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Dan R.

Dan R.

Dan R.

Dan R.wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you want the best 15d bag, it's either this one or the ff version. I have a few WM and ff bags, and they're pretty much same as far as quality goes, with the exception that I think ff down is a little better, but this is not based on any scientific analysis I've made, just observation. I've used this bag down to 0 f with no chills, so it's a pretty darn good alpine bag I think. With compression sack, able to get to 2-3 L in size. I use vapor barrier on 2+ day trips, or if need to get more warmth out of bag.

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Dan R.

Dan R.wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

To me, these are the perfect ice climbing gloves. The grip is bomber, the dexterity is only beatable with professional dry-tooling gloves (think Rab M14). But the kicker is that these are waterproof, which is amazing for the level of comfort/dexterity. No, this is not meant to keep your hands warm when walking around town or going on a hike in the winter (although it could in mild temps, or could if exerting high-level of output). This glove is meant to give mountain climbers confidence while gripping tools and clipping rope...and they do that. Recommended use, in order of highest to lowest:
-Ice climb in temps between 10-35 f (esp on wet routes)
-Dry tooling in 10-45 f
-Alpine climbing in 25-40 f
-Set-up/break-down bivouac on alpine routes
-Open zippers, close flaps, cook/ operate stove in temps down to -5 f
-Through-hike the AT (or similar) early spring to late fall

Recommended improvement: add VERY thin fleece on top of hand & make wrist closure more comfy

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