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shaun Moyes

shaun Moyes

Heaven on Earth - LCC

shaun Moyes's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

shaun Moyes's Bio

Live for the Pow pow. Shred the dirt and climb the rock until the white falls again.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I finally decided that I wanted to replace my awesome and loved, but bulky, Sierra Designs Flex Down Jacket. I still like that jacket and it is super warm. The flex fit is great; but, I wanted something that was lighter for backpacking and slimmer fit so I wouldn't look like the Michelin Man.

I'm sure I looked at 10 - 15 lightweight down jackets. In the end I did not want the ultimate in thin; but, more of a balance between weight and warmth. My final two choices were this and the Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody. I love the fit on both; but, I feel that this one packs a little tighter, fits a little easier and felt better overall.

With a piece like this, no one jacket will fit everyone and preference will vary drastically based on opinions. None the less, if you are looking for a solid balance between lightweight and warmth in a true down jacket with a great shell construction, this should make your short list.

My only complaint is that Patagonia makes jackets in some really great colors. This particular jacket only comes in two ...black and red (more of a bright orange). I would have loved it in Cilantro Green, Andes Blue etc. At least one or two other options would have been nice. As it stands you get to choose either dark as midnight or bright as high noon.

All in all, I am super pleased. feels warm like my larger puffier Flex Down; but, fits so much better. I don't miss the bulk.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I used to wear Teva's back in the day. For many years the only thing that touched my feet were sandals or ski boots. a few years back, I purchased some Chacos because they were the "greatest thing ever" according to many. Solid with a great sole; but, they hurt me on longer days and outings. I hiked, floated rivers, Lake Powel, approaches and so on. I hated my Chacos and yet I forced myself to wear them for years because they were expensive. Finally I gave them away and went back to the original. My feet are so happy.

I love Tevas. Chacos aren't for everyone. I prefer these all day long. I may end up missing the soles of the Chacos a little; but, I much prefer these original Tevas overall.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Great harness for going up or down. Whether climbing or canyoneering, the Primrose is a great harness at a very reasonable price point. Can't see buying anything different for my wife on the next go around.

Comfortable, breathable, quickly and easily adjustable, well built.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own several dry bags and sacks. Most are OR brand and I love them. In this case, I wanted a durable sack for canyoneering. There are definitely lighter sacks for other tasks; but, I feel confident that this bag will withstand the rigors of canyoneering from inside my pack.

Strength: It's strong and durable
Weakness: It's heavy. look elsewhere if it won't get thrown around too much.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

I already reviewed this piece a while back; however, during a conversation with a canyoneering friend recently, it was discovered that he was using his daisy chain in an unsafe manner and did not even realize it. Many, including my friend, are not aware that taking a fall on a daisy chain, that has been improperly shortened, can tear out leaving you in a freefall.

If you have not seen Blackdiamond's demonstration video ...take a look:
https://vimeo.com/14679471
Having seen this and shared it with my friend, he has changed his methods ...eliminating the chance (slim or not) of a catastrophe.

Metolius PAS is awesome because every loop is rated. Perfect piece of gear for canyoneering as well as climbing. Makes setting up awkward raps much safer.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's hard to get really excited about webbing and for the most part the details that make one piece of webbing better than another are in the specs ...not visually noticeable. In this case, the rust color is great and very nice for the desert surroundings of Southern Utah. Rust color is less noticeable which many people appreciate.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a whole lot to say since it's just a rap ring. It works just like other rap rings except that the aluminum is solid all the way through. Great for building quick anchors and takes away the concern of wearing to a hollow middle. I keep a few in my canyoneering gear.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The honest truth is you will find lovers of any device for a variety of reasons. Any person may tell you that the ATC, ATS or Pirana are the best. Choose the device that works for you and that you feel comfortable with.

That being said ...the ATS is the best! I held out for a while because we were fine using the various devices we already had. After finally securing two of these for my wife and I, we both agreed that the ATS was probably our most favorite upgrade and purchased piece of canyoneering gear.

Works like a figure 8 but the horns allow for so many more options to add friction including on the fly during a rap. The design also gives added features beyond what the Pirana can offer. Flip it around to add or lessen friction for either left or right handers, a quick on the fly lock off and has rubber bushing to keep in place during water removals but does not require the proprietary Attache like the Pirana.

The ability to add friction on the fly is great for long raps where you gain speed past half way point of rope as well as for sloped raps that turn into vertical overhangs midway.

Awesome awesome piece. Buying another set tonight. Only possible downside for some might be that it is big and jingles a little while hiking. Some people prefer to move it to a side loop in-between raps.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on January 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased a kid's airhole for both my 2 year old boy and my 8 year old girl.

These are much cleaner and easier to wear than the bulky neck-up my daughter was using. With the breathe-hole, she keeps it up and it doesn't bother her or fog goggles.

With my boy, we just roll it over and keep it down around his cheeks and chin.

These work well up, down, around the ears etc. The low profile allows them to be pulled up over the back of the head under a helmet comfortably.

I like the light version for kids. If it were cold enough for the heavier versions, they would be complaining about cold feet and other parts of the body whether there face was warm or not. This version is perfect for my kids.

Great for kids who don't want to feel too confined. Lots of options on how to wear it. Thumbs up.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on January 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased mainly for backpacking. It folds up so you can stash it in a pocket or pack. Softshell material is breathable, lightweight and weather resistant. I used to take a mesh trucker hat with me. I like this hat and material better. It's softer and easier to be squashed and stashed.

Not sure about the zippered pocket being super functional; but, it doesn't take away either.

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