I have been using the 8.4 for about 3 years now. I use them for ice, rock and alpine climbing. I have had very good luck with these ropes and have found them very durable. The sheath is has a very tight braid and I find this really improves the durability especially if you use them on rock climbs. The dry treatment wears quickly if you use them on the rock, but that is pretty standard for any rope. So, my suggestion is to buy a set in the Fall use them for a season of ice and then continue into the summer season with them, that way you maximize the performance of the ropes. I have used a lot of 1/2 ropes over the years (lots of climbing in Europe) and have found these to be some of the best wearing ropes out there
I had a look at one of these in the shop the other day. Here is says the material is nylon, but with the white on the sling I would have guessed there was some spectra or dyneema used in the construction? Are these slings in fact 100% nylon? Thanks
There is no reason not to have this jacket with you all the time. It is light, breathable, waterproof and surprisingly durable. I've used this jacket in all four seasons. You can cram it anywhere in your pack or stuff it in it's pocket and clip it to your harness. A great jacket of the weight conscious minimalist!
If you are looking for an axe that can be used to slog up snow or take it to the next level on a moderate alpine route - this is your axe! I find this axe very easy to swing and the trigger palmel is just what you need to help you pull over a burgschrund or add a little security on a steep section. The pick is super durable and placements are easy in neve or ice alike. There is just enough curve to make this axe useful in technical terrain and general mountaineering uses alike.
On more than one occasion, after a day of ice climbing when wearing a hat underneath, I have forgotten to take my helmet off and have not realized it until looking in the rear view mirror on the drive home... The only question to ask with a helmet this light and comfortable is: will this thing work? In fact, better than most and I can testify. I got hit with a rock about the size of a softball on the Grandes Jorasses last summer and had I not been wearing this helmet things could have turned out bad. Fortunately this did exactly what it was designed to do. The helmet was dented and cracked pretty badly, but my head was not! In my opinion this is the best helmet on the market and there is no excuse not to have one on your next climbing adventure.
The best drytooling glove on the market! Remember be nice to these and don't rappell with them...
Lightweight no frills windstopper fleece gloves. A must have for any cold weather activities. I wear these alone all the time while skiing and ice climbing. They also make a great liner for really cold days.
I'm really into these govles. I've had a couple of pairs now and use them mostly for ice climbing and spring skiing. They are great gloves for leading ice, but on cold days bring a warmer pair for belays. These gloves offer excellent dexterity and are quite durable. Best to put some leather conditioner on the palms as it will help with keeping your hands dry and durability. If you need dexterity you can't go wrong with these gloves
Okay, so not the most stylish hat I will agree, but if your hanging out on a glacier or on the ocean this is a must have. The skirt comes off easy if you just want the ball cap, but I keep mine on all the time. The hat keeps me cool at high altitudes on sunny days and I never wear sunscreen on my neck or ears anymore with this item. The best way to pervent too much sun exposure is to cover up. I wash mine in the regular wash with other clothes and have had no problems.
If your venturing into bivy terrain don't leave home without this. I've used mine a lot and have had great luck. It is a little heavier than some of the ultra lights on the market, but worth the extra weight. I've used some lighter ones and they can be one use wonders - light, but not at all duragble and they don't breath. This bivy sac breathes really well and will stand up to multiple season of use. Well worth the extra cost. Overall a great product.
Really nice dry stuff sac. A little on the heavy side for backpacking, but a great item for kyaking or just keeping sutff dry while camping. The purge system works great. Durable fabric will ensure this stuff sac will last you long time.
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