I've been using Vasque for years, thinking that their fit was the best for my (narrow) feet. Sadly, on hikes longer than 5 miles I would always get sore spots which would eventually turn into blisters as the day went on. That, along with the occasional black toe nail, led me to believe that maybe those Vasques were not the ideal shoe for me. I bought these due to the generally rave reviews I had been reading, and after several summits I can safely say that all of those reviews were absolutely correct. These boots have absolutely NO break-in period. I did two 4000 foot ascents in 2 weeks and my feet felt relatively unfazed. Additionally, the grip is nothing short of spectacular. I never felt unsure of my step in these and would recommend them to anyone looking for a good, low-top boot.
Take-out at the end of Westwater Canyon. HOT day, fast water (32500 cfs, July 4, 2011)
That warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you get the gift of outdoor goodies from your loved ones? Well, it's now available in an e-mail. Don't think I've ever met anyone who DOESN'T love getting these.
They're cheap, do the job just fine, lightweight, and in fun colors!
This chain tool is not built with cheap materials (as far as I can tell), and is very easy to use. Had bought a new chain with this tool, and it popped links in and out with no effort at all. I imagine that this tool will last for a very long time, and is definitely an asset to my bike tool collection.
Perfect size fits even in tiny pockets, and the metal casing protects the patches from bending or other damage. Used a patch on one of the cutter tubes and it's held just fine for a week now.
Nothing to complain about here. Especially at the sale price, you could buy a dozen of these chains for the price of some of the competition.
My old bag was a Marmot Sawtooth 15. That bag got great reviews and was warm enough I guess, but it just didn't compare to the WM UltraLite. The Marmot weighed nearly twice as much as this thing. This bag has brought my base weight down to under 8lbs, and I can absolutely notice a difference. I don't even have to use my hip belt on shorter trips, my bag is so light now.
Other than weight, another great thing about Western Mountaineering is that their temperature ratings seem to be very accurate. I had used my Marmot bag in 20 degree weather before and was uncomfortably chilly in the morning. It got to about 25 where I was this past weekend and I was still extremely toasty, leaving me no doubt that this bag will go to at least its rated temp, if not even lower without problems.
One of the only places I could find that was both flat and snow free. Northern Nevada, July 9, 2011.
These things are insanely bright; definitely brighter than any bike light I've used in the past. They also attach snugly and easily, and do not feel very cheap compared to some alternatives I've used in the past. My one gripe is that the mounts do not adjust small enough to accomodate smaller seat posts, so some mount customization may be required if your frame is of an irregular size.
The lights are adequately bright, but nothing too special. The great thing about this set is the price to quality ratio, and above all the universal fitting of the bracket. One of my bikes is an older Schwinn steely with a very narrow seat post. Every other tail light I have used in the past is too large to fit onto my seat post, leaving me having to slap together a zip-tied mess. This one fit perfectly, which is a HUGE plus for anyone using a similar frame.
I've used a POS plastic floor pump for years. After about a year the gauge on it broke, making every time I rode my bike a crapshoot due to my 100% guessing on the psi of my tires. That old pump felt cheap and worked cheap. The strange thing? It was the same price as this pump.
I bought the Serfas FMP-500 last week and am slapping myself for not buying it sooner. The universal adapter works much better, the pumps are 200% easier and more productive, and the whole package just feels MUCH less cheap. I'm fairly confident that this pump will last a lot longer than the older one. I am VERY happy with this pump.
I'm really not a hat wearing kind of guy, but I bought this hat anyway as I needed something to protect my face from the sun while rafting Westwater Canyon. First of all, the function: Like any other hat, it did its job at preventing my nose from shriveling up and frying off in the 110 degree heat. Additionally, it seems that the hat is somewhat water repellent. This worked great for scooping water up out of the Colorado and pouring it over my head without hardly any loss due to soak through and drip. Deal breaker if it didn't function like this? Not at all, but it sure was a nice perk. It might even help when you're wearing it on a rainy day.
The cons? None, really. The hat looks good, which is saying something considering I generally dislike hats like this. It's a simple design, a subtle color, and functions like it should. Given the price (cheeeap), I see no reason not to pick one of these up.
Definitely worth the expense. Believe me, $55 for some locks is quite a bit cheaper than getting 3 new snowboards stolen while you're getting a beer at a 7-11.
These are very easy to install, just slip in the 'install key' and press into place.
Used these with the Fatcat6's on my Mazdaspeed6 for several months. The whole package works as it should, but aesthetically it's somewhat unappealing compared to competitor's offerings.
It holds plenty of cash and cards, and is stylish to boot. My only complaint is that, by making the 'inner wallet' removable, there's an extra tab included in the whole package that adds unnecessary weight and girth to the wallet. The minimalistic wallet inside is neat, but I don't see myself using it very often outside of the entire wallet, so the added bulk just ends up being extra cruft. The material is on par with other wallets in this price range, so if you've ever used a Vans or Nixon wallet before, this will feel very similar.
For the price, this shirt is spectacular. Similar to some of the stuff you can get at H&M, but the fit is a little better and the fabric just feels higher quality. It also has a good style: I'm a fan of the brighter colors and the 'larger squares' (not sure how else to describe), and the Kayak Blue version of this shirt fits the bill nicely.