Eric Dacus

Eric Dacus

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Eric's Passions

Trad Climbing
Telemark Skiing
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing

Eric's Bio

Design Engineer, climber, telemark skier, aspiring ice climber, and photographer (learning...)

Eric Dacus

Eric Dacus wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

Started using these tools leashless, and they've been great. Can easily adjust the modular items (ie two hammers for stuff in Ouray, add back the adze for the mtns). The pinky grip and upper grip are easily removable, but have been very nice to have.

Cons: Kinda heavy compared to the Grivel Matrix tools, picks can be hard to remove from the ice when overdriven (duh).

Pros: easy swing once you get used to it (no more overdriving the picks); easy to change out adze, hammer, and grip; plenty of clearance, pommel spike and head have holes that take a carabiner easily.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on April 27, 2007

5 5

My wife uses a Mountain Hardwear Transition Zip-T which is windproof and breathes really well, and I had used a Patagonia Houdini wind jacket (very fragile material). After ordering both this and the Transition was a bit snug for me (that's how its supposed to fit), so I kept the gamma LT - and after climbing in it around Salt Lake City and City of Rocks ID I really like it.
Pros: Breathes like crazy, stretches very well, very abrasion resistant even on granite, and cuts the wind as much as I need it to. My wife is always cold and I'm usually too warm.
Cons: The absolutely perfect fit would be between this and the Transition, but I can still layer a thick baselayer under if I need. Also a bit more expensive than the Zip-T.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on April 27, 2007

5 5

I got this jacket/windshirt a month ago, and its been with me on several climbing trips since then. Absolutely great jacket. The fit is trim but not tight.
Pros:
Breaths like crazy, cuts the wind, holds up in a drizzle, drys super quick.
Cons:
Pricey, no hook-and-loop closures for the wrists.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on April 3, 2007

4 5

Pros: Simple. The rolltop design makes getting into the pack really slick. The outer pouch is stiff enough that even if you forget to zip it stuff stays in. Carries weight pretty comfortably. Holds everything you need for cragging. Burly.

Cons: side pockets are all but useless, they don't hold a water bottle. No easy way to carry skis (though Arc'Teryx makes an M35 that does). Kinda heavy for what it does.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on March 2, 2007

5 5

I had two versions of this coat, an older non-CSS iteration and the newer version here. Both were great I've had the current jacket for about a year now and the DWR coating is still holding up very well. Great shell, pockets are well placed, hood is easy to adjust and fits nicely over a helmet. My only complaint is the pit zips are a little hard to use with one hand.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on March 2, 2007

5 5

I've had a Core Skin jacket for about 4 years now (1st or second generation) and its held up wonderfully for skiing, climbing (ice, rock and aid) and winter cycling. The PowerShield material is great - I'd highly recommend any jacket made of the stuff. I got the jacket because it uses the PowerShield high loft so the jacket is warmer than most soft shells and makes layering a little simpler.

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Eric Dacus wrote a review of on February 28, 2007

5 5

I've had this jacket for while now and is the warmest fleece I've ever owned - great winter layering and obviously like the description says, wind cuts right through it, though even with a wind shell it retains a lot of heat. Both Arc'Teryx and Patagonia make something similar using Thermal Pro, but I found this jacket to be the least expensive for the same material (which is what matters).

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