Kyle Ciopryna

Kyle Ciopryna

Kyle Ciopryna's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running

Kyle Ciopryna's Bio

Hey, I love being outdoors. I grew up in CT, spent my youth doing anything that would keep me outside. I am an Eagle Scout out of Troop 401 in East Haven, CT. I have hiked over 300 miles of the AT (all of the Presidential Range and Washington twice). I lived in Costa Rica for one year as a whitewater kayaking guide, and backpacked Panama and Nicaragua. I am now in the military, active duty Navy Seabee. I travel all over the world, hiking and kayaking whenever I have the chance. I have led patrols through mountains in Afghanistan and had the opportunity to hike in the Swiss Alps. My new home is in southern California and I love to spend as much time as possible in our National Parks. I am always looking for new whitewater buddies, so don't hesitate to e-mail me if you are in the southern CA region: livealiquidlife@hotmail.com

Kyle Ciopryna

Kyle Ciopryna wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

If you can only get one set, get these.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the first hiking poles I have ever used, and owned. I have been turned off from poles for a long time because it seems that 95% of the people that I ever see using them don't need them or use them for their intended purpose. I got over it, gave these a chance, and love them.

FlickLock system is easy to use and very secure. I purchased a pair of MSR poles that used an internal compression system to lock the poles and immediately returned them (Backcountry made the process simple and painless!). No issues with thiese Black Diamond poles, even with gloves easy to use.

Light-weight: You don't notice them in your hands, or in your pack. They also pack down very well.

Grips are very comfortable, even after many miles in the rain no blisters or discomfort. They look like they will last a long time.

So, if you are looking for a great trekking pole this is the one. It is very comfy and well constructed. It isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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Kyle Ciopryna wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

Outstanding Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ok- before I ramble on about this pack let me give you a brief idea of what I do; this way you can weight my opinion for yourself. I spend most of my time hiking, all over USA, backpacked through a few Central American countries, and now I have been hiking through the Alps on the Swiss-Italian border. I have hiked with some of the worst packs ever (military issue), so I have learned to appreciate some of the better packs out there. IMO MHM's Divide is one of them.

Hipbelt- While climbing up via ferrata trails the pack hugged my body very closely and moved well with me. It is also adjustable.

Pack Frame- Distributes weight very well, adjustable shoulder straps are nice. My previous pack (Arcteryx) did not have this feature, and no matter what I never felt like I could dial the pack in to me. The vent system on your back works very well.

Internal Pack Features- Love the built in rainfly, but it is not very durable (the pack itself is VERY tough). After some light use I was able to put a few snags in it, but overall a great feature and asset. The internal compression system is nice, giving you built in compression bags essentially. Great feature, but beware as this adds weight. There really are just lots of great features to this pack. There are many pockets and places to organize and store gear. The storage compartment at the top for your hydration bladder is convenient, but works best with smaller bladders. I used the Salomon Soft Hydration Bladder.

So the only thing you, the prospective buyer, really needs to beware of is the weight- if that matters to you. This is a heavier pack, but is the result of it being durable and feature rich. The most important thing to mention is the life-time warrenty. My pack came with a hand signed post card from the owner Jeff Popp. I e-mailed him with a few questions and comments and heard back from him within 24 hours. They support the troops as well! Great pack, great support.

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