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Andy.pavia2091850

ski and bike the Wasatch backcountry and frontcountry, with forrays into Colorado, Idaho, and the Sierra whenever possible.

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a review of on March 30, 2019

Great until haul loop failed after 10 da
2 5

I looked at a lot of packs and this was the best. It carries extremely well whether with a relatively light load or a long day at -5 degrees with extra layers and 2 liters of water. Things I like include the helmet carrier that can be stowed, the large goggle pocket that holds hat and a snack plus goggles with room to spare and the decent sized waist belt pocket and gear loop. You can rig it to carry a rope, 2 ice axes and more but you if you don't need it, there are not a lot of excess hanging straps.
BUT...After 10 days of regular use, the haul loop/handle tore. See attached photo. I am waiting to see how this product defect is handled to see if this review goes back to 5 stars

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a question about on February 10, 2016

LV or MV for thin ankle, average instep?
Hard to tell which is for me. I have about a 99 mm forefoot, average instep (about equal to length) but thin heels and lower calf. I am looking for a "performance fit" but reasonable all day comfort. Seems like LV , possibly with a punch or two, but don't want to have pain over instep...

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a question about on February 10, 2016

I am confused about what shell size to try. I have a good shell fit with a 26.0 in my Scarpa Maestrale and my old Tecnica Explosion 8 had a performance fit in a 26.0 shell. Now Tecnica sells 25.5 and 26.5? Short stock in town so I would like to order online and then go to a good bootfitter

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a review of on October 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

This is a nice, light, functional primaloft vest. I actually like the pockets -zippered on the outside and light, deep ones on the inside perfect for beanie, gloves, or your chocolate if you like to avoid breaking teeth on frozen snickers. I am 5'9" 145 lbs and normally wear a medium, but the small gives me the trim, mid layer fit I want - medium was a non starter. Side panels give a bit of stretch, kind of like the Arcteryx Atom LT jacket. Not as warm as the Atom jacket, but fits a different role

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I purchased these to replace some Specialized BG gel gloves that had served well for 9000 miles but were getting pretty thin from repeated washings and wear. They fit well, are comfortable, light weight and cool. The padding on the median nerve (thumb side - makes thumb and index finger numb if compressed) is fine. Unfortunately, it doesn't work so well for my ulnar nerve (pinky side) and I have had more numbness than with the several pairs of gloves from Specialized. Note, I have thin handlebar tape, on better padded bars, they may be fine.

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a question about on October 8, 2011

Radical ST vs FT? The answer seems obvious for the big guys, but I am 155 pounds minus pack in winter insulation mode. I will mount them on K2 Coombacks but am a reasonably aggressive skier (no big hucks, straightlines though. Will be 70/30 touring vs resort, and switching back and forth between Tele gear (yeah, I want it both ways...) Thanks

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a question about on December 17, 2009

I am considering the MontBell permafrost, the the Mountain Hardwear Phantom, and the Feathered Friends Helios Jacket. I am looking for a light packable but warm jacket for BC skiing, hut trips, and yes, cold days in town. All are about a pound. Does anyone know the fill weight on the Permafrost and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom? FF lists 8 oz of fill.

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Andy.pavia2091850wrote a question about on December 12, 2009

I have narrowed my search down to this, the the Mountain Hardwear Phantom, and the Feathered Friends Helios Jacket. I am looking for a light packable but warm jacket for BC skiing, hut trips, and yes, cold days in town. Does anyone know the fill weight on the Permafrost and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom?

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