Danny M H

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Danny M H

Danny M H wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like Rita, my wife and I actually used these as everyday dishes for five months while living out of our car (long story). They were actually a generous pitty gift from Lexi (backcountry employee) for being in the top 50 reviewers and trying to explain that we didn't really have an address. Goes to show that backcountry isn't too big to not care about their customers/community.

These have held up very well, and are easy to clean. If using it for backpacking though I probably would leave the little cup and the bowl and its lid at home as the big cup is plenty big. Also just a personal preference but I don't care for the shape of the fork when eating (weird right?) but the spoon is fine- that being said we haven't really used the utensils very much- I prefer metal.

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Danny M H

Danny M H wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I've been using this brain bucket for over a year now and honestly I love it even more than when I first got it. I've thought about getting a Sweet helmet but in the future may have to stick with SR. A few of the white decals have since flaked partially off and this thing shows scratches like its proud of them but mechanically it is totally intact. Yesterday was the first time I hit a rock hard enough to rattle my teeth and I was surprised at how well the impact was absorbed. I never need to wear it backwards for play boating (some have said it obstructs your view) and the only thing that would really make it better is if it had holes on the top to drain faster when creeking (maybe it would decrease strength though).
All in all- one year of abuse and I still like it.

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Danny M H wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

I already have a beanie that I love but it doesn't do quite as well in warm weather. This one excels in cold weather with the internal fleece ear insulation without the bulk of the ones that are fully lined. As for head size, I sit between a M and L in cycling helmets and fit better in Giro and Cannondale rather than Bell and this thing fits perfect.

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Danny M H wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I rowed for a bit on a trip we did down the lower Salmon. I have used the Carlisle Heavy Duty oars commercially for a few years. I felt that these were a little lighter in the hand than the Carlisles but more noticeably, they did not flex and bounce as much. These felt more efficient, but at almost twice the price I would probably stick with the Carlisles or save up for some nice Sawyers.

Just my two cents

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Danny M H wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Though it doesn't have rollers and it doesn't protect smashables, the med. carries plenty, fits perfectly under an airplane seat, it is waterproof enough to shed rain (don't use it on a river trip as a dry bag though) and I love how when not in use it folds down flat. The lack of structure makes it so you have to plan ahead when packing so you don't have a shoe jabbing you in the back. The bag is pretty bare bones and doesn't have any compartments other than the large central and small peripheral one.

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Danny M H wrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Due to its design, the gate opens wider than most lockers and is smaller and lighter than most. I personally hate twist locks and the screwlock is very smooth and has never bound up on me. I've used these building anchors and have one that has become a permanent attachment to my Grigri.

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Danny M H wrote a review of on October 13, 2013

4 5

This belay setup is the way to learn. The ATC is an industry standard and (in my opinion) is the best way for a new climber to learn to belay safely. Eventually if you take to leading and multi pitch you will want to upgrade to an ATC guide or Grigri or equivalent but you will always carry this in your crag bag as a backup. The Screwgate is a great locker and though it is bigger than necessary, it is a good design.

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Danny M H

Danny M H wrote a review of on October 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This belay setup is the way to learn. The ATC is an industry standard and (in my opinion) is the best way for a new climber to learn to belay safely. Eventually if you take to leading and multi pitch you will want to upgrade to an ATC guide or Grigri or equivalent but you will always carry this in your crag bag as a backup.

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Danny M H

Danny M H wrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The ATC is an industry standard and (in my opinion) is the best way for a new climber to learn to belay safely and the Guide is an absolute must for multipitch climbing. I prefer the guide over the Reverso because it aligns so that the rope comes straight out from the rock instead of off to one side.

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