Nathan

Nathan

Eastern US, AT

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Nathan wrote a review of on February 7, 2013

Great Hiking Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fantastic shell! It’s kept me dry in snow and rain from Texas to the AT. It’s lightweight, breathable, and the pit zips keep the sweat from hanging around. The hood fits over a climbing helmet perfectly. My only complaints are the cuffs are a little hard to cinch down, and the drawstrings on the hood can be hard to use with gloves on. Plus, the arm pocket is useless. I would have preferred a chest pocket, or one on the interior of the jacket. I’m 6’3” and 180 pounds, and the large fits me wonderfully.

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Nathan wrote a review of on February 7, 2013

BOMB PROOF Day/Lightweight Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack. I've had it for about two years now, and it's taken everything I can throw at it.

It's super comfortable, and rides well high up on my back for scrambling over rocks and hills, or lower for high mileage This really is a full size backpack shrunk down to daypack size. The frame, suspension, and load shifters all feel like they're from a weekend pack.

The pack itself is quite handy. The main compartment is decent sized, and has a divider between the top and the sleeping bag compartment. The hydration sleeve fits a 3L Camelbak or a 15 inch laptop. The bottom compartment is large enough for my 35 degree sleeping bag, but if I put it in a stuff sack it takes some wrangling to get it in there.

I?ve done a three day summer overnight on the AT with it. The pack fit my hammock, rain jacket, and food wonderfully. When I was working at a summer camp in Texas, I could fit a climbing helmet, harness, gloves, water, and ropes gear in it with no problems. At school, it eats my laptop, rain gear, textbooks, and pretty much anything else I want to put in it.

My only complaints are minor. It's not a pack for the super organized. The smaller pockets are useless for anything large, and if you cinch the pack down, anything in the pockets bulges out, making the pack look like it suddenly developed a bunch of headlamp and stove shaped tumors.

Also, the two main cinch straps run right over the water bottle pockets. Not bad, but if you put a Nalgene in it, it makes cinching the pack down tight harder. The pack tends to cinch out away from my back, instead of closer to it, but that's only when it's super full.

Overall, this is a great daypack/lightweight overnight pack. Highly recommend it, and will be replacing it with another one when it wears out!

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Nathan wrote a review of on August 6, 2011

4 5

I hate most water shoes, as they either are sandal style, and let rocks, dirt, and pretty much everything else in the river collect right beneath your feet, or are otherwise uncomfortable. These are neither. They're quick draining, and quick drying, and are suprisingly comfortable when I wear them without socks.

My only complaints is that for me they ran large, I usually wear a 12, and I had to return them for 11's, and they can be a little difficult to pull on and off.

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Nathan wrote a review of on August 6, 2011

Amazing challenge course helmet!
5 5

I bought this helmet for something a little different that the usual purpose, as I spent this summer working on a challenge course in Texas. This helmet is amazing. It's ultra lightweight, which makes wearing it for 4-5 hours at a time a snap. The venting on the thing rocks, there's so much airflow through it with even the slightest breeze.

On the downsides, because it's an ultra light helmet, adjusting the crown size can be hard with gloves on, as instead of a large turn knob, there's a small plastic slider. The padding on the chinstrap kept getting in my way, and would get soaked with sweat, so I took it off; I didn't find it all that useful, and thought it was annoying whenever I was trying to adjust the strap. Lastly, this is not a very low profile helmet. Compared to a Skywalker, or a Petzl Elios, you look like you're wearing a pot on your head, but I really didn't have an issue with that.

Durability wise, I haven't taken any really serious hits, but I've smoked my head on some of the poles and cables pretty good, and it sits in my day pack and gets thrown around all day. So far, there's only a few cosmetic scratches. So even though it's a really lightweight helmet, it can still take some serious abuse.

Overall, I love this helmet. The fact that I could wear it for long periods of time at 100 degree plus temperatures and not feel uncomfortable really says all I need to. I can't wait to get out and try some real climbing with it!

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