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Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles

Salt Lake City

Adam Bowles's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Adam Bowles's Bio

Hike, bike, & tele-ski. Anything I can do to get lost. Then, I hang out and play in the wild until I find my way home.

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Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles wrote a review of on October 18, 2008

4 5

Rolls down to nothin' in no time. Break camp and on the trail in a matter of minutes. Not that it's all about the mattress, but it's nice when you've got a early storm rollin' in and you're not trying to squeeze the last bit of air out. It's an unplug, roll and stow. Definitely not the weak link in the get-the-heck-out-quick scenario.

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Adam Bowles wrote a review of on October 18, 2008

4 5

I've had other compasses that range within a degree or two every time I would sight them. This compass is right on. All the other frills and gadgets are nice, but without a rock-solid platform, the frills don't cut it. This compass is right on every time. The only down side is the clinometer, the marker on the back for setting it is not there. A small issue considering they have 3 variations of clinometer and the other two are not effected by this one over site. Not sure if this issue is unique to my compass or to all Eclipse 8099's. But overall, it does not diminish my appreciation for this compass.

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Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles wrote a review of on October 18, 2008

2 5

...but the inner dial hangs up on the pivot, leaving a 3-5 degree variance when trying to fine tune your course. Rarely consistent platform, but the long straight edge is a great idea for map work and I like the see through plate on the sighting side. This allows for a both eyes on target when working at greater distances. Overall, nice idea, but not so hot execution.

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Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles wrote a review of on October 18, 2008

5 5

I bought the Crossroad Railing foot pack, LB 50 load bars, 2 Peloton bike racks, Frontier ES cargo box & an 8 pack of locks.

When I arrived to pick it up from the shipper, the Frontier ES would not fit inside my Subaru to take it home. So, raining as it was, I got to mount the feet, bars and cargo box right in the parking lot.

I sat in the car while reading the directions. Then, within 15 minutes, feet, bars and box were on, and I was headin' home.

It went on in a hurry and I've had no need to tweak the fit over the last month. The Peloton bike racks installed just as quickly, and the locks drop right in.

Two road trips later, couldn't be happier!

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Adam Bowles wrote a review of on March 31, 2008

4 5

I wasn't so sure about the asymmetrical lacing and tongue system. But, after 10 minutes out of the box, I understand how the off-angle lacing really can eliminate toe pinch. As for the tongue and cuff design, it's nice, but not nearly as noticeable as the natural flex in the toe box.

I've had these for about 2 weeks now and I've to put them under pack load, as I would like to make sure new boots won't fail before I get too far back off the trail. So far, they're looking like they'll, not only hold up, but excel in the backcountry.

I'm giving these a four star rating only because they have yet to stand the test of time.

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Adam Bowles wrote a review of on February 1, 2008

5 5

These things are solid!! So much so, they just want to go of their own accord. If I don't stay on my game, they'll take off without me. Love 'em! I did find my heels went numb during the break-in period, but I've yet to lose feeling in my toes. Still trying to work on the bellows; my tips like to dive when I drop a knee in bottomless pow. A couple more days of hard running and they should come around quite nicely. Bomber...absolutely bomber!

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