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klimbien wrote a review of on September 11, 2014

3 5

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

Good shoe, cool look'n too, great friction. Give it some break in time and its comfy. Not as good, nor ever could it compete or be a replacement for the Exums, but if you find them on sale it's worth considering. If money is tight and you can only get one shoe to do it all,and are needing a replacement for the Exums b/c the resole store refuses to keep putting tread on your old Exums - I'd recommend the Salewa wildfire or the mountain Trainer until La Sportiva can come up with something better.

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klimbien wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

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

This is my second review of this watch. I recently broke this one after 8 yrs of abuse. The band and pin broke. Another commenter had stated the plastic is soft, which is true. However I highly recommend this watch. I've had three different altimeter watches and this one has performed the best. Avoid the Highgear Alti-XTss Altimeter Watch - that watch sucks.

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klimbien wrote a review of on June 29, 2011

5 5

I love these pants HOWEVER - WARNING - HOWEVER - Prana recently changed the material that is being used to make these pants. After a long, loving, and very abuseful relationship with these pants they keep coming back to me and I talked my climbing partner into buying a pair from BC but his are TOTALLY DIFFERENT than mine. His DO NOT STRETCH AT ALL!!!!! NO STRETCH - NO BUENO - His are not nearly as comfortable nor useful. He does a lot of Yoga and stated this would not work for that, nor climbing. Wait to see if Prana changes back to their old material before purchasing.

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klimbien wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

1 5

These gloves suck. Your $ is much better off spent on a different model. Probably a BD, but not this model of gloves. The construction is not good, the material on the plams will not last more than a season of use. They are two bulky in keys areas and not bulky enough in the needed areas. The pull chord on the two pairs that I own of these is very weak and fragile - will not hold up to normal use out in the mountains. The wind blows right through and leaves your hands with a chill, especially on the wrist cuffs.

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klimbien wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

1 5

These gloves suck. Your $ is much better off spent on a different model. Probably a BD, but not this model of gloves. The construction is not good, the material on the plams will not last more than a season of use. They are two bulky in keys areas and not bulky enough in the needed areas. The pull chord on the two pairs that I own of these is very weak and fragile - will not hold up to normal use out in the mountains. The wind blows right through and leaves your hands with a chill, especially on the wrist cuffs.

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klimbien wrote a review of on September 1, 2009

3 5

ok on vertical ice and for me...horrible to hike in. I am quite frustrated with ice/alipine climbing boots - maybe God designed me wrong, but I can't find anything that works. I've gone through a pair or Scarpa Freneys and invernos, La sportivas, and Asolos. The asolos were 25 bucks on ebay and worked the best for everything, wish I wouldn't have given into the desire to have a lighter, more name brand boot thinking I would be more comfortable. The freneys are light which is nice. I did an easy 7 mile hike in them and about died - super uncomfortable and would not recommend hiking a log distance in them unless you have put a couple miles on them around your local area to test. Climbing ice is ok, but the top of the toe offers little protection so its easy to bash your toes up. Open to recommendations, it seems like you need two pairs of boots, one for vertical ice and one that is flexible and good for glacial travel.

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klimbien wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

LOVE EM! I'd climb with these or the Petzl Quarks. Hands down the two best tools God has allowed man to create! With these tools, don't sharpen them though....if they are too sharp its hard to get them out of the ice....the only tool I've used were it is TOO secure! So use them for a bit, dullen them down and you'll love them too!

Reasons to love them...the ergonomics are spot on. The petzle nomics (SP) didn't feel secure for me and a little too light. These are what petzl was trying to make.

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klimbien wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

1 5

Lived in the tent for two months over a three month period of time. One month spent driving down the Baja Peninsula, one month in Chile (Patagonia), and one month in Belize.

The condensation was a guarantee, if it is cold, you wake up in an ice shell/cocoon.

It is light, easy to set up, spills wind well if the direction is constant. Horrible Horrible Horrible in the rain.

Be careful with the poles, they have weird angles and when feeding them through the pole sleeves everything comes taut and the poles will snap if not in the exact spot.

Light weight, but Sierra Designs Asp 2 might be a better option despite the increase in weight.

This tent would be great if you are only planning on a single night in slightly warmer conditions. (which wouldn't be the case if you are above 5 or 6,000 feet)

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klimbien wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

1 5

Bought the pack to replace a Vortex pack that had worn out from Serious abuse over the last 10 years. I also have a BD pack (black diamond) similar story. This Osprey pack is one trip old, One single trip to Redrocks, NV. for some climbing and b/c it is a new pack I was babying the piece of crap and still it shows a lot of wear. The material can't handle any type of abrasion....anywhere, heaven forbid the bottom of the pack. The bottom shows serious wear...what I would expect if I had used the pack for five season in yosemite.

Other notable problem is I ordered a large, I am 5'9 165 lbs and very average. The shoulder straps are to narrow for my neck. and awkward. If hiking hard, it kinda feels like someone has a string around my neck cutting off circulation to my juglar's.

Dont get this pack unless it is free and you can sell it to a sucker and buy a real pack.

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klimbien wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

4 5

make sure you get the right size. if you get a large and you you need a medium you're screwed, you'll have cams and NUTS hanging down to your knees and it'll drive you crazy b/c every time you try to move your gear is getting caught on the rock and it feels like your belayer is pulling you off the route. So Go with a smaller size if you're on the smaller size 5'11 and under and say 210 and under.

YOU GET THE RIGHT SIZE....YOU'LL WANT TO CUT YOUR GEAR LOOPS OFF YOUR HARNESS TO SAVE WEIGHT AND THE BD GEAR SLING IS SO COMFY!!!

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klimbien wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

5 5

I use devices like this quite often. I have put my Highgear Aerial Altimeter Watch through hell. Watch has good functionality and durability. I have had my watch for almost four years and just recently came across my first issue. My Alarm is no longer sounding, but I contacted High Gear via email and they gave me an RA number and told me to send it back....so no problems there. The altimeter does need daily calibration for it to be at its' highest accuracy, but there isn't an altimeter watch that doesn't need daily calibration. The watch allows you to record three different locations i.e. your front door step, your bedroom, work...whatever you want and when you pass those places you push three buttons and you're calibrated!!!!

My only complaint is that when I fly in Helicopters it becomes quite inaccurate, which requires another calibration when i get out of the helicopter, but A) all helicopters have altimeters so I just have to ask the pilot and B) how often do YOU fly in a helicopter? I work as a wild land firefighter on Helitack, so it's an issue only about three or four times a week.

While hiking and climbing though, it's bomber!!! Good watch

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