EXPO650

EXPO650

Austria

EXPO650's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

EXPO650's Bio

US Expat living in Austria. Ski instructor during the winter and Outdoor Education instructor for the Austrian Alpine Club in the summer. Climb all summer & ski all winter :)

EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on November 14, 2007

5 5

I bought a pair of the #1 size and 1 of the #4 in spring of 2005. I spent that entire summer in the backcountry with these sacks and it didnt take long before they became one of my favorite pieces of gear. Excellent, flawless build quality that will take anything you throw at it - I used the big #4 as a bear bag for all my stuff and the webbing strap on the bottom showed no sign of stress from being hung upsidedown and the drawcord was strong enough to keep everything from falling out during the night. Also, I never lost any sleep over hoping that all my food, clothes, etc. were staying dry in the downpoor - Hang the sacks upsidedown and a firehose wouldn't make it inside. END OF STORY: These things are bomber and a great bang for your buck!

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

4 5

Got this probe as part of a set last winter. Thankfully I have yet to use it in an actual burial, however in the nurmerous practice sessions I have done it has functioned flawlessly. I'm a big fan of the PFA assembly - all you gotta do is give a yank on the T-bar and the sections pop into place. I would give it 5 stars, but I'll wait till i have to use it when it counts for a rating like that.

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

4 5

A good piece of equipment that gets the job done well. I have only used it in practice burials so far, but if I were buried, i would'nt have a problem with my rescuers using this shovel to dig me out. The blade is nice and stiff and a good compromise between size and weight. The angled handle end is comfy, but can be a bit fussy when trying to secure it to the outside of a pack. Also, the blade doesn't slide well at all, so butt-shovel-sleds are a no go.

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EXPO650 wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

3 5

The blade on this thing is massive!! It may be noticably heavier than other shovels, but if that means I will be able to get to a victim faster by moving more snow then I think carrying the extra weight is worth it. The only negative - On more than one occasion when carrying the disasembled handle on the outside of a pack I have witnessed that the male end of the shovel (the end you attach to the blade) can become packed with enough snow to prevent the user from depressing the button that locks the handle and blade together, thus rendering your shovel useless. All you need is an end covering (duct tape or whatever) to prevent snow from being packed into the handle. With that solved I would give it 4 stars.

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

4 5

This was my 'company pack' for all of last winter. It had more than enough room to hold everything I wanted it to for the mountain. The diagonal ski carrier was a bit unwieldy at first, but after a seson of using it I would much rather carry diagonal than teepee. Huge plus for the insulated drinking tube. If I hadn't been issued one of these then I probably would have bought one just like it.

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on April 19, 2007

5 5

The only bad thing about these boxers is that I can't afford to update my entire boxer drawer with them. As far as being outdoors is concerned, I dont bother bringing any other kind of boxer with me. The fit is fantastic (the tri-pannel cut does a decent job of keeping the material from jamming itself into cracks *Ahem* where it shouldn't be) and the material is quite stretchy, so no need to worry about blowing a seam out. They dry very quickly and do a great job of holding off the funk of your junk after you've been on the trail for multiple days. If you're looking for a stellar piece of gear this is it!

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on December 28, 2006

5 5

This jacket is one of my all-time favorite pieces of clothing!! I am blown away at how warm (not in a stinky, sweaty way) this jacket is. Since I bought this jacket, it has replaced a heavy-weight fleece in my pack on every hike, climb, etc. At first I was skeptical about not having some sort of draw cord around bottom hem, but the fit is slim enough that I have never needed one. Definitely worth its weight in gold!!

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EXPO650 wrote a review of on September 15, 2006

3 5

Had this watch for about a year now and it has been a great help whenever and wherever I happen to be. My biggest complaint is that you can't set the alarm in the dark. The set button also activates the light (which you need for setting the alarm), so once you get to the alarm function the light is activated when you hold down the set button but it doesn't stay on long enough for you to reset the alarm. In order to have light again you have to hit the set button again which saves the time you weren't able to see to fix into the alarm. *Ugh* just use your headlamp! After hitting the default reset buttons on accident last winter the compass has not worked right since. Unfortunately the directions weren't that much of a help with recalibration. Not a big deal as I prefer my manual anyway. Altimeter is delightful and accurate, but needs to be recalibrated every once in a while. Barometer worked amazingly well during ski season, but for some reason hasn't worked that well since - not sure if it's me or if the weather is getting smarter. The watch has never faultered once, but I don't think the build quality is the greatest. Oh yeah, it's FREAKIN' HUGE!! If you ever get lost you can easily use this thing as a signal mirror or dinner plate (if you lost that too).

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EXPO650

EXPO650 wrote a review of on June 15, 2006

5 5

I love these things! I got these for a couple of reasons: 1) They are much lighter and more comfortable than my Chacos; 2) They protect my toes in and out of the water. Once back on dry ground the copious amount of screened drainage ports and quick-drying mesh/padding do a great job of making sure you don't carry a bunch of water around with you. The grippy sole has not let me down on the slippery stuff either.

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