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Brandon Emery

Brandon Emery

The Black Hills and Needles SD, Big Horns WY

Brandon Emery's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing

Brandon Emery's Bio

I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My whole life has revolved around being outside. Hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, you name it, i probably do it! I absolutely love skiing, and go as often as i can, however rock climbing is my true passion, and i can't imagine a better area for a trad climber to live! I will be attending the university of wyoming next fall, and studying business and outdoor leadership with hopes to open my own shop and guide service some day!

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Brandon Emery

Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I originally bought this pack with the intention of using it to carry my full trad rack on long climbing approaches. I have used it for this, and it worked fantastically carrying a heavy climbing rack and rope! But i have also used it for many overnight trips and even a 2 night trip. I'd like to start off by saying this is an awesome pack!It has so many cool features in it! The shelled outer pocket would be great for storing crampons, and you wouldn't have to worry about them ripping through your pack. The three point haul system makes it easy to tow it up a wall behind you if you're planning on staying over night on the summit of a climb. This pack also works great for a quick lightweight overnight trip, and if you don't plan on taking much stuff, could easily be used for atleast a 5 day trip. The nice thing about the size of this pack, is i can pack my whole rack in the bottom, and still have room for a sleeping bag and coat on top. I can then store my tent on top of my rope under the lid of the pack, secure them both down with the rope carry system, and have a solid setup to camp and climb for a few days. This pack is lightweight, durable, and very comfortable. I highly recommend it!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Despite the mixed reviews, i have yet to have any problems with my dukes. I have them on a pair of DPS Lotus 138s, and they work great!I have used them to tour in when camping several times, and they have done great! Granted they are quite heavy, i think they do a great job and are very durable. And i personally don't think they make another AT binding that performs as well downhill as the Duke. It would be nice to be able to switch from tour to ski without taking my ski off, but oh well! So far i have no real complaints about these bindings! Hopefully it stays that way!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a great rain jacket. It works great for quick random downpours! It packs up so small which is awesome! Not to mention it weighs next to nothing! I love being able to pack the coat and have it take up virtually no room in my pack, or clip it to my harness if it looks like it might rain! Cant beat this jacket for a quick way to stay dry!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

This shoe is so comfortable, yes i said it, comfortable!It is a wonderful shoe, and does great face and crack climbing! This definitely is a do it all shoe! and all around i absolutely love it! If you're climbing really hard difficult routes however, i would go with a more aggressive shoe than this. But for long, relatively easy multi pitch climbs, cracks or slabs, this shoe can't be beat!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Ive used this coat many times when hiking, cross country skiing, climbing or just around town, and it has never failed to keep me warm. when skiing or hiking I love being able to pack it up and throw it in a backpack to put it on when i get to where I'm going. It packs extremely small but is very warm. It also does a pretty dang good job at blocking wind! I have also rock climbed in this coat, which was a little scary because of the type of rock i climb on (very crystally granite) and it has yet to tear, or shed feathers! It's very handy to be able to quickly pack it up, clip it to your harness and put it back on once you reach a belay ledge! That way you stay nice and toasty warm and are ready for the next pitch! Im very happy with this jacket, and its durability! I also have found that it is significantly warmer than the Nano Air. I was told they would be very similar, but i find this to be much warmer. So if you need a good all around down jacket, this is an awesome choice!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought this coat to wear under my shell skiing, but mainly for rock climbing. I climb in the needles of south dakota, so on very, very rough granite, and this coat has held up great. I can't count how many times i have grunted my way up a chimney, and fearfully checked my coat only to find there is no hole in it. The fabric is very durable, and not to mention extremely water proof. It is beginning to show some wear on the cuffs by my wrists, but this is to be expected when climbing granite cracks with a coat on! No holes however. I wash this coat with the nikwax tech wash, and then the soft-shell proof, and every time it revitalizes the waterproofness to the way it was when i first purchased it. I love this Jacket! However, it is too bad it doesn't pack down.

