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Seth Kotelnicki

Seth Kotelnicki

Sierra Nevadas

Seth Kotelnicki's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing

Seth Kotelnicki's Bio

California kid who just cannot get enough. Life is much simpler outdoors, and that's all there is to it.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

5 5

Great gloves for when I'm skiing or in cold environments and need quick access to my camera or doing other tasks requiring dexterity. The magnet latches keep the mitten out of your way for when your working and then they quickly cover your hands again for warmth. Most of the time I can get away with these gloves all day in the cold.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

4 5

What a fun playful ski that is surprisingly easy to maneuver in and out of powder. I almost exclusively take these on backcountry days now regardless if it's a powder day or not.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

5 5

I am continually impressed with the attention to detail with BD equipment. From the reinforced straps, locking straps, comfort, and easy access, this pack was designed and purposed with intent. Even after days of skiing in heavy snow my clothing inside the pack stayed dry without needing an additional water proof bag.

If you're looking for a day touring pack this set-up is equipped with all the essentials and then some this is it. The pack is high quality and worth the price.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little guy is a great light weight power bank that is still rugged enough to go in the outdoors. I carry one for overnight trips where I may need to charge a camera battery or my phone again. It will charge the iphone about 1.5x.

The size, weight, water-resistant ability, and tough exterior is what ultimately sold me and has me looking to purchase a larger power bank from them in the future.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

My 50 miler shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Size 11

What a rockin shoe!

I have gone through 3 pairs of these over the last few years and I still keep the old ones in my closet for kicking around. I did a full year of training in them leading up to my first 50 mile run in the Marin Headlands and then got a new pair for the race. These have a nice light feel to them and they have plenty of room in the toe box.

I use to work for Fleet Feet sports and I had the opportunity to try and run in every shoe out there and these have become my got to shoe for hiking, running, and kicking around. (every foots different)

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I have continually been impressed with BD products. Their packs, climbing gear, and clothing!

I got the vest version of this for xmas for the ski season and even after not being a fan of vest I was loving this fleece. It made me end up buying the full jacket too!

This baby is meant to be layered, but when done properly it is crazy warm for how light and thin it is. I gave away all my other fleece jackets after getting this, that's how happy I am with it.

It does not break wind at all as a warning, but just toss on your wind breaker and you'll be toasty warm. This is secretly one of the advantages though. When I'm backcountry touring I can leave this guy on and regulate temps well. Other fleeces will burn you alive and also take up so much damn room!!!

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs

I got to try these out last year and let's just say I have replaced all my old socks with these guys for skiing. They regulate temps well, they feel great, and they haven't stretched out.
Comfy feet and quality products are worth the price.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This guy packs up very nicely and is the only sleeping pad I have yet to put a hole in. The pad also handles the snow well and doesn't conduct heat well, so you'll stay much warmer. I don't even need to have a closed cell pad underneath it for most snow trips. (10 degrees +)

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on May 2, 2012

5 5

This nut tool is super light and works great. The curved handle makes it easy to use when trying to pry gear out of the wall and the attached carabiner means you don't need more equipment just to take it with you. Out of all the nut tools I've used this is by far my favorite. Not much else to say about it

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on April 7, 2012

3 5

I have fallen on these and they hold just like any other cam placed properly and the price is great especially on the larger cams. The flexibility on these guys are crazy which makes them less likely to walk. I will definitely continue to climb with them, however, my biggest complaint is how loose the trigger assembly is. I find that the lobes rarely pull evenly and that they can get themselves in funky positions. You have to be very thoughtful when placing these and watch how you pull the trigger. Also the cams a lot of time get caught on other gear and it twists the trigger pull wires and then you have to unbend them, not what I want to be doing while trying to place a cam. With the flexibility being a plus it can be a down side to the cam, when sliding it into a crack it flops around a lot and you have to really play around with finding the right placement.

If I'm taking limited gear or need to find a quick placement I reach for my BD C4s or Master cams first. If you climb in an area where there are a lot of horizontal placements, bring these bad boys for sure!

