Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker

Rocky Mountains, Colorado

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Clinton's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Clinton's Bio

Adventure seeker.

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Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Big thanks to my GearNerd Dan Gates for suggesting these. They are great. He's right on with the note that they're slim-fitting like the Modernist.

The overall fit was a bit different for me - I assume due to the fact that the BDV size S-M-L-XL and the Modernist are by inch. I went 36" in the Modernist, and L in the BDV, and the BDV are slightly more snug in the waist. It's not big deal though, they stretch really nicely.

Note that the Schoeller feels slightly different in the BDV compared to the Modernist. Maybe a bit thicker, sturdier. Could be the factory run or the coloring or whatever, it's not a bad thing - just an observation.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

They're nice and slim without being restrictive. BD's official description is pretty spot-on, you can wear them at the crag then out at the pub after. They're pretty much cut like everyday jeans, but with the gusseted crotch - which is great for climbing.

Considering these, my Dawn Patrol pants and jacket, and the BDV shorts, I wish all of my clothes were made of Schoeller.

These have also turned into my swimmies because they dry really quickly. One might consider a belt for this application though, as a group of hippies at Boulder Creek saw a full moon in the middle of the day when I exited said creek.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on May 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I really love that most of the new BD apparel is rolling out with a nice slim. modern fit. I really don't like baggy clothing in general, but especially not for something I'm going to wear in action. That being said, these are slim without being restrictive, must be the gusseted crotch.

They're also very lightweight pack up nicely, and - despite being mostly cotton, actually dry pretty quickly. I like these so much I went ahead and ordered the Modernist Rock Short.

They seem to run pretty true to size in the waist, but keep in mind it's a slimmer cut than your Dockers.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on May 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Jared covered it. Totally agree with his review. Just wanted to give it a 5-star rating as well. Best things about this piece are its great, slim fit and its huge breathability.

I chose "Runs Small" for the fit, but I wouldn't say it's exactly overall small. It's slim and long.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

Nice, Big Pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up this to carry splitboarding when my BD Outlaw Avalung wasn't quite big enough - pretty much when carrying a longer rope with crampons, harness, and some mountaineering gear, or for overnights.

Cons:
No helmet holder like the Outlaw.

No solid board or splitboard in ride-mode carry options.

Side ski carry loops are a bit snug for a splitty. They do the job, but with some wrestlin'.

Pros:
Spacious. I'd be interested to hear what other reviewers are carrying, but 45L is pretty big for a ski touring pack, and it feels more cavernous than that. This weekend I carried a 40M rope, crampons, 2L of water, harness, some climbing gear, and the rest of my standard touring kit and everything fit well.

ErgoActiv. These are simply my favorite packs for splitboard touring and mountaineering in large part due to how comfortably they right with the ergoActiv.

Avalung. Hopefully I never have to use it but it's nice to know it's there.

Tool pocket. It's organized and easy to access and rips open quickly. It has nice sleeves for your saw, probe, and shovel handle. I carry the BCA Dozer Hoe which has a slightly larger handle and everything fits in the pocket even when I throw in my skins or snow-study kit.

Ice tool carry. Secures an axe beautifully.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these for both resort laps and backcountry splitboard tours because they seemed reasonably stiff and I liked the internal Boa Conda backed up by traditional laces. I was told that the J-bars would keep the boot stiffer, longer. They've been below average at best.

From the first few days in them I could tell the the construction was second-rate. They packed-out and softened up quickly. I also replaced the insole due to the cheap standard set.

The lack of lateral stiffness on these absolutely crushes your ankles on steep traverses while splitboard touring and does you no favors while riding deep powder.

Soon, the upper separated from the sole enough to let snow all the way into the boot. Once two of the lace-loops popped I returned them. Unfortunately at that point my only option was another pair of these stinkers - but I decided to give them another shot.

Same story on the new pair - packed out in days, softened up within a couple of weeks. On the second pair the Boa Conda popped within a month. I realize that is probably more the fault of Boa so consider this a review this implementation for both Boa and K2.

The only reason I gave two stars rather than one is that (when operational), the Boa Conda is actually a great idea. I like being able to adjust it easily on the fly - a little softer for touring but really locking that heel down for riding. Plus it's always nice to know that 10 miles from the trailhead you still have a standard lace if your Boa fails. But these are not ready for the backcountry.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Everyone needs a good mesh-backed hat for backcountry touring.

I started noticing the every guide I've ever been around rocks a cap rather than a beanie while out - even in the winter. These things are negligible in weight, dry fast, and keep sweat out of your eyes.

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