Utah, Maine, New Hampshire, VT, Sierras
6'3" with a 33.5 (if we're being exact) inseem. I normally think a 34" inseem looks a tad baggy, but that may be because I'm 'saggin.'
Rad. Thanks for the beta Thomas. This is better than strictly weight would've been anyway.
Now the question remains, "is it critical?" If I'm not using pitons, i can't quite envision a time when the pick or the head won't suffice for banging away at the ice.
How is the inseem? I'm a tall boy and don't need to be wearing gaitors just to cover the gap between my boots and pantaloons.
I have a pair of the Stoic softshells and they fit about perfect. Would be convenient to have another pair of pants in another color.
What's the weight difference between this and the Mini Marteau? http://www.backcountry.com/petzl-mini-marteau-lightweight-hammer-for-quark-nomic-ergo?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGV0emwgaGFtbWVyOjE6MjpwZXR6bCBoYW1tZXI
The mini boasts a 7 oz. weight. This has to be 10 or more to be a marketable difference?
Thanks Art. That didn't compute in my head when I was typing. I couldn't make the leap between 70D and ultralight.
Still, my major concern is putting this jacket on in a hostile environment. How long does it last? Maybe I don't run through bramble bushes or take leader falls in it, but i would want to at least flap my arms and tie my shoes.
I love the idea of shaving 5 oz. from my Rab ultralight. ESPECIALLY for 850 fill...
I'll generally avoid packing this when my better half joins. Does have a few after effects. But tastes great and is fufilling after a full hike.
As with all Mountain House, the flavors and texture are great for a freeze dried product. Welcome warmth after a long day.
All of Mountain House's products are delicious. They all taste great. Remember, these are the guys who started the whole thing with MREs for the military decades ago. But backpackers can cook theirs and enjoy much tastier options!
The nice thing about the spagetti is that the meat maintains a desirable consistency (e.g., not chalky) and the dehydrated meat sauce blends beautifully with water to become a sauce again!
How durable is it? This is 70D nylon. will it stand up to an occasional brush against a rock wall? what about more than 5 days of wear?
Threads don't pop, leading to loft shift?
This is beyond silnylon?
Indeed, the fun is in chewing on your spoon....
Like all instant dinner packs, this one has a few simples steps:
1. open and remove the dessicant pack
2. add boiling water
4. let sit for x minutes
5. Chew cheese off the spoon
7. repeat step 5
It's the step 5 that separates this from many of the others though. While all my hiking buddies are sitting around, anxiously waiting for their beef and noodles or chicken terriaki to hydrate, drooling and panicking about the unknown, I have a critical task to keep me occupied. All that cheese that instantly hydrated and melted to the spoon/for/etc. keeps me occupied while the rest of my tasty meal hydrates. So I am not panicking contemplating an angry bear rushing up and stealing my meal I hiked so long to earn. I'm relaxed with a full task list of pick, chew, lick, scrape and examine.
And I get to do it again after.
All that fun and activity, and the lazagna tastes really good.
I got this harness a few years ago and it was only available in burnt orange. Now it's in black! how exciting!
Forgetting the fashion talk for a minute, this harness is perfect for mountaineering and ski mountaineering. At 9 oz. it sits in the bottom of my bag next to a biner and ATC for that occasional repel during technical ski tours. I don't have to worry about making space for a full sized harness, yet I can climb vertical ice or rappel on this with confidence. It comes completely apart so you can get it on without removing skis That's key.
It's not much fun to sit in and weight. but it's not designed to be comfortable. Sitting is for a Lazy Boy, in his Lazy Boy.
It goes into the snow, and you don't go for a tumble. Hammer it into the ground or dig a pit and bury it.
There are a lot of attachment holes which makes for flexibility. You don't necessarily have to bury it completely to get a secure anchor.
I think it costs a lot though. Seems as though these could be manufactured and sold for a lot less thna the asking price.
With all the funk that's being packaged into bar form, it's nice to know you can still get a cliff bar with ingredients that grow in dirt rather than a petri dish.
Keeps you nourished and they tast good. Some do require some serious mandible stamina, especially in the cold. But they are always tasty and having one is better than not having one.
Does it get sticky? I have the Big Agnes memory foam pillow and it's nylon coating is awful. It sticks to your face even when cold. Feels like some kind of fly paper solution. Was wondering what the outer of this feels like.
The answer is "yes." The sole screws you need are part of the package. save your current screws though. use them until
they're worn out or save them for replacements if one falls out.
..Leave your steeze.
Pimp the backcountry with an effective, useful towel.
I go ultra light. I can do three days with 11 oz. in my pack. For me, I have a rule. Nothing goes into my kit unless it has three uses. So for this I had to do some thinking.
1. clean my face... Isn't that what a sleeve is for?
2. clean my cooking utensils... again SLEEVE!
3. get it wet and make it a whip for keeping away hostile animals or stinky hiking buddies.
So if you're a weight weenie, this is not a critical luxury. but if you do like to feel a little fresher in the morning, or maybe want to leave a little bit of the funk on the trail, this towel is a nice addition, without a big weight penalty. Remember: "ounces don't countses"
Ultimately, though, I prefer the MSR pack towel that was discontinued last year. super light, quick to dry, and never smells bad.
This one is mostly useful in yoga class since apparently everyone insists on 90* exercise rooms.
The hat is warm and not too heavy. Awesome for backcountry work to keep you warm in the cold.
I look at this great work of craftmanship as the perfect solution for the sophisticated dirtbag... I can rock it all day, sweating, swearing, crashing and busting through the bush, hucking my meat and slaying steep ice and snow all day. Then, with a simple reverse, I am a classy urbanite who looks clean and tidy... for the ladies...
Could be even more versatile than a pair of Dynafits. Though I don't think the Din on this hat is quite high enough for my steeze.
Users: does the experience stand up to the hype? Are they really an improvement over C4? Worth the extra scratch?
Yes. This paddle is designed to be cut to the desired length. Above, you'll find a video instructional on cutting and gluing the paddle.
The trig rest does not fit with the trigger. It will fit if you file off the trigger (leaving the base that interfaces with the bolt) or leave the trigger out all together. It'll break pretty easily without the base though, as you have a vacant point for the plastic to move and snap.
The hammer will not work on the old Quark. The old quark has a different head shape and the new hammer piece will not fit. So you're likely stuck with an adze.
My wife sporting my Werner Nitro (too long for her, but she makes it work) on Massachusett's balmy Atlantic coast.
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