Zachary Evanswrote a review of MSR Dromedary Bags on May 30, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Do not leave home without it. EVER.
I'm not writing about myself.
Do not leave home without it. EVER.
Ok, straight off, this watch is awesome. I must admit though, I bought it second hand as the price tag was steep in Australia. This watch lives up to everything it says it will. A little bulky on the wrist, but is not a fashion parade.
Good old fashioned toughness. Straight up, does it all, and takes a beating doing it.
I wear these at work, I work in oil & gas in Australia. It's hot. Hotter than hell. About 120f in summer average. On the ropes (rope access) this keeps the sun off my face like no other. I can't work without them! To the point my company even gets them made by Buff with their own branding.
I effin love this! I cant say anything more than its the MOST comfortable thing I have ever worn. I dont take it off. I wear in the mountains, I wear it to the shops and Ill wear it to the movies.
Buy this. It will be the best decision you will make this year.
So my partner and I use this set every time we head out. We love it. The only down side is you cant use the lid like a pan. My other much older MSR pot set, I flip the lid and bang! Fry them sausages.
But this kit packs great, its super lightweight and the two included bowls stop the fighting over the portions. Ten points to MSR and their attempt at couples therapy!
I love these pants! They do run a little large, Im normally a 32 waist, these sit a little loose, just enough room to get a bit fat in. The crotch does sit a little low, but I dont mind that. Great for hiking in cooler weather, but def not a go to in the middle of summer. Love them so much I bought a second pair.
So this is a super cosy, super warm sleeping bag for two. Couple of small points, the fabric though super comfy, is a little "slidy". It could also use a couple of hoods that can be synched down for each person. Other than that, its a great bag for two.
My initial impressions of this tent. AMAZING. I hit it once on a quick trip with my girl, if you're looking for a romantic tent, this is the one. The "Skylight" offered up some amazing nightime viewing.
Couple of technical issues.
1. Ive never used a tent with an internal pole system like this. Not so easy to set up on your own, though can be done, and Im unsure of how long the internal pole placements will stand up to some tough trips. The old pole sleeve system would have been fantastic here.
2. There is a bunch of stitching, but BD have been kind enough to supply Seam Seal, be prepared for a good couple hours worth of sealing.
3. The poles are held in place with velcro straps on the inside. Be sure to keep a sewing kit with you at all times. Who knows how long these will last.
I did not test it for "Water proofness" but can attest to not a lot of condensation. From what I understand in the past this has been a problem. But as a single wall, if you're going to get into some wet weather, take a double wall.
Aside from my couple of gripes, this tent is everything its meant and looks to be. It will definitely be my "Go To" fair weather tent in the future. Relatively easy to set up, very roomy for two people and perfect for experiencing the views we all head out into the wilderness for in the first place.
So, these boots have been with me a while now. A fantastic summer mountaineering boot by all accounts. Bomb proof, they made it through a year in Patagonia getting thrashed!
In the cooler months I ran two pairs of socks, but if you plan on doing that go a size up. Ive lost more than one toe nail running these tight. In winter your feet will get cold, and if you synch them down too tight you will cut off your circ, this leads to a bad time.
Once you dial in these suckers though you'll never look back.
Excellent for climbing, have had a couple different types of crampons and never had a problem with fit with these boots.
All in all a perfect boot to add to the arsenal. In fact all you'd ever need is these and a pair of the Koflach Arctis.
I've had mine for a long time, it was my first axe and I've never thought of replacing it. The length is perfect, works great building anchors, light and very effective when self arresting. Works great climbing also.
Only thing is the leash, it gets tiring trying to switch hands while cutting switch backs constantly. The spike protector broke within about ten minutes, not a huge deal. I ended up removing the hand leash and opted to just tie off onto my harness to ease changing hands.
Beginner or pro, this axe will suit. I promise ;)
I've had these a while now, amazing for short hike to the crag. Have done some extended walks in them with around 25kg in the pack. I found they ran just a tad bit small. They also run a little hot. Most of my climbing in summer is in heat of about 40C. Hot. Ground heat transfer after a while and hot spots will develop around the heel.
An amazing shoe in the cooler times of the year, hahahaha, cooler than 40C anyways.
Little on the pricey side, but if you can afford it, you won't regret it. I get asked by everyone i bump into where i got them, they weren't released down here!
What do you do with something this amazing? Nothing. That's why this hoody is the bee's knees. Have taken it everywhere and it never leaves my kit!
I've had this watch for a good five years now, it has served me well, even maybe saved my life in the most unexpected of ways.
If you keep on top of the calibrations it is pretty accurate, has definitely warned me of bad weather a couple of times.
Built tough, very tough. I've given this thing hell in Patagonia and all around Australia. The watch even taking a fall for me on a climbing trip, the watch got jammed in a crack (while on my wrist) and prevented me from taking a pretty serious dive. Can't fault that really can you?
Couple of minor issues, I forgot how to turn the hour chime on and off, and without the manual I couldn?t work it out. The alarm is also a little quiet if you're a heavy sleeper.
If you're looking for a bullet proof, non GPS watch, this is the guy for you. Who knows, it might save your life one day ;)
If these suckers are anything like the Gronell Massif's I have, and wore for a year in Patagonia, they are the poo! Nuff said.