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mno3751438

mno3751438

Boulder, CO

mno3751438's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

2 5

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

I bought this vest in XL and ended up returning it due to what I would consider a defective wind flap. The flap sits behind the main zipper and because its not rigid, it catches in the zipper every time I zipped it up and down. You can imagine how annoying that is. You can pull it away from the zipper and that obviously prevents it from catching. The material and design are great otherwise, and the wind flap defect ruin an otherwise stellar layering piece. Frankly I am hoping they somehow hear this feedback and fix it because I would snap it up then.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on June 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this out for 4 days this past month and I'm thrilled with it. I upgraded from a 6 y/o Marmot Sawtooth so I'm basing my comparisons on that.
1. Its crazy light, and packs down pretty small. not 40F bag small, but small for a 30F bag
2. I love that with the bottom pad sleeve I get a boxer shape and the inability to roll off the bag for the same weight of a narrower bag with insulation on both sides
3. Big Agnes did a nice job of insulating the area around the zipper. The zipper is an inch above the seam with the sleeping pad sleeve and there is a draft tube that lays over the zipper and overlaps some with the insulation at the seam. Works to prevent the cold zone I've experienced over there.

a gripe:
the shell material is really thin; its held up to being stuck in the zipper a bunch of times, but might be a poor choice if you are hard on gear. I suspect anything in the Super Light category is the same.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very happy with them, I'm a big guy and I needed a strong pole to lean on after I crash nordic skiing. I tried to get away with a trekking pole but bought these after I saw them bow big time after weighting them. Used these all last season and I am totally happy with them. Feel super bomber, no worries about bending them.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on May 17, 2012

5 5

I picked these up a month ago for a series of rock climbing trips and I have been totally wowed by how well they support for hiking and grip for scrambling. Like another reviewer said, the to the toe lacing lets you loosen up some for the hike in then dial it down when you get to the rock. The extra insole that gradualy gets bigger towards the back of the shoe is the secret sauce that supports your feet for the approach in.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on January 4, 2012

5 5

I'm 6'4 with a long torso, so I love the extra long length available in this pack. I was also pleasantly surprised with the weight of the pack; very nice given its size. There is a strap hidden in the top of the pack for carrying a rope, a nice touch that doesn't get mentioned. Also appreciate the single buckle to close. One less thing to do. Hip belt was well padded especially given the low weight, that was also an excellent surprise. I used to be all about the pockets but I have progressed to valuing lower weight over more pockets, so the single big hole on this pack works perfectly for me.

Its a little annoying that the top isn't floating (the back is fixed to the top of the main pack) but I don't think I will massively overload this pack so I am not too worried about it. Also the shoulder straps are a bit narrow around the neck area, but they seem to have known and accounted for that with different material there.

Overall I am extremely pleased with this pack and I will probably make it my go to winter backcountry pack for ice climbing/mountaineering. I'll also going to sell my Osprey Variant 37 and pick up the Epic 35 if I can find it for shorter days.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

Pro: tough pants for rock climbing outside. I have Patagonia's rock guide pants and have torn them twice now during a fall (maybe I should just stop falling). The Piero's are much tougher for a pretty small sacrifice in weight and a moderate sacrifice in stretch. Since I'm not made of money; I'll take these on the serious trips and save the Patagonia's for hiking.

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mno3751438 wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

5 5

I replaced an OR Alpine Bivy with this due to its size and weight and I am quite happy with it. Obviously it isn't as impervious as the full on gore-tex bivy but my feeling is the trade off in weight (over a pound) is worth it if you are near or below the tree line. Even above it the adage light is right comes into play.

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