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Arrigetch

Arrigetch wrote a review of on October 1, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a superb bike helmet, the best I have ever worn. I've been wearing the size small for two months now and have put about 700 miles on it.

In those 700 miles, I haven't had a single drop of sweat make it past the brow of the helmet and down to my eyes, and I sweat like a nun in a whorehouse. I think this must have to do with the airflow but maybe it's the fit of the helmet on my forehead. My hair gets wet with sweat, but no extra drops make it out of the helmet. The airflow is just outstanding. I do have a theoretical worry about a bee getting turbo blasted into my scalp but so far this hasn't happened.

I've worn this thing for as long as 6 hours without headaches and I wasn't dying to take it off. The helmet is light and doesn't block my field of view.

My only nitpick is that the buckles that hold the strap together just below your ear is a bit flimsy and sometimes the camming part of the buckle pops off if you are making an adjustment. If you dial in this adjustment at home then you don't have to worry about it.

This helmet might favor those with a roundish head. My head mostly makes contact in the front and back and less so on the sides, so if you have a more oval head it may not feel so secure on your noggin.

I have the 2011 version but I don't see any difference in the 2012 except for that it comes with a cocoon to protect your "investment".

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Arrigetch wrote a review of on June 24, 2012

5 5

The Houdini packs down so small that I bring it with me on pretty much every multipitch regardless of the weather or time of day. It takes no room and adds no weight to my harness. But when the wind comes up or the temps drop I'm so glad to have it. Now it won't keep you warm through an all night shiver-fest but when your partner is taking too long on that next lead, you'll be glad you have it.

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Arrigetch wrote a review of on June 24, 2012

5 5

This is a really nice harness, and when you consider the price it becomes a five-star best-buy item without a doubt. The comfort rivals any harness I've had; the support is fantastic in a reasonably light and packable unit. I particularly appreciate the ability to adjust leg loop dimensions on the fly at hanging belays. The gear loops are fantastic, and the leg loops drop easily despite the old-school hook design.

I only have two gripes. 1) The leg loops can't be completely removed at bivvies so that you can sleep with just the waistbelt/swami portion of the harness. For that reason I wouldn't recommend this harness if you were planning on a route with multiple bivvies. 2) The buckle is a bit difficult to loosen compared to similar designs from other manufacturers. For some this might be seen as a bonus, but I find it annoying.

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Arrigetch wrote a review of on June 24, 2012

3 5

I absolutely loved my burngundy and grey R320 that I wore for the better part of a year of full-time climbing until I ground the waistbelt down to the orange warning fabric on a lovely 35 meter sandstone flare. That old R320 saw me through many routes and pitches, carrying Bugaboo alpine racks, Indian Creek racks, grade IV Valley racks with comfort and support.

When I wore that old friend down, I immediately purchased the new R300 (orange and grey) and noticed that the leg loops were a bit tighter but no big deal, right? It didn't take long to find that the new model didn't quite offer the support of the old version. The support for gear loops (a seam along the length of the waistbelt) has been redesigned. The old model had a seam that was straight across the waistbelt, and the new seam is contoured. On my body, with a Creek rack, the new R320 creases along the seam and is subsequently much less supportive at hanging belays than the old model. The difference was so dramatic that I had to retire the R300 after a couple of months because I couldn't get used to the discomfort. Once the waistbelt had creased, the crease became permanent.

I still have my old R320 and checked the waistbelt to make sure I wasn't hallucinating, and indeed the old harness has a completely intact and uncreased waistband after 10 months of hard use, whereas the newer R300 is creased after only a couple months of climbing.

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Arrigetch wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

5 5

I've never been much for hardshell pants until my recent 5-week trip to Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. I hiked many miles in these pants through downpours and wet brush couldn't be happier. The stretch fabric is incredibly comfortable and I was able to wear these alone without a base layer. Hen the rain stopped and the temps rose, I simply opened the side zips to vent as needed. The Revel pants pack down into the rear pocket with clip-in loop and barely take any room in my pack. Perfect for alpine climbing in places where afternoon thunder showers can strike without warning. They'll be along for the ride next time I'm climbing in the Bugs, Patagonia, the Winds and Tetons. Do not hesitate to pick up a pair. When they die after many years of use i will buy another pair of Revels.

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