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A C wrote a review of on March 5, 2012

5 5

Great super durable pant. I wear a 31"/30" pant and the small fits perfectly.

The orange color, at least on my pair, is very salmon or peach colored though. Slightly more pastel than I'd prefer but at least its not black.

One small design complaint is the piss zipper could be longer. Its kind of hard to dig through my under layers through the short zipper.

I'd also consider making the front bib material a more breathable material like the back. That area can get a little sweaty once you cover it up with a jacket.

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A C wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

5 5

Has plenty of friction for doing free-hanging rappels on skinny 8mm half ropes but still feeds great on my 10.2 single rope.

Definitely has more friction compared to an ATC-XP on the ropes I rapped.

Doesn't hang up on any rope when belaying except of course for the ubiquitous fuzzy gym rope.

For me this replaces a Trango Jaws which would hang up more belaying and wasn't as smooth to rap.

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A C wrote a review of on December 2, 2009

5 5

In about any weather above freezing, when I'm moving hard (like rock climbing or cycling) I will burn up in any sort of fleece lined jacket.
Most "soft shells" are this and I find them absolutely useless for this activity. They're heavy and too warm while moving and not warm enough otherwise.
This jacket fits tightly, cuts the wind and has a hood (which barely fits over a helmet too!)
And its super durable and I won't destroy it.
I plan on ski touring in it as soon as a bit more white stuff falls.

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A C wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

At least in granite you really want to place a lot more nuts once you get these. You just start to see places where these fit like a glove with little effort. If I have to use a regular nut I have to fiddle with it much more to get an ok fit.
One thing is that a set of these for the same range has one less nut than say compareable sizes of BD nuts. And because you really really want to use them I quickly run out of them.

The smallest three seem to be the most used.

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A C wrote a review of on November 10, 2009

3 5

I had gotten one of these a while back because it was the same price for 1 draw as 2 biners.
I really dislike the webbing. It is much more floppy than a normal (nylon) draw material and twists around quite a bit. I prefer to clip a tripled 60cm sling than this.
Biners are great though.
If you are just sport climbing I don't see a real reason not to just get a less limp wider draw.

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A C wrote a review of on November 3, 2009

5 5

I really prefer having a three cam unit in these sizes. It happens all the time that there is a shallow placement that works better (or at all) with the middle lobe pointed one way. Its a rare pitch that doesn't see a #3 placed. In these small sizes they fit in many more places than equivalent wild country friends.Only thing I don't like is the plastic sleeves on the side get beat up after awhile and there is no way according to metolius to fix them.

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A C wrote a review of on June 21, 2009

4 5

I actually ended up sending this pack back after 1 trip. The torso length seemed right and it appeared to fit pretty well loaded up at home but after the first couple miles with a very moderate load (~20lb) my back started to hurt a bit.
Also after I got to where I was going scrambling with this pack was uncomfortable. Every time I stepped up high my leg would interfere with the hip belt.
I've ended up going back to a frameless golite pack for these kind of trips.

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A C wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

5 5

I've ended up wearing this way more than I though I would.

It doesn't have a ton of insulation but it blocks the wind incredibly well and makes any insulation, be it a t-shirt or sweater, work much more efficiently.

It feels extremely durable and I'm not afraid to take it climbing.

If I bring this jacket, a t-shirt, a very light fleece and a very lightweight rain jacket I can take on just about any activity as long as I'm not sitting still for forever.

Only complaint might be that it fits too tight to roll the sleeves up, but the times when I'd be too hot with the jacket on but just right with the sleeves up are pretty few and far in between.

The pocket on the back is not very useful to me either. Most things I would use this for I have some sort of backpack on.

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A C wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

2 5

Every once in a while I think, oh it won't be so cold, I'll try using the insulated camelbak again.
And no matter how vigilant I am I can't keep the tube from freezing and am then to lazy to dig the bladder out of my pack to drink straight from it.
Nothing wrong with the high tech method of keeping a plastic gatorade bottle inside my jacket.

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A C wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

5 5

great light,
very solid feeling to it, batteries last forever
plenty of light for mountaineering, hiking, figuring out whats wrong under the hood of your car
buttons are super easy to manipulate even with somewhat thick gloves
the diffuser lens is great. you slide the lens over the LED for proximity light and then slide it out for long distance spot light.
Great for finding rap stations after the sun sets.

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A C wrote a review of on May 16, 2009

5 5

I've had this sucker for maybe 7 years now and it still going strong. The kevlar cord still retracts fine and the headlamp itself it plenty strong enough.
I was happy to have it along on a 2am wakeup to start up a glacier when my princeton tec lamp died.
Its got a big crack from who knows what and the foam that rests on your head keeps coming off but big whoopee.
Only problem is that its so small that I keep thinking its lost forever but it always somehow turns up.
So small that you have absolutely NO excuse not to have a headlamp with you.

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