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Jarrod  Nelson

Jarrod Nelson

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Camping
Ice Climbing
Sport Climbing

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

3 5

A very nice bag, but I really don't understand why it doesn't have two straps or none at all. The sling really digs into you when you're hiking around looking for your climbs! I usually ditch carrying the rope in the bag at all and just use it for storage and to keep my rope off the ground. I like the idea but make it more functional/comfortable. If you plan on hiking for a while with your rope I would consider just fixing this bag to your pack in some way because it really does suck to carry around.

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on November 15, 2011

Better than a cat food can stove.
5 5

This is one of the best things that you can invest in no matter what the occasion from car camping to backpacking, however I don't know if you could put in the ultralight category. I used this for a 5 day trip to Isle Royal this summer, as well as multiple trips to the Porcupine Mountains. I boiled water for two people twice a day on Isle Royal and maybe used less than half of the 100g canister of fuel. A few of my friends have the giant frying pan that you can throw on there and we cooked a ton of shells and cheese in that bad boy while climbing in Marquette for a three day weekend! As far as I'm concerned this should win a Nobel Prize.

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on November 8, 2011

4 5

I got this shoe last spring and started running in it right away. I love the snug fit of this shoe which feels supportive when running on varying terrain. Not only do I run on and off road in these, I enjoy hiking in them as well! I have hiked and ran all over in these for the last year or so and they are still holding up alright, with just the side mesh beginning to fray and break. I wouldn't recommend Super Feet in these, as they felt too tight when I put mine in. It may just require going a size up ( I would take them with you to the store, or by a size up if you plan on using insoles). The sole of the Transistor is very grippy even on the wettest, most steep terrain! A good buy for sure!

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on April 7, 2011

2 5

I bought this jacket to stay dry fly fishing the AuSable on those rainy days, as well as to keep the drip off of me ice climbing. I've had the jacket for 6 months and it started to delaminate on the inside. This is causing water to leak through the material. When this jacket did stop water it wasn't much, maybe a couple minutes of rain or drip when climbing and it was soaking through. It did ok for a few months but I'm just going to stick to GoreTex Packlite shells from now on. Not a great choice, or build quality, at least not what I was expecting from Patagonia.

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on April 7, 2011

5 5

I wanted to kill two birds with one stone and get a nice pack to haul around my books for school and have a good pack for skiing, I ended up getting a pack with a full range of functions ( I use it for school, skiing, ice climbing, hiking, and on short trips). When I looked at this packed I loved that it opened from the back (it's a nice feature to keep your dry stuff dry) . The 30 is a great size and should get you through most of what you need to do in a day or maybe a short trip. The one ice axe loop fits two tools nicely. The goggle pocket was a nice feature as well as the hip pockets which came in handy to fit snacks in. Osprey put a lot of thought into this pack and it shows!

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on April 6, 2011

5 5

I've held the Petzl Nomics, BD Cobras, Reactors, and Fusions. In my opinion the Quark is weighted better and has a better feel in my hand then any of these tools. Granted I am not a pro nor do I climb mixed, but for steep ice the Quark delivers! It was my first full season on ice this year and I would say that this is an excellent stater tool that will carry you far into your climbing, whatever the mix. Next year I'm looking forward to using this full time out West!

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Jarrod Nelson wrote a review of on April 6, 2011

4 5

Used this rope for the first time at Red Rock National Conservation Area spring break this year. It was my third time rock climbing, (I do a lot of ice), and my first time sport climbing and I decided after doing some research that this rope would fit pretty well for the sport climbing that I want to do. I am very happy with it, the rope did very well on the trip after four days of 6-10 hour use. I was very attracted to the superDRY feature, which will be nice when ice season rolls around. Overall the rope is nice and seems to have good build quality. I recommend using a rope bag, or a piece or Tyvex if you want to stay cheap, it will help the rope last a lot longer.

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