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Andrew A

Andrew A

Central Rock, Rumney, Farley, Texas...all over

Andrew A's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Andrew A

Andrew A wrote a review of on December 2, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I bought this jacket on sale for 115 a while back and it was my first down coat. I have an older version with the 650 fill down and it has served me well both in Mass and Nh. The only two complaints I really have is about no hood and the baffling/sizing. The hood issue is my own fault for not thinking I would want one. Now I would suggest buying the coat a little oversized due to the large baffles; especially on the upper arms. My down is constantly shifting away from the front of my arms near the biceps. It is a pain to always be shifting it back so there are not constant dead spots in your insulation. I think this may have to do with it running smaller than other Marmot coats. I have the Ama Dablam in the same size and it is much roomier. Nonetheless this has been a great purchase that has seen nearly every day use for the past three winters.

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Andrew A

Andrew A wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Honestly, what can be said about the Spirits that hasn't already been said? They are a beautifully made quickdraw. I am curious to see how the new ones hold up over time compared to the older models; with the new construction/less metal. I did notice residual grease at gate pivot, but nothing to worry about. It looks like the new tension bar is a plastic instead of metal. The great things is with weight savings these draws can go nearly anywhere now. I'll be curious to see how the new Djinn draws stack up against the Spirits with the revamp.

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Andrew A wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this chalkbag so my coat/gear closet wasn't always covered in a white dust. The bag keeps it clean and then some. The closure system is very secure. The capacity isn't huge, but it's more than enough for your average sport/trad climber I would say. One downside is the floppy brush holder. My brush tends to fall out when the bag is closed up. Overall it's awesome if you want something clean and cool.

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Andrew A wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

3 5

Seems to be a pretty common complaint for Backcountry's house wax. It goes on just fine with the iron but scraping is terrible. Expect to have some sore wrists by the end of your wax job. The wax works great; especially if you're in the East Coast like me. It certainly stays for a long time after being applied to your board or skis. If you grab it on sale I would say totally worth if you have an extruded base, but if you have sintered and need to wax a lot go elsewhere. Not to say it won't work, but you don't wanna go through the scraping process often with this stuff... Cheap, durable, and gets the job done!

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Andrew A wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

This thing is great! I also have a Petzl Tikka Plus and generally use this lamp more. I just love the dimmer feature on it! You hold down the button and it dims way down and then eventually brightens back up to full power. So rad vs. just two lighting settings. Granted if you get the Petzl battery pack you can customize more, but certainly not on the go. Great especially for someone like me who wants to read my guidebook in the tent while my girlfriend is right next to me sawing logs.

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Andrew A wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

This was my first pair of Evolv and was a great choice. The downturn in the toe for sure helps when doing steep sport routes, but it does not limit you on less than vertical terrain. I now switch between these and the Shamans depending on the route angle. These shoes do stretch somewhat; when I got them my mortons toe was nearly jabbing through the rand but now they fit great. I wear a 13 street and got these in a 12 which was perfect. They have held up well I would say despite what other have said about Evolv quality. If you want something that truly does everything well grab these!

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