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Jason M.

Jason M.wrote a review of on December 19, 2016

4 5

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

I use these boots for backcountry hunting in western Wyoming. Heavy loads, off trail hiking, and difficult conditions are the norm. I feel the Karakorum offers a great middle ground between burly, full shank mountaineering boots that are too stiff to hike in and regular hiking or backpacking boots that are not supportive enough. The Karakorum's are stout without being too stout. Stiff enough to hike uphill off trail but not so stiff that I walk like Frankenstein on the trail. I feel the fit is great, nice and snug and supportive without being restrictive. I do not experience any heel lift and the toe box has enough room for my toes to behave normally. Boot fit is a personal thing, however, and these are simply my experiences.

The boots have a significant amount of padding that seems to have an insulative quality. For me, this is good, as I'm typically out in colder temps with the boots. I haven't noticed any overheating when using them in late august and september, though.

As far as waterproofness goes, I did manage to wet out the boots after a couple days of early season wet snow. I treated them with obenaufs afterwards but haven't been out in the same conditions since. Another point of concern is the synthetic ankle portion of the boots. This area drops low in the achilles area of the foot and is an access point for water or snow. If I expect to be out in wet or snowy conditions with these boots, I'll wear gaiter for the extra protection. I'm not sure if a gore tex version of this boot would change my opinion of it, but I am typically a fan of gore tex boots and typically prefer a fully waterproof boot.

Lastly, I'm not a fan of the lacing system. The nylon loops where the yellow stitching is in the picture above do nothing in my experience and I would prefer for them to be farther out on the boot instead of close together on the tongue. Also, the locking d rings right below the nylon loops are a pain. I appreciate the ability to separate the tension of the laces below and above the ankle but the devices used in these boots are difficult to use. Hopefully sportiva figures out a better system.

Overall, a great boot that proves that hunters don't need to rely on traditional hunting names for their gear.

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Jason M.

Jason M.wrote a review of on October 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had mine for a few years and used it on a regular basis in and around western Wyoming - hunting, climbing in the Winds and Tetons, etc. I've had none of the problems that others have listed. I have back flushed the filter at home a few times for the heck of it. It continues to filter water quickly with minimal effort. The pre filter has a velcro strap to hold a rock or such. This holds the pre filter at the bottom of the creek or wherever you place it. Some complain about this but it's an easy thing to do to keep your pre filter where you want it and not swimming around. My only complaint is that mine weighs more than the listed weight on this website. With filter, hose, pre filter and bag I get a weight of 9.3 oz. That does not include the msr bladder attachment or the paperwork. Only a couple of oz difference but it adds up.

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Jason M.

Jason M.wrote a review of on December 16, 2012

1 5

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

I have the 490s. Thought a ultralight pair of 12 points could be cool. Loaded them up with the rest of the gear the night before. Pulled them out to when I hit ice. The front plastic toe harness was broken. Splinted them w/ duck tape, but never felt solid on that foot. Turned a moderate approach into a sketchy situation. I'll be returning them and I do not recommend them. Never broke a pair of Black Diamond crampons.

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Jason M.

Jason M.wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had really high hopes for these boots. I like the design, features, etc, but like other have said, the non-gusseted tongue ruins these boots. I split my year between Moab and Jackson, Wy and have used these boots in the desert and in the Tetons. Either place, dirt, sand, and other debris get all inside the shoes. I don't wear them anymore. Way too much money for an obvious oversight on Sportiva's part.

Also, I know these aren't goretex lined, but if there's any snow involved w/ your approach (i.e. Tetons) then your soaked.

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Jason M.wrote a question about on July 3, 2011

Anyone know how these compare to the bd neve straps? I have sabretooths & I'm looking for a pair of light weight aluminum crampons for alpine rock approaches (over approach shoes), early season travel, & non technical snow/glacier climbs. These seem like they could be a little lighter & cheaper. Plus they have an extra two spikes, just in case. Also, is the listed weight w/ or w/o abs (l've seen the same number for both)? Thanks!

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Jason M.wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

5 5

Like the title says, this is the best climbing rope I have ever owned. I've gone through lots of brands and sizes and this one is hands down the best. I've had it for a few months now, used it on sport, trad, a wall, and lots of laps at the Creek, and it still handles great and is showing little signs of wear. The price is a little high, but I don't regret it at all. So far, this rope seems to be wearing a lot better than previous ropes. So, the extra money spent feels like money saved on having to replace a cheaper rope.

Sometimes the details like impact force, dynamic elongation, test falls, etc get a little overwhelming when you're trying to figure it all out. This rope seems to have the best combination of numbers due to some serious technology.

If you're shopping for your first rope, then maybe a cheaper, thicker rope would be the way to go. But if you are experienced and are familiar with the nuances of climbing ropes, then I would highly suggest giving this one a try. I'm willing to bet that you will be more than satisfied. There's a reason this rope is sold out right now.

If you don't want to spend the big buck then I would suggest looking for a sale on a rope from the Sterling Marathon Series or the Beal Edlinger II. Both are nice ropes at a fair price.

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Jason M.wrote a question about on October 31, 2008

I'm looking to get a down jacket for my gf for xmas. I've had problems with hooded jackets that fit uncomfortably if you have them zipped up all the way but do not have the hood over your head. Can anyone comment on whether this jacket has this problem or not? Also, if the hood is removed, does the jacket look just the the hoodless sub zero? Thanks.

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