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akl5141040wrote a review of on May 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good
I can now pack up for a weekend trip without thinking about the necessary packing sequence before I block trunk access.
Works with hitches Class 1 and above!
No slop or movement of hitch in receiver when mounted on class 1.
Includes adapter for larger receivers.
Includes locking mechanisms for bikes to hitch (cable lock to pin on front of arms, cable lock stows in hitch body when not in use) and hitch to car (releases nob which tightens hitch to receiver so hitch can't be removed\loosened)
Releases to lean away (~45 deg.) from trunk but keeps bikes off the ground (allows additional clearance to trunk and lowers wheels enough to reach with floor pump without having to remove from rack and find a place to stand bikes up.)
Mounts have sway arms (prevents bike bangs on stop and start) and contact points are soft to prevent damage to frames
Includes nylon straps to prevent wheels from spinning and causing rub damage to other frames


The negative
Has a center bolt which tightens the hitch into the receiver collar, this prevents the use of a standard hitch pin. Instead a "safety pin" is provided which only goes through one side. (still seems to be a very solid connection, no slop or movement, with reasonable backup)
Hitch doesn't angle up so creates point of low clearance and can scrape steep driveways, bikes are always high and clear only hitch scrapes.
Bike straps/attachment points not the best I've seen but work well enough, Thule has seemed higher quality here.
Too narrow to fit 3 dropbar road bikes with rear racks (used for cycle camping) might fit 3 flatbar road or mountain bikes without contact.

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akl5141040wrote a review of on May 20, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The positive
Holds water
Has tube and bite valve
Big bite valve is so easy to squeeze my 9 month old was able to work
Large cap allows ice to be added
Easier to dry reservoir out than non-ziptop platypus

The disappointing
New 1/4 turn cap, still fiddly to line up and get to thread in place
Cap stiff to turn due to seal placement
I can't figure out any real purpose for the center baffle or the fold down "dryer arms" the older designs stayed open about the same when hung and the center baffle prevents hand from fitting in the reservoir for cleaning (main reason for out-sized cap)
Reservoir will not attach to most water filters, unless you remove the entire bite valve which increases chance of leaks
Awkward to fill since the reservoir folds over below the cap when held by handle and effectively closes the back of the reservoir against the cap, spilling water as you try to fill. The new center baffle actually seems to make this worse since it keeps the back center pulled toward the front.
Some leaking but it may have been from improperly seated cap not the quicklink
Given the quicklink design expect to replace o-ring seal at least yearly depending on use and exposure to dirt. Clean and keep quicklink o-ring lubricated between replacement to extend life and ensure best seal.
Quicklink makes it difficult to use camelback accessories with other generation camelback or other brands.

I'll buy MSR in future, can still add ice, connects to most if not all water filters, super durable, less issue with filling since smaller cap allows reservoir to fall open instead of fold over, most tube leaks can be fixed by trimming the tube, about as easy to dry out when hung with inner part of bite valve removed.

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akl5141040wrote a review of on May 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Size Purchased: 7.5 US M

I bought these for my wife. She's a climbing addict but not aggressive, keeping things fun and relatively easy (5.7-5.10). I was looking for something stiff soled to provide a bit more edging support than her mythos but keeping the same flat profile for jamming and long climbing.

Initially ordered a size 7 1/2 US M (~EU 40), her typical (sportiva, scarpa, evolv) size. The shoes came comically small. There was no way we could get them on her feet, without breaking bones first. We exchanged for size 9 US M (~EU42) which fit much better but do have more bulk* above the toe than I think makes sense for a shoe advertised for toe jamming finger cracks. The lacing provides more than enough adjustment to get tight around her foot.

Once we got the right sizing she now loves these shoes. They're sticky and supportive. In the end an excellent shoe for her. They've been a big confidence boost and improvement in her climbing. I've since seen her go right for and even rest on feet which had caused hesitation and pain in her Mythos. She also really likes the color. (They're not brown, more of the maroon/burgundy pictured which complements the color of her Grivel belay hardware nicely). The best part is now she remembers what a big difference a shoe can make and flinches, less, when I say I want to buy yet another pair of shoes for me. ;)

Given the flat profile, marketing for toe jamming, and included 5.10 packaging that warns against cramming (what their shoes had been great for, prior to purchase by Addias?) I really can't understand why their sizing seems to be so much smaller (~2 whole US sizes smaller) than all other manufacturers I've tried.

