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Hayes

Hayes

Cascade range Oregon

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I started climbing at 70. My spirit, if not my skill level, is high.

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Hayes

Hayes wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The BD Distance (Z-pole) trekking poles are ideal for people like me who travel with no checked bags. I took my folded up poles in my small backpack, showed them to TSA at the airport, and they waved me through. I chose aluminum over carbon for strength but either would probably be OK and the carbon might be even less of a problem if security gets tighter. Two suggestions: First, measure which poles you need before purchase. These are not adjustable. I was sloppy and guessed wrong: 120 CM. Backcountry was great about exchanging them for the longer 130 CM poles but I felt foolish and fumbled at getting the 120 CM poles back in the original packaging for shipment. Thank you Backcountry! You have made me a very loyal customer. The second suggestion: Buy the BD tip protectors. I did. When going through airport security, with tip protectors on, the poles look more benign (no sharp points). And when I was in Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru, the officials will not allow poles with sharp points. My use so far has been light and I am counting on the durability mentioned by the reviewer who said he used one set of these poles to trek the entire Pacific Coast Trail!

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Hayes wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased a pair of La Sportiva #160 BK Wildcat trail running shoes European size 47 from Backcountry.com
Right out of the box, within an hour of wearing them, I saw that the top grommet had come apart. The shiny metal part that was on the inside just dangled on the shoe lace. I kept the shoes because I do not like to return/waste a good pair of shoes for a small defect. However, having to use Shoe Goo to try and repair the grommet on a new pair of La Sportiva shoes was not fun. I recommend these shoes, but please inspect them carefully. I have several other La Sportiva shoes and boots (mountaineering, rock climbing, indoor wall climbing, but this is the first defect I have noticed). La Sportiva means quality that the buyer can depend on.

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Hayes wrote a question about on February 17, 2010

Perhaps the Tech Specs need updating? e.g. "Ice axe loops: 1, Gear loops: none, Ski Carry: No" I have one of these packs and there are 2 ice axe loops (as seen in the Backcountry.com photo). Also, I asked two experienced mountaineers what the two shallow pockets and bands were for (white and gray in the photo), one on either side of the back of the pack. The answer: Carrying skis, A frame style, or pickets, or tent poles or wands or crevasse probe poles. Besides the gear loops for the two ice axes there is a loop at the end of the yellow orange stout webbing going down the back. What is that for? One guess is that it is a gear loop for an additional tool, such as a shovel that could be attached as one would an ice axe. I wish that Mountain Hardwear provided the answers on its web site. There is a link to a manual, but this pack is not mentioned in the manual. I am planning on several climbs with this pack and will rate it later. It looks good so far.

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Hayes wrote a question about on April 19, 2009

The BD Bod harness has a belay loop but the Alpine Bod does not. (The older Bod design did not have a belay loop either). Anything wrong with removing the belay loop for alpine use? It would make calls to nature easier. I realize that dropping the connections in the front by moving the main carabineer tied to the rope would only be useful under certain conditions: When you “had to go” and the environment was semi-secure so that it would be safe to just be connected to the swami for a few minutes. This would not be safe in many climbing situations. My BD bod harness is very comfortable and I can put it on and take it off standing in snow with crampons on by releasing and opening up the leg loops in the front, but I cannot drop the back even when the front is clipped into place. If I am missing something, please help me out. Thank you!

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Hayes wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

This is a well made backpack, as one would expect from Black Diamond. I bought it for ice climbing in the Andes, and this size was perfect as a carry on. When we reached Argentina, the airline made me check the bag, but again it was small enough to fit into my large duffel checked bag. I hiked 25 Km and carried the gear we needed for a day’s ice climbing. For a multiday backpack, I may get the larger size of the Quantum backpack. Or, I may strip this one down as a summit pack and stuff it in my large Gregory Palisade backpack, which I would then leave in a base camp.

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