Carter Chaffey

Carter Chaffey

I live in the Pacific Northwest. The best parts of me are wandering around Mt. Rainier, the Rogue River, Mt. Bachelor, and Dominical.

Carter Chaffey's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Carter Chaffey's Bio

Let man live under the open sky, and dangerously.

-horace

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on April 22, 2013

5 5

I think that the Leatt brace is a necessary piece of equipment for all downhill and freeride mountain bikers. I was on the fence about buying one since I am a student and it would constitute a pretty massive purchase for me, but after a substantial amount of research I realized that I would either have to stop mountain biking the way that I was, or buy a neck brace. So I bought a neck brace. In hindsight I think this was a great decision. The brace is easily customizable to fit just about anyone, super comfortable to ride in, and much like purchasing your first full face lid, it gives you a huge boost in confidence. I have taken a few gnarly spills while wearing this brace and I am not going to come out and say something like IT SAVED MY LIFE, but I would bet that were I not wearing a Leatt,some of my crashes could have ended up being much worse.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on April 18, 2013

5 5

I just received this bag so this is more one of those "first-impressions" sort of deals. Anyways, this bag is light, but you probably already knew that if you are looking at it. I ordered it for a through-hike of the PCT and it has arrived just in time. I ordered the regular, and while it says that the max user height is 6 ft, I am just under 6'2" and can fit comfortably in this bag. It definitely fits close to the body, but then again that is how it is supposed to fit for warmth/ weight purposes. The zipper is relatively short but long enough to enter/exit the bag easily. I run warm and therefore had no qualms with ordering a bag rated to 32 degrees. My other bag is a Marmot Sawtooth, and while both warm and very comfortable, the Marmot weighs about 2 lbs 1.3 oz more than the Mtn Speed. While I am really excited about whole weight saving prospect, I might be more excited about how small the bag gets compared to my Sawtooth. I typically use a pretty small backpack and so minimizing bulk is a must. Overall I am really excited and I will post a more useful review once I have used it somewhere other than my girlfriend's basement.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on April 4, 2013

5 5

I just switched to the Core from a Casio Pathfinder. My first impressions are as follows:

1) It looks really cool. (This should hardly be a concern but lets face it, people don't like buying ugly things)
2) It is incredibly comfortable. I have often thought that I just have an odd sized wrist, because watches always seem to be uncomfortable, but not the Core.
3) It seems like the features and design were really well thought out.

I think a watch with these functions is a necessary piece of gear for climbers, and the Core seems to be like a good place to start if you are not put off by the price tag.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on February 3, 2013

Rad Pad
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pads are great. Super bomber protection via kevlar, and they have a relatively breathable mesh back panel. They fit really well, and even though I ordered a large when I probably should have ordered a medium, they still dont slip. Only possible complaint is that they can get really hot, especially if you wear them riding up, but I think the same can be said of any pad and I just ride with them down around my ankles.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on January 31, 2013

5 5

I use these on my mountaineering harness for my texas prusiks. I like the quick-lok system because it can be operated one handed, with gloves on. I think overall its a really solid locking carabiner. Maybe not the most versatile locker but for particular applications I think its great. I also have one on my PFD.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

5 5

This is a great pad for winter camping or climbing, and I have found it to be very versatile. It doesn't pack down as small as some other pads, but it fits fine on the outside of my Osprey. You don't have to worry about puncturing it with your crampons, and it serves as a nice pad if you just want to sit down for lunch on the trail. I have an inflatable therm-a-rest as well and I have been using the Z lite almost exclusively. Overall, pretty awesome pad, I'm really happy with it.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

5 5

I feel that this helmet is a solid full-face, for the price. You could obviously shell out more for a Sweet Rocker or something like that but for me, the Shred Ready does just fine. The fit system is pretty universal, seems like it will fit most heads. It adds that extra level of confidence when I'm paddling, like I have just one less thing to worry about, which is actually really nice. The one gripe I do have is that it pinches the top of my head a little, and can become uncomfortable after its been on for awhile. That being said, I'm still giving it five stars because that seems like more my head's fault than the helmet. But if you are like me and have a bulbous dome, take that into consideration.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

5 5

I got this dry top because I can't afford a dry suit and was looking for a pretty bomber piece that could keep me warm so long as I wasn't swimming. This top from IR is rad. I like the fit (I sized up a bit just to make sure I got the full range of motion, I have big shoulders) and the latex gaskets provide an excellent seal. You can definitely find cheaper dry tops out there but I think this one provides a solid bang for your buck. That being said, pretty sure my dad used to just wear a windbreaker over a homemade wool sweater and run all the gnar that I still carry so maybe I just suck.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on November 10, 2010

4 5

I picked these gloves up on sale and I have been very happy so far. They are light and offer great dexterity but they keep my hands comfortably warm, although I have yet to bring them into anything too nasty. They are certainly a step up from a liner, but nowhere near a bomber gauntlet in terms of storm protection. That being said these are pretty sweet gloves.

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Carter Chaffey wrote a review of on September 24, 2010

5 5

This bag is serious. It is as durable as anything out there, like knife-stopping durable. Im not willing to stab my $100 dollar bag in order to prove myself right, but you get the idea. It is a great size for on day climbs and sport-climbing, and holds the essentials with ease. I got it on sale, but had I known what I know now, I would have easily paid full price for it. Its a great bag and I plan on using it for years to come.

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