Southeast US, Asia, Canada...
No chaffing or itching for me, just pure comfort. I wear this rock climbing and as a casual piece for around town. It's surprisingly warm considering the low bulk and the fit is perfect for my medium build. I'm pretty picky about long sleeve shirts regarding the sleeve length and the cuffs pliability. I can easily push my sleeves up when climbing and the fabric is firm enough to stay in place but not cut off my circulation. This sweater is spot on!
After three international expeditions and dozens of "car" camping excursions I can attest to the outstanding attributes the center hoop provides this shelter - loads of head room and an added feature to hang things on like gloves and wet jackets and such.
It's also light and very tough!! 3 people and gear easily fit inside with room to hang wet clothes, cook and sleep. I would recommend getting the foot print if you're going to sleep in it.
It's not freestanding so it's not going to be the best tent for some surfaces, but keeping an array of cordage and anchor bags to fill is a good idea.
The hoop can be hard to get into place until you figure out the technique; lay the tent inside out on the ground and keep it as flat as possible - make sure not to step all over it - slide the hoop into the sleeve and as you feed it in, try and keep the fabric tight as you work your way around and the last bit of pole should pop in with a little effort (the sleeve fabric does stretch some over time, but not much). This process should only take a few minutes. Total standup time is around 5 minutes max!
I climb on southeastern sandstone A LOT and never leave the ground on a trad route without at least a few, especially the blue/purp! I have also used them with great success in Pakistan, Venezuela and Canada.
Why you want these:
Lets face it, unless you only climb at Indian creek (and even there) your gonna need to protect in a flare at some point. The narrow cam head and single stem fit tight spots perfectly. Almost every partner I have climbed with in the last few year has purchased at least the first four sizes after sampling the ones on my rack.
I have beat the ever living crap out of these using them in horizontal placements. They hold up, don't shy away because of the corded trigger wire; it's burly and Metolius will replace it if you manage to break it.
The lightest offset cam available...period!
Trust me, your a$$ is worth the comparably low cost of owning a set.
First off - I dropped a pair of Pipelines around 500 feet from the side of a Tepui in Venezuela. I found them on the jungle floor unscathed! From there to the New River Gorge's class V whitewater these sunnies perform.
Key features I like:
The Fit - light and well ventilated with the open temples, and the Flex Nose customizes to my bridge size very well.
The Lenses - I love the photochromic Zebra lens! It lightens and darkens with a change in the light’s intensity which has worked well for me on the glacier, in the water and on the rock, making these ideal for a trip with mixed terrain.
Anti-Fog - I live in We(s)t Virginia and spend a good bit of time running in the summer. The integrated coating does a great job!
I quick vid of the pack in action while rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece.
13"x4" in the stuff sack, it can compress to about half that.
Length - 83", width at bottom - 14", middle - 29", top 20".
The windstopper pants will be warmer.
The windstopper pants will be warmer.
Yes the waist belt detaches, as do most of the other packs Hardwear makes. I have hauled this pack some..but the sides of the pack and the straps will wear out quickly if you hauled it often - if you need a haul bag might I suggest the Metolius Sentinel, its about the same size (2800)and will last a lifetime of hauling.
This jacket is designed for both, but certainly excels at insulating during cold and wet alpine assaults – one thing is for sure – it’s a great jacket that breathes well! You will probably need a L or a XL, it’s best to make a few simple measurements with a cloth tape measure, then check the sizing chart on this page. If you lack the availability of the cloth tape, use a bit of string to measure you chest, arms, etc…mark the string, then check the length with a standard tape measure.
The Pontas are great for trad climbing! Work very well for slab climbing all the way to slightly overhanging, cryptic dime edges. I have found the low-proflie toe box is great for thin cracks, also pretty dang comfy in bigger sized cracks. Get em!!!
Small - 3 lbs, 5 oz. Medium - 4 lbs, 15 oz. Large - 5 lbs, 12 oz.
The inside length for the long is 7 feet (84").
Packed size - 19"x4" (48x10cm), packed weight is 5 lbs 2oz. The specified weight noted in the description appears to me to be off, from the info I have the tent is 4 lbs 12oz with a pitchlight weight of 4 lbs. This is a great tent, get one!!
Stick with the small, unless the neck tightness is cutting into your skin and restricting movement and/or blood flow.....you kinda want a nice comfortably-tight seal around your neck to keep that cozy warmness inside the jacket!
You found your shell right here with the Epic Jacket, for the price it can not be beat!! The Epic is very well built, big pockets and pit zips (you want those for sure!)- I have had one for 3 years now and it still sheds water like it did when it was new! Seems to me you will need a medium or possibly a large, depending on your sleeve length and so on, check the sizing chart on this page to be sure. If you need to spend under $100 let me suggest to you the Sierra Designs Hurricane HP ($73.96)- it has pit zips, pockets and a good reputation. Be weary of anything under $70, from my experience they just can't build them to last at that cost...
Both boots are comparable in stiffness, IMHO, the Alpine Lt Gtx is no contender for the overall durability of the Evo GTX.
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