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Fisher Martin

Fisher Martin

Ozark Mountains in NW Arkansas; Sawatch Range (Rocky Mtns) in Colorado; San Juan Range (Rocky Mtns) in Colorado; Area around Bozeman, Montana

Fisher Martin's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

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Fisher Martin

Fisher Martinwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

Patagonia's Do-Everything Weather Armor
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

About a year ago I picked up the Triolet before running to the hills on a big skiing and ice climbing trip. It was down to this and the Leashless jacket - Backcountry hooked me up with a free shipping label so I could buy both, choose which one I liked, and return the other - and I kept this puppy for the fit and GoreTex Pro. It has almost been a full year now and I couldn't be happier. The Triolet excels at everything from skiing at A-Basin and ice climbing in Ouray to carrying 70-80 pound loads during high-country storms in the Sawatch. The fit is just baggy enough that I can get my hooded 750-fill down jacket underneath to layer on really cold days, but doesn't leave me looking like a skater/snowboarder when I use it alone as a rain jacket. It'™s cut long enough to fit under a harness, and the arms are long enough to allow one to reach up and swing a tool overhead without pulling the bottom of the jacket up. The high-quality material and huge pit zips let you dump heat when needed, and the hood is big enough to comfortably fit over a climbing helmet unless you cinch it down to keep that favorite hat dry. Expensive? Maybe, but it'll save money in the long run because this dude does a little bit of everything and seems like it will last forever. I work as a youth backpacking guide in the summers around Leadville, and this year it never left my pack, never got washed, and never let moisture in. After that eight week torture test and a wash, it still looks new. I've trusted the Triolet in everything from early-season mountaineering blizzards at 13,800 to humid late-summer rainstorms while fishing in the southland, and you should too.

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Fisher Martinwrote a question about on October 21, 2015

I'm looking at picking these guys up as a first pair of boots to break out of the rental thing. I'm about to graduate from a college in the south, but I'm an intermediate skier (A-Basin blacks) with a respectable amount of class 3+ mountaineering experience from spending the last few summers in central Colorado who plans on getting Avy1 certified in the next year and getting into backcountry skiing. When I move up for good I'll be skiing a lot so I'll (hopefully) improve, but my question is: is 130 too stiff of a flex for someone in my situation? I'm 5'8" and 145-160 labs. I love everything I've seen and read about this boot but I don't understand flex ratings enough to confidently determine that I'm not going to make a mistake and buy boots that are too stiff and ruin my skiing or impair my ability to improve. I asked the same thing on the page for the BD Factors but these are priced similarly and seem to be higher rated.

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Fisher Martinwrote a question about on October 21, 2015

I'm looking at picking these guys up as a first pair of boots to break out of the rental thing. I'm about to graduate from a college in the south, but I'm an intermediate skier (A-Basin blacks) with a respectable amount of class 3+ mountaineering experience from spending the last few summers in central Colorado who plans on getting Avy1 certified in the next year and getting into backcountry skiing. When I move up for good I'll be skiing a lot so I'll (hopefully) improve, but my question is: is 130 too stiff of a flex for someone in my situation? I'm 5'8" and 145-160 labs. I love everything I've seen and read about this boot but I don't understand flex ratings enough to confidently determine that I'm not going to make a mistake and buy boots that are too stiff and ruin my skiing or impair my ability to improve.

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Fisher Martinwrote a review of on May 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This pack fits a lot of gear + a rope, but the lack of water bottle pockets (not necessarily a bad thing) means you'll either need to lash your agua to the outside or stuff it inside. I planned on using this for a summit pack when leading 5 day backpacking trips for youth groups in the Sawatch/San Juans this summer, but the need to fit an extra water bottle and first aid means I'm going to be returning this and ordering the 35L. I can only hope that the 35L is as compressible and close to as light as this dude though, the only weight on your back is what's inside the pack, and it seemed surprisingly tough - I wouldn't be afraid to pack my crampons or ice screws in there, and I had no fear when test-stuffing it to the max.

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Fisher Martinwrote a question about on November 19, 2014

Does anyone have experience skiing in this? I'm just looking for a shell to use for general mountaineering, skiing, and ice climbing. It looks like it would be good for mountaineering and climbing, but sometimes features that make jackets good for those purposes don't translate well into skiing

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Fisher Martinwrote a review of on May 11, 2014

Simple, sharp,  reliable
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mean what else can you ask for in a knife? I used this all of last summer as a mountain guide for Team Ascend Trek in Colorado, and it was easy to operate in terms of folding and unfolding, it stayed sharp enough to cut rope and parachord with ease, as well as cleaning these trout I caught on a rest day in Brown's Creek up above 12,000 ft between Mt Antero and the Tabeguache Peak/Mt Shavano ridgeline. Sadly I lost it on a ski trip over spring break...so I'm buying another one for this summer. That's how much I liked it.

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Fisher Martinwrote a review of on August 4, 2013

Great Workhorse Axe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I guide out at a volunteer organization called TEAM Ascend Trek, and we take youth groups up mountains in Colorado, mostly the Sawatch Range, but we'll go anywhere the group wants to go. We have a set of 12 of these that have been around for over 5 years of hard use, and they still perform great. They work fine as a general ice axe, but are also sturdy enough that we carry them well into the summer when the snow is mostly gone to be used as a splint or cane if one of our campers gets hurt. Couldn't ask for more.

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Fisher Martinwrote a review of on August 19, 2012

5 5

This is one sick rod, I got one about 4 years ago when a competitor went out of business and had a clearance sale. I loved it to death, with its perfect balance of backbone and flex at the tip. Makes casting easy. Earlier this summer, I was fishing the White River in NW Arkansas and it broke while I was trying to fix a knot wrapped around the tip. I sent it in to Redington, and in less than a month, they sent me a brand new rod in a rod sock. The new rod is not that different, just a few minor cosmetic changes. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and it obviously ain't broke. Can't wait to try it out on the Little Red.

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Fisher Martinwrote a review of on February 5, 2011

5 5

I have a pair of these that I used last summer while climbing some 14ers in Colorado, they were perfect for cutting out the wind, completely waterproof, and had just enough insulation to keep my hands warm while climbing up high in the early morning. Sadly, I tore a hole in the index finger while sledding early this winter (hit a rock while holding on to the side of the sled, I'm surprised I didn't have deeper cuts in my index finger). I will probably buy some more of these before I go back to Colorado this summer.

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