Ben Rad

Ben Rad

Telluride, Silverton, Angel Fire, Wolf Creek

Ben Rad

Ben Radwrote a review of on November 12, 2015

5 5

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

Only puffyish pants I could find on the market with the alpha insulation.

I have one these almost every day since getting them. I toured in them starting early and forgot the baselayer I wanted so decided to give these a shot with a cold morning I was feeling need for insulation. Yes once I started moving with the sun on me I got hot. Opened pants and puffy pants zips and then my legs were perfect if not cold. But I wasn't getting the cooling to the privates and they were sweating.

Super comfortable, fleece feeling on the inside due to the alpha allows an open inside.

I have a 29" inseam, 28" waist. Ordered small and nothing too big but was hoping and expecting a bit smaller since they will be under outer layer.

As far as durability not sure. I would be concerned with continous use as outer layer the knee is articulated with stitched at the joint that makes me think it is the weak spot that won't hold up or the stitching will wear out or stretch break.

I don't think there is a lot of these for sale in the united states so get them while you can. Great product stoked with my purchase!

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are great. I can't wait to use them patrolling since we take our gloves off at times for finger stuff. They should prove there worth also ice climbing.

Downside is they only come in one size. Therefore if your hand/wrist is on either end of the scale these probably won't be that great. I have a 8" or less circumference and go with medium gloves and I still want these tighter. So if you are a small size hands they will be loose and lose their effectiveness. Also if you have xl hands I see you probably ripping these things getting them on and off. If there made three sizes it would be better.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the concept of the m1 and m2. Had m1 for three seasons resulting in needing to buy more lenses. Someone once told me anon lenses scratch easy. I thought bs they are all the same. After owning these I feel maybe that is correct or I am just getting sloppy with my goggles. I do patrol so they get extreme use.

Goggles preform very well. No fog. Plenty of vision. Easy enough to switch on top of a steep drop in while snowing and blowing.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What I like about this tool is it can do everything with 4 stars. Whether mountaineering, dry (maybe 3 stars here) or waterfalls it does good. It is light weight and stiff which helps reduce vibrations in my opinion.

I also like how BD has so many different options on rear. I don't like to climb waterfalls with adze because I feel if the axe hits my head or body it would be better without but if alpine that thing is huge and you can get multiple size adzes and hammers. Easy to switch also comes with a little tool.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have four pairs of crampons. These are the best I have for climbing vertical even tho I would prefer a single out of rear also, but the concept they have keeps the rear spike more clear from damaging stuff. Not bad for dry.

These things are not that great for alpine mountaineering. If you going up steep terrain I would recommend a different crampon.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Any climber knows the middle mark is important so why not make it visible and easy to locate. Also can be used for marking slight damages just things to keep your eye on. Let your friends borrow it and gain PR points.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

4 5

I have tried many rotors. Purchased this one to give it a shot since I have seen it on so many bikes and good price.

Came to me a bit warped, and I wasn't gonna deal w return because that was gonna stop me from riding my brand new bike.

Functions great reduces heat. Is not a true floating rotor but it is debateable if that is even better. I liked my hope floating rotors but they are heavier, but they also have a thicker aluminum and metal rotor but more expensive and heavier.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

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

So I have worn about a dozen different brand and style of socks. I have written probably five sock reviews. These socks are my favorite, I also have the same with the ultralite but not my favorite. First off I use these socks knowing the durability is not that great, they feel like all wool that is sewn very sparingly which will allow to wear quickly. But the way I see it if I get 70 days out of them then that is cool. So I finished a trip to Jackson area three weeks ago and came back and thought I lost these so I immediately ordered another pair after going thru all my clothes, sure enough found the sock but shows how important they are. I have always rocked ultralite socks, when I tried the lite smartwool last year it was a disaster so kept to ultra, then I decided to give these a shot this season. Absolutely loved them, they maybe fit and wouldn't have last year due to packing out not sure. They are just the most comfortable (left/right seemless stitching), softest (thick but highly compressible wool), warmest, padding in the right areas, super warm toe box. Also love the grasshopper color scheme. My go to socks especially with my touring boots.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

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

I am 5'9" and 135#, skinny athletic build. Always stuck between small and med, usually always get a small in base layer. First got small, I felt it fit my skinny body very well but the crotch was tight in my junk, who knows maybe it would have stretched out a bit. Returned and got the medium, looser fit throughout the body but fit my height well. From my experience rab has weird sizing. Wanted to give it four stars because of sizing but love the piece to much!

