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DeepGlue wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Way more versatile than a silly rope bag, at less than half the price and weight.

Rope bags are awkward and bulky. Strapping the rope on top of your pack and carrying a light tarp has always been what I've done. This is the best tarp for that purpose that I've seen out there. The coiled rope straps on your pack. The non-bulky tarp goes in the pack, or is wrapped and strapped around the rope. And if you really prefer a rope bag or your pack is big enough, just flake the rope on the tarp and roll it up and strap it down as if it were a bag. You can even add on a sling or shoulder strap if you want - just run it under the tarp straps. This product does everything a rope bag does, and more.

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on June 2, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this (half the time) for a season of ice and skiing.The leather is barely waterproofed. The sewn-on patches are coming off. The fabric inner liner of the shell is only sewn to the fingertips, and it ripped off of all of them on one glove. It now turns inside-out anytime I remove the insulating layer. For a glove this expensive, I expect a lot more. Glad I bought it on sale, but it still wasn't worth it.

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

This is better than the BD tether for a several reasons. First, obviously, it has two more axes of rotation. So not even the webbing itself will get twisted. This is a pretty minor plus, but still. Second, you have the option of girth hitching the ends to your tools, or using the included Nano 23 biners to clip in. So it's also more versatile. It is slightly more cash than the BD leash, but you get 2 Nano 23 biners thrown in. Lastly, without the biners it's actually lighter than the BD tether. And it's rated to the same strength (if that matters). If you are going for simple I'd say make your own or try to get a hold of the Blue Ice tether. But if you are choosing between the Spinner and this thing, get this thing.

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DeepGlue wrote an answer about on February 14, 2013

I would go with the Variant 52. The rope strap on this is very annoying, with the buckle hidden away. The Variant crampon pouch is more accommodating of other items (though a bit more fragile). The Variant also has probe pockets. It's also somehow lighter, and feels better-built with better fabric. And while it's nice (though barely noticeable) for lighter loads, I find that the "pivot" waistbelt on the Mission makes me feel more unbalanced when the pack is really full.

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on December 21, 2011

3 5

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

Because of the biner shape, it opens further than other biners since it can travel further back towards the spine. The angle feels slightly off but it's a huge gate opening. Very nice. It is also quite compact and it would be great to use for alpine draws. But I'm glad I only bought two as a sample because...

1) This biner needs a wider spine. Because the spine is so narrow and the gate is a single wire, you essentially are balancing the biner between just two contact points when opening the gate. Whereas for a two-wire gate or a thicker spine you would have three. I find myself worrying about dropping the biner when clipping it in to things. It's not that bad and it's something you can adapt to, but it's still one more thing to worry about.

2) In addition, I found that the ball at the end of the wire tends to catch the rope when clipping. To be specific, the rope tends to catch between the back of the nose and the little ball. So you need to remember to pull on the rope a little harder, or give it an extra tug, when clipping in. Another small thing you don't want to worry about while on lead.

At $11/ea I don't think that these are for me. Maybe both of these are less of a problem with the Ange L.

[edit 11/2013] My opinion on the Ange S is unchanged. But I played around with the Ange L and found neither of these issues to be a problem. For 1), the longer spine made it feel more secure in my hand. For 2), the deeper basket allows the gate to fully open with my middle finger in it, letting me easily pull rope in with no catching, mid-clip. Given its smaller nose width, I'd say the Ange L beats out the Helium as the best carabiner out there. For people with smaller hands/fingers, the Ange S is probably great too.

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DeepGlue wrote an answer about on November 13, 2011

Seems like it's the same as the previous version, meaning it's a mitten liner with trigger finger. The part for the rest of your fingers is large enough to take the index finger as well though. Why they would put that configuration inside a mitten shell with no trigger finger is beyond me. But seems like they're still doing it.

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on September 22, 2011

3 5

Used this bag all the time for 2 years. Overall it was good but I have several complaints. I thought the zipper could be a little more bomber, and the clasps on the strap would creak (fixed with a tiny bit of grease). It also could have used a file pocket/divider on the inside. I also found that the zip-away laptop feature was gimmicky. Is it really that much trouble to take out your laptop at security? You're already taking out so much other junk. Also, it was slightly annoying to have to flip the flap around for access to either my laptop/stuff stored with it, or stuff in the main compartment. Much easier to just have everything under the flap.

At about 18 months in, the handle started coming off on one side. It finally gave out a few months later. *But* Timbuk2 gave me a full refund for a new bag! So while this bag didn't really satisfy me, I can't complain about the company. I'll be getting a standard laptop messenger bag.

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DeepGlue wrote an answer about on April 5, 2011

I am an 11.5 narrow (AA) street shoe. I rented a pair of 29's and they fit like a glove. They looked pretty new though so they may not have been packed out much, and weren't molded of course.

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DeepGlue wrote a question about on March 3, 2011

I saw this pack at a gear shop and noticed that the buckle for the tuck-away rope strap is secured very deep in the tuck-away pocket, and does not pull out. My fingers had to wriggle deep down into the tight pocket to release it, and it was extremely difficult to re-buckle it. Was this a manufacturing error on BD's part? I imagine the buckle is supposed to be on a 2" webbing leash or something. Has anyone else had a look at this?

Thanks.

P.S. Other than this one gripe, seemed like a spectacular pack, an improvement on the Predator in every way (though durability of the tool ties and straps may be a bit lower).

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on October 14, 2010

2 5

I got this bag at a huge deal, only to see when I got it that a few baffles were virtually devoid of fill. I mushed it around with my hands, and I threw it in the dryer with tennis balls, but these did not fix the problem. Perhaps it would have been okay, but I still returned it. Other than that though, great construction, water bottle pocket is a nice feature, included compression stuff sack is great. Maybe I was just unlucky...

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DeepGlue wrote an answer about on September 19, 2010

I have a 24" head and have used this helmet for a year or so now. It really doesn't fit with the mesh in - The mesh is held with little pop-out things that, well, pop out. With the mesh out it still fits, a bit better than the Elios. However it rides pretty darn high - There's a good inch or more between my ear and the helmet. I'll be looking to try on a size large BD Tracer in the future...

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DeepGlue wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

4 5

Pros: Very light for being so incredibly roomy, the near-vertical walls are great. It's also completely waterproof without seam-sealing.
Cons: Attaching the fly is annoying: The cross-poles have to fit into grommets on the fly underside that are hard to reach and even harder to catch. If the tent and fly aren't staked out perfect, you will get a pool of water on your fly ceiling (although not a drop comes through). Tightening straps on the vestibule attachment points would be nice, I had to add some. The tent and fly doors are also quite awkward to get out of the way, and the pockets seem to be designed to let stuff fall out of them.
Bottom line: Bomber but awkward. It's a great tent if you get a deal on it.

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