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Adam Ü

Adam Ü

PNW-based, global reach

Adam Ü's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Adam Ü's Bio

Marine Biologist/Skier/Musician/Surfer/Biker/Climber. Not a fan of poetry.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like the simplicity of the Tracker3 vs. a lot of other fancypants beacons that have a million other functions other than "find your partner".

When doing beacon drills this season my friends and I with T3s were faster than other friends with more complicated beacons. It got to the point where I just wanted to trade with them - if I ever got buried I'd rather they are searching with a no-brainer beacon vs. something more complicated.

It's fast, easy, compact, accurate and nothing else. That's how I want my beacon.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack (or the larger cousin the Float 42) for all of my skiing days for the past two seasons. The 27 is the perfect size for a daily driver - I carry my first aid kit, repair kit, extra layers, food, water, BC Link radios, skins, avy gear, 10 essentials, spare goggles, etc. and it's still compact enough to fit on a chairlift w/o taking it off. I can fit a bit of extra stuff in there if necessary or if I'm going on a bigger mission where ropes and pointy things or overnight gear needs to come along the Float 42 is more or less the same design, just bigger.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being able to communicate with your BC partners can be life or death. With radios, I don't have to guess what that wave or wind-blown half-yell from my partner means. Does that cliff go? Does that line go? Are you in a safe zone? Shit, was one wave "It's good" or was it two waves? Was that one wave or two? They're pointing, I'm not sure what that means. Go there, or don't go there?

Oh yeah, the radio. It's all clear now.

The best part about the BC Links (aside from actually being able to talk to your BC partners) is everything you need to control them is on the mic so you don't have to dig around in your pack to turn on/off, change volume or channel, etc. as you'd need to with other talkabouts. They also fit perfectly in the shoulder straps of BCA packs so you don't have to worry about losing them out of a pocket or dropping them or having a chest harness.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've had a pair of Zens as my daily driver shoe since 2007. That's ONE pair in the last six years.

They get used on the street, on approaches, on hikes, mountain biking... they've seen four continents and countless miles on and off trail.

No other shoe I've ever used has ever lasted this long with this much use. Given the amount of wear since 2007 I should have at least a couple more years to go before I need to replace them.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After years in the T-race I jumped into NTN and the TX-Comp. Haven't looked back - everything about NTN is better than 75mm.

Overall the setup is lighter than my 75mm gear, the boot is lighter, much more climb-able without the duckbill, and has all the power that the T-Race has.

Only bummer - no tech inserts. If they had tech inserts they'd be the only boot I'd ever need. Now I switch between the TX-pro for my tech needs and the TX-comp for my NTN skiing.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I've gone through a few variations (Marmot, Eider, Patagonia) of the synthetic hooded puffy over the years. Let me tell you why the Polar Shift is my new favorite:

1. It's reversible, just like your favorite LP! If Side one doesn't jive with the rest of your outfit, side two will! I was recently at an outdoor wedding in Tahoe (yes, the perfect testing ground for a puffy) and got to rock both sides of the Polar Shift. Got compliments on both, and wowed the crowd when I told them it was the same jacket both times.

2. Wrists have thumb loops AND are stretchy enough to get pushed up your forearms. Thumb loops ensure no sleeve ride-up when you don't want it, and stretchy wrists ensure sleeve ride-up when you do want it. With every other puffy it's been either/or. Now it's both.

As with all of the puffy jackets in this class the face fabrics are light. I won't be surprised if I end up with a few holes over the years like all the rest of them, and likewise I won't be choosing this as my outerwear when it's time to bash my way through devil's club. That being said, if one side gets torn up a bit I will always have the other side as a backup.

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Adam Üwrote a review of on February 27, 2013

5 5

I use this jacket in the PNW where we get more snow and rain and wind and so forth in a weekend than Colorado gets in a season (ok maybe not, except for the rain part).

Anyways, the Cosmic is my favorite of the TREW jackets. I'm a fan of cleaner, lighter jackets and this one fits the bill w/o making me feel like an extremo French alpinist. It's got all the alpine techy features you want and a fit that's freeride-y, but not ridiculous like the "I'm 5'6" but I wear XXXXXL with a cotton skirt hanging out" style that seems to be all the rage with kids these days. The fabric is tough - if you see a scuff on it you should see the splinters or sand left over from the tree or rock I just cartwheeled over and see who won that battle.

BTW, I am 5'10" 160# and wear a L.

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