Matt Allen

Matt Allen

North Cascades

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matthew's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

matthew's Bio

I enjoy exploring new places and trying new things. Climbing, scuba diving, mountaineering, camping etc. etc.

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Matt Allen

Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

3 5

for a cheap rain jacket it works great. No, not the most durable... or the most breathable.... but it does the job. It is great when using with a softshell. The precip jacket stays in the top of the pack, except for those times when it gets really nasty. Light and cheap.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

5 5

great jacket for its intended use. I use it as a spring ski jacket, and it works great. The best feature of this jacket is the huge underarm vent zips. They can actually be unzipped all the way, so the jacket can me more like a poncho.
The fabric is smooth, and can be prone to picks... so this is not the jacket to take crack climbing... The hood fits snugly, so it works under a helmet.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

5 5

I had heard many good things about this stove, but was really hesitant to buy it. I mean, all the hype around it, it couldn't possibly perform that well, could it? The short answer is a resounding YES!
For melting snow and boiling water, this stove cannot be beat. That is where is really shines.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

5 5

It is very difficult to find shell pants that have Full zips on the sides. (Full... from top to bottom). These come in handy when it is just blowing sideways, and you are working hard. You want the full protection but also want ventilation.
I had an older pair of marmot precip rain pants that had this feature, but finally destroyed them on a glissade.
The alpha lt pants are the pants I have been looking for. Light, yet extremely durable. Gore pro shell is not quite as breathable as eVent, but for bottoms they work great. oh... and for those who care... these are MADE IN CANADA.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

5 5

Fantastic pack. This is my go to pack for ice climbing in the Pacific NW, due to all the crappy wet snow we get. The fabric is super durable. This pack is a little heavy, but carries wonderfully. The pivot hip belt may sound a little gimmicky, but it actually does help on those high steps. The pack really does stay put. This is a pricey pack, but I really do think it will outlast many other packs, due to the thick material. Now... I just have to figure out a better way to attach my ice tools. (it only has one ice axe keeper)... oh, for all you that care... this is MADE IN CANADA.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on August 26, 2010

4 5

This is a minimalist pack. It has a light flexible frame. I would actually hesitate to even call this a framed pack, but it is not quite a true frame-less pack. It does have an extendable collar or sleeve, but the lid doesn't float, so I am not really sure the purpose of this extension. I guess it allows you to stuff it a little further. The description says it has 2 side pockets and one rear top pocket... for some reason I could not find 2 side pockets on mine. It just has the normal lid pocket, (and one on the underside of the lid), and a big zip on the front that allows the user to gain access to the main compartment of the pack. It also has a mini pocket on the inside near the hydration pocket. (sort of like the cilogear packs, if you are familiar with those). Oh, unlike the description says, this pack IS hydration compatible. It does have a strap that goes across the top opening of the pack. This can be used as a rope catch.
It also has two rugged straps on the bottom side of the pack (one on each side), that allow for the carrying of skis. Nice touch.

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Matt Allen wrote a review of on February 5, 2009

4 5

Had this shell for awhile but really didn't like the fit. Bought at REI during their half off clearance sale for about $130. It fits quite baggy in the torso... if you have a beer gut, this will work for you.
If you want something that is lighter weight and still proshell, go with the LT line of Arc'teryx. Totally worth the money.

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