Andrew Livingston

Andrew Livingston

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Andrew Livingston

Andrew Livingston wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

Perfection
5 5

When I first got this and wore it in the rain, I was concerned. When I removed the jacket, I could see moister inside on the shoulders and in the sleeves, which had me really disappointed. What I realized was that this was my sweat as it evaporated through the shell, the jacket was not leaking, and you can solve this problem by wearing a Patagonia Capilene or equivalent which transfers your sweat better. SInce then, I've used it climbing Mt. Hood, Diamond Peak, Smith Rock, running, biking, winter camping, snowboarding, and through multiple blizzards in sub-zero. As a Paclite, I'm not sure if it was meant for the extreme, but it stands up to the challenge.

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Andrew Livingston wrote an answer about on November 8, 2011

The diameter of the poles for the Forte is twice that of your average backpacking tent, though that says nothing regarding the thickness of the aluminum, they seem to be sufficiently beefy. Also, comparing Kelty to Mountain Hardwear is like comparing Saturn to Ferrari...just saying, easy choice most of the time, your paying for quality, reliability and a good warranty.

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Andrew Livingston wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

5 5

The first thing I have to say about it is how versatile it is! You can load it with all you need for a multi day trip or you can cinch it down to hold just a math book and it still is snug and secure all around! This is an awesome pack for just about anything and I've only found a couple of problem spots. The first thing I don't like is that there really isn't a water bottle pouch so you have to pack the bottles in the front stretch pocket or inside the pack or use a hydration system. The second is when I had the pack packed to capacity for a 5 day. After a day or two, I noticed that the lumber pad had an underlying piece of plastic or something that, when the pack is heavy, can irritate your lower back through the foam padding. Otherwise, an awesome pack and nothing to stop me from buying it again. Definitely recommended. Oh, and the little description list on the upper left of the page is wrong! There are in fact two ice axe loops with elastic fasteners and the front stretch pocket is the perfect shape for a shovel even when the pack is full.

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Andrew Livingston wrote a review of on February 14, 2010

5 5

Always wanted one and was ecstatic to find one in the clearance rack at REI! It's super warm, super soft, super cozy, and a very comfortable fit. I look awesome in it and women seem to enjoy touching it whenever they get the chance. The only drawback thus far is the little nylon coathanging thing on the inner collar. It rubs a little bit on your neck above your shirt but I found a way to tuck it down a bit. Otherwise, it's all the jacket I thought it would be! Super satisfied. 5 stars.

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Andrew Livingston wrote an answer about on January 31, 2010

If you're looking for DEDICATED winter boots, don't buy these. Buy a pair with a plastic shell (like a pair of Scarpas). These boots have Gore Tex but the leather on the outside soaks up melted snow all day and freezes to ice when you wake up in the morning. You also want a boot that's a bit warmer. These will keep your feet warm pretty well but will also keep you comfortable in 60 degree weather, they're made to be flexible. You might find a plastic boot with removable liners.

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Andrew Livingston wrote a review of on January 31, 2010

4 5

These are great multipurpose crampons. The only thing I don't like is how they will rust if say you forget about them after a hike and leave them to rust. Black Diamond just redid all of their crampons in stainless which means you'll never have to worry about rust. I recommend getting these in stainless for sure.

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