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Andrew L.

Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on December 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs

I use these alpine climbing. Combined with a light sleeping bag you can make a bivy manageable despite lousy weather.
I bought them big enough to go over my soft shell pants and pull them on as soon as possible at the bivy site.
They make a huge difference. They stuff down to nothing so that’s also a big plus.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on November 10, 2019

Best ever
5 5

I use these gloves for ice climbing and ski mountaineering.
Overall the best glove I have ever owned for these activities. I really like them for ice climbing....good fit and warm enough to keep the paws from freezing.
They are very water resistant, no glove stays dry ice climbing unless it’s really cold out. I do carry two pairs with me swapping them out midway through my day when climbing.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on November 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the head lamp. It definitely gives off plenty of light and being able to store batteries close to your body helps on cold alpine starts.
I also like the colored beam options....makes you able to move around in the tent without blinding your partner constantly.
My only concern is the amount of options.....I often have to fiddle around until I get the beam I’m looking for...I wish it had red, low ,and high beam....I don’t really need all the other features.
Overall I like the product.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on September 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this tent on Rainier and Baker in late april...so winter conditions. The tent is both light and stores well so that fits the alpine adventure world well. Secondly it is easy to put up in the wind...and we had plenty of that. Tent VS bivy...tent hands down and at this weight there is no reason to leave it behind.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on March 6, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs

I was hoping they would have had a slightly heavier material....but they were o.k for ice climbing in moderate weather.
The waist stayed snug for me, but keep in mind there are no belt loops which I think would have made me feel better about the pant...if the waist locking system fails you are screwed....I overlooked this when buying them. One last note the waist closure system is functional...but I do have to tug on it once and awhile...so its definitely not perfect.
Update: 4/20 Fears came true...waist closure failed on me to some degree and I spent the day of climbing focused on keeping my pants up...instead of enjoying the ice. bummer

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 28, 2019

Solid  performance
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs

I just used this boot ice climbing in single digit temperatures and it did just fine.
We did long days on demanding routes and I was happy with them with regards to comfort and warmth.
My feet are suspect in cold weather so for me to say they were warm enough is saying a lot. My foot never drifted in the boot and I was very pleased with the fit overall.

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Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 28, 2019

Makes life easier
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this style of clipper on a resent ice climbing trip to New Hampshire. This clipper made ice screw access very simple while on lead and I had no issues with it. I had heard it breaks when it’s cold but we climbed for a full week in single digit temps and it held up just fine on scrappy mixed routes. I also had a petzl clipper and despite it being slightly bigger I felt no advantage. If you order 2 it allows you to have gear available on both sides of your harness

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Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 15, 2019

Happy feet
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just switched to these after climbing my entire life on mono points. I am very happy with the stability of this crampon as well as how easily it adjusted ....no tools required! It felt like I had good sticks with fewer kicks and this meant less ice being damaged. I have a buddy who is a AMGA guide back east and he puts massive mileage on his gear and he swears by them. Solid feet means safer climbing ....nothing worse than not trusting your feet.

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Andrew L.wrote a review of on December 29, 2018

Peace of mind
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just switched to this axe and I am stoked at how well they work. The axe is well balanced and getting solid sticks effortlessly. I am running a small hammer on one tool and can’t feel the extra weight. I like having the hammer attachment to tap out my ice Screws and bang on rocks/ pitons etc. I am An average climber, but they make me feel safe and solid when I am at my limit.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

I just wanted to comment on fit.
I wear a 8.5-9 USA shoe...bought a. 41.5 and it was perfect. I am wearing a medium thickness smart wool sock with the boots
The toe box is roomy so I imagine it will be warm while ice climbing.
The additional tongue fits securely but it negatively affected my fit so I’m going without them for now.

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