rog2569879

rog2569879

Colorado's high country

rog2569879's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

4 5

I only use this mask on the coldest of days, and every time I've used it, I've been happy to have it. I usually wear a neck gaiter and pull it up over my face when it gets really cold. However, last season I learned my lesson the hard way when I got frostnip on my face in the areas that were not covered by the gaiter. The area affected was the gap between my goggles and the gaiter on my cheeks. What I really like about this mask is that the edges are specially molded to fit under your goggles and leave no skin exposed. Even with this tight seal, my goggles do not fog.

Some of the downsides: The breathing holes only let a certain amount of fresh air in. When I'm really skiing hard and exerting myself, I feel like I can't get enough oxygen. THen I just pull the mask down and expose my face. I have seen some people who cut a larger hole in the mouth area of their masks. Also, the back side of the mask where the velcro attaches is much narrower than the length of the front of the mask+neck gaiter. So, unless I close up my jacket just perfectly, I get some cold drafts from where the narrow closure doesn't quite cover the back of my neck (especially when I'm looking down). The front provides great coverage, but the back is a little lacking. I ordered a size large to make sure I had enough room for all of the layers on my neck (jacket, baselayers, etc.) and for my ponytail that hangs down.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on December 9, 2010

5 5

I never thought I'd ever use "comfortable" and "warm" to describe ski boots. I've never had a pair of comfortable and warm boots in my life - even after custom fittings. But these boots are amazing. I think part of the reason is the Intuition liners. I had them heat molded at my local ski shop, and they've been a perfect fit ever since. They're light and comfortable for touring and stiff enough for agressive skiing. But if you're used to a super-stiff boot, these are not for you.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on December 9, 2010

5 5

We got this helmet for my boyfriend's 10-year-old daughter after 3 years of cinching down her dad's helmet to the smallest settings. Her dad's helmet never fit well, flopped around and just looked huge on her head. She wears her Camp helmet and says it's very comfortable and the inside padding is soft (she forgets it's on her head) and she can adjust it easily herself. It's very adjustable, so she has plenty of room to grow into it as she grows older. It looks great with her Backcountry goat sticker too!

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on December 9, 2010

4 5

I love the performance of these goggles, I have the Sensor Mirror lenses and I have been very happy with the visibility in all conditions and they hardly ever fog. They look good and fit my small face well. My biggest issue is that the strap is too small for my helmet (a Giro Fuse that's a few years old), so they squeeze into my face and leave indentations in my cheeks. I'm going to buy the goggle extension strap they sell here on Backcountry and that problem should be solved.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on November 8, 2010

5 5

I sweat a lot and my old harness wasn't breathable (Black Diamond Primrose). I'd take my harness off and would have big, wet sweat stains around my waist. I climbed all day in the Petzl Luna harness in very warm conditions, took off my harness and I was barely even damp underneath. I was amazed at the difference. The claims about the breathability of this harness are very true.

I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the angle of the gear loops. If you're used to molded gear loops that stick out from your harness, these definitely sit a lot flatter against the harness. It took a climb or two to get used to the different gear loop shape, but never had a real problem with them. The design of the loops is helpful when carrying a pack because they don't interfere with your pack's waistbelt. The Caritool loops (for ice climbing) are in between the front and rear loops, which moves the rear loops back a little further on the harness than what most people are used to. But I intend to use this for ice climbing, so I'm ok with it. The rear loops are on the small side, so this harness might not be the best for trad climbing unless you use a gear sling.

Overall a great harness for me and what I will be using it for.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on October 27, 2010

3 5

I agree with the other reviewer who said the fabric is pilling. It also "attracts everything except men and money" when it comes to lint/pet hair/etc. The lint doesn't remove easily because of the nubby texture of the fabric since it almost seems to grip onto the lint more than other fleece textures. It is very warm, well cut, but definitely not wind resistant in any way. Defifinitely more of a layering piece.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on October 27, 2010

5 5

I love these boots because they're a functional and warm pair of snow boots, but they look cute too. My feet stay very warm in them and I don't want to take them off because they feel like house slippers. I even wore them on a long snowshoeing trip because I forgot my winter hiking boots and they worked great (the suede did get a little compressed from the straps though - definitely not a recommended use for the boots!) The "ice pick" traction on the bottom is very grippy on ice. The majority of the boots are lined with Thinsulate - the shearling lining is only the first three inches of the top of the boot and the tounge.

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rog2569879 wrote a review of on October 26, 2010

5 5

I love these gaiters because they have saved my mountaineering pants from crampon punctures/shredding. The quality is great and they feel like they will last forever. Once you strap them on, they are solid and don't shift around on your boots or legs. The back panel is stretchy, and definitely thin compared to the rest of the fabric on the gaiters. On really cold days, I can feel a difference in warmth between my shins and my calves.

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