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Jeremy Stoshick

Jeremy Stoshick

Gunks, Adirondacks, Catskills, Northeastern PA.

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Jeremy's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering

Jeremy's Bio

Always searching for that next adventure - you know, the kind where you are just about to burst with anticipation?

Jeremy Stoshick

Jeremy Stoshick wrote a review of on January 31, 2013

3 5

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

First time using this pack almost every single buckle broke - almost like they were too hard from the cold and became brittle? Easy use and a very light load.

Pack is built nicely otherwise with some useful features without being overbuilt. Sending back as my confidence is lost - and I don't feel like rebuilding all the buckles on a brand new pack..

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote a review of on January 31, 2013

3 5

Purchased this jacket with the expectations of using it as a versatile mid-layer for cold weather ice climbing - what attracted me to this piece is the high zip up - I really like having a warm neck. What I found was that this thing is super baggy and becomes more so with time - I am 5'10'' and weigh 160. It is also dress length - I understand you want it to fit under your harness but there is too much that just bunches up. Also, the thumb holes are a bit small & bulky rendering them worthless when trying to use them with a glove - I experienced pain every time I used them climbing. Thank goodness for the BC return - sending this piece of expensive goodness back to the gods.

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote an answer about on August 2, 2012

You could get away with much less stove - a pocket rocket or an older version of a liquid gas stove. This stove is the best of the best - you will enjoy it and it will last a long time. Check out a jetboil as well - a little lighter and works very well but not as well in the cold. Canister stoves in general are somewhat sensitive to the cold.

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote an answer about on August 2, 2012

Does not compare - down vs "other" insulation. Down compresses and weighs less but is prone to lose insulation qualities unless treated. Down is also a little more expensive. The question you may want to ask - how many times will you be using this jacket in really wet weather - mostly above freezing? If mostly below freezing or drier conditions - I would go down.

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote an answer about on August 2, 2012

Foot area without a bag collapses - you may want to think about going the route of the hammock with a bug net - this way you are off the ground with extra air flow to prevent moisture build up.

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote an answer about on December 26, 2011

SO - BD makes a few strap-on models. This pair is ALUMINUM - meaning while they are lighter weight, they will dull and wear rapidly if used on anything other than snow and have limited performance on steep ice. ABS - needed whenever you will be traveling on snow - they keep the snow from balling up and clumping under the 'pon.

If you plan on using them as an ALL AROUND 'pon - go with a steel / stainless variation and ensure they have ABS. Depends on the size of the ski boot - BD does make ones with oversize straps for larger boots.

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Jeremy Stoshick wrote an answer about on December 26, 2011

I have this bivy and too many different bag combo's - if your looking for extra protection, if you can spend your $ on a bag with moisture resistance or treat your current bag. For a vapor / moisture barrier, an extra pound is lots to carry speaking from experience.

If your sleeping in a tent and I assume you have a properly rated bag yet are concerned with MOISTURE during winter outings, rethink how you are setting up your tent to get MORE ventilation / airflow to avoid moisture issues. That said, all other considerations aside, yes, this bivy will help keep your bag dry but with significant weight and volume penalties that gotten around with a little extra care and buying a better winter bag.

**If you suffer from excess frost/moisture and if your looking at this as a solution to avoid needing to increase the amount of ventilation in your tent, it is going to deliver lackluster results at best.

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