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HightowerExpeditions

Upstate NY

Jason's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Jason'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 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 an answer about on May 28, 2013

I worked as an Engineer for a battery manufacture, and i would confidently say you can use any NiMH AAA battery in this headlamp and would charge just the same. i would however not suggest Charging Lithium-ion batteries in these headlamps do to safeguards while charging.

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HightowerExpeditions wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

Saucony ProGrid Outlaw Trail Running Sho
5 5

Epic shoes!! These are by far my favorite trail running shoes. I got them in the neon green and my running buddies make fun of my "happy feet" because they dont exactly have a traditional look to them. BUT, they have the best fit ive had in any shoe. the grip is phenomenal, and gives you confidence on those leaf covered steeps, and those late night trail runs. The ankle support also enhances this confidence but has no effect on range of motion its just perfect. I also am using these as hiking shoes for light weight mountain accents and would be perfect for treks like the (AT) Application trail and pacific crest?.
Get them!

just blew threw them at aproximatly 500 miles. still workig but with some holes in the fabric at the toes, I just bought another pair to replace them..

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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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