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Tom Cox

Tom Cox

Idaho

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Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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Tom Cox

Tom Coxwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a 17 inch torso and on the broad side in the chest and shoulders. I ordered the S/M and it does fit, although a bit on the tight side so I haven't used a hydration bladder with it. Marmot Kompressor Flasks work well in the front pockets and the main compartment has adequate room for a light jacket and trail food. If in doubt, I'd go a size up.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got two of these to stuff in the pockets of the Mountain Hardwear Fluid race vest and they fit well in the front pockets. I wanted a light-weight collapsible bottle and these are just that. The bite valve does't leak but they do have a slight funky plastic taste, although that is not a deal breaker for me.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on April 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Great hood, like the thumb holes and is very warm. I'm not the biggest dude but this is just a tad on the tight side in the shoulders and mid section. The most I can comfortably layer under it is a short or long sleeve shirt, which works for me. It is slim so my other layers all fit great over it which is the point anyway. It is very warm for a light weight layer. I received a medium as a gift, but if I was buying it in a store, I'd try on a large just to compare. The length is long enough that it will stay tucked in under a harness or waist belt, so I'd guess a large would be too baggy for me and what this piece is designed to do. I pretty much wear a medium in everything else, so I'd say it is true to size. It fits like a base layer should. If I had a complaint, it would be that the wrist cuffs are not very stretchy and its hard to pull the sleeves up, even though my forearms are not even close to hulk-size.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on April 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Took 40lbs on a training hike and it carried better than I expected. The pack does compress well but it still seems a little bulky for use as a summit pack, although it would work. It appears well designed with regard to organization. Not too many pockets, bells and whistles but just enough to make a multi-day trip that much better.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 44.5 for US Mens size 10.5

Had to go a full size up from my street shoe size, just the same as I have had to do with all other La Sportiva footwear. Very warm and seems surprisingly breathable wearing a single mid-weight sock from dry ground to deep snow. I have noticed the "ankle pinching" that has been stated in some other reviews, however it seems to dissipate over time and has not stopped me yet. La Sportiva does not disappoint.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on March 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, I've used this for some training hikes and a couple of overnight trips for about a year and now planning on using it for Mt. Rainier. Not sure what the deal is with this pack but the hip belt rides really low with any appreciable amount of weight in it. It's barely tolerable with approx 40lbs but anything over that is uncomfortable. I originally got the M/L and had to exchange for the S/M. It may be the design of this pack but it seems odd that it wouldn't carry more weight comfortably and that it would sag so low, right over where a climbing harness would be. Every time I have used this pack with 30+lbs, it has been to warm to wear any type of insulation layer, which might help, but I just don't see why it feels like a 10 year old hanging off my back when it is built for mountaineering. Removing the frame sheet and top lid and swapping out the hip belts for a lighter summit pack is a pretty cool design which makes me give it 4 stars, but I'm not sure why it doesn't carry a heavier load better. After all, mountaineering packs get heavy! Maybe I'll have to rethink my packing configuration (which makes no sense). Anyone else have this issue? Solutions and/or suggestions welcome. Oh, and B-T-Dub's, I got this direct from Mountain Hardwear and is in no way Backcountry's fault.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on November 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium/large

Casual use. Fit is a little tight over the ears for a medium size head, but at least it's secure. Matte black/blackout is dark and great for bright conditions and driving.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on November 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought a size large to use over all layers and the fit is good. A medium would not go over my intended 5 piece layering system as the fit is true to size. Pockets are big enough to fit gloves, etc. Very warm and the construction is solid. Quality BD piece.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on September 16, 2014

Get One!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compared to the Highgear (which is no longer made) this watch stands alone. I've used it on several mountaineering, backpacking and climbing trips and it has yet to fail in any way.
Alarm: Loud enough to wake me up.
Altimeter: Easy to adjust and fairly accurate.
Barometer: Also easy to adjust and use.
Compass: Is also easy to read, use and calibrate.
Data Logs: Haven't really used but they do work and it's pretty cool.
Time: Hey, it also keeps time and date!
Size: Big, but not too big. It is also light on the wrist and looks great.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on April 11, 2011

3 5

After heavy use and cleaning, the inside of the hose had started coming out / off and made it hard to get good water flow to the mouthpiece that was leaking anyways. While trying to get it all connected for a hike last week, I went to pull the hose off since I couldn't get it twisted around. I was just going to disconnect and reconnect the hose in proper alignment, but the base off the connector piece on the bladder decided it was time to completely tear off, rendering it completely broken. It lasted for about 4 years and it had leaked out of the mouthpiece connection for half that time. This started as a 5 star product, but has dropped throughout the years.

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Tom Coxwrote a review of on January 1, 2011

5 5

This is a nice pot that will boil a liter of water. The lid doubles as a strainer and a plate, not the greatest though. It works perfect with the MSR pocket rocket stove and the fuel canister fits inside. The mug does add just a bit of weight, but is a neat design and since its ether the fuel or mug that fits int he pot I dont feel it makes that big of a difference. The pot actually has worked fine for a buddy and I on a 2 day summer climb, when we did one hot meal at night and coffee in the morning. If you plan on using this to melt snow, I would recommend a bigger pot, and that will probably work better with a bigger stove...

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