Karim Gouibourk

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Karim's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing

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Karim Gouibourk

Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It came out of the box with a problem, when opening the stove it gets stuck because they haven't assembled it properly. Its not the first time I read that on a review. The buttons to control the output of the burner are awkward in the sense they aren't intuitive to know which direction to lower/higher the output.

Except that issue the starter works very well, its easy to clean and it seems solid enough. I've used it for car camping and even sea kayaking.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on September 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love it! It looks good, you can adjust it easily, many hooks and very comfortable. Only comment is the price and you should try it first, if you lean back too much while seating you can easily have friction on inside of your arm while paddling and that can hurt with time.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I actually have the BD Guide and Reverso 4. BD Guide is much more robust and will last longer then the Reverso 4. But the Reverso 4 is much lighter and more comfortable to use when handling it in different modes. I would avoid using 10mm + ropes with the Reverso 4, mostly if you end up soaking your rope (mountaineering). Those are the pros and cons, I have both for different uses and I love em ;)

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used those crampons with my koflach degree boots and they stay solidly in place. I've used them mainly on Rainier and Baker, and they've done the job. They are pretty solid, walking on rocks and ice. My only dissapointment is the top lever part in front will break, it seems pretty flimsy.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

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

I'm 5'10 190lbs and usually wear 32-34 pants and I picked up Medium. It fits perfectly, even when I put underneath it pants + harness. Its very easy to put on and off without taking boots off. I've glissaded and hanged out in snow with and they've kept me dry. My only concern is the longevity of the pants, they seem not to like pointy stuff and abrasion, but that's the price to want something light and packable.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the gate, it doesnt snag on the rope when you unclip or play with the rope. They are light and nice to handle, the only downside some people comment when they use my draws is sometimes they snap their figure when they clip the rope in because the gate is not as large as others.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used it several times, its solid, won't break and does a very good job cleaning. The advantage of using this is to safe time by have less of a snake nest after cleaning your rope and it does a good job brushing it. It won't damage your rope and will make it clean in lesser time.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 24, 2013

5 5

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

They don't fog and look good. If it fogs its because your doing something wrong. The tips can be adjusted and the nose padding also. I've used it for backcountry skiing/mountaineering and they've been just solid. On very cloudy day the vision is OK, otherwise its just perfect visibility & protection.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've been using all winter those Bibs, they are definitely waterproof, my friends kept on getting soaked wet and I kept dry (I live in Seattle). I took a medium and I'm 5'10 190lbs, I have pretty big leg/butt muscles and it did fit well. The pants seem though, zippers also, I wouldn't be worried about the longevity of those expensive pants.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the 200cm version, the bag is really well conceived, I can fit my 2 pair of downhill skis (big bindings) that are 178cms, pair of boots, helmit, 2 pairs of ski poles and all my ski clothing. Everything is already well padded. I havnt had any issues with US airplanes companies yet and I've done a few flight trips. The material seems pretty solid and same goes with the plastic parts (wheels).

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used them for BC skiing around Seattle and it has been good. They are very light, I suspect they might not be that durable, but I guess thats the price you pay for a super light ski. I'm 5'10 190lbs and took the 178cm, they feel like they are on the soft side.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 23, 2013

4 5

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

I really like it, I've been using it for Sea Kayaking in Seattle area. There is something about the neck that is a bit annoying otherwise its perfect. I'm 5'10 190lbs muscular and took a medium, I could have went with a Large for more comfort.

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Karim Gouibourk wrote a review of on July 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its a very simple design, its not that heavy for the use of it. I would have went maybe with the longer version. Its very solid, its been hammered on with an ice axe many many times. I would add a little bit of colors to make it more visible but ductape does the job ;)

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