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bryan2048701 wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

So nice and so warm!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So i've got about a two solid winters using this for mostly backcountry splitboard missions in the Sierra Nevada range. It performs great as a belay, base camp jacket mostly as I find it too warm to use while doing anything active. However on a trip to Pico Orizaba in Mexico last fall, my riding partner and I got caught in temps around -5 degrees and winds gusting 20-30 mph near the summit. This jacket was the perfect warmth for me to keep moving and not over heat. It felt pretty awesome being in such bad weather and feeling completely protected from the cold. As for the fit, Im 5'11" 170lbs and order a medium. It's still large enough to throw it over my shell, mid and base layers. Definitely one of my favorite pieces or gear.

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bryan2048701 wrote a review of on October 6, 2011

5 5

Just got this tent and took it out to J tree to test it out. Feels very spacious even with my 110lb german shepard, climbing gear and I all inside at night. Build quality is what I have come to expect from Black Diamond and is excellent! Comes with great stakes that resemble msr stakes. Although the tent is a little on the heavy side when compared to newer tents. I would feel very confident taking this into moderate weather conditions if I had too. I can't say the same for the Big Agnes speedhouse sl2 and copper spur tents I tried out prior to this one. Although the two big agnes tents were lighter. Their pole design was just to delicate for me to trust in anything but perfect weather. I had them fail in 35-45mph winds when the wishbone pole got inverted on itself and turned my tent into a flat kite. If your like me and need a single tent to do everything short of extreme 4 season alpine adventures. Check this tent out!

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bryan2048701 wrote a review of on June 9, 2011

5 5

Spent two weeks trekking through Baffin island with these boots. prior to this trip only break-in was a 14 mile day hike, that left me with one small blister due to me improperly lacing them up.

On my trek on Baffin I put these through just about everything you could imagine. Crossing hundreds of glacier melting creeks, walking through endless marshes and sandy river deltas. Climbing endless moraines and glaciers. Not to mention the days it would rain and rain and rain. These boots got me through it all and without a single issue. I am a solid believer in Kayland boots and Event and will only purchase waterproof materials made with it. The fit was true to my normal size. I did switch the insoles immediately to the superfeet green soles which I loved as well. I felt the toe box had alittle too much room for my liking. And the high volume green soles helped cure this issue for me.

Since then I've used these boots a couple times for some light low angle mountaineering style hikes up the local mountains. And again they have worked flawlessly with snowshoes and crampons.

Bottom line these are great boots!

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