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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge

Pacific Northwest

Troy Rutledge's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

Wicked Swing
5 5

If you can pony up the dough go with it. Takes just a flick of the wrist. Has an amazing swing with the majority of the weight in the head. Easy to control the depth of your sticks. Works well on pure ice and mixed. Modular heads and spike with attachmetn point for umbilicals are nice touches.

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

top notch helmet...combo construction is the best of both worlds...tough shell (like the Roc) for ruggedness with a foam liner (like the Meteor) for cutting grams...lightweight and durable with great comfort all at a price that wont break the bank...been on 12 hr glacial slogs and up sport routes with no complaints

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

believe the reviews...they are top of the line...the eliptical design gives them more linear stability...they are lightweight (dont weigh much more than the CF models) and the FlickLock design is unique on these...most have two FlickLock adjustment points...this only has one...the lower section extends and is fixed in place while the upper portion has the FlickLock allowing you adjust the length...angled handles are very comfortable and absorb sweat well

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Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

seriously it is...if you're debating between these or the reg. Denali's spend the extra couple bucks here...the Televator greatly reduces calve strain and fatigue...puts the effort onto your quads...traction is great both on the siderails and toe points...MSR has implemented a very rugged design...also the floatation tails are a plus in deep powder

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

that's their slogan and these fall right in line...great rocker on the sole so they hike as well as described...stiff enough for fairly vert ice...nice rubber for rock...great all around boot...quite warm and waterproof too...just be sure to keep'em doused in nikwax since they are a leather/synthetic boot...they are more rugged that the Trangos but do not fit the same...these are more a medium volume foot type boot but fit VERY well if made for your feet...remember not all boots are equal so just because they may fit for somebody else they may not necessarily fit for you

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

2-3 person rope team on a glacier and this is the perfect fit...most of my climbs are small party so the 30m legth is perfect...the dry cover is adequate and the 8mm is all you need for crossing those glaciers...it would take a soft fall and hold well...wouldnt use it for anything more though...but on a long approach 2 lbs is much better than 10!

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Troy Rutledge

Troy Rutledge wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

great leash...slide secure works well and is reliable...padded wrist is comfy...the best thing is the leash length...long enough to effectively switch hands on the axe when traversing a steep slope without having to swap which hand the leash is on...that is key...inexpesive option to prevent a drastic mistake of watching your piolet slide down a thousand feet or into a slope leaving you high and dry

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