Dave

Dave

So Cali, Mostly in the Eastern Sierra

Dave's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Dave's Bio

Love the backcountry mostly a peakbagger, getting back into rock climbing hope to do some alpine climbing in the near future

Dave

Dave wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a bit hesitant spending the $$$ for this after reading the initial reviews about the durability and the noise etc...
But I finally pulled the trigger when I found a good deal. At least for the price you get the stuff sack and the repair kit, that takes a bit of the "sting" off that price.
I have used this for a bit over a season now and have been very happy with it. Its compact, smaller than a 1 liter Nalgene bottle, its waay light, and its comfy to me (im a side sleeper if you care) I do inflate it till its pretty firm, and so far I have had no durabilty issues, No leaks!!
One of my main climbing partners is a pretty light sleeper and the crackling noise doesnt bother him, and certainly doesnt bother me either.
It does seem pretty fragile so I have been pretty careful when I use it and do almost always sleep inside a tent or a bivy but so far so good!!
I like it enough that I am considering the XTherm for this coming winters excursions.

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Dave wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use one whenever Im using my winter bag. this sack a) reduces the size almost by half as the included stuff sack and b) is waterproof.
I had tried a lighterweight cheaper compression sack (which wasnt waterproof) and blew out the seams and straps when trying to compress my bag. Not a problem with this bag, while it may cost a bit more as well as weigh more its very durable and will last a lifetime, and its waterproof to boot!!

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Dave wrote a review of on July 11, 2012

Great in the winter
5 5

I use my FS mug on winter trips when weight and its size aren't a big concern. It's great to use inside the tent as the lid helps to keep you from spilling your ramen all over you bag and your clothes.
You can make yourself an insulating sleave or you can spend $10 and buy a neoprene sleave made specifically for it at Forty Below's site.
I can fit most Mountain House Pro-Pak or the regular two person meals inside with the lid on and they stay nice and hot while they rehydrate for 10-15 minutes.

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Dave wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

4 5

Finally got a chance to use this. Seemed to boil water even faster than my original JB. Havent had a problem with it getting too hot as some have complained however I turn it off just as it comes to a boil, I think if its left on boiling for a while it may get too hot.
The ignitor however wouldnt work for me, my old JB the ignitor was always finicky but could usually get it going, was hoping the new redesigned one would function better but couldnt even get a spark. Plan to exchange it and see if I have better luck.

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Dave wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

4 5

At 10oz you have no excuse to not carry these, drop the full zip version and they get even lighter. I choose these since they are easier to get on/off with mountaineering boots and crampons, or snowshoes without shredding the pants.
They don't seem to breath very well so I only wear when its raining pretty good or im trudging thru deep wet snow. Also being this lightweigh means they aren't very durable, the seat will only last a few glissades before wearing thru, if they don't tear 1st, a price you pay for lightweight.
I also had to size up one size to layer these over my regular pants.

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Dave wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

4 5

I have been in the market for a summit pack for a long time, most are just too small. The Verto is nice and roomy, tho it is ment to be a summit pack there are times when you need more space, winter clothing, climbing gear etc...
So far have used it once and was pretty happy. The top pocket in the lid is pretty handy as is the pouch it stuffs into, when the pack is unstuffed this pouch turns into a handy internal pocket. Placing a sit pad inside against your back helps make it more comfortable and gives a bit of structure or support when you have a heavy load.

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Dave wrote a review of on June 10, 2011

4 5

I'm on my 2nd Elios (the buckle broke on the 1st after about 5 yrs)Its one of the few that would fit my big melon comfortably. Its not the lightest you can buy but its not to bad for a hardshell helmet.
This is the helmet I reach for when going to the local crag or short approaches in the backcountry, when weight isnt that important.
Pros:
Comfortable
pretty light
Easily adjustable
hardly know its on
doesn't look too dorky when its on.

Cons:
Wish it was a tad larger so I could wear a beanie under it in colder weather.

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Dave wrote a review of on May 27, 2011

Nice poles, for a little while.
3 5

I bought these poles about 8 months ago after my friend borrowed and broke my BD carbon poles with the foam handles.
Figured this was a perfect time to upgrade to the cork handle version since the foam handles were turning my hands black.
Everything was fine with the new poles till last weekend when one of the poles fell out of my hands and the handle hit a rock on the ground (just tipped over not a fall off of a cliff or anything) when I picked it up I found a piece of the cork about the size of a dime broke away exposing the pole below. Using the pole the rest of the day both grips started disintegrate bit by bit as individual grains of the cork started coming off in my hands. Which is too bad because until this I loved the poles.
Pros: fairly light and strong
they collapse well and are very compact
clamping mechanism has never slipped and is easy to use with gloves on

Cons: handle durability isnt that great
They aren't as light as other carbon poles (but yes they have been very sturdy)

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