Chris Greenwrote a question about Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet on February 3, 2017
Can this helmet be used for mountain biking, or is it road specific only?
Can this helmet be used for mountain biking, or is it road specific only?
Has anyone used the Belay Master 2 for ice/alpine climbing? From the posted reviews, no one mentions using this biner with gloves on, so I'm not sure what its rating for ice would be. Any thoughts?
This is a great jacket, period. It packs away like a dream, super light-weight and is basically waterproof. I chose the Lithium color in men's medium. I bought both medium and large and the large was way too big. The medium fits very athletically and doesn't leave a ton of room for layering ... A 100g fleece/T-shirt or less is about it. If you choose this coat strictly for belaying, I'd definitely size up.
As far as CoreLoft goes, it's warm, but I find PrimaLoft Gold warmer. It takes some time for the jacket to retain body heat. It's not like wearing a down piece where you feel your radiant body hear almost immediately.
As far as the hood goes, I feel Arc'teryx dropped the ball here. Usually, Arc'teryx is the king of hood construction; Not here. The hood has only 40g of CoreLoft compared to the rest of the jacket at 100g's. The hood has a very odd fit and I find it difficult to get a proper fit without a climbing helmet. There is a ton of excess outer (Windstopper)material and when wearing without a helmet, it makes you look very goofy.
The inside storage pocket is great, just wish there were two instead one just one. The back of the jacket does reach close to the bottom of your bottom, which is a nice touch. The cuffs fit very tightly, making wearing with certain types of gloves challenging. This does keep blowing wind out perfectly though.
Personally, I wish Arc'teryx would update the hood - fill it with 60 or 80g's of CoreLoft and adjust the cut so that it fits better when not wearing with a helmet. Four stars for fit and hood discrepancies. Great over-all winter jacket, just size up to fit over your action suit for belay purposes.
Does the Windstopper material used in these pants have a stretchy, soft-shell feel to them or is it more of a stiffer, hard-shell feeling?
It's very obvious that someone who climbs ice had something to do with the design of this pack. It's the little things about this pack you notice when your fingers are freezing and the wind is robbing you of your core warmth.
The material, a ripstop grid fabric, is almost buller-proof. The hipbelt is super comfy with padding where it's needed. I love the fact I can clip biners to the gear loops and the hipbelt even has slots on both sides meant for ice clippers.
I think one of the best thought-out features is the rope strap. It strangles your rope so it doesn't fall out, but the best part is, you can roll the top all the way back so you can get into the depths of your pack without having to worry about unclipping your line!
The hipbelt even tucks away into the pack so that it doesn't get in the way of your harness. Sure, other packs have removable hipbelts, but your still occupying space inside your pack. This way, the hipbelt is out of the way & tucked nice and clean.
Both lid and hipbelt are strippable if you decide to leave them at home. The buckles protrude out, making it easier to unclip while wearing gloves or mitts. When the lid is off, the main strap connects to the rear haul loop and brings everything together nice and tight.
My only gripe, and this is just me, ... I just wish this pack had an external crampon pouch. I like them, just my preference!
The ice tool attachment is very easy to use and the Headlocker system is genius! Strapping your tools takes less than a second and the system was engineered to attach any type of skis as well. Very easy to use with thick gloves on too. Lash points make sense and there's even places to tuck away extra straps.
Highly recommended piece of alpine kit!
I have the BD Vector helmet and have been very happy with it. However, the helmet seems to take up a lot of space while zipped into a hood; almost too much space that when fully zipped, it's a very tight fit. The actual circumference/height of the helmet seems rather large & I was wondering if the Vapor is any smaller size-wise? Does anyone have any direct comparisons??
How many grams of PrimaLoft One are used in this glove?
Osprey's website says the Stratos 24 is hydration compatible with a bladder sleeve and two exit ports, but Backcountry.com says it isn't compatible. Any idea where/what the discrepancy is and is this pack capable of loading a bladder?
Climbing ice in Central New York State with my Venta MX
I've been using the men's medium since the end of November 2013. I purchased the cinder and white color. I'm 5'10 168 pounds. Medium fits great.
I've used these winter mountain hiking and ice climbing. Great fit, all pockets accessible with a harness. The pants stretch when hiking/climbing and appear very well made.
Only complaint - The integrated belt sucks. When wearing a pack or harness, the belt loosens prematurely and the pants tend to sag. It's a cheap belt/buckle and from the pressure of the hip belt, it loosens.
I wish I could replace the belt with a sturdier one, but the integrated belt feeds through the waist line with no openings, so it would be very hard to feed a new belt through. I wish BD gave us the option of suspenders.
The rear portion of the waist is cut higher to accommodate a harness. I think that's a huge plus and I would never buy another pair of pants without a higher waist.
No integrated gaiters, but I don't miss them. I wish there were metallic grommets at the end of the cuff to really cinch them down, but it's not a deal breaker. There are sewn-in loops inside the pants to remedy this issue.
I would definitely recommend these pants. Shoeller material is bomber. I love it!
I called and e-mailed Black Diamond and bitched about their awful belt. Because of Black Diamond's awesome satisfaction guanrentee policy, they had me send in my pants and they issued me this years (2014) model with a better belt system. I haven't had a chance to use them yet, but from wearing them around the house, the new belt system is night/day compared to the cheap crap they used on last years model.
Big thanks to Black Diamond's customer service department!
Is this helmet unisex and are the ear pads removeable?
Does anyone know how many grams of PrimaLoft One Marmot uses in these mitts?
I've been eyeing these pants since September when they were released. I have high expectations for the Power Shield Pro. Has anyone out there used these pants yet? Thoughts?? I'm thinking either these, which I have yet to try on, or the new Black Diamond Dawn Approach pants, which I have tried on and which fit pretty damn good ... :-)
I doubt they do, but does the Piton Bottoms have hand pockets?
Do these have a waterproof/breathable membrane? I'm looking for a hiking shoe that have Gore-Tex or the like.
Can anyone explain what the main difference, beside price, between the Aspect and the Xenon? They both appear to be "all-season" harnesses that specialize in ice / alpine. I'm just not seeing what differentiates the $50 difference at full retail. Thanks!
Be careful of the integrated belt. The belt is an awesome idea, but on my second trip wearing these pants, I went to re-tighten the belt and the internal stitching snapped, rendering me wearing my pants like I was on the block. Not cool.
The fit on these pants is awesome (when the damn belt works!) I'm 5'10" and 168 pounds. Wish they had hand pockets for when your not wearing a harness and gloves just don't take away the sting! Be careful when wearing!
For the Backcountry staff - Is this jacket still in production and if so, will you be receiving any more this up-coming fall/winter season? I'm looking for a men's size medium in grey. Thanks!
I'm a bit new to crampons, so I'm a bit confused on their different categories. Will the Sabertooth Pro model work with the Kayland Hyper Tractions? The Hyper's have a heel and toe welt for those that aren't familiar with them. Thanks!
Does anyone recommend buying a bigger insole because of proper fit? I wear a size 11.5 boot and purchased a pair of green's that fit the boots pretty well with minimal cutting of the insole to make it fit.
After about a week and 10 - 12 miles on them, I am still feeling as if the arch support is still too far back, resulting in painful heels / arches / feet. I love the insoles otherwise, but I just wish the arch support was located more forward than back. Someone stated they have a size 11 foot, but purchased size 13 insoles for better arch fit. Any suggestions?