HightowerExpeditions

HightowerExpeditions

Upstate NY

HightowerExpeditions's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

HightowerExpeditions's Bio

Im a 4 season mountaineer, adventure racer, MTBer, trail runner and all-around outdoor sports freak.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

For cooler Temps i prefer a good comfortable soft shell while hiking/snow shoeing. but have bean also looking for a more weather resistant pant that still had the same range of motion. stumbled across these and they are the best combination between a hard shell and soft shell design. not only do these have a flexible soft shell type material behind the knees, crotch, and lower back but also a perfect form to the knee that makes them feel tailor fit. Another feature i was looking for was good ventilation, the 4 side vents really allow you to dump the excess heat when needed. this will be the first full winter with these in the mountains and will update with further thoughts if they come up.. if your hesitant. get them they are well worth the money.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive used these over the past 5 or so years bagging winter peaks, both overnighters and long day hikes. the simple ease of use is worth the weight (I strap one right to my side hip belt), and the piece of mind knowing that your water isent going to freeze on you before your done is the main reason that I never leave the trail head without one.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on October 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer



Only used for about 10 night out so far but defiantly a fan. great little tent and i do mean little. If my wife wasent 5' and 104lbs I dont think we would fit. its the exact size of 2 regular thermarests sided by side with a touch more in the length. The 2 vestibules are a good usable size and fits all the gear we take on a long weekend backpacking trip. once you figure out how to stake it down it dosent feel like an ultra light tent and are no compromises from any other tent.

And on our last trip out in Death Canyon in Teton NP it rained all night and all day. when it came to take down it was nice being able to take down the inner tent separate from the fly and ground cloth so to keep it dry for the next set up. very clever and very well made...

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on October 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


Simple & reliable

ive bean using this lil guy for 4-5 years now, its small simple and reliable. I love that it fits into it little plastic case and I dont have to worry about it getting broken or snagging and of the gear in my pack. simply unfold screw it on your tank and your boiling. im temped with these new all in one systems and ill probubly get one at some point but it'd hard to switch from something thats so dependable...

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on October 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these to do NYS 46ers and the rest of the 4000'+ peaks in the NE. Awesome design weight and use of materials. except for using aluminum for the traction system. The nature of our trails means lots of exposed rocks even in the dead of winter and because of this it really takes its toll on the aluminum teeth. used for maybe 3 peaks and decided to sell them off befor there was nothing left. went back to using the Good ol MSR Denali accents. heavier but more durable, a true 5 star snow shoe..

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

Best vest on the water
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

used it for the past season and a half, as i was progressing to 4 &5 whitewater and needed a vest that would hold up and keep me (and my paddling partners) safe.

once you get it and learn that the straps need to be loosened to get it on with dignity you don't want to wear anything else. very comfortable and gives you confidence that it will preform.

Pros: full spine coverage, range of motion, durable materials, hand warmers, clam shell pocket, optional throw bag pocket, it looks sweet!

Cons: Can loose some range of motion with throw bag in front pouch, Knife attachment point on front can get in the way (just moved the knife to shoulder and much happier) other people want to try it.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on February 24, 2014

5 5

I Mainly use if for weekend trips in the NYS high peaks, for both overnights and day hikes. both winter & summer seasons. its the perfect size or pretty much anything, light weight but with rugged materials to stand up to abuse for years. everything you need but nothing you dont. upgraded from the Arc'teryx Silo 30, for more room and versatility.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on February 24, 2014

5 5

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

I use this pup almost everyday when its between 40 to -10 deg F. befor going out to play, i throw this on over whatever layers i plan to use as my "pre-heater". and when im out on weekend excursions this is always on the pack list be-it for peak bagging or waiting for a shuttle after a long paddle. Like all outdoor research products its the perfect blend of materials to give the durably needed for constant use but also being light weight. ive used and abused it for the past 2+ years and its still going strong and keeping me warm. when/if it goes ill be getting another.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on December 11, 2013

4 5

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

Pro: cheap, very roomy, side zips, seems durable
Cons: Drafty, big, Hervey.

I know its meant more for car camping and not backpacking but a draft collar would be nice. I finally convinced the miss to come test it out and it was soo drafty with 2 people in it because you cant really snug it around your necks. and because there was air flow it robs you of heat. still a good deal for the money, i just now know that it has its limitations to even warmer temps than i was planning...

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

Madshus Eon, Top Nordic/BC touring ski
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these are the best all rounder for our North east winters. They -just- fit in traditional ski tracks so you wont piss off people when your on the hometown groomed tracks. But the combination of the metal edges, wider tip/tails allow you to get off trail and make your own. I use these primarily in the rolling hills and deep woods/lakes of the Adirondacks including the ADK high peaks reign. mated these with "rottefella nnn bc magnum" bindings. BUY THEM!

Sizing: im 180lb 5'11" and started off with 195's but were too long for my style/location 185's fit perfect!


Make sure you use
"Swix Nordic Easy Glide Liquid Wax" yes i know these skis are "wax less" but well this stuff really helps..

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

5 5

Im a 4 season mountaineer,adventure racer, night time trail runner and all-around outdoor sports freak.

between me and my fianc? we own the entire range of BD headlamps including the BD sprinter (the other rechargeable bd light) and this one is my go-to torch. being rechargeable i know its always going to have juice, as i just keep it pluged into my car when not in use. if im trail running after work. getting a ealy start on an alpine accent or get caught out on a ski tour.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this for everything short of trail running. I got it for commuting and it well.. dominates the conditions. My ride into work has bean as low as 20 deg so far and have had zero issues. great to have the full zip for ventilation, aswell as being able to unzip the sleeves a bit for some pit venting too. some fall days its dam cold in the morning then right up into the 60's by the time i go home. so off with the sleeves = perfect. also use it for mountain biking and sled dog training/joring... will prob try using it backcountry skiing too once snow arrives

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive bean using the pack for about 2 years now, everything from summer overnights to multi-peak mountaineering. outer straps are very versatile and can hold alot more than just skis. rear strap is perfect for sleeping pads, snow shoes, or the layers you just took off.. at first wasn't so sure about clam shell design but now that im used to it i love it. waste straps are in my opinion the perfect size for this size of pack. built arc'teryz strong!

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