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Darren wrote a review of on July 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Initial impressions of quality and design? Stellar. However across glove makers I usually wear a large, very rarely an xL. Got these in a large and they are obscenely tight, which is a good thing I suppose for warmer temps mixed climbing, spring/summer alpine pursuits etc. but avoid the cold, these lend themselves to a strangling, compressive effect, probably via venous congestion or something. My hands have always been cold wearing these unless I am highly active. First route out with these, did some easy AI 3 in the summer, in the Sierra. Did minimal rope, tool work and already have a hole on the softshell backing. Hands were ok with the ascent but once I cooled down it was a problem. I would've bought an XL. The just dont do it for me at this price. These might be great for the elitist winter golfer?

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Darren wrote a review of on July 26, 2013

3 5

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

A bit disappointing. Had these out ice climbing in 20 F temp. Cold hands ensued. Wet hands later ensued. Lacerations through leather finger tips also ensued. I would not recommend these for temps below 20 F. I did receive these s as A sample tho from a rep? So perhaps they weren't up to quality check. I had high hopes for these as they fit really well. In addition, they are nimble and provide good dexterity, just weren't very durable. Give em a go in warmer drier temps only.

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this harness.. A lot. I don't use it for big wall, I dont do much aid climbing, but I do love it for alpine, ice and trad. Its comfortable to me and LIGHT. Extra clothing probably helps. Plus the gear loops and ice clipper slots do add adjustability and options. I think if you are hanging out on a route carrying around a bosch, bolting, chill-axing, updating your status etc. then yeah its probably going to hurt. I havn't found a harness where that wouldn't be the case. But in this case light is right and I will go with it. Adieu.

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Damn this is a great stove, has yet to let me down..until...When my gf talked me into heating milk for her to make her precious hot chocolate, that is when things went horribly awry. Imagine a frothy white explosion, which cakes the entire apparati in caked lactose. Plus she never called me back. So sad.

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Darren wrote an answer about on November 8, 2012

I just got a pair of these 2.0's and I am...

I just got a pair of these 2.0's and I am amped. I also have the nepal eves and yes I am a gear whore, don't judge. I work hard and buy nice $hi

The nepals are going to stand up to more abuse, trust me. These 2.0s arent going to be pleased with rocky, talus ridden approaches or sloppy footwork. I like the sturdiness of the LS nepals, they are burly, but these are so light and sexy, and i think will be a game changer, have yet to really give'er in cold condish and I am worried about that to be honest I think warmth will be comparable between the two. I do suggest sizing down from nepal evo or Spantik. I wear 45 spantik and 45 Eves and got these in 44.5 and am so happy I did, they are longer, but seem more narrow to give better control on steeps. The sole is actually a hair longer on these 44.5 compared to the nepal eves in 45. So I disagree slightly with singsong review below, these are longer and a touch more narrow in arch and heel but the toe box is roomy. Oh These things are real nice

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dont get tree SAP on Your PAS, trust me. This thing is great, Its easily adjustable. you can hook it to your belay loop with a locker or loop it through upper and lower harness, which you should do right? So much of climbing is evidence based ya know. But having the locker on both ends gives you even more adjustment options. Conrad Anker came to me as a vision and showed me this trick. Oh you can also use it as a rap sling, any loop you like.

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So you are intricately and methodically placing your cams in each loop, this size here, a double here, stack it up, dont want to run short!! Ahh perfect. Then with a bristling, shiny ornamentation of cam flair you being to climb, and climb you do with the deftest of ability. However midway thru that first pitch, the cams are now smacking your nether regions and playing patty cake with with yer patellas. This just wont do. Maybe i need to climb harder routes and or overhangs. Perhaps this would keep all the cams behind me...Note to self.

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

4 5

Oh these cams are good in the small sizes indeed. But they do discriminate on your chosen placement and will chastise you for putting them in flaring scars or weird cracks. I think in the larger sizes I'd go with BD #.5 to 1. But these are a close second. I do like the flexibility of the stems. I think the new BD X cams coming out may knock these off yer rack partna.

