jill

jill

Salt Lake City

jill's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking

jill's Bio

Rocking the following:
Jones Mountain Twin 155 - with Burton C60 bindings

Gnu B-Pro C2BTX - with Burton CO2 bindings

Prior AMF Split - with Ride Tomcat bindings
Arbor Element Split - with Ride Tomcat bindings

Burton Ion Boots

And Purple all over.

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jill wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

5 5

This is one of my favorite things ever. I use it for everything! Trips to moab, trips abroad, trips to my Mom's... I always throw it in the back of my truck. It has been rained on and snowed on. Because the lid covers the zipper, you have to make an effort to get things on the inside wet. The backpack straps work great - but if you're going to fill it up and carry it like a backpack, I wouldn't get anything bigger than the large... I've had the blue for over a year and it is mega sturdy - still looks new.

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jill wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

4 5

I have the Sulfur in a small and it fits like a dream. Because the hip belt is removable and held in place by velcro, I actually moved it up to make the torso length even shorter. The pack stays in place when you run, so I'm assuming on technical terrain it will do the same (I haven't done much more than gentle scrambling). I tried on a few of the BD packs, and this one felt the best. I took off the top pocket, and will probably only use it for overnight stuff. The roll down top is nice for getting your pack small, but is a little inconvenient when you want to access something quickly (like a granola bar... etc). As someone mentioned below, I also noticed that the pack bulges toward your back when the hydration bladder is full.

The sulfur color is slightly more greenish yellow than the picture above. In my opinion, the actual color is better than the picture above.

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jill wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

5 5

I have had this tent for a few years (I have the yellow version). It is coveted by my friends for its lightness. But, it's small. I'm 5'5" and sometimes when I'm alone in there with my pack - I wonder how anyone else ever fits. I have had some minor issues with condensation on my bag (never enough to actually get through my bag) - it's an issue when there are two of us in the tent. When there are two of us, there is room to put our packs at our feet, but it's really tight (I recommend the vestibule if you're over 5'9" or so). I've had this tent in the snow, in the desert, in the wind, in two day pounding rain storms... and I have never had any problems. It stays dry and standing like a champ.

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jill wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

4 5

These shoes are really comfortable. I have had them for almost a year, and they have held up really well. I have the green, and amazingly, they're really not that dirty (but I don't really wander around in mud). The sole is pretty sticky - I have never had a problem with them slipping. I mostly use these shoes for around town and easy hiking. They aren't really great on anything other than a a flat trail - they are too soft and foot fatigue is quick on steep and rocky terrain. I like these shoes enough that I will carry an extra pair of approach shoes and switch into them only on class 3+ terrain. These shoes are soooo much faster to hike in and more comfortable than approach or standard hiking shoes. The only thing I really don't like is that on steep downhills I have to tie them really tight to keep my toes from smashing into the front of the shoe.

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jill wrote a review of on March 28, 2011

4 5

These pants are baggy! Loose and long. The tech is good - water beads right off. They are not really the best at cutting the wind and if you use them on a really cold day you will need some heavy layers (at least there's plenty of room).

The grass stain is a mustard green color. The black and the grass stain have a subtle pattern on them. I think it's fine on the grass stain - but it looks kind of cheap on the black.

The satin lining is awesome - makes movement really smooth...

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jill wrote a review of on March 28, 2011

4 5

AK cant be beat. Waterproof - windproof - breathable. It's great quality. And this years model is at least a few inches longer than previous years. And I would argue it fits bigger than previous year models - which is nice. Not sure who Burton is making these jackets for - but I think they fit awkwardly on almost everyone that I have seen wearing them (except for the least curvy of girls).

AK lasts forever - so get a color that you can live with for a long time.

The olive is a little brighter than it looks in the picture.

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jill wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

4 5

FYI - for anyone that has these boots - I have had mine for a year (about 60 days on them - including touring). I have always had a problem with my feet going numb when my bindings are tight. If I'm just walking around, they're fine - obviously this is a problem. I finally figured out that it was the soles. They don't offer enough support - so when the bindings are tight, my foot was flattened out. I bought some super feet and took out the Burton soles. It's like a whole new boot. The pain and foot cramping is gone and it stopped my heel slipping issues too. I love these boots - they're awesome. But I would highly recommend switching out the soles.

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jill wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

I am on my second Maze (the first one saved my life when I hit some rocks in a remote area of Chile over the summer). I considered going back to the Holt - but I returned it. You just cant beat this helmet! It's light, comfortable, and fits great.

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jill wrote a review of on December 1, 2010

4 5

These are pretty burly.  I am a much bigger fan of the screw lock.  I have the triact lock attached to my Metolius PAS - but they are too tough to open/attach with one hand - so I often just use the screw lock. Which are really easy to open/spin closed with one hand. 

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jill wrote a review of on December 1, 2010

5 5

I procrastinated a long time before buying new shoes. I wish I hadn't. These shoes are awesome. I trust my feet on stuff that I never would have before. They haven't stretched much at all (I've had them for a few months). They are just the right amount of stiffness and they are pretty comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to wear them for long climbs. I left them at home for a recent multi pitch climb and I really wish I hadn't. Definitely worth the money.

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