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Venechuk wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

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

Haven't used these yet but I'm really pumped on them. Good mid-weight fabric is very soft and feels warm. Solid stitching. Make sure you check the size chart though, these do run small (smaller than standard US sizes, anyway). I'm basically the same size as the model in the video so I ordered a Large and they fit exactly as shown.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These seem really well made, and I know a few people who have them and really like them. However I found the sizing very odd and frustrating.

According to the size chart, I'm a medium (6'1", 185#, 32/32), but a medium was very tight and FAR too short. My ankles were exposed and I couldn't even get the suspenders on. Tried a Large which was barely longer (hardly touched my feet, major wedgie with the suspenders on), barely wider on the thighs, but flared out as if the intended purchaser had pin legs and a big belly. I'm not sure what's up but I returned them without using. Wish I could select both 'runs small' and 'runs large.'

Again, they seem nice if they fit you but definitely try them on.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Really happy with these shoes! I tried several different shoes before finally finding these on sale and thought I'd give them a shot. They fit exactly right, fit my running style with their minimal drop, and have great traction. I'm not finding the rock plate to provide as much protection as I hoped, still finding rocks pretty regularly, but it's certainly better than nothing.

The fit IS quite narrow but I have pretty average feet and it doesn't bother me, it just makes the shoe feel more secure. They run true to size, but apparently a bit shorter than most other Salomon shoes. I normally wear an 11 1/2, which I do in these, but I also have the Fellcross, in an 11. As Mike said, your regular shoe size should fit you with these, but if you have other Salomons it might be different.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on October 9, 2013

4 5

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

I'll be honest I don't own this model; I have the blue style from last year, but I am PSYCHED that BD came out with a 3-piece version. This will make the collapsed pole much more similar to a proper trekking axe, and strengthen the shaft when using it in this mode. The shorter length will actually be USEFUL on steep snow (which is what you're getting it for, right??). I'm really pumped about this new model although bummed because now I'm gonna have to shell out for a new whippet.

Again, don't own this one but the standard aluminum two-piece model is great. This seems like a well-placed upgrade.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

4 5

This really is a great product. Much better than the standard YakTrax (although I haven't used the YakTrax Extreme which is a similar design). They're super easy to put on, don't weigh very much, and provide excellent traction. I've had a couple issues, however.
When snow gets soft it has a tendency to ball up, and depending on the snow it can get REALLY bad. I've had 4-5" of snow balled up under my feet at some points. The YakTrax Extremes have an anti-bott plate but again I can't comment on how effective those are.
The bigger issue may be durability. I've put about 50 miles on my pair, mostly on snow and some snowy gravel, and one of the heel spikes recently broke. Not the spike itself, but the spiked metal piece which holds the chains together. I've been really happy with these until now and I'll definitely be exchanging them for a new pair, but I don't think 50 miles is end of life for something like this.
Still a great product, but keep an eye on them.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

4 5

At first I was unsure about this pack. I bought it for fast and light mountaineering, which is pretty much what it's made and marketed for, but on receipt I wondered if it was TOO minimalist. The shoulder straps are somewhat narrow and only lightly padded, there's no hydration pouch (just a clip), there's not really a good way to carry a rope, etc. Packing for my first use didn't make me feel any better as it seemed pretty full with a downie, light rack, crampons, camelbak and snacks, and even hiking in I was unsure.

However after having used it, admittedly just a little, I really like this pack. You have to pack it right, and light, and you kind of have to do things ITS way in order for it to work as designed. It's like that car that only works in certain weather but when it does you have the time of your life driving it. You're not going to take this pack cragging, or for a long winter day out. You're going to take this pack on fast and light climbs, or maybe warmer-weather outings where you don't need the extra layers. If you're looking at this pack you probably have some fast and light climbing in mind, and this is definitely the pack for that (but not much else).

A couple notes. Not sure if this is standard, as it doesn't show it in the picture, but the lower left axe keeper on mine didn't have the metal rod which girths around the axe. In fact it wasn't even threaded such that it could be girthed, I had to feed the axe through the loop and then tighten it. This was easily fixed by disassembling the clasp, threading a large button on the elastic, and installing it properly. Not a big deal but not something I should have had to do myself. Also I added some elastic cord between the two daisies for lashing helmets, crampons, rainshells, etc. and this adds a lot I think.

All in all, a very good pack but built for a very specific purpose.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on March 4, 2013

5 5

...you probably already know what it is. I didn't until a few months ago when I started looking into lightweight shelter/bivy gear and got turned on to bothys. This one is as light as any other manufacturer's and it's so easy to use I've been bringing it and using it on more casual day hikes in the winter. The ventilation port doubles as the built-in stuff sack (about the size of a large grapefruit when stuffed) so you can never lose it.

