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Vince

Vince

High Sierras, Big Sur, Tahoe

Vince's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

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Vince wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

5 5

These look great, feel solid, and I know they hold up to time and the elements, as this is my second pair. The first pair is still on my other car, looking great and doing the job worry-free. Synthetic coating is easy to scratch if you're an idiot, and I definitely scratched part of it off during installation. What does that make me?

5 STARS :)

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Vince wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

4 5

Using Q106 clips on my '00 Maxima. Fit just fine, though concerned about possible door seal compression/tearing over time. Believe these are the best solution on the market, just aren't perfect. Happy to have them though, they do the job quite well.

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Vince wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

5 5

Installed these in about an hour and a half on my '00 Maxima. Really impressed by how sturdy they feel. Yakima really did their homework. The rubber pads between the tower and my car should do a decent job of keeping dirt and scratches away.

5 stars not because they're the perfect rack system, but because they work incredibly well on a car not designed for a rack. Obviously roof rails are better, but if you're rocking the naked roof, these should do the job :)

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Vince wrote a review of on September 1, 2011

3 5

Works great with hardtails or any full suspension with enough clearance to hang correctly. My newest full-suspension hangs badly and sways a lot at higher speeds. Wouldn't trust this rack with any bike that utilizes a rear shock right under the top tube, as many dw-link suspensions do. If you're a hardtail rider you're good to go, as the rack mounts easily, is incredibly stiff, and really does hold 3 bikes.

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Vince wrote a review of on October 19, 2010

4 5

I couldn't get my wife to bring a large Nalgene around with her everywhere; she said it was just too big, and continued to use disposable bottles. This bottle is the answer! It's pretty much the same size as a disposable (same liquid capacity as a larger disposable), and fits conveniently in her purse. It's not a great option to use for any hike over a mile, but for around town, to work, and to school, it's great!

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Vince wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

5 5

Figured I should upgrade from my first ATC when I dropped it off a 70-foot wall... so this was the answer. Wanted the top-rope belay capability, (my climbing buddy is about 70lbs lighter than I am, so it makes life easier for him that way). It's heavier than the reverso3, but in a piece of gear this small is it worth 30% more money for tiny weight savings? Your choice, but I love this ATC.

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Vince wrote a review of on April 24, 2010

5 5

The best big carabiner out there for the money! Othhers, like the Petzl William, cost about 50% more, but really don't offer more at all! Screw action is smooth, the gate opens easily to reveal a HUGE basket for everything you need to throw on it, and it easily accommodates the two loops in your harness plus slings/rope/ATC.

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Vince wrote a review of on April 22, 2010

5 5

I've used a few different inflatables from thermarest, and this is by far the most comfortable. Kept me warm through many different snow camping/mountaineering adventures. effectively smaller than my trail lite too. Its a little on the expensive side, but the valve has never leaked. It doesn't slide around a tent either, like pads do that don't have a rubberized coating on the bottom. Sweet buy for sure; your sleeping comfort is one area you really don't want to compromise on.

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Vince wrote a review of on April 21, 2010

5 5

Dropped it in a hot spring in the middle of the night. STAYED ON WHILE SINKING! It was in the water for a good ten seconds before I was able to retrieve it. I was so sure it was going to short out, but just kept on working! For the rest of the trip, it had a little issue where it would stay slightly lit when off (somehow redirecting the current intended for the indicator light to the main LED), but once it dried out inside that issue fixed itself. Works great with Lithium batteries, even in below freezing temps!

My only complaint is the button design... could be better, maybe more like the Tikka 2 Plus's. They're hard to find with gloves on, but easy enough to press (there's a lot of button travel to play with).

It still gets 5 stars though! After getting dropped in water and still going strong, it deserves nothing less. (I assume it will hold up to all the rain nature can throw at it).

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Vince wrote a review of on April 21, 2010

5 5

I had the previous version and lost it... decided I needed an upgrade for mountaineering so I bought a MYO RXP, but purchased this model for both my brother and sister. I'm convinced its the best headlamp on the market in terms of usability, brightness, battery life, and weight. The batteries go in easily, then stay in (the compartment doesn't open after an impact like some others I've seen). The new night mode is sweet too!

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Vince wrote a review of on April 21, 2010

1 5

The screw gate seizes when locked down. I gave it one star because that's the only thing that this piece of gear needs to do well (besides catch a fall, and if it couldn't do that, it wouldn't be sold). When locked all the way, it resists the same amount (for a moment) whether you're unscrewing it or really tightening it down, making it difficult to remember which way is which. I have lots of other lockers, and this is the only one with that issue. I've been using it in concert with my Metolius Personal Anchor System (came as a set), and I'm probably going to leave this 'biner at home from now on. Its just frustrating.

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Vince wrote a review of on April 4, 2010

4 5

The PAS makes clipping in easy and hassle-free. But the carabiner that comes with it is still a source of hassle. The gate seizes when locked, so it is hard to tell which way is actually unscrewing it (same resistance either way). Really frustrating. I definitely recommend the PAS, but try to find one w/o the carabiner. Its a waste of money!

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