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Bud Martin

Bud Martin

Bozeman, MT

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Bud Martin

Bud Martinwrote a review of on September 28, 2010

3 5

I have had a set of these for 7 months. The pros are a longer wire than BD's and the curved shape fits bulges well. The cons are that the smallest BD#5 equivalent is only rated to 4kN and the BD is 6kN, the curved shape doesn't work in uniform constrictions as well as the BD nuts and there are some gaps in the size range. For what you get I would recommend the BD Stoppers or the DMM Wallnuts over these. That being said, nuts are pretty simple and these would still hold a fall if placed correctly.

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Bud Martinwrote a question about on April 25, 2009

My girlfriend and I are looking for a pack for her. It is narrowed down to this pack and the Osprey Kestrel 48L. We are looking for a pack the is comfortable (obviously), and will hold enough for 4-5 day trips. I know both are smaller, 55L and 48L, but I don't mind carrying more stuff in my pack. I guess the real question I have is about the comfort of the two.

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Bud Martinwrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

I have been using these pants for two seasons in and out of the resort. The fit of these pants is a little baggier, which I like. The Gore-Tex softshell is very breathable and weather resistant. The pockets are well placed and easy to open. The leg zips would be nicer if they were full length to let everything breathe when touring but they get the job done. After using for a year the waterproof coating started to wear off so I re-sprayed them and it worked like a charm maybe even better than originally. I would recommend these pants to someone who needed an inbound pant they could also use in the backcountry.

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Bud Martinwrote a review of on November 5, 2008

5 5

This is the best coat I own. I have used it on the lifts and on a 10 day ski tour. I wear a large in almost every other brand and a large in this jacket fits perfectly. I have washed it twice and it has retained its water repellency. This jacket resists the elements and breathes very well. Even if it does get wet it dries pretty quickly due to the amount of moisture is breathes out. I would highly suggest this coat.

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Bud Martinwrote a review of on November 4, 2008

5 5

I have not been able to use this boot on the mountain yet but I have tried it on in the store and immediately ordered a pair. The boa system in the liner laces it snugly to your foot, when laced I had not heel lift. The walk mode completely released the upper cuff and made the boot comparable to a synergy in walk mode. The liners are heat moldable like most other boots but are designed so anatomically correct a heat molding may not be necessary for most feet. These boots are a great alternative to the Garmont Energy or the Scarpa T1.

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Bud Martinwrote a review of on November 4, 2008

4 5

I have used this boot for two seasons on most snow conditions in and out of the backcountry. These boots have a nice and easy flex, they are stiffer than a two-buckle boot and softer than a four-buckle boot. These boots can push a large ski, but not very well with a stiff binding. They perform well in the backcountry, providing a smooth tour. The only problem I have found is that there is not much material protecting the bellow and I wore a small hole through it. Overall a good boot for in and out of the resort.

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