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bdog wrote a review of on January 25, 2007

4 5

The Black Diamond Covert pack 32 w/ Avalung carries well. The organization within the pack is reasonable. I was a more than a little disappointed that my Life Link snow saw did not fit inside and that there is also no practical method to carry it externally. With shovel, and probe in the smaller pocket there is room to shove a few more small items such as a head lamp in. The main compartment requires some thought to get the basics included for a long day trip; extra clothing, food, first aid kit, bivy sack and skins fit barely with a 3 liter bladder in the included pocket. I would also have liked a more substantial waist belt, but the minimalist approach works well with a harness and does not restrict movement. Overall this is a fine pack for single day BC trips. The idea of always having the Avalung along is nice, but hopefully terrain and route selection will defer its use.

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bdog wrote a review of on December 11, 2006

5 5

I was lucky enough to have had the first generation of the Mountain Hardware Sub Zero jacket. I have worn that jacket for over 10 years. It has served me well. Through an unfortunate event the back was torn. I repaired it with duct tape, but I was still motivated to replace it. The latest version has added a vertical chest zipper and contrasting reinforcements over high wear areas on the arms and shoulders. The Sub Zero remains light, packable and warm. It does seem my original had more loft and it certainly has more soul. The current Sub Zero jacket is well worth the moderate price. Mountain Hardware remains a maker of quality and functional outer ware.

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bdog wrote a review of on November 22, 2004

5 5

I wore the OVO AWOL helmet most of last season. It replaced an ageing and well worn Boeri. The AWOL is reasonably light, though has slightly more heft than an inmold design. It has superior comfort and warmth, yet in the spring by removing the vent plug it was plenty cool. For 04/05 you can also remove the ear flaps. For the price this helmet offers excellent value and protection. A fine brain bucket!

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bdog wrote a review of on April 16, 2004

4 5

Ascension clip fix skins, when purchased in the proper width and trimmed accurately have superior climbing traction. I have the 120mm skins trimmed to fit Rossi T4's. I have had no failures with the skins. Being as wide as they are gliding is not great, but they hold well to the ski and provide me with the climbing power I was seeking. An excellent bc product!

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