I also noticed that both pairs we received suffer from the same asymmetric (different right shoe to left shoe) rand issue documented in the review by dzo105750250 though this seemed to have little affect on the fit or feel for my wife.

These are probably best suited for a relaxed climber, beginner, or weekend warrior, who will benefit from additional support and isn't likely to be climbing at a level requiring expert sensitivity at the cost of support. The flat profile means these aren't really ideal for aggressive, overhung type moves but with sticky rubber and attention to foot work/body movement you'd be surprised how far you can take a flat profile shoe. Expect stiffness/support to diminish over time due to heat, moisture, and materials relaxing (try not to leave in a hot trunk or car) though this will likely increase sensitivity and performance on slabby climbs some if the stretch from the leather upper doesn't make them sloppy. Plan to buy from a retailer who will accept return/exchanges so you have the ability to get the right sizing.

@Ivan Mercado thanks for handling the exchange quickly and painlessly.

*(upper seems to belong on a more down-turned shoe where your big toe may be nearly perpendicular to the sole but then mated to a flat bottom, however, the edge of the awkward rand will get in the way if sized this aggressively and would additionally make these useless for jamming)

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akl5141040wrote a review of on March 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have an older, likely heavier version of this crampon case. Like democracy, its one of those imperfect solutions that's still the best I've seen. :D


The bad:
Heavy itself (removing/replacing the internal frame sheet with hdpe would minimize) , holds generally heavy crampons farthest back from body amplifying effect. (better used to extend space & features on a slim 30-45L mountaineering pack then to stack on an already mammoth load hauler.)



The great:
Keeps crampons absolutely secure/out of the way/easily available and keeps your pack dry when you pack crampons after use (I really don't like having to shuffle something so critical around, and risk dropping or forgetting them, each time you get in or out of your pack ).
The pouch attaches easily to nearly any pack with lid/exterior straps or d-ring attachment points.
Adjustable straps create an expanding pocket between the pack where you can quickly secure: a layering piece (without having to pull your pack apart), the trash bag, that well used wag bag so its not swinging around, smacking you, waiting to be caught on a twig and rip open. (makes getting that free beer for grabbing someone else's a bit more tempting)
Adds over 3L additional storage (plus pocket mentioned above) which can be critical when trying to get everything into a minimalist pack.
Can be used as a summit pack (requires straps or webbing you probably used to hold your sleeping pad to your full pack).

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akl5141040wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

Flexible,Quality,needs a few details,$$$
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Good product for cool weather. Fold over pouch on sleeve to cover hands when desired! :) Washes well. Heavy fleece construction good quality. Lack of zipper barns leaves zippers exposed right near face. No wind-proofing I wouldn't really say resistant either (its just fleece so not really expected).

Used to 50F overnight without issue (in shared tent /w pad). For brief, active periods it should be fine for us to 30F with inner layers. For overnight temps below 50F plan to add a down layer over. I use my Marmot Ama Dablam with the arms stuffed in or wrapped around and the waist pulled closed as a down bag for him.

Inner zipper flaps only in select places and awkward implementation where placed to cover hole at crotch when zipped as legs.

Based on the size guide and his weight we bought the 6M for our 3 month old but he's in 95th % for age. We've used it as a sleeping bag during car and bicycle camping trips. The option to switch between sack and footie was critical for us as our little one demands his freedom.

We found the 6M size was probably the right choice to extend value as much as possible, not overly huge, plenty of room for layers. The hood is large and doesn't have a volume adjustment in the back so the hood isn't very usable for us yet.

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akl5141040wrote a question about on December 8, 2012

The tech specs show shimano tiagra crankset but photos show fsa, what are all the actual components that come on the bike? Since the bike is listed online it would also make sense to list details on headset, stem, fork, length of crank arms, handle bar widths, etc. Not sure why anyone would buy a bike sight unseen without basic specs, unless they planned to swap all components any way, but then might as well buy just a frame.

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