Nick B

Nick B

Moonstone beach,Trinity alps, Arcata community forest, far north climbing gym, Trinity aretes

Nick B's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Climbing

Nick B

Nick B wrote a review of on June 22, 2014

5 5

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

first off, I have F***ing long toes! Think Sasquatch with gollum toes, and you start to get the picture. These things edge and toe in like crazy, if you size them tight, but are good trad/crack shoes if you get them loose. IMO, you best off getting them tight, because the mythos are way better if you want a comfy shoe because they are designed with a flat, narrow toe profile they fit much more precisely in the toe box without scrunching your toes. I get them really tight, almost to the point were they are downturned, but not quite so they are prefect for thin, techy face climbing. My hiking/running shoe size is 14, and i started off with these in a 45, but used them for a month and they stretched too much for hard face climbing (their intended use in my case) but they were very comfortable and climbed thin cracks very well, but were still painfully for hands. I ended up returning them(with backcountry's amazing return policy) and getting a size 44, which was living hell to break in and are still pretty uncomfortable, but are prefect for 5.12+ single pitch face/slab edging. It was a pretty drastic downsize, but think it works mostly because of how how long my toes are and therefore how much they bend, maybe? anyways, they stretch a lot and are edging machines. work well on overhung terrain, but something with a more downturned toe would probably do the job better. great shoe for vert, and I highly recommend them.

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Nick B wrote a review of on June 22, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

really like the feel of this jacket, light warm, stretchy and comfortable. Unfortunately i found the fit to be very strange on my long lanky frame. I usually were a size large in Patagonia(6'4 180 lbs) which has fit perfectly in capliene and fleeces from Patagonia. The arms and cuffs were baggy and flapped around annoyingly but were the right length.the torso fit very well but was way too short, barely reaching my waistband and riding up all the time. all in all an awesome jacket, but for its price i want something that fits me well. would give it a high rating but cannot because of fit

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Nick B wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this pack does it all! use it as my book bag during the week, cragging pack on the weekend and multiday backpacking/alpine scrambling over break! i can fit all my trad gear, rope, layers and snacks for a day of climbing, usually stuff my rope in the bottom and snitch the straps tight, so i don't need a rope bag. for backpacking, I've gone a week out of this pack, with a 20 degree down bag, bivy sack, and full length pad. the only thing that ended up on the outside was my 30m rope for short raps off of alpine ridges. end weight including water was 19 lbs and carried well the entire trip! really like the front mesh pocket, because it fits my rain gear perfectly so it is really easy to access quickly if i need it. size wise, I'm 6'4 with a pretty short upper body and i got the M/L but I might even fit the S/M better, make sure to measure yourself before buying! I would recommend this to anyone looking for lightweight backpacking bag or cragging pack.

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Nick B wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I really like this jacket, but don't expect to be dry after a heavy downpour. In my experience, it wets out quickly around the shoulders and forearms, but like most shells it is comprised of two layers, and only the top layer is saturated. Not too bad right? The only problem is that then the saturated outer layer holds the dry interior layer against your skin, and you very quickly become clammy and wet from your own sweat. However, in light rain,this jacket easily beads water and breathes well. I mainly use this as a running, cycling and climbing wind breaker/light rain protection for done in a day adventures when I don't really care if I get wet. I really like how light and small it packs, because as soon as I start to heat up on a run, I just roll it up and stick it in my waistband and forget about it until I need it again. For climbing and cycling, It doesn't fit over a helmet, but works very well under one. not to big of a issue for cycling, but it is a real hassle when your halfway up a pitch, and your head is drenched in sweat. All in all, it works for me, but if you want to be totally dry, fork out for that goretex pro shell

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