CHRIS IRWIN

CHRIS IRWIN

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA. NJ, NY, NH.

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CHRIS's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Hiking

CHRIS's Bio

ESU STUDENT, PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE :)

CHRIS IRWIN

CHRIS IRWIN wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this to replace my older headlamp. The spot is small, light, and bright! One of the best values in terms of $ for lumens. However, it does seem to have missed the mark. The modes are more difficult to change than other lamps I have used, not a big deal, just annoying. The button performance is below average. It seems that the "sweet spot" is hard to locate and when you do hit it, the button is very touchy. It does not have a solid "click" like most other lamps. Perhaps this design was to aid glove use, although I had no such experience. The lamp has turned on inside my pack multiple times with the lock mode on, this is completely unacceptable as my battery died on one occasion. Fortunately I was not in the backcountry when this happened. It is unfortunate because much of my gear is BD and I usually have nothing except positive things to say about those products.

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CHRIS IRWIN wrote an answer about on August 19, 2011

I use this pack for climbing as well as my backcountry winter activities. I use the vertical snowboard/ski straps across the back of the pack to hold my rope when climbing. It keeps my rope super accessible and leaves more room inside the pack for other gear. I use a 30 liter dry sack for my rope to avoid dirt, rain, and damage to the rope (since it is on the outside of the pack).

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CHRIS IRWIN wrote an answer about on August 5, 2011

Top roping tends to put more wear on a rope and if durability is your main concern I would recommend something thicker in diameter, such as 10.0mm-10.5mm. Check out the Sterling Marathon Pro 10.1mm or the Sterling Kosmos 10.2mm. This rope would of course work, but would probably not last as long using it for your intentions.

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CHRIS IRWIN

CHRIS IRWIN wrote a review of on June 19, 2011

Multi Purpose
4 5

This pack has multiple uses: light daypack, peak bag, or compression sack. The design is good with three compression straps, top lid with a pocket the entire bag can stuff into, removable back panel, and the backpack straps unclip for compression sack mode. Good product for the money and surprisingly durable. As with all rucksacks they must be properly packed and balanced.

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CHRIS IRWIN wrote a review of on June 19, 2011

Light Hikers
5 5

I do not use these shoes for running, however they are great for hiking and backpacking. They have lasted me a solid two years of constant use and abuse. They are light and supportive, love the lacing system, and bomber toe cap. Goretex does restrict breathability, but that is the trade off you make for a waterproof shoe. I have owned these shoes for three years now and they are now too worn for serious use. They are not my primary hiker anymore, however, they are not dead. I still use them for work and light outdoor pursuits.

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CHRIS IRWIN wrote a review of on October 12, 2010

5 5

THIS PACK IS AMAZING. I WANTED A DAY PACK THAT I COULD FIT MORE GEAR INTO IF NEEDED AND COULD USE IN THE WINTER AND CARRY MY SNOWBOARD, SNOWSHOES, ECT. PERFECT SIZE, PACKS DOWN WELL WHEN NOT FULLY LOADED. HESITANT TO BUY AT FIRST BECAUSE OF THE PRICE, GLAD I WENT FOR IT. THIS IS MY FIRST ARC'TERYX PACK BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE MY LAST. THE DESIGN SEEMS TO PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL ABOUT HOW A PACK SHOULD BE MADE. THE BACK PANELS AND WAIST STRAP FIT GREAT THEY ARE CURVED TO FIT THE NATURAL ARC OF THE SPINE AND HIPS. WATER RESISTANT ZIPPERS. THE PACK BECOMES WIDER AT THE TOP, WHICH IS SMART, I ALWAYS FIND THAT WITH MOST PACKS GEAR FALLS TO THE BOTTOM AND PUTS MORE WEIGHT ON THE LOWER BACK, THIS PACK IS BALANCED. I ALSO WENT FOR THIS PACK FOR THE ROLL TOP CLOSURE. SOME MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT I THINK ZIPPERS BECOME A HASSLE, AS WITH LID/BUCKLE CLOSURES. WORTH THE PRICE.

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