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Brennan K

Brennan K

Salt Lake City, UT

Brennan K's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Brennan K

Brennan Kwrote a review of on August 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this since they came out primarily to keep my first aid and emergency supplies together in one place. This definitely does the job and holds a surprising amount of stuff. Sure it weighs more than other similar pouches may, but the black hole material has shown me time and time again that it is some pretty durable and bomber fabric. It is water resistant which helps in the winter time with snow sometimes getting in. It is easy to move it from pack to pack, or just to throw under a car seat for those car camping trips because it keeps everything together in one place.

In the small I keep:

Brooks -Range Ultralight Mini Guide Tarp
Full comprehensive first aid kit for 3
A couple packs of shot blocks
Trauma Shears
Various types of tape
Lighter
Batteries
Compass
Emergency blankets

There is still room to spare as well.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on August 17, 2017

Wintersport dedicated Ascensionist
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Coming from using the Ascensionist packs for my backcountry skiing and Alpine climbs, the new Descensionist adds things that are tailored for the wintersports. Rather than your probe, shovel, saw, and snow study kit hanging out with your down jacket and lunch, possibly spreading feathers on your sandwich because something ripped your coat, the dedicated pocket for these items is great. I can usually get my skins in it as well, keeping the inside of the pack dry for the things you want dry. Another nice feature is the side zip, there is nothing more fun than emptying your entire pack to get to your emergency down jacket or first aid kit that usually hangs out at the bottom - at least for me they do. The ski carry is great, though diagonal carry is still nice, Patagonia seems to have gone away from it. The material is more durable than the prior generation Ascensionist packs which helps keep ski edge cuts to a minimum. The ice axe carry works great as well and getting a rope on it is pretty easy too. The size is perfect for guides and technical objectives, since you are usually carrying more intensive gear.

For my every day trips I usually go with a 30 L Ascensionist and make it work and use the Descensionist for the technical objectives and overnight trips.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

perfect size, much improved on the past
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own several ascensionist packs, well pretty much every size, and these new ones are hands down, an improvement in some ways and lack in other ways. The 40L is an ideal size for the technical ski tours or longer alpine objectives, hut tours, or as a guides pack. You can easily get a full rack rope and helmet inside, as well as snow safety equipment if you are using it for technical ski mountaineering. It is lightweight and the new material seems to be more durable than on the previous generation. I do miss the spindrift collar for when you are trying to get as much in it as you can, as it did keep the weather out. Overall, it has been a great pack so far. I have used it extensively for the last several months, for those that have had durability concerns from the last generation. This includes multi day ski tours, overnight alpine trips, and technical ski mountaineering where the skis are on the pack a good share of the time. I can easily fit a probe, shovel, saw, full snow study kit, down jacket, first aid kit w/emergency tarp, an emergency sled, helmet, 30m rope, gloves, water, food, and other various items needed, all inside the pack with room for more, for a general idea of what it is capable of.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

Much improved over the last version
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own several ascensionist packs, well pretty much every size, and these new ones are hands down, an improvement in some ways and lack in other ways. The 30L is an ideal size for pretty much everything, from a technical day ski tour, to an overnight summer trip. It is lightweight and the new material seems to be more durable than on the previous generation. I do miss the spindrift collar for when you are trying to get as much in it as you can, as it did keep the weather out. Also, compression straps would be nice, not necessarily for compressing the pack, but for holding skis for those needing some sort of ski carry system. I added some to mine that you can see in one of the pictures. Easy enough to do, but would be nice if if came with some sort of strap. Overall, it has been a great pack so far. I have used it extensively for the last 7 months, for those that have had durability concerns from the last generation. This includes multi day ski tours, overnight alpine trips, and technical ski mountaineering where the skis are on the pack a good share of the time. I can easily fit a probe, shovel, saw, full snow study kit, down jacket, first aid kit w/emergency tarp, an emergency sled, helmet, 30m rope, gloves, water, food, and other various items needed, all inside the pack for a general idea of what it is capable of.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on October 24, 2016

Bomber tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent out performs many in regards to stability in high winds. When guy'd out properly, you can barely tell the wind is blowing aside from hearing it. It is extremely stable in the wind and stays in place. For three people, it had plenty of room for gear in the integrated vestibule as well as for sleeping. The multitude of pockets made it nice for storage and organization of the small items and the floor zipper made it easy to sweep out the snow and condensation. It was a wet tent as expected from the condensation when used at lower elevations and warmer temperatures, but at 10,000' and low temperatures, it performed exactly as it should have. There was no condensation whatsoever at altitude and below freezing temperatures. As far as setup, it is extremely easy to set up and quick for that matter. For more information or advice on a 4 season tent, my inside guy at backcountry.com is great. Shoot him an email at shicks@backcountry.com and ask for the general and he can get you set up for that next epic adventure.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on October 19, 2016

Amazing shoes, great price, comfortable
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

If someone said that there was a shoe that was so comfortable that you could put them on out of the box and hike 27 miles in them over rough, rugged terrain, would you believe them? There aren't many shoes like that and granted, everyone has different feet, but I can say that the Terrex Scope are a pair that meets that description. They are extremely comfortable, yet not too bulky and stiff to hinder movement or feel like you are walking around in a pair of double plastic mountaineering boots. The stealth rubber sole gives ample traction on a wide range of terrain, whether it be crossing a boulder field, traversing a steep exposed and wet ridge line, or simply hiking down the trail. The gore tex keeps your feet dry and the new gore tex performance comfort keeps your feet dry from the elements AND allows the perspiration to breathe from your feet. This eliminates the wet soggy feeling that older gore tex shoes had. The older technology did a great job at keeping your feet dry, but the moisture from the sweat of your feet made them feel wet regardless. The stealth rubber holds an amazing grip and the sole is designed to provide support for smearing and edging in the toe area.

I took these shoes from the box without trying them on, to Grand Teton. It was about 27 miles round trip and these performed flawlessly without causing any irritation or hot spots whatsoever. I thought it was a fluke so I once again took them on a brutal hike in the Wasatch range. 15 miles and 15k of vertical later, the same thing. No hot spots, no irritation, the perfect amount of support traveling across all types of terrain, and pulling low to mid 5th class exposed moves with them.

These shoes have met and exceeded my expectations, I have them in both the high and the low model, and clients have been impressed that they have bought them as well. Definitely don't hesitate to give these shoes a try. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to my inside man at backcountry.com and he can answer any questions you might have or to help get an order out to you. Send him an email at shicks@backcountry.com and ask for the General.

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on September 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

These are newer for Chaco and from what I have heard, are amazing. The footbed is slightly softer for a walking on air feel, but still offer a great deal of support. I hear they are supposed to be easier to readjust as well, but time will tell. Definitely try them out!

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Brennan Kwrote a review of on September 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave this as a gift and they are totally blown away with this cooler. I may have to pick one up myself. Keeps things cold for incredibly long periods and since it is soft sided, it can be packed away and stored. Awesome product

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