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jason nelson wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

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

On big (ice/alpine) climbs in Southeast Alaska, these are my go-to pant. They are burly and they'll keep you dry. On long steep approaches I open the side zips to keep from sweating my you-know-whats off! I also use these when I'll be plodding through so much snow, that a softshell pant just won't cut it. The suspenders keep them from falling down and the snow out.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've found these to be great on some ice climbing expeditions in Alaska. You no longer have to worry about you water freezing at night. I also use them as a pre-thermos for ice climbing days. The first round of hot liquid goes in one of these, then a spare thermos for later in the day.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mostly use my Ridgesack for canyoneering. HIkes like Zion's Narrows in a day are perfect for this pack. Super gnarly canyons with lots of squeeze chimneys and slots will chew it up, but then of course those will chew up anything. Throw the Ridgesack inside an old beater pack and you're good to go. There's no internal frame so how to pack the back will determine how well it carries.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

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

These are now my go-to pant for alpine rock climbing, sport climbing, hiking, you name it! They stretch great, and the fabric seems durable. The thigh pocket is great for some chapstick, topo map, power bar, while on a climb. Compared with OR's Ferrosi pant, I like these WAY better!

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jason nelson wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

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

I spent some time hiking in the rain, glacier trekking, and ice climbing in these in AK this fall. There were great. Lightweight and kept my feet dry. The built in gaiter means you don't need a regular gaiter... one less thing to keep you from getting to the ice quicker! A nice upgrade to the Cholatse, which was also an awesome boot.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on July 4, 2012

Sweet Boot
5 5

Although I haven't put many miles on my Khumbu's yet, I've been very pleased with them. They felt great without having to break them in. They kept the water out and provided great support. I wore them on a "supposed-to-be-casual" moonlight ascent of the Naked Lady Couloir in Silverton, CO than turned a little epic. The performed great alone, through mud, with strap on crampons, and in snowshoes.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on July 4, 2012

5 5

Both my wife and I love our Distance shoes. They work great for soloing easy rock climbs, and on difficult rocky uneven terrain. They are fairly stiff and heavy giving them a boot feel in a sneaker package. When I'm on terrain that my feet will get punished on, I'll wear my Distances. I usually wear out shoes quite quickly and the
Distances last a long time, despite the abuse I give them. They'd be a good big wall shoe as well as standing in aiders for long periods is not an issue.

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jason nelson wrote a review of on April 11, 2012

Great Climbing Jacket
4 5

I recently used my Axiom on an big wall ice climbing expedition in Alaska. It's a lighter weight minimalist jacket that has good stretch to it for also being waterproof. The hood is fairly large so it's best to be wearing a helmet with it, but there's a drawcord adjustment for that. Seems as though the sizing on this one is slightly large in comparison to OR's line. I think it's a good choice for ice climbing and alpine rock climbing. It's light enough to take on a long rock climb to protect potential incoming weather. I would give it 5 stars if it had pit zips, but that's just my personal preference as I like those.

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