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Ash D.

Ash D.

Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on December 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: M

Got this jacket for my girlfriend before our recent South American mission. It is solidly wind and waterproof. If it's in stock, I would personally recommend buying up to the pit zips and a few other features. However, my gf loves this version. It stood up to the wind and hurts-your-eyes blown snow/ice pellets climbing volcanoes in the 40mph+ Puelche winds in Chile like a champ.

Medium is maybe slightly long for typical 5' 4" on cuff length but leaves space for fleece/primaloft mid layer(s) underneath.

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on December 16, 2018

2 5

Big bag can hold a lot of gear. However, it's missing straps to hold the skis in place. I couldn't get over my sticks banging against each other for long transcontinental trips with rough baggage handlers on multiple connections. (Last bag was torched by airline literally dragging zippers along tarmac - they look like they were sanded down!) Instant return after I looked in the box.

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We have 2 of these lamps we've used for the winter camping/skiing season. My gf and I carry the same gear to make spare battery management easier. The headlamp is a robust unit with good light production and carries fine in my pack. I've had a few instances where I just used the red lamp because the whites were so bright with snow on the ground. The up/down adjustment is a little cludgy but still pretty manageable. If you want super lumens for sports or something else, might not be the right lamp for you. Generally recommend as a solid mid-range headlamp for camping, sailing, etc.

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on May 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Affordable and easy to use. I have 2 pairs of these skins and my gf has the G3 version. They appear to be wearing well after ~30mi on the trail this season. I have found the clip system at the head to be preferable to the loop from BD and others, as it adapts more easily to different widths and shapes, and as long as you keep it tight, the tail clip holds on well. I have slipped on ice and faceted, shady, icey snow (skied out end of season resort run) but I'm not sure how much better Mohair would be. Definitely recommend as a solid budget skin.

Make sure to get the G3 skin savers to use with them to preserve the glue and your sanity not having to fight to peel them apart.

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well built whippet. Used backcountry skiing, booting iced mountain trails, and resort skiing/skinning for ~10 days this season. Construction is sturdy and hasn't bent or dinged on me. Pick has saved me from a slide a couple times. The one time I wasn't using it uphilling at a resort, I wished I had brought it as I fell in ice in the shade on a steep uphill and slid a good bit (not allowed to make switchbacks on steep resort trails). Recommend if you're hard on your gear and don't want a carbon pole, although it won't collapse as small as BD's 3-pc carbon model (this one will extend above/below your pack when collapsed)

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on April 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We used for 5 days of backcountry in AK without running the batteries below 90%. Many people have opinions on beacon specifics like multiple burials. I won't go into the dogma but will say that the device has sufficient functions but as with any beacon, you need to practice them to make sure you can use them in a real-life situation. Couple highlights: masking lasts about 60-90 seconds, so you don't have to turn on/off the device to reset it like some others. Also, there's a feature that will start beeping once it's been on for 10-12hrs (not sure exactly how long but about that much) to remind you to turn it off before you run out of batteries. Happened to us one day and once we found what the "ringing hotel phone" sound was, were grateful not to have to replace the batteries a few days in. As many people would suggest, play with a few before settling on a specific device but I'd recommend trialing the T3 for sure.

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Ash D.

Ash D.wrote a review of on March 14, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these on S&C for cheap. Got what I paid for. I've been through 4 sets of baskets in about 20 days out this winter and bent one pole. The double handle is convenient and the lock holds well but don't get these if you don't want to spend your whole day worrying about whether your skiing's going to break another basket

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