i have not had the chance to wear these in the snow yet, or test their durability over time, but am quite impressed with the comfort and warmth i've noticed so far. as others have pointed out, they are sized too small. i normally order a half size up for boots in general to allow for thick socks, but i had to exchange these for a larger pair. i have a foot size 7.5, but in these, i had to get a size 8.5. no big deal though. also, yes, they are stiff, but i think this is a good thing. ankle support is importand when you are snowshoeing, and that's what i plan to use these for. to make up for the stiffness, the toes are rounded more than usual to make walking easier and this feature seems to work well.
i got these for my boyfriend for our trip to utah this summer. he hiked every day in these, one hike of 13 miles, and had nothing but good things to say about them. they were comfortable from the start and didn't need a break in period. he said they gripped the rock really well too. one reviewer mentioned the lack of speed laces and this is true, but nothing you can't live without. all in all, a great buy!
i found this shirt to be quite comfortable. the fit is really nice and the sleeves ae the perfect length. my only complaint is that i think it should be longer. when i buy a shirt for the canyons, i'm going to be sliding down boulders, getting sand everywhere, and hiding my skin from mosquitos. so naturally, this is the type of shirt i'd like to tuck in to keep the unwanted out, but there's no way i can do that as MH seems to have sacrificed some functionality for style. i'm thinking of sewing a 6 inch strip of fabric onto the bottom myself to remedy this issue. i see what others have said about the buttons--they are really small and the button holes are tight, but i guess that's okay because it means they won't be popping out on their own. all in all though, i'm glad i bought the shirt and would recommend it to others. for size reference, i'm 5'2" and 125 lbs and the size 6 fits really well.
i got this for my boyfriend and he can't stop marveling at how comfortable and warm it is. it's great for wearing around town as well layering under a coat or shell in colder conditions. it does a great job at blocking wind too. the cuffs are great for sealing in warmth as are the cinch cords. a fun suprise is an extra pocket not listed in the specs--there's an inside chest pocket as well. the only thing that might have been a fun option to have is a removable hood, but still really happy with the jacket.
these boots are amazing! i got them for desert hiking after reading reviews of how they seemed to do well in those conditions. immediately, they were comfortable. prep involved a couple of 1 hour hikes, but no real break in to speak of. the big test came on a canyoneering outing that was about 12 miles long and 13.5 hours in duration. in all that heat and sand slogging i never even came close to getting a blister. while nearly every other member of my party was layed up with blisters the size of golf balls, i was ready to jump up and go for more! (after a night's sleep and a couple gallons of water). another thing that really impressed me was the incredible grip that these boots have. in dry conditions, i can be standing on a near vertical slope of rock and my feet don't slide at all. i lose my balance before my feet lose grip. now, i have noticed a downside that can be expected of soft grippy soles, and that is that they wear out faster than if they were stiff. the tread on the bottom is noticeably worn after about 10 months of heavy use. this is a small sacrifice though in exchange for such great performance. i love these so much that when the they went on sale i bought another pair so i'd have them when the first wears out.
we got this gear shed to go with the hubba hubba tent. the goal was for us to sleep in the tent and provide extra shelter for the dog for the trips where he goes too. it seemed to work pretty well. it's made of the same material as the tent so has the same water shedding properties. it is partially floored--the triangle of space at the end, but the rest is open to the dirt. this is probably a good idea as water would possibly collect otherwise. the only reason i gave it 4 stars in stead of 5 is because the roof of the shed doesn't come with any sort of pole for stabilization. i know this saves weight, but you have to put some serious tension on the end guy line to pull it taught enough to not sag really bad. this of course causes the main tent body to be pulled towards the shed and then everything is sideways and makes the zipper of the fly opposite the shed pretty tight and difficult to open and close. it worked okay though and gave us the extra space we were going for. if you check out the tent, you can see a pic i posted of the shed attached.
