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Kirk W

Kirk W

Kirk's Passions

Road Running
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering

Kirk's Bio

Kirk W

Kirk W wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

5 5

I've owned several ice axes over the years and this is the best yet. A great combination of carrying comfort and performance. It swings well, works great in self-arrest, and can handle moderate technical challenges. It isn't the lightest axe out there, so if you're using it for moderate glacier and snow climbs (the trade routes on mountains such as Rainier and Baker come to mind) I'd suggest something more like the Black Diamond Raven Pro. For an all-around axe that can leave off where your technical ice tools take over, the Petzl Summit is hard to beat.

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Kirk W

Kirk W wrote a review of on November 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have several of these in various sizes I use for organizing items in a duffel bag or backpack. The white interior makes finding things inside easy, and they are weatherproof (I haven't used them in a deluge). I would not want to use them as a stand-alone drysack in rough duty (such a rafting) as they are fairly lightweight. They're great in the right application.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on February 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very good back country pole with one major improvement over the previous model. The FlickLock Pro system is a significant upgrade from the old FlickLock system. No more having to worry about adjusting the tightening screws - they are fixed with no adjustment, plus the stainless steel grips well and seems a bit lighter than the old plastic. The flip lever seems a little light which raises a concern about durability; however, no problems so far. I bought these after having the previous model stolen and am pleased. Overall, highly recommended for back country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Kirk W

Kirk W wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wore these pants hiking and trekking in Ecuador for two weeks. Great fit,the zip pockets are convenient for stashing a variety of items, and the weight of the material is just about right for hiking and knocking around town. I normally wear a size 34 waist, but the 36 waist fit me better in these pants. The only downside - very expensive. I'll watch for them to go on sale and then purchase another pair.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

3 5

I have serveral power stretch tops from other manufacturers and purchased this one on sale. I ended up returning it. Like many items from Mountain Hardwear, this one is great if you're less than 6 ft tall. For us taller people their products, including this one, tend to be short in the body and arms. MH has not yet figured this out, and being 6'3" I'll continue to look elsewhere for a better fit.

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