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Daniel Soloway

Daniel Soloway

Southeast US, Gunks, Dacks, Lake Tahoe, Bishop CA

Daniel Soloway's Bio

Trip Leader for Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech

Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Caving...

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Daniel Soloway wrote a question about on April 29, 2013

Arc'teryx Aphix vs. Montbell Thermawrap Pro

Does anyone know how these two stack up? I've had a Thermawrap Pro (and loved it!), but am now looking for a new poofy. I've pretty much narrowed my search down to the Aphix, Atom LT, and Thermawrap Pro, but I've never seen the Aphix or Atom in person. Anyone have helpful knowledge? Thanks!

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

My Go-To Jacket
5 5

I gave this jacket 5 stars because it's that good. It's SUPER warm. I can wear this and a t-shirt and be alright in 20degF. A friend turned me onto the insulated hood and I doubt I'll ever go back. Insulated hood is like a jacket, hat, and scarf all in one but even better than if you had all three. It scrunches down into an included pouch (about the size of a Nalgene). Multipitching on cold days, I clip the squished-up jacket to my harness and take it out at the belay station. This jacket has some waterproofing, but unless you're going to be around town I wouldn't rely on the waterproofing. Additionally, this jacket is fairly resistant to abrasion. I have a few small holes from sharp rock contact, but the ripstop kept them small. Still though, this is the one weakness of the jacket.

I've had this jacket for 2 years and I wear it on the mountain, at the crag, and around town. The equivalently warm version in down is really bulky, not my style, and I feel more confident in synthetic insulation because it will still keep you warm if it gets wet (unlike with down, which will leave you SOL).

I'm SUPER pleased with this jacket and would recommend to others.

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on April 11, 2011

2 5

I bought this pack because it is very lightweight, but I didn't anticipate a problem with the shoulder straps. They are sewn in to the pack and are NOT ADJUSTABLE! I am 5'11" and typically take medium sized things (such as this pack), but I was NOT able to get the weight off of my shoulders and onto my waist. I am a backpacking guide for my university and know how to fit/adjust backpacks and still had a problem.

That being said, this pack's design (aside from the shoulder strap not being adjustable) is great. The ample ventilation in the back is amazing and the pack is UBER lightweight! It is the 3rd Osprey pack that I have owned. I will be returning it, but will probably replace it with another Osprey.

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

4 5

These pants shed water really well. I zipped up my phone in the pockets during a heavy rain and my head/torso got SOAKED but my phone stayed dry no problem. These pants stretch a lot, so they are very nice to climb in (easy to lift legs high). The zipper is shielded on the inside by felt-like material for the commandos out there.

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

3 5

Short Version: Easy to accidentally put on harness upside down or backwards

Detailed Version: The elastic leg straps in the back fasten to the top of the waist, which is not intuitive. I have used this harness several times a week for about a year and still sometimes realize that I have put it on upside down or backwards. The corded gear loops move around and make it more difficult to unclip quickdraws on the go than other harnesses do. This harness is certainly a step up from webbing harnesses, but still uncomfortable. That being said, the package deal of harness, beaner, belay device, and chalk bag for $94 is a decent deal if you're not going to be using it all the time and plan on top ropeing most of the time.

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

2 5

This jacket is good. I like the wire on the hood. 13oz is pretty good, but if you're going ultralight there are better ones out there. The pit zips are great and are pretty long for max ventilation. Material breathes nicely. The main downside to this jacket from my experience with it is that there are no pockets that you can put your hands in to keep them warm. The pocket issue is the main reason I would not recommend this jacket. That being said, I still use it on backpacking trips (my hands are on trekking poles, not in pockets) and bike rides (again, hand pockets not necessary).

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

3 5

I would give this beaner 5 stars on everything except the hook. Without a doubt, keylocks or hoods are the way to go. The hook makes it bit more difficult to unclip rope because the rope can get stuck on the hook. It's not a huge deal, but when you are stretching out on a marginal hold to clean a route and you have to fiddle with the rig a bit because it got stuck.... bummer

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

3 5

I would give this beaner 5 stars on everything except the hook. Without a doubt, keylocks or hoods are the way to go. The hook makes it bit more difficult to unclip rope because the rope can get stuck on the hook. It's not a huge deal, but when you are stretching out on a marginal hold to clean a route and you have to fiddle with the rig a bit because it got stuck.... bummer

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Daniel Soloway wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

5 5

Best warm hat I've ever had! I had one of these for a few years, lost it, and bought a new one. It is made with WindStopper, which prevents cold gusts from getting in. The ear warmers are perfect and it's tight enough that I can wedge my cell phone inside to go hands-free.

Lightweight shirt + warm hat = comfortable day at the crag if it's a bit chilly out
This hat + winter jacket = good to go for just about any condition

The only negative thing I can say about this hat is that it is sewn so that it's kinda pointy on top of your head. Still though, I wear this hat everyday around town (when it's chilly-cold out) and on just about every trip.

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