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Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Jackson, WY

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You get what you pay for. This shoe edges as well as my aggressive sport shoes while allowing multi-pitch comfort. Also climbs crack well, smears/slab adequately. There are better smearing/slab shoes on the market; mythos, moccasyn, but as this shoe softens/wears, I expect it to improve in that category. Durable thus far.

Sizing: I'm a 10.5 running shoe and got the 42. Was somewhat painful at first, but has stretched a bit and when I realized that tightening the laces produces pain with no improved performance, I have been keeping them looser with improved comfort. Probably could have gone 42.5, tough to say. I probably still have some breaking in to do even after several multi-pitch days judging by other reviews.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

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

Climbed upper exum on the grand with these among many other approaches. Rubber is insanely sticky; shockingly so. Doesn't edge that well, but incredible for smearing/slab and even some crack. If you need edging, you should be wearing climbing shoes anyway.
Comfortable; 13 miles, 7K feet in a day without any pain/blister. Hike extremely well. Can't beat the price.
Durability: These won't hold up to every day use. Don't expect them to be your every day shoes as the canvas will wear out, rubber and sole will deteriorate on pavement. They are made for a purpose.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

How this is even on the market is mind-blowing to me. It is completely un-usable - the button is so sensitive it makes phone calls when you make any upper body movement while this thing is under/near a ski jacket. I had to buy a separate M-M cable on amazon to give me any option of having sound in my Smith helmet. Does anyone know of any other options for audio for a Smith Helmet?

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a god-send. Weights relatively nothing, small, but fierce. Warms a liter of water in just a couple minutes. Have used at altitude with success ~10K. Does well even in moderate wind. Simple to use, durable for its weight.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is perfect for all camping uses. Light, durable, perfectly designed. Once you master it, you can pour into a mug/bag easily with lid on through the perforated part of the lid. The foldable handle is also well designed to keep lid in place. Pocket Rocket stove fits perfectly inside.
I bought the MSR kettle as well thinking it would be easier for pouring, but this makes it obsolete and turns out was a waste of money.
Cleans up easily.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Could be the perfect very cold weather puffy. Design is phenomenal; not too baggy, extended back to cover your bottom somewhat, hood is adjustable and super warm. Water-resistent coating beading water with first few exposures to wet snow.
This thing is insanely warm. Literally can't keep it on when inside at room temps as you'll start to sweat, and I'm a typically cold person. I wouldn't wear it outside unless near 0 degrees.
As it is down, it packs down quite small for its size.
I'm 5'11'' 160, slim and the Large fits perfect. I'm a M in some brands/designs, so might run a bit small.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Warm, well designed pockets, well placed sippers/venting. Warm; great for riding lifts and occasional hiking, but not ideal for backcountry use as are somewhat heavy. Relatively waterproof, but are a soft-shell and will thus require additional spray-on water proofing for their second season as were getting slightly waterlogged by spring. Cuffs are durable; no major rips in 40 days of use, which is very rare for a ski pant.
Sizing: Run HUGE. I'm 5'11'' 160 and fit perfectly in a SMALL. I am a M or L in all other brands and even in other Marmot pants.
Bottom line: These are no doubt the best pants out there for the price; perform better than some models twice their price as long as you can find your size.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the Cadillac of hydration bladders. Hose is perfect length; not too long as are many. Mouthpiece stays watertight when closed, but easily opens. Large opening allows for easy refill and also use with UV Pen. Hose removes and bladder seals allowing easy filling and replacement without having to take hose out of pack. I use this in my ski pack, hiking pack, and backpacking pack. Fits all sizes.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this for a full season in Jackson. It is definitely one of if not the lightest 30L Airbag on the market. You sacrifice a comfortable waist belt and durable fabric, but it is usable in the backcountry given its lighter weight, which in my mind is essential. If all the straps are cinched, it compresses well enough to ride lifts with. I definitely wouldn't go smaller than the 30 as with the airbag taking up the whole upper 1/3 of the pack, you wouldn't be able to carry anything but a small water bottle, small layer, and avy gear. I can carry a day's worth of food/water/layers in addition to avy gear with room to spare when expanded. Only problem thus far is that the top zipper, which is designed to break open upon inflation opens spontaneously requiring re-zipping on occasion. No major holes or breakages with ~40 days of use. Be careful threading the canister when screwing in initially as I cross-threaded my first one requiring replacement.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

