Jesse Lind

Jesse Lind

Chugach Mountains; Eklutna Canyon; Seward Highway; Hatcher Pass

Jesse Lind's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Jesse Lind's Bio

I live in the most beautiful place on God's green earth: Alaska. I ski, ice climb, rock climb, mountain bike, road bike, run, hike, backpack--and pretty much anything else that is outdoors.

Jesse Lind

Jesse Lind wrote a review of on March 23, 2010

1 5

While this screw may place fast and has the cool pivoting handle, rack and unracking these from ice clippers/caritools is a huge pain. It is not effortless as with BD screws. If your system doesn't use screw-racking devices, then perhaps this wouldn't be an issue. But I do use those systems, and I cannot stand using my one Grivel screw. I bought because I thought the movable handle was a cool idea (it is), but I regretted that purchase ever since and would gladly trade for another BD screw.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

I absolutely LOVE this jacket! I live in Anchorage, Alaska. Not only does this jacket work amazingly well as an around-town jacket in winter, it works great in the backcountry. I've used it extensively this winter to include winter backpacking and while instructing at a glacier travel/crevasse rescue course. It works excellently as a belay jacket over my hard shell even in temps close to zero. I've also slept in it to supplement by sleeping bag's warmth when the temps dropped below zero at night. For it's size and weight, this jacket is incredibly warm. Credit that to the 800-fill down.

Note: This jacket is not intended to be a wind/water layer and should be used with a hard shell when conditions dicate.

I'm 5'7 and 160 lbs and got the medium which fits perfectly.

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Jesse Lind wrote a question about on January 12, 2010

Multiple reviewers have noted that Mountain Hardware's Absolute Zero parka has issues with loft migrating in the arms. And multiple reviewers have note that The North Face's Himalayan Parka has zipper issues. Are there any notable issues with this jacket? Migrating down and problematic zippers are not something to be taken lightly at altitude.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on January 9, 2010

4 5

This is a great rack for someone not interested in a permanent solution (i.e., roof rack, hitch-mounted, etc.). I have no complaints. It sets up easy and is not difficult to use. I feel completely confident using this on my expensive bikes (my road bike alone is worth as much or more than my 1994 Honda Accord which is what I use this rack on). The directions indicated specific angle settings for certain makes/models of vehicles, but I had to deviate as a different setting worked better with my vehicle, despite the manufacturer's recommendations.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

5 5

I have these boots and love them. While I understand the performance vs. weight issue, these are still great. A lot of reviewers mentioned these are not for wide feet. I have wide feet (though not exaggeratedly wide) and have no problem wearing these. (Whereas my feet were swimming in the Scarpa Spirits I was looking at.) I had these professionally fitted: I found the most experienced, seasoned ski employee in the store. He used a special oven to heat up the head-moldable liners. Then, he had me pick out the insoles I planned on using with the boots (I like SuperFeet green or orange). After that, he had me select a high-grade ski sock that I would be using with the boot. After placing a special rubber toe cup around my barefoot toes, he had me put a sock on over my toes and toe cup. Once the boot liners were warmed up to the desired molding temperature, the insoles went into the liners, I put the liners on (laced them up), then I put the boots on and stood in a knees-forward position (to stress the skin area) for about 10 minutes to set the liners. Sounds complicated, but the liners are now perfectly molded to my feet. Yes, these are the Garmont liners that come with the boot. (I was not charged a fee for this procedure.) I ski these with Atomic RT-86s (with Dynafit TLT Vertical bindings) and Black Diamond Verdicts (with Marker Baron AT bindings).

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

4 5

I have MSR's 10 liter Dromedary bag and love it! I also have this hydration hose. It works--but it is not nearly as durable as a camelbak hose. So I pulled this hose off the connector piece (that screws to the bladder cap) and attached the camelbak hose (same interior diameter) instead. There's nothing wrong with MSR's setup; however, my camelbak hose has the insulating sleeve (which doubles as a protective sleeve), and the camelbak bite valve has the cap to keep the bite valve clean. It may not be necessary for every day use, but I was using that setup for tactical operations in Iraq in 2007 and needed an absolutly bombproof setup. (I already had a Blackhawk Hydrastorm bitevalve rip completely out of the hose when walking through 8' elephant grass--not cool.)

