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Tyler's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering

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bulletbikeguy wrote an answer about on March 2, 2013

I wish I could tell you for sure. I've hiked steep terrain and ice climbed many vertical pitches with BD Cyborg with Step-in mounts. I have had no movement issues with the step-in Cyborgs moving or shifting and the boot seems to stay plenty stiff. I also purchased these because of the price and I have not been disappointed.

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bulletbikeguy wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I've had these boots for several years. They've seen me through snow, scree fields, streams and miles upon miles of trails. The soles hold up great and the uppers have been 100% waterproof to date. The only negative I've found is they are a bit heavy. They also took a while to break in but there is good reason for that.

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bulletbikeguy wrote a review of on January 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased these on my way to Ouray and used them without any time to break them in. I only climbed for 1.5 days but I can report no blisters and no stubbed toes! They worked great with BD Cyborg pro (step-in) crampons. I climbed vertical ice and walked in them a lot. While climbing I noticed very little heel movement and felt dexterity was good. I did notice hot spots on the backs of both heels while hiking uphill with crampons on and some bruising at the front bend of my ankle that I can comfortably attribute to the boots not being broke in at all. Again, no blisters to report! I even ran one mile back from the climb to my vehicle without crampons through snow, dirt, and road to see if any unbearable hotspots or pain developed, I was pleasantly surprised that my lungs were hurting long before my feet.
The weather was unusually warm so I can?t comment much on their insulation. I?m not really a great judge of this anyway; I tend to have warm hands and feet. I only have one gripe so far, when I cleaned them with some water a little red color rubbed off onto a towel. Not a big deal, but I won?t be happy if my feet and socks start turning red over time, no sign of this so far though.
I read a review below that stated you should purchase a larger size than you normally wear. I would not agree, but foot size is a funny thing. I wear a 9.5 in Zamberlan, Keen, Asics, and Brooks. The 9.5 Lowa GTX fit perfectly with some snugness around the metatarsals which never resulted in a bruise or discomfort. In comparison the 9.5 Mammut GTX fit very loosely, with lots of heel play when I tried them on. I wore different pairs of socks; thin Smartwool ski, thick Smartwool ski, thick wool Kirkland (Costco, which are pretty nice socks to be honest). I noticed the best results with the thicker Smartwool ski socks that have additional padding in high impact/wear areas for skiing.

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bulletbikeguy wrote a review of on January 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this pack for a few simple summits such as Moran and some ice climbing trips. I broke a buckle on a side strap with little effort but never had an issue with any other strap or buckle. While packing out my rope and some other gear (maybe 35-40lbs) the should strap snapped at the ring that connects it to the frame.

I enjoyed the pack and liked how it functioned for the most part. I would have enjoyed the buckles to be removeable and replaceable without sewing needed. On long hikes with a load a wearer will notice the waste band slips and you'll soon be wearing the load on your shoulders. Multiple access points to the main pocket, dividers, and a convertable day pack would be great improvements.

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bulletbikeguy wrote a review of on July 11, 2010

Good bag for climbing and hiking
3 5

The review I wrote below remains true, however I had to return the pack. On seriously long hikes the issue with the pack not resting distributing weight through my hips became unbearable. I returned and replaced the pack with a Northface pack. Felt bad returning it after I put it through its paces. The pack is perfect for climbing approaches, but 10 plus hours hikes were absolutely brutal.

I've used this bag for climbing and hiking through the late spring and summer of this year. I have been impressed with its durability as I had a mishap where my pack flew end over end down 1000ft of snow, rock, dirt, and ledges before finally coming to a stop. The material is showing some scuffing and there are some small pin size holes here and there but really it held up like a champ! The rope holder is great although I often leave my rope in the small abc dirtbag rope tarp and stuff it into the main compartment. I have taken several long hikes where I packed my North Face Big Fat Frog tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, jacket, two silos of water, hydration pack, small alcohol stove, fuel, and food. With all those items I still am able to cinch it down without expanding the top area.There are some downers that I've noticed. One is that it seems difficult to keep the load on my hips. Loosening the shoulder straps tends to leave the bag leaning too far from my body, and over tightening the belt causes bruises on my hips and even stomach pain. The pack also breaths little in the back area, even on short hikes I'll soak through a shirt in no time.I've really enjoyed this pack so far and think it's earning it's place on my gear list buy putting up with all the punishment I've put it through.I mentioned in reply to another post that the fit of this bag is odd. Again I'm 5'8" and 160-165lbs and the M/L fit me, this is not normal compared to most other things that would fit as a S/M on me. For this reason I would advise that you try it on, load it with some weight and make sure it fits correctly.I'm looking forward to slapping some ice gear on it and taking it for some vertical winter fun!In the attached picture you can see the bag way down the mountain. That's where it bounced, and crashed, and slid, and successfully pissed me off before coming to a stop. Bag is in good repair after all that!

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bulletbikeguy wrote a review of on April 17, 2010

5 5

I'll have to say first off that I'm not an experienced rider but I have worn socks before :)

I put 50 miles down today and felt the socks did a wonderful job! When I pulled my shoes off the socks were dry feeling which is naturally better than you can say about cotton. The temperature was around 75 and my novice feet, legs, wrist, well long story short I was in pain and producing copious amounts of fluids. That being said, having dry socks speaks volumes about the moisture wicking wonderment.

I wear a size 9.5 shoe and the size large sock fits well. I was actually concerned when I ordered them but they don't seem to bunch up at the heal and I noticed zero discomfort from folds when the shoes were on.

I'll be getting some more of these foot pleasure devices soon!

If they don't hold up well I'll update my review.

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