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bootboy wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent for desert backpacking. The fact that more than half of its surface area can be zipped down to mesh makes it comfortable on warm nights. When the wind begins to howl, this thing can be sealed up completely to keep the sand out. On a recent trip to southern Utah, we got hammered by the wind all night long. My buddies got no sleep because of all the sand blowing under the flies of their 3 season tents, filing them with sand. I sealed up the hotel Bibler and woke up without so much as a grain of sand in my tent. Best dessert tent ever.
breathability and sealability, its got the best of both.

Ive also had it on many alpine trips and it works great.

The only down side is that you need to retreat it with a DWR finish about every 2 seasons. I learned this the hard way after waking up in Zion using my sleeping pad as a pool toy, my tent leaked badly after a hard rain during the monsoon Use the Gear aid spray. Nikwax sux.

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bootboy wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

4 5

This rope is awesome for canyons where weight is a premium and you need several working ropes to keep your pace up. I would not, however, recommend it as a first rope for those just getting into the sport nor would I recommend it as a primary duty rope. I use a 9mm Sterling C-IV or an 8.3m Imlay for most of my rappels and find that these skinnier ropes require skill, judgment, and the right circumstances to be worth the money.
If you're looking for a workhorse rope get something a little more stout that can take the abuse of newbs sawing it over edges and bouncing on it.
For those who are proficient at rappelling and have the need for a lightweight secret weapon, this rope is awesome.

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bootboy wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the Sterling C-IV has been my go to rope for over a year now. After about 18 colorado plateau canyons, it looks great and is wearing very well. it dries fast and is reasonably light for its diameter. It rappels a little faster than most 9mm ropes so use caution. Once your used to the way this rope handles it will become your go-to. Its softer than the all polyester ropes and is kinder to your wet, cold hands. Sterling hit a home-run with this one.
My only complaint is that I wish the core were Dyneema? or Spectra?, as that would significantly decrease the stretch, however, that would also dramatically increase the price.

Bottom line:
great workhorse rope for the money.

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bootboy wrote an answer about on September 29, 2010

I had the skookums and have had the same problem with the intuition liners. The foam used in the liners is low density and while it handles normal skiing stresses well, what creates the creases in the heel is actually happening when you're putting the boots on. The sheering force that your heel creates when sliding your foot in causes the foam to buckle under the laminate/liner. I don't know how to fix it but I learned how to prevent it. Take the time to really open your boots up while putting them on and avoiding smashing the achilles area with your heel, PULL your boots onto your feet with the liner straps, DON"T step in and PUSH into them. hope this helps.

Pray for snow.

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bootboy wrote a review of on September 13, 2010

4 5

I bought this lamp a year ago and have enjoyed it and have been impressed with the features. The zoom feature is creative and easy to use. I put this lamp on my bike helmet so the blinkie red LED's on the back are a nice feature to keep you visible from behind. It is a tad on the heavy side and unfortunately is not water proof. My biggest gripe is that it is very uncomfortable to wear against your bare forehead. All the pressure is concentrated on 2 rubber strips on either side of the main frame where the straps attach. It leaves you with a headache and funny marks on your forehead. Not a problem though if you put it on a climbing helmet or have a beanie on. I wish this light came with a belt mounted battery pack and a better padding for your forehead.Bottom line: The function of the light is great but it is a little uncomfortable with out a hat or helmet.

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bootboy wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

Yakima hit a home run with this one. It leaves nothing to be desired and can carry just about ANY bike you can think of. It keeps your bike securely behind you car and out of the wind and bugs. The integrated lock cable is nice as it allows you to lock your bike, rack, and car all together in one. The anti-wobble hitch pin works very well and the fold up/down feature keeps it out of your way when not in use. Peace of mind is what this baby gives you, and when your bike costs as much or more than your car, thats what counts. The only con is the stupid wrench that yakima provides you with, the socket that fits the hitch pin is useless as it is too far down the lever to not interfere with your safety chain hooks but thats no biggie if you have a 15/16 box wrench. Big ups to Yakima on this one

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