Daniel Philp

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Daniel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Daniel's Bio

Alpinist. I do what the mountains tell me to.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on October 5, 2010

5 5

but they're pretty great. They're merino wool(ish), still the right size after washing, and they've got a goat on them. They were great for a 10 mile hike this weekend. Probably a little too short for a ski boot, though.I'm a 10/10.5 street shoe and I have the L/XL. I think they'd be small for the upper end of the size chart.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on September 23, 2010

3 5

http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-cobra-viper-android-leash
http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-viper-android-leash

There are two versions of the "Viper Android" leash. Look at the attachment points on each of them carefully, and it should be clear which one will fit your tools.

The one with the post on the attachment point uses a screw that goes through the tool to the attachment point.
The one without the post uses a screw that goes through the leash into the tool.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

Better than 3-Section
5 5

I deliberately bought these over a three section pole because they have fewer parts to break/lose. They're quickly adjustable with only one section to adjust. They're stiffer without the extra joint and skinnier third section.

The only downside is that they would stick out of a pack if I were carrying them, which I am not typically doing as a skier, but I could see this being important to a snowboarder.

They are light enough that I'll be using them as my primary backpacking pole as well.

The price is great, but I don't think I'm lacking anything that throwing more dollars at a pole would gain.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

Amazingly Warm
5 5

For a "sweater", it's as puffy as a down coat and makes me look a bit like the Michelin man, but it's perfect for cold days around town or as a layer in cold, windy conditions on a mountain. I'm not sure about the water resistance. I've only had mine for two seasons, and any rain that falls seems to go right into the fabric.


It packs down incredibly small and is very light weight for the amount of warmth it provides.

I wore it in 20 degrees, 40 mph winds on Washington with just a Marmot Precip shell and it was perfectly warm.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

4 5

I was sure these would work in similar fashion to a chairlift, but when I put them on, I still had to walk up the mountain. What a letdown.

As far as shoving my skis up a mountain go, these seem to work as advertised. I could ascend very steep slopes with little slipping. I have used them on two different pairs of skis and, although they didn't fit the contour of the second set, they worked fine even though I didn't have enough adjustment to fit the length of the second set.

The two problems I have had are that they don't seem to glide as well as the skins on my friends' skis, and they iced up pretty easily in warmer snow. I wound up with a four inch thick chunk of ice underneath the boot section of my ski on one trip. My friend's GlideLite's didn't ice up nearly as much on the same trip.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

5 5

This is by no means an ultralight harness, but it is bomber, comfortable, adjustable, and convenient. I've been using mine for years, but I only came to appreciate the ability to center the harness after using a couple harnesses that didn't have the same feature.

On those harnesses, only three of the gear loops would be usable. After cinching the waist belt down, the other one would wind up directly below my spine, out of convenient reach.

This harness has been great for sport, trad, and ice climbing and has fit over everything needed for climbing in 0 degree temps without any problems.

There is no denying that the extra buckles and adjustability add to its weight, but the fit is great and the worry-free buckles are fantastic.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

Seconded
4 5

I agree with the review below. These are a good beginner shoe. They don't have a technical cut to the front of them to give awesome edging, they aren't designed to drive power onto your toe, they are relatively comfortable, and the rubber is sticky. I have started to wear through the rubber on the front of the toes, but I think I drag them a lot.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 22, 2010

Not a Fan
3 5

The reviews seem biased towards people who put a priority on not having sweaty backs. I haven't used this in the summer, so I can't speak to that.

As a lightweight pack for winter day trips, I would definitely get something else. The ice ax loops and snowboard/ski carry(really?) scream "Take me mountaineering", but it terribly frustrating to use for that purpose.

I have taken it on two Huntington Ravine, Mt. Washington, trips and been annoyed with the pack both times. The fasteners for the ice axes are really irritating to release, especially with gloves on. The volume of the pack is on the small side to begin with, but after a giant arched venting panel is stuffed into it, half of the main volume is gone. It is scarcely enough room to hold food, hydration, and a couple pieces of spare clothing; let alone pack the climbing gear for the hike in. I wound up packing things in the venting area, further precluding any review of its ability to vent.

I'm not sure who is stuffing a sleeping bag into this thing, but my Cat's Meow will not fit past the arch, even if it would fit in the bottom of it. Trying to get at clothing changes, food, and gear throughout the day was further frustrated by how difficult the arch makes it to get at things in the bottom of the pack.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 21, 2010

4 5

I need some experience in other boots, but these fit my wide feet really well and with a thick pair of socks, it's like my skis are bolted to my feet. Great control. With a thinner pair of socks, it doesn't feel like the volume is taken up very well as I try to tighten the boot. They felt much better on my very wide feet than the Scarpa boots(T2's, maybe?) I tried at a ski resort.

I've used them extensively at resorts and backcountry over the past winter; my second season tele skiing.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 21, 2010

Love Them
5 5

These are light, fit securely, and are easy to switch from dual to mono. I haven't owned another pair of crampons, so I am not sure I can make a fair comparison, but these have been great to me.Mine came without the mono spacers. I called Grivel and they sent them to me for free, along with a sweet sticker. I <3 good customer service. Just bumped my review to five stars.I tried to fit these to my GF's size 5 boots and the extension bar ran into the rear points of the crampon. I had to file them down. When I bought a pair specifically for her boots, they had already been cut down substantially in a similar fashion, so it was not a problem specific to my pair; they just aren't made for tiny boots right out of the box.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 19, 2010

4 5

A friend got the 30L sack. It's heavy for a backpacking accessory, and I'm not sure what I'd pack in this if I were using it to backpack, but it seems like it would be useful to compartmentalize things in a duffle for either car-camping or climbing trips where weight and packability aren't as important. It is waterproof-ish, but not roll-top, so stuff will get wet if you're getting drenched.Four stars for dirt cheap organization on car-based trips.

I believe he got Cayenne, which has more copper in the color and is less washed-out looking than the picture.

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Daniel Philp wrote a review of on May 19, 2010

Small, Lightweight, No Glass
4 5

I love how small this is and that I don't have to worry about breaking the globe on my Coleman lantern.I typically use my Coleman on cabin trips, and I bought two of these to replace one of those. They'll be easier to pack and travel with, but the gas is more expensive, the lanterns are more expensive, and they likely cast less light together than the Coleman dual mantle lantern alone.I'll update this after I have an opportunity to use it for the purpose I intended. So far I have only use it to light up my kitchen, which it seemed to do as well as I expected.Update: Used it on a car camping trip where the weight, size, and glass of the larger coleman would not have been a bother, but it was nice to have this little, VERY stable lantern that produced plenty of light for our makeshift kitchen. In fact, we often complain that the Coleman makes too much light and we have to turn it down to protect our eyes, so this lantern was great all around.

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