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wacosta13 wrote a review of on March 27, 2003

4 5

I bought this pack to replace an old Marmot pack that I had "modified" slightly for alpine climbing.

I needed a pack that was small enough for day trips, but that I could bring a sleeping bag and bivy sack for longer trips (I did this on Mt. Washington this spring). I also wanted tool tubes/sleeves, or at least tool loops. I also wanted a pack with either an integrated crampon pouch, or some other mechanism for attaching my crampons securely without ripping up the pack or its contents. This pack met all of these requirements and has performed well for me.

My only complaint is that the hip belt is too stiff. This makes it hard to climb wearing the pack since the hip belt lies right on your harness and interferes with racking gear (ice screws etc). Because the hip belt is not removable, I was stuck just clipping the two ends together and just letting it sit behind my back, but because the belt is stiff, it makes the pack stick out at the bottom. A possible solution would be to put racking clips on the hip belt itself as it already has a gear racking loop and wearing the pack normally without wearing racking clips on your harness. I will try that on my next climb...

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wacosta13 wrote a review of on March 26, 2003

5 5

I got these after searching all over the web for a store that carried them. Cloudveil sold out of them and after using them, I see why. I still prefer my BD Ice gloves for when it is really cold (like the Pinnacle on Mt. Washington on 0F day this spring), but when the temperature is slightly warmer, these gloves perform extremely well. This is not to say that these gloves are not warm. They are fairly warm, but I would hesitate to use them in temperatures much lower than 15F. I used these gloves to climb gr 4/4+ ice in Ontario and NH and was super pleased with how they performed on steep terrain. The gloves are fairly dexterous (placing screws and clipping the rope is a bit easier in these gloves than with my BD Ice gloves) and the padding on the knuckles is enough to help protect your hand, but not so much as to get in the way... Overall, a great technical glove that when the temp stays in the double digits.

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