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Aaron Ziomek

Aaron Ziomek

Chicago area, Colorado and Wy

Aaron Ziomek's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Aaron Ziomek's Bio

What gets me up in the morning is an alarm clock. However those are meant to be shut off, if I want to get up and out I simply look forward to the upcoming summit. Success, flawless execution and efficiency are what drive me.

Aaron Ziomek

Aaron Ziomekwrote a review of on August 31, 2009

3 5

Okay the pro: It feels light, seems like it would protect (haven't tested this yet, thank God)The adjustment device in back works perfect and snugs up nicely.The con:The chin straps suck, like really really makes me want to return it....almost. One side lines up with your ears, the other is off. I have to have it loose all the way just to fit. That means I have this chunk of plastic and nylon on my right side chin (the buckle and the sewed end of the adjustment strap). I don't have a big head either.Notice:I may just have to keep playing with it for a lot longer. I have tried to adjust it for the better part of an hour but still couldn't get it to fit perfectly.

Oh and the white isn't white, its cream don't be fooled.

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Aaron Ziomekwrote a review of on July 3, 2009

5 5

Great tent. The description hits the nail on the head. We even fit 3 people in this tent for one of our outings. Only complaint is in order to hold up the vestibules securely you have to attach them with three points each. Kind of a pain if you don't have a perfect pitch site. Also on the main vestibule it would have been nice to include a small square zipper vent. When cooking steam from boiling water builds up, to circumvent this you have to have one of the doors partially open. The problem is that they don’t really want to stay wide open and are not placed specifically for venting steam from cooking. So they either flop back inside and get in the way, or they don't let all the steam out and you still get moisture inside. We just ended up opening one of them up half way and sacrificed a little lost warmth. Other than that this tent is awesome.

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Aaron Ziomekwrote a review of on July 3, 2009

5 5

As you can see from the pictures I use this jacket on winter climbs. It proved to be both water and wind resistant like stated. It fit me perfectly with my layers (6 ft, 155lbs and I went with a Medium). The jacket provided great mobility, breathability and wind resistance. The descriptions in the other posts are spot on the only two things I would like to add are as follows:
Careful when walking: I was trekking up the couloirs route towards Longs and just happened to brush against a pine tree (I think it was a pine, might have been a spruce) anyways one of the littlest, dinky little branches poked my left arm and tore right into the jacket. I understand this might not be the “jackets” fault, however I was a little disappointed in how easily this happened. I barely even felt the twig and wouldn’t have noticed the rip if the twig didn’t break off and stick into the hole. Just so were clear, this was a little twig, something you could break with two fingers no problem. So if you are going to be hard on your jacket you might want to look at something with a little higher Nylon rating like a 70D outer. I haven’t returned the jacket yet because I love it and am not sure if the tear would be covered under warranty or not. It is no bigger than the size of the top of a pencil eraser so we shall see if they will replace it or fix it.

The second issue I personally had was the main zipper. I don’t know if it is because I am Polish or not but I had the hardest time getting the zipper started and undone. I would always have to remove my liners and fidget with it to get the two sides to line up right and be able to pull the zipper up. Also when undoing the zipper it always got caught at the end and was a difficult to detach the two sides of the zipper. This could be user error or it could just be the style of the zipper to ensure no wind or water gets through. So take this complaint lightly!
Other than those two things the jacket is awesome. I have used it twice to golf in (mist to full out pouring) and it turned out to be a great golf jacket! New line for MH, MH Golf. If you have any more question feel free to ask and I will try to answer them the best that I can!

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Aaron Ziomekposted an image about on July 3, 2009

Another Photo of the Terra at work

Longs January climb 2009. Coming from Chicago, this was the first trip in which I would be testing the jacket out. It did get tested with only two complaints: The first is that it can tear easily (mine got caught on a pine branch the size of a pencil and the branch poked a hole right through it, was just walking along brushed up against the tree and bam instant hole. The second is the zipper, can be a pain to zip up with just liners on, most of the time I had to use my bare hands because it was finiky! Other than that great jacket!

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Aaron Ziomekwrote a question about on January 14, 2009

Directed @ Jon Webb but anyone else feel free to chime in,I trust your advice and you did answer a question on my current jacket(MH Terra shell). We got some decent snow here in Chicago, so I suited up my layers with my Terra Shell Jacket on the outside. Did some shoveling, snowball fight with the kids across the street, ect. Just got moving in the jacket. I put my pack on and walked around while shoveling. It did ok... my only qualm is that I DO NOT FEEL DURRABLE in the jacket. I know that it "should" do fine on Longs with a 45lb pack. However my mind is telling me I should get something more durrable. I am trying to keep my jacket purchase under $300 and got the Terra Shell on sale. I was looking at this one hoping that it offers the same protection and provides more durability. Can you help my mind and put me at ease?

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