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William Savada

William Savada wrote a question about on November 29, 2010

I have a Big Agnes Park Series (25" wide) bag (I'm a side sleeper) and want to sleep in the rear of my SUV. The Insulated Air Core 25" wide pads are 78" long and this is too long for the rear of my SUV. Can I fold the bottom 8" or so of the 25" x 78" IAC pad, or can I fold up the top 8"? I guess I should just try it. But I'm interested in knowing if anyone has a way to fold back the bottom 8" of the pad (onto itself) and then to fasten it so you don't inflate it when you blow up the pad. I don't think that you will be shutting off the air flow (i.e. baffling) in any way by doing this. I know that BA tells parents to use any of their 20" wide inflatable pads with their shorter 20" wide kids bags.

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William Savada wrote a question about on April 12, 2010

Apart from including two poles, why is the MSR Vistawing tarp so much pricier than the 16' x 16' Kelty Noah's Tarp? I am looking for a tarp to put above my tent (a Black Diamond Mesa) to keep the tent in the shade because the Mesa gets so hot in the summer desert sun, even with the vents open. Does this sound like a reasonable idea?

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William Savada wrote a review of on September 12, 2009

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For me big difference between the BD nForce and the Petzl Ascension ascenders is that with the nForce you can pull back on the cam release trigger with either the index finger or thumb of the grasping hand while with the nForce you can only pull back with your thumb, and I found this to involve more stretch and to be uncomfortable with the Ascension. The nForce has a longer cam (more contact area). The Ascension does have a slot up the center of the cam which is supposed to allow mud and ice to exit the contact area between the cam and the rope, but I have never used the Ascension so I don't know how well this works. Also, the nForce has shorter, straight (90-degree) teeth (over a larger area with what BD says is pressed against the rope with 30% more force, when under load, due to the the unique cam action.). The Ascension relies on teeth that are angled downward. Have not tried the nForce with gloves but they are roomier fit. I found the easier trigger action of the nForce to be my main deciding factor.

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William Savada wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

You maybe know that Black Diamond sells the lower carbon fiber pole from their BD Adjustable Probe Ski Poles for $11 apiece (as of March '09). These fit into the upper part of the current (mfr'd. after fall, 2007) BD Whippets with no adapter needed. That way you'll have a pair of BD Adjustable Probe Whippets. Make sure you ask Black Diamond for the lower carbon fiber sections as a male and female pair so they will screw together to make a probe. One note of caution: When you replace the 115-140 Whippet lower aluminum section with a 115-140 Adjustable Probe Ski Pole lower section you will have a pole that is about 4" longer when you compare length at the shortest and longest adjustments. That is, the range is bumped up about 4". If this is a problem (pole becomes too long, then you can opt for the shorter 100 - 125 cm lower Adjustable Probe Ski Pole section from Black Diamond, also for $11 each. These lower sections are not sold by backcountry.com (I wish they were)--just Black Diamond mail order--but you should definitely get your Whippets from bc.com. They just knocked $10 off the price and you can't beat that, plus they're the greatest retailers anywhere.

I hope this is clear. I really got confused writing it, but I'm sure I got it right. As others have said, a dedicated primary probe should always be in your pack.

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