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Zach Winters

Zach Winters

Mt. Baker backcountry, Squamish, North Cascades

Zach Winters's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

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Zach Winterswrote a question about on May 31, 2016

Who has experience with different versions of the Guide Tennie?
There seem to be about 3 versions of the Guide Tennie: (1) the older version with dot rubber all the way to the toe and a "5" on the side of the heel, (2) the newer version with a smooth "climbing zone" toe area and "5.10" on the side of the heel, and (3) a canvas version. Does anyone have experience with these versions and their differences in sizing, durability, and climbing/hiking performance?

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Great piece, got it to keep the sun off climbing in the desert and summer alpine climbing. It definitely has a very relaxed fit. Long in the torso, fairly loose and baggy. I am 5'11/180lbs, got a size Large. I also wear Large in the Nanopuff, R1, Capilene T's, M10 hardshell, etc. Out of those, this runs the largest/loosest. If you don't want too loose of a fit, consider sizing down if you're on the fence.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on March 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like its light weight and low profile, but was slightly concerned with it's specs - 12-14kn is pretty low for Dyneema stuff - so I went directly to Metolius with some questions. Here's what I learned:

Q: What's this thing made out of - really?
A: 11mm, 60% Dyneema, 40% Nylon (called Monster webbing)

Q: Cool, but why are they rated to only 14kn if the 11mm Monster Slings ("Open Loop Slings") are rated to 22kn?

see more in comment below...

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on March 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear the heck out of this visor. I like it. It's the closest thing to a normal cap with a hole in the top, similar in material and brim size to a standard cap. Not a fancy synthetic material for running, but I prefer it that way. Recommended for big heads like mine. Don't know if I could recommend the easter-egg yellow though. Mine is tan, it's neat.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on March 4, 2016

4 5

I love my Pinks and Moccs, and I wanted to like this shoe. Trying them on, the fit is very different, and seems to be designed for a higher volume foot - the kind with tall bone structure and a high arch - not my flat, narrow feet with horizontal bone structure. There was just too much dead space and the lacing was not enough to make a good fit. Length-wise, similar to Pinks. If you have a high volume foot, check these out!

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on October 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Ok so I wrote a review before, but I ended up picking up a smaller size to thought I would chime in again. Before I mentioned being between sizes. I definitely prefer the smaller size which is 1/2 size smaller than my normal street shoe size. So I would say that these run slightly big and I'd advise sizing down if you're on the fence. Also, as I said before, these are slippery! It actually sucks quite a bit. I am toted to get them resoled with some 5.10 rubber but I'm not sure it will be worth the hassle. Don't eat it on slabs or footlogs.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on September 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

This boot has a good balance of support and supple. Doesn't feel like a clunky backpacking boot, but feels more burly than a Solomon Quest or similar boot. I think this is mostly because of the sole. The uppers are thin and supple, but the sole is fairly thick with hard Vibram rubber. I wouldn't consider this a squishy-comfy boot, because it doesn't have a lot of padding or EVA foam, but it is plenty flexible and with a good insole they're comfortable. Overall a very low profile boot.

I got a 10.5, which is my "normal" size in most brands. It fits very well, but if I was planning to use this for scrambles where I wanted it to perform more like an approach shoe, I would have sized down to size 10. The 10.5 is nice for downhill hiking where a 10 would probably put a bit of pressure on my toes downhill.

A couple less positive things: 1) The suede leather sucks up water. I wish they were a smoother leather that would bead-off water. Oh well. 2) The rubber is fairly slick - at least until broken in. The hard rubber will be long-lasting and eventually gets grippier with wear, but be careful with these babies on foot logs when they're new!

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

BCA added a couple features that are really nice. The segments snap to 0, 90, and 180 degrees which is nice for folding into a freestanding T or L shape. Also, each end has 0cm on one side and 200cm on the other. This is nice because you don't have to unfold the whole thing to find the 0cm mark, you just flip it over. I prefer it this way over 0 cm on one side and 0 inches on the other because inches are pointless.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are 4 criteria that I look for in gloves. Waterproofness, durability, dexterity, and quick-drying. Since I spend most of my time in the North Cascades and BC's Coast Mountains, most gloves are sufficiently warm, so that isn't a main priority for me. These gloves score 10/10 on all my criteria except quick drying because the don't have a removable liner. But because I haven't yet found the perfect glove, these still get 5 stars.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 6, 2011

4 5

Got these pants primarily for backpacking in the PNW and some light summer skiing.
They are very comfortable, pack very small, and are average weight.
The waterproofing is 100%.
BUT, both zippers tore away from the fabric at the ankle. Even though Arc-teryx hooked up some different pants on warrantee, I was bummed because I liked these so much.
Bottom line: excellent pants, not durable enough for skiing.

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