Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton

Wasatch Front

Ryan Hamilton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Ryan Hamilton's Bio

I love the mountains more than anything. I enjoy rock climbing, inside and out. Ice climbing, winter and summer mountaineering, snowshoeing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking.

Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been with me on numerous adventures in the mountains. They hold tight to a number of different boot models. The only time I've had one come loose was when I was sloppy with getting the heel tight enough. They work well on steep snow, WI2-3, and burly enough to handle a lot of loose rock, scree and short sections of mixed type climbing. I always get a smile when I pull these out to strap them on my boots.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for three years now and they are still going strong. I have to sharpen the front points every other outing. The down points are all sharp and good. The only downside is these do not convert to mono very easily. It can be done but you have to hack saw into the anti balling place to cut a notch. Not fun or desirable. Still highly recommended.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

This is a great multi-purpose jacket. I've been wearing it out in the spring temps and it cuts the wind well and provides just enough insulation to keep me warm without overheating when hiking or climbing. The sizing is a tad small. I typically get a size large for most jackets and find this large to be a bit more snug than others. still ok, but keep in mind.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an awesome multi-purpose pack. It's designed for multi-day alpine climbing trips. It would make an awesome pack for Mt. Rainier or Aconcogua. It would also be a good all around backpacking pack. The OutDry membrane keeps everything in the pack nice and dry. Great for the Pac NW and the AT. Really comfortable with around 45-50 lbs. Super durable too. Just a really good pack.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is among the most comfortable harnesses I've ever used. It is my go to for sport and trad climbing. Really nice for taking a lot of falls and even hanging belays on multi-pitch routes. The gear loops are easy to use and in the right places. The wide stiff padding is what makes this so comfortable. The only downside is that this also does not compress much so it takes up a little more space in your pack. I leave this one home for alpine climbing trips and long treks into climbing areas.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cams are great. They are built very solid. They don't walk much in placements. They are reasonably light and do a good job of filling the gaps between other brand cams. A light wax lube keeps them nice and smooth.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The small size is of this pack can actually hold a good amount. It's the perfect size for a single day alpine or ice climbing trip. Room enough for a light puffy, small rack, crampons, snacks and water. Compresses pretty well, could be used as a summit pack. Very lightweight. comfy for climbing.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are probably the most comfortable out-of-the box shoes I've ever worn. As Steph points out, down below, there are no seams in the toe box so it limits the pain of jamming into cracks. The rubber is right where it needs to be and the mid-sole is just stiff enough to give a good platform, but still some sensitivity for face climbing. Nice precise toe and a really comfortable heel. The rubber is an sticky as the best out there. Fit to your street shoe size for the perfect all day or crack climbing fit. Go down 1/2 size if using mostly for sport climbing.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is by far the warmest parka I've ever worn. Awesome for high altitude and really long belays where you need any help you can get to stay warm. The collar and hood design are spectacular, so warm. I'm 6'3" and got an XL so that I'd have plenty of room for a mid-layer and shell under. Making this useful as a belay or rest layer in the alpine environment. Large would work if you don't plan on much more than a single mid-layer under.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used a lot sleeping bags and this new design is really awesome. So nice to have the ability to just open up the top like a blanket. It does limit the warming ability a little. I'd say this is good to 20f, but still a good back for 99% of the time you spend camping and backpacking. Packs down super small and is super light. Get the Long size if over 6 feet tall.

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've only used these for climbing so I can't speak to how they do skiing. They move well and breathe pretty well too. I do wish the zippers went all the way up the leg to add more vent options. The drawstring closure is cool, no need for a belt. Really great for long legs, the inseam is probably the longest I've seen.

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