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rob2938557 wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

3 5

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

I've had several pairs of these pants over the past couple years, and I love them. Great fit, super comfortable, and light enough fabric for warm summer evenings. My only gripe is durability. Both pairs have developed small rips, and if you carry car keys or a pocket knife, expect the pocket liners to give out fairly quickly. Nonetheless, i ordered a third pair, as I wear them all the time, more than any other casual pants.

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rob2938557 wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

Great Puffy Layer for Climbing
5 5

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

Although my wife would argue that I have a jacket for every possible weather condition, the one thing I was lacking in my arsenal was a puffy layer for mountaineering, something cut generously enough to throw on over several other layers when stopping for a break. I picked up the Ama Dablam on SAC at a screaming deal price, and couldn't have been happier when using it for a climb of Mt. Rainier. On the first night at Camp Muir, I put this on and immediately declared, "this is my new happy place!"

The build quality is excellent, and the cut was very generous...I often carry a full-size DSLR in a chest harness, the the Ama Dablam was sized such that I could zip up the jacket over the camera.

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rob2938557 wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Great choice for both resort and touring
5 5

I've used these pants both for resort skiing on both mild and cold days (with a base layer) and for ski touring (most recently, the Haute Route in April, without the base layer). Very breathable pants; I never felt clammy in these even skinning uphill all day in the sun. The lack of side zips didn't both me. The lower front pockets on the legs are perfect for storing glove liners or a handkerchief. Excellent choice for both inbounds and out.

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rob2938557 wrote a review of on July 17, 2011

Great pack for overnight
4 5

Bought this pack for a trip to the Swiss Alps with two planned overnights at mountain huts. The size turned out to be just about ideal for that relatively light load. Ice axe carry worked very easily, but the rope attachment on top of the pack would not snug down very tight for an 8 mm x 30m rope. It carried fine, however, since the top flap holds the rope securely in place....the rope attachment is simply to keep it attached when you flip it out of the way to access the cargo compartment.

Hard to judge durability after just a week, but the build quality strikes me as very sound.

I plan to do some multi-day ski-touring next season, and this may be just the ticket for that.

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rob2938557 wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

4 5

The BD Ascension Nylon STS were the first set of skins I've owned, so I can't compare them to other brands. Chose them because they seem pretty ubiquitous, and I trust BD stuff. I trimmed them myself, and you can certainly tell which one I did first. Despite my rough cutting on the first, the skins do the job well, easy on & off, and the "cheaters" and storage bag that are included make them easy to handle. After a season of use, I just purchased a second pair for some new boards, so I guess that's the best possible endorsement!

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rob2938557 wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

5 5

I've only had the chance to ski these for a couple days, as I bought them late in the season to take advantage of the great sale prices. Mounted them with Marker Barons, mounted 2 cm forward as recommended. I found them to be surprisingly quick and responsive as an inbounds ski....not quite the "cornering like you're on rails" feeling I get from my Apache Recons, but good enough that I think I'd pull this ski out of the quiver if there was any chance of good pow off-piste. Because boy, do they float in the pow! This is my first truly fat ski, so I can't compare them to other fat boys, but they sure were a fun ride. More to follow next season.

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