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Endurance Junkie

Endurance Junkie

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Endurance Junkie wrote a review of on August 31, 2007

5 5

This pack has served as a great alternative to those frameless mountaineering packs for multi-day climbs. It's carried up to 40 pounds well, my helmet fits in the lid, and the straps can hold crampons and an ice axe. It does have extra stuff you don't need, like that stupid stretch panel and the straps for holding a tent on the bottom, so I just cut them off and saved a couple ounces. This pack is well designed, super comfy, and strikes a perfect balance between weight and carrying capacity: Over three pounds lighter than the Arc'teryx Bora but does the job just as well and a lot more comfy than most climbing-oriented packs but weighs less than a pound more. Perfect! (Note: you may have to put bike lube in the alum. stays to stop them from creaking)

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Endurance Junkie wrote a review of on August 31, 2007

3 5

After finishing multi-month long climbing class I've used quite a bit of shovels. I've used this shovel to build a snow cave and hauled it up Rainier. Pro's: It's a bit wider than most...but that doesn't help much. It's also relatively light. Cons: The construction is rather sloppy with lots of play in the handle. I've found that I prefer the narrower shovels as they work just as well and are easier to fit in your pack. Also, the handle is shorter than most, so you have to bend down a little bit more.

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Endurance Junkie wrote a review of on August 31, 2007

5 5

I just got back from using this at 10K feet on Mt. Rainier. It dipped below freezing with 50 mph wind guests and the bivy performed flawlessly. No condensation and very wind resistant. I was able to fit my boots, water, food, and extra clothing in with me. It provides just enough space to prevent claustrophobia and no more. My only complaint is that it could benefit from a little extra shoulder room (I'm only 5-8, 160lbs). Otherwise ideal for a foul weather bivy. I plan on bringing it often for climbs.

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Endurance Junkie wrote a review of on May 11, 2007

3 5

I never got to wear these outside, so I can only comment on the fit and compare them to the last generation Vasque Super Alpinista, which I own. First, they are much lighter than the previous generation, though a little less stiff – but still plenty stiff for front pointing. Unfortunately the instep is much, much higher. (I have an average size instep). Worse still, the bottom part of the instep can’t be tightened because of the new tongue design. Thus, when you do tighten down the laces it creates a pressure point at the top of your foot while most of the instep remains lose. I wonder if this is a production issue, as the boots were supplied with unusually high-volume insoles.
On the brightside, from a design standpoint these are absolutely awesome! Just as warm and protective as the La Sportiva K4S but much more svelte for technical work with a superior sole. Just remember, they don’t fit like the last generation Alpinista they replace. I hate to return such a great boot, and wish Vasque hadn’t changed the fit over the previous model.

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Endurance Junkie wrote a review of on February 15, 2007

4 5

Since most people deservedly give this jacket rave reviews, I'd like to point out a few shortcomings that are often overlooked. First, this soft shell is very, very slow to dry. Slower than Schoeller and much slower than Patagonia's double weave. Second, the pockets are low for casual use and therefore interfere with pack straps. Attributes include the most durable fabric I've ever seen for a soft shell and great water repellency. Also, the pit zips are really nice.

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