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Szczepan Obrzut

Szczepan Obrzut

Adirondacks, Catskills, Maryland

Szczepan Obrzut's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Szczepan Obrzut's Bio

I'm a young man who wants to go west.

Szczepan Obrzut

Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on September 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got back from summiting Rainier with the puppy and I have only good things to say. Its as thin as you can go while still safely using a single rope, which is ideal for glacier travel where a crevasse fall is a possibility, but a lot of technical ice climbing is not on the menu. The water treatment is bomb proof, and two storms + a day of dragging over wet snow did not even begin to faze our little lifeline.

For really bottoming out on weight, this rope is clutch. Remove it from bag and the supple ripples will rip your heart right out. Plus, none of those pesky mountaineering coils to deal with when you're flaking for the first time.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on August 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay.
So this helmet is comfortable, the plastic is solid, the adjustability is nice. But.
I bought this helmet because I thought it was going to be low profile, since many climbing helmets make one look like a lawn gnome. I thought this helmet would be different, and I was wrong.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

4 5

It does everything that a foot print ought to do and more!
I was however surprised that the footprint is just a tad smaller than the tent floor itself. Nothing that would prevent or hinder use, of course, but just a thought. It seems to be durable, which is important considering how relatively flimsy the ARX II tent fabric feels to the touch. For the price, its definitely a worthwhile insurance policy.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

4 5

It does everything that a foot print ought to do and more!
I was however surprised that the footprint is just a tad smaller than the tent floor itself. Nothing that would prevent or hinder use, of course, but just a thought. It seems to be durable, which is important considering how relatively flimsy the ARX II tent fabric feels to the touch. For the price, its definitely a worthwhile insurance policy.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

5 5

What can I say? Its a spork, and its very good at what it does. The hole-y handle is a nice touch
I've also found that it fits *almost* perfectly in my 1.3 & 1.6 L pot set from Stoic (its just a little bit too large) so I filed down the handle end a tad so that all of my meal equipment is in one convenient package. Now if only I could do that with my whisperlite...

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

4 5

Summary: Great pack, very versatile, durable, useful. Two minor details that are annoying.

I bring this pack on every outdoors trip I take, whether its two weeks of backpacking, a couple of days of skiing, a day of rock climbing, or anything in between. It weighs next to nothing, takes up almost no space when packed, fits enough for a day hike or a day of climbing, and can be very meta. It's held up to four seasons of abuse so far, and looks like it will continue to do so.
I do, however, have two gripes with the pack.
The first is the water bottle compartment. The fact that there is only one means that when your bottle is full, the pack tends to be a little strangely balanced. This isn't a dealbreaker by any means, but it can be uncomfortable and difficult to adjust at times.
Likewise, depending on how the rest of the bag is packed, nalgenes have a tendency to slip out of the compartment after a while. Needless to say, I think that The North Face needs to put a bit more thought into this.

My second problem is the fact that the webbing is shiny smooth. Normally this might be a good thing, but in this case it means that however you adjust any of the straps, they will loosen over time. When you're just walking, this is an eventuality after an hour or two. If you ever end up running, this takes place in a matter of minutes. Again, this isn't awful, but it can be an annoyance. Now that the pack has seen some use and the webbing is a tad dirty, it doesn't happen quite as quickly.

One last thing, is that this pack is not waterproof at all. This becomes a problem if you don't have a drybag in everything beyond light drizzle. I think I'm going to try to treat it with some DWR and I'll post on the efficacy of that after I test it.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

Go-to winter shell
5 5

The first thing that I did when it came in the mail was to run the jacket under a tap to see how water resistant this jacket really is... all of the water beaded beautifully and ran right off.
The next thing that I did was to go ice climbing in 10 Degree weather. With a good baselayer this jacket kept me plenty warm belaying, and with the pit vents open it was actually breathable enough to keep me regulated even while climbing. The mobility was everything that they promised, and the hood fits very nicely over a helmet and hat.
The high loft fleece (which is fantastically fuzzy and soft) also extends all through the sleeves and the hood, which almost makes me want to wear this jacket without a shirt :P

The only thing that I am concerned about is its weight and its packability - both of these aren't great.
But then again, that's to be expected from the materials involved.
Absolutely recommended!

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on February 9, 2012

5 5

This is one of the best shirts that I own. As always, stoic delivers.
The fit is perfect if you're looking for something slim - I'm 5'8'' and 150 lbs, and it fits ideally.
First and foremost, this shirt is warm. Its warm enough to keep me comfortable in 20 degrees F when I'm snowshoeing, hiking, or climbing.
Further, its water resistant. While this doesn't mean much when its raining, it shrugs off snow without any issues, so hiking through the woods without a shell is no problem.
Finally, the zip is perfect for thermoregulation, and the pocket is the perfect stash for my knife, matches, and map.
This is probably one of my favorite clothing articles, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Szczepan Obrzut wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

4 5

They're basic, to be sure. They are indoubitably heavier than the majority of quickdraws on the market and they certainly don't look very pretty.
But, they preform very well. Although there is no rubber gasket to keep the bottom carabiner in place, the loop holding it is more than tight enough to compensate. The solid gates are exactly that, solid, And I've taken a number of falls on them from varying height without worry.
A fellow climber of mine called the omega pacific carabiners "iconic," and there are certainly good reasons for that.

Overall, I highly recommend them for the price, particularly if you practice single or short multi pitch sport for the majority of your climbing.
If you're looking to swell your trad rack without shredding any more of hard earned money, just be aware that they'll keep your harness heavier than they'll keep your wallet.

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