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Canadian Rockies and Western Cascades

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Fly Fishing
Trad Climbing
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Yoga
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Surfing
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butters's Bio

I just grip it and rip it with life. Never stop seeking out adventures.

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butters wrote an answer about on June 19, 2014

RE Top lace hook - Mine were the same way when I got them. I took a pair of pliers and bent it down a bit to get the desired locking effect.

RE mode switch looseness - I haven't experienced this problem. I have the opposite actually. It takes an act of herculean might to switch from walk to climb mode. I'm not sure who over at Salewa is putting these soles together, but they really need to get a lesson in consistency and manufacturing.

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butters wrote an answer about on June 19, 2014

Salewa performance fit boots are rated for a D-width foot. You might want to check out their "Insulated fit" boots which are rated for E-EE foot widths. My right foot is tight at a EE width. I have these exact boots in an Insulated fit and while they're a bit snug, they fit better than any other boot on the market for my wide-"er" feet.

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butters wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

I'm not sure where to start. All I can say is, it's the best pack I've ever owned. It just works. You know how some of the gadgets and things in your life "just work" and you can make little customizations to them that make them truly unique to you. It's like putting on your favorite pair of pants or shoes. This pack has everything I need when I need it. Nothing I don't when I don't need it.
If you're on the lookout for a pack that can literally handle any situation you want to throw at it (outside of maybe an expedition), look no further. Get this pack.

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butters wrote an answer about on May 1, 2013

This is essentially the 35L bag except with a slick access pocket that is separated from the inner compartment on the back, and a 6-8L lid on top. Outstanding bag, worth the extra ounces over the 35L for sure.
The vertical (or horizontal) rope system sits beneath the lid. There's an additional strap with quick release buckle that will secure the rope to the top of the bag. You can either hang it vertically off the back (I use some shock cord and a crimp clip to keep the rope tight to the bag), or you can lash it horizontally and use Vole straps or webbing to cinch it down against the compression system.

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butters wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

On a trip up to the north cascades recently it got down to 12deg at high camp that night. With two thermal layers on and toe warmers wedged between my liner and my wool sock I was toasty warm and slept like a rock. The rest of my rope team was not so lucky. Most of them ended up wearing every stitch of clothing they had to stay warm. At around 330am I added some glove liners and my buff over my nose, but would've been fine without as well.

As others have stated, the zipper does get stuck. You have to be pretty patient when you want to zip up, and take the time to put on your headlamp real quick and do it right otherwise you could shear the bag. I found this particularly inconvenient when I was groggy and half awake after a bio break and had to fully wake up to get the zipper closed up again. It was certainly an inconvenience but not worth dinging the bag a full star. I'll take warmth and a good nights sleep at 8k feet with a picky zipper versus struggling to stay warm wishing the sun would come up all night. Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about.

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butters wrote an answer about on March 25, 2013

You have to pack 4oz fuel cans instead of 8oz with the 1.7L, but otherwise yes, the burner fits inside the 1L pot with a fuel can and i was able to "stuff" a tightly packed base cloth inside.

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