WallDiver7

WallDiver7

San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, Gila Wilderness, Cozumel, Bonaire, Sea of Cortez, Grand/Little Cayman

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The old goat ploding along the CDT.

WallDiver7

WallDiver7 wrote an answer about on September 26, 2012

Thanks Steve.. If that's true, then the 181 would be fine... but, wow, that's a big difference from a "normal" 181cm ski.

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WallDiver7 wrote an answer about on September 2, 2012

Kirk,
Doesn't the Griffon have a sliding AFD? Are you saying that the Mobe WILL work with an Alpine binding that has a moveable (sliding) AFD plate?

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WallDiver7 wrote a question about on August 26, 2012

My primary objective is(was)to lighten my equipment. I have never been on a true backcountry setup (tech bindings/boot combo). My old boots (purely alpine) of 20 years back only weighed 8lbs-5oz. I bought a new pair (alpine) last year and was stunned when they came in at 11lbs-6oz! This is progress?!! This is what led to a search for a lighter boot..leading me into AT. So, here I am wondering if I can ski both the backcountry and the lift-served areas with a true AT setup. ??? Someone mentioned below that heli skiing wouldn't be a good idea with Dynafit type bindings..why not? All this talk I'v heard about tech type bindings not being "strong" enough for frontside lift-served skiing is confusing when I hear the other crowd comment on how they have skied 55 degree chutes with their dynafits. I am not going to find too many 55 deg. chutes at most of the resorts I ski. I have a feeling that if I make this conversion to AT, I'll never go back. The thought of untracked powder..!

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WallDiver7 wrote a question about on August 11, 2012

How stiff is this ski? I do a lot of skiing on my "old" Blizzard Argos.. which by most standards, is a stiff ski (sidewall const.). Also, does K2 make a ski similar to the SideSeth, but is narrower.. say,.. around 110?

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

4 5

This pad is among the best that I have used or tested. It's stated weight is spot on. It is warm to the stated temp. rating. I just got back from a 3 night/4 day trip in the Gila. The first morning was 22f (lots of humidity; ice all over the inside and heavy frost on the outside of the tent). I was using my Marmot Pinnacle 15 and wearing a complete base layer (with socks and beanie). I was just beginning to become cooler lying there talking myself out of the bag that morning. (I would definitely go back to my BA Insulated Air core if it were to be any colder.) I have owned the BA Insulated Air Core, the BA ClearView, the BA REI Sand Mountain Insulated Air Pad (same as the BA Insulated AC but with only 6 cambers instead of 7.) As far as sleeping comfort, I fine the SynMat UL7 at least as comfortable as the BA pads... possibly a litte more comfortable. The UL7 is just not as warm as the BA insulated Air cores. If it weren't for the ridiculous expense of this pad I would hands down say buy this one..... but this is crazzzyy (say it like Nacho Libre would) to ask this much. At this price EXped should include turn-down service! Oh, forgot to talk about durability: My dog is pretty hard on anything in the tent. This pad made it through three days of him clawing at it.
Update : During late summer of 2012 on the CDT (many nights on it by this point), I lost the check flap of the valve on the inflate side. Exped replaced this mat with a new one. Thanks Exped!

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WallDiver7 wrote an answer about on September 18, 2011

At 72" (your height), Standing barefoot, where did the length of the SideStash 181's hit you? Do you know if the DS 181's will be the same lenght as the SideStash 181's ?? Thanks!

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on November 20, 2010

3 5

I bought the 4 liter version, then read the concerns from reviewers. Concerning the integrity of the zip-lock. I filled it with 4.5 liters of water (so full that all you see is a couple of tiny air bubbles) with 105+ degree water. (I wanted to test for warmer conditions so that the ziplock was as pliable as it would ever be.) I bounced it on the kitchen counter, the floor, and I put weights on this bladder to simulate a similar load it could be subjected to at the bottom of my pack. Not one drop leaked from this bladder.
However upon examination, I am still a skeptic of the ziplock. I plan only to open the ziplock when it is absolutely necessary.
My intended use is very long, dry leg, of a Grand Canyon trip.
Empty, the 4L version weighs 3.6oz. Very full (at 4.5 liters) it weights 10lbs-4oz. I can't comment yet on it's durability, but my 3L Platypus Hoser shows no pending problems after many many miles.

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WallDiver7 wrote a review of on July 27, 2010

3 5

Packaged weight: 5lbs-13oz
Fly, Mesh, poles: 5lbs-4oz
Stakes in sack with splint: 5oz
Inside demensions: 86"x65"
Inside Area: 38.82 sqft

We have two medium size dogs and this tent is a little tight with the two of us and the dogs, but ok. A couple of things caused me to rate it as average. One, I can never get a taut pitch. The doors are nothing special. Their design is just not to my liking. (the REI Quarter DOME T3 Plus has doors with a mesh pouch to store them out of the way and their shape makes entry/exit easier.. nice). Last, even though this tent has a cross pole that goes all the way to the ground (which I thought would make this tent solid), I have to guy this tent out on the corners to withstand moderate winds when I'm above tree line. I own and use the Copper Spur UL tents also. I much prefer their design over the Emerald Mountain. If you need the option of a very large add-on vestibule, however, then the Emerald Mountain is for you! BA tent construction quality is always top notch.

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WallDiver7 wrote an answer about on June 22, 2010

Jeff, Phil,
Thank you for your comments. The whole reason the need for a new way to filter water is because my significant other broke my Katadyn pump. (Last week she broke my watch... "it just broke") So, I figured I look at a gravity feed filter so there wouldn't be any moving parts to get broken.
Anyway, I like that Platypus gives you another 4L reservoir to accomodate different options/planning (even if I'll leave it at home to carry less on occasion). The MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter's internal mesh filter, as Jeff states, is of minimal concern because you can just let the big stuff settle out. I do like the roll-top closure better on the MSR system over the zip lock of the Platy bags. Bottom line: if the MSR were $30 cheaper I opt to go with it, since it doesn't have the second clean water reservoir.

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