Aaron Ziomek

Aaron Ziomek

Chicago area, Colorado and Wy

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Aaron's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking

Aaron's Bio

What gets me up in the morning is an alarm clock. However those are meant to be shut off, if I want to get up and out I simply look forward to the upcoming summit. Success, flawless execution and efficiency are what drive me.

Aaron Ziomek

Aaron Ziomek wrote a review of on August 31, 2009

3 5

Okay the pro: It feels light, seems like it would protect (haven't tested this yet, thank God)The adjustment device in back works perfect and snugs up nicely.The con:The chin straps suck, like really really makes me want to return it....almost. One side lines up with your ears, the other is off. I have to have it loose all the way just to fit. That means I have this chunk of plastic and nylon on my right side chin (the buckle and the sewed end of the adjustment strap). I don't have a big head either.Notice:I may just have to keep playing with it for a lot longer. I have tried to adjust it for the better part of an hour but still couldn't get it to fit perfectly.

Oh and the white isn't white, its cream don't be fooled.

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Aaron Ziomek wrote a review of on July 3, 2009

5 5

Great tent. The description hits the nail on the head. We even fit 3 people in this tent for one of our outings. Only complaint is in order to hold up the vestibules securely you have to attach them with three points each. Kind of a pain if you don't have a perfect pitch site. Also on the main vestibule it would have been nice to include a small square zipper vent. When cooking steam from boiling water builds up, to circumvent this you have to have one of the doors partially open. The problem is that they don’t really want to stay wide open and are not placed specifically for venting steam from cooking. So they either flop back inside and get in the way, or they don't let all the steam out and you still get moisture inside. We just ended up opening one of them up half way and sacrificed a little lost warmth. Other than that this tent is awesome.

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Aaron Ziomek wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

4 5

Picked this one up early November for my climb later that week @ Longs Peak, CO. Was planning on putting this jacket as my outer layer while in the tree line assuming there was no snow. Then throwing my shell over it once we got above the tree line.

Lets start with the two bad things: First, even if you get the right size on this jacket (a medium for me 6ft 155lbs) it still is a pain to put on. If you are wearing any long sleeve shirt other then say Lycra (So anything with cotton or poly in it), the arms on the jacket always catch your under layer and pull it up. Now I understand they want to have a nice fuzzy layer on the inside, but it is not necessary on the arms. Either that or line it with some poly so that you can slide your arms in somewhat easy. Second, The North Face name, now I understand some of their products have gone to crap and you're paying for the name. Some are outstanding yet still you're paying for the name. With this one the product is great, but the price is high. Pick it up on sale if you can wait.

Pros:

Cat and Dog hair can't touch this jacket. Not related to any technical stuff on the jacket but having that soft-shell fabric with fleece inside and not getting hair clumps is great. Keeps the wind rain and snow away. Decent to about 20 degrees with winds 20 mph and below. Anything over that and you start to feel it, even with a decent base layer. Once you start getting into the more harsh conditions it would be beneficial to have a good layer system either utilizing this jacket or having it off and packed away.

Overall I am pleased with this jacket. I got it on sale so the price didn't hurt as much. I can wear it around town or in the snow and back country. Great buy.

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