Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

BSA Jamboree Bound

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Hiking & Camping
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Jim's Bio

Heading to West Virginia as Climbing Staff for the 2013 (1st) National Jamboree in the New River Gorge area at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

It's small
4 5

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

It is super small and light. I purchased a black diamond biner to use on this and would suggest a biner with a round spine such as the petzl am'd. The flat spine is hard to twist with the rope in place. Somewhat difficult to manage one handed but for the price and weight it a great little device.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

Twisted
4 5

The Jake is a light aluminum biner with good capacity and a wide gate. The gate opens easily with one hand even with gloves. There is a mention that the gate came open in another users review. I use this only for attaching a prussic to a trolley system for locking off in rescues so there is no real load involved. For that it is great. I have no question when looking at it that the gate is closed and locked. The gate does have an offset which you can see in this picture. I used them on a climbing tower training and we thought the biner had been compromised due to the twist... really spooky to see the first time but does add clearance.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on June 25, 2012

4 5

Just got this in today. I am not sure how I like the head adjustment. It will not be a one handed adjustment (that is probably not a deal breaker as I do my adjustment usually once and on the ground. If you adjust a bunch I would look at the black diamond half dome... cheaper and a wheel adjustment. This does have vents that open and close... I guess if your head gets cold?

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Jim Saunders wrote an answer about on June 21, 2012

It is CE certified and GS stamped... one is the European Certification (climbing safety) and one is a German Safety certification. It is intended for use in climbing. The ANSI and NFPA requirements may or may not exist in these helmets as they are not designed for workplace/fire rescue use. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

Crack
3 5

I have had this helmet a bit over a year and it has already developed a crack right at one of the rivets where the chin strap connects. I do not climb and have used this mostly on high ropes course in belay situations. No accidents, no falls and no impacts... may have been a defect? It is a comfortable helmet and very inexpensive but did not last.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

5 5

I was apprehensive as I waited for delivery. I ordered one from another three letter company that will remain nameless. I had a gift card... so sue me. Anyway, I do not always carry a water bottle but when I do I don't want it in my pack. This pack was purchased to keep my climbing gear and light pack stuff in. My old method was a stuff sack w/ cold water bottle inside and it always sweated on my gear. I don't like bladder systems much but this has a cool exterior pocket for that too. I was not sure this had side bottle holders... it does! Yay!!! The hiking pole holders and other inventions are beautiful design and well received. I saw one review where someone was blasting Osprey for the inability to put your cell phone in the little pocket on the shoulder strap. Why do you take a cell phone on a hike? Leave that electric leash at home. Gum fits. Snack bars fit. My E-trex Vista Garmin fits. Just saying. This pack rocks as a mid size and is bigger than you think. I would 3-4 day hike with this easy. Plenty roomy and I am 6'1 and 235

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on June 1, 2011

4 5

Can loose it due to color. Current temps in NC hovering in the 93 degree range. I hope this proves to be as warm as it looks with a bit less weight. Nice fill. No apparent loose or full spots. Zips seem to be well designed. Not sure about draft collar or any other features yet. Guess I could go sleep in the freezer at the Grocery

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

I have an older adventure. The good. Clean fresh tasting chem free water. Immediate results. No pumping, no cleaning, no wet pump and filter bag in your pack. Light easy and really cool. With the new flashlight feature (although I use a headlamp) multi-purpose is always good. Great for out of country trips.

The not so good: (batteries and no sun means no clean water so a redundant system is almost always necessary) I camp with Boy Scouts... who always want to use my steripen. It really does not do well when needing 30 liters of water at one time. Has problems some times with not so clean water and cold water.

I for one love not tasting chemicals in my water after 4-5 days on the trail. It goes with me.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on May 3, 2011

4 5

This bag took me down to 20 easily in the back of a pick up bed without cover. The head draw strings were a bit unusual. Only major problem is the zipper set up on this. The double zippers zips only halfway and that was not working for me. I guess if you spend time sitting up in the bag this may be for you. When I am up I am out. The half zip made midnight necessity trips near impossible. This one is going back. Also the stuff sack failed. Be careful as it is sil-nylon and is not really rugged. If you need a warm inexpensive bag to sit up in this is it.

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

5 5

I wrote another review on here about my first one that leaked after a while. I did get a replacement from REI but still go to BackCountry first (if I am not in a rush). The new pad is leak free so far. I have logged at least 30 trail days and several hundred miles with this pad and would not trade it. Light and thick. Just too dang expensive. Come on therma rest... give us a break :)

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Jim Saunders wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

3 5

Cant adequately rate yet. It is much smaller, lighter than the 0 degree bag from Northface. I am not sure what I am loosing in thermal tolerances. Seems well put together. The stuff sack is a bit strange but seems to work ok. There is a small pocket for ear plugs and other sleep related things. I have not pulled it on so I cant comment yet about size, fit or function.

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