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Shane Shin

Shane Shin

East Coast Climber, Runner

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Shane Shin

Shane Shinwrote a review of on January 4, 2015

Still not convinced..
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used the BD Express extensively so I will draw comparisons with them.

Racking: These rack the same as the BD, they nest nicely together into an ice clipper.
Starting: They start quickly and well, but not a noticeable improvement over BD. I had no problems starting them easily.
Speed: The crank knob is a lot bigger than the BD but tends to fold up unintentionally if you crank it really fast. Kind of annoying but I might need to just get used to it.
Clearance: The slightly smaller hanger compared to BD means it does fit in slightly smaller spaces, but not anywhere near a Grivel 360 clearance.
Weight: These have an aluminum hanger so they are lighter than the BD screws. The "laser speed light" model with aluminum shaft is incredibly light.
Hanger: You can easily fit 3 carabiners in the hanger which is quite generously sized.
Cost: These cost the same as the BD
Strength: Probably strong enough, but I had no way to test this.
*Cleaning: I had major problems clearing the ice out of the screw when cleaning them. For half the placements the ice would not come out through normal means (tapping the head against the ice). I had to put the screws in my jacket to melt the cores out. This was with new screws on 2 different trips with 2 different conditions.
Durability: I have not had them long enough to extensively test the durability. After 2 alpine climbs the shiny finish near the teeth is visibly worn away leaving spots of dull grey metal on the shaft of the screw. Not sure if this is significant yet, but I've never had this with the BD.

Conclusion: I am not thoroughly convinced these are worse than the BD. However I am convinced these are not significantly better than the BD. The problem with clearing the ice out of the screws was fairly severe, but will require more testing to figure out why that was happening.

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Shane Shin

Shane Shinwrote a review of on January 7, 2011

3 5

This pot essentially replaces the MSR Titan 2L pot. I got it thinking it would be an upgrade. I liked that the handle was attached so there was no chance of losing it, and I liked the new lid design with the strainer holes. In the end I concluded it was a waste of money and I should have stayed with the Titan.

First off this pot is heavier than the Titan. Yes it has a larger volume but it turns out the new handle is also significantly heavier than the old handle, and the lid is heavier as well. Secondly the handle seems like a POS. It is rattly on the pot and seems cheap. It's strong enough holding in the downward direction, but if something were to push up on the pot the handle would easily break. I.E. it's only strong in one direction. Third and most importantly, I cannot fit my dragonfly stove inside!! It DOES fit inside the Titan pot, even though the Titan pot is a smaller volume.

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Shane Shin

Shane Shinwrote a review of on November 30, 2010

4 5

I have a medium and 30 waist, I can cinch the harness up as far as it will go. That said I tried a couple sizes and the medium was more comfortable (more padding than the small). The comfort is outstanding with almost no pressure points. The sliding padding works well to keep your tie-in centered. Fabric is soft and feels good against bare skin. Gear loops are ok, not the best. They are covered in rubber and sometimes biners get caught on the rubber. They are a little far back for my tastes. It has 2 slots for ice clippers, but they are kind of far back as well. The waistbelt and leg loops never need to be doubled back which saves time when putting on the harness. The harness is on the heavy and bulky side.

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Shane Shinwrote a review of on November 26, 2010

2 5

This pack has the perfect storage capacity and organization for a long (all day) trail run without seeing civilization. Unfortunately, there is no way I can get it to not bounce when running. I have tried adjusting everything, and even when all the straps are as tight as possible it still bounces. I have a very old camelbak mule designed for mountain biking that bounces less than this.

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