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Vince R.

Vince R.

White Mountains of NH.

Vince R.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing

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Vince R.wrote a review of on July 1, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Two pairs, lasted for a couple years with minimal incident (besides fraying waistband) before they really started to fall apart (multiple tears, ripped stitching in multiple places). I would give them a 5 star review if they were a third the price. Also a little stretch never hurt anyone, especially in a short marketed to climbers and yogis.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on July 1, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My headlamp failed after roughly 2.5 years of use (used fairly frequently, carried in pack extremely frequently) and when I sent it back to petzl, I was told there was a fault in the wiring and since it had been more the 3 years since the date of manufacture they could not replace it.

I debated giving it 2 or 3 stars as it did function well (bright, dealt well with cold, long battery life) but I believe that a headlamp built for outdoor use should last longer than mine did.

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Vince R.wrote a question about on August 15, 2013

I like the design of these pants but I have a question about the warmth. I plan on using these for ice climbing, alpine climbing and backcountry skiing, primarily in NH. I plan to were a smartwool midweight baselayer underneath and I have a pair of lightweight shells that I pack (but rarely put on). I know warmth depends on the person but if someone who has used these could give me an idea of wind resistance and insulation beyond what is said in the description I would be grateful.

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Vince R.wrote a question about on July 18, 2013

I assume that the backcountry guide pants have a more relaxed fit than the alpine guide pants but the only difference I can find is that there are internal gaiters on the backcountry guide pants. If anyone has used both and could comment on the differences I would greatly appreciate it.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on May 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't think of a better belay locker. The D shape is lower profile than a pear locker and the gate is still very smooth even though I have used it 6 days a week inside and out, winter and summer for a couple of years.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on May 2, 2013

5 5

I use the small ones all the time. I often find myself reaching for these over my BD stoppers. The little groove on the nut really helps them slot into the most bomber placements.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

I carry 1-4 on my trad rack the 4 I probably should have just substituted with a BD .75 but that doesn't really bother me. The head width on the mastercams is a lot narrower so sometimes they fit into places that the C4s just won't. For the really small sizes the mastercams win hands down over the C3s. I feel that they get into just as many small, awkward spots and I haven't seen one fall apart. I see the wires on the C3's fall apart all the time. The new X4s are a pricer refined version of the mastercam. If the small improvements that BD has made with the X4 mean a lot to you than it makes sense to go with the X4 over the mastercam.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

These cams are basically perfect. The only other cams I have to compare these to in the mid to large size range are the helium friends and I have to say that I like these better. I find that the C4s are easier to place because they are just a little less flimsy than the helium friends.

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Vince R.wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

3 5

First let my say that if these boots fit me they would be absolutely incredible. Unfortunately they do not. I took them out on a small hike when I got them to break them in and they seemed fine, although the heel wire sat a little uncomfortably against my foot. On the second hike (10+) miles I got a blister on each foot in the same spot (upper heel) . I tried every configuration of insole and lacing that I could imagine but nothing seemed to alleviate the pain. I did notice that on the descent and on flat ground they didn't seem to bother me. Too bad there aren't more hikes where I don't have to go up :). I would highly recommend getting these at a store where you can try them on if you are going to pay full price for them anyway. Otherwise it is probably worth the risk of them not fitting to get a boot of this caliber on sale. The boots have plenty of support and the waterproofing seemed superb. I can not speak on the long term durability of the boots because I only had them for a week.

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