Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Córdoba, Argentina

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Jeffery's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Jeffery's Bio

I have backpacked around the world while stopping along the way for outdoor adventures. Backcountry.com Alumni.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the standard. Can't go wrong. I've never seen one break, although I seem to lose one of these out of carelessness every few months.

PRO TIP: put a headlamp in one, seal it, and send it floating down a 300 ft. waterfall at night. Then have a fetching contest with your buddies at the base in the river. Good time.

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Jeff Foster wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

4 5

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

These are made so symmetrically that I realized my nose is crooked. Too many face-plants.

Polarized lenses do their job. However the lenses aren't as tall as I'd like, so they don't cover my eyebrows like I'd prefer. My fault though I tried them on at REI before-hand.

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Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster wrote a review of on August 27, 2011

Awesome, but hand pockets would put it over the top.
4 5

I thought I'd be able to handle no hand pockets, but realized I just can't. In a torrential downpour, chilly night, or any gloveless conditions, I was just annoyed and uncomfortable. I've worn this in heavy rain for hours and stayed dry, though a couple of drops got into the chest pocket (don't keep a cell phone there). I've been comfortable in weather from 80F to 30F, rain and shine. Great jacket if you can handle no pockets.

*after looking at the pic I uploaded, I noticed I was using my pants pockets for my hands. This was necessary in 30F thunderstorm at 11,000 feet.

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Jeff Foster wrote a review of on February 11, 2011

5 5

Work great on those cold days. I actually sometimes open the leg vents on my shell cause these work so well. Also great for lounging at home. I've used them on the climbing wall a couple of times too.

I'm 6'2 210, and they were a little short. Tight at the waist but that's my fault for eating too many Twinkies.

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Jeff Foster wrote a review of on February 11, 2011

5 5

I started with a pretty weak grip, having not climbed for about 20 years. I started using this in the car and at work, and after just a few weeks, my grip started getting stronger. Once I had the strength, I went for endurance with this thing. Get some chalk on it so the hairs on the back of your neck don't react to the overly rubbery feel.

Had to let go of it to type this review with both hands. No lie.

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Jeff Foster wrote a review of on February 11, 2011

3 5

This has the necessary tools for adjustments mid-mountain, but you gotta have thin fingers and menace grip to pull out the tools. Sometimes I just wait until I'm at the bottom of the hill to borrow a couple screwdrivers from someone else. Also, don't drop the bits, they'll be lost in snow.

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Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster wrote a review of on February 11, 2011

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great starter package. The harness is comfortable and will be useful for years to come. My plan as a beginner was to use this for a couple of years and then buy a lighter harness and keep this one for friends to use. Didn't happen, I'm still using it!

The ATC belay device works great at the gym or for toproping. Lots of climbers move to using the Grigri once they get into belaying lead climbing, but the ATC works quite well and arguably more safely.

Lastly, the chalk bag is a bit small for my hands, and my hands aren't really that big. Makes a great gift for a girl that needs a good chalk bag.

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Jeff Foster wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

4 5

I have the version of this backpack from about 5 years ago, and it's still going strong. I've used it heavily for work, hiking, biking, and even as an overnight camping backpack. The side pockets fit a Nalgene bottle pretty well when you don't need a full hydration bladder. I've carried a laptop in this bag on planes, trains, and automobiles with no problems or damage. I've also used some extra webbing to lash tents, climbing gear, bedding, and extra camping gear on some 1-2 night hiking trips where a full internal frame backpack was too much. Mine also has an integrated emergency whistle and reflective panels. Looks like the new version has a bottom loop for an axe or other tool.

Solid buy.

Only reason I give it 4 stars is because the elastic on one of the side pockets busted after a few uses with a standard Nalgene. To remedy it, all I did was add a biner to the compression strap and hook it into my Nalgene. Problem solved.

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