Surprisingly comfortable and functional. Some padding on the bottom protects your sleeping pad. Nice to be able to sit upright and read in the tent when bad weather hits!
A few weeks ago I posted a question about how my blue Mammut Tusk had gotten very stiff and seemed to retain an unusual amount of dirt. I was dissatisfied, and sent an email off to Mammut with my specific complaints; they immediately recognized it as a very rare issue that caused excess stiffness but was not a safety concern. After a few emails with their reps, I sent in the affected rope, and was provided with a replacement.
The replacement is everything you'd want from a quality rope. I am very impressed with the quality of the rope, more so however with the responsiveness of Mammut to their customers.
Nice light helmet that's comfy enough to wear all day.
As others have noted, us big headed freaks may have some trouble...I have a large, and with a beanie on I can barely squeeze into it with it fully expanded. If my head were a millimeter bigger, I'd have some problems with this helmet.
If you're also sporting a big melon, I'd recommend scoping the size chart and consider a different helmet if it doesn't look promising...otherwise, this helmet is simply fantastic.
Great, simple piece of gear...just make sure you know what you're doing with it.
A very solid piece of gear for a great price. I always use these for belays - whether it's the leader or the second, its rounded edges allow great rope movement. On multipitch routes, I always have my cordelette clipped to one of these, ready to use as a master point. It's larger size makes it great when things get complicated at the anchor - it fits plenty of gear, and its distinctive size and appearance ensures you clip into the right point. Also, durability wise, after a year and a half belaying with one, so far so good - a little wear is obvious, but the fat rounded edges can take a serious beating.
Picked up a handful for these on the cheap when I first started climbing. They're still going strong and have excelled in any situation requiring a locking biner - however I've turned to using their Rocklock biner for belaying and master points, as it's much larger and more rounded, making for an easier time belaying the second off the anchor.
Got these several months ago for a trip to Red Rocks, and have since been selling all my climbing buddies on the magic of doubles. As has been said here, they're light (duh), handle great, and inspire confidence. These are my first set of doubles, and they've converted me into a believer.
I have a bunch of the smaller sizes that work great for keeping stuff organized and packing. Nothing fancy, but they do what they're supposed to.
These look great, but I have to ask: is there a significant difference between these and a pair of leather work gloves with a biner hole punched in them? Seems like you could save some cash, but I may be missing something...
There's nothing to say about these that hasn't already been said - these are incredible cams that live up to BD's standards of quality.
I would agree about the boots feeling a bit smaller; I have a long, narrow foot that typically goes 45.0 in La Sportiva trail running shoes (Fireblade) and hiking boots (Thunder GTX), but after much testing decided to go with a 45.5 in this boot. With the extra tongue, smartwool liner socks under their mountaineering socks, it's a perfect fit.
Thanks for the answer Mike. Decided to simply go with the Nepals as they seem to be a better all-rounder, despite the extra cost.
Got a 50m on SAC as my first climbing rope over a year ago. It's held up well, and although the sheath has fuzzed a bit, if you take care of it it'll last. Still surprisingly supple considering the use it has seen.
My one complaint is the middle and end markers - they are black marks on a dark blue rope that can be difficult to see. Moreover, the middle and end marks are too similar; they're both black markings, however the middle one is a long black mark and the end markers are a number of short black markings. Next time I'll look for a rope that uses a pattern change at the midway point to make it that much more obvious.
The majority of the footbed is solid but the toe is floppy enough to trim with a heavy duty pair of scissors.
I'm no podiatrist, and I believe insoles are a highly personal choice, but these ones worked wonders for my feet. After a long hike with beat up hiking boots and their crappy included insoles that ended with significant knee and foot pain, I upgraded to a pair of La Sportiva Thunder's and popped these bad boys in there. Liked them so much that I switch them out for just about everything I do. The arch feels slightly raise and as others have noticed, they give a slight forward lean that feels a bit awkward at first, but the support feels great once you get used to it. That they're hard and don't absorb sweat is another nice perk. Strangely, they did stain the inside of my shoes red; I suppose if this matters to you it could be construed as a downside.
Overall, although I was a bit intimidated by the price at first, one year later I'm confident that it was well worth it.
Got this piece on SAC about a year ago and it has been my go to warm weather top since. I've used it for just about everything; indoor climbing, trail running, trekking, road cycling. The fabric is light and stretchy, allowing totally unencumbered range of movement when climbing. It breathes well, keeps you dry and cool, protects against UV, and rather surprisingly manages to smell reasonably clean after some abuse. I've put it through a hard year of use, and there are only a few small tears that are more a reflection of misuse than lack of workmanship. Overall, a great buy from a good company that consistently offers reasonably priced alternatives.
Also - I'm 5'11", 170 lb and a medium fit like a charm!
Anymore of these coming in?
Is the sizing on this boot identical (or close enough) to the sizing on the Nepal Evo? Local shop carries the Nepals but not these, interested in a pair but want to get the sizing right...
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