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Hayden Beck

Hayden Beck

Hayden Beck's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Hayden Beck's Bio

I live in one of the greatest places on earth, Cottonwood Heights(for non-utahns thats right in between the Cottonwood canyons) so, I need to enjoy and take advantage of my suroundings. Like anybody who spends enough time in the mountains they know you need a lot of gear. Backcountry.com is a fantastic website to find quality, good prices, and a variety. I love to snowboard, climb, mountain bike, and backpack. I hope you love the mountains as much as I do.

Hayden Beck

Hayden Beckwrote a review of on August 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nobody makes better ice axes than Grivel, and while I am sometimes lured away by other brands, each time I pick up a Grivel product I am impressed with its quality. This axe is no exception.

The cold-forged steel head and spike really make a difference in durability when compared to other axes. I have used this axe in plenty of situations where a lighter-weight aluminum axe would likely bend or break. Mine has chopped steps in unusually firm neve, hammered pickets, and been used as a janky belay anchor. This is a tool for mountain travel, not an expensive piece of cheap aluminum (I'm talking to you, CAMP...) However, at a little over 14 oz the AirTech isn't very heavy.

This was not my first axe, although it would make an excellent first tool if you are not yet familiar with ice axes. The ergonomics of the head and the slightly bent shaft make carrying the axe comfortable, even over long periods of time. Though some axes, like the BD Raven series, do have a slightly more comfortable hand position.

Personally, I bought it to replace my first axe (BD Raven), to use on climbs where I only needed one tool, and don't plan on climbing anything too steep with the axe. (mostly summer climbing, in the Tetons, Bugaboos, Cascades, or Sierras). I will take it when I plan on mostly walking up steepish snow and neve. In other situations I would might want something either more technical, or lighter weight, but often times the Grivel Air Tech is the right tool for the job.

In short, this mountain tool is a good balance of useful, durable, and lightweight.

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Hayden Beck

Hayden Beckwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Different iterations of the Speed 40 have been around almost as long as I have been climbing (8 years!), and for good reason. Using this bag, I can see each area where they have improved upon previous designs.

This pack is just enough to carry some pretty burly loads (i.e. hauling all your stuff into basecamp) yet it is easily strippable for lightweight missions. I usually roll without the lid and padding on the hip belt for spring and summer climbing. If I am going to be on a route for a long time, I will remove the aluminum frame sheet too. But when its time to carry something heavy, (like bivy gear or skis)I can easily convert the pack to heavy lifter mode again.

As a poor college student with way too many outdoor hobbies, I need my gear to be as versatile as possible. I have used this pack for numerous different mountain sports: Ice climbing and ski touring in the winter (the bag is the perfect size for yurt trips), and for rock climbing and backpacking in the summer (some folks may find it a bit minimal for backpacking, but it suits me just fine) I have even used it to haul a huge, heavy mess of highline equipment on a recent City of Rocks trip. If I had to own only one bag, this would be it!

I haven't had the pack for that long to comment on the durability. The areas that see the most wear like the bottom and under the compression straps (where ski edges rub into the fabric) seem to be doing fine so far. I will add that this is an alpine style pack so it won't be totally bomber, but compared to other ultralight style bags I've seen/used, this one is way more rugged.

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Hayden Beckwrote a review of on June 13, 2012

4 5

Not the most tecnical "pon but they fit well on all my boots
really like these for general snow walking, I just got back from a trip up timpanogus, and they worked awesome.plus they fit awesome on all these boots
BD Quadrant A/T boot
La sportiva glacier mountaineering boot
La sortiva pamir hiking boot
Burton Ruler snowboard boot

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Hayden Beckwrote a review of on April 18, 2012

5 5

Bought this at the Patagonia outlet in SLC for the sale price of $50 (sorry backcountry) Chose the green color... And so far everytime I have gone into the Mountains or down south..I have had this piece in my duffel / pack or on my body...Keeps me warm yet not to warm. Fits over/under anything. I use it for Splitboarding, climbing, mountaineering, hiking, camping, and countless other things.

This is the fleece you are looking for.

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Hayden Beckwrote a question about on April 5, 2012

Looking at this pack for day long tours in the backcountry.
I am a splitboarder who mainly rides with a 20L pack and wanted a little extra space for a lunch/water. and I have a few questions
Will the shovel pocket fit a black diamond deploy 3 shovel and super tour 265cm probe?
Has anyone used the crampon carry? how is it?

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