I don't like the fit personally. it is pretty baggy, but the fabric is totally smooth which is awesome
I'm 6 foot and 160 so I like a pretty form fit, but this is wide in the hips which is just unflattering unless you're a fat guy
great mounting bracket (doesn't move around)
won't recharge from a laptop: I plugged this in Via the USB cord and it would not charge from my laptop. probably a voltage issue, but it works fine from my wall
super breathable, padded and good fit
side by side, with my old 1 watt light, this thing is a f-ing flood light. USB rechargeable, helmet mount-perfect.
This stuff saved my freaking life on a backpacking trip. Totally changed my whole world. A cycling buddy of mine introduced it to me on a backpacking trip and I went from rashy, smelly, misery to menthol fresh, creamy comfort.
A backpacker's dream
If you are searching for something you lost in the forest at night, this is your headlamp. If you are trying to blind your friends at night, this is your headlamp. I can't even point this at the bill of my hat on low and have it be as dim as most other headlamps. There are three brightness settings and all of them are stronger than most headlamps. Just don't buy this if you don't want something ultra powerful.
I took this to Yosemite on a 4 day trip where we had a total elevation gain of over 10K feet. Two other members of my group were wearing much more expensive Suunto altimeters. We all calibrated at the same spot and frequently compared altitudes. My Axio was always the lowest number and I was about ready to throw it in the trash until we saw a sign that said the exact altitude as we left the park at the end of the trip and my Axio was within 5 feet of accuracy while the other two guys were between 50 and 150 feet over. That was the only official sign that we saw that I chose to remember (since it was super accurate at that moment). I don't know if this is a situation of every broken clock being right twice a day or not. I plan on comparing it to a GPS next time
just so much fun!!
It's that light and small. I am pretty anal when it comes to cutting weight. I think knifes are usually just wasted weight/space, but you could carry around 15 of these before you noticed any increase in weight. Of course the blade is not as good as some larger knifes and you won't be splitting logs with this bad boy, but it cuts!
Super light.. (the first one I got was defective and BC sent me a new one lickety split)
I would definitely suggest testing it a few nights at home before you go out into the Forrest. One downside is that the cornbread yellow color shows dirt that you will inevitably pick up whilst backpacking. The stuff sack breaks too, but it's not crucial. The long tubes could be better if they were more quilted like the big agnes q-core, but this pad is way lighter than that one too.
I use these bad boys every day and they are like walking on clouds. They are not super durable, but I think I'll get 6 months of daily use out of them easily (perhaps a year). One application for these that I want to bring up is using them for backpacking (when you are all done hiking in your boots for the day). They are much lighter than other popular sandals like rainbows (and I think they are much more comfortable).
It's kind of the Cadillac of two person backpacking tents. It was the tallest and longest that I could find, so that you can stretch out and sit up without feeling cramped or getting your feet wet on a rainy day by touching the two layers of the tent together (ya, that is the worst, waking up with wet feet).
It also has to HUGE vestibules!
The downside is it is pretty heavy, so you don't want to backpack with this alone if you are looking for "a bit more room" than a one man tent. It is way too heavy for soloing.
I haven't owned a lot of boots in my day, but these are really comfortable and tighten quickly. my only gripe would be the pull strings get a bit messy
the ear flaps fit a bit snugly which leads to sore ears at the end of the day. The boa in the back loosens on it's own (not sure if it is just the lock that is broken on it)
In terms of what is more annoying (feeding the two straps through the buckles VS shoving your boot deep enough through the back of the binding to get the high back into position) I would say, once you get the hang of it, the flows are better. The key is the following:
#1 you don't need to excessively tighten these bindings
#2 leaving your bindings more loose than you think they should be (intuitively) this way, you can slip your boots in pretty easily
easily the piece of clothing that I use the most
I read several warnings about how this board was not for beginners and let me just say that I was quite surprised to use this board (in my 3rd day of snowboarding after a 14 year hiatus). It was ultra responsive and quite honestly felt squirrely. it took about 2 days to get used to the responsiveness, but now I am confident that it was a good choice because one can tend to recover out of most poor landings in jumps.
I don't know much about snowboarding, but I do know that I like this board :)
The tasty red looks a whole lot like salmon in most lights (just so you know). the caviar is gun metal grey (my favorite color). the loft on these bad boys is substantially more than Patagonia's powder bowl insulated pants. the fit is much less baggy too. I am 6 foot , 165 pounds, and a 32 waist and the medium fits perfectly in my opinion. The only minor thing I would change is to not have the waist buttons exposed (to your belly on the inside). the powder bowls win on that front only. oh and the fabric of these is semi soft to the touch (which I hope does not mean that they will wear down quickly.
the powder bowls fabric is super SUPER durable (and restricts range of motion to a certain extent.
I have to say that these seem much more warm, and fit more comfortably.
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