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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.

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Carter's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Carter'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 an answer about on April 22, 2013

Firstly (and most important) the leatt brace only functions as designed when used with a full face helmet. That may seem obvious but some people dont know. That said, i think it just comes down to preference. I am fairly sure it will work as intended with any helmet so long as its a full face. I wear my DBX comp with a Giro Remedy and I think its really comfortable.

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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 an answer about on April 4, 2013

SL in the Arc'teryx naming scheme means superlight, and the gamma jackets are designed for abrasion resistance and light weather resistance while remaining really breathable. To answer your question though, i'd say it really depends on you personally. For instance, I tend to run warm. This jacket would probably keep me warm in lower temperatures than some other people. That being said, its a super light, breathable, uninsulated jacket. I think for most people to keep warm in this jacket, they are going to have to be moving if its cold out.

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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 an answer about on February 3, 2013

Like the poster before me said, these fit a bit wider than the la sportivas, so that may translate to better comfort depending on the size/shape of your foot. Both are excellent mountaineering boots, each have both heel and toe welts for fully automatic (step in) crampons and full shanks, so they are extremely stiff. For winter mountaineering, these may be a little on the chilly side since they are single boots. In terms of warmth, the Evos and the Mont Blancs will be about the same, but I personally think they are better for something like summer mountaineering in the cascades. Winter might require double boots or over boots/super gaiters.

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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 an answer about on February 3, 2013

i never wore the kyle strait knee pads but supposedly these are the same design, or based off it. as you can see from the photo, there is no hard plastic on the front. the padding is kevlar and pretty bomber. I wear them and have full confidence in the protection from frontal impact.

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Carter Chaffey wrote an answer about on February 2, 2013

I think that for Rainier in July, this jacket could be awfully warm, but that is more my opinion, and it sounds like you got your eye on some winter ascents anyways. Both jackets are pretty comparable in most categories although I think the Millet may take the cake. The expert is 700 fill down (compared to 650), Pertex with a DWR coating and it is almost a pound lighter than the Chillwave (not sure how concerned about weight you are though). PLUS its on sale right now if you are going for the XL. The Nilas is a great jacket much more suited to light alpine ascents than the Chillwave, but the price reflects that. I think that the Millet Expert is a good choice considering what you are looking for but I would suggest trying it on somewhere and making sure the fit is dialed in. Good luck!

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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 an answer about on January 31, 2013

I think unless you have A LOT of stuff that you are trying to move, the XL is pretty superfluous. Its huge. I have a large and it fits just the right amount of gear for an extended trip. I think ultimately though, it comes down to preference. I just remember looking at the bags and thinking that the medium was too small and the extra large was much too large. So I went in between.

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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 an answer about on June 7, 2012

On top of the previously mentioned padding issue, its significantly heavier than a paddling helmet, and would undoubtedly become pretty uncomfortable after sitting in a boat for awhile. The Shred Ready Standard Full-Face helmet is a kayaking specific full-face that I have found to work really well and its less money than this one anyways.

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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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