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Boglins wrote a review of on October 17, 2013

3 5

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

The blade is small. The interface between the shaft and blade is not very tight. It wiggles a bit more than I like. But even with its deficiencies, it is nice to see such a lightweight metal bladed shovel on the market.

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Boglins wrote a review of on November 14, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mountain Hardwear stopped making this thing with two of the "bottle opener" type ice tool lashing devices with this pack. The photos on this and most other sites show two of them. Those allow tools to be strapped to the pack. Now it is made with one bottle opener and one empty bungee. You can still figure out how to rig it to strap a second tool to the pack, but this change was stupid, and the photos need to be changed. The photo on this site with two tools strapped to the pack using those bottle openers is now impossible.

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Boglins wrote a review of on August 20, 2012

5 5

There have been three different versions of this jacket over the past few years. A couple years ago, the laminate was Conduit, and it was apparently not very breathable, based on what I've read. Last year's version, with the Dry Q Elite shell, does not have a flap over the zipper. That is the one I have. My version in size medium weighs 1 pound 6 ounces on my scale, making it significantly lighter than the specs listed here for this year's model. My best guess is that Mountain Hardwear decided that the version from last year was awesome, so they redesigned it just a bit, named it the Carillion, and put a big price tag on it ($400). The Carillion's stated weight is the same as my Gravitor from last year. The Carillion has a different face fabric, but the same weight Thermic Micro (80g) and the same Dry Q Elite laminate. Then they made a cheaper, heavier Dry Q Elite insulated shell and put the Gravitor name on it. Just guessing, of course.

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