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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston

Green Mountains / Adirondacks

Jeff's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking
Paddling
Ice Climbing
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering

Jeff's Bio

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote an answer about on March 14, 2013

You can use crampons with these boots, but only the strap on style crampons. If your non technical climbing involves trekking flat to low pitch snow fields with occasional ice patches (again, flat, not angled), you will be OK. Also, like the others suggest, add a warm sock, aftermarket footbed, and you may be able to handle temps at / around 20 degrees. However that rating is purely speculation based on my experience.

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I run the Madshus Epoch, 3-pin cable and a Fischer bcx 675, which I really like for mostly touring, and rolling hills, etc. If my intent is to go up, then down, I'll use the T4. Fit is nice, warmth is OK, but they really drive the Epochs in choppy and variable snow. Good boot, but not perfect. May look at replacing the liner with an Intuition liner.

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

3 5

I use this shoe exclusively as an around town,and occasionally wear to work. It is really light, stable, comfortable and weather resistant. The only bad mark I give this shoe is the lack of durability. The top of the achilles arch is beginning to wear through, after 2 months of limited use.

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I bought these pants, my original intent was to use them as a 3 season softshell pant for hiking/biking. They are so versatile, however, until I find that they are perfect for backcountry skiing, snowshoe mountaineering, and any aerobic activity you can throw yourself into. In cold weather, simply layer with a thicker base, as the pants work well as shedding wind, water and rocks. The pants stretch well and move with you, and the fit is spot on. I'm 6' 185 and wear a 34. I would definitely recommend!

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

5 5

The Array isn't the lightest out there, but in terms of fit, appearance and price point, it is hard to beat. The silver/lime is a nice color option, too! I would definitely recommend the Array, and plan to buy the same helmet again in the coming months.

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Jeff Blackston wrote an answer about on February 22, 2013

The Mtn Hardwear compressor and Marmot Cauldron will be similar in terms of warmth, but the Compressor will be much more packable and have a more athletic fit. The Marmot Baffin is a layering piece that won't be as warm as the other two, but will be more packable. I believe the pockets on the Baffin are slightly more pack friendly than the others listed here. Hope this helps.

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Jeff Blackston

Jeff Blackston wrote a review of on February 15, 2013

Good, really good, not quite perfect.
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this piece alot. Solid, durable and functional. Pros: Breatheability, athletic fit, construction, cut to layer, harness/pack pockets, chest pocket, weatherproofness, wrist hook/loop closure, and the nice micro (really micro) fleece lining.
Cons: Not a huge fan of the elastic drawcord hem, which is accessible thru the pocket (this is common with Summit Series pieces). I find that the range of adjustments is limited. Although, on the plus, the cut is so nice that only minute adjustments are needed. Hood adjustability also seems to be limited when adjusting down to a helmetless head. The elastic drawcords at the neck and back of hood don't run smoothly through their 'tunnels', which seem to limit the adjustments. However the hood is very functional, just not perfect.

For me, the best uses are general mountaineering, winter trekking and ski touring. While I've used ice climbing, it's not the best because of the lack of stretch/articulation in the arms/armpit area - I found the sleeves tend to ride up a bit when I'm reaching for a hold.

Fit - the cut is made for layering, while still nice and athletic. I'm 6' 185lbs and the medium fits very well. I would buy again.

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