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

These are great for every day wear, work wear, or outdoor use. I am always tearing my denim jeans working outside so I needed something much more rugged and so far these have done it. I even climb in these pants due to the flexibility in them and they are awesome. The fabric is super soft too and makes for a comfortable pant.

I do recommend turning them inside out while washing them otherwise they fade really quickly.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on February 23, 2012

5 5

I had a chance to use an older version of this harness down at the Red Rock Rendezvous and loved it then, so I made sure this was my next harness. After having a chance to use the new version for awhile now, I love it. I have been climbing up at Sugar Loaf this winter where there is a mix of tr, sport, and trad climbs, and I like it for all three styles of climbing. This harness is so light weight and well padded I don't know I have it on most of the time, even while hiking. The waist belt has a great shape to it which makes for a better fit than other styles. Also, the speed adjust waist belt is nice because I don't have to worry about doubling back the harness, and in my opinion having less features is better.

The low profile gear loops took me a time or two to get use to, but I love them now because they are out of the way and not flimsy.

The one thing to thing to consider is that the legs are non adjustable. So, if you fit the dimensions I would recommend this harness

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

For the first time I have found a sleeping pad I can actually get through the night with no discomfort. I have gone through multiple sleeping pads and would always wake up with my hips sore.

I am impressed it also packs down smaller than other pads I have had, yet it is much thicker once inflated. It also fits back into the stuck sack with ease, were as other pads are a chore to figure out how they fold back up.

My experience with it has kept me warm in 20 degree weather. If it gets colder than that, I have always taken an additional closed cell pad but I may not need it.

I do have a Big Agnes bag for which it was intended to fit, so I cannot say how they work with other sleeping systems. My friend who has the same pad says it works well with his bag which is not a BA. And as for complaints I really have none, it does take awhile to inflate but taking a few minutes to inflate it to ensure great sleep doesn't bother me a bit.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 26, 2012

4 5

I keep this little guy in my car for emergency use and then also always take it when I go climbing or hit the trails. With it being so compact and light weight there is no excuse not to have it with you. While climbing in the Donner, Ca area a small 30min storm came in out of no where and I had this stuffed into my chalk bag, I'm glad I did. I have also thrown it on as a windbreaker on colder days and it worked really well, especially for how thin it is. The fit on it makes it very flexible and comfortable to move.

My only two complaints are; the black looks like a trash bag and the hood can get in your way. I don't care about the look so much, but be prepared to hear about it every where you go. My wife always has to make sure to tell me. :) As for the hood, it fits fine over a helmet when climbing but if you're not wearing one the wind tends to blow it in your face and it can get annoying while placing gear or whatever. I usually just end up tucking the hood into the back of the jacket.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 26, 2012

5 5

These cams just operate so smoothly and work well. I always end up reaching for these cams first when climbing. Maybe its because I use them more often than other cams but for me these seem a little more intuitive when placing them, they just always fit. They also have a solid feel when placing them, which will boost your confidence when climbing.

If you're setting up your first rack I would spend the money on these guys for a solid foundation. Or if you're trying to add some common sizes to your old rack these will be the cams to go with.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this for over 10 years now and when I got my original Jetboil I wasn't too thrilled. It basically boiled water, which is fine, but there were better products out there.

Recently I had the chance to use a new generation Jet Boil and I'm sold again on this product. They fixed all the issues I had with the originals.

You can actually adjust the temp and cook with this. You can reach the shut off valve much easier. It's more fuel efficient, and it's much more.

If my old jetboil ever completely breaks, I will be getting a newer generation for sure. Which leaves me with my last thought. I've had mine for awhile now and it's taken a thrashing and still going strong. If the product is just as durable you'll have a stove for a long time!

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 26, 2012

3 5

I have the older version of this harness and from seeing the updates it has only gotten better. This was my first harness 4 years ago and I still use it from time to time. If you are starting out climbing I would highly recommend this for the price and quality. It works great for the gym, top roping outdoors, and also venturing into your first sports and trad climbs. It just works well all around for a person exploring the sport. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because there is much better harness I feel for specific types of climbing. However, I have recommended this harness to all my friends who are just getting into the sport, and they love it. So if you're looking for that first harness, I don't think you will be disappointed with this workhorse.

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