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Eric Carter

Eric Carter

Eric's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Nordic Skiing
Trail Running
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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Eric Carter

Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

4 5

Pretty stoked on this jacket. Just had it briefly so far but it has served well as my emergency shell for ski touring here in the coast mountains. Packs really light. It replaces my Eddie Bauer BC200 Jacket and it is bigger, but lighter and takes less space in the pack - perfect for skimo missions. Cuts the wind and sheds rain well. Fit is good. I am usually a medium and the medium is slightly baggy but good to layer over. Happy so far!

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

4 5

Haven't managed to compeltly dial in the fit but I am pretty darn close. I've used them on Cascade volcanos in the summer for slogging up glaciers and for alpine climbing in the Coast Mountains in the winter. They are decent to hike in and great for ice climbing. Lacing has been critical - too tight and my feet get cold. Most of the time these boots are overkill for warmth. An insert helped a lot. My Sabertooth crampons fit well and have only popped off once after mis-adjusting them back from my ski boots.

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

Go-to pot for melting snow on ski traverses and climbs. Packs tiny and light with a fuel can. Can't ask for any more. As mentioned below, small handles get hot but that is the price of lightweight gear. Lid fits tight but if you set it gently on the top it works fine. The way to go to stay hydrated or make dehydrated meals. Not my first choice for proper cooking but there are better tools for that.

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

Not meant to be a carbohydrate replacement. These are just to replenish electrolytes. Not ideal in every circumstance but when used properly, excellent. On a long ski day when I cary plenty of carb calories as solid food, a waterbottle with GU brew is perfect for keeping electrolytes up and preventing cramps. The small canister is good for bringing a couple tabs along on a big push. Give it a bit of time to dissolve.

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

I have used this as a glacier rope for two people and carried it on big skimo days either on its own or paired with a superlight 5mm tag line. It packs small, is lightweight and seems to be fairly durable. Also nice to have as a just in case for belaying trickier than expected sections scrambling or on glaciers.

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Eric Carter

Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

I have been using the reactor all around the Coast Mountains and Cascades for some time and am very happy with it. Ridiculously fast. Sometimes a bit tricky to light in the wind but never had to take more than a couple tries. Best use is for melting snow and boiling water to pour into dehydrated meal bags. I try to keep the pot clean but have even successfully simmered noodles and pasta by holding the pot.

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

A good alternative to Gels. Chomps taste really good. Not too sweet and candy-like. Can be a little tough to chew when really cold but they don't seem to freeze. I wish the package had a little better opening to rip open. I like the Cliff Blok package but prefer GU taste.

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Eric Carter

Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

4 5

I fit well in the tent at 6ft and partners have had no problems either. Plenty of room and a good vestibule for gear and packs. Worked well on snow with the footprint and have not had an condensation issues even in West Coast rain. The tent is pretty quick to set up and not complicated. Its not the lightest and doesn't seem to be the most durable but for low key trips and car camping it is great!

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

3 5

I have been fairly happy with my Spot 2. I have been using it for almost three years in case of emergencies. It lives in my ski pack with my multitool and sunscreen and occasionally comes along for bigger trail runs. The I'm OK message is good for letting loved ones know I am back at the car or good for the night. Most of the messages seem to go through, when the view is unobstructed then always. IF there was an emergency though I would be hitting the button over and over until the cavalry arrived. Brought it to Nepal and OK messages worked fine in the Himalayas. I've never felt the need to have the tracking component as it costs extra and would just run out the batteries. Oh yeah, batteries seem to last forever when just saying OK once and a while. I change them more often than necessary just to be sure.

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Eric Carter wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

4 5

Appears to be identical to the Garmin version - same numbers on the back - just a different logo. Interestingly, the Suunto foot pod worked well with both my Garmin 310XT and my Suunto t6. Woo hoo. I have been using it to monitor cadence for ski mountaineering and it clips perfectly onto the upper buckle of my Dynafit EVO boots. Seems pretty secure but I wrapped it in electrical tape just to be sure.The data seems a bit intermittent but that is probably to be expected. I have not tried it running to judge accuracy.

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