i recently took this tent out for the first time and was very happy with it overall. then entire time we were out it rained so provided a good test. first off, it was easy and fast to set up. once up, it shed the rain very well. it remined me of rain-x on a windshield the way the water beaded up and ran off the sides. the doors on both sides were invaluable. mesh pockets provided plenty of storage for small stuff and no need for adding a gear loft. the pole design is amazing for adding roomminess to the interior. the only thing i would recommend adding would be a bit more cord. they provide just enough if only making short lengths from the tent to the ground, but we were camping in a rocky area and at one end we were unable to push the stake into the ground due to a rock under the dirt. i found myself needing an extra foot of cord to tie around a tree. small matter, but something to keep in mind.
msr hubba hubba with gear shed attatchment
i was pleased with this when i got it. just what i was looking for--solid, simple, quality. everything is made of metal so shouldn't wear too bad over time. i got the petzl ok locking biner to go with it. great product!
nothing wrong with these guys! like everybody else, i love the colors. these biners are super burly and super lightweight and easy to use. just when i thought i had enough, i run out and need more--good thing they're only 6 bucks!
I've only used this rope a handful of time so far, but have been very pleased with it. Obviously, I can't comment on it's durability yet, but I'm totally loving everything about it. I'll try and remember to edit my review after a year or so to include comments on it's performance over time. As of now, I'm very happy with the handling right out of the box! it's soft and doesn't kink as much as i expected. All ropes will kink, it's unavoidable, but this one's not bad at all. It has a middle marker, which I wanted, and is lighter weight than other options. I chose this rope after much research and reading reviews and am pleased with my choice.
i really love this! it's super lightweight and works great. i got two so there's one for my foot and one for my harness. for the foot tibloc, i made a loop of 8mm cord to stand in. i took the advice of one reviewer and got two petzl attache locking biners to use with them. the attache fits through perfectly and the teeth in the tibloc bite down nice and solid. i've never had to use them in an emergency, but i've strung a rope up in a tree several times to practice using them and getting hooked into them mid rappel and have been very pleased with the ease of use and simplicity of design. like others have said, be sure to put a small cord through each one so that you don't accidentally drop it.
This snowshoe bag is great! It's really well made of durable material and has several features that make it a bit better than the other bags I've seen. The mesh in front serves both as a viewing window to see which pair is inside, and keeps the bag ventilated. The loops on the side hold your poles, and there's an internal pocket for extensions etc. There are two loops at the top and bottom to strap the bag to the back of a pack, and both a carrying handle and shoulder strap. The only thing I can think of that would make it better were if it came in different lengths. My show shoes fit fine, but I know that there are plenty of people out there with longer ones than me.
rapping through blue john canyon
i just got back from a week in utah and i was very happy with the pirana. rappelling with a pack was no problem. this is a great descender with lots of options for a variety of friction for braking. it's super easy to use by providing the basic shape of a figure 8, but with added features to increase versatility. the little instruction booklet that comes with it has great diagrams on how to properly use it. the petzl attache locking biner is a very snug and perfect fit for this device.
material is really nice. love the plum color. i just wish that it was lower in the front and higher in the back.
i love using this thing. it's smooth, hassle free, has a great shape, and the offset gate is useful at times.
i have nothing bad to say about this harness. it's comfortable and easy to use. the quick adjust buckles are awesome and i wouldn't buy a harness that doesn't have them.
well, this jacket definitely is warm if that's what you're looking for. not sure if it would be good for skiing. i usually ski in just a non-insulated waterproof jacket with a couple good layers underneath--even in miserably cold skiing i'm fine with that after a warm up run. as for sizing, i'm 5'2" 125 lbs and i got the medium. i got it rather than a small because i wanted to be able to put a thick fleece and a base layer underneath. she could probably get away with a small. no worries either way though--backcountry has a hassle free return policy if she ends up wanting a different size. hope this helps!
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Backcountry.com and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Backcountry.com and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Backcountry.com all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Backcountry.com an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Backcountry.com shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Backcountry.com, and Backcountry.com does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Backcountry.com endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Backcountry.com have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Backcountry.com be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Backcountry.com determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Backcountry.com may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Backcountry.com may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Backcountry.com shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Backcountry.com or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Backcountry.com, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Backcountry.com by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Backcountry.com reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Backcountry.com suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Backcountry.com may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
BACKCOUNTRY.COM DOES NOT ENDORSE THE USER CONTENT, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USER CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONS WHO MAY USE OR RELY ON SUCH USER CONTENT) FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY USER CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.