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 21, 2015

Bomber jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket is hands down the best jacket i have ever used. I owned a patagonia powder bowl jacket for 3 seasons, it no longer repelled water so i sent it back to patagonia for store credit. Started looking for a new ski coat and found this one! I have been using this jacket for almost two seasons now, and it has done nothing but exceed all of my expectations. When It finally came time to wash it, i through it in the wash with some Nikwax tech wash. When it finished washing, fearfully, i took it out and tested its waterproofness under the sink, only to find it was more waterproof than before! The patagonia lost a bit of waterproofing everytime i washed it, even when i used wash in goretex, and i never washed it with detergent. This Jacket is 100% water proof. I took it on a spring backpacking trip even, and it kept me dry through the rain sleet and snow. The material it is made out of is EXTREMELY durable. I live in the black hills, and where i climb is all granite, very very sharp granite, and i have rock climbed in this coat numerous times this winter on nice days, and there aren't even the slightest abrasion marks. The price is a bit ridiculous, but for a lifetime guaranteed product i personally think it's worth it. I don't see myself needing a new shell for atleast 10 years. I couldn't be happier with this jacket! My only suggestion would be to add a breast pocket for easy access to cell phones or whatever else you may store in there, the pocket on the arm is pretty hard to access by yourself, especially when it comes time to zip it shut again. Besides that, this coat is absolutely amazing! and the Blue Nile color looks great! The fit is great, and still gives me a little room to grow! I usually wear an arcteryx base layer and my Patagonia Nano Air underneath this, and am perfectly warm even on 0 degree days. But i don't get cold very easily! Overall, GREAT jacket! Highly recommend it.

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on February 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have really only been backpacking with this pack one time but I've used it several times on overnight winter camping trips. It is a little big for that, obviously being it is an 88 liter pack, but i typically have to carry all of the gear because my friends don't own backpacks. I also have used this pack while alpine touring to a campsite. However, this pack is by far the most comfortable pack i have ever used. It fits great, and is awesome at evenly distributing the load. The material feels very durable, and has held up extremely well so far. Perhaps one of the greatest features this pack has is its removable lid that can be used as a waist pack. I understand that most packs have this feature, however, the Xenith's lid has a built in pad on the inside of it, which makes it extraordinarily comfortable when using it as a waist pack. It worked great to shove some gear in and make short trips to the summits of some spur trails off the main trail. Just hide your pack in some bushes and pray no one steals it! So far my only complaints about this pack is 1)that the hip belt is very big, and i barely have enough strap to get it as tight as i need it. however, this can easily be solved by eating more and not being such a stick... lol so still nothing really against the pack 2) When the pack is packed full, it can be very difficult to remove your water bottle from the sleeves on the sides of the pack by yourself. And its even harder to put it back in! besides that i have yet to see any flaws with this pack! The only reason i gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is because i haven't had the opportunity to REALLY test this pack yet, so i don't feel like i can call it a 5 star pack until i take it on a 10+ day trip and see how it holds up. I'm planning an extended trip to the Winds this spring, so i will get on and edit this review after i gain some more experience with the pack!

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Brandon Emerywrote a review of on June 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just finished a 3 day backpacking trip and the Hiker Plus definitely worked to perfection. I have used it a few other times and i have yet to get sick! So i guess you could say its doing its job! It's size and weigh is perfect for backpacking, i double it up with a steri pen just to be extra cautious because nobody wants to get the runs on a long backpacking trip. I pumped water from a nasty pond that you couldn't even see the bottom of, and the water actually tasted better than the tap water at my house! I was very impressed and have nothing bad to say! The only thing is that its quick connect does not connect to a camelbak bladder, but you can buy a connection kit for $5. Also, when pumping into a bladder, make sure you have the valve open on your hydration hose... I learned that the hard way.. It was about 40 degrees and the filter hose built up so much pressure because the valve on the bladder was closed, that it exploded and sprayed water all over me and my pack... Needless to say i was a little cold with no way to warm up... Lesson learned! I highly recommend this filter!

I have now used this filter many times, and it still has performed just as well as it did to start with! I love the quick adapt feature that allows me to fill my camelbak bladder without removing it from my pack! It's very handy! Love this filter, great price, great product!

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