Ryan N

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Tetons, Sawtooths and Wasatch.

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Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
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Climbing

Ryan's Bio

Fly Fish+ Snowboard+Climb= Happiness

Ryan N

Ryan N wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

4 5

I really like this product and use it often but it is not the right product for everyone or for every circumstance. A simple piece of cordelette is cheaper and potentially more versatile than this item but there are some benefits to this system worth considering. I enjoy having the system ready to equalize from the moment I clip it to it's intended pieces with less knot tying and the beefy main converging point. I dislike that it limits you to how you set up an anchor to 3 points, which means you'd have to do upstream converging with a runner if you wanted to use more than 3 pieces in your anchor system. BUT, for most uses it excels beautifully and with a little extra rigging it can handle most any system you wish to configure for your anchor. It is also beefy which I appreciate. Thus not a full on 5 star but close.

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Ryan N wrote an answer about on April 1, 2013

When rigged properly this device pulls rope smoother than both the reverso or ATC guide from my experience. I have spent a lot of time burning energy pulling rope on top of a climb belaying seconds up and this device from mammut is by far my favorite. It stands a compromise of all the strengths of a gri gri and reverso put into a simple and efficient medium. Watch here at 1 min 34 sec. in this (rather corny) advertisement to see proper set up for belaying from above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U382OtrXTH0

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Ryan N wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nidecker (whom presses all of Jones's boards) makes exceptional products and made it an easy choice for me to purchase the Solution 168. I have put ~40 days on it now and am able to give a reasonable review on it. I ride it with the Karakoram interface/bindings and have had absolutely no problems descending anything thus far. It handles solidly on hard snow in couloirs, floats incredibly in deep snow, transitions edge to edge well on steep/ tightly enclosed terrain and holds up well at speed. My only caveat is that the early rise tip and tail will give less purchase on the skin trail which usually is of little concern unless on hard snow and steep skinners (time to boot pack or slap on crampons anyway...) but that being said this is an exceptional splitboard and easily competes with decks $300 more expensive. I highly recommend this ride and also highly recommend buying the Karakoram bindings/ interface to accompany it as well.

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Ryan N wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nidecker (whom presses all of Jones's boards) makes exceptional products and made it an easy choice for me to purchase the Solution 168. I have put ~40 days on it now and am able to give a reasonable review on it. I ride it with the Karakoram interface/bindings and have had absolutely no problems descending anything thus far. It handles solidly on hard snow in couloirs, floats incredibly in deep snow, transitions edge to edge well on steep/ tightly enclosed terrain and holds up well at speed. My only caveat is that the early rise tip and tail will give less purchase on the skin trail which usually is of little concern unless on hard snow and steep skinners (time to boot pack or slap on crampons anyway...) but that being said this is an exceptional splitboard and easily competes with decks $300 more expensive. I highly recommend this ride and also highly recommend buying the Karakoram bindings/ interface to accompany it as well.

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