Vince R.

Vince R.

White Mountains of NH.

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Vince R.'s Passions

Trad Climbing
Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Camping
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Surfing

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Vince R.

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 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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