Matt Layne

Matt Layne

Ajax, Highlands, Jackson, LCC, Whistler, backcountry

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Matthew 's Passions

Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking

Matthew 's Bio

Ski, bike, climb, ski, bike, climb, sleep, ski, bike, climb

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Matt Layne

Matt Layne wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I owned the Float 18 and this pack is a big improvement. There is now enough space in the pack for me to take it on day tours. I can fit a light down jacket, mittens, 32L Nalgene, goggles, skins, food, and a med kit. There is even a little extra room to spare. The biggest downfall of the pack is the ski carry strap. It is simply too large, and with no adjuster, your skis end up hitting rocks and your boots while hiking. I cut my strap in half, did a little sewing, added a buckle and now have an adjustable strap like the Float 30 did. Also, I still wish there was another external pocket (besides the hip belt), so I don't have to go in the main compartment, but oh well. The helmet carrier works perfectly. I can't wait til next year, when the "pack only" option will be available" and I can swap the system to the 32 pack if needed. Actually I'd suggest that BCA sell a 36 or 40, since the 32 is pretty damn close to the 22.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on December 14, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These do a nice job of keeping you warm, but there is no room in the crotch to waist region. You can't really pull them up high enough and they always feel like they are falling down. 5'8" 145lbs, size M. Gonna try to return them to the Marmot store.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on August 31, 2012

3 5

I wear a 42 street shoe and found a 40.5 Katana to fit best. The fit is tight, but not crazy tight. They performed great during moderate sport climbs and showed tremendous edging ability. However, after 3 months a hole develeoped in the toe and got bigger and bigger each day. I'll try another pair to see if I got a bad sampe, but a $165 shoe should last more than 3 months.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

3 5

Pros:
Holds the bike securely (with a mod)
Easy to mount to most bars

Cons:
-The security system is pretty much useless.
-At high speeds, many bike/tire combos will need a front tire strap to keep the tire from working itself out of the tray.
- The sidearm is pretty stiff and depending on the height of your vehicle it can be pretty freakin tough to actually get your bike on the try and locked in. Not to mention, getting it off your car.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this pad for 3 weeks in Alaska. It was absolutely awesome to sleep on. I almost forgot I was even on a pad. It packs up quite small for the comfort it provides. The internal pump takes a little getting used to, but it's much better than blowing your lungs out. The included repair kit did a nice job of sealing up an ice screw puncture. Update - one of the seams that seals the baffles broke, but Exped sent me a new one if a few days. Killer customer service!

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on February 17, 2012

5 5

Cross switched up the feel of the fabric on these pants this year. It's super smooth to the touch and as water proof as you could hope for. The reinforced cuffs hold up to edge and boot abuse. The leg vents open up or down to cool you off and control snow entering the pant. I'm 5'8" 145, 32 waist and would suggest a small or medium depending on how baggy you want them to be.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on October 19, 2011

4 5

4.5 stars

Looks good, fits fat skis, and is one of the most affordable airbag options out there. This is the smallest airbag pack out there, but I'm thinking they could have made it just a bit bigger. Maybe by expanding the outer pocket to the top of the pack or just allowing it to stick out a bit further. (More on what it fits below). I will also mention that there isn't much back padding and the back pad is not vented.

The pack fits a shovel, probe, skins, Nalgene, and mittens. Or you can substitute a Mountain Hardware Compressor jacket for the Nalgene. You may also be able to squeeze the jacket in there if you use a thinner Nalgene or a bladder (Platypus), but that is really testing the limits of the zippers. I'm sure you can squeeze sunglasses in there but there's no way to fit a coat, Nalgene, skins, and goggles.

My shovel handle and probe are just a bit long for the pack. (Which isn't a surprise since they didn't fit in my old Dakine Pro 2 pack either) So I'm gonna have to swap them out for smaller versions.

Most of the time I'll be using this pack for sidecountry, so I wont have an extra jacket or skins. I think if I get a slightly smaller shovel/blade and a more compact water bottle it will fit everything except goggles, which will be fine since on the way up, the skins will be on my skis.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on June 10, 2011

5 5

I use this tent for car camping and it has been a great purchase so far. It takes a minute or two to set up and breakdown, and the fly is easy to attach. The materials all seem well made and the zippers operate very smoothly. It's also great for summer camping since it has so much mesh above sleeping level. Tough to beat for the price.

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on February 4, 2011

5 5

I've been out on these pants for a couple days now and love the way they feel, look, and fit. I'm 5'8" 145 and went with the medium. The waist is adjustable from 32-34" and the inseam is about 33". They have a freeride fit, but aren't so baggy that you walk on them. The fabric is super smooth to the touch and it doesn't have that crunchy feel of hardsheels. 20k waterproof/breathability is pefect for the deepest, wettest, and warmest of days. Add a baselayer for the cold days. The inner leg vents are nice and long to easily cool you off. You can tell just by looking at them that these are quality pants!

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Matt Layne wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

5 5

I've been skiing in this jacket for a couple weeks now and love it. It's slightly insulated so most days all I have to wear is a very light baselayer... even when it's 15 degrees out. Add another layer and it keeps you warm below zero. Thanks to two huge pit zips and the air transport system inside, it does a good job of keeping you cool on the hike or as it warms up. The stunning blue color definitely gets noticed and the yellow zippers are a cool accent. The zippers all work well and don't get caught. I'm 5'8" 145lbs and the medium fits great.

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