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Andrew's Passions

Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

This vest is suuuper thin. Not worth my $120 - it's no warmer than a fleece vest. In my mind (that's the mind of a lightweight-bordering-on-ultralight backpacker and alpine climber who gets after it hard, and also someone who sews a lot of his own gear and knows the fabrics intimately), the point of a puffy anything (jacket, vest, mittens, etc) is high warmth per weight. This thing weighs 6.6 oz and I would guess that 3oz of that is zippers, 1.5 oz is shell and lining fabric (blocks wind) and only about 1.5 oz is actually insulation. It's like 1/8" thick max. And seriously, why do you need *3* pockets on a vest?

On the plus side, it looks nice.

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on April 22, 2013

5 5

I love these pants. They fit me great. They move really well with the slightly stretchy fabric. Those dumb velco straps on the lower leg are pretty pointless - I just used a seam ripper to remove them. They are water resistant, and if you wash them correctly (ie not your usual detergent) they will stay that way. They look good too - one of those items you could wear to work and head straight to the crag or the mountains. I got these on SAC a while back, but I am now looking for another pair of them because I like them so much.

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

4 5

I've got the 20oz version (sans BC logo), and it rocks. I spent a long time looking for the best ratio of liquid volume to container weight, and the 20 oz was the best I found (so I give the 16oz one 4 stars because the 20oz is not available). On one windy 15 degree F day, I had it stored in my backpack, and 5 or 6 hours into the day of ice climbing I pulled it out and it was almost too hot to drink. Great bottle!

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

3 5

These are warm puffy mitts, but they do not have a removable liner as stated in the specs on the right. And in fact, the inside of the mitt is a glove, which makes it pretty much impossible to use these as an overmitt worn over gloves. On the other hand, if you dig a fleece glove sewn into a puffy mitt, then these are for you.

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on December 19, 2011

5 5

I love these screws. They start easy and go in easy. The spinning knob is great. Just remember to flip it back in. By comparison, I hate the Laser Sonics. They don't bite easily and they don't turn easily once they bite. Check my review there to compare. The Turbos seem to have the same thread and tooth design and they turn just as easily, but without the knob. Great for a V-thread, but the knob on the Express is super fast and I love it when I'm climbing.

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lettheguyd1438319 wrote a review of on December 19, 2011

Get BD screws instead
1 5

How to put this gently...? These screws suck. I've got 4 of these. Every one of them is about twice as hard to place as my BD Express or Turbo screws. Maybe three times as hard. Very hard to start; I've been stuck leaning on one of these things, cranking, twisting, really pushing, and it just spins in the half-inch hole its made, and doesn't bite any more. Spins and spins and doesn't bite. Once they do bite and start going in, they are almost always so hard to turn that I can't just hold the rotating hanger and crank; I have to grab-turn-release, grab-turn-release, again and again until it's in. By contrast, with every one of my BD Express screws, once it has started to bite and it's in about an inch or so, I can just grab that knob and spin away and moments later I'm climbing again. With my one Turbo screw I use for V-threads, it goes in just as easy, sans knob. The Laser Sonic is simply an inferior screw. The threads are dull and have all kinds of manufacturing artifacts all over them (in the picture note the notch on the thread on the left screw and the textured band on the right screw). These really suck. Really.

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