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William's Passions

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W. Swanson

W. Swanson wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

When I first got this rope, I only used it for multipitch and moderate trad. Then this spring it became my main rope. Sport climbing and dogging, whippers in Indian Creek, multi-pitch in Red Rocks, and even topropes on occasion when I'm taking a new climber out. My partner rubbed through the sheath a foot from the end while climbing the final squeeze of Lightning bolt cracks, so I cut it and now have a 59.7 meter rope, but otherwise this thing has held up marvelously to all manner of falls and abuse. The super-visible neon color is either a bonus or a detriment, depending on your opinion. Personally, I like it.

Bottom line: It's light, it's durable, and it handles well.

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W. Swanson wrote a review of on July 29, 2010

4 5

Build quality and finish are excellent, and the jacket is very warm.

Fit is extremely generous, so order your normal size if you plan on putting this parka on top of all other layers or consider sizing down.

I don't know about the advertised weight of 19.4 oz, it felt a good bit heavier than that. I don't have a scale, so this is just suspicion, but the Patagonia DAS has less insulation and weighs in at 26 oz, and the Cloudveil Enclosure has the same amount and weighs in at 31.

This is a big, fairly heavy, synthetic jacket, and I suspect it would make an excellent 4-season belay parka at a much nicer price than the industry standard DAS.

I returned mine because a medium was way too big for me (5'8 140lbs), even over layers and a hardshell. Backcountry's return process was pain-free.

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W. Swanson wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

I use this thing probably ten times a day. Cutting bread, spreading cheese, trimming my fingernails with the scissors (they work great for this purpose, by the way), opening packages, opening bottles of wine or beer. For me the size is ideal because it slides in perfectly next to my wallet in my back pocket. It's always with me when I'm climbing or hiking. Or awake, for that matter. A larger, high-quality single-blade knife might be more ideal and probably more durable for serious tasks (what are you doing out there, anyway?) but I've rarely needed anything burlier. And sure, you can open anything with a stick, a rock and some determination, but if you're bringing the bottle of Bordeaux you might as well open it with class. The red color has helped me find it in the snow a million times. I still don't know what the hell the hook is for.

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