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Rob Dahm

Rob Dahm

Northeastern United States

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Robert's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

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Rob Dahm

Rob Dahm wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

2 5

They call this a "touring backpack" but I wouldn't tour with it.
After my BD shovel, BCA probe and transceiver, 2l bladder, some munchies and a GPS, there was little room to spare. After stuffing in a puffy (for those times when you stop for lunch) a map and my gps, it's so stuffed that strapping a board to it is a no-no.
As compared to the Osprey Kode 22 there is far less room... Almost half, for the "same size" bag. That was the bag I've moved to and the Kode 30 is on my short list for longer trips.

Other than that, the pack is built like a bomb shelter and functions great for what it does... But let's call it "sidecountry" and "resort touring".

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Rob Dahm wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

The one to go for...
5 5

Ultra waterproof, ultra breathable. Even in <-10° weather I don't wake up with any condensation.
Fits my 0° bag great and once upon a time both my girlfriend and I slept in my 25° inside this bivy. Yes it was a squeeze but we fit!
How else can I say awesome... Has the right amount of stakedown points to keep it held down in any weather, one pole is plenty to keep the sack out of your face, and you'll never wake up wet. Is that okay?

And don't forget... never zip it shut all the way!

The picture included is mine next to my girlfriend's minimalist bivy... With 2 other OR bivys on the snow shelf below us. She has the OR Advanced now and loves it! A big happy OR family... And the warranty will work for my kids, because it's technically an "infinity warranty"... more than lifetime.

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Rob Dahm wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

4 5

There's really no reason for much more than this... While the Microregulator tech in other stoves does work well, the pocket rocket has been perfectly efficient for my needs. It fits in my cook kit with a canister and what more can you ask for...
To be honest I never notice 5-30 seconds lost or gained when boiling water. I'm doing other things because if I'm cooking, there's always stuff to attend to. So this stove rocks. Especially the price.

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Rob Dahm wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

5 5

Comfy as hell, warm, I end up wearing them to work, to parties, wherever. I have 5 pairs now and I can't get enough!
The only issue I have is sometimes when my feet are sweating to hell, the SmartWool can't keep up with wicking it all away. Take them off and turn them inside out for 10 minutes and that problem is solved. Or just switch pairs!

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Rob Dahm wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

4 5

I gave this four stars because it can't escape the eventual polypro stink, but for the price it's a wonderful set. I tend to wear both as a base layer for snowboarding, backpacking and hiking in the fall and winter. With a clima-warm layer over it and a shell I'm warm as a bee down to ~10° F, when I start getting chilly if I don't keep moving. HH rates these layers down to 15° F but with a light fleece or softshell before a shell or insulated jacket and you'll probably be comfy down to 0°. Really awesome stuff.Did I mention they're comfy? And the arm detail gets a lot of second looks. Form fitting, awesomely dry, perfect. I am 6' 0" and 160lbs and wear a medium set.

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Rob Dahm wrote a review of on November 25, 2010

4 5

So after looking at the complete K2, Bern, Smith, Giro and RED lineup, Smith helmets seemed to have pretty much the best build quality and their "shaping" fit my head better than most. The Colt is a lower-end model but I found the fit on my head to be perfect the moment I put it on... Even the pricier models took a bit of adjusting to get to that point.
So I bought this one. It vents my goggles (REALLY, really well) and I don't even use Smith goggles (yet). So buy it. It's sturdy, comfy, and just the right amount of warm.

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