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Charles's Passions

Trad Climbing
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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am super happy with these gaiters. I have taken them up Mt. Rainier and many other snowy summits, I've used them ice climbing, and I worn them with shorts on long summer hikes with brutal underbrush. In all conditions these gaiters have performed admirably. The material has stood up to the abuse of sharp thorny plants, misplaces crampon spikes, and (seemingly) endless miles of scree and talus. After all of that the rubberized strap is still keeping things tight, and the uppers still keep my ankles and calves protected and dry. I've seen friends' gaiters leak in water or fall down around their boots, but the OR Crocs have never failed me! I do some product testing and reviews for Gore-Tex, but I got these gaiters long before I started with that project.

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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are great. I've used them for trail running, hiking, climbing approaches, working out, and even just out on the town (and they've done it all admirably)! The things I love: light weight, waterproof/breathable-ness, and fast adjustments with the drawstring laces. Not so good things: the small pocket for the drawstring, hard to tighten the front by the toes. Overall: these shoes are great; they deliver exactly what I need them to. I sometimes do product testing and reviewing for Gore-Tex, but I bought these shoes on my own.

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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Full disclosure, I am a GORE-TEX MountainTech. I use these boots for short mountain climbing trips in the Sierras when the weather gets cold and I expect glaciersl/ice climbing. I typically wear a size 11 shoe and these boots in a 45 fit perfectly with a pair of medium weight socks. I love the Nepal Evos because even with a full shank, they are pretty comfortable to hike in, they are very warm, they fit well with my crampons, and they climbed surprisingly well! (I was able to use these as my only pair of shoes for a trip to climb North Palisade's U-Notch.) The Gore-tex lining breathes well and keeps any water out (the gusset/cuff on the top really helps keep things from falling in!)

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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Full disclosure, I test and review products as a GORE-TEX MountainTech. This is my favorite lightweight rain shell for extended trips in the backcountry and for fast and light climbs in the mountains. The beauty of this jacket is that it weighs next to nothing and compacts so small, I can forget about it in the bottom of my pack (until the rain starts falling!) The long hem and cinch cord on bottom fit well with my harness and help keep things dry. The sleeves and shoulders offer good range of movement. The hood is pretty good, but is a little small for my helmet (BD Half Dome).

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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

5 5

These waterproof/breathable pants are phenomenal. From the local sledding hill to high altitude peaks these bibs have kept me both warm and dry. The full length side zippers offer easy access to my pockets and provide great ventilation for when you get moving. The high back and suspenders keep body heat in and keep snow/moisture out. The small front chest pockets are great for the small essentials that are always good to have on hand. The reinforced knees and seat have withstood sliding and stress and still look practically new. These bombproof pants promise years of continued service. Full disclosure, I am lucky enough to do some testing and reviewing for Gore-Tex as a MountainTech.

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RacerXK1 wrote a review of on September 13, 2012

Warm and warm
5 5

Full disclosure, I test and review some products for GORE-TEX. This beanie has been with me on countless winter climbing trips, several 14ers, and around town on cold days. I have never had cold ears while wearing it! The hat does a great job of blocking the wind which helps keep the warmth next to your head. That also means that it can sometimes be hard to hear your partner, especially if they're soft spoken. The hat fits great under a hood and under a helmet (the picture shows both). It also fits well around my head; some other beanies I have can get a little loose and sloppy, but this one fits snugly all the time. Highly recommended!

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