Ben Stone

Ben Stone

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Ben Stone's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing
Surfing
Running
Skiing

Ben Stone's Bio

I have 26 months of skiing and counting. I take photos, have a strong couscous game, cannot touch my toes, like getting rad. I'll try almost anything twice!

Instagram:@stoneymtnphoto
Email:stoneymountainphoto@gmail.com

Ben Stone

Ben Stonewrote a review of on December 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This packs versatility really make it shine and makes it much easier on somebody who is a little indecisive on which pack to take out for the day. You can get a full days backcountry gear in there, and a glacier kit/small rack if you pack it right, but also have it real thin for resort days. The features on the pack are pretty extensive, with super secure Ice tool attachment, and options for both diagonal and a-frame carry. I use to be strictly an A-frame carrier, but the ease of the diagonal system, particularly the secure upper strap, has me a believer. I only have two small gries, namely the hipbelt. For one thing, the left side hip pad has nothing on it, would be great to have a gear loop or ice clip placement and wouldn't weigh that much. Also, the hip belt attaches to the pack wide, which can leave an odd gap if packed full, but is not that noticeable with layers on. Overall a killer day pack, has been a brainless go to when packing because I know it will fit!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I had no idea how great a puffy could really be until I got this one. I have had a Patagucci, Marmmot, and REI puffies in the past, and have enjoyed all of them, but this Millet takes the cake. The cut is great, no baggy arms and an articulated shoulder that doesn't bunch up when you have to swing some tools. Also the bottom cutoff allows for a harness to be worn below the bottom elastic, making this jacket a great option for a belay jacket. Beyond the sizing, it was really the small details that won me over. The front pockets have the right size and are fuzzy on the front, heating up frozen hands with ease. The jacket comes with a nice stuff sack, but there is an internal water bottle pocket that I prefer to stuff the jacket in, one less thing to blow away. I am no designer, but originally thought the zig-zag baffles were a bit off, regardless I have found it VERY warm for the weight. Now my go to piece!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on September 27, 2015

They make you earn your love for them.
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This has been an absurd month. I purchased these boots on ridiculous sale end of August and was told by a wonderful gear-head I could test them to my hearts content, get boot punches done, and mold the liners and still return them (for store credit) within 30 days. Let the September turns begin!

Here in Washington we got a rough cold snap and snow in early September providing delicious boot top powder on the Muir snowfield. The boots hurt a lot in the arches, to the point that on my second lap of the field I had to take my boots off and rub out my feet for 20 mins. I had heard that these boots have a narrow footbox, but thought my feet would be fine, but now have a totally new understanding of what a "narrow" footbox entails. After waddling off the mountain I visited Jim (Custom Boot Services) in Seattle for some fixings. After some boot punching, liner fiddling, and a heel lift the boots started to feel like slippers! Totally worth it too, because I am seriously in love with these boots. Their cuff rotation is absurd (I am coming off of Dynafit ZZeros (40 deg)) and they and wicked light. If you have the drive and cash to get this boot to work for you, it's totally worth it. Could never see myself in anything else, and it's only been a month! Minus one star for the 20+ hours I have had to be in these boots not on snow to get them dialed.

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I check the "put these through the wringer" emphatically for I have had to push these shoes to hell and back. When I first got these shoes a little over a year ago, my initial impression was a crazy lightweight minimalist shoe that seemed to be a bit thin and flimsy. I figured I would keep them until catastrophic failure cause me to return them, however this has not been the case. My intended use for them was as an approach shoe to the snow in the summer months here in washington to get my turns all year. They held up extremely well through many long dry approaches at paradise and packed down to nothing (I could fold over my skins bag, fit the shoes in, and shove at the bottom of my pack). Throughout the yewr I have abused them through running, hiking, and more dry approaches, but what really made them shine is a recent trip to Iceland.

I had my hiking boots (The North Face) fail just walking around Reykjavik, and was left with only two shoes: these Mammut and my ski boots. Less than ideal on a very very wet and demanding trip. I have trounced down abrasive volcanic scree slopes up to my ankles, plodded through wet marshes (yes my feet got very wet), and climbed up chossy low 5th class approaches all without a single defect or even broken lace. After a year of abuse through skiing, climbing and traveling I fully expected to have to buy a new pair of shoes, but as I sit here in the airport about to leave with happy feet (and a happy wallet), I must give a round of applause to Mammut. I have enjoyed your ropes for yeas, but this last trip has made me a believer in your soft goods, thank you!

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