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Brian's Passions

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bmc3286768 wrote a review of on May 24, 2010

5 5

I've always considered a ground tarp / footprint to be essential gear. It adds only a little weight to your setup but will extend the life of your tent by leaps and bounds. I've also never punctured a sleeping pad, and I attribute that to always using a ground tarp under my tent. If you don't want to spill a bunch of money for this exact piece of equipment you can accomplish the same goals with a sheet of plastic like a tarp, an old shower curtain, etc.

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bmc3286768 wrote a review of on February 12, 2010

2 5

These didn't fit my fatties, had to send 'em back. Also I had a bit of a change of heart. The ski crampons seem like a good idea, but be aware that these will lift up with your boot every step you take. When you're in high touring mode that means that much less of the crampon will actually be contacting the surface. Another thing to consider: these could potentially be used to tour on steeper and steeper slopes than skins would allow - when they do slip, you will be in for a nastier, steeper, and slicker fall. With that in mind, I am still considering maybe getting some ski crampons, but now I'm looking at the voile fixies. I figure they could still be useful on, say, an alpine start where you are touring in the dark and want that extra level of security. Not in a huge hurry to get them though, because you can't retract them with your pole.

Maybe if fritschi made a pair like this that could fit my 98 mm waist skis, I'd consider getting a pair, but they don't yet.

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bmc3286768 wrote a review of on January 12, 2010

5 5

I use my 3L for backcountry skiing inside my pack. I blow back on the tube every time so it doesn't freeze. When I get home, I dry it out by hanging it from the tube/bladder attachment crotch so that the mouthpiece hangs at the bottom of the vertical tube. It dries in a hurry this way; I hang it from a coat hanger.

Once it's dry I put it in the freezer until I need it again. My girlfriend says I'm stupid and that since we live in Colorado it'll be dry enough to avoid excessive bacterial growth without freezing it . . . but I plan on using this thing for the rest of my life, which will hopefully be several more decades of skiing and mountaineering and good stuff like that. She might be right though.

No complaints thus far, 10+ days of skiing Berthoud Pass. Tastes like water. I won't be putting anything else in it because I know better. If it breaks I'm going to be taking advantage of the warranty.

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