Dscott

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Dscott wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

5 5

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

I'm a geomorphologist who works in a lot of high gradient bedrock streams, so I need to be able to keep a good footing while taking measurements or climb up/rappel down the occasional waterfall. I have been using approach shoes, but these seem to be much more tailored for river work. They drain very well and the rubber on these is exactly what I expect from c4: superb stickiness. The neoprene uppers won't dry fast, but that's obviously to be expected. The footbed that comes with the shoe is perforated, so that drains nicely. I wear these with some 3mm neoprene socks and did not have to change from my usual street shoe size (13). They are a bit stiffer than I usually like for my approach shoes, but that's a reasonable tradeoff for reducing a lot of the foot fatigue that usually accompanies walking on cobbles all day. The straps are very stiff, making them a bit tough to get tight, but that's really not an issue for me. I wear them a bit loose and have not experienced any hot spots yet. The upside of the heavy straps is that I feel they will take some serious abuse, along with almost any other part of this very well made shoe.

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Dscott wrote a review of on July 5, 2012

5 5

Got this for a geologic field mapping instead of the much pricier brunton pocket transit. The accuracy isn't as good as the pocket transit, but for mapping on 1:24,000 maps that's hardly an issue. Taking strike and dip is ridiculously easy, and this thing hardly weighs anything. So far it's been pretty durable, 3 weeks and no bubbles yet, and I've dropped it quite a few times. Adjusting declination is easy, as is reading the dial while sighting or in dim light.

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Dscott wrote a review of on August 2, 2011

5 5

Taken it on one 3-day trip in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and plenty of day hikes. Easily holds all my climbing gear, a 60m rope, rack, plenty of water, food, and clothes. Great accessibility all over the pack. I never found myself digging through a bunch of stuff to find a particular item. Some very ingenious features as well (detachable top pocket is nice, and the dedicated nalgene holder is awesome). I took it through a fair amount of salmonberry and devil's club, as well as setting it down pretty hard on talus slopes, and it so far hasn't shown any signs of wear. The frame is also holding up nicely, and is EXTREMELY comfortable.

The only complaints: The water bottle holder needs an elastic locker that is easier to operate than the one the pack comes with. It should be able to be operated by one hand (maybe I just haven't quite mastered that yet).

Can't really go wrong with a gregory to be honest.

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