CO - Boulder, Allens Park, Estes Park area
"Some of the smallest premium companies, such as Western Mountaineering, source the highest down from geese that aren't live-plucked or force fed; they collect naturally shed down from molting. Some vegans might consider avoiding down down products or purchase them from a company such as Western Mountaineering, that guarantee no harm to animals."
Can anyone confirm this? I didn't find anything about it on http://westernmountaineering.com/
This is more of a first impression than a review (pertaining to the Alu Brown variation), but I'm mostly satisfied with this watch so far. It's larger than any other watch I've owned, but it's not uncomfortably large. For its size, it's surprisingly light. The user interface is pretty straight-forward and changing settings is a breeze. I haven't used it enough so far to really comment on the accuracy of the alti&baro, compass, thermometer, etc.The only problem I have with this watch so far is the display. Unless the face is catching some direct overhead light, it's a bit hard to read, even after the backlight has been engaged. If you get this watch and are hopeful that the dark display is a result of a worn out battery, don't bother. I swapped out the battery and saw no significant change in display brightness. This may not be a problem with the dark-on-light display colors.Most definitely worth mentioning is the backcountry.com customer service. They definitely went the extra mile for me...although the watch didn't get a 5-star, bc.com service department deserves it. Here ya go: *****
This watch is still awesome. I've gotten used to the dim display, and there is a setting in the watch that allows for any button press to turn on the backlight (also I followed the instructions in the comment left by matt6476 - this helped a bunch - thanks Matt!). The barometer has been amazingly helpful in weather prediction and seems to be quite accurate. I still haven't been back to the mountains since I bought it, so I can't comment on the altimeter yet.
Still loving this watch; definitely still my favorite. After having moved to CO, the only thing I can note is that the altimeter is a bit hard to keep calibrated. After a calibration at roughly 7500ft, a return to the same spot about 2 weeks later yielded about a 200ft discrepancy. I guess this is to be expected with a barometric altimeter, but otherwise I still dig this watch. I also bought the 'Light Brown' strap to replace the original leather version (purchased: http://www.backcountry.com/suunto-core-accessory-strap-sun0092) and much prefer the new strap - the leather is nice looking, but not so great for lots of physical activity.
I've been riding this pedal for about 2 months. I really like it so far. I switched to this from a Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedal because of the adjustability of the SPD and haven't been disappointed. I rode the egg beater for about 6 months and it seems to have loosened up over that period of time. I'd catch a little bit of air on the MTB and pop out of the pedal upon landing. None of that so far with the SPD.
I've ridden with these grips 4 or 5 times and love them. Sweaty hands don't seem quite as bad on these as my previous stock grips. They definitely lock down tight too. My only complaint is about the bar ends that came with the grips - I couldn't get them tight enough to keep from coming out on their own. Past a certain point of tension, the screw just began to sink into the rubber of the end. Overall a good product.
I've never ridden with a pack before, so I was worried the added weight and movement might get a little annoying. After about 30 seconds on the trail, you don't even realize it's there. Enough space to bring a few necessities on the trail, plus the cord laces on the pack allow for a little more cargo, but not much. Overall a good product.