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Darren wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really cant comment on the other sizes, however the DMM #5 blue ie equivalent to the BD #3 blue c4 camalot, is sweet. I really enjoy placing this cam and will reach for it with gusto. I am not sure why, but it just feels good to place and feels very secure. Perhaps its the Klingon looking design of the lobes. I dunno. I like the option of having the extendable sling if needed. I have so many cams, uhh, so much unlawful carnal knowledge with the gear. I need therapy. I have never fallen on this cam

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Darren wrote a review of on May 11, 2012

4 5

I like these crampons. Got a great deal on em and I am pleased. Link up real nice to LS nepal evo, then again any crampon will sit tight on the nepal evos it seems. Haven't yet used them with other boots, but there are multiple adjustment points and will fit a large range of sizes. The ABS plates are a little chincy plastic and the rear must be removed to adjust the length of the bar but no biggy. These have been good so far. Rigid yet do allow walking, feel very stable. bite well. Comparable to BD cyborg or equivalent grivels imo.

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Darren wrote a review of on May 11, 2012

5 5

This bivy sack is phenomenal. light, dry. Just Used it first time in snow at around 8000 ft, temps in single digits to teens. Some very light condensation inside on awakening but otherwise very dry and does add warmth. Came with a tube of seam sealer so I meticulously sealed all seams although that may be unnecessary. Im 6'1 got the long and have plenty of room in the bottom for boots and other necessary gear and although it is somewhat snug I could still move around when needed. Tie in point looks bomber but didn't need it. Overall impressed

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Darren wrote a review of on April 6, 2012

5 5

This lamp is remarkably bright. I love this thing, use it for so many activities, running, biking, hiking, climbing, camping, operating, you name it. And the batteries last a really long time, much longer than you'd expect especially on low light levels. For me it's perfect as there are plentiful AA batteries lying around at work. So when you need a veritable blow torch on your dome for extended duration and you don't mind the drag of the added battery pack this is it.

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Darren wrote a review of on April 6, 2012

4 5

I like these pants, got em on SAC for around $90 which is a great deal for these. THey are schoeller fabric which is a proprietary and thus prob put these at the initial higher price point. I also have a couple pairs of the stoic overhang pants which I really like, so will compare to them. These guide pants are more stretchy, the fabric feels a bit thinner but does seem to breathe better. Water resistance is similar and acceptable for soft shell material. Composition is 94% polyamide and 6% elastane which is exactly the same as the overhang pant ie nylon is polyamide. These seem to fit better than the overhang ie dont taper as much at ankle and a mores streamlined, better fit for me in size large. they have a nice rubber coating on the inside cuff to keep them down on your boots. I've only put these through a couple uses and so far I like them, good durability, nice instep protection panels and I like the khaki color (although they are darker than the pants in the pic). Note there are less pockets on these, no back pockets. AT $90 a good deal and at $126 acceptable. I wouldn't pay any more than that for these though. Just get the overhang.

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Darren wrote a review of on March 15, 2012

4 5

patagonia sizing has always been a little perplexing to me and I usually have to go with a medium with their products. I do like this piece, I got a medium, I'm 6'1 about 200-210. The fit is pretty snug in the arms with the fleece. but otherwise fits slim, nice stretch so no issues there. I use this alone with a baselayer under it for cold weather running and as a base for hiking, climbing etc. Its quite soft and pleasant to caress. Only issues are that the sleeves are almost a chore to slide up my arms and some of the threading has unravelled near the sleeve cuff, in retropsect I couldve gotten a large but that has always been the issue for me with patagonia: if I get a large then the body is just too loose/wide. All in all I like it and it works for me as primarily a base or mid layer garment

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Darren wrote a review of on March 15, 2012

5 5

I had the old 320, this one is an improvement imo. I got a large, Im 6'1" bout 200, I have large quads. The only problem with this is that when I tighten the waist belt it like bottoms out almost, (I have a 34-35" waist). and leaves an incredibly long tail to tuck away, will prob trim it. On the other side due to my quads, There is very little extra length on the leg adjustment straps. Not even long enough to tuck away under the keepers on the leg loops. So yeah its made for skinny guys with smaller thighs I suppose. I may have been able to squeeze in a medium but the leg loops wouldnt be long enough I think. I overlook these issues because this is the most comfortable and stable feeling harness Ive worn. I love it. Also doesn't constrict me in the crotch like my old 320.

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