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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmer

Seattle, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades, Whistler

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Hiking & Camping
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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on September 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great little cam, always looking for ways to use my X4s. They feel super sturdy, especially with the aluminum triggers. Aside from price, I'm not sure why you'd get a C4 in the same size, since these are narrower, and will fit more placements, and just seem super robust. I've got 0.2 -> 0.5, and love them all. I am glad that the size ranges correspond to the same ranges for C4, since it makes it easier to grab the right cam (unlike the C3s, which have a totally different numbering scheme). Only X4 I'm not sure I'll pick up is the 0.75 (green), as it seems a little floppy compared to the C4 version.

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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

3 5

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

I always use a prussik as a backup on my rappels, so I was excited to buy a dedicated piece of gear for that purpose. I ordered the 13" version, but I think I would have preferred the 19"; I should have measured my existing prussiks before ordering.
The hollow block is definitely burly, and the bar tacks are strong - I never doubts its strength. It's also relatively easy to work with when wrapping the rope, although, again, I think I would have preferred the 19" version.
The first time using it, I was rappelling on my 10.2mm rope, which I've had for a few years (it's slightly fuzzy, not too bad). I set the hollow block up as a prussik (rather than some other friction hitch), and I found it difficult to keep moving as I rappelled. I think this was a combination if it being too short, which kept the rope too close to the brake position, and too grippy, which made it difficult to slide smoothly.
The second time I used it, it was on my friends 10.0 rope, which was less used. It was a lot more manageable this time around, and slid smoothly. However, neither time did it slide as nicely as my simple prussik made from 6mm accessory cord.
All in all, I'll try using it some more (maybe it will "break in"), but my first instincts were to just go back to the cord I normally use.

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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on October 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love this jacket, it's so soft to wear, super light, and really warm. It fits larger than an Atom LT (I'm 6'3", 200lbs, and wear a large). I found that the torso length on this jacket is the perfect length, where the Atom LT felt a little bit small.

Fabric is really stretchy and comfortable, and has lots of pockets. I haven't had a chance to put the breathability through its paces, which is the jacket's big claim to fame. It feels pretty breathable, and I look forward to wearing it as a mid-layer during skiing this season.

Lots of pockets, all zipped. The hood is great too - even though its large enough to fit over a helmet, it doesn't look too dorky when you don't have a helmet - well balanced.

DWR seems good so far, haven't put it to the test.

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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on September 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While these carabiners aren't the lightest (although they're close), they are nice and large. The nose is really clean and simple, and there is no way it's getting caught on anything. I mix these in with BD Oz carabiners for a super light rack. While the OZ are lighter, these just feel nicer in my hand.

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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on August 23, 2013

Gigantic, light weight tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this tent to use on a 7-day hike on the West Coast Trail. I'm 6'3", and I was having a really tough time finding 1-person, double-wall, lightweight tent. This is really the only tent I found that I was really happy with. There are a number of UL tents/tarps from various companies that I might fit in, but they are hard to try in person. All that said, you will be amazed at how large this tent is once it's fully staked; I think it could fit two small people.
I did notice that most nights, the fly will touch the inner netting at the foot of the tent, but stayed separate everywhere else. Tent is relatively easy to pitch (I was pitching it solo, and didn't have any problems). It packs up well, and is relatively small. Vestibule was large enough for my pack + boots, and I could still get in/out. Speaking of which, getting in and out is fine; because there's so much space you can go in head first and swing your legs under you to the bottom. When unzipping the vestibule, there is a piece of Velcro that prevents the door (wet due to condensation) from falling on to you.
I was worried about not having much mesh like most other lightweight tents these days, but the nylon body is great. The dual-layer door has a mesh layer, which you can use as a window. It was great, and I generally left it open to increase air-flow.

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Aaron Farmer

Aaron Farmerwrote a review of on April 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is exactly what I was after. It's simple, has clean lines, and fits great over my Atom SV. Zippers have smooth action, which is good when using gloves. No external chest pockets, and I haven't tried this jacket with a pack on, so it's hard to say if stuff will be accessible. Material feels pretty sturdy. I wear a large, and I think it fits true to size.

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