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web wrote a review of on October 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great. I have the BC version but will probably get the normal ones as well this season. Super lightweight, great floatation for their size and weight.

The Vector BC climb pretty well in spring conditions too, but they're slow on flats and won't go backwards. Charger BCs are even more slowed/grippy than the vector bcs in my experience.

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web wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

5 5

These boots are pretty awesome. The combination of extremely low weight and huge range of motion put these boots in a class of their own.

I've heard of sizing up and using thicker liners to add warmth to the boots, but my experience has been good year-round in the cascades.

Notes after a year's usage:
-Fit was strange for my feet. the boot narrows as it goes down, especially at the arch. I had to use an insole to mitigate the pressure on the inside of my feet. Also pressure at the top of my foot at the lower buckle was minimized by loosening the buckle and with some effort by a pro bootfitter.
-The tongues are a little hard to keep track of sometimes since they don't fit nicely into pockets.
-the boots go on and off faster than tennis shoes
-I wear a size 10.5 street- and 11 running shoe and these were the correct length in a 29.0, BSL 317mm, although very narrow for my feet.

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web wrote a review of on August 12, 2012

4 5

A couple things of note:

-the stem cable seems to be the same gauge from the very smallest to the largest while the stem gets longer. The large cams tend to feel a bit floppy as a result (compared to C4 for example), but some folks think this flexibility will minimize the cam walking. These stems will flex more in the direction of crack length than a U-stem type cam, i.e. tcu.

-I like that the color scheme is consistent across metolius products, but find it unfortunate that my #3 Dragon and #5 Mastercam are slightly different sizes but the same color. First world problems.

Based on my first impressions of look and feel they appear to be pretty good cams. No falls on them yet though.

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web wrote a review of on May 18, 2012

4 5

The weight listed here is minimum trail weight. ALPS Mountaineering lists the "Tent and fly weight" as 7lbs 4oz, and the "Total weight" as 7lbs 13oz.
My luggage scale says 7lbs 14oz for the tent, poles, fly, stakes & sacks. I also measured the poles and stakes at 2.1lbs, the fly at 2.3lbs, and tent(w/o poles) at 3.4lbs.

I find that this tent would have room for three. I understand the feeling expressed in other reviews though; but I'm used to sleeping in smaller backpacking tents, i.e. BD firstlight with 2 people is cramped. For car camping this might be small, but the two doors minimize disturbing your mates and tons of mesh windows should allow it to vent out your buddy odor.

Overall, this is an affordable three person "four season" tent under eight pounds.

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web wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

3 5

I wore these shoes for eight months as my general work shoe. It functions well for that purpose, and looks better than fingered shoes. I took the insoles out after six months and they seemed to feel better.

The top material eventually blew out on both feet above the big toe root knuckle - where the material naturally folds when the toes bend up. I put a lot of walking miles on them before this happened. Not much running though; I'd expect a shorter life if I put them through that.

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