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Bike, climb, hike, run, swim, snowboard

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mnit wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bottom line: I'm a bicycle commuter, and I'm sick of carrying around a big clunky harness every where I go. This is harness is awesome.
My friend lets me borrow his harness when I forget mine at the gym. I'm pretty forgetful, so I've used it a bunch of times. Finally, I'm getting my own. For me, the harness is super comfortable, and packs down into nothingness. I probably wouldn't use this to trad (because of the lack of gear loops), but this is the harness for indoor or sport climbing.

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mnit wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

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

I always hated lead belaying with a gri-gri. I've used the Smart several times in the gym and it seems like a good compromise between having a device that autolocks (though I wouldn't trust it to lock as I do a grigri) with the ease of use of an ATC (though not AS easy since the rope sometimes slips off the central groove and gets caught).

I'm interested in how it behaves when belaying someone from the top during multi-pitch climbs. Anyone used this device in that situation?

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mnit wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start by saying I have strangely sweaty feet, so I don't think I'll buy synthetic shoes ever again. These shoes were comfy right out of the box and I was very happy with them for a couple months.... HOWEVER
1. They stretched. I bought synthetic figuring it wouldn't stretch, but the ventilation holes all over the upper slowly enlarged and the shoe stretched a full size.
2. They got siiiiiiiiiiiiiiinky. Like... I don't want to touch my shoe because the stink got on my hand type of stinky.

Overall, they get the job done. They were a good comfy shoe, especially for all day out-door use.

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mnit wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

2 5

Lets start with this cardigan was ripped right out of the box. Not a big deal, I fixed it easily and I've never gotten damaged items from backcountry before.

Why was it ripped?
The material is VERY thin. This cardigan is more for decoration than something you want to put on to keep a bit warmer.
As far a decoration goes, it's very nice and flattering. I'm petite, the xs fit me well and I always got compliments... that is... until it ended up in the laundry machine by mistake.

TOTALLY DESTROYED. This is one 'hand wash only' label you MUST OBEY

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mnit wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

4 5

First of all: love it. I'm wearing it now.

I'm giving it 4 stars because the description/image isn't exactly correct. The material IS thinner than the image portrays - I would say it's more of a sweater than a jacket. And I don't agree that the grey is looks more brown, but it is a bit of a strange color: dark/dull/bluish grey.

The material is super warm and soft but it is fleece, so the wind rips right through it. Right now I'm using it in my sub-zero office and I expect to use it on cool summer nights and warm spring/fall days.

fit is great. I'm 5' and 105lbs, the xs is perfect.

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mnit wrote a question about on March 25, 2011

In general, I am in love with these boots....

HOWEVER, I'm having the weirdest problem with my right boot! They fabric 'broke-in' in a strange way and now puts the most awful pressure on my ankle. I can deal for a short time (2hrs or so), but the other week after walking around most of the day in them, it was so painful I had to ice my foot.

I've tried tying the laces differently, different socks, pants, etc.

The left boot feel super comfortable.

Anyone else have this problem? Any solutions?

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mnit wrote an answer about on January 5, 2011

I'm in the same boat... 4'11'' and 100 lbs.
I'm exchanging an 800-fill for this jacket. The BC rep explained the down rating system and I'm confident that 650-fill will not be a downgrade. Down 'fill' has to do with the weight of the down, not the temp/warmth rating, so this jacket will just be slightly heavier. But we're talking about feathers here.

Bottom line: Go for it. If you hate it, BC has pretty awesome customer service... I've personally abused BC's return policy to the limit.

I'm getting this jacket in sz Large

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mnit wrote a review of on December 1, 2010

5 5

I bought this jacket off steepandcheap for around $90 (+S&H) and it was worth every penny.
I bike commute to work every day and after trying out a few jackets (and sending them back) this jacket is a keeper. The jacket beads away most of the rain, I stayed nice a dry and whatever moisture that is absorbed dries off within an hour at my desk.

Two things to mention:
1. this jacket isn't stretchy like the description states (and therefore I probably wouldn't rock climb in it like it's recommended for.... yes... I actually rock climb so I know what I'm talking about)
2. while the jacket is lined with some soft material, it has zero insulation. Layering is key.
If you're looking for insulation, my sister bought almost the exact same jacket with down fill.... maybe my next purchase!

bottom line: buy it.

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