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mytonwrote a review of on April 7, 2016

Passable
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Coming in with the long term 5 year review. These are quickdraws. They're cheap and functional. The biners are a bit heavy, they have a clunky nose shape, and they snag pretty easily with a large prominent hook. The dogbones are thick and heavy and durable and nylon. Good or bad depending on your needs.

The downside is after 5 years the gate has lost its tension so the action is a bit sticky and slow, not snappy like you want it. On the worst offenders if you slowly let the gate close it won't close completely. I'm going to be replacing these biners, or more likely just relegating them to the bottom of the bin to get pulled out when you need every last quickdraw for a long climb or group trip.

In the end, they were great when I was a broke college student, but if you can afford to purchase a bit nicer draw I'd recommend it. My positron/posiwire draws of the same era are still pretty snappy. (Though their dyneema dogbones are probably nearly due for replacement, unlike they nylon used here)

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mytonwrote a review of on January 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought these were the best, but after using them for a year or so I think I'd look elsewhere. I have about 20 of them as racking biners on my cams and used to make alpine draws.

My two complaints are a rather weak gate and the size. The gate seems to get a bit loose and sticky with time, hard to describe exactly but just no the most confidence inspiring. The size, oddly, is too big for my use. I thought full-size biner with mini biner weight was going to be the best thing ever, but honestly I'd rather rack with Neutrinos or similar mini biner. For my draws I'm on the fence as to what size is ideal.

All that said, the carabiner does its job and the stats (size and weight) are hard to beat for the price. I'm not likely to buy any more, but I'm also not going to run out to replace the ones on my rack already.

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mytonwrote a review of on March 23, 2013

4 5

Nice jacket, fairly light, simple, clean lines. Not sure it's worth the price tag in all honesty. Got it on sale and I'm happy, but it's not all that special. That said, no regrets. Be prepared for: oversized hood (great over a helmet, ok without when cinched down), baggy fit (nice in winter), long sleeves and hem (love), asymmetric pit zips, arc'teryx logo (it's what you're here for).

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mytonwrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

I've been super pleased with this bag. I have last year's model, but they seem to be the same. This bag is my first down bag after using a variety of synthetic bags from 0-30 degrees. The bag is fairly light. Heavier than an 800 fill bag, but a lot cheaper and still pretty easy on the back. And it's still is lighter and packs smaller than a comparable synthetic bag. Where I've been most impressed, however, is how warm it's kept me even when the temperature drops. I've slept in this on snow at below 30 more than once and been quite toasty wearing winter base layers and the Stoic Hadron. I've been as comfortable as friends in 0 degree bags. I thought this bag was pretty neat from the first, but after a year of pushing the limits on how cold I'll take it I'm even more impressed.

My only complaints:
Pretty roomy around the torso (could be a pro I suppose, but I think it'd be warmer with a little less dead space)
Foot zipper and pocket seem pretty worthless to me. I'd take them out to save a little weight.
I wish I'd gone with the 800 fill, but that's not really a downside of this bag. At the time I was on a budget and this fit the bill. Now I'd appreciate the lighter weight.

Overall, highly recommend.

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mytonwrote a review of on March 25, 2012

4 5

More comfortable than a ridgerest, just as light, and packs very small. Those were my hopes and they were fulfilled. Not convinced that it will be super durable, but thus far it's held up. It's not miles more comfortable, but it's definitely a noticable improvement. I'd be curious what the R value is. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a bit low. However, I've used this plus a full length ridgerest on snow more than once and been quite satisfied. Overall I'd recommend, especially with the low price.

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mytonwrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

No complaints about this rope. I've used it toproping, leading in the gym, leading in the Red, leading and toproping slabby moderates, and done a few two pitch climbs on it. It's held up quite well. There's some fuzzing on it in places, but it still handles great. It is very soft and feeds really well. Just feels good to belay and to clip with. Taken a fair number of falls on it and it's a soft catch and I totally trust it. Would recommend and would buy again.

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mytonwrote a review of on February 26, 2012

5 5

This is great for skiing and backpacking. Fits under the helmet really easily for skiing. For backpacking it's great for medium exertion in cold weather and to keep in a little extra warmth at night while sleeping. Fabric is soft to the touch. The fit is designed to cover your mouth. Pulling it down below your lips is fine as well, but it's a little tight when you pull it all the way under your chin.

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mytonwrote a review of on February 26, 2012

3 5

These shoes climb well. They smell terrible, as do all Evolvs I've had experience with. They stretched just a touch to become tolerable, though I sized them fairly tight. The downturn was solid, the rubber was good, got them resoled once. Wouldn't buy again because of the odor mainly.

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