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senp8065 wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

4 5

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

I have used this a couple of times. It works as a shovel and it seems stout enough for that purpose. I didn't try the hoe or the sled feature yet. My only complaint is that to extend the handle is difficult if not impossible with gloves on. I could not get the button in far enough to extend the handle. I had no issues assembling the shovel.

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senp8065 wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

3 5

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

Considering the lack of belt height adjust ability I like the fit of the pack. It sits about right on me, but I have a short torso for a tall guy at 6'3". Belt straps are long and have no way to tuck them in so that is a minus here. I like the good sized belt pocket (some packs are to small to put an energy bar in and this is big enough for at least 2, big plus here in my opinion. One of the weak points is this only has two compartments, one for the avalanche gear (shovel, saw, probe, and just barely enough room for your skins). The other pouch is one large compartment for clothing and other stuff. There is a goggle pocket which is nice and a vented pouch in the main compartment. What would be nice to have in these bags in a dry compartment for cloths. At this point I just use a dry bag but it would be nice to have a separate compartment.
Another weak point is that when you use the helmet straps it blocks you from getting into the pocket with your avalanche gear, this is BIG HUGE minus in my opinion, and a serious design flaw. Time is or can be of the essence and the helmet strap isn't really easy to take on and off not to mention it will just roll/slide down the hill if you do when you're in a hurry. The second weak point is the main compartment is where you put your blatter if you use one and this should be seperated and ideally sealed if there is a leak. Not to mention the pouch for the bladder is a bit small and not really designed to work with any of my Camelbac bladders, my smaller Nathan running bladder works ok because it is smaller but there's no easy way to hang the bladder properly in the pouch. My opinion they should at least design a bladder to fit. Big minus points here again. I hesitate giving this 3 stars it probably should be 2 stars. I am going to keep the pack only because of the built in Avalung, which I hope works if I ever need it. I am not sure there's anything better out there but I would recommend that you look around.

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senp8065 wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Love the fact that these are so long (almost to long). This is rare for me, someone that wears 36 inseam pants usually. I bought the Medium Long. I have a 32 waist and they fit just about right, not to big for sure, if anything just a touch small in the waist. I am very happy with the fit and confort. It would be nice if the legs unzipped completely so you could put them on and off with out removing your skis, but I am not sure how often I would use that feature. 4 stars and I would give them 5 if they would have unzipped completely.

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senp8065 wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

3 5

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

I like the poles ok, but they feel a bit weak if you put any significant weight on them. Grips and straps are good, no complaints there. I like that they extend as long as they do, since I am tall, but at 145 they bow quite a bit if you put some weight on them. 135 where I see at they seem a bit better. The clamp works well and overall the poles are nicely constructed and at a reasonable weight. I am giving them 3 stars because I just feel like they could have been a bit more stout. If that's not a concern for you then I would recommend them.

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senp8065 wrote a review of on June 7, 2013

3 5

Not made for the athletic person. Very large around the waste/belly. I am tall with long arms (6'3" at 180LB). I ordered a large for the fit in the chest and arm length and it was WAY to large around the chest and belly. Certainly wouldn't go with a medium as the sleeves would have been to short, but the large was made for someone much thicker in the belly than myself (guess the standard american). I liked the style and the quality seemed nice enough. I ended up ordering a jacket from Feathered Friends and the fit was much better on their jacket.
I am giving the jacket only 3 stars as I would think a jacket designed for the climber/hiker would fit someone more athletic or at least certainly not that thick.

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