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CascadeExplorer

CascadeExplorer

North/Central Cascades

CascadeExplorer 's Passions

Skiing
Running

CascadeExplorer 's Bio

Mountaineering, Backpacking, Hiking, Running

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on September 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having never used photochromatic lenses before, I was a little skeptical but these are money. Not super fast transition from dark to light but never had any issues while trail running (where it's probably not really fair to expect to rapid a transition in all fairness). Provided great contrast through ascent in dark trees and prevented glare, etc on summit line scramble. Lightweight, nose fit me perfectly, and breathes very well- no issues while pumping up 4.5k' vert push.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on December 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: 8.5

Although I am pretty consistent size 9 across most shoes, Salomon running and boots, or 9.5 LaSportiva, these are at least a 1/2 size if not full size big. Ordered 8.5 based on reviews but need 8. Thankful for Backcountry's awesome returns as otherwise these look perfect for training and lifting.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these for 5+ months now, primarily for trail running 5-22 miles in the Cascades with 1-5k vertical gain along with fast and light alpine scrambles, often stashed in my Salomon ADV12. The first thing you'll absolutely notice is the lightness of the poles along with the comfort of the cork. It's holds very nicely, I prefer it over foam- plus more durable, and wicks sweat/moisture away quickly.

The lightness was an initial concern but these have proven hardy on vague climber's trails and keeping rhythm on those occasional groomers. For longer alpine approaches I would generally feel very comfortable with these but will still bring out my BD Alpine Carbons for more technical approaches, particularly if I am relying only a pole and shorty axe.

Lastly, the straps are nice if you have a sustained moderate incline or a rolling trail but above that, you'll be using the lower extended cork and not utilizing the straps. I don't want to be locked into the pole when I invariably slip running downhill, either hurting myself or making it worse. Limited application so I mostly just leave them at home, plus one less thing to worry about dropping/losing.

All in all, an awesome set. The lightness and compactness of the set makes it an easy choice to bring even on moderate hikes- and my knees are definitely thankful for that!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on March 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tried on the Technica Mach1s but these Langes have my heart. Tough, responsive, precise. Ability to adjust and dial in settings readily make this the standard for fast skiers! Love bombing down the hill on hard groomers turning Super-G rips.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on May 30, 2016

do you have this in the new-matic? i had purchased these previously but stolen out of my car (dick!). was "GRV0048-ATNM-ONSI Grivel Air Tech Crampons
New-Matic, One Size" on the order. thanks!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on November 15, 2012

I'm looking at this for mountaineering with glacier travel with rappelling and steep to near vertical climbs. I'm hoping for some direction if this is the way to go- I like the lightweight and very packable (and one of the few AT products still made in Canada). I'd appreciate any feedback if anyone is using this or if I should be looking at something else. Thanks.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 16, 2012

I'm looking at these and the Katana Lace XS Edge. Right now I climb about 80% gym (V4-V5+ currently) and 20% bouldering. Any suggestions as to which is better for my needs? I have a hand-me-down pair of 39.5 Nagos and while they fit perfect and are good, I'm ready to step it up. I'd take any input on sizing too (tried on 40 VS and they almost hurt but figure they'd stretch to a 40.5) Thanks!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 13, 2012

So, I've had this (Glacier Gray if it matters) for a month and for the most part love it. Tracking vert, a back-up compass, altimeter is pretty damn sweet. I realize that you have to reset the reference from time-to-time but had a pretty big curve ball thrown at me. Did a 6100', starting around 1400'. Check the ascent/descent and somehow it gained 10600' and did a descent of 9700'. How is this possible? I wonder if I got a dud or I missed something in the thousand page booklet. Baffled and frustrated that this happened after dropping three bills.

Ideas?

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 13, 2012

I'm looking at these and the Miura VS or XS. Right now I climb about 80% gym (V4-V5+ currently) and 20% bouldering. Any suggestions as to which is better for my needs? I have a hand-me-down pair of 39.5 Nagos and while they fit perfect are good, I'm ready to step it up. I'd take any input on sizing too (tried on 40 VS and they almost hurt but figure they'd stretch to a 40.5) Thanks!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on June 11, 2012

2 5

Boy did I really want to like this headlamp. Just about everything Snow Peak does is extremely well thought out. Well, this is- almost. I used this for a weekend backpacking trip and was pretty underwhelmed.

A fundamental problem is that the light is very diffuse, especially on the high setting. You get a halo ring right from the light since the silicone throws the light which, for me at least, caused a light blindness almost. I sure couldn't tell it was 80 lumens since the halo comes into your visual periphery. This is caused by the lack of an effective underside light-deflector combined that the light housing extends further than most headlamps. This makes trail walking at night more tenuous than it needs to be.

As others have mentioned elsewhere, the silicone cover is dust magnet, although it cleans off easy enough. The hook isn't noticeable wearing. The option to power down the lumens is a nice touch. Popping out the 'lantern' is nice and does work great for tent reading, etc.

I will say however for car camping, this might be fine. Even then though, why wouldn't you bring a lantern if you weren't concerned about weight? Perhaps to have a two-in-one gadget- but this just isn't worth it for me. The Petzl Tikka XP 2 seems a better option at the same price point- you get longer battery, plus the ever helpful (for your tent-mates) red light.

Hopefully Snow Peak will go back to the drawing board and improve this. You can see they are on the right track- still a good ways off still though. First thing I've ever had to return to BC- hoping it's easy!

Just my two cents.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on May 21, 2012

Wood Grips vs Simulator 3D?
I'm new to climbing in the past few months and want to be able to train at home to ramp up my strength so I can focus on learning while at the gym. I'm in need for sure of pull-ups (limited back strength right now for sure) in addition to finger strengthening.
Anyone have a strong opinion about either of these boards to put me in one direction or another? I appreciate it, y'all!

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