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Ian Lauer

Ian Lauer

Rocky Mountains, Idaho

Ian Lauer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Ian Lauer

Ian Lauerwrote a review of on February 20, 2019

Brilliant boxes. Dry Fly box especially
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having fished 20+ yrs, I have had a few boxes. All of these were given away or retired after Tacky's boxes. The original is perfect for most flies under sz 12 as long as they don't have tall wings. I have a small sized one for nymphs, small dry flys, and wet flies, which is more than enough for most days on the water.
The Dry Fly box is incredible for bigger flies and dries. The molding is raised and angled to give ample room for tails, bushy hackles, and wings to sit naturally in the box without being bent or compressed. Don't spend valuable time or money on gorgeous flies with great wings and hackles only to mash them in a small box.
Like others say, the silicone is durable and magnetic closure makes access easy. I also added some small magnetic strips to the lid for holding those micro patterns and holding a flies for quick access.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on June 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This seems like a great little helmet. My head is a pretty typical intermediate oval shape and 23 in around exactly. The helmet fit with the large pads in, but just barely. If you are over 23 in, you will either have to remove one of the comfort fit pads or find another lid. Also, the shape is slightly rounded for my head, leaving space at the sides and tight front-to-back, but overall it was secure and had little movement when in place. The rear adjustment band is top notch.
Additionally, be aware that this is probably for more moderate waters. The shell does not adequately cover the lower back of the skull and only partially covers the temples. Front coverage is adequate.

Again, a great product for the price, fit is great (depending on your head shape) and I likely won't need a different helmet until I run waters that necessitate fuller coverage.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on May 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been hiking around and wading in these for the past couple weeks. They have had great support, good traction, and good durability (so far).

I have to complain about the sizing. I am a 10.5 US street shoe and initially bought a 10 based on other reviews. It was HUGE. Backcountry was great and got me a size 8 replacement, which fit perfect. A SIZE 8! 2.5 sizes down from street shoe size with waders and very thick socks on. I have no clue what Redington is doing with this model, because the women's model fit my wife perfect at her normal street size.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on August 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this harness for our nephew who is 10 and getting into climbing. We bought him a S and it will have TONS of room to grow. We especially appreciate that the padding slides around waist belt, which allows it to be re-positioned for comfort and gear loop access as the waist changes in size. This is a massive problem I have with other harnesses, which cause gear loops to be offset if you use the same harness with bulky clothes or your waist is between sizes.

He noted to us that the comfort was awesome and had no complaints. I would definitely consider replacing my harness (a new Petzl Adjama) with this one.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on August 1, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am a 32in waist, purchased a medium. I found that when adjusted, the left gear loops are either behind my hip or the central tie in is forced several inches to the right of center. This is ergonomically a poor design and personally, makes the harness unuseable.
I tried a large as well, whose gear loops are symmetrical, but the large has a longer yoke on the leg loops which cause the yoke to ride uncomfortably up into the waist tie in point.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started my rack with Camalots years ago and keep coming back. In most ranges they are a superb pieces, and the massive range of the whole set means you can keep one cam type from splitters to off-widths cracks. I have been recently impressed though by the updated Master cams which appear in superior in many ways, but I simply won't be replacing all the BD's because of it. In sized larger than 4, check out the Technical Friends instead. They are wider and have better stability.
Black Diamond has major competition these days and needs to reinvent these (and I don't mean by charging outrageous prices for the UL's)

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on December 8, 2009

5 5

Iv'e owned three sets now and will probably purchase again. I am hard on gear and these have stood the test of time. They are thick and large to pack compared to others(ex. glidelite). Not so easy to pocket to keep glue warm. I only have touched up glue on one pair which was used for 3 seasons, more due to junk build up than loosing tack. I've used partner's skins and none have seemed to hold as well on the uphill.

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