Bojangles111a

Bojangles111a

Roaring Fork Valley, Telluride

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Just off a knee surgery from flipping my raft. Back biking full bore now, looking forward to a good winter of backcountry skiing,will be rafting until then.

Bojangles111a

Bojangles111a wrote a review of on August 31, 2011

2 5

I've had several pairs of Costas, different styles. They have good optical quality, and some do well at speed without causing your eyes to tear (biking, skiing). That being said, they seem very fragile and prone to breaking. One pair broke when I received the most gentle of hugs. Two other times they broke simply by putting them on. When I contacted Costa for warranty repair, every time they refused to honor their 'lifetime warranty' and charged me to 'warranty' (repair) their product. I am used to and prefer dealing with reputable companies that steadfastly stand behind their goods. I will never buy another Costa product, I'm going back to Ray Ban. Same good optics, real warranty protection!

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Bojangles111a wrote a review of on July 3, 2009

4 5

I have older 115L models of this bag without the hip strap for rafting trips. They work great, even on a flipped and pinned boat. Plenty of room for all of a person's personal gear for several days, and the shoulder straps make getting your gear from the boat to camp much easier. For the price I would recommend, and they've held up well over a few years of good use.

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Bojangles111a wrote a review of on February 6, 2007

4 5

For a piece of equipment that I hope never to use for real, I sure train with this a lot. It's function is smooth and reliable, and light weight to keep pack weight down. The real deciding factor for me was the longer warranty period that Ortovox offers, especially for a carbon probe.

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Bojangles111a wrote a review of on January 22, 2007

4 5

Anyone familiar with Black Diamond knows they make a good product. This is no exception. Nice, sturdy feel, good sized blade, and fairly compact. Fully extended handle gives good leverage. My only complaint would be that the handle could slide further into the blade with a slightly different design, making it very compact without disassembly.

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