AJ3

AJ3

From the peaks via the trails to the valleys of the Bay Area, Northern Califoria.

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Ali J.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Ali J.'s Bio

I am an ex-military young professional in the Silicon Valley of Northern California. I enjoy the outdoors and nature for all of its beauty that God gave it and the challenges that come with exploring it. I love the opportunity to look down from a peak, ridge, or rock... getting there is how we find out what we are made of.

"In conquering mountains, we test and sometimes conquer ourselves" -AJH

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AJ3 wrote an answer about on April 18, 2011

Youre right... $25. Corrected. I must have been way more tired from my trip than I thought. I'm thinking that maybe the use of some construction materials went up. I see that the MSRP on Patagonias site is what went up. So I'm guessing BC moved up to match it. Patagonia released a new boot line called the P26, so why does this one have to go up? Oh well, They are mighty nice.

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AJ3 wrote a review of on December 20, 2009

Truly Impressed
5 5

This bag is a very useful and handy piece of gear to add to your collection. Air simply pushes itself out when being compressed, and it does not seep back in (almost like it was vacuum sealed). I haven't gotten it wet yet so I cant speak on that other than to say, it looks and feels water resistant.
Quality: Seams are durable, cinch straps are durable, handle is durable.
Usefulness: These bags are great for super compressing other soft gear (or mixed with some hard items). Throw away or stock tent storage bag. I fit my two person tent, rain fly, and footprint into the Small version bag and it compresses down to approximately 8in wide x 16in long. The black stripe across the bright orange side is a carry/shakeout handle.
This is THE bag to have, that will make your overall loadout way smaller. I am definitely getting more sizes for other compressible goods.

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AJ3 wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

4 5

This chalk bag makes me happy.

1. I have larger sized hands so it helps that it is a decently deep bag (but not too deep/cumbersome)
2. The dual belt loops do their job to keep the bag in a vertical position for ease of ambidextrous access.
3. The drawstring does it is job.
4. The belt is generous and does what it is supposed to do with its simple plastic clip.
5. Solid stitching and well laid logo paired with (in my opinion) a really cool design. <-- I got the Navy Corduroy pattern.

The only thing that would make this bag better is if it had a pocket for tape. Obviously this is not a major issue or I would not have bought it.
Just hit the button.. Add to Cart.. I don't even mind if you get the Blue one ;-)

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AJ3 wrote an answer about on May 19, 2009

Pat, notice the elastic loops are vertically in line with the sturdier webbing gear loops that are on the bottom rear of the pack... That is the setup for Ice Axes/Hatchets. You are supposed to drop the handle of the axe all the way through the webbing loop at the bottom of the pack until the head rests on the webbing, and then rotate it vertically toward you and all the way up so that it is upside down with the hand pointing up. You would then use the elastic loops too wrap around, hook to itself, and secure the handle of the axe. Note, most people probably do a custom random gear attachment instead because most people probably don't use this pack for ice climbing with axes. (Not that it can't take the cold and wet..it can)

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AJ3 wrote a review of on May 16, 2009

4 5

If you are looking for a 2P tent that has plenty of space, this is it...
The spacious coffin box design and relatively high ceiling makes this tent ideal for 2 grown men - 5'11 and 6'11 - to fit nicely. (Especially because I like to sleep fetal or spread out. Double vestibules and double doors, makes it easily accessible for both parties to enter and exit in the middle of the night with out having to crawl over each other in mid slumber.

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AJ3 wrote a review of on May 16, 2009

5 5

I will continue buying these boots until they don't make them anymore...
This is a perfect mix of agility and stiffness, grip, weather protection, and looks...
A few reasons why I'd buy them again...

1.Stiff enough for protected treks up mountains and down the other side in rocky terrain.
2.Agile/Flexible enough for running (yes, running) up and down mountains bounding from rock to rock without rolling your ankle.. I've had a couple close calls, and I believe that the boots definitely protected me.
3.Grip = excellent for scrambling. It sticks to wet and dry rocks. I havent slipped yet when crossing any streams.
4.Generally weather proof. Light - medium Rain is no problem for these boots.. just don't go dipping your foot in a river for more than 1.7 seconds... water easily splashes off but they will soak if you try to drown your foot. One weather proofing con is that, if you do dip your foot, the interior will take a while to dry, even with moderate sun.
5. Break in period is minimal if any.. They felt great right out of the box and continue to feel great, 50-60 hard miles later. On rubbing/chafing: it may occur above your ankle if you don't wear high midweight socks.

Overall, I will continue to speak highly of these boots. I had tried other boots before (e.g. ones from the military, and TNF Fortress Peak GTX, but lately milspec boots were too thin, and TNF Fortress Peak was too big and clunky for my purposes.

I am satisfied with these.... besides, they look good.

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AJ3 wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

This is an excellent insulating layer for the brisk chill of the outdoors. Add it to a nice base layer and you have a comfortable warmth to operate with for those moments when a softshell is too many layers for you.

Pros: Excellent insulator, performance fit, high collar helps with soft zip edges.
Cons: Not windproof nor waterproof at all(but not supposed to be), fabric on the underside of my forearm started to micro pill after only a few uses (probably from resting/rubbing my arms on tables).

Overall its a great addition to your wardrobe. Excellence.. I'd buy another if I had to, except the next time I'd get the blue one.

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