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neip474303 wrote a review of on November 29, 2014

5 5

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

Just got this tent and set it up in my yard so I can't speak to it's ability to handle condensation. With that said, I don't expect it to be a problem because there is so much mesh on the inside and ventilation is so easily adjusted with the doors and even the gear closet windows.

This is the most roomy and pleasant 2-person tent I've seen. When the doors are zipped halfway down, as is shown in the main product photo, the tent feels incredibly roomy and pleasant. The headroom is huge, the floor space is fantastic and I'm 6'1". If we didn't have too much to do this afternoon, my girlfriend and I, plus dog, would have hung out in the the tent set up in the yard and read with the windows halfway down.

For it's size, the weight is completely manageable, especially considering that 2 grown men can comfortably sleep in here without feeling cramped or weird. If the weight is split each person is carrying no more than 2- 2.5 lbs.

This tent is a Cadillac. Fantastic.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on May 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this thinking it would be my belay biner with an ATC Guide. It comes up short in this department.

Compared to the Petzl Attache 3D the Vapor is not as smooth at rope pulling (especially belaying off of the anchor) or rappelling. Also, the Vapor weighs a tiny bit more than the Attache 3D, and while it has the Magnetron feature, I'm not a huge fan of this locking mechanism. If you want to lock it or unlock it with one hand, you pretty much have to have the spine in the palm of your hand. There are times when this is inconvenient, and annoying, given that most lockers can be operated in multiple orientations with one hand.

Luckily I got mine with a gift card for cheap or it would be going back. It has been relegated to use with my PAS, where I'm almost always clipping it with the spine in my palm. Also, the large opening is good for getting around a lot of tat.

Still, for the price I cannot recommend this biner.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

4 5

Backcountry.com should correct their description of this bag, because it is duck down and not goose down. From what I understand, this should make no difference in the quality of the bag, as duck down of the same rating as goose down performs about the same, but people should know what they're getting nonetheless.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an insulated bottle, and not a thermos. I was hoping to take it cragging with me on colder days, but it just doesn't keep coffee hot for very long when the temperature dips below 60 degrees. My Nissan Thermos will remain my crag coffee bottle, and I guess I'll just use this thing for taking coffee to the climbing gym or other indoor locations. One thing it has going for it is the security of the lid. I can't imagine anything leaking.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've been climbing for over 20 years. Bouldering, sport climbing, "trad climbing," crack climbing, big walls, alpine. These shoes are slightly aggressive, but not so aggressive that you feel like your just climbing on the tips of your toes. They do everything well, and are quite comfortable for me, but still I would not reach for these if I were just going crack climbing for the weekend.

I wear a size 8.5 to 9 US in most street shoes (8.5 in Five Ten approach shoes), and I wear a 40.5 in the Instinct. I could easily go a 1/2 size smaller, which would probably make the heel fit a little better, but I prefer to be comfortable. The heel still works great for me, but there is a tiny empty spot that does get a little bigger over time.

I've had three pairs in a row of these, and I'll be getting more. Hopefully the slipper version as well, if they ever go on sale.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

This harness is an improvement over the previous design, which I had for a little while until I outgrew it (read: gained weight). It has a little more padding, but is still light and breathable. Also, the wider waist belt on the hips is really nice, and if I'm not mistaken, the leg loops seems proportionally wider than they were before.

I thought the caritool slots would bug me, because they makes for smaller rear gear loops that are pushed further back. But the rear gear loops on the medium are completely adequate in size for trad climbing and I have not had a problem fishing around back there for a sling, biner or belay device. Also, the location of the rear gear loops makes for better weight distribution with a full rack.

This harness fits me very well and it feels very comfortable when working a route or lowering. Petzl is on to something with the fit of their harnesses. They cradle your weight in a way that I've not experienced in 20 years of wearing climbing harnesses. Considering that other companies are asking 50 to 75 dollars more for their high-end harnesses, the Adjama 2 is a good bargain.

As for sizing, my waist measures about 34 inches and my legs about 24 inches and the medium fits me perfectly. I cinch the waist belt tight on my harness so I can hang a trad rack on it without sagging, and I have about an inch of room to tighten it down more should I lose some weight (fingers crossed). Looking at the sizing chart I don't see how someone with an actual waist measurement of 30-32 inches could wear this harness without it sagging.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

2 5

I was excited to get this harness, but I found it so uncomfortable that I had to return it. Basically, this harness has two major flaws.

First, the leg loops develop creases along the inside of the thighs. These creases become hard edges and dig into your skin. The creases developed in mine on the second day of use after working a sport route. After that, they were there to stay, and even belaying a partner who was working a route was painful.

The second problem is that the leg loops sit unevenly when hanging. This is caused when the leg loop tie-in point gets pinched off of center underneath the waist belt tie-in point. This results in an uncomfortable hang and the climber must unweight the harness in order to center the leg loops. This takes effort if you're hanging on a steep route, which is when most people are more likely to hang. This flaw was especially bad on my harness because the leg loop tie-in protector was not centered on the leg loops, but I've noticed my climbing partner has the same problem with his R300, which I assume has a centered tie-in protector.

I climbed in this harness for two sessions before it developed the creases in the leg loops, and even though the harness was a perfect and snug fit for me, I expect that the waist belt would have developed the same creases at some point in the near future.

Arc'teryx has some work to do on their harnesses, because this Warp Strength design is poor. Given the exorbitant cost, a major design flaw with the creasing material and the poor workmanship evident in the off-center tie-in protector, this harness barely gets two stars.

I would get a BD Chaos if you can wear fixed gear loops. I can't, so I bought the Petzl Adjama II, which is much more comfortable than this rather weak and overpriced offering from Arc'teryx.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

5 5

I'm 6'1", 175 lbs. My chest measure between 42 and 43 inches, depending on what I've done during the week. Based on Patagonia's fit guide and the reviews of others that said that the jacket ran small, I ordered a large. It swallowed me. Not even close to being an athletic fit at that size.

So I went with a medium, and it fits nicely. I can wear capilene and an r1 fleece underneath it comfortably. It may be just a tad snug around my lats when I'm driving, but hardly noticeable. Even still, there is a little extra material around my waist. I could go for more layering underneath and it still would fit fine.

Performance-wise, this jacket is spectacular. Very light, and warmer than I expected. Don't get me wrong, it's not a winter parka, but it's a great jacket for cragging on all but the coldest days. I think I could climb in this jacket, if it's not chimneys, flares or OW, or if didn't involve scraping my forearms too much. My only complaint is that it doesn't stuff into it's own pocket.

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neip474303 wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

5 5

This harness looks sweet, but it doesn't fit my proportions and the sizing chart is way off. My waist measures 34 inches and my legs 25. The leg loops fit very nicely but the waist belt is way too big. I cinch it all the way down, and while it stays in place, I can move it around at will. If I put some gear on the loops it would slide right down. So much for a Large fitting waist sizes 33-36. Don't believe it. I wouldn't even try this harness in Large unless your waist is at least 35 inches. Unfortunately, I know from experience with the Ozone that my legs are too big for the medium,so I guess I'll be going for an Arcteryx R320A.

As for my rating, just based on the feel of the material and the look, this is still an outstanding harness. It's beefier than I expected, but is still light. 5 stars if it fits you.

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