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jp27 wrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

I love these boots for warmer weather alpine climbing. I used them in the Cascades last summer, and they don't have too much wear. They were comfortable for the hike, and I trusted them enough to climb up to 5.5 sections. They don't have a ton of insulation, so I wouldn't use them on early season climbing, especially with very firm snow. They do work well with strap crampons, but they won't kick steps as well as a plastic boot. They are a great lightweight boot, and I have had to climb short sections of 75-80 degree ice with them. I wouldn't use them for more sustained steep sections though. The edging is great. I have an average to slightly wide forefoot, and a narrower heel, and they fit very well.

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jp27 wrote a review of on May 11, 2009

4 5

I use the three smallest sizes (00, 0, 1) instead of C3's. I love the light weight, and I think the trigger is a lot easier to use on such a small cam. I have big fingers, and it can be tough to place or clean small cams. The design allows cleaning by pulling on the trigger with a nut tool if needed. The cams hold well, though as with any very small cam there isn't a lot of surface area.

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jp27 wrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

I have used this in the Cascades while snowcamping, and it works great. I am a 6' guy, but actually use the women's full length pad. It is slightly shorter, but weighs a little less, and is a lot warmer than the mens. I don't usually stretch out fully when sleeping, so I fit on the pad completely, and I also put the climbing rope at my feet to add warmth in case I do stretch out. It's a great pad for those who want more warmth than a foam pad can provide.

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jp27 wrote a review of on February 7, 2008

5 5

As usual BD comes out with a great product. Great solid platform for vertical ice, and maneuverable enough for glacier travel. The points perform well on all ice I have encountered, and the adjustability makes it easy to swap out on different boots. The antiballing plates perform well. I never have a problem while I watch my friends collect snow underfoot.

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