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Joe Hoffman

Joe Hoffman

Hailing from Maryland, Exploring everywhere.

Beth's Passions

Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Beth's Bio

Many a fortnight have passed since I could be considered one of those pale, non-addicted chums that could also be called 'normal people'. I got hooked on skiing when I was 4' tall, became a ski instructor at the age of 15 and spent high school and college working on the mountain. I have been a firefighter/rescue technician since 2005, where I picked up the addiction of climbing.

I prefer spending my time on what the great Kenny Loggins refers to as the highway to the danger zone. On a bike, on a boat, on the rock, in a sock, in the air - I don't care, anything that gets me there.

Joe Hoffman

Joe Hoffman wrote an answer about on November 14, 2013

They sit almost a full cm lower, which is helpful for balance. Personally, I am used to skiing on risers with carving and race skis, where they say you get better lean angles and can hold aggresive edging better, so a 35mm stand is nothing. Although the salomons are lower, I think the difference would be neglible to most on/off piste skiers. It will help you maintain balance, but should be solid on either.

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Joe Hoffman wrote an answer about on November 14, 2013

The racer socks are slightly thicker than your typical dress sock. The padding in the heel is more significant, and with my race boots the heel cup bites into this padding, but its not severe. They are thin through the instep which is good for my boots - they are nasty tight right there.

Smart wool has a few other options for thin stuff. I def. recomend them as they work for me and I have low tolerances in my boots.

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Joe Hoffman wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

3 5

Contour has ceased operations as of August 2nd, therefore the 180 manufacturer warranty no longer exists, nor will there be product support.

I refuse to become a go-pro-bro... Time to buy an extra Contour while there are still some left in stock.

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Joe Hoffman wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

Fit: Runs small

The fabric is really stretchy and soft, yet seems pretty rugged (feels like wetsuit material). The styling is pretty cool, they are really simple and clean. They fit different then most, above the knee and tighter cut. These fit a little tighter than my other billabong shorts in the same size.

Also worth noting, the color depicted above as neo-lime is really almost a yellow. I really like the color shown in the pic, but the yellowish color ain't really my thing.

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Joe Hoffman wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

This hammock was bought as an impulse buy years ago at Bonnaroo. I immediately started snoozing in it everywhere. I keep it in the car with some slap straps, and it is has earned its keep. Since purchasing, I found that there are much better hammocks out there designed for camping, however I am still really pleased with this hammock, and I will still use it after buying a camping hammock.
It fits myself and a lady rather nicely, as long as some compromises are made for comfort. When solo, the extra fabric lets you lay diagnolly which is really comfy. My dog (golden retriever) also loves to jump up in and will spent the entire night passed out in comfort. The material is durable enough to fend off her death claws (no holes!) . It works awesome as a gear sling and bench seat at the crag... really clutch on sketchy belay stations .
Two things to note: The double packs away into a much bulkier package than the single, and takes up alot of pack space, so if you are looking for space saving, go single. Also, if you intend to sleep overnight with this hammock, be prepared. Sleeping bag insulation underneath you gets compressed, and airflow under the hammock will rob every last joule of body heat from you. This isn't an issue on warmer nights, but when the temp dips and the wind picks up, you need to take some measure to stay warm.

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Joe Hoffman wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like most other reviews, I found these to stretch pretty bad... especially when two people jump into the double hammock. You can expect this out of nylon webbing, but it would be nice to see this design made with a spectra/dyneema blend in the future.

Other than the stretch, they are really easy to use and setup. I keep them around for the simplicity, but I prefer using webbing and paracord for a perfect, custom setup.

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Joe Hoffman wrote an answer about on August 11, 2013

Go with one of the bindings that offer 130mm brake width. The brakes will need slightly bent to clear the edges. A shop can do this for you if you are having them mount the bindings.

As an example, the rossi fxs is available in 130mm width, and depending on what size ski you would order, they would need bent 0 - 8 mm apart.

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Joe Hoffman wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

4 5

I'm not sure why I ordered this version and not the standard. The PRO version has doubled up nylon at the belay loop attachment point. When I ordered this, I possibly was thinking "Oh, double loops, one each for the lower and upper harness". What I found was that the belay loop tie in has 2 loops of webbing, but they are sewn together halfway up the loop. Also, the inner loop is longer, which makes it sit really odd when I hitch it to the belay loop. I have recently used other PAS, which is why I ordered it, but I'm confused about the product.

Sterling says that its rated to handle three factor 2 falls, however, its only rated at 14kN. If I am sitting atop the anchor on a ledge and fall, shock loading the anchor, I calculate that will generate a force greater than 14kN. (if it were entirely static material, the force would be 22kN).

Also, I'm guessing the doubled belay loop material absorbs more kinetic energy from the fall... but to what extent I don't know. I'm thinking the regular version would do just as well, and would result in less bulk on the belay loop.

Overall, the quality of the PAS is good. The color is nice and bright. The length allows it to stretch around my waist (34") and clip to my front gear loop on the opposite side. The plus of this PAS over others is that it doesnt use spectra/dyneema. Those materials would pop if you took a dynamic fall on them, whereas this material will stretch some. I'm excited to see how I can start using this PAS to clean sport climbs and setup on multi-pitch.

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Joe Hoffman wrote an answer about on August 9, 2013

No, along the top and bottom are vents covered with foam. Snow goggles will almost always have some vents to avoid fogging issues. For dust, I would recommend getting one of these: http://www.backcountry.com/mx-goggles
They have vents, but are designed to keep dust and dirt out.

Specifically, I would suggest these: http://www.backcountry.com/100-accuri-sand-goggles?rr=t

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