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Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine

In a van down by the river

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Valerie's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering

Valerie's Bio

I like to hike, bike, climb, travel and bag peaks. My biggest list is country highpoints, which I seek when I am traveling around.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

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

Have used the Salewa Raven, but had some problems with durability. After trying out some other boots from Asolo and La Sportiva that were uncomfortable but more durable I came to the conclusion that if I can pick either comfort or durability, I'd pick comfort. Then I found the Condor, which is a leather version of the Raven, and now have durability and comfort. I have logged 20 mile days in my Condors multiple times with no trouble, and have not had the durability issues I did with the Raven. Highly recommended. Fit is true to size, I wear 46 in La Sportiva, 13 Lowa, 13 Asolo, and wear a 13 in these with a bit of room in the toe box.

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Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

3 5

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

Used this boot a few times for some short hikes and land management stuff. Boot is not uncomfortable, but for warm weather in Arizona it is really just too warm of a boot. Not much breathability either. Standard La Sportiva sizing though, slightly on big side, and a bit narrow. I wear a 13 Lowa, 12-13 Salewa (12 for trail, 13 for mountaineering), 13 Asolo, and the 46 was the right size in this boot for me.

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Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I intended to use this headlamp for cycling before I returned it. After a couple rides at sunset the angle adjust began to fail, making the headlamp point straight down at the ground. I tried to fix it but it isn't a very strong piece of plastic holding it all together. I am now using Black Diamond lamps which have a similar angle adjust but they are stronger and actually work. Skip this one.

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Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this and my Black Diamond Spot interchangeably for the past 2-3 years. Even cycling I don't notice that this lamp is not as bright as the Spot. But, after storing them both I do find the batteries almost completely drained on both lamps... but I wouldn't know that with this lamp until it dies in the middle of a night hike because it lacks a battery indicator. I'd go with the Spot just for that feature.

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Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great headlamp when it works. The battery kept popping out and it would not turn on, and I will keep it for an emergency and find a couple months later that it is nearly out of juice. Real drain on battery when not in use. With a change of batteries this is a GREAT little headlamp. Powerful, light, battery indicator, the works.
I have been using mine for 2-3 years for hiking, climbing, and cycling at night.

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Andrew Rankine wrote a question about on June 26, 2012

I want to order these gaiters but I am not sure whether to get a large or whether I need an XL. I wear size 12 Salewa Raven Combis currently, and I will usually be wearing them with softshell pants or a pair of Ground Outerwear Glissade pants (lightweight uninsulated mountaineering shell pants). I would like to fit the gaiters tighter but I am not sure whether I can fit into a large. If I can, I would prefer it. Thanks!

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Andrew Rankine wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

4 5

This is a pretty good pair of softshell pants, especially for the price. I have used these in the Tatras, the Eastern Alps, the Fagaras Mountains, and in Arizona. They are nice and comfy, and have a thinner fit on the lower leg which stops them from being baggy. The belt could use a little work because it comes loose every hour and I have to tighten it again.

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Andrew Rankine wrote an answer about on June 18, 2012

Here is a look at a the rubber being torn...

Here is a look at a the rubber being torn off the sole (one of a few). I did not take pictures of the peeling rand because that may make it worse I think. I have done about 70 miles in these boots I think. I am in the Czech Republic...I just noticed that these boots are made in Romania, and I just left there this afternoon. What do you make of these images? My thought is that the toe wear may not be fixable. I have never had that problem with a boot, but I have been kicking miles of steps in deep snow in the Tatras...perhaps the Vibram Teton sole would be better for me since it is a deeper tread? Thanks.

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Andrew Rankine wrote a question about on June 18, 2012

I have had these boots for a few months and they have been very comfortable out of the box. However I am beginning to have some problems with the boot. Unfortunatly I am in Europe for a couple months and am stuck with this boot for a bit...I am considering getting the Salewa Condor (leather version of this boot only available in Europe), but first I wanted to see if anyone has had similar issues with this boot here are the problems:
1. The rubber on the "climbing zone" of the sole is wearing out incredibly quickly and is half the thickness it was when I bought the boot.
2. The rubber rand that wraps around the side of the boot is beginning to peal off in places.
3. The lower lace guides that pinch the laces have been bent and do not securely hold the laces. This made my last hike (a 24 mile day with 7,300 feet of gain to Moldoveanu, highpoint of Romania) quite uncomfortable.
4. A couple of the treads on the sole have come off and more appear to be tearing away.

Thanks in advance!

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