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Tim

Tim

South-central Idaho Mountain biking, snowshoeing,

Tim's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Tim's Bio

Enjoy pretty much anything in the out of doors. Love the Idaho falls, winters, and summers. Moving to the Boulder CO area soon. A good chance to put my Backcountry supplied cold-weather gear to the test?

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Tim wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

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

The Nuclei is very warm, well, even without taking into account the weight, or lack of it. Packs into a very small bundle, cuffs fit well, though not quite as good as the Atom LT. Sizing, for me, is a bit on the small side, especially across the chest. I was a little surprised at that. I had hoped that it would be a bit of a looser fit than the Atom LT. Especially as I was wanting to use (the Nuclei) as a minimalist belay jacket-however, that is not a deal-breaker, by any means. The best part is the warmth of this thing, flat amazing for the weight. That is enough to earn my respect.

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Tim wrote a question about on October 25, 2012

Batura 2.0 or Nepal Evo GTX?
I am looking for a good all-around Mountaineering boot for (beginning) ice climbing as well as winter climbing in the Rockies and summer alpine climbing in the Alps. I would prefer to purchase only one pair of boots, if possible. I am leaning towards the Grivel G20-22 step-in crampons for these boots.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Tim wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using the Knifeblade since it was introduced better than a year ago? It has stood up to City of Rock granite without a scuff or single hole. It breaths very well but is still windproof, IME.
Hood fits nicely over a climbing helmet and the fit of the jacket under a climbing harness is very good.
Breathability (sp?) is awesome, especially for a 'sweater' like myself. Touchpoint system on the hood and waist could be a bit better, but that is the only negative thing about the Knifeblade.
Fit, for me, is superb. I am 5'9" 200# and wear a 44" suitcoat. I can fit a cap3 and R1 hoody under the knifeblade with no trouble at all. That combination is about perfect for my needs.

EDIT: I haven't had this jacket in a heavy rain, but in heavy snow -fall, it stays dry for me.

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Tim wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these from BC for use as a approach/hiking shoe. Fit, for me, is a touch narrow in the toe box, but still comfortable.
I used the Alp Trainer on a 5.4-5.5 Alpine climb in the Tetons this last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised with how well they 'stick' to the rock.
I haven't a bunch of miles on these yet(perhaps 20 total?) but they seem like they will hold up very well.
Only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the fit for me(subjective,I realize).

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Tim wrote a review of on August 23, 2012

5 5

I have been running the Alpinlite for a few years now. I really like the warmth and lack of weight.
The width is a bonus for me, as I am rather broad across the chest(44 coat size)and am a side sleeper.
I haven't had this bag much below 15*F, but in those cases it was still very warm-I have a hunch I could go into the high single digits with just a base layer and wool cap sleeping in the Alpinlite.
I will never part with this sleeping bag.

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Tim wrote a review of on August 21, 2012

5 5

Bought this last fall when I got tired of using a cheapo rental harness-very pleased with the fit and comfort.
Been using this for cragging mostly, but a few alpine climbs as well. I can wear this thing all day without any issues.
Only thing I don't like about the Adjama is the adjustment to lower/raise the leg loops-not easy to use IMO.
I plan on keeping this one for a while.

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Tim wrote a review of on August 16, 2012

2 5

I purchased these shoes two months ago from Backcountry and have ~50 miles on them, including a climb of the OS route of the Grand Teton last weekend. During that climb, the shoelace guide on one shoe completely ripped out, making it difficult to properly tighten the shoes.
Also have holes wearing through the fabric below the laces.
Not pleased with these at all.
I have had better luck with other La Sportiva products, so perhaps my pair of these shoes slipped past QC somehow?
NOTE: big thanks to Backcountry for letting me return these shoes! BC is the best!!

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Tim wrote a question about on December 6, 2011

Is this the new 22 kN PAS?
I notice the pic shows the new Metolius 22kN PAS, but BC's specs indicate a rating of 18kN which is that of the last version?

I am needing one of these suckers, but I would prefer the newer version.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Tim wrote a review of on September 4, 2011

5 5

I am very impressed with the warmth of this garment.
Incredibly light, packs down to almost nothing.
Got caught out on(got lost, mechanical problems!) mountain bike ride last night, and this jacket, was literally, a life saver.
Going to buy another one so I have a spare.

BTW: I am 5'9", 190 lbs, and wear a size 44 men's sportcoat and the large is perfect-not too baggy, but handles a base layer with ease.

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Tim wrote a review of on November 14, 2010

5 5

I have been running my MSR's for almost 3 years, and they have been great. Very good over technical snow and ice.I feel like I can climb walls with these shoes. :)
I really like the bindings, I can use them with a variety of winter boots. I should note that I never use the Televator feature, but I will try it one of these days.
Not much bad I can say about these shoes.

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Tim wrote a review of on November 14, 2010

5 5

Been wearing mine a bunch since I purchased it in October, been in temps of 30*F with 20 mph winds and am quite warm, this with no base layer other than a cotton T-shirt. Also blocks the wind very well. Jury is still out on how breathable the Nano Storm is-HOWEVER, I sweat like crazy at anything other than a casual stroll, so I may not be the best judge on that score!
I plan on taking this jacket to the Alps in a couple of weeks as my only warm jacket-I have a hunch it is going to do very well.
As far as fit is concerned, I purchased a large. I am 5'9", 190 lbs and have wide shoulders-I have plenty of room for layers without the coat seeming 'baggy' around the waist area.

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Tim wrote a review of on November 12, 2010

5 5

This is my first R1 garment and I have to say I am quite pleased. Used it on a long(6hr) mountain bike ride in rain and snow a few weeks ago and it was very warm, yet breathed well. That last is a big deal for me as I really sweat a lot!
The fit is superb, especially the long 'tails' as I have a long torso. The thumb loops are also appreciated.
I will be buying another one of these soon, methinks.
Nice job, Patagonia.

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