NickM

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Nicholas's Passions

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NickM

NickM wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like many folks, these were my first touring boots; my first ski boots actually.

Pros: They're comfy, wide, fairly light, and tour well. If you have super wide feet, these may do well for you. If you can find them on a great deal, a great 1st boot for sure; well, maybe for a few months...

Cons: Downhill performance leaves a lot to be desired, so I was forced to upgrade within 3 months of owning these. They're so high volume and flexible that downhill can get a little rowdy, and I'm a pretty damn intermediate skier. Also, the liner is a lightweight, flimsy piece of garbage. Some aftermarket liners would really help this boot, but you'll end up spending as much as a 10x better boot.

Bottom line: They work, sure, but there are a ton of better options that tour well and ski significantly better . Black Diamond is definitely quite a few years behind the curve on ski boots. I have friends with Quadrants, as well, who aren't exactly in love. After using something like Scarpa's Maestrale or Freedom, BD boots are kind of a joke.

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NickM wrote a review of on December 31, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Could be helpful when choosing sizes...

I'm 6'0, 155 lbs and wear 32" jeans with a belt to snug. Size Medium: fit waist fine, length was good. But the cut is wide and baggy; there's a LOT of fabric flopping around the legs. Fine for lookin' cool at a resort, not ideal for hiking/skinning around in the backcountry all day. So I tried and kept the size Small: nearly too tight on the waist, a bit short on the length, but with a considerably slimmer cut.

Definitely not an ideal pant on slim people for active/technical use, but since it's the only bib like it in the price range, I'm gonna put up with a marginal fit for better function.

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NickM wrote a review of on April 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this guy for a year and a half now and am very happy with it. I would say the biggest selling point is the burly sheath...just used it almost 30 consecutive days in Yosemite and it's just starting to get a little fuzzy. Second best part is the middle marker, really useful.

Other ropes like Bluewater and Sterling seem to handle a bit better, but nothing major. Also, after 1.5 years and 60+ days of climbing I wouldn't count much on the dry treatment (maybe that's true for all ropes).

There's a ton of other cheaper options out there, but I'm sold on Monster and my next rope will be the 9.8 or 9.2 for sure.

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NickM wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

3 5

Let me start by saying I got the suit on sale for $100 and I'm really happy about it; even if I payed full price, I'd be satisfied. But...there's no question in my mind that Hyperflex is inferior to higher priced suits from O'neill, Xcel, etc.

Main 2 complaints: None of the seams are sealed on the inside and it's way less stretchy/more restrictive than other major brand 5/4's I've used. Just cheaper made than $400 wetsuits, pretty simple.

That said, it's pretty new right now and it's doing the job in Northern CA this winter. I expect it to start to die quicker than more expensive suits due to the cheaper neoprene and un-welded interior seams, but heck, i's a 5/4 for under $300!

Bottom line: I'm satisfied. Does the job. But it's no replacement for your $450 wetsuit. Occasional surfer or people wanting a back-up suit, get it! Serious surfer looking for their go-to wetsuit to last a season or two, Hyperflex is not for you.

Also good to note: I read the review below and have encountered none of those issues with neoprene falling apart. I've had the thing for 3 months and have used it around 15 times and it's holding strong.

Hope I've helped.

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NickM wrote a review of on July 22, 2011

4 5

I was surprised at how sturdy and solid this little guy felt, and how good the gate action feels. HOWEVER, KNOW HOW SMALL THESE ARE: 3 inches on the long axis, 2 inches across. I love them for anchors and racking nuts and what not, but would not put them on the rope end of a quickdraw.

I'm new to climbing and have only been on sport / top-rope single pitch stuff, but if I ever do backcountry alpine climbing, I'll be getting more of these for their weight and size. They are tiny!

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