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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

1 5

ok - sorry BD, cause i love you guys... but make a bag than hangs. this bag sucks. after dropping my petzel bag off a climb this spring, i upgraded to a slightly larger BD bag. Good night - my crampons punched through on day 1! i had my petzel bag for several years, with the same points, and never punched through. so i recommend the petzel bag - its a little smaller, but the bottom fabric is so much more durable.

Couldn't BD put better / thicker fabric on the bottom? i would think so. Maybe i am just doing something wrong.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

5 5

Lets get something clear - dynafit rules if you are earning your turns. I was skeptical at first. then i got a pair and will never go back to a more traditional DH type binding (barons, freerides, etc). Its always gratifying to fly by some dude with magawatts and freerides on the skin track. if you want to log vert (who doesnt) then these are the ticket. if you are looking to lap a cliff drop all day, then go w marker.

i am 5'9" and 165. i ski pretty hard. these guys do just fine - better than fine. i have never pre-released. and dont listen to anyone who says otherwise - these thing are SIMPLE and DURABLE AS HELL. get some.

they are 10 stars on a 5 star scale.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

5 5

Small sizes are great. they seem to fit a little better, with less f'n around, than c3's (although i dig c3's too). i have not had durability issues with the trigger wires. they are very high quality in general. i rack em with my c3's and use them first in a pinch.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

5 5

when you are skiing a 45+ deg couloir that you wish was a lot softer, a whippet adds a level of security. i also use them when climbing a line i am not feeling anxious on. i dont think they replace an ax - i almost always carry a lightweight ax too... but only use it when things get real steep. the whippet is a great addition to you gear wardrobe, and it can be handy in a real pinch.

Also - if you want em a little shorter when collapsed, contact BD about picking up some different lower sections for the pole. They work well for splitboarders who want to put em on their packs (or you could just ski!)

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

5 5

Light, strong, simple, high quality. they do they job well. I use the shoulder length alot, and either use em at 1/3 length on cams, or full length on nuts or when wandering. I am conservative on my sling use - i almost always use slings unless i am really desperate to clip. it just makes all placements less likely to walk to wiggle out. use 'em.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

4 5

these cams are very good. i think the three cam unit is a little more tedious to place than a 4 cam unit (master cams). But BD is high quality and they stand behind their products. i love the familiar BD color coding system. And the 000 is aid only - i am not an aid climber and always carry my 000. if it fits, i use it - better than nothing. and bottom line is they are rated higher than alot of the micro nuts i have, and that i will also place if they fit.

Overall, master cams may fit a little easier the first time in some placements. But these are great cams.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

4 5

These guys are light and cheap. i had to return 3 biners of a set of 6 i bought b/c the action wasnt smooth. the 3 i exchanged em for had perfect action. so i would say, check out the action right away - but for the most part i have found CAMP gear to be just fine quality-wise. they do the job very well.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on August 27, 2010

5 5

I really love these biners. they are lightweight, which is great. my favorite aspect is the color coding. i climb almost exclusively with camalots, and being able to look at your harness / sling and know what piece you are pulling strictly based on biner color is a pretty sweet advantage. whenever i buy new bd cams, i get nuetrinos to match. a little anal, but its my system and i really dig it. i actually rack my small set of master cams with my c3's with the same color biner as the similar sized c3 and it helps with the re-rack as well as pulling gear off to place it. i guess i am just much more familiar with BD's color coding system. I actually always feel more comfortable climbing with my cams vs a partners b/c of my neutrino racking system. I highly recommend them.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on October 5, 2009

5 5

Wallnuts are about the best standard nut you can get (in my opinion). They fit well in all kinds of places and are easy to place. I dig em.

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chrisjferr1439511 wrote a review of on October 5, 2009

4 5

This pack is pretty good. It fits well, is comfortable, and carries a load well. It is not very durable. I guess i dont really understand the Ultralight Alpine catagory. I mean, light weight is nice, but the alpine can be pretty nasty. stuff needs to hold up. This pack is not durable. I broke a buckle and ripped a small hole in it after one weekend. It just depends if you want to baby your pack or not...

I replaced it with the Mountain Hardware Dihedral. It is way way way more stout.

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