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Bill Jamison

Bill Jamison

Southcentral AK

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Snowboarding
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Bill Jamison

Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For backcountry snowboarding I like my packs light and small, so I don't feel awkward when I try to spin or play around on the way down the mountain. This guy is great in that respect, as it somehow doesn't way too much more than my regular pack and thanks to the helmet carry pocket it fits all my gear nicely.

One thing I would mention is that it doesn't have a good place for lashing tour poles. Not a problem for me since I keep my Black Diamond Compactor poles inside, but if you already have telescoping poles you might want to make sure they fit in the Float 22.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like these poles since they fit in my BCA Float 22 airbag pack (which doesn't have any good straps for lashing it on the outside). I like my backpack as small as possible, without things dangling off of it so these were perfect in that respect.

After a dozen or so days on these they broke when they got caught in some alders I was bushwacking through. It was definitely harsh conditions but I think my BD Expedition poles wouldn't have had this problem. No metal actually sheared or bent, just one factory press fit tube came out of another and the whole pole collapsed and became useless. Due to the Z-link system, you really can't duct tape or splint the pole together as a temporary repair. I fixed it at home with some JB Weld, but it came apart again after a few tours.

I'm gonna buy another pair of these since I can't find anything better (and I have a spare pole now), but if you're going on multiday outings I would consider a beefier pole that can be repaired more easily.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got them in the mail and so stoked to have a good helmet audio solution. Can't tell you how many aux cords I've bought that died at the inline control.

Haven't tried them on the hill, but of course I'm walking around the house with my helmet on like a dumbass geekin out on these things. Everything is great, but the skip backwards threw me. I thought you held down the button longer for skip backwards, but its actually a shorter press than if you want to skip forward. I called OT and they straightened me out quick and now it's easy peasy.

Looks like BC.com is out of stock of these and I can see why. Now I'm just waiting for my extended phone battery from ZeroLemon so I can rock Bluetooth music all day, have my GPS track my runs, and use my camera phone.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

2 5

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

I had to return the medium and get a large. I'm 5'-11" and 165 lbs. I usually like a fitted style, but this was way too tight. The large is still barely big enough to fit a primaloft layer under. I'm in AK, so it never gets super hot even in the summer but I was sweating in this guy on some mountain hikes. Not as breathable as my old arc'teryx SV, but that was alot more expensive coat. Sheds rain nicely and super light. Thought I wouldn't mind no side pockets but I find myself reaching for them.....Almost returned this guy but I guess it does the job and looks pretty cool

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a minimalist when it comes my snowboard pack (I wish I didn't need one in the backcountry). This shovel is T6 aluminum and received a passing grade on the Austrian Alpine Club's "Shovel's that span the divide between heaven and hell" testing. Google it. When buying a shovel this is a must read and tells about all the failings of other shovels. This shovel probably won't be as comfortable for digging as my D-handle voile, but at least the blade shouldn't bend. It also fits in my BCA Float 22 shovel pocket real nice.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this pack cause my old probe was 196cm and I found out that was shorter than they recommend for the backcountry. My buddy had a couple probes he let me try out, a 230 cm one and this 260cm one. I found out the 230cm actually folded down longer because it had fewer segments, and it didn't fit in my BCA float 22 pack (at least not in the probe pocket). This one was negligibly heavier and fit great. Only taken it out touring a few times this year and never used it (knock on wood). Good value for a probe that looks like it will work.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on March 15, 2013

4 5

Broke my elbow riding this spring, so the season is over for me. Bought the jacket for next season, but I figured I'd post a review since their wasn't one yet. I've had tech jackets (arcteryx) and stylish jackets (sessions), but always wanted the best of both worlds. This one kinda does the job. It seams like quality fabric, not quite as light as a technical shell, but definitely looks tough, waterproof, and flexible. I'm stoked to have an mp3 pocket (my arteryx didn't have one) but probly didn't need two interior pockets. I'm 5'-11", 165 lbs with somewhat longer arms. I bought the large and it looked stupid big on me. Whiskey was cool and let me return it for a medium, which is still not as fitted as my other tech shells but that's ok. Only bummer is the hand gators don't fit. I also am not a huge fan of the separate hood/collar situation. Maybe it functions good in a storm, but it doesn't look as good as a normal hoody style hood IMO.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on March 15, 2013

4 5

The low sun up here in Alaska makes for some weak viz most of the year. Most people I know rock yellow lenses unless it's spring and the sun's out. Oakley's HI Yellows are the best I've found. I borrowed my buddies one day and was sold. I messed up my first pair of Crowbar's by wiping the inside of lens (you can't even clean them with a lens cloth or it screws up the coating). I have a smaller face though, so my new pair of Elevates fit better anyway. Only wish I could afford to pay full price and get a frame and strap color I like (had to by them on Whiskey Militia in some wack colors). The lenses are great but $$$$!

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on March 15, 2013

4 5

I splitboard, so I didn't mind not having horizontal board carry (which is my preferred way to strap my board on if I'm hiking or on a sled). My bigger K2 bag has that option, but it's also a bit heavier and not as fun to ride with. Like the previous reviewer said, it fits everything you need ok, except my metal Voile shovel doesn't go in the pouch very well. Wish I could downsize to a smaller shovel that fit better, but those are worthless in avy debris or building kickers. Putting a helmet in there is also a stretch if you've got poles, skins, etc.

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Bill Jamisonwrote a review of on March 15, 2013

4 5

Like everyone else said these are great undercuff gloves. After going through a pair of gloves each season I finally committed to all-leather. I usually put 20+ riding days on my gloves each year, and also use them a couple times a week for xc skiing. My old gloves with leather palms and reinforced fingertips always blew out, but these guys have been goin strong all season and getting more comfortable with time. I do have large hands and the large gloves are a little snugger on me than I would like. There was also a little bit of a break in time initially. Other than that, these work great unless it dips into the single digits.

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