I like bothys in general and this one in particular because it's super easy to deploy and pack back up - no poles like a tent or tarp, and it's pretty roomy for two people - not just a waterproof sleeping bag like a bivy sack. You could squeeze three in if they weren't big people. You don't need a big area for it, if you have room to sit you have room for a bothy. It's like night and day when it's windy and snowing outside and you pop this thing out, sit on your pack or rope, and have a snack...instant shelter when conditions get bad.

I bought this as a safety net when mountaineering (after an unplanned overnight on Longs Peak), and it's definitely found a permanent place in my pack. Small size, light weight, incredibly easy to use and pack back up, this thing is great.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on February 22, 2013

5 5

I have the skins for the 2012 Obsethed (sorry sno2540470 I don't know where to get more) and assuming only the shape has changed to fit the new SideSeths, these are great skins. The pile seems durable and they climb really well. Haven't gone on any long tours with them so I can't comment on climb vs. glide. The attachment points make transitions a breeze for running laps, plus with the pre-cut dimensions they fit perfectly.

Bottom line, if you have SideSeths or any other ski that K2 has pre-cut skins for, buy them and forget about it!

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Venechuk wrote a review of on July 31, 2012

Nice Jacket
4 5

Really nice jacket, good softshell weight. I bought this to replace an Arc'teryx Gamma SV hoody and it's doing a great job. It feels just a touch warmer than the Gamma when you're in the shadows of a deep couloir but breathes and vents really well when you get out in to the sun. 6'1", 180, 40" chest; I bought a medium and it has a trim but not tight fit. It'll layer over an R1 no problem.

The only complaints I have are fairly minor: the armpits are kind of high. They're not tight but you can feel the jacket a little more than you'd expect. Also the main zipper is difficult to operate with one hand due to the rubber which makes it water resistant. That's the tradeoff I guess but my Gamma had a regular zip and I never had problems with water getting through.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on May 23, 2012

4 5

I really wanted to like these gloves; mostly leather construction, Gore-Tex, a nice roomy cuff, cool style. In the end they didn't fit the way I wanted and seemed too warm for most ski days. To be fair, the gloves are rated for -15F to +15F. Four stars to not bring the rating down because they do seem like very nice gloves.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

5 5

Not a lot new to say, other reviewers covered it well, but this pack is perfect for me. Long alpine routes, touring, cragging, whatever I'm doing this is my go-to pack. Although it was holding up well after a year of hard use, I destroyed it in a fall in RMNP. The pack actually absorbed a lot of the force and probably saved me from serious injury. Osprey's warranty is amazing and they replaced it, no problem. Nothing but good things to say about the pack and Osprey's customer service.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

5 5

Great pants, well made and comfortable. Definitely a roomy cut but not overly steezy. The outer fabric is super burly, one of the heaviest weight fabrics I've seen used with GoreTex. This does make them pretty heavy and fairly warm but I think that's a plus for resort/sidecountry skiing which is what they're made for. I have these and the Freerider Jacket and I absolutely love them together.

6'1" 32/34 185#, Medium fits great.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

4 5

Really nice gloves. The leather's really supple and grips well and the softshell fabric on the back of the hand breathes well. These keep my hands warm while hiking/skinning down to about 20F (maybe lower but I haven't tested them that cold), but because they are thin I'll get cold hands when carrying an axe at those temps. I think it's a good balance of insulation and dexterity though; I can put on and adjust my crampons without taking these gloves off. My only complaint is that water seems to get through the seams when the day warms up and the snow gets wet, I assume because the seams aren't taped. Generally a minor issue as I'm usually on my way out by the time this happens. Bottom line, I lost my first pair of these and I'm buying another pair, no hesitation.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

5 5

Great boots, light enough to hike a long approach without tiring me out and stiff and warm enough to spend all day on snow and ice afterward. On my first non-break-in outing with these I was foolish enough to skip the gaiters as I wasn't expecting deep snow...of course by the end of the hike I'd gotten so much snow over the tops of the boots that my socks were TOTALLY saturated and I could wring them out! However my feet were still warm on that 15 degree day thanks to these boots and quality socks.

FWIW I sized up a half size over the new Makalus because of the narrower last.

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Venechuk wrote a review of on September 22, 2011

4 5

Really nice pants. Well suited for resort skiing and the full zip lets you vent as much as you want for backcountry skinning. My only complaint is that the fabric is not particularly hard-wearing, I have visible scuffs and a few small tears in the outer fabric on the seat and other areas from minor falls and such. Definitely not something I'd wear mountaineering but comfortable and stylish for skiing.

Sizing: 6'1", 32/34, 180#, size medium fits perfectly.

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