James Bristol

James Bristol

Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

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James Bristol

James Bristol wrote a review of on September 23, 2010

5 5

This is to add to my March 7th review... I just purchased the Z12 110mm for the DPS Wailer 112...the carbon version. Along with the Titan boots, I can't think of a better backcountry set up for good powder days. These bindings really are the best. If you are teetering between, say, a Marker AT or the Dynafit, forget all the b.s. you may hear about Dyna-fiddle...just purchase the Z12 and feel stoked that you now have the sickest, most bad ass performing binding made. Peace

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James Bristol wrote a review of on August 28, 2010

5 5

Whether you purchase the 60L or the 150L, you're going to get a huge, versatile duffel. The Rinotek is super tough material, which can take the stress of a good beating, adventure after adventure. I have the 60L which has lots of space to haul your abundance of ski gear or camping gear when you're car camping. The duffel has lockable zippers, backpack straps, two interior mesh pockets in the top flap. The lock loops at the top of the zippers are protected by a strip of velcro the width of the bag--many reviewers dislike this feature, I prefer it for the added protection. And, like many other reviewers, I do believe the bag would be somewhat better with compression straps inside. This bag is worth the money, especially on sale.

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James Bristol wrote an answer about on July 7, 2010

Black Diamond is generally awesome. I use the BD Hollow Point for simple sport climbing days where I carry my rope in a separate bag--and the wall is not far from my jeep. The bag I use for longer treks to the wall with more gear, such as a trad rack, is the Arc'teryx Miura.

For comparison sake, the Miura is fine and easily will hold your gear but lacks an important feature BD typically integrates into their packs:

--Lots of separate small storage pockets (sometimes you need to be able to organize your knife, lip balm, headlamp, gum, camera, keys, and other small essentials)

Be sure to look at the fine details of the packs...those extra bells and whistles make organization much easier, which makes a difference in your experience outside. Peace

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James Bristol

James Bristol wrote a review of on June 2, 2010

5 5

MSR and Arcteryx are my favorite brands, and both are making some of the highest quality products on the market. The Pocket Rocket is an compact, technologically sophisticated stove, an essential on every climbing and backpacking trip, or in your glove box just in case. The rocket is easy to use and light. If you are in overly windy areas consider cooking in a sheltered location, as I have had to re-light when cooking in high winds--it is fine in light winds.The red triangular case fits nearly anywhere and provides secure storage for your rocket. Just purchase if you want a small, lightweight work horse.

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James Bristol wrote a review of on March 24, 2010

5 5

I recently purchased the Titan and had it fit by the Bootdoctors in Telluride. Wow. Unbelievable! The Titan is the most responsive, aggressive, and comfortable boot I've ever owned. I use it strictly with Dynafit bindings, which is a sick boot/binding system, both in resort and, more importantly, out of it!! The boots will not let you down. Don't waste your ski time thinking about another boot--buy the Titan!

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James Bristol wrote an answer about on March 7, 2010

I have wide feet. Go to a reputable fitter who can deal with the width. The boots will be painful, but, eventually will pack out and be much more comfortable that the first few (or more) days in the backcountry. If you're a Lange wearer this boot will fit much better on wide feet. You may also want to try the Black Diamond Factor. I believe it is slightly wider. Good luck.

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James Bristol

James Bristol wrote a review of on March 7, 2010

5 5

I don't have much to add to the excellent reviews below (& above), except to say I am surprisingly amazed. I took a risk in buying the Z12 and a pair of Titan's. Killer set up. The Z12 will blow your mind. Amazing binding, easy to use (I've not had to dynafiddle with them), releases only when necessary--to save your as_-- but keeps you secure in the snow when you're tearing it up. I am duly impressed and proud to wear this unbelievable binding. If you are on the fence or worried about spending the money...just take the risk and purchase. You will be really glad you did.

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