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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

5 5

9 years ago I was a climbing bum working in a retail shop. I needed a new shell. I scrimped and saved and finally was ale to shell out for the Alpha SV. I have spend no less than 300 - 600 days in it. I work outside and foul weather follows me. Today this jacket is just as tough as the day it arrived. The zippers are perfect, the gore-tex breaths great (the new model works even better as it has a newer type of gore-tex), the bungies that cinch the hood and waist are also perfect. Knowing all of the abuse I have put this coat through I can not beleive how good it looks and functions. I expect it will last another 9 years and then if it needs replacing I will gladly shell out for the new coat from the bird. It might be costly, but it will last you forever and the fit is amazing.

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

4 5

Like the name says this is the skeletal verion of a multi tool. I carry a multi-tool with just about everyday. I have used Gerber, Leatherman and SOG. As far as construction goes, this tool is bomber. It is sturdy and tough...what you would expect from Leatherman. Where this tool really shines is in the BC. It is light enough to toss in a pack and then when you need it you have it. I would not use this as my everyday tool, while it is built well, I just dont think it would hold up to the abuse I dish out on a daily basis. But, like I said, if you are looking for a backpacking/backcountry tool, this is it.

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox wrote a review of on April 2, 2009

4 5

The vector is a great go to watch/altimeter for every outdoor activity. I have owned 2 over the last 11 years, my first lasting 10 years. When it died, I sent it back to suunto and they sent me a new one for really cheap. The buttons are easy to puch, even when wearing gloves. It is easy to set the diffrent modes. The only thing I dont like about it, is the band. I use the suunto velcro band and love that.

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox wrote a review of on March 31, 2009

4 5

I have many models of cams, Wild Country are some of my farorite. They are easy to place, have a great camming range and are lighter than some other similar cams. The color coding is great. The only thing I dont like is that cam size numbering is not universal. But thats an issue for the manufacturers. Overall this is a great set of cams for someone looking to get into climbing or someone looking to buy a whole set of cams.

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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox wrote a review of on March 31, 2009

5 5

I agree with Grove, I hate falling on these, but when a whipper is coming, I take at least a little reassurance in these things. Also they are way more durable than any other micro I have used. If needed you can lightly hammer them into a crack and they still remain usable afterward.

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Matthew Cox wrote a review of on March 31, 2009

4 5

I have had my 50's a couple seasons and they are holding strong. The ratchets dont seem to be wearing at all and still work perfect. The plastic frame isnt cracked anywhere. The padding on the straps works well. These bindings are tough, they have held up to over 80 days with me.

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