Paxton

Paxton

Black Hills SD, Bighorn Mountains WY

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Paxton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Paxton's Bio

24 years old, I started my outdoor adventures in the BSA way back when. Have previously worked for BSA as a climbing instructor and canoe guide. Been living and going to school in Rapid City SD for about five years, camping, climbing, hiking, and doing everything else fun in the Black Hills and elsewhere when the opportunity presents itself.

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Paxton wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this headlamp, it's always in my pack. It's definitely bright enough for working and navigating at night and it dims down for close-in work or inside of a tent. It has a red LED mode, which is a life-saver when you need it. I've used it for everything from car camping to SAR work, and it stands out. I recently upgraded to the Icon for my SAR kit, but that just means that the Storm lives in my climbing pack now.

For me, this hits the perfect sweet spot where it's bright and beefy enough that I depend on it without thinking twice, but it's small and light enough that I never notice it and I'm never tempted to leave it behind. It's in my pack no matter when or where I'm climbing. Your headlamp doesn't do you any good in the car, and I've hiked out in the dark more than once when I didn't plan to, so for me a headlamp that's always in your pack and always works is a must-have. I've never been disappointed by this headlamp.

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Paxton wrote a question about on April 3, 2012

This looks great, but does anyone know how well the down will hold up in the long term? I plan to have this for years to come and I'm concerned that the insulation will get compacted. Can you just shake it out? Does this have to be stored inflated?

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Paxton wrote a review of on December 18, 2011

5 5

I think these pants are awesome. The material is thin, so these aren't for riding or winter climbing. I love them for cool weather spring/fall rock climbing and hiking, and for active winter sports like snowshoeing or XC skiing over a midweight baselayer bottom.

These do have a very athletic fit. They aren't the kind of pants you'll wear around in town, but they are really stretchy, comfortable, and offer great freedom of movement. I should mention that there isn't any stretch in the waistband. I usually wear a 32 waist and the mediums fit me well, but there isn't any extra room.

One other note: these do not handle thorn bushes well at all.

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Paxton wrote an answer about on December 4, 2011

When I got my Sphynx I couldn't figure out how to attach the crampon straps either, and the attachments on the mission 75 look the same. Were there a couple weird extra straps that came with the pack? I can't find the website I remember, but this link shows a picture of how the sphynx straps attach. You have to un-thread the straps, pass them through the D-rings, then re-thread the buckles and the clips.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/qanda/106773/How-do-the-straps-for-the-crampons-attach.html

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Paxton wrote a question about on January 25, 2010

I'm looking for a duffel to strap on top of my car for road trips. Something relatively waterproof so I don't have to worry about my gear getting wet if I drive through a rainstorm. I don't want a roll-top dry bag, but rather a zipper type duffel. Something like the North Face Base Camp duffel but with a good water resistant zipper. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Paxton wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

Everyday Go-To Jacket
5 5

I love this jacket. My Denali is the jacket I grab every time I'm going out the door, either to class or running around town, or out on a winter hike. I don't know why everyone seems to have a problem with it, I find it warm enough. I wear this with a baselayer shoveling snow in single-digit temps and on cold-weather hikes and campouts. True, it doesn't block the wind very much, but it does breath well when you're working hard, especially with the pit zips. It's perfect for low winds, and in stronger winds I just throw a rain shell over it whenever I stop moving. I got mine about four years ago, and it's holding up great to almost daily use throughout the spring, fall, and winter. I recommend it hands down.

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Paxton wrote a question about on November 5, 2009

Are these gloves suitable for rappelling or belaying? I picked up a pair of BD gloves that are apparently discontinued because I can't find them anywhere online, but they look very similar to these. I was going to use them for ice climbing and I'm concerned that the synthetic material on either side of the leather palm might melt while rappelling or lowering.

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