Ronen Sarig

Ronen Sarig

San Francisco Bay Area

Ronen Sarig's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Ronen Sarig's Bio

Bike: MTB, downhill, BMX, trials.
Snow: boarding, skiing, backcountry (both.)
Climbing: mostly bouldering, sport.

I have yet to learn:
* Ice climbing
* kayaking
* base jumping / wing suits

Ronen Sarig

Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 17, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought frogskins about 5 years ago. They had plastic hinges, and felt good. bought these more recently. WTF oakley? start making your stuff in China or something? The hinges don't fit properly on the frame - when the hinges "snap" on, the plastic hinges are obviously bent out of shape, halfway to snapping off again! so, the hinges pop off super easily. crap.

lens quality is good, though. at least they did something right.

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Ronen Sarig

Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

these gloves are pricy as hell, and the best gloves in their weight class that you're going to find. COMPLETELY waterproof. light, warm.

something interesting and unique: the gloves have a very distinct pre-curved shape. I've had other gloves that claim to be precurved, but these guys REALLY ARE. I can straighten my fingers, but that's definitely not the relaxed position.

construction is killer. solid product. bye bye $$.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

description calls it a climbing glove; I prefer thinner / more dextrous gloves for climbing. I'd use this for skiing anyday, though!

also, it passed the "submerge in a bowl of water for two minutes" waterproofing test. well done, BD.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: Runs large

my girlfriend wears size 8.5-9 normally. saw the review that these run small, so ordered a 9 and a 9.5. they were HUGE in length. exchanged them for a 7.5 and an 8. the 8 was still too long, and while the 7.5 was correct in length, at that point it was too narrow for her feet. she doesn't have particularly wide feet.

these would be good for a gal with narrow feet; if that's you - size down from your street shoe size! (0.5 or 1 size down.)

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these are hands down the grippiest snowshoes available. The entire perimeter is a toothed ring that provides grip. additional toothed supports cross the bottom of the shoe. the crampon is sharp and will cut into ice.

I actually used the MSR Lightning Ascent Evo (same snowshoe with a different binding) to climb avalanche gulch on Mt. Shasta (where most people use crampons.) If you do this, make sure you're holding an axe for self arrest! the point is, these things DO NOT SLIP.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

3 5

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

there really isn't much to this bag. seriously, arcteryx, $100? It's barely more functional than the drawcord sacks you get as swag at conventions. ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but c'mon.. without the fossil logo, this thing would cost $30-40.

Basic pack. minimal padding on the shoulders and back panel. Back panel looks like some sort of memory-foam type material?

BIG PRO: the pack seems like it's waterproof. Siliconized inside, ripstop nylon construction. Waterproof zipper. Probably not seam sealed, but hard to tell because the seams are rolled up. (This provides water resistance on its own.)

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Ronen Sarig

Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this is the standard pump by which all other pumps can be measured.

high volume, comfortable handle. not the lightest pump on the market - a few additional grams is what it costs to have a pump that actually works.

Could use a flexible hose like some of the newer pumps out there, but if you're breaking valve stems, you're doing it wrong.

Warning about other pumps - don't buy pumps that screw on to the valve stem. They risk pulling presta valve cores out when you unscrew the pump! Use lever-lock pumps like this one instead.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

3 main issues:

1. The hydration pocket is super poorly designed! Arcteryx seems to have an issue with this - I bought the Arcteryx Bora 80L off BC a few years ago, and its hydration pocket is wacky too (in the lid of the pack. Why would you want your heavy water up so high?) In the Quintic, the hydration pocket doesn't have a strap to hold the top of the bladder up high, so the whole thing just kind of slumps to the bottom of the hydration pocket. Also, the hydration pocket has a vertical zipper along it, and no hole for the tube to escape! This means that you have to run the hose out of the top of the zipper, and over the course of a few hours, the hose works the zipper open.

2. The snowboard carry is poorly designed - there are no compression straps that actually cinch down on the width of your snowboard. It just kind of hangs in the loops, and can wiggle freely.

3. The A frame ski carry is poorly designed too! The bottom ski carry straps tie directly in to the waist belt (presumably to transfer more weight to your hips as you hike.) The non-adjustable-length ski carry straps then attach to the center of the back panel of the pack. If you fully stuff the pack with gear, the un-adjustable straps aren't long enough to allow you to wrap the hip belt around your waist! (It ends up pulling the hip belt away from your waist, and it bunches up, all ugly.

redeeming qualities: looks like the fabric is waterproof. looks cool. don't buy this pack.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

2 5

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

3 main issues:

1. The hydration pocket is super poorly designed! Arcteryx seems to have an issue with this - I bought the Arcteryx Bora 80L off BC a few years ago, and its hydration pocket is wacky too (in the lid of the pack. Why would you want your heavy water up so high?) In the Quintic, the hydration pocket doesn't have a strap to hold the top of the bladder up high, so the whole thing just kind of slumps to the bottom of the hydration pocket. Also, the hydration pocket has a vertical zipper along it, and no hole for the tube to escape! This means that you have to run the hose out of the top of the zipper, and over the course of a few hours, the hose works the zipper open.

2. The snowboard carry is poorly designed - there are no compression straps that actually cinch down on the width of your snowboard. It just kind of hangs in the loops, and can wiggle freely.

3. The A frame ski carry is poorly designed too! The bottom ski carry straps tie directly in to the waist belt (presumably to transfer more weight to your hips as you hike.) The non-adjustable-length ski carry straps then attach to the center of the back panel of the pack. If you fully stuff the pack with gear, the un-adjustable straps aren't long enough to allow you to wrap the hip belt around your waist! (It ends up pulling the hip belt away from your waist, and it bunches up, all ugly.

redeeming qualities: looks like the fabric is waterproof. looks cool. don't buy this pack.

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Ronen Sarig wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

5 5

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

<30 minute installation time. I have Spark Magneto bindings. Sliding the bindings on was hard initially; Took some serious force. After a few tries, it felt like it started loosening up (maybe the plastic deformed very slightly?) To make it work REALLY smooth: took a bit of bike chain lube and smeared it on the mating surfaces of the pucks / bindings! Works perfectly now. Clean interface.

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