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Miguel Diaz

Miguel Diaz

Miguel Diaz

Miguel Diaz wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As my first set of quickdraws, I don't have much to compare them to. I do however, prefer them over my friend's BD's freewire draws because of the keylock nose. It makes cleaning a route much easier, especially when it is not straight up.

I have 5 of the 11cm ones and 3 of the 20cm ones. If anything, I wish there was a slightly longer version of this draw, but I knew what I was buying and got what I expected. Also, on the 20cm draws, since the stitching on the dogbone only hugs the bottom biner, I put a small rubber band around the dogbone just below the top biner to keep it from moving as much. They work really well and do not get in the way at all or compromise safety.

Overall, I got no complaints with them. They work just as I advertised. I give them 4 stars because they did not exceed my expectations but they work perfectly fine, nothing wrong with them.

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Miguel Diaz

Miguel Diaz wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the Vasque Juxt hiking shoe, but wanted something more supportive, tougher and waterproof for longer trips. After researching at a lot of different boots, I found and liked these, and eventually bought em.

I've used them in light rain, snow, mud and dry trails, and they perform great in any of these. The fabric that connects the tongue to the rest of the shoe does not bunch up to become uncomfortable,but you do have to tuck it in properly. The laces are a good length and easy to manage. The pull loop in the back of the shoe is in the perfect position, some shoes have it too far down that it doesn't work too good.

UPDATE:
I wore them for exploring downstream of a creek. I was able to stand stationary in about three inches of flowing water for about a minute, just because I could. I had no water at all get inside the shoe. Love them even more now

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Miguel Diaz wrote a review of on February 11, 2013

Awesome pad
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing. Really compact, doesn't take much space and very thick once inflated. It may seem a little narrow but at least for me it works very good.

Some people have mentioned getting light headed by blowing this up, I don't think it is that bad. It takes me 20 full-lung blows to fully inflate it, and I do not feel light headed after.

The provided stuff sack is great, but even a little bigger than what the pad can compress to. That's why I use a sling to wrap it tighter than possible with the stuff sack alone. The specs say it rolls to 4" by 7.5". When I roll mine, it ends up being more like 3" by 8.5".

The one thing I've noticed is that it deflates slightly overnight but that's not a big deal at all, and it could be just mine.

The picture compares the rolled up pad to a 1.75L "Simply Orange" bottle

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Miguel Diaz wrote a review of on October 18, 2012

Awesome
5 5

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

I set it up a couple times in my room, and actually used it once on a trip to Havasupai near the Grand Canyon. As a freestanding tent, it is easily set up and stands solidly even without the stakes, but it does become roomier (and looks better) when staked in. The rainfly comes in easy too, and has color coded straps at the corners that match the tent's, so you immediately know the correct orientation. I am 5'11", 160lbs, and slept perfectly fine in it with a buddy of mine who is about the same build. I cannot attest to the waterproof rating since it did not rain on us that night. Some people have mentioned issues with the gear loft, about stuff sliding out. The gear loft has sort of a basket on one end, so it's not a simple plane of mesh. Therefore if you set it up right (simple to do), stuff will NOT slide out of the gear loft. The tent also has a little mesh pocket in every corner of the tent, which is useful too. Inside the center of the tent, I am able to sit confortably, with a few inches between my head and the tent ceiling. I also like that it is easy to roll up the canopy and fly together, since the air escapes easily through the fabric as you roll up, so I never ended up with air pockets between the fabric after rolling it up. It also packs down pretty good, which was one of my main concerns.

I do not have extensive experience with backpacking tents, but from the ones I've used or been in, this is my overall favorite. I really like it and so far have no complaints at all.


PICTURE: shows the packed size relative to my hand and a size 10 shoe. Seems like the standard comparison item for outdoor gear is a nalgene, but i dont own one

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