jrv

jrv

Gunks, Cats, Daks, Whites

jrv's Passions

Running
Skiing
Climbing

jrv's Bio

Self-confessed gear-head -- it's an addiction. I enjoy alpine pursuits (trad, ice, general mountaineering, backcountry skiing) as well as distance racing (running and triathlon) and finding the gear to help me do it all faster, lighter, and safer.

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jrv

jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I was first introduced to Nuun by a WFR instructor two summers ago -- I love this stuff! Tastes great without being overly sweet, and it's super convenient. I use Nuun when distance training as well as on longer back-packing and mountaineering trips. Lemon-lime and orange-ginger are my faves...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I love my Black Diamond Raven. I've used it for glacier travel in the Cascades as well as winter mountaineering in the White Mountains and the Catskills. Strong, lightweight, and comfortable -- I look forward to many more trips with this tool. Check out the axe and pick protectors from Black Diamond to keep your axe from shredding your belay jacket when packed in your luggage...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

Most of us recognize that helmets are necessary but don't particularly enjoy wearing them -- enter the Half Dome. This helmet is surprisingly comfortable and highly adjustable -- it fits well in summer on its own or in colder conditions with a hat underneath. I have a small head and many helmets don't seem to fit well, but the Half Dome fits great -- I tend to forget I'm wearing it...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I've had my Eldorado for years and I love it. You can't beat this tent for simplicity and ease of set-up, strength-to-weight ratio, and versatility. The small footprint give you lots of options, and I appreciate that you can set the tent up from the inside -- a great feature in foul weather. There's a good amount of space for two plus essential gear... If you don't quite need a tent this sturdy and weatherproof, check out Black Diamond's Firstlight -- the same tent design, but with lighter (and less waterproof) fabric and fewer ventilation options. The Firstlight is cheaper, too... If you're looking for a tent you can use year-round and in the harshest conditions, though, you can't go wrong with the Eldorado... Well worth the price!

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jrv wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

5 5

I purchased Eco Pro 15 for a late-summer glacier mountaineering trip in the northern Cascades. The bag was warm and comfortable (even when damp) for my three-week expedition -- in fact, the Eco Pro felt a bit roomier in the foot box than other 3-season bags I've used. Add that to the use of recycled materials in its construction, and you have the formula for some toasty warm, guilt-free sleeping...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

2 5

I found the fit to be drastically different from less "aggressive" shoes in Five Ten line -- so much so that I could not find a size that worked for me. I have narrow, size 11.5 to 12 feet, and I could not find the right compromise: smaller sizes were painfully tight (more so than even aggressive shoes should be), but larger sizes had too much volume and "dead space," making them sloppy. If you have long, narrow feet, you might want to look elsewhere... I love Five Tens, the Galileos did not work for me...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

5 5

I purchased the 70m in late summer and have been using it primarily on trad routes in the Gunks throughout the fall -- this is a versatile and durable rope. The 70m length has been especially helpful in making quick work of some longer multi-pitch climbs (and the subsequent raps). The middle marker is especially helpful but sometimes hard to see. Overall a great rope.

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jrv wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

5 5

After more than two years of almost daily abuse, my Hollowpoint (the 2006 model) is still going strong. This pack is the perfect size for mundane tasks (daily commutes, going to the gym) as well as more adventurous pursuits (trail-running, summer peak-bagging). My pack is still in great shape; this speaks to Black Diamond's attention to detail and commitment to product excellence.

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