Aaron Mills

Aaron Mills

You'll find me anywhere in the Colorado high country.

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Aaron Mills

Aaron Mills wrote a question about on December 28, 2010

Between the Stingray and the Theta AR, which would be best for both backcountry touring (lots of uphill) and inbounds skiing? Are there other comparable jackets out there (e.g. something by Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, or Patagucci?). I currently own the Stoic Welder Hi but that jacket seems way too hot for backcountry applications.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on May 17, 2010

5 5

These pants are pretty damn nice. They have a slightly better fit than a lot of parachute pants I see in the wild these days. The material can also be rolled up if you want to rock them capri stile on those warmer days, but I haven't as of yet had a problem with temperature. My only beef is that I wish these pants came in a zip-off version so I could choose between shorts/pants depending on the weather - of course this would probably mean sacrificing some of the fit.All in all, a great pant. Very functional and they fit well.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

4 5

This is a decent goggle for the money. It worked well with my Giro G10 helmet, and there was zero gap. I went with the persimmon lens since others had mentioned it was decent for an "all conditions" lens. However, on sunny days persimmon simply doesn't work. I found myself squinting like crazy. I wound up returning these due to how bright they were. If you live in CO then I'd go with something darker.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on February 21, 2010

4 5

This is a pretty burly shell for winter activities. The pit-zips are nice, as are pockets. After I got used to them, I became a fan of the higher placement of the pockets, allowing me to stash maps or a few cliff bars. The internal mesh pocket is also great for stashing smaller accessories. This thing is also damn near bulletproof. I've gotten into several arguments with trees and the Exposure II has made it through every one of them unscathed. It's also very warm, and allows room for lots of layering if you so desire.This parka does have a couple of down sides that prevent me from giving it five stars. First, the hood is not helmet compatible. But as another reviewer mentioned, with just a beanie on, the hood feels huge. Secondly, if you're doing anything aerobic (i.e. skinning) this jacket heats up quickly and can begin to feel a bit clammy once it does. If you're looking for a good backcountry jacket, I'd head towards the softshell aisle.All in all, a very good price/performance parka.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on February 9, 2010

4 5

This is a pretty nice pack for backcountry excursions. It carries all my avy gear, snow saw, first aid kid, a few extra layers, and *still* has room for more stuff. The padded goggle pocket is nice, as is the accessory pocket up top - allowing you to stash gear for quick access.

I had some difficulty using the hydration sleeve with my camelback. I had to take the "L" valve off to get the tube all the way through. I also wasn't happy with the fact that the hydration bladder isn't segregated from the rest of your gear; it's just one large pocket.

All in all, this is a great pack. A bit large for inbounds use, but it'll take you anywhere you need to go.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on January 2, 2010

5 5

These wires are super-sweet. I got the long version for some climbs here CO and they were adequate, though the X-Longs might have been a better buy.

Buy them. These climbing wires will change your life.

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Aaron Mills wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

2 5

I thought I'd throw in my $.02 after reading the other reviews. I had less than a half day on these bindings in a demo setup when the cable pulled out of the wire. Luckily, I was at Winter Park and only had to hike half way down the mountain, but I definitely wouldn't trust these bindings to take me anywhere off piste.

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