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Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Jackson, WY

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Dan Nelson

Dan Nelsonwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were great while they lasted, which was about 10 washes. They are very comfortable for ski touring; provide warmth, but don't even notice they are on as light and comfortable as they are. As with other merino products, you expect decreased durability compared to the blends, but it seems like for $75 they would last longer than 10 washes before the crotch dissolved.

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Dan Nelsonwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried the top rated shoes from most of the major companies over the years and I have come back to this shoe. Nothing edges as well and the comfort level when fitted properly is above and beyond any of the agro overturned toe shoes, which frankly seem unnecessary since I tried these. I went with a 42 shoe size 10.5. I fit the 5.10 Anasazi 9.5 similarly for comparison; tight, but not uncomfortable. Will stretch about a half size, so if they are just a bit too tight out of the box, you sized them correctly in my opinion. I use them primarily for sport climbing edges and pockets, but I hear they are quite versatile for other types of climbing as well.

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Dan Nelsonwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They really thought of everything with this one. Super light, but has held up well thus far to several full day ski mountaineering objectives in GTNP. Holds more than you would ever need for a single day and plan to use it on Haute Route as well. Ice axe loops and securing straps are bomber. Ski carry is well designed with multiple adjustments keeping skis in place while climbing. Easy to adjust to allow increased storage yet still sits nice on your back even when at capacity. If you're not carrying an airbag, this is the only ski pack you will ever need.

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Dan Nelsonwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd like to echo the other review that this axe replaced my BD Raven and seems equally as capable at about half the weight. Have used it snow climbing in the Tetons several times and plan to take it on the Haute Route next month. The design seems sound; the re-enforced tips have held up well thus far. I haven't tried it on any ice yet, but it has been quite effective on re-frozen bulletproof snow. I can't imagine a better tool exists for steep snow climbing - obviously something more technical would be required for any legit ice.

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Dan Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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 Nelsonwrote 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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