Vince

Vince

High Sierras, Big Sur, Tahoe

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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 an answer about on June 1, 2011

I have the same issue... the fuel squirts into the rim when priming, not into the cup as it should. That said, I let the fuel burn most of the way, then open the valve again. The fuel is still liquid, but burning a little extra eventually vaporizes the line.

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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

4 5

I believe I have the previous version, but I believe my review is still valid with this newer version. First of all, the bladder itself is bomber. No leaks, takes a beating, and the lid closes reassuringly tight. There are a few flaws; the black plastic that makes up the handle & hook mechanism is pretty weak. At below freezing temperatures, my hook snapped off while attempting to attach to my backpack's hydration sleeve hook (the one designed for that purpose). In addition, the plastic connector between the lid and the handle (to hold the lid when open) broke after far fewer uses than I would have predicted. It feels similar to the one on my Nalgene bottles, but those last through years of hanging, throwing, and abuse. The one on the reservoir literally does nothing except hold the lid. It shouldn't break at all.

The bladder itself is phenomenal though. Still receives four stars; just treat the handle area gently.

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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 an answer about on April 24, 2010

If I were you, I'd pop for a new white gas stove. The Whisperlite is still an excellent option, but, like phil said, once you purchase the repair kit and a new pump, you've basically spend as much as you would on a new stove of the same type. Purchasing a canister stove is always an option too, but I like having a white gas one as a primary; over time, it will cost you a lot less than a canister stove of properly maintained (taking the cost of repeated canister purchases into account vs. filling your white gas bottle).

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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 an answer about on April 21, 2010

The hipbelt is removable without removing the the lumbar pad, which provides a lot of the comfort, but this pack is designed to shift almost all the weight to the hipbelt while remaining comfortable. The shoulder straps are fine for heavy loads, but the hipbelt and back suspension are what set this pack apart. I wouldn't buy it with the intention to remove the belt, but... heck, if you keep the belt, he might come around!

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Vince wrote an answer about on April 21, 2010

I've definitely done my share of mountaineering with this pack, and it held up great! I didn't have a rope (my buddy had that), but I did have a second set of boots (big ones) a second pack (for technical summits, although this would have worked just fine), a big tent, and lots of food, along with crampons, an ice axe, and the rest of the necessities for mountaineering. Didn't even have to clip stuff to the outside (except the axe; duh)

In addition, this is also my summer pack. Works just as well for high-mileage days due to the nicely padded suspension.

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Vince wrote an answer about on April 21, 2010

I've done a few peaks with this guy in the winter. I didn't have a rope, but I did have a second set of boots (big ones) a second pack (for the technical summit, although this would have worked just fine), a big tent, and lots of food, along with crampons, an ice axe, and the rest of the necessities for mountaineering. Didn't even have to clip stuff to the outside (except the axe; duh)

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Vince wrote an answer about on April 21, 2010

I've had the same questions; I fix the first one by filling my pack correctly to make sure the bladder doesn't kink... I know that doesn't help your question much, but I've never had an instance where I couldn't easily sip out all of my water. The second issue can be fixed with a tube trap http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/CamelBak-Tube-Trap/CAM0019M.html

It fits right on the sternum strap of the pack, so it can be moved out of the way by unclipping that strap when you want to take your pack off.

Not the perfect solution, but it has worked for me over a few years of use on this pack!

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