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

5 5

The specs for this pack on backcountry.com say that it does not have ski carry option. I have this pack--it has ski carry slots on the lower end of each side. (This is visible in the picture. This is also mentioned on Black Diamond's website.) And with all the compression straps and special tool straps, rigging ski carry would be possible in several configurations (the ski slots wouldn't be large enough to hold super fat skis).

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 28, 2009

5 5

This meal is awesome! Though I highly recommend adding less water than recommended. Otherwise it gets real soupy. I'd rather have undercooked vs. overcooked pasta any day. This stuff is awesome after a long day of hiking. I do, however, question the serving sizes: I usually can finish a 2 serving meal all by myself without feeling stuffed.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 28, 2009

4 5

I had the hardest time opening this until I realized how stupid I was: the plastic near the open tab is drastically thinner, allowing merely thumbnail pressure to unlatch it. After that, it's been a piece of cake to open. (Even the store salesman didn't know how to easily open it!) My only complaint is the lack of attachment points. While it has raised bumps to facilitate an attachment strap (to prevent the straps from sliding off), it would've been better to add molded loops on the ends and/or sides to allow for easier external carry. I can fit the entire thing into the sleeping bag compartment of my Lowe Alpine Alpamayo 90 liter pack, but I don't want to have to always lug around a large pack just to fit a bear cannister. (And since I live in Alaska, hiking in the summer = bear danger.)

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 14, 2009

5 5

I have the version just before this one (couldn't find it on the website so I'll review this one). If the new one is like the old one, it's awesome! The sole is specially designed to grip on snow like snow tires: the rubber is a special softness, and the tread is specially designed for snow. These things grip where other shoes make you feel like you're walking on a freshly waxed floor with socks on.
Regarding warmth: I've used these in sub-zero temps (I live in Alaska). They definitely perform well. The -40 rating is an ACTIVE rating, though, and must be taken into consideration when planning outdoor excursions. I do not know what the inactive rating would be. I have used these for winter backpacking in Alaska. I also have used them around town when it's really cold out. They aren't so huge and bulbous that you can't discreetly wear them with a pair of jeans. And they are a great go-to boot for emergencies (I ALWAYS have them in the trunk of my car during winter.) Overall, can't say enough good things about this boot!

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 14, 2009

3 5

This baselayer is adequate, but that's it. For long trips, you will have to endure horrible stench as Under Armour products suck at dealing with odor. I would pick my Ibex merino wool baselayer over this product any day. There's nothing wrong with UA. But technically, they are way behind the power curve in terms of performance fabrics. But their marketing is top-notch, hence the reason why they are so popular. I'd use these tights for running under a pair of shorts, but I won't do any long-term activities in them.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 14, 2009

3 5

This baselayer is only so-so. It's not bad. It's just not good. I'd pick my Ibex merino wool baselayer any day over this one. And definitely don't do any multi-day trips in this stuff: Under Armour is notorious for smelling bad real quick. It'll get you through a run in the cold, but I wouldn't use it for much more than that. And watch out for the sizing: compression-fit products are supposed to fit tight, but I still usually end up going at least one or two sizes up before I get a decent fit that doesn't feel like I'm constricting movement.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 14, 2009

2 5

I'm sure this hat performs well since it's made of technical materials and created by a technically-minded company that makes awesome gear. But you will look like a garden gnome if you wear this thing. I do not like how the pointy top looks and feels. Besides, the extra space just means extra air to heat when it's really cold. I compared this hat to a similar OR hat and REI's peruvian hat. The REI hat felt and performed better than the other two.

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Jesse Lind wrote a review of on December 11, 2009

1 5

I do not like these gloves. I returned them after the stitching began unraveling at the same place on the thumbs (the rubber grip portion began separating from the base fabric). In addition, these gloves are useless when wet. They absorb water extremely quickly. They do not even come close to the term "water resistant." If you use these as driving gloves or to walk your dog, they might work fine for you.

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