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

I climb, ski, hike almost exclusively in this fleece. Breathes better than any other fleece I own, lightweight but warm, durable, washes well. 5'11'' 160 bought the medium and it is tight and borderline too small, but thus doesn't get in the way of harness or snag on anything while climbing/hiking. Slim, stretchy fit. half zip is easy to pull off while wearing helmet. Will definitely get another one.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

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

Once you find the right size on these, there is really no need to ever buy another climbing pant. Perfect design, lightweight, breathable, durable, even slightly water resistant. I own multiple pair. Ability to roll up and snap legs to shorten is fantastic. It seems this years are a bit more baggy than last; FYI for sizing.
5'11'' 160 Wear M32, but might try S32 in future for slimmer fit.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

4 5

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

Took to the snowfield on Skillet Glacier with this shelter. Held up to/blocked gentle to moderate wind well, but would probably not stay upright in heavy winds given the instability of upright ski poles. You definitely want to dig a pit underneath as otherwise the wind rips right underneath the base of the shelter.
Minimally adjustable attachment points made anchoring in the snow difficult.
Should come with lightweight poles or they should be made available as in the summer without trekking poles, you will need to find/create your own which is difficult above tree line.
Room for two people rather comfortably.
Bottom line: for the weight, this will remain my go-to spring ski mountaineering shelter.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

This is my second pair of the Anasazi VCS. I found the fit in the new model to be slightly wider than last years, but they still fit well. You will probably want to size them 1/2 - 1 full size smaller than your street shoe to really take advantage of the amazing edging that this shoe provides. As others have mentioned they don't stretch. Rubber takes some time to break in so don't judge it until after a dozen days. It becomes quite sticky and maintains its stiffness. Less precise than Miura, but better smearing/more versatile and velcro is key for easy on/off gym/sport. Was a tough decision between the two shoes, probably can't go wrong.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have been able to extend camping trips due to this pad preventing back/ shoulder pain. Only pad I have ever been able to side sleep on. Only drawback is it takes a while to inflate via the included bag. Might break down and get the battery powered pump. Worth the $. Car camping only as it is huge even rolled up.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on September 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a game changer for all my climbing/backpacking expeditions. Lightweight, fast, allows me to carry very little water weight when in areas with water (which are plentiful in the tetons). Only clear flaw is that the batteries are expensive, rare, and you have to take them out of the device after each use to maximize their lifetime as the life is unpredictable. carry an extra set or other purifier for backup. I've needed it.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

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

This pack weighs next to nothing; pockets well designed, somewhat ice axe compatible if you slide handle through the middle elastic loop and secure the ice axe leash to the clip. Very comfortable while hiking and climbing considering minimalist straps. Only problem is that one of the cinch cords on the side pulled out of the pack immediately the first day of use and I had to tie it to the base of the shoulder strap; poorly designed/secured. Got it on sale, so not worth returning for that small issue as it doesn't really seem to affect function significantly. Have another Vaude pack: powder 38 which has been phenomenal for a variety of uses; primarily backcountry skiing so I do somewhat trust the brand.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

4+ stars. Got about 40 mixed resort/bc days in this coat; water still beading off. Doesn't breathe quite as well as hoped, but much better than my 3 layer goretex. Pockets are well placed. Hood works well over anything but a helmet. Fit is snug 5'11'' 155lbs; medium is almost too short/snug. The collar when fully zipped is too restricting/tight to be used over the face for wind protection. Pit zips would be nice. Overall, great durability and performance for the price.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best hiking socks I have ever owned or ever imagine owning. cheap, light, dry quickly, not stinky. Went 15 miles with 50 lb pack after dunking my foot in water on the first mile with no blisters. Eliminates need for liners or thicker materials.

AFTER 1 YEAR: as with most merino products, the breathability and warmth for weight are unbeatable, but the durability is lacking. Both pair have acquired holes/thinned out material. This is par for the course for any merino product.

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Dan Nelson wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

held up very well after numerous snow climbs - incredibly sturdy for such a light weight - cant imagine needing anything heavier/stronger than this for any snow climb. Realistically not for ice; pick designed for self arrest/upward progress in snow, not sharp/aggressive enough for steeper ice.

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