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Wesley's Passions

Camping
Sport Climbing

Wesley's Bio

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mtbphoto1321629 wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

5 5

"Do you have any other jackets?" is what people at my work have asked me.
This is because I wear this jacket almost all winter and on a lot of summer nights/days.
I work on a mountain resort outside and this jacket works on spring days, and the coldest of cold days on the mountain. I absolutely love the hood on this thing, works great under a helmet, or even a beanie, protects from cold and wind. I dont use a facemask anymore because the R1 Hoody does the job a whole lot better. The long bottom (parka like) made out of lighter material is great for tucking in to your pants or climbing harness.

I really cannot even explain how great this jacket is, I have had it for a year and a half and have worn it probably 200 days, I wash it when it starts to stink (takes a while to get stinky) and use NikWax detergent, and the hoody has plenty of life left.

I wear this jacket to work inside and outside on the mountain, mountaineering, in and around town, backpacking, and climbing.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Overall this is the do any and everything jacket that I wear too much.
You just cannot go wrong!

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mtbphoto1321629 wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

5 5

I have the older version of this harness (Black Diamond says its only a different color, no other changes)
The harness is great and I like the fact that it is a molded shape. It fits very well and is great to belay, climb, and hang in.
I have also worn the high end Arcteryx R300 harness.
The R300 wins in comfort, but only by a bit
I prefer the Chaos gear loops, although not as big, they are better to clip
I also like the fact that the haul loop is burly and full strength on the Chaos

The Chaos wins for me, because it cost me less money, but if I were doing more alpine routes or long approaches I would have kept the R300

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mtbphoto1321629 wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

5 5

I absolutely love this pack! although there are a few things I would change
I use this as my snowboard/splitboard pack.
This is the best pack (and i've tried many) for carrying a snowboard, this is due to the harness system Arcteryx uses.
I have fit a shovel, probe, and snowboard boots into this pack (it was a tight squeeze)

A-frame carry also works great and can fit a splitboard (or super fat skis)

Cons:
The organizing internal sleeves and pockets in my opinion just add weight and take up space in the pack, i guess they could be used to keep your gear dry, but they are oddly sized.

The hip belt would always seem to get loose from the pack side of the adjustment, this would only happen in millimeters per trip, but still annoying.

The pack started to fray and get weird bubbles in the waterproofing, I sent it back to Arcteryx and they replaced the pack no questions asked, by far one of the best warranties in industry.

Overall this pack works great and even used it as a daypack for transporting stuff to and from work, and loved it.

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mtbphoto1321629 wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

4 5

Theres no doubt in my mind that this pack would last years of abuse. The pack is made with burly materials.
The design is unique and takes a bit of getting used to.

The main compartment is big. I loved to idea of gear loops, although I never use them. The bottom of the pack is a kinda weird shape, and you have to shove your gear down there to make it really take up all the space. I love how you can just rip this pack open and get access to all your gear, it also packs up very quickly. BUT its hard to stuff a bunch of gear in this pack, unlike a lid closure you have to stop loading the pack at a certain point so you will be able to close and secure the straps.

Also like the external straps, great for overstuffing the pack and then strapping a rope to the outside.

The external jacket pocket is the perfect size for a puffy.

External key/misc pocket has generous space for all kinds of randoms you carry.

Suspension system is pretty good, although the hip belt is huge and is noticed on high steps and scrambles.

Overall I am liking this pack, and the only reason im really giving it 4 stars is for the fact you cant cram it full of stuff, and the hip belts are just a bit too big.

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mtbphoto1321629 wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

5 5

This harness rocks. Very light, Very comfy, all wrapped up in a great design. The gear loops were great, supportive, and held a bunch of gear.
The only downside i noticed is the leg loops don't fit snug on my legs, they kind of flare out when the harness is not loaded. I noticed this visually, not physically, so it did not effect how the harness performed, or the comfort level.

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