El Capitan Jack

El Capitan Jack

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on April 13, 2011

I just got a pair of the blancos in a size 10, which is half a size smaller than my street shoes. The shoe fits my right foot like a dream, but my slightly bigger left foot is much tighter - almost too uncomfortable.

Does anyone know if these shoes will stretch any? Or should I go half a size larger? I know it's synthetic, but synthetic shoes sometimes stretch too...

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on December 5, 2010

So I'm building my first rack of quickdraws and I'm deciding between the quickwire, quicksilver and freewire. At my local shop they're about the same price. Are they all sufficient? Should I get a variety? I've heard of gate flutter and all that, but I'm not sure how rare it occurs.

On a related note, what about sling/dogbone length, would it be good to have a few longer ones? Thanks for the help.

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El Capitan Jack wrote a review of on May 14, 2009

3 5

So I got this rain jacket on a crazy sale, and was really excited about it. The first few times I used it, it shed water like no one's business, but now it's been only 2 months of non-frequent use (probably less than 10 times max.) and the sleeves and chest soak through within 10 minutes of steady rain. I know I need to re-DWR it, but I feel like it should've lasted a little longer. The jacket itself looks nice (got the stellar blue color) and it's light enough too. But my other quip would be the stiff, fleece collar and fleece wrist cuffs. The collar doesn't really stay down, but that's admittedly a personal preference. The wrist cuff's get wet, and then your wrists get wet and cold. I'm not sure if I'm sending it back yet, but figured I'd share my thoughts.

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on April 25, 2009

I heard from other sites that this bag has a conduit membrane, but there's nothing here about that. Which one is the typo? And if it does have the conduit membrane, is it actually that breathable or will I wake up in an ice pack of frozen feathers? Any help would be awesome, thanks.

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on April 10, 2009

How would the Escape compare to the MHW Exposure? I've got the exposure, but I'm wondering if there's something a bit lighter, but equally knife-fighting tough...Or another related shell (I'm also looking at the MHW Typhoon because it's got a crazy discount, but I'm not sure on it's durability)? Thanks, so much.

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on April 9, 2009

Mountain Tough??...Would it be advisable to purchase this jacket for mountaineering and climbing purposes? Could it handle the tougher and potentially more abrasive activities if I took care of it or should I look at something like the Escape or the Terra? It's a baller sale. Thanks for the help.

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El Capitan Jack wrote a question about on April 5, 2009

Desert Backpacking....I'm heading up to Chile's San Pedro de Atacama desert and even further north to the altiplano in their winter (July/August) and I was wondering if this canister stove would work for them colder desert nights, especially if I get into higher altitudes? I'm also thinking about the MSR Whisperlite International too. I'd appreciate any help at all. Thanks.


But, as far as the temperature is concerned, would a canister stove, P.R. or anything else, be useful? I've been checking the average temperatures for the area and they're supposed to be between 20s and 30s (F) at night in higher elevated areas. Any thoughts?

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El Capitan Jack wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

4 5

I've had mine for about 7-8 months now, and I think they're pretty good. They take a week and some change to break in, but once they do they become pretty flexible and comfortable. The Chaco comfort is there for sure, though I had to go one size up from my chaco sandals. I've taken them day-hiking a couple of times and they're pretty comfortable to walk in and supportive too. The bottom sole isn't as tough as I'd hoped, small chips started happening soon after I used them outside. But overall, they're comfortable, supportive, and solid shoes for the sale price.

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