San Gabriel Mountains (and other Southern California Ranges), Sierra Nevadas, Joshua Tree, Tahquitz
I just picked up this tent and couldn't believe how small it packs. Note the tent isn't compressed in the stuff sack in the photo, and if needed, you could squeeze it down to even a smaller size in a compression sack.
I bought this shirt for trail running on warm days in southern California, and have been extremely impressed with it so far. I've only worn it 10 or so times, but it's performed great on some very hot days. The shirt is super light, dries fast, and wicks great, pretty much everything you could ask for. The best praise I can give it is that I'm planning on buying one or two more, because I can't stand wearing my other shirts now! There's also a tiny pocket sewn into the shirt, good for holding a key or maybe a gu.
I'm 5'7", 155 lbs, and the medium fits me well, but is maybe a tad too big.
I bought these gloves to take on winter trail runs in the San Gabriel Mountains (outside of Los Angeles) and love them. On the coldest days out here (~30 degrees) my hands are a bit cold, but not so cold that I need to turn around (as happened frequently before I bought the gloves). For me, these are ideal in 35 - 50 degree temps, and have become a staple for all my winter trail runs. Fit is snug and secure, and as others have mentioned, seems like they'll work great as a liner (but I haven't tried).
I tried using this to trim my first set of skins. It'll get the job done, but the G3 tool (http://www.backcountry.com/g3-trim-tool?wallE=5&_requestid=17954718) will make your life a lot easier (mostly because the G3 tool will automatically leave a 2 mm edge on your skins, and with the BD tool you need to measure this out). I found it well worth the $4 to buy the G3 tool and use it on my BD skins to save myself the hassle of using the letter opener.
I just used this to trim my first set of skins (BD Mohairs) and they worked great and made life a lot easier. A good tip that helped me (courtesy of http://www.wildsnow.com/4724/climbing-skin-cutters-review/) :
Take a short strip of the wax paper that comes attached to your skins when you buy them, and place this along the edges of the skins where you're going to trim. This makes the trimming even easier because you're no longer fighting against the glue.
Got these to have a pair of more rugged slippers good for wearing outside as well in the house. Have used them for about a month and so far so good.
I was pleased to find out that I could take these on and off without using my hands. Takes a bit more effort than a normal slipper with a short back heel, but not hard to do.
I live in LA, and these are warm, but not too warm for winter here. In early fall I found my feet starting to sweat a bit if I wore them too long (more than an hour or so), but haven't had those problems now that the temperature has dropped.
Sizing: They feel true to size to me. I normally wear a 10, ordered a 10, and the fit is right on.
This has been my go to base layer for the past 4 years. I've worn it for everything from traveling to cragging to winter mountaineering and have never been disappointed.
I generally wear this as a long sleeve over a t-shirt, but occasionally wear it as my primary base layer. Either way it performs great. Small and light enough that I never think twice about packing it, and it provides a surprising amount of warmth. Perfect for intense cardio activity on chilly days.
After 4-5 years of abuse, my first Capilene 1 was ready to retire (it had holes at the elbows and in the sleeves, mostly from rubbing against rock), and I just bought a new replacement.
Similar question to below. Anyone know if these will fit over a ski boot? Looking to use these pants (or something similar) for both ski touring and winter mountaineering. Have any other recommendations? Only catch is I need a pant which comes with a short inseam (~30") which rules out a lot of models.
I have 3 of these shirts now (albeit older versions - as far as I can tell, not much has changed), and they're my go to shirt for traveling, casual summer hiking, occasional winter hiking, and to wear on hot summer days.
I brought two of them with me to Japan last summer and the shirts easily dried overnight on a clothesline despite the near 100% humidity. The shirts are quite for outdoor activities, but they have a casual enough appearance that I don't mind wearing them to school, especially on hot days.
While the Mountain Tech is lightweight compared to a regular cotton t-shirt, it is heavier than some other tech style shirts (the Stoic Breathe 90 is significantly lighter), and as such, I tend to use other shirts for my high high endurance activities (trail running, hard hikes, etc), although, the Mountain Tech will certainly get the job done. I've wound up wearing this shirt on a lot of rock climbs and the fact that it's a bit thicker I think has allowed it to hold up well to abrasion.
I'm 5'7", 155 lbs and the medium fits me well, but is just slightly loose. Which makes it perfect to wear casually, but still fine to wear on the trail.
I've had some problems with this knife being able to open on a few different carabiners (see my previous review). Recently I discovered with this Omega oval biner there was no way I could open the knife while it was attached to the biner, and this combination now lives permanently on my trail loop. I should also say, while I've been able to get the knife open on other biners, it requires some force, and the knife needs to be near the gate opening, so I think the chances of the knife opening on any biner is quite small.
I bought this harness to use scrambling on routes where there are a few sections I want to rappel. It's perfect for that purpose. Obviously not as comfortable as a more beefy harness, but it makes up for it in terms of weight, and if you're just doing a few rappels, it's not particularly uncomfortable.
The gear loops are quite small, so I worry that for glacier travel or ski mountaineering I wouldn't be able to fit all the gear I want on the loops, but that may be because I take too much gear to begin with.
The Alp 95 can scrunch up even smaller than in the photo if you carefully pack it. It's so small and lightweight there's never an excuse not to bring it.
The capilene 1 in action at Joshua Tree. I wear this shirt rock climbing, traveling, hiking, and even around school. Great for any occasion.
Bought a 60 m canyon tech rope after taking an ATS course and have loved it. My go to rope for any canyoneering adventure in the San Gabriels.
Even when it's not raining, I love to wear this shell.
I've used this as my primary rain jacket/wind breaker/shell for the past year or so (and had a similar version which I used for 2-3 years before that). I was able to snag one on sale for around $50 or $60. It's fairly breathable (and the pit zips help a lot), sheds water quite well, and does great in the wind. I've never had a fancy (and expensive) true hard shell to compare it to, but that's only because this has worked well enough that I've never wanted to shell out the money to get something fancier. I'm 5'7" and ~150 lbs and the meeting fits me perfect.
Bought this hat a few months ago and it has become my go to for any outdoor activity. Breathes well, keeps the sun off, and has been super durable. My one complaint: wish it came in a bit of a smaller size. In high winds it can fly off even when I have it tightened to the max.
Add me to the list of happy campers on this one. Super lightweight, easy to use, packs small, what more could you really ask for? I've used this in temperatures a bit below freezing on Mt. Rainier and it purred just fine despite having cold canisters. No complaints here!
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