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Bart's Passions

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bar4749839 wrote a review of on January 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the second TNF Gore-Tex hard shell that I 've had. The first one is about 34 years old, and I still use it, it's had a zipper and snap replaced, and has been to the top of Mt. Hood, and on numerous alpine and Nordic ski trips and climbs. This new Free Thinker is terrific. I checked out similar products from all the major competitors, and chose the Free Thinker above all of them. This is my second season using it as my hard shell for skiing. It is so well thought out. Little design details start to add up when you are living in the jacket. I am very pleased. Build quality is second to none.

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bar4749839 wrote a review of on January 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe got an Editor's Choice pick of the year by Climbing Magazine a year or two ago. For a high performance shoe they are very good. I've been climbing since the 1970s. I currently own four pair of climbing shoes. I give the Scarpa Instinct Five stars.

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bar4749839 wrote a review of on April 13, 2012

5 5

I've been climbing since I was 14, in the early 70's. I've never carried a knife while rock climbing. Alpine is a different matter, where a knife is a part of your basic survival gear. But I've become convinced that there are circumstances where webbing could become tangled on a rock climb, and a knife could come in handy. This little knife is as light and compact as it can be. It clips to your harness with a carabiner, and cannot open accidentally while clipped to a 'binder. It is well designed for a minimalist, light weight knife for climbing. Go ahead and carry it, but be wise, and hope you never need to use it, other than to slice snacks after a good climb.

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