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.
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.
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.
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.
What are the dimensions on these? Are they about the same size as the Metolius f.s. mini? thanks
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!
NOTE: It's 75g/m. Just got it in the mail and that's what it says in the packaging. FYI
I'm shopping for my first rope and couldn't help to wonder: how can this 11mm weigh as little as most 9.4's? What's the catch? I never would have dreamed of going to 11mm, but if weight's not an issue...
Is this rope dry-treated??