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randomboulder wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

5 5

I love these so much that I bought two pairs plus the convertible version. Most comfortable pant I own and great for climbing and hiking or anything else really. An understated feature about the Zion pants is the 3M coating that is applied to the fabric that really helps keep stains off. I've spilled soup and other stuff on myself and it just beads off, pretty amazing.

A few differences between the convertible pants and regular stretch Zion Pants:

The convertible pants have two zip cargo pockets, while the regular pants only have one. Also, the convertible pants are much baggier than the regular version, I'm not sure why this is, I kind of like the fit of the regular pants better.

The final thing is that I noticed a few comments about the inseam being pretty long. This is true, but an easy fix since there is no zipper at the ankle, you can just bring them to a place to have them hemmed to the correct length. You can't do that if there is a zipper at the bottom of the pant leg.

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randomboulder wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

4 5

I love my Prana Stretch Zion pants, I have two pairs and decided to try out this convertible version as well. As usual, the pants are super comfortable and stretchy and great for active sports. An understated feature about the Zion pants is the 3M coating that is applied to the fabric that really keeps stains off. I've spilled soup and other stuff on myself and it just beads off, pretty amazing.

A few differences between the convertible pants and regular stretch Zion Pants:

The convertible pants have two zip cargo pockets, while the regular pants only have one. Also, the convertible pants are much baggier than the regular version, I'm not sure why this is, I kind of like the fit of the regular pants better. The convertible also does not have the snaps to keep them rolled up.

The final thing is that I noticed a few comments about the inseam being pretty long. This is true, but an easy fix since there is no zipper at the ankle, you can just bring them to a place to have them hemmed to the correct length. You can't do that if there is a zipper at the bottom of the pant leg.

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randomboulder wrote a review of on February 20, 2012

2 5

Jacket seemed very nice and well constructed. I was pretty excited to try out MHW's new Dry Q Elite technology, but as others have alluded to, the sizing is a bit off. I normally wear a medium in just about everything, but with this jacket it was too tight in the shoulders and upper back. I also tried on the large, but it was way too baggy. The Snowtastic was a similar fit in the medium.

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randomboulder wrote a review of on December 25, 2011

Waterproof, but....
2 5

I bought these gloves for ice climbing because the ones I normally use died last season. I was looking for gloves that were not too thick, offered good dexterity, were waterproof and had a durable leather palm so that I could also use them to belay without shredding the palms. The Minus One gloves seemed to fit the bill. They were a good fit with nice dexterity and had plenty of leather on the fingers and palm, while offering stretch material on the back of the hands/fingers. I used them for one day of ice climbing in Colorado. This involved setting anchors, climbing and rapping off. The dexterity of the glove was okay, but I wonder if I should have sized them down for a better fit. My hands stayed dry all day, HOWEVER, the leather palms of the glove did soak up water. The moisture never penetrated through the inner membrane, but my hands got cold because of the wet leather palms. I had even taken one glove off while taking some photos and clipped it to my harness and when I put the glove back on it was frozen because of all the moisture soaked into the leather. So yes, my hands stayed dry, however, they got pretty cold because of the leather. My previous gloves also had leather palms, but never soaked up moisture until the very end of their life. These gloves did it on the very first day. Besides this one thing, they would be fine. I'm debating whether sending them back or trying to treat the leather.

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randomboulder wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

Its nice large size fits my 70m rope no problem and the funnel design makes it a breeze to roll it up and cinch it down. Love the bag so much that I bought another one for my 60m rope. I like that you can choose the color (as opposed to getting a random assorted color) so that I have different colors for different ropes and know which rope is in what bag.

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randomboulder wrote a review of on March 2, 2011

4 5

This is my first beacon, though I have used the Tracker before. I finally decided on the Pulse after doing some research and watching demonstration videos on YouTube. It seemed easy to use and great for multiple burial situations. I took it to my Avy 1 course and was happy to see that both of the instructors (a heli ski guide in AK and NZ, and the other in charge of SAR at a major ski resort) both used the same beacon. I found it easy to use during practice though sometimes you do need to be patient and let the processor lock onto the signal. The Pulse also had one of the longest ranges of all the different beacons others had in the class. On mine the signal dropped out at around 70m while my friend's Tracker dropped the signal at 35m out. I haven't yet practiced a multiple burial scenario yet. I also like the smaller size compared to some of the other beacons out there.

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