I love this baselayer because I travel a lot and tour. Therefore unlike other one pieces that are stinky after one day (maybe a couple days with wool) this one is good for tens of days, because it is farmer john build which doesn't go to underarms and when you wear underwear your stink is separated. It is also the most efficient weight to warmth with a farmer john. Therefore just throw a med base layer top and you are set. My most used piece of clothing in the winter. Also the material is very comfortable, warm, breaths, takes moisture very well.

So what's up with all these high end baselayers having the stupid chest pocket (this one does)?? For a while I go out of my way to buy without one (when I was comparing zip t from icebreaker to smartwool I leaned towards smartwool one of the reasons because didn't have one). Well I finally found a great use for that pocket. When stuck overnight in the backcountry I was able to use it to warm things up like my frozen orange, frozen phone so I could get 911 calls. Total life saver, so it can be used as a little oven other than that don't know any other purposeful uses.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these skis for a one quiver setup, traveling. Put dynafit radical. I am comparing them to seven other skis I ride including amperage and convert. Thought it was gonna tour a 5 out of 10 but seemed more like a 8 out of 10. This ski can do it all I love it. Shorter tours, fast carving, charger, backwards, crud, sidecountry, bumps. Was also surprised because not too impressed with the amps (except in powder) and converts. Haven't really got a good test in powder but I feel it will handle as expected and I don't ski park.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off my boots are tight, all of them. I had three pairs of these over the last two seasons. Every time I would try to add a different sock to the cycle I didn't like them. These are super thin, which can be hard to find. They are ready for the abuse!They are warm for being so thin! They don't stink! So I still haven't found my ski socks of old so I decided to try some new ones out (mostly only tried smartwool in past and wasn't happy), so far this season I have tried three different brands (Patagonia, Stoic, and Darn socks), must say I think I like all three more than the bridgedale (even tho still not as thin). Today I skied in the Patagonia ultra thin ski soft and very impressed. Still can't hate on the bridgedale, each pair has 50+ days and no signs of wear and I think when I get back in my alpine boots I will search harder for those thin socks.

Also the bridgedale are the lowest on my calfs.

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Ben Radwrote a review of on November 3, 2013

Sizing is off on height, fav baselayer
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought last years model on sale this year, was told they are the same. First bought the small and while waiting the quantity of medium was only a couple. So I ordered also a med because I was worried about height on sizing. The small said up to 5'6" and I am 5'9" plus and 140#. I wanted to try one of these but didn't want them riding up my crotch. Once the small arrived and tried it on I new it was a fit. It even some room to spare at my jewels but also all around (not too much). I would think the small would fit up to 5'10"+ if you are skinny. Never even put on the medium.

Comparing to my capilene 4 one piece, rab ps farmer john, and all my other baselayers are smartwool. It is not the warmest but still warm. Some cons are that it stinks easy (maybe that is just me since I always stink). Some pros are the #2 and #1 are user friendly (helpful when you work on mountain all day), no hood (even tho I love my capilene hood on cold windy days), 3/4 pant is way to go with ski boots. Not the easiest to get in and out of but who cares if you don't need to until you are done.

Airblaster please make wool ones with different thickness, w/o hood and 3/4 legs. Overall great work, my favorite baselayer.

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Ben Radwrote a question about on October 23, 2013

I own a pair of radical st bindings and looking for an additional pair. I like the idea here of less money and less weight with equivalent performance. My biggest concern is safety being attached to the ski. Say I take a gnarly crash or in avalanche (using abs backpack) would the skis be dangerous flying around me. In an avalanche I would assume they would act like an anchor attached to my feet. What if they hit my head and knock me out? What if they cut my blow up?

Second concern is rear plate seems narrower than the st, and I am going to mount on 110 wide skis. I am 135lbs and the skis have thick wood so plenty to bite to. Could this be a problem?

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