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Joel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

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jdstrong wrote a review of on November 15, 2006

5 5

Confused by the choice between non-water resistant leather or hard plastic boots? This boot is an excellent middle ground. The boot is made of a thick fabric surrounded by a flexible plastic, combined with a quick lacing system and excellent in-step crampon compatible soles. It takes some breaking in and as usual TRY BEFORE YOU BUY with any boot. I wear two sets of socks (main and liner) to prevent blisters and fill the boots and they fit perfectly. Also, these are mountaineering boots and will not serve well for extended hiking (there is a full shank preventing sole flexation).

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jdstrong wrote a review of on June 6, 2005

5 5

This cup holds any beverage at a piping hot temperature. The 600 is quite large, so I got the 450 model. It is extremely lightweight and durable - put it anywhere in your pack and it will survive without a dent. One warning- it is such a great insulator, the outside of the cup will be cold, but the liquid will burn your mouth.

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jdstrong wrote a review of on June 6, 2005

5 5

I have taken these pants on hikes to the Oregon coast, muggy rain forests and up several mountains. The full length waterproof zippers are a real help in keeping out the water when pouring rain or allow ventilation when open. The 3/4 length zippers sit comfortably out of the way of a harness or backpack. I am extremely happy with the quality and durability of all my Arc’teryx gear.

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jdstrong wrote a review of on June 6, 2005

3 5

This jacket is excellent for warmth and wind protection, but becomes wet very easily. Even though it is lighter and more compressible than the original R4, it still takes up as much room as my tent in my pack. The fit is very specific, so try on before thinking about a size. I now use it as an expensive city jacket, but wish it was more versatile.

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jdstrong wrote a review of on December 20, 2004

5 5

This headlamp is excellent for backpacking and mountaineering. The xenon bulb gives an excellent beam for up to 100m ahead and the LED's save battery life when hiking or at base camp. I use the LED's much more than expected and have often left my candle or butane lantern at home. Excellent choice.

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jdstrong wrote a review of on December 20, 2004

5 5

I use these glasses for driving, hiking and mountain climbing. It comes in a hard case that protects when packing, has removable side shields, straight ear frames allow taking on and off while wearing a helmet easy, and changes the tint darkness depending on the conditions. What really sells these glasses? They are comfortable. Try on a pair of these and the search will be over.

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jdstrong wrote a review of on July 28, 2004

5 5

I bought this shoe as an alternative to a hiking boot and have used it for extended day hikes (12+ miles) and for trail running. The comfort of the shoe is amazing and the XCR tends to flex with any foot movement. The traction is incredible and has saved me many times on steep rock slopes. The shoes are very breathable and the full gusset prevents most of the rocks and water from getting in. Expensive shoes, but well worth it.

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