It's simple- and that's half of the beauty. The Guide is a beautiful creation- BD took the award winning ATC XP and made it even more useful. The extra loop allows for multiple belay positions, and added security. The teeth allow for grip with heavy climbers or slick ropes. Plus, if you're reading this, then you know what it does. So stop reading and buy it already.

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Have a question about the Asolo 520 GV boot, and figured this was the only way to ask you. It looks like you may have used them at Philmont?
I have the books and want to take them to Philmont this summer, but thought maybe they are overkill, and may be too hot? What do you think? Thanks

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I used The Vasque Breeze GTX at Philmont in 2009 and the Asolo TPS 520 GV at Philmont in 2011, the difference in my experiences was unbelievable. Many are concerned with it being too warm, but I didn't find it too bad. I wore mid-weight merino wool socks (Darn Tough ) and didn't really have any problems with overheating. They were especially good for climbing Baldy and Phillips because they are so stiff. Also, Philmont's weather changes on a dime, and you can't beat the waterproofing of these boots. You will most likely be crossing streams and ravines, so the higher top and fully waterproof tongue totally help. However, if you're worried that it might be too much, I know a lot of people who wore the Asolo Fugitive GTX. It's lighter weight, still stuff but won't be as durable in the long run. Any other questions feel free to ask. Best of luck!