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Nathan Webster

Nathan Webster wrote a review of on September 10, 2012

3 5

The good:
These are a great shape and size. Fairly lightweight for their size with a large opening and a nice shape. Ropes run smoothly over them and they have a nice linear action, like most other solid gate BD biners.

The not so good:
I have 3 of these biners. Two are mainly used on multi-pitch gear anchor master points, and another used to be my main belay/rap locker. After less than a season I had to retire my belay one because of excessive wear. The other two I used one time to set up a toprope for a few people and they became noticeably notched after this single use.

Overall, there is still a place in my rack for these, but they are NOT workhorse biners. They will wear out quickly. If you are looking for an HMS belay locker, I recommend the Petzl William. Huge gate opening and they wear like iron. The BD Rocklock is good too, if you are on a budget. They still wear a little faster than I'd like.
Leave the mini pears to less demanding duty.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on February 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So close, BD. There is more than enough room for everything you could possibly need for cragging. Even with gear hanging out of the thing, it is more comfortable than I expected in spite of the unpadded waist belt and uninspiring frame sheet. The removable rope tarp is water resistant and is comfortably large enough to flake your rope on. Nice.

Most importantly it is tough. It has been through well over a year of scraping through rock, trees, thorns, and being chucked off 4th class sections. Against all odds, it is still in one piece. The zipper still functions and all appendages are still attached. There are really only a few pinholes in it to speak of.

The only problem is the internal pocket. It is blindingly frustrating. Stick in your wallet in the morning to find out at the end of the day they have migrated all the way to the bottom of the pack forcing you to peel the thing apart at your car and dump the contents. The internal pocket is so convenient it now only houses things I don't ever need (first aid).

One little external zippered pocket and this pack will earn that fifth star.

Update: I hate this bag. It will not die. 3 years of abuse and everything functions perfectly. Its like that annoying cousin who just will not leave you alone.
If you want a ridiculously tough no frills pack to throw all your climbing stuff in, this is it. If you like shiny new things, look elsewhere.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on June 26, 2009

4 5

The cloudwalker is a great pack for day hikes, around town use, even ultralight overnighters. The quality of the materials and stitching is top notch. Just what I have come to expect from camelbak. The zippered pocket in the front has a nice little organizer and the main pocket is surprisingly roomy for such a small pack. It has a flexible back panel that offer a little support, but if you stuff it the pack will deform and will no longer sit flat on your back. The 'frame sheet' is flexible enough that you can actually fold the pack in half to pack it. It is comfortable for me at a weight of around 15 lbs total. This pack has been dropped, thrown, folded and smashed, dragged, filled to the brim with geodes, and submerged, and is still no worse for wear other than a little tear on the mesh bottle pocket.
I really only have one complaint about the cloudwalker. The new generation (pictured here in black. The blue one in the detail view is a different generation) doesn't have a waistbelt. If it had one, I would give it 5 stars for versatility and value because at $60 you are buying a $25 bladder and a nice pack for $35.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

This is hands down the best 9 speed chain you can buy for your bike. Install it properly (read the directions carefully and use the installation pin) and you will get strength superior to all other 9 speed chains on the market. Yes the SRAM pc-991 hollowpin may be a little lighter, but it has nowhere near the strength, durability, or smooth shifting of the 7701. I would get 4 months tops out of a 991 (with several broken powerlinks during those months) while I get almost a full year out of the 7701 with no broken links. I will never run anything else.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

5 5

These are great socks. Period. Okay, I was unsure about spending $20 on a single pair of socks, but it is possibly the best $20 I have ever spent. The tight knit on the top keeps the socks in place, and saves room for the padding where you need it in the bottom. Multi-day hike foot pain is now all but gone. Buy some and your feet will thank you.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

5 5

Yes they cost a lot. Yes they are trendy. Yes they dent. Most important they are good quality. I have had juice and tea in it and have no residual taste. My nalgene cannot do that. A lot of people hate them for being trendy, but contrary to what some of them say they are lighter than a nalgene (not that it matters). Also aluminum DOES NOT rust when it is dented. Don't know where that one came from. I have also heard concerns about how aluminum can leech dangerous chemicals into water. That is why sigg coats the inside of the bottles with a completely inert polymer.
Anyway, one of my favorite things about it is now that I spent that money on a nice bottle, I want to use it. All the time. I drink more water, less soft drinks, and waste far less bottles and cans. Dare I say this bottle has saved me money. Whether or not they are in vougue in the future, I hope sigg keeps making the best quality bottles money can buy.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

4 5

For all of it's flaws, I still love this pack for the simple reason that it is tough as nails. I bought one as my first backpacking pack and it saw many miles. It has a lot of organization to it with several pockets, nice compression straps, and gear loops sewn on the bottom (at least my generation did). Plus I LOVE the Schaefer cinch on the waist belt. Unfortunately the biggest problem with this pack is the waist belt. There is just not enough padding on it to carry weight comfortably. I moved to a Gregory as my multi-day pack, but still use this all the time for air travel, trail work, car camping, 4x4 trips, etc, etc... If I had to define the redwing, I'd call it a work/utility pack with a little bit of trail blood mixed in. Hats off to Kelty for workhorse of a pack with top notch quality for a very reasonable price.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on April 10, 2008

4 5

This is a review for the old style with the full length pole sleeves

I paid full retail on this tent, and it has proven well worthy of that price. I have used it on riding and backpacking trips and it has performed very well for such a low price point. The large dual vestibules are roomy and very convenient for gear storage and removing wet and muddy clothing. The large mesh panels are nice for the clear summer nights, and there is a good amount of room for 2 people. The place where this tent really shines is in the windy stuff. with the tent floor, both vestibules, and all four guy lines staked down, this tent is really bulletproof.

The major weakness of this tent (other than it is a touch heavy) is the ventilation. On still, humid nights, condensation will form on the inside of the fly. Staking the vestibules out a little further and higher will help a little with this problem.

All in all, I am very pleased with this tent and would